India 1984 – when it backstabbed & betrayed with Sikh nation (Part-27)
On 31st October 2014, just two days ago, the honorable Prime Minister of India announced Rs. 5 Lacs additional relief to riots victims and called that India was pierced in the back on this day. It approves what we say by naming series of our articles pasted on this website since 1st October till date. The new PM also didn’t go to mourn death of Indira gandhi at her residence which shows india needs Sikhs but we urge him that Sikh nation wants their perpetrators and organizers of Sikh genocide be punished, until that the wounds won’t dry.
WE WANT JUSTICE NOTHING ELSE.
The series of these articles on pogrom of Delhi and massacre of Sikhs all over India was stated on 1st october 2014, i am glad that with this article, i shall end the series with this article. This article will reveal the most hatred man who was sworn in as PM of India, whose responsibility was to protect the citizens, himslef played a key role to eliminate innocent Sikhs on streets of Delhi. He sat aside like Neero and played with his flute and enjoyed screams of thousands helpless peopless being slaughtered by death squads of Hindu community created by him or with his consent. Delhi Police,administration, Ministry of Home affairs, Politicians, Fire brigade, media, cinestar etc. everyone stained their hands in blood.
Whether Govt. of India not ask Sonia Gandhi to return highest civil award BHARAT RATNA given to mass murderers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi?
The second betrayal was done by the govt of India and it’s Prime minister Rajiv Gandhi —- It was his constitutional responsibility to save it’s citizens but he failed. The boundry of land tried to remove signs of land itself? What a surprise that who had given the responsibility by President and constitution of nation to save it’s citizens without any discrepancy, he tried to eliminate a religious group of people by the help of it’s all forces i.e. police, army and para-military force and moves on to eliminate the disarmed citizens of this nation? What else could be the evidence of betrayal? Whether we should rely on our Prime minister or President in future? I don’t think so.
Just see yourself how Rajiv Gandhi, general AS Vaidya, PC Alexender and other advisors of Rajiv Gandhi with the conspiracy of Narsimha Rao and his ministry of home affairs were all involved in this genocide of Sikhs? Not only the govt. of India was responsible for this pogrom but all it’s administration was paralyzed and surrendered before corrupt Rajiv Gandhi. The administration wasted the precious time deliberately and allowed the situation to be worsened. No attempts were made to control the situation. The death squads were allowed to roam free and hunt for Sikhs to kill. They kept on killing the Sikhs hunting them all around. The administrative officers were in their fast sleep when the Delhi was burning like Neero was playing his flute when Rome was burning but here the Delhi was not only burning in flames but was compelled to taste the tears of blood after centuries had passed. Before this Taimur lang had massacred it’s citizens in 17th century. It (Delhi) could not differentiate in Taimur Lang and Rajiv Gandhi, both were proved killers of humanity. Their was blood and blood in every corner of Delhi, the innocents were murdered brutally and here Rajiv was on mourn on death of his mother. He was not concerned on death of anybody else or with sorrow of any other family. What agony and sorrow was suffered by any other family was not his concern, he was busy in his own world of joy and sorrow, if he was on mourn on death of his mother, he was also glad to be the prime minister of India. The mourn was just a matter of time but his golden future was in front of his eyes.
On November 19 Rajiv Gandhi rationalized the killings at a huge public rally in which he made the astonishing statement that when ‘a big tree falls the earth shakes’. Whoever wrote it into his speech did him a disservice and he himself was not perceptive enough to strike it out. Before the December 1984 General Elections the massive advertising campaign of the Congress party brazenly provoked anti Sikh feelings. This unethical, ill advised and crude campaign was cleared at the highest level. But even if Rajiv Gandhi was unaware of its thrust, which he could not have been, he should have stopped it after the first item appeared. He did not. To add to the disgust and anger of
the Sikhs and other right thinking people, some of the Congress leaders who had been named in Who Are the Guilty were not only given Parliamentary tickets to fight the elections but were made Ministers in Rajiv Gandhi’s Cabinet.
Tarlochan Singh, who was vice-chairman of the National Commission for Minorities from 2000 to 2003, also claimed that the 2002 riots in Gujarat were “spontaneous” in contrast to the 1984 riots and argued that the police in Gujarat tried to prevent the rioters resulting in the killing of 137 people in police firing unlike in Delhi where only one person was killed in police action.
Singh joined the NCM as vice-chairman and then became its chairman when the NDA was in power. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Haryana in 2004 with
BJP and INLD support.
“Indira Gandhi was shot dead in the morning, but the first riots started in the evening. Gyaniji collected this information himself that a meeting of Congress leaders — attended by Arun Nehru and Delhi leaders like H K L Bhagat, Jagdish Tytler and all — took place before Rajiv Gandhi arrived from Kolkata.
They decided to give a slogan ‘khoon ka badla khoon’. The first riot then took place near INA market,” he told The Indian Express.
“If it was spontaneous, it should have started in the morning itself. Although it
was not officially announced, unofficially everyone knew in Delhi,” he said. Singh said the President got to know about arson and killing across Delhi soon after Rajiv Gandhi was sworn in as PM in the evening.
“The President wanted to speak to the PM about the largescale arson and violence in Delhi. The PM did not get back to the President. All night he tried over telephone. Nobody responded. In the morning, he tried to speak to Home Minister Narasimha Rao. He was told that we are all busy in making arrangements for the funeral. He was told that the Lt Governor and the Police Commissioner are taking control. The whole of next day, neither the PM nor the Home Minister took any interest in defusing the situation or help the victims,” he alleged. Singh said it was curious that although Army was available in the cantonment here, forces were called in from Meerut. “They came by road. They were ordered not to shoot and just to march. The police in Delhi on the other hand was totally with the rioters and even killed Sikhs,” he alleged.
In contrast, he said the Gujarat government officially informed a NCM fact-finding team, which visited Gujarat in March 2002, that 137 people were killed in police firing. “Our impression after going there was that Godhra incident was highlighted so much by television channels. That resulted in the spontaneous attack in the Ahmedabad city. It started early morning,” he said.
The most extraordinary policy decision that seemed to have been secretly taken by his government was to discourage the judiciary and law enforcement agencies from identifying and punishing the guilty. Eight years and four Prime Ministers later, ten persons have been convicted for the murder of 2,733 people (these are official figures) with the prominent ones named in Who Are the Guilty deliberately left out. They the politicians, police officials, administrators and pliant judges have been rewarded instead.
For a brief and exciting period of his Prime Minister-ship, Rajiv Gandhi redeemed himself. In a statesmanlike move he signed a historic Memorandum of Settlement with Harcharan Singh Longowal on July 24,1985. It was a magnificent bid to bring Punjab back from where the unprincipled politics of the time had taken it.
Patwant Singh Pannu met Rajiv Gandhi two weeks before the Punjab elections. When Rajni Kothari and hw was called on him at his office in the South Block of the Secretariat another one of Lutyens’s monumental buildings it was crawling with gun toting security men. The ante rooms were crowded but we were taken to his secretary’s room next to his own and were shown in within a few minutes. He looked fit and at ease but soon went over the top when we brought up the subject of the guilty men of 1984. Two of them, known to have led the mobs during the massacres, had recently been shot dead by Sikh militants, and with this on his mind Rajiv Gandhi turned on Kothari and said angrily:
I will hold you responsible if any more killings of this kind take place.’ (Rajni Kothari as the President of the People’s Union of Civil Liberties had jointly published Who Are the Guilty, which had named the two who had been killed in retribution.
“If the Sikhs are still in India, Mr Gandhi,’ I intervened, ‘it is because of men like Rajni Kothari and others who showed impartiality and integrity during those days of November.’ I also said that it would be a good principle to hold the killers and the colluders responsible for the crimes and not those trying to expose them.”
(Of Dreams and Demons – A Memoir of Modern India By Patwant Singh, 1995)
In the environment that evolved the entire community of Sikhs were held responsible for the murder of Indira Gandhi. By the evening of 31 October, the violence started. As Ramachandra Guha writes in India After Gandhi – The History of World’s Largest Democracy:
“Everywhere it was Sikhs and Sikhs alone who were the target…In Delhi alone more than a thousand Sikhs perished in the violence…They were murdered by a variety of methods, and often in front of their own mothers and wives. Bonfires were made of the bodies; in one case, a little child was burnt with his father, the perpetrator saying, ‘Ye saap ka bachcha hai, isse bhi khatam karo‘ (This offspring of a snake must be finished too).”
And this was not a spontaneous outflow of grief as it would be made out to be. It was mob-violence that was directed at the Sikh community in a cold and calculated way. “The mobs were composed of Hindus who lived in and around Delhi…Often they were led and directed by Congress politicians: metropolitan councilars, members of Parliament, even Union ministers. The Congress leaders promised money and liquor to those willing to do the job; this in addition to whatever goods they could loot. The police looked on, or actively aided the looting and murder.”
And while Delhi burnt on those first few days of November 1984, Rajiv Gandhi and his ministers, sat on their bums watching the whole show unfold. Senior leaders approached the government to call out the army on the streets. But nothing happened. As Singh writes “But the new Prime Minister did nothing. Not even when senior political leaders like Chandrashekar and (Mahatma) Gandhiji’s grandson, Rajmohan Gandhi, went to the home minister (P V Narsimha Rao) personally to urge him to call out the army for help was anything done in those first three days of November to stop the violence.”
This is something that Guha also writes in India After Gandhi. “There is a large cantonment in Delhi itself, and several infantry divisions within a radius of fifty miles of the capital. The army was put on standby, despite repeated appeals to the prime minister and his home minster PV Narsimha Rao, they were not asked to move into action. A show of military strength in the city on the 1st and 2nd would have quelled the riots yet the order never came.” Doordarshan, the only television channel in the country at that point of time, added fuel to fire by constantly showing crowds baying for the blood of the Sikhs.
Rajiv Gandhi like his mother was assassinated seven years later in 1991. Since then the Congress party has moved on and is now in the hands of his widow Sonia and their son Rahul. In December 2007, Sonia Gandhi, called Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister of Gujarat ‘maut ka saudagar’.
The irony behind Sonia’s statement was that the Congress party had many maut ke saudagars who had gone unpunished for instigating the riots of 1984. It was a situation of the pot calling the kettle black. But that doesn’t mean that nothing happened in Gujarat.
“Kriya pratikriya ki chain chal rahi hai. Hum chahte hain ki na kriya ho aur na pratikriya…Godhra main jo parson hua, jahan par chalees mahilaon aur bacchon ko zinda jala diya, issey desh main aur videsh main sadma pahunchna swabhavik tha. Godhra ke is ilake ke logon ki criminal tendencies rahi hain. In logon ne pehle mahila tachers ka khoon kiya. Aur ab yeh jaghanya apraadh kiya hai jiski pratikriya ho rahi hai.”
(A chain of action and reaction is being witnessed now. Day before yesterday in Godhra, the incident in which forty women and children were burnt alive had to naturally evoke a shocking response in the country and abroad. The people in this locality of Godhra have had criminal tendencies. They first killed the women teachers and now this horrifying crime the reaction to which is being witnessed.)
Guha finds man similarities between the two pogroms, the one against the Sikhs of Delhi in 1984, and the one against the Muslims of Gujarat in 2002. Both the cases started with stray acts of violence for which a generalised revenge was taken. “The Sikhs who were butchered were in no way connected to the Sikhs who killed Mrs Gandhi. The Muslims who were killed by the Hindu mobs were completely innocent of the Godhra crime,” writes Guha.
In both the cases there was a clear breakdown of law and order. More than that graceless statements justifying the riots, were made, one by a serving Prime Minister and another by a serving Chief Minister. And in both the cases, serving ministers, aided the rioters.
But its the final similarity between the two different sets of events that is the most telling, feels Guha. “Both parties, and leaders, reaped electoral rewards from the violence that they had legitimized and overseen. Rajiv Gandhi’s party won the 1984 general election by a large margin, and in December 2002, Narendra Modi was re-elected as the chief minister of Gujarat after his party won a two-thirds majority in the assembly polls,” Guha points out. Modi, the first RSS pracharak to become a chief minister, has won two more polls since then.
To conclude, if justice had been quickly delivered in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and the Congress leaders who instigated the violence had been jailed, chances are the 1993 Mumbai riots and 2002 Gujarat riots would never have happened. And if they had, they would have happened on a much smaller scale. The original maut ke saudagars of 1984 set the tone for much of what followed.
The involvement of the right-wing and fundamentalist Hindu element in the critical and crucial decision-making processes of the government suggests a concerted agenda to attack the very core of the Sikh community and to eradicate its separate identity and philosophy, thus causing an absorption of it back into the dark recesses of Hinduism -exactly the way Buddhism, Jainism, and to a certain extent, Zorastrianism, had already fared under Hindu hegemony. What role had the Indian State played, and continued to play, in these nefarious matters.
If the mutual trust of centuries between two peace loving communities (Hindus and Sikhs) was on abolish, and giving end the myth …Hindu-Sikhs are brothers and they commonly share brotherhood by marrying their daughters, sharing food and enjoying their festivals in common. Rajiv Gandhi—the Indian Prime Minister tried to kill this brotherhood. On the contrary, there was a wise person on the other side of border who tried his best to end the enmity of centuries in between Sikhs and Muslims and he used every tactic to end it.
Both got success in their efforts. The Rajiv Gandhi had sown the seeds of enmity, divided communities and stabbed the mutual trust, now Sikhs do not trust the Hindu community blindly whereas Zia Ul Haq made all efforts to grow trust, bring close both the communities (Muslims and Sikhs). Sikhs are now aware that a Hindu never fights in front but master in stabbing at back whereas the Muslim is brave and he fights as brave heart person, face to face like a real warrior but never back stab like Hindu community did in 1984.
Rajiv gandhui can be said a failure as he did his best to end the brotherhood of Hindus and Sikhs but Zia-Ul-Haq should be given credit to bring both these warrior communities, having enmity of centuries closer to each other and to be friends. I bow my head before this wise person. He shall be remembered in history but the same history shall remember Rajiv Gandhi, Indira Gandhi and Congress party as enemies of Sikh nation, enemy of humanity.
In the end, I would love to give introduction and some information of two Sikh martyrs who kissed the rope before execution like Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev . Before this on hearing the verdict of execution, they distributed sweet (Barfi. These two brave youths avenged the attack on Golden temple in Operation Blue star and atrocities by Indian army by killing the former Lt. General Arun Sridhar Vaidya who was commanding in chief of Indian army and supervised the invasion. These two braves also shot dead Lalit Makan, Arjun Das and Dharamdas shastri for thei alleged role in killing of innocent Sikhs in November 1984. Both of them were hanged on 9th Oct. 1992 soon after Shankar Dayal Sharma was sworn in President of India.
It is always to keep in mind that these two braves were hanged to please the President as his daughter and son-in-law Lalit Makan were gunned down in his house at Rajauri Garden, west Delhi for his alleged role in Sikh genocide 1984.
They wrote a letter to President giving account of atrocities by police and army and justified their reason to raise weapon as the Sikhs could never get justice in India and they were compelled to take the law in their hand too punish the guilty responsible for killings of innocents.
We, hereby salute their valor and high spirit which they stood guard and followed the true path of martyrdom for the sake of religion and to get avenge from the tyrants. The guru has directed to Sikhs when all the methods to get justice fails then its advisable to raise the weapon and punish the guilty. They walked on the right path and sacrificed their lives for our to-day.
The founder of Sikh religion, the first guru—Guru Nanak Dev ji said….TRUTH IS HIGHER BUT HIGHER STILL IS TRUTHFUL LIVING.
And the duo set an example of truthfulness in their life noy only by punishing the culprits but also by proving in Court the distinct identity and importance of Sikh tenets, its distinct identity in life of a Sikhs. The fearless fighters sacrificed but not pleaded mercy from Indian govt. but instead wrote a letter to president.
Ajmer Singh Randhawa