SIKHS' CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL IN U.K. ON 7 NOVEMBER 2007
Date: 23 Oct 2007
WHY SHOULD THE SIKHS, OR ANY NATIVE COMMUNITY IN PARTITIONED INDIA, HAVE TO HOLD A CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL?
THE SAD FACT IS THAT INDIA HAS NO GOVERNMENT. IN THE FIRST SECOND OF HER SO-CALLED INDEPENDENCE (AUGUST 15, 1947) HER TOP LEADERS HAD SURRENDERED ONE THIRD OF HER SURFACE AREA TO THE HOME GROWN TERRORISTS AND WATCHED LIKE "HIJDAY" (EUNUCHS) THE EXTERMINATION OF HINDUS AND SIKHS IN PAKISTAN.
THE CRIMINALS WHO COMMITTED HIGH TREASON: PANDIT JAWAHARLAL NEHRU AND THE SO-CALLED MAHATMA, MR. MK GANDHI.
SINCE THAN BROKEN BHARAT (PARTITONED INDIAN SECULAR STATE) HAS BEEN HELD DOWN BY ANTI NATIONAL HINDU BASHING/SIKH KILLING "AXIS POWERS" THAT COMPRISE "ITALY, ISLAM AND THEIR CLUELESS DEGRADED THIRD CLASS HINDU SLAVES" WHO WILL MAKE ANY SACRIFICE AND PAY ANY PRICE TO REACH OUT TO TOUCH THE FEET OF "RASHTRA-MATA" ("MOTHER OF ALL HINDU MIDGETS") SONIA MAINO FROM ITALY.
Background: The November 1984 Pogroms of Sikhs in India
Twenty Three Years of Impunity: Truth and Justice Denied
On the morning of October 31 1984, the Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi was assassinated by two of her bodyguards. The two bodyguards happened to be Sikhs avenging the assault on the Golden Temple complex that had been ordered by the Prime Minister five months earlier in the same year.
What followed begged belief. Gangs of assailants burned Sikhs alive, gang-raped Sikh women, and destroyed their Gurdwaras and properties, among other devastating crimes. The violence, allegedly motivated to of grief over Mrs. Gandhis’s assassination, continued unabated for at least four days, and intermittently for the rest of the week.
Senior political party officials and police carefully orchestrated the Sikh massacre of November 1984. During the night of October 31, Congress (I) party officials met with their local support networks – people who participated in rallies and election drives – to: identify the residences and properties of Sikhs through government-issued voter or ration lists; distribute weapons, kerosene and incendiary chemicals; exhort non-Sikhs to kill Sikhs and loot and burn their properties; and plan the time of attack. That night, they floated the first rumour that Sikhs had celebrated the assassination of Indira Gandhi, dancing and distributing sweets, conditioning Indians for the violence to follow.
The next morning, on November 1 between 8 and 10 a.m., assailants simultaneously attacked Sikhs throughout the country, shouting slogans of extermination. The gangs often first attacked the Sikh Gurdwara in the particular neighborhood. After desecrating the Sikh scripture, Sri Guru Granth Sahib, by urinating on or burning them, burning down the Gurdwara, and attacking symbols of the Sikh faith, the mob attacked the properties of Sikhs and the Sikhs themselves. Organized transportation, sometimes provided using state-owned buses and railways, brought assailants to where Sikhs lived. The behavior of policemen surpassed inaction, and often, amounted to participation and instigation. If the Sikhs gathered and defended themselves, the police disarmed the Sikhs and sent them to their individual houses, making them easier targets for death squads. Congress (I) party leaders led, directed and encouraged gangs of assailants, and participated in the massacres themselves.
As the violence continued methodically and systematically over the next days, Congress (I) politicians and policemen spread two more false rumors: the Sikhs had poisoned the water supply and Sikhs in Punjab were killing Hindus on Delhi-bound trains. Government officials continued to deny the extent of violence against Sikhs, while police officers and political leaders simultaneously directed the organised slaughtering of the Sikhs. The army, called into Delhi 48 hours after violence had begun, could not begin to effectively counter the violence until November 3 because of the Delhi administration’s refusal to cooperate.
Thousands of Sikhs were massacred in the most barbaric method of burning. The Delhi pogrom has been documented by several organisations.
Twenty three years on, the Indian Government has failed to set the record straight a nd account for the carnage of November 1984. Instead, it has suppressed and destroyed evidence. The government’s main commission of inquiry – the Misra Commission, established in 1985 to examine this massacre – white-washed the massacre, concealing its papers and proceedings from the public. The government also attacked those reporting on the 1984 carnage, using the rhetoric of national security to criticize parts of the foreign media for ‘deliberately presenting totally distorted versions of the Punjab situation, which have the effect of encouraging and sustaining separatist activities.’2
The newly elected Congress (I) administration in 2004 has continued to sustain anti-Sikh feeling by awarding those responsible for crimes against Sikhs. In the recent elections two of the most senior Congress(I) officials implicated the November 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms were given tickets for safe seats by the Congress party. Jagdish Tytler, MP also in 1984, was appointed Minister in the 2004 Government, and HKL Bhagat became MP. Sajjan Kumar, MP in 1984, remains a senior official in the party. Bhagat was a minister in 1984.
Most recently India’s Criminal Bureau of Investigation has once again failed to file charges against the accused, even with countless eye witnesses’ testimonies against the accused.
1 Gurdeep Kaur, Block 32, Trilokpuri, Delhi, quoted in Tavleen Singh, Shame, Indian Express (October 27 1989)
2 Jaskaran Kaur, Twenty Years of Impunity, A Report by ENSAAF, 2004