Chandigarh, Nov.12 : The Punjabi Durbar programme of Pakistan radio seems to have run out of ideas and is harking back at blaming Hindus in India for hurting Sikhs and Muslims.
The objectives of the programmes is to create divisions in the society in Punjab and cause rift in Punjabi society by attacking the communal harmony and brotherhood existing here for time immemorial.
The allegations contained in the Pakistan Radio's broadcasts have angered local leaders.
Vijay Singh, President of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad in Punjab, said: "The Punjabi Durbar programme is trying to create conflicts between Hindus and Sikhs by alleging that they are not living in harmony."
He said: "India is the only nation in the world where Hindus are in majority but minorities have occupied important positions in the country. They have risen to occupy most dignified positions like that of the President, Prime Minister, Defence Minister and Chief Minister."
"Hindus are very tolerant and they believe in providing equal opportunity to all, irrespective of caste or creed," he added.
In fact, Hindus and Sikhs in Punjab always participate in each other's festive occasions like Baisakhi, Guru Purab, Diwali, Holi with full enthusiasm. Hindus visit Gurudwaras to pay their obeisance to the holy Guru Granth Sahib just like their Sikh brethrens.
One has to visit the Golden Temple any day to convince oneself how the Hindus revere the Granth Sahib and the Golden Temple. Similarly, the Sikhs frequent the Hindu temples in Amritsar and elsewhere in Punjab.
Now that many pilgrims from Pakistan are visiting India, Pakistan Radio must ask them as to what is the reality.
Radio Pakistan must remember that people in Punjab lead their lives as per Punjabi culture, no matter if one belongs to a Hindu or Sikh family here.