1984 The world weeps

In News & Views, Political

By Mark Maxey

On 31 October 1984, two of Indira Gandhi’s Sikh bodyguards, Satwant Singh and Beant Singh, shot her with their service weapons in the garden of the prime minister’s residence at 1 Safdarjung Road, New Delhi, allegedly in revenge for the Operation Bluestar The shooting occurred as she was walking past a wicket gate guarded by the two men. She was to be interviewed by the British filmmaker Peter Ustinov, who was filming a documentary for Irish television. Beant Singh shot her three times using his side-arm; Satwant Singh fired 30 rounds. The men dropped their weapons and surrendered. Afterwards, they were taken away by other guards into a closed room where Beant Singh was shot dead. Kehar Singh was later arrested for conspiracy in the attack. Both Satwant and Kehar were sentenced to death and hanged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail.

Satwant Singh and Beant Singh were Khalsa warriors first, sworn by one oath. To protect the Shikh faithful. They only did what was right by assassinating Gandhi. Khalsa in Punjabi means (“To be pure, to be clear, to be free from”) refers to both a community that considers Sikhism as its faith,[1] as well as a special group of initiated Sikhs.[ The Khalsa tradition was initiated in 1699 by the last living Guru of Sikhism, Guru Gobind Singh. Its formation was a key event in the history of Sikhism.[3] The founding of Khalsa is celebrated by Sikhs during the festival of Vaisakhi.

Guru Gobind Singh started the Khalsa tradition after his father, Guru Tegh Bahadur, was beheaded during the Islamic sharia rule of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Guru Gobind Singh created and initiated the Khalsa as a warrior with a duty to protect the innocent from any form of religious persecution.

Operation Bluestar initiated by Gandhi was to put to rest the unsettling uprising of Punjabi’s right to govern themselves in a separate state other than India. After all, the historical and archaeological facts of history show the Punjabi Sikhs to have inhabited the same loans since around 1500 when Guru Nanak started the Sikh faith. The Sikh faith for over 500 years is a faith of tolerance of all religions, the ending of the draconian caste system, the belief in One God, Ek Onkar. It’s only right for the Punjabi’s to once again self rule in the territory they have remained in. The Sihks are not a warring religion, they are quite peaceful. Unless someone harms the innocent from any kind of religious persecution. The Khalsa initiates do just that, as seen by the karmic justice befallen Gandhi., That is what Satwant Singh and Beant Singh did on the morning of October 21, 1984.

Operation Blue Star was the code name for an Indian military action carried out between 1 and 8 June,1984, to capture Sikh leader Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his followers along with demolition of the buildings of Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) complex in Amritsar, Punjab. The decision to launch the attack rested with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi,  who, according to retired general S.K. Sinha, had been considering the operation for more than 18 months prior, authorizing army preparation for it long before any insurgents were in the complex.In July 1982, Harchand Singh Longowal, the President of the Sikh political party Akali Dal, had invited Bhindranwale

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satwant_Singh

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beant_Singh_(assassin)

www.nytimes.com/1989/01/06/world/india-hangs-two-sikhs-convicted-in-assassination-of-indira-gandhi.html

/indiatoday.intoday.in/story/indira-gandhi-assassination-death-anniversary-things-to-know-operation-blue-star/1/799136.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kehar_Singh

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khalsa

to take up residence in the Golden Temple Complex to evade demolition of Sri Akal Takht Sahib. The government said that Bhindranwale later turned the sacred temple complex into an armoury and headquarters.

Indian intelligence agencies had reported that three prominent heads of the Khalistan movement—Shabeg Singh — a court-martialed Indian Army officer who fought in major battles for India, Balbier Singh, and Amrik Singh, had made at least six trips each to Pakistan between 1981 and 1983. The weapons training was being provided at Akal Takht Sahib by General Shabeg Singh. The Intelligence Bureau alleged that the training was being provided at Gurdwaras in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. Amrik Singh responded to these allegations by stating that student training camps with “traditional weapons” had existed prior for four decades at these locations. The Soviet intelligence agency KGB reportedly[weasel words] tipped off the Indian intelligence agency R&AW about the CIA and ISI working together on a plan for Punjab. From its interrogation of a Pakistani army officer, R&AW received information that over a thousand trained Special Service Group commandos of the Pakistan Army had been dispatched by Pakistan into the Indian Punjab to assist Bhindranwale in his fight against the government, but there only common Sikhs could join Bhindrawale because of the high level of Indian Border Security. Many Pakistani agents also followed the smuggling routes in the Kashmir and Kutch region of Gujarat, with plans to commit sabotage.

The brutal response by the Indian government and army for Gandhi’s assanation slaughtered, and raped over 8,800 Sikh Indians were genocided by their own government. Then the government tried their best to hide their sins.

Operation Blue Star was the code name for an Indian military action carried out between 1 and 8 June,1984, to capture Sikh leader Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his followers along with demolition of the buildings of Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) complex in Amritsar, Punjab. The decision to launch the attack rested with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who, according to retired general S.K. Sinha, had been considering the operation for more than 18 months prior, authorizing army preparation for it long before any insurgents were in the complex. In July 1982, Harchand Singh Longowal, the President of the Sikh political party Akali Dal, had invited Bhindranwale to take up residence in the Golden Temple Complex to evade demolition of Sri Akal Takht Sahib. The government said that Bhindranwale later turned the sacred temple complex into an armoury and headquarters.

Indian intelligence agencies had reported that three prominent heads of the Khalistan movement—Shabeg Singh — a court-martialed Indian Army officer who fought in major battles for India, Balbier Singh, and Amrik Singh, had made at least six trips each to Pakistan between 1981 and 1983. The weapons training was being provided at Akal Takht Sahib by General Shabeg Singh. The Intelligence Bureau alleged that the training was being provided at Gurdwaras in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. Amrik Singh responded to these allegations by stating that student training camps with “traditional weapons” had existed prior for four decades at these locations. The Soviet intelligence agency KGB reportedly[weasel words tipped off the Indian intelligence agency R&AW about the CIA and ISI working together on a plan for Punjab. From its interrogation of a Pakistani army officer, R&AW received information that over a thousand trained Special Service Group commandos of the Pakistan Army had been dispatched by Pakistan into the Indian Punjab to assist Bhindranwale in his fight against the government, but there only common Sikhs could join Bhindrawale because of the high level of Indian Border Security. Many Pakistani agents also followed the smuggling routes in the Kashmir and Kutch region of Gujarat, with plans to commit sabotage.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Blue_Star

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1984_anti-Sikh_riots

In 2011, Human Rights Watch reported that the Government of India had “yet to prosecute those responsible for the mass killings”. According to the 2011 WikiLeaks cable leaks, the United States was convinced of Indian National Congress’ complicity in the riots and called it “opportunism” and “hatred” by the Congress government, of Sikhs. Although the U.S. has not identified the riots as genocide, it acknowledged that “grave human rights violations” occurred. In 2011, a new group of mass graves was discovered in Haryana and Human Rights Watch reported that “widespread anti-Sikh attacks in Haryana were part of broader revenge attacks” in India. The Central Bureau of Investigation, the main Indian investigative agency, believes that the violence was organised with support from the Delhi police and some central-government officials. Sikh Research Institute held a recent discussion of this massacre. Their recent webinar  asks, How do we remember? How do we advocate? How do we survive? Watch this webinar with three leading voices in the November 1984 Anti-Sikh pogroms study. Dr. Ishmeet Kaur, a professor at the University of Gujarat, explores the literary and artistic response to the Pogroms. Dr. Shruti Devgan, a professor at Bowdoin College, has researched in the diasporic, 1st, and 2nd generation response to the events of 1984 and how the events have been commemorated digitally. Finally, Mr. Ryan Singh Kohli, a leading public law practitioner in the UK, will share his work with Sardar HS Phoolka in the struggle for legal justice for the victims of November 1984.

Sardar Beant Singh and Sardar Satwant Singh delivered justice to Indira Gandhi for ordering the 1984 Ghallughara: attack on Sri Harimandar Sahib and Akal Takht Sahib Complex along with 70 Gurduaras throughout the Punjab. https://www.facebook.com/sikhresearchinstitute/videos/1299398613821959

The book, “THE VALIANT” – BOOK ON JASWANT SINGH KHALRA, has been launched. The book “The Valiant: Jaswant Singh Khalra” in England and Punjab is now available for pre-order. This richly-illustrated book takes young readers on an interesting and inspiring journey through the life and times of an iconic human rights activist, Jaswant Singh Khalra (1952 – 1995), who was tortured and brutally murdered in custody for valiantly standing by the hapless victims of state oppression.

As an essential backdrop, the book also gives a comprehensive overview of the recent history of the Sikhs and Punjab, making it a must-read for the next generation of Punjabis and Sikhs, educating and inspiring them to walk the path once trodden by the great son of the soil.

The criminal was Gandhi, the executioners were the Indian army and government. Even still to this day, under Modi, the Punjab farmers are being oppressed. Modi and the BJP party better remember 1984. The Sikh Khalsa still exist, their #1 job is to protect the innocent from religious persecution.  The world will never forget 1984 and the systematic genocide of the Sikh people by their own government. Fascists should really look at history more. The oppressed rise up and assassinate their oppressors.

https://sikhri.org/videos/genocide

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