Chandigarh, 3 November (2020) Recalling of 36th year of the genocide of Sikhs in Delhi and other cities/towns makes the community and democratic people ponder over the Indian State that had changed its democratic polity to a majoritarian regime with cataclysmic events that target the Sikh minority in 1984. The Sikhs got disillusioned and disoriented completely with lethal and humiliating blows –first the army attacks the Golden Temple in June 1984 and then subjecting them to whole-sale massacre after four months in November following the assassination of Indira Gandhi. Those blows, however, awakened the nationalistic Sikh elite from the deep slumber to rephrase their understanding of the 1947 Partition when Sikhs and Hindu together fought politico-religious campaign against Muslims. In the first week of November 1984, the Hindu gangs hunted the Sikhs in streets, trains, bazars and everywhere and burnt them alive, raped their women and destroyed their homes/establishments in broad-daylight in the presence of collusive police and administration. Their gurdwaras were burnt down destroying and publically setting ablaze copies of Guru Granth Sahib in the organized ethnic cleansing of the Sikhs which UNO describes as ‘genocide’ and ‘crime against humanity’. Around 5000 Sikhs were slaughtered in there days.
Neither did a dozen inquiry commissions and committees instituted by the Congress and later BJP regimes at New Delhi punish perpetrators of the massacre till today nor the indifferent and collusive state bother to deliver justice to the victim families as moral responsibility of a ‘democratic governance’.
Viewing the Sikh massacre in political and sociological terms, we can say that Indian State which inherited a communalized polity in 1947, instead of accommodating the Sikhs embarked upon building a majority community (Hindu) based Nation-State by suppressing the political potent and resisting the Sikh minority. Suppression of Sikhs was in continuation of the Hindutva crusade against the Indian Muslims. That is why Hindutva and RSS actively associated Indira Gandhi in enacting Operation Blue Star and later staging of an organized massacre of Sikhs in November. That political agenda later saw the massacre of Muslims in Gujarat in 2002 to be followed by lynching episodes. All that turned the Indian political dispensation into a majoritarian regime under Narendra Modi with BJP now attempting to formally declare India as “Hindu Rashtra’.
In the present context, the expectation of the Sikhs getting justice from the Indian State has ceased forcing them to practically examine their present and future place in Indian polity. Survival of the Sikhs as a tiny minority now revolved around how they constitute a morally upright casteless and socially egalitarian society as per the ideals of Sikh Gurus and Scripture to fight against ‘manuwaadi’ and morally debunked custodian of Indian State. The Sikhs now need to join hands with Dalits, socially and politically depressed and other like-minded peoples of the country to establish a federal set-up as required by pluralism and historically and culturally different entities living in the Indian sub-continent.
The statement jointly signed by: Gurtej Singh IAS, Sukhdev Singh Journalist, Jaspal Singh Sidhu Journalist, Gurbachan Singh, editor Des Punjab, Bhinder Singh (GM Industry), Dr. Kuldip Singh Surgeon Patiala, Rajinder Singh (Khalsa Panchayat), Ajaypal Singh Brar (author ), Prof Manjit Singh and Gurpreet Singh , President Global Sikh Council, Rajwinder Singh Rahi.
Issued by Khushhal Singh, General Secretary Kendri Singh Sabha
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