34the anniversary of 1984’s Sikh pogrom: Dozens of organizations protest against ‘state-sponsored genocides’

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Activists hold protest demonstration near Parliament against 1984’s Sikh pogrom at New Delhi.

 

By Muslim Mirror Staff

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New Delhi: To mark the 34th anniversary of the genocide of Sikhs in 1984, hundreds of activists on Thursday gathered near the Parliament and held a protest demonstration. They reiterated the demand of punishing the guilty of the state-sponsored Sikh pogrom and reminded the countrymen about “state organized communal genocides”.

The protest demonstration was organized by Lok Raj Sangathan. A host of organizations have been consistently fighting for the cause of the victims of the genocide, and demanding that those guilty of organizing the genocide be punished. Representatives of these organisations addressed the protest rally.

They included S. Raghvan, President of Lok Raj Sangathan,  HS Phoolka, Senior Advocate, and MLA of the Punjab Assembly, Jarnail Singh, journalist and former MLA of the Delhi Assembly, Senior Advocate Shahid Ali of the United Muslims Front, Inamur-Rehman of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Prakash Rao of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, Siraj Taalib of the Welfare Party of India, Shri Inderjeet Singh of the Sikh Forum, Ms poonam of Purogami Mahila Sangathan, Lokesh Kumar of the Mazdoor Ekta Committee, Rakesh Kumar of the Hind Naujawan Ekta Sabha, renu, K.P. Giri, and many others.

Speakers pointed out that in spite of immense pressure from the ruling establishment, we have never let people forget the horrendous crimes perpetrated 34 years back in the streets of Delhi and other places on innocent people. In an atmosphere of growing hate crimes and state repression on those who defend human rights, it is very important to boldly come out and condemn what is wrong, even if the perpetrator is the state itself and parties of the establishment, ministers and high ranking officials. We need to counter the total silence in the mainstream media about the genocide. New generations born after 1984 need to be told the truth so that such gruesome killings can be avoided in the future.

Speakers pointed out that the genocide of 1984 was a meticulously planned state-organised crime and not just a spontaneous outburst. It was planned several months in advance. There is overwhelming evidence that it was planned at the highest levels including the ruling party, the cabinet, security officials, and the bureaucracy.

The genocide was a part of the overall “divide and rule” strategy of the ruling class. This strategy has been the preferred weapon in the hands of political parties and their governments to stabilize their rule and push through policies which are against the interests of people and benefit only the corporate business houses.

Speakers pointed out that just as the real perpetrators of the genocide of 1984 are yet to be punished, the criminals who organised the destruction of Babri masjid, the massacres of Muslims in 2002, and other communal massacres are still roaming scot free. Attacks on minority communities have only increased since 1984. They have been the target of lynch mobs, encounter killings, and harassment and imprisonment under black laws such as UAPA.

The fact that both Congress and BJP have been involved in these criminal acts was highlighted by many speakers. Both the parties have organised communal violence and terror against the people. Speakers pointed out that people cannot rely on these parties of the establishment to punish the guilty of communal massacres.

The protest demonstration revealed the growing political unity of people against state organized communal genocides. The participants resolved to strengthen this unity, and expose the machinations of all political forces who try to divide people on religion, caste, language and other ways. They resolved to step up the struggle to punish the guilty of 1984.

 

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  1. I am a Haryanvi Jat teaching in a High School in UP’s Trai Region with substantial Sikh Population who are engaged in farming. Sikhs are now only community which is declining in India. Sikhs used to be 1.9% of Population in previous census and in current census they have declined to 1.7 percent of indian population where as Muslims population has increased. It is projected by demographers that Sikhs population will reduce to less than 1% percent of Indian population by 2nd or 3rd census. It pains to see that every Sikh Child today wants to go abroad and countries like Canada, Australia, Italy and even Russian Georgia are grabbing them in millions. In my school where I teach, all most all Sikh Kids are going abroad. It was time when these Sikhs wanted to join Army, Airforce, Police. Now, I hear that Sikhs are joining Armies of USA, Canada, Australia and even Isreal. When I discuss with my elders in my village, they tell me that is because of 1984 riots and it has led to to silent migration of Sikhs. Being a small community, they do not constitute any vote bank for political parties to woo. Except creation of Present day Punjab, Sikhs never had any major political demand. Sikhs soon realized that they can not get Khalistan. Today, large number of farmers with huge land holdings in California are Sikhs. Just like in India, large numbers of Sikhs are Truck or Big Rig drivers and mzny own big trucking companies. In Italy, they are in dairy and cheese farming. Malaysia recently had a Turband Police Chief and Singapore had a Sikh Army Chief. Nikky Haley is former 2 term Governor of USA who is expected to run for USA Presidency. It is sad to see them leave India. If Indian could not make Sikhs to believe in India then how can other minorities be convinced.

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