Operation Bluestar – conspiracy with Sikh nation by India
Darbar Sahib, Amritsar
1984-Conspiracy against Sikh nation by Indian govt.
Indira Gandhi had planned to invade Darbar sahib two years before it was finally attacked in June 1984.To justify attack, the plan was divided in two parts;
1- To defame Sant Jarnail Singh ji bhindranwale, his associates and the staunch Sikhs (Amritdhari or strict followers of Sikh religion).
2-To accomplish their target, it was necessary to commit those acts which may benefit Indira govt. and causes defamation to radical Sikhs.
(a)- May 1985 Magazine Surya on page 42 writes something like this “Mrs. Gandhi had decided that she was to take on the new role in her life the role of the protector of Hindus…. She had planned that there shall be a conflict between the Hindus & Sikhs, in which the grand strategy was that the Hindus shall be first left unprotected, let them be killed for a while, let them become angry, so angry that they will seek revenge. The Hindus & Sikhs will then go at each other’s throat. and then I will tell the Hindus, ‘Look I can only protect you.”
(b)- An incredible story based on exclusive information provided by the officers of the RAW (research analysis wing / indian military intelligence agency / Indian state terrorist agency) was published by the ‘Surya’ in its issue— of September, 1984.
It revealed the story about a super intelligence agency called the ‘Third Agency’. It noted : “We focus pre-Blue Star Punjab. The Third Agency’s assignment was to mid and abet the murders and killings in Punjab. The Third Agency kept the supply of lethal weapons flowing into the Golden Temple. The Third Agency allowed 47 railway stations be blown up. The Third Agency incited violence in Punjab. And for their gallant roles, senior officers of the Third Agency have been rewarded with police medals and prize foreign postings.”
Source: INDIA COMMITS SUICIDE by G.S.Dhillon. 1992.
©- The murder of DIG Atwal at the entrance of Darbar Sahib was also part of this conspiracy and he was not killed by any Sikh follower but a handy work of govt. agencies. Sant Jarnail singh was accused of this killing but he denied.
There is no clear indication as to who killed Avtar Singh Atwal. Possibly, if the confidential files of Punjab Police and of the Home Ministry at New Delhi become public, we might learn more about the tragic murder.
Atwal’s murder has routinely been included in the list of killings attributed to Sant Bhindranwale and his men. In this context, we might find the following information useful.
- Sant Bhindranwale had good reason to disapprove of Atwal’s conduct at the Mehta Chowk arrest on 20 September 1981 and some other incidents. Atwal was the SSP on duty that day and had ordered the firing that killed eighteen persons [I have been told that he did this under direct orders from the IG Police]. Also, Sant Bhindranwale mentioned his role in a case of a girl being stripped and paraded. According to the Sant [A conversation with Surinderjit Singh Bains of Vancouver, Canada, January 1983]:
“In the Ghall Khurd Police Station, a daughter of poor Sikhs whom we sometimes describe as Jheoor, from Dauke village situated on the border in District Amritsar, was stripped naked and Swaran Singh the D.S.P. held her by her breast and paraded her through the village. A Commission was set up [to inquire into the matter]. The Commission submitted its report that he was guilty. The S.S.P. of that time, Avtar Singh Atwal, said that it had been done under his orders. Let us accept that he [Swaran Singh] was set free, why was Atwal not questioned? The punishment Atwal received for stripping a poor Sikh girl was that he was promoted from S.S.P. to D.I.G. of Jalandhar Range.”
- When Atwal was killed, Sant Bhindranwale condemned the act. However, it is worth noting that in March 1983, 19 year old Hardev Singh and some of his companions traveling in a jeep were killed by the police. The real target was the Sant himself who was scheduled to make the trip but canceled it at the last moment and sent Hardev Singh in his place. Atwal was conducting an inquiry into the deaths. His murder was in highly suspicious circumstances and some people believe it was carried out by Government agencies who thought Atwal had warned the Sant about the plan and was acting as his informer. India Today published details of the suspicious circumstances at that time. Atwal was killed in the Darbar Sahib Complex so Bhindranwale could be conveniently blamed because of the background explained in 1 above.
Who actually did what is unknown and we should not rush to judgment.
(d)- The Hindu passengers in Buses or Sikh youths in fake encounters were also part of this plan to unrest the state and terrorize people so that people of state may blame Sant Jarnail singh for such murders and disappearances of their kins.
(e)- Tribune newspaper on 11-11-83 printed a report called ‘Discovery of Turbans’ written by Dr. Lalawati & I.S Iyangar thought to believe in this that the passengers “Hindus” were dragged out of the bus and killed was not work of the real Kharku’s (Militants) but work of the non- kharkus who happens to be dressed like Sikhs and were wearing Turbans. As Darbar Sahib complex was garrisoned along with other Gurudwara’s every person going in and out was searched properly including ration as it was believed that so called Terrorists were hiding in the Darbar Sahib Complex and they would come out and kill innocent Hindus and go back in hiding. List of 40 Singh’s with proper names was sent to center Govt. and C.R.P, B.S.F & Punjab police along with few intelligence agencies were on the spot to catch these Singh’s but during 18 months of Garrison they failed to arrest or catch EVEN one Singh with so called weapons or Singh’s killing any innocent Hindu.
(f)- Sarab Hind Congress issued a report ‘Conspiracy Exposed’ and was printed in Indian Express dated September 4, 1984 which stated “Pakistani agents disguised as Sikh were trained in Kasur area of Pakistan by brigadier artillery regiment. These men, in batches of 300 – 400 were given there to four months intensive training. Most of those trained in these camps & training centers were smugglers, proclaimed offenders and criminals….” There were other active centers and they were brought in via Rajisthan border.
(g)- S.M. Sathananthan Managing editor Transatlantic India on 15-12-83 wrote under article “Hindu-Sikh Conflict in Punjab, causes and cure” in this he writes ‘Sikh leaders claim that the recent killings of innocent Hindus in the bus, near the border were not committed by the Sikhs, appears to be credible and thought provoking’
(h)- Before attack on Darbar Sahib Government had Targeted Amritdhari Sikhs;
The following quote is from an Indian Army circular which was distributed in June 1984. This excerpt from the official document exposes that in fact all practicing Sikhs were considered terrorists and were targeted by the government:
“Some of our innocent countrymen were administered an oath in the name of religion to support extremists and actively participated in the act of terrorism. These people wear a miniature kirpan round their neck and are called “Amritdharis”. They have to be subdued to achieve the final aim of restoring peace in the country. Any knowledge of the “Amritdharis” who are dangerous people and pledged to commit murder, arson and acts of terrorism should be immediately brought to the notice of the authorities. These people may appear harmless from outside but they are basically committed to terrorism. Page 157.
The Indira had made her mind to attack the supreme seat of Sikh faith not only to flush out any militant but to suppress whole Sikh nation. So preparation were started on her plan two years ago. Former retd. General SK Sinha in his book writes that the attack was not last resort.
Lt. Gov SK Sinha on Operation Blue Star;
A fascinating perspective in the June 1984 attack on the Golden Temple, the Indian Government ordered Lieutenant General (Retd.) Srinivas Kumar Sinha, he candidly discusses the political circumstances and motivations that lead up to the attack. Interestingly, he was actually a friend with Major General Shabeg Singh who lead the fortifications of the Darbar Sahib complex.
Indira Gandhi first asked Lt. Gen. S.K. Sinha, then Vice-Chief of Indian Army and who was to succeed as the Army chief, to prepare a position paper for assault on the Golden Temple. Lt. Gen. Sinha advised against any such move, given its sacrilegious nature according to Sikh tradition. He suggested the government adopt an alternative solution. A controversial decision was made to replace him with General Arun Shridhar Vaidya as the Chief of the Indian army. General Vaidya, assisted by Lt. Gen. K Sundarji as Vice-Chief, planned and coordinated Operation Blue Star.
The attack on the Golden Temple was in plans even before the armed Sikh militants fortified it.
S K Sinha was the General Officer Commanding Western Command, a prestigious appointment in the early eighties, and was transferred to Delhi as the Vice Chief of Army Staff, with the expectation that he would succeed General K. V. Krishna Rao as the Army Chief.
He was supposed to familiarize himself with the office of the Army Chief. It was a surprise when he was superseded and Lt.-Gen. A. S. Vaidya, the GOC-in-C Eastern Command was appointed as the Chief of Army Staff. General S. K. Sinha submitted his resignation and elected to lead a retired life.
Then GOC of the Indian Army, S.K. Sinha, who was sacked on the eve of the attack for being critical of it, had criticized the Government’s projection of the attack as “Last resort”; and stated that the attack was in plans 1 year and 6 months prior to the actual day of attack. S. K. Sinha and Mark Tully report that the army had been rehearsing the attack for this time in the replica of Golden Temple they had built at a secret location near Chakrata Cantonment in the Doon Valley.
He disclosed in his book, that the preparations to attack on this holiest shrine were being made for the last 18 months. A model of this shrine was temporarily built at Chakrata, a hill station 90 kms. far from Dehra Dun where the army was rehearsing to attack and a complete information was given of the inside of this complex of Golden temple to soldiers, made them familiar with topography of the complex when it attacks. In other meanings, the strategy to attack on holiest shrine was planned much before the Sant Jarnail Bhindranwala shifted to Sri Akal Takhat and made it’s Head Quarter. The Govt itself created such circumstances through false propaganda and provocations in Punjab to justify the army attack and to teach a lesson to Sikh nation whereas the need was to learn a lesson by Indira herself and the Indian govt.
Indira Gandhi had first asked Lt. Gen. S.K. Sinha, then Vice-Chief of Indian Army who was then slated to succeed as the Army chief, to prepare a position paper for assault on the Golden Temple. Lt. Gen. S K Sinha advised against any such move, given the sacrilegious outlook from Sikhs and non-Sikhs around the world – the shrine is unique in the world that it is not only open to people of all faiths, but revered by all as well.
He suggested the government adopt an alternative solution. A controversial decision was made to replace him immediately with Gen. Arun Vaidya as the Chief of the Indian Army.
Gen. Vaidya was assisted by Lt. Gen. K. Sunderjee as Vice-Chief. Operation Blue Star was eventually planned and controlled by them.
“Indian government was training Indian army at least 18 months before the attack” is from Major Gen Brars book “The true Story- Operation Blue Star” If you read this book, you will not be left with any doubt about the crimes committed by Indian Army and Indian government.
Indira Gandhi had given such orders to General Vaidya, the Commanding officer in chief of Indian army as;
“I don’t give a damn if the Golden Temple and whole of Amritsar are destroyed, I want Bhindranwale dead.” (Indira Gandhi, Indian Prime Minister, communicating with Gen. Vaidya during “Operation Blue Star”)
In any case, at the time of the attack, there was no court case or summons pending against Sant Jarnail Singh ji 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.”
The govt. had no intention to arrest Sant Jarnail Singh ji but Indira had made up her mind to kill Sant ji and get credoit in minds of majority Hindus as she was their only protector. It could benefit her to rule all over india and to weaken opposition in all states. Before the attack the DC of Amritsar was called by Governor of Punjab mr. Pande 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, history books and 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 Shiromani Akali Dal returned to power in 2007. After retirement, he was appointed the chief information commissioner (CIC) of Punjab.
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.
One main revelation omitted from the investigation,” As revealed by B. Raman, former head of RAW’s counter-terrorism division, in his 2007 book The Kaoboys of RAW, two MI-5 intelligence liaison official at the British high commission had scouted the Golden Temple complex in as far as back December 1983.
They briefed a senior SAS officer sent by the UK to Delhi in Feb 1984 who deemed the special operation feasible.
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.
PM Margaret Thatcher gave full support over Golden Temple raid, the letter on 5th February 1984 shows that she had ordered SAS to ‘collude’ with Indian government in deadly raid on Golden Temple in 1984.
Thatcher also, reassured Gandhi that British police were “devoting considerable resources” to safeguarding Indian government personnel in Britain.
Demolished Akal Takhat in Army invasion 1984
According to Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India, S.M. Sikri, “Operation Bluestar is a massive, deliberate and planned onslaught to the life, property and honor of a comparatively small, but easily identifiable minority community.”
But we have to see the reasons of this animosity of Indira Gandhi having with Sikhs? Why did she go so deadly against Sikhs that she and then her son Rajiv Gandhi made all attempts to eliminate the radical Sikhs?
Indira Gandhi was debarred by a historical verdict by Chief Justice Jagmohan Lal Sinha of Allahabad high Court in 1975 and banned her to contest any election for the next six years but this cunning lady instead of following the Court orders declared emergency in India and became a dictator. All the important senior leaders of opposition were arrested and sent behind bars. Press was censored. The propagandist department of Congress govt—the Home Ministry gave a slogan ….INDIA IS INDIRA AND INDIRA IS INDIA but the great India is still there but where is this Indira?
Now there was no opposition and not a single voice against her in free India due to emergency rule. The brave Sikhs couldn’t bear this tyranny and they raised a voice against her atrocities. They started an agitation against her. They offered their arrest in batches of 100 persons in each batch and filled the jails. Now Indira was in question so she decided to free the arrested leaders but as a voice was raised from Punjab and by Sikhs so since then she started to have enmity with Sikhs. She had decided to teach a lesson to fearless Sikhs. In this hate she committed an unforgettable historical mistake that she had to pay the price by her own life. She not only ended the enmity against Sikhs here but since after the army attack on Golden Temple, she knew that the brave Sikhs shall never forgive her so she started to play dangerous and malicious moves against Sikhs in her last days.
Veer Sanghvi—who is an editor of India’s leading news paper ‘The Hindustan Times’ once interviewed Sonia Gandhi– the daughter in law of Mrs. Gandhi. This video is available on youtube also. In this interview Sonia Gandhi herself admits that Indira used to give tips to her son Rajiv Gandhi to what to do in case of her sudden death as she was feared of her assassination by Sikhs who could avenge the attack on Golden temple with her life so she used to give lessons to her son to how to avenge Sikhs after her sudden demise. The highly decorated posts were already being adorned by her trustworthy appointed faithful bureaucrats and other senior posts in Police, Army and …….. security forces. These trustworthy officers could give their services to fulfill the ambitions of Rajiv Gandhi and help him to achieve his goal.
“The Sant’s following grew as he successfully regenerated the ‘good’ life of purity, dedication and hard work by reviving these fundamental values of the Sikh religion’s way of life.” (Vandana Shiva: The Violence of the Green Revolution, Research Foundation for Science and Ecology, Dehra Dun, 1989.)
Even his critics admit that. Tavleen Singh tells us that he preached ‘Nashey chaddo, Amrit chhako, Gursikh bano’. (to drop usage of drugs, initiate Amrit to be pure Khalsa and be a true Sikh of Guru).
And Sd. Khushwant Singh writes: ‘Bhindranwale’s amrit prachar was a resounding success. Adults in their thousands took oaths in public to abjure liquor, tobacco and drugs and were baptized. Video cassettes showing blue films and cinema houses lost out to the village gurdwara. Men not only saved money they had earlier squandered in self-indulgence, but now worked longer hours on their lands and raised better crops. They had much to be grateful for to Jarnail Singh who came to be revered by them as Baba Sant Jarnail Singhji Khalsa Bhindranwale.’
Sant Bhindranwale did not get involved in politics. He was a simple preacher and had no political ambitions. On the other hand, it was politicians who surrounded him and, in killing him, also destroyed all the good work he had done in his parchar. I understand that today Punjab leads every other state in India in consumption of alcohol and drugs. Sant Bhindranwale was a scapegoat dubbed as Congress agent by the Akalis while he lived and eventually killed by the Congress government along with the revival he had so ably led.
His popularity among Sikh youths grew so fast that it scared the Hindu fanatic organization RSS who is keen to declare this nation as a Hindu nation. It has one motto only Hindi, Hindu and Hindustan. They consider Sikh religion as a sect of Hindu religion and this is the base of conflict.
Now with growing popularity feared as their goal to declare India as Hindu nation was challenged and it couldn’t be possible if Sikhs had been initiated into Khalsa, they could restrict them and crush their dream. So the leader of opposition Lal Krishan Adwani pressurized Indira to attack on Darbar Sahib and stop growth of Sikh religion by all means.
Indira already had the bad feeling about Sikhs as during emergency when she had imprisoned all the leaders of opposition, and when there was no one to oppose her dictatorship, the Sikhs in Punjab stood against her and challenged the emergency rule. Hundreds of thousands were arrested but the protest continues for more then one year so she was fed up their opposing her. And here she got a golden opportunity when main opposition party was there to support her on her decision and stood beside her so she finalized the plan.
Sant Ji never ordered murder of any innocent person and he consistently condemned violence against innocent people. However, he did name certain police officers who had been guilty of torturing and killing innocent people whose only crime was that they belonged to the Bhindranwale Jatha. In this context, please permit me to quote from my book “Struggle for Justice” my conversation with I.K. Gujral in 1987 by a Sikh scholar Ranbir Singh Sandhu.
“Hindu leaders were content to go along with the Government or indeed to demand more strict action against the Sant. They paid no heed to the Sant’s complaints of violation of human rights in Punjab. Typical of this attitude was a statement by Gujral who said, in the course of an eloquent speech, that the Sikh struggle had been peaceful but was taken over by violent elements. This writer (Ranbir Singh Sandhu) asked him if he was referring to Sant Bhindranwale as the violent elements’. He agreed. This writer reminded him that Sant Bhindranwale, in one of his speeches, had mentioned that over 140 persons had been killed and another one thousand crippled in police torture up to that date and that the Sikhs had tried persuasion with the police, legal action in the courts and appeals to the national leaders and the press but that nobody had made any effort to stop the torture and the killings in custody, and that the Sant had then gone on to ask the public as to how long the Sikhs should continue to quietly suffer without defending themselves? This writer asked Gujral as to whether, in his opinion or according to his information, Sant Bhindranwale was lying and if not, what did leaders like him do about the killings and torture by the police and what should the Sant have done in the face of this oppression? Gujral replied that he had never thought about the problem from that point of view.”
Incidentally, RS Sandhu sent Gujral a copy of the above with a request that he may correct him if his notes of the conversation were not correct. he did not get a reply.
It is well referenced that the then Rajya Sabha member and prominent leader of the BJP, Mr LK Advani wrote in his subsequent memoirs that: “On May 3 (1984) Atalji, along with Charan Singh, led a contingent of demonstrators the next day. I raised the issue in Parliament, charging the government with abdication of its responsibility in the face of unprecedented challenge to national unity and rule of law… the Prime Minister was ultimately forced to use the military to liberate the Golden Temple from its anti-national occupants.”
This was not the only reason but the victory of India in war against Pakistan, Indira had witnessed the command, valor and operational qualities of Sikhs. She knew that the Sikhs eliminated Mogul rule in India and fought against British also. The sacrifices made by Sikhs in freedom movement. The Sikhs contributed 93% while forming only 1.5 % of population of India. Out of 121 total execution of freedom fighters 93 were Sikhs other then sent to life imprisonment the number of total prisoners were 2646, the Sikhs were 2147.
Nehru family history
She herself was daughter of descendent of Gangu Brahmin who was the cook ofirhind Guru Gobind Singh and betrayed with Guru, handed over his children to Nawab of Sirhind. The philosophy, concept and views of Brahminic Sanatan dharma and Sikh religion are totally against each other.
She married a Muslim, had Nikah in London and got a mew name as Maimuna Begum. She was a Muslim by heart. She is the only PM of India who paid homage to founder of Mogul empire Babar at his grave in Afghanistan.It was revealed by Natwar Singh former foreign minister of India in his book “Profile and Letters” (ISBN: 8129102358).
It states that- In 1968 Indira Gandhi as the Prime Minister of India went on an official visit to Afghanistan. Natwar Sing accompanied her as an IFS officer in duty. After having completed the day’s long engagements, Indira Gandhi wanted to go out for a ride in the evening. After going a long distance in the car, Indira Gandhi wanted to visit Babur’s burial place, though this was not included in the itinerary. The Afghan security officials tried to dissuade her, but she was adamant. In the end she went to that burial place. It was a deserted place. She went before Babur’s grave, stood there for a few minutes with head bent down in reverence. Natwar Singh stood behind her. When Indira had finished her prayers, she turned back and told Singh “Today we have had our brush with history.” Worth to mention that the Mogul emperor Baabar was the founder of Mogul rule in India, from which the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty have descended.
I would like to remind you that Babar was an invader and founder of Mogul kingdom in India.
She was also invited by Sheikh of Saudi Arab though non-Muslims are not allowed to enter Mecca. Her love to Islam was also a factor in having animosity with Sikhs.
One more evidence needs to be quoted here; The former President of Hockey Federation of India Ashwini Kumar. He writes …..
WHEN INDIRA GANDHI ASKED: ˜WHY SIKH PLAYERS ONLY?”
“In 1974 when I was an Inspector-General in the Border Security Force I received a call from the Prime Minister’s Office that Mrs Indira Gandhi wanted to see me urgently that evening.
“I was on an inspection visit to some border posts in Kashmir near Gulmarg. I was stunned at this SOS from the PMO. A chopper flew me from Gulmarg to Srinagar from where I took a regular flight of the Indian Airlines to New Delhi.
“I could not guess the reason for the summons. There was not much happening in either the Border Security Force or Jammu and Kashmir. Anyway, I reached Delhi and went to call on the Prime Minister at the appointed time.
“After a formal exchange of greetings, I mustered some courage to ask the Prime Minister: ’Madam, you asked for me. Is there anything specific?’
“No, nothing much. The only reason I have called you here is to tell you that the Education Minister recently pointed out to me that you have been recruiting too many Sikh hockey players,’ said Mrs Gandhi.
“I kept quiet though I was very upset. I returned to the guest house and signed my letter of resignation from the post of president of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) and sent it immediately to the then President of the Indian Olympic Association, Raja Bhalinder Singh. All my friends in sports in general and hockey in particular advised me against this step. But I was determined. I had so much faith and trust in my hockey players, most of whom were Sikhs. I could not have left them down.
“The contribution of Sikhs to Indian hockey has always been immense and I salute them.”
This is a part of the speech Mr Ashwani Kumar, who was once the doyen of Indian hockey, made at a function held in the union capital in April, 2006, to felicitate the top 10 Sikh hockey Olympians of India. The second part of his speech was how he and other members of his family fought violent protestors and arsonists during the anti-Sikh riots in Delhi in 1984. He then eulogized the contribution of great Sikh hockey players like Sahib Singh, Sarup Singh, Udham Singh, Harmik Singh and Ajitpal Singh to Indian hockey.
He complimented Sikh hockey players for their devotion, commitment, sincerity and hard work.
Now you can see the game of Hockey is ruined in India, and who is responsible for this lost charm to which Sikh youths were fascinated once.
Through this we get a glimpse of Indira Gandhi’s stubborn nature, but she was also a figure among ciphers. It was revealed by none other then by President of Bhartiya Janta Party in his book, ‘My country my life’ as…. “He persuaded Indira to attack on Golden temple”
On the contrary the Akali Dal in Punjab was also on conflict against Sant Jarnail Singh. Though it’s leader Parkash Singh Badal was weaker against Sant Jarnail Singh but he is a shrewd politician. He brought ahead the religious leader Sant Longowal and proposed Gurcharan Singh Tohra as next Chief minister of Punjab. Now Sant Longowal and Gurcharan Singh Tohra had become the functionaries of Badal. Badal played several malicious moves to down the increasing popularity of Sant Jarnail singh ji Bhindran among Sikh masses (By AR Darshi, ex-joint Secretary Punjab in his book, ‘The gallant defender’).
The operation was truly a terror inflicted upon a minority living in a “democratic” state. The government did not keep track when it slaughtered its own people in that fearsome army operation. Indian government still claims that the Operation Woodrose never happened but the cold hard facts presented in Cynthia Mahmood’s book “fighting for faith and nation” negates those claims completely. The Hindustan Times correspondent Chand Joshi alleged that the army units “acted in total anger” and shot down all the suspects rounded up from the temple complex. Mark Tully and Satish Jacob, in Amritsar; “Mrs. Gandhi’s Last Battle”, criticized the Army for burning down the Sikh Reference Library, stating that it did this to destroy the culture of the Sikhs. In The Sikhs of Punjab, Joyce Pettigrew alleges that the army conducted the operation to “suppress the culture, and political will, of a people”. Similar accusations of high handedness by the Indian Army and allegations of human rights violations by security forces in Operation Blue Star and subsequent military operations in Punjab have been levelled by Justice V. M. Tarkunde.
Attack on Golden Temple and its follow-up Operation Woodrose, concealed from public eye with great treachery, were two of the most inhumane acts committed by the Indian government. It is not surprising that this legacy of ill-will and bloodshed produced a sense of alienation among the Sikhs. In search of political gain, countless Sikhs were murdered and no one was held accountable.
In our religion, we have been taught that if everything else fails, it is righteous to take the sword. That is Sikh history. It may not be politically correct but this is what a true Sikh is supposed to do. There are thousands of arm chair statesmen and so called experts, but very few put their money where their mouth is. They are scared for their lives. Nobody likes to face the wrath of the powers that be, by speaking the truth. That is a fact. Bhindranwale was an icon, he fought against injustice and died as a martyr. At the end of the day, as long as the injustice continues, the fight shall continue, that is just history.
We have also been informed about the animosity of Indira with Sikh community and how she reacted on several times. An example of Ramlila Ground Delhi is also received by us which we need to share with our readers.
Here it is;
“Sangat ji, all this was happened only due to following reasons in Delhi! Soon after this the Govt. Got against Damdami Taksal and Sikhs in Punjab. Result—Sikh genocide of 1984……”
In Delhi on 7 December 1975 AD � to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Shaheedi of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Jee, in the Ram Lila ground, a procession of 2.2 million people arrived and P.M. Indira Gandhi came onto the stage. In the presence of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee, all those on the stage arose to welcome and respect her, but it was only Baba Kartar Singh Jee who remained seated. On the stage Baba Jee spoke passionately about this anti-Sikh act. Many leaders who spoke on the stage said that P.M. Indira Gandhi had built an excellent relationship with Punjab, after which she said, “..the Delhi government got Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur martyred and today the Delhi government prostrates to Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Jee. The same Delhi government who gave reports against the Sikhs, today respects and reveres Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Jee.”
Baba Jee’s time to speak was after P.M. Indira Gandhi, he stated :
‘First Rajput Kings used to give their daughters to get rewards. Today Sikhs are disgracing themselves if they do the same. For this reason no Sikh is to marry their daughter to a Mona or a patit and the rehatnama says:
ਕੰਨਿਆ ਦੇਵੈ ਸਿਖ ਕੋ ਲੇਵੈ ਨਹਿ ਕਿਛੁ ਦਾਮ । ਸੋਈ ਮੇਰਾ ਸਿਖ ਹੈ ਪਹੁਚੇ ਗੁਰ ਕੇ ਧਾਮ ।
A Sikh that marries his daughter to a Sikh and does not take any money/dowry, he is a true Sikh of mine and will reach my abode in Sachkand. (Bhai Sahib Singh Rehatnama, p.160)
The second point that he clarified was that ‘We want to ask Indira Gandhi who achieved the rule of the Delhi government? If you have come here to prostrate to Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur you have done no great act. If Guru Jee had not become martyred, the master of this throne would have been a Muslim and everywhere all would be greeted with Salaam Walekum. You yourself would have been under a Burka(Hijab).
The number of hairs that are on the body of the P.M., even if she was to cut her head off that many times and placed at the feet of Guru Jee, she still would not be able to remove the debt owed to Sri Guru Tegh Bahaur Jee. Regardless of how powerful the P.M., ‘no one is more powerful than our Guru. She should prostrate to our loved one, the light of the 10 Kings – Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee, not require that we get up and pay respect to her.’
Following this, Jaikaras (Hails) were heard from all areas of the arena.
Due to the truth being spoken by Baba Kartar Singh Jee, this led to disputes being raised by P.M. Indira Gandhi with the Damdami Taksal. If anyone disrespected Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee he never tolerated it. Thus he spoke up against the Nakali Nirankaris and led programs to tackle their onslaught on Sikhi.
Baba Kartar Singh Jee served as the Jathedar of Damdami Taksal for 8 years and did much Gurmat Parchar in this time. On August, 3rd, 1977, he was traveling from Maleeha (Jalandhar) to Solan and at the station Hussaainpur, where his car crashed into a tree causing him critical injuries. He was taken to the C.M.C. Hospital. He ascended to Sachkhand here on August 16th, 1977. He was cremated at Gurdwara Gurdarshan Parkash at Mehta on August, 21st, 1977.
Analysis by : Ajmer Singh Randhawa.