Punjabi Durbar programme finds Sikhs neglected in India

January 15th, 2009 - 10:40 pm ICT by ANI  

Abohar, Jan.14 (ANI): The Punjabi Durbar programme of Radio Pakistan seems to have run out of ideas. In its broadcasts, it is repeating the old theme that the Sikhs and other minorities are being neglected in India.
The broadcasts are irritating the people in the border areas. In their discussions, people point out that the Government of Punjab is headed by Akalis and it is not credible that the State Government is neglecting the Sikhs.
They also point out that the Muslims living in Punjab are seen carrying out their normal activities.
The Punjabi Durbar programmes producers perhaps forget that people living along the border are also able to listen to other programmes broadcast and telecast from different stations in Pakistan.
They have been watching reports over the television stations of violence in the North-West Frontier Province. In their conversations, people point out that it is high time that Pakistan controlled violence in its territory and it should stop spreading falsehood about treatment of minorities in India.
People living along the border are conscious that religious freedom is a fundamental right in India. All communities in the country enjoy the Right to Equality and Right to practice religion of ones choice as a fundamental right under the Constitution of India.
S.P.S. Kataria, a scholar and historian, feels that the objective of the Pakistan Radio is to destroy peace and harmony in India. Agents of Pakistan are active promoting terrorist activities.
Asked if it is true that the Sikhs feel unsafe in India. Mr. Kataria said: The statement that Sikhs are unsafe in India has no meaning. Their Pakistan Radios propaganda is absolutely wrong because India is a country where people of various communities live and it is the duty of the government to provide protection to every person and according to me they are doing it.”
People living along the border also point out that the Government of India and the State Government of Punjab are regularly engaged in looking after the Gurudwaras, Masjids and Churches in the area.
They feel that the producers of Punjabi Durbar programme should get a chance to visit India and see things for themselves. Seeing is believing, they point out. (ANI)

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