Punjabi is the 9th most spoken languages and nation of the world and the 3rd biggest nation of South Asia. Punjab is the homeland of Great Punjabi Nation. Yet, socially and politically Punjabi is a depressed and deprived nation due to the hegemony of Urdu and Hindi language, Gunga Jumna culture, the supremacy of UP-ites and UP-ite mindsets in policy making and decision making of national affairs and foreign relationship since 1849.
After an era of Ranjeet Singh, during the rule of the British Empire in Punjab, British rulers imposed martial law in Punjab. To govern Punjab and to switch over the characteristics of assimilation of Muslim Punjabi and Hindu Punjabi from “Nation to Religion”, British Empire brought Urdu-speaking Muslim and Hindi-speaking Hindu Bureaucracy, Establishment, Teachers, Mullah’s and Pundit’s from UP to Punjab. As a result, the Punjabi nation became a socially and politically depressed and deprived nation due to the hegemony of Urdu and Hindi language, Gunga Jumna culture and UP-ite traditions. It resulted in the supremacy of UP-ites and UP-ite mindsets in policy making and decision taking in national affairs and foreign relationship, managed, motivated and sponsored by the British rulers to eliminate the Muslim, Sikh and Hindu Punjabi’s into different religions and languages to secure their rule over last captured land and martial race of Sub-Continent.
However, due to the struggle of nationalist Punjabi’s during British rule in India, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh Punjabi’s were still a nation because of common land, language, culture, and traditions. The religion was a personal subject of faith in the moral character building and spiritual development, although, religious dissimilarity was a natural reality, however, clans moreover, communities were the institutions for social interaction and charity work. Punjab was a secular region and Punjabi was a respectable and honorable language, culture and nation in India.
In the 19th century due to politics of Congress, dominated by Hindu and Hindi speaking leaders, Hindu Punjabi started preferring Hindi language, culture, and traditions instead of Punjabi. Later on, Muslim Punjabi’s did the same due to the influence of the Muslim League, dominated by the UP-ites Urdu speaking Muslim leaders and presence of UP-ite Muslims in Punjab.
As a consequence of preferring Hindi language, culture and traditions by Hindu Punjabi’s and Urdu language, culture and traditions by Muslim Punjabi’s, the characteristics of assimilation to accomplish the sociological instinct started to switch over from “Nation to Religion” and “A Great Nation of Sub-Continent Got Divided and Get Emerged into Muslim and Hindu States, Pakistan and India” as well as, started receiving the reward of hate and regret from every honorable nation, in addition to the humiliation, loathing and abuse from Hindi and Urdu speaking persons too. This is the punishment of Punjabi’s for not respecting their motherland, language, culture, and traditions. Anyway, Evolution exists everywhere, without realizing that, it is at right direction or wrong.
At present Pakistani Muslim Punjabi's are on the path of Muslim Punjabi nationalism in Pakistan however, what is the position of Indian Punjabi's?
As for the matter to revive the “Secular Punjabi nationalism”, the position of Sikh Punjabi is different from Muslim Punjabi and Hindu Punjabi. Sikh Punjabi's are exclusive Punjabi's by the virtue of the Nation, Land, and Religion, but position of Muslim Punjabi and Hindu Punjabi is different from Sikh Punjabi.
Muslim Punjabi's are assimilated with Non-Punjabi Muslims by virtue of Religion likewise Hindu Punjabis are assembled with Non-Punjabi Hindus.
Punjabi is the 9th most spoken language in the world and according to the worldwide population of Punjabi’s, Muslim Punjabi’s are in majority and Hindu Punjabi’s are in the second position, whereas Sikh Punjabi’s at third and Christian Punjabi’s are at fourth number. However,
What is the stance of Hindu Punjabi’s?
What type of relationship have they with Sikh Punjabi’s and Christian Punjabi's in India being a Punjabi?
These factors are more concerned for the revival of “Secular Punjabi nationalism”.
Until clarification of doubts from the end of Indian Punjabi's, the Pakistani Punjabi's will remain bifurcated by hanging in “Punjabi Nationalism” and “Muslim Punjabi Nationalism”.
Punjabi Nationalism will lead the Muslim Punjabi's towards assimilation with Non-Muslim Punjabi's i.e. Sikh Punjabi's, Christian Punjabi's and Hindu Punjabi's. But, the Muslim Punjabi Nationalism will lead the Pakistani Punjabi's towards the assimilation of Non-Punjabi Muslim nations.
As for, matter of land is concerned both Muslim and Sikh Punjabi's have an entitlement of their lands in shape of Punjab in Pakistan and Punjab in India, whereas, Hindu Punjabi's are scattered in all over India and they do not have an interest in particular land, while, Muslim Punjabi's and Sikh Punjabi's have strong binding and emotional attachment to their own lands.
As for, the matter of language is concerned, both Muslim Punjabi's and Hindu Punjabi's have the same type of mindset, if Muslim Punjabi's are inclined towards the Urdu language for assimilation with Non-Punjabi Muslim Pakistanis, likewise, Hindu Punjabi's also have the inclination towards Hindi to assimilate themselves with Non-Punjabi Hindus.
From the prospect of governance and administrative authorities, in compare of Sikh Punjabi's and Hindu Punjabi's of India, Muslim Punjabi's of Pakistan are in a better position. But, due to political immaturity and inefficiency, Pakistani Muslim Punjabi had a subordinating role in politics and media organizations. However, now Punjabi's are moving towards political maturity and efficiency, along with control of media organizations. However, because of 60% population of Pakistan, higher education, and technical skills, the Punjabi domination is visible in the military, national and foreign affairs bureaucracy, civil establishment, technical professions, agriculture sector, livestock sector, trade sector and industrial sector of Pakistan.
In Pakistan, Muslim Punjabi's have a very close relationship with the Christian Punjabi's, they are treated as Punjabi by the Punjabi Muslims instead of treating them as Christian.
Due to the strong ties of Sikh Punjabi's with Punjabi language, culture, traditions along with owning the Punjabi land and because of a bordering neighbor, the Muslim Punjabi's have great respect and regard for the Sikh Punjabi's.
As for Hindu Punjabi's are concerned; the assimilation of Muslim Punjabi's with Hindu Punjabi's seems very difficult because of the inclination of Hindu Punjabi's towards Hindi language and priority towards Hindi culture and traditions instead of Punjabi language, culture, traditions and not having the ownership of Punjabi land.
In Pakistan, Muslim Punjabi's are on the path of “Muslim Punjabi nationalism”, for the success, they only need to quit the unnecessary sponsorship to the Urdu language, Gunga Jumna culture, UP-ite traditions.
As for Indian Punjabi's i.e. Sikh Punjabi's and Hindu Punjabi's are concerned, because of own land, strong binding with Punjabi culture, tradition and being a bordering nation of Muslim Punjabi's, the mutual interaction and cooperation are expected between Muslim Punjabi's and Sikh Punjabi's, in future, with the dissimilarity of religion but as for Hindu Punjabi's are concerned;
1. Will they quit the Hindi language? (Muslim Punjabi's are in a struggle to quit the Urdu language.)
2. Will they prefer the Punjabi culture and traditions upon Gunga Jumna culture and traditions? (Muslim Punjabi's have started to prefer the Punjabi culture and traditions instead of Gunga Jumna culture, and traditions)
3. Will they assimilate themselves with Punjabi Sikhs? (Assimilation of Muslim Punjabi's is expected with Sikh Punjabi's?
4. Will they assimilate themselves with Punjabi Christians? (Assimilation of Muslim Punjabi is already increasing day by day with Christians Punjabi's of Pakistan?