June1984, Light of Truth-2

One article shall be placed daily till 5th June on anniversary of invasion on Golden temple by Indian army in 1984. A truthful report shall be given on Operation Bluestar and role of Sant Jarnail Singh Ji Bhindranwale who was a saint but was defamed due to his popularity by Indian govt specially Indira Gandhi who had animosity with Sikhs since her emergency rule in 1975 when a voice against her dictatorship was opposed by Sikhs in Punjab. Kindly keep watching. 

“Extracts from “The Knights of Falsehood”.—-The Congress is said to epitomise the ‘Brahmanical conspiracy’ that the Akalis have blamed for the consistent ‘humiliation’ and ‘persecution’ of the Sikhs. A leading Akali, Hukum Singh, who wrote in 1952: “Pandit Nehru is, to say the least, the spearhead of militant Hindu chauvinism who glibly talks about nationalism, a tyrant who eulogises democracy and a Goblian [i.e., like Goebbels] liar – in short, a political cheat, deceiver and double dealer in the services of Indian reaction.”Nehru to silent the Hukam Singh i.e., Sikh voice, made him join the Congress Party, and eventually became Speaker of the Lok Sabha. But the fact remains, for all to see as reported above for the gradual decrease of the numbers of the Sikhs, in the successive census of India. The Congress has doubled up its efforts.”

Indira Gandhi was the Prime minister of India in 1984. She was also the daughter of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. She attacked the highest temporal seat of Sikh nation—the Akal Takhat at Sri Darbar sahib, also known as Golden Temple or Swarn Mandir. This attack was very well planned, full detail of this attack is given in this book in a different chapter but here some reasons of those circumstances are necessary to write here to which the Indian govt. attacked on this holiest shrine and blew it off by Tanks which the Sikh nation could never forget—this holocaust is unforgettable.

The attack was to take place regardless Sardar Gurdev Singh, District Magistrate at Amritsar until shortly before the invasion, is on record (letter addressed to I.K.
Gujral, dated 26 January 1996, published in Abstract of Sikh Studies, Chandigarh, October-December 1996, pp. 106-111)
as having assured the Governor of the state That he could arrest anyone in Darbar Sahib at any time. When Sardar Gurdev
Singh told Governor Pandey that if the object was to arrest Bhindranwale, there was no need for the Army to act and that he could do it; the Governor is said to have
replied: “That is not the point”. And when gurdev singh refused to sign and approve military action,

The SGPC’s own whitepaper recorded that Ramesh Inder Singh, an IAS officer was brought in as Amritsar deputy commissioner (DC) just before the launch of the military assault on Sri Harmander Sahib after his predecessor Gurdev Singh Brar was made to proceed on leave when he refused to sign and approve military action. Yet, following Operation Bluestar, Ramesh Inder was appointed CM Badal’s principal secretary when he came into power in 1997 and then became the chief secretary when the SAD returned to power in 2007. After retirement, he was appointed the chief information commissioner (CIC) of Punjab.

In any case, at the time of the attack, there was no court case or summons against Sant Bhindranwale. Is it reasonable for a government to send in the Army to devastate a religious place because it is allegedly controlled by a person against whom it has no legal charges?

Is it criminal to be popular? Should a person and all his associates be condemned to death for this crime? We need to ponder over it.

To make the attack acceptable to the general public in India, the Sant had to be shown up as a Frankenstein. When governments have to kill popular persons they have to first criminalize them in the eyes of the public. Even in the case of Siri Guru Tegh Bahadur Saihb, the government at that time described him as a dacoit engaged in plunder to justify his beheading. In the case of Sant Bhindranwale, this was systematically done with cooperation from the Akalis. The massacre of Sikhs that followed was to teach a lesson to this troublesome minority. According to Joyce Pettigrew: “The army went into Darbar Sahib not to eliminate a political figure or a political movement but to suppress the culture of a people, to attack their heart, to strike a blow at their spirit and self-confidence.”

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Marry Ann Weaver disclosed visits of two high officials of British govt to help Indian govt to seek expertise in attack on Golden Temple. But there was no internet and Sikhs in India couldn’t come to know about it. Why British Sikhs ignored it, they might know better but if Sikhs in India had been informed, the circumstances were not in their favor as whole govt. machinery was against them and was keen to eliminate them which was proved in a very short time in November 1984 when a pogrom was organized by ruling party Congress against Sikhs in India. But that s not our subject, we are focused on events happened before and after Operation Blustar in June 1984.

Mary Anne Weaver, a British correspondent of the ‘Sunday Times’ noted back in 1984:
“Last weeks assault on the Golden Temple took place after months of preparations by the Indian army, which included advice from British experts in counter-insurgency. Sources in Delhi say that two officers of India’s secret service, Garry Saxena and R.N. Kay of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) made several trips to London to seek expertise. The Indian army then selected 600 men from different units and sent them to rehearse the assault on a life-size replica of the Golden Temple, built at a secret training camp in the Chakrata Hills, about 150 miles north of Delhi. The assault troops were alerted to invade the temple no fewer than five times during the past three months, but each time Mrs Gandhi vetoed an invasion. “A case of nerves”, according to a senior aide.-

(Sunday Times, London, June 10th, 1984).

British PM Margaret Thatcher order SAS to ‘collude’ with Indian government in deadly raid on Golden Temple in 1984.

 Newly-released British government papers suggest then-PM Margaret Thatcher responded positively to an Indian government request for advice on planning the attack and sent an officer from the elite SAS special air service to help draw up a plan.

The papers, released under the 30-year rule and published on the Stop Deportations blog, indicate that Mrs Thatcher was aware of the involvement of an SAS officer in drawing up a plan – although it is not clear whether the Indian army operation followed this advice.

The request for British advice is disclosed in a letter, dated February 23 1984, from Brian Fall, private secretary to then foreign secretary Geoffrey Howe, to Hugh Taylor, his counterpart under home secretary Leon Brittan.

The letter said: ‘The Indian authorities recently sought British advice over a plan to remove Sikh extremists from the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

 Continued: Please stay connected.

AS Randhawa

 

Ajmer Singh Randhawa.

 

 

 

 

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