Yesterday, an ex-MP in India, Sajjan Kumar was acquitted of inciting racial hatred and murdering 3 Sikhs during the Anti-Sikh Massacre of 1984 despite the enormous evidence against him. My new blog update gives a background to the Anti-Sikh Massacre of 1984 which occurred in the aftermath of the assassination of the then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Everyday 10,000 people supposedly visit the grave of one person and every year the Indian prime minister of the time goes to present flowers on the anniversary of this persons death. This person was killed 29 years ago and yet there is no mention of moving on, forgetting. On the other hand thousands of people lost their lives and we are asked not to even remember them, to forget and move on. What makes one ladies life more valuable then that of thousands? Simple, it is the fact that her death can be justified.
You can explain to people that she was assassinated for ordering Operation Blue Star that resulted in thousands of Sikhs being massacred in their own Holy shrines and even then the people that assassinated her where duly punished immediately. But you can not explain the deaths of the innocent people that were killed in response to her assassination. Of course people want Sikhs to forget the Delhi Massacre, it would save them from the many unanswerable questions. Forgetting it seems is better then explaining why the friendly neighbour turned into monster, the politicians into mob leaders and the government institutions closed their doors on those desperate for their help.
Neighbours look out for neighbours but during the Delhi Massacres, all neighbourly love was forgotten. Neighbours joined in the mobs to first kill the men and the children in the most gruesome way possible by putting tires around their necks and burning them alive. The Sikh males died trying to protect their families. With no one to protect them the females, regardless of age, were gang raped. The clothes worn were torn to shreds and the clothes in the houses burned, leaving the women helpless and naked to wander. The people with whom the Sikhs had joined together with to celebrate holidays and other aspects of life, were the same that were attacking them. With Sikhs killed or in hiding, the neighbours and other members of the mob looted the households. Sikhs were left with nothing, not even their dignity.
If there were any neighbors that were merciful and tried to protect their Sikh neighbours, the politicians made sure they didn’t let them.The vilest of criminals and thieves were bused in from other parts of the country to lead the mobs. The mobs were armed with highly flammable white powder and gasoline given to them by the police and politicians and sent of to track Sikhs using voting lists stating where Sikh homes were. If that was not enough politicians like Sajjan Kumar were dictating to mobs “u will not be caught, nothing will happen, kill sikhs” from a louder speaker from a jeep. Sajan and Jagdesh both of whom had lead the mobs were promoted with higher positions in the government within a month of the massacre. Till date both have not been punished and enjoy fruits of their ill earned positions. What they did was only possible because of leaders like Rajiv Gandhi who justified the massacre by saying “when a tree falls the ground shakes” ie Sikhs should expect this treatment. The government failed Sikhs in 1984 and so did the government agencies.
The hospitals, the army and the police all failed its citizens by sitting back and watching the destruction take place. The police refused to protect the Sikhs, not one report filed against members of the mob was acted upon. The police actually went out of their way to assist the mobsters to make sure no Sikhs survived the massacre. The army sat back and watched, did not help in trying to regain order and save the innocent. The hospitals and the doctors broke their oath by not helping save lives, instead turned people back. The popular method of attacking the Sikhs was burning tires and the hospitals closed all burn units. There was no hope for survival. Those that had sworn to help all, turned their backs on one group of citizens, the Sikhs.
The neighbours turned into foes, the politicians into opportunists, the government agencies forgot their vows and it is the Sikhs that are stirring up trouble? We are not asked to move on, to forget because Sikhs are in the wrong. We are asked to move on because we are asking questions, we are accusing the party in the wrong and no one has answers. We are asked to move on because Government wants to get away with it. I implore everybody to read ‘I accuse’ by Jarnail Singh Ji to better understand what happened in 1984 and then tell me, how does one move on from a event like that?
REMEMBER 84…Let the silence be heard!!
-Kirat Raj Singh