For decades, the country has been suffering through the hypocrisy of the Congress party. Be it the fulfillment of promises made pre-election or the other biases they as a party present over and over again. One of the most important reminders of it is the fact that the party has absolutely no remorse about the suffering of the sikh community which happened at their behest, back in 1984.
One of the major examples of this criminal bias is played by Captain Amarinder Singh, the front runner for the Congress party in Punjab. Lately, he gave an opportunity to many people to raise eyebrows with him defending Jagdish Tytler of being innocent in the 1984 riots. His greed for power and governance surfaced with him supporting and defending a man who is alleged of being responsible for the massacre of thousands of Sikhs, a fact that was proven back then by the investigating team Nanavati commission in 2000. Later, time and time again with every investigation that took place this fact was reinstated. Yet, Captain Singh has defended Jagdish Tytler to the tee. Publicly and otherwise.
As a true Sikh, he should have joined the masses asking for justice and stripping off Jagdish Tytler and others responsible for the death of Sikhs in the 1984 riots instead he went ahead and supported the accused, all this to satiate his political greed. The picture of Captain Amarinder Singh sharing the stage with Jagdish Tytler in a rally has gained has created controversy as Jagdish Tytler is believed to be responsible for the genocide of the Sikhs in 1984 moreover he went ahead and gave a clean chit to Jagdish Tytler in an interview. The interview led to a massive protest by the people in Delhi and in front of Captain Amarinder Singh’s place.
What Captain fails to understand is the malice he is creating in the hearts of the members of the sikh community against himself. It almost seems like he is in absolute support of the mishaps that the victims and families of the victims, suffered at the hands of the massacre.
Today, it is safe to say that he has lost a huge part of his respect and himself to this controversy and it seems difficult to turn back time and undo the actions and statements he made towards the people of the sikh community, in a way showing support towards the anti-sikh uprising in 1984. Now, a man who cannot be trusted with his own, how can the nation rely upon such a leader or a brutal party such as the congress to take care of the peace and harmony of the country?
Conclusively, it puts a serious doubt in the head and hearts of the people of the country towards their decisions that may be working towards favoring the country. If analyzed, one may realize the threat such members of the nation pose to safeguarding what is so important to it – peace, harmony and secularism. It makes one wonder – When will the negative bias stop? When will our nation learn? When will justice finally prevail? This fortress built on the dead bodies of innocent lives, will certainly fall someday.
Innocent lives being taken away for the heck of it is a common phenomenon nowadays. But back when human lives were much more valued than they are now, something happened. Something that altered history changed a lot about how much trust a human must and can put, into a government that runs their country.
Ring a bell? Let’s go back to 1984. One of the most formative years’ in the history of Indian politics which also marks the death of one and only woman leader of our country- Indira Gandhi. It was a sad and sudden demise. But why should a particular community have to suffer the consequences of the mishap not just back then but in years to come post that as well. The 1984 Sikh riots left the incurable scars on the entire nation. The riot is called as massive massacre of Sikhs in Delhi and nearby areas that took a toll of lives and created an environment of threat and terror. Needless to say, it was purposefully initiated against Sikhs.
It is shocking to see, that a party of National standards got involved in the acts of racial extermination as a mark of revenge. Many generations fall fatal to the riots. A fact to ponder upon is : did citizens select a party for maintaining peace and harmony in the nation or a party is driven by a single person? How can one claim the entire Sikh community responsible for the murder of Late Indira Gandhi? Why were the small kids, aged people, women tribe and innocents who were not linked to politics? It forces us to think whether our future is secured in the hands of such people who set precision of autocracy or not.
In an attempt to redeem themselves of their destructive actions, the Congress party later tried to pacify the pain of victims by setting up investigation, but it failed miserably to reach any conclusion and ended in lack of evidence. The situation continued till 2000 when non-Congress Govt. came into action and Nanavati Commission was set up to investigate the case.
In their ardent efforts to expose the crimes of the supposed protectors of the nation and all its communities, the commission successfully exposed the masterminds behind the heinous acts of brutality against the Sikhs which included names of Congress leaders and workers like Sajjan Kumar, Bhagat and Jagdish Tytler. But all the efforts went in vain when offenders gained political heights. Only to have Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi make an insensate statement about the massacre happened in 1984.
The pain of injustice is felt by the Sikh community till date. It is something that cannot be undone for them. It has become difficult to understand whether the party has any sympathy towards people who lost their lives or loved ones, or they are just playing their wicked political tactics to garner votes. Only time will tell!
But as an honest duty towards the country and the community, all the voting members of the society too must keep in touch with their humane side and think about all these wrongdoings by the congress government before casting their vote to them. Yesterday it was the Sikh’s, tomorrow will be another Indian community. It’s your time to choose- Harmony or riots? Empathy or selfishness? It’s time to decide what you want to see in your government.
For as long as one can remember, congress has tried it’s best to tamper with the growth of Punjab. In light of recent events, the role of Congress has been proved to be present beyond doubt in the incidents of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib as well as those who were launching vicious attacks on Akal Takht, Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) and tenets of Sikhism.
Dating back to an incident as old as the 1984 sikh riots – the clear discrimination against the sikh community by congress, was rather distressing. In keeping with the just and stable atmosphere that the ruling government of a country is to create, congress did a rather shoddy job back then. That lead to more than a few incidents which disrupted the harmony of the country back then and the trend continues.
The cynicism and games played by congress against the sikh’s of the nation is very apparent. To the extent that a non-sikh member of the community can see through the discriminal nature of the party, therefore, targeting a specific community.
In a thoroughly secular country like India, the confusion created by anti-national resolutions during the November 10 meeting was the handiwork of the Congress party and its stooges. The resolutions passed at the end of the so called Sarbat Khalsa were a betrayal of the people gathered there. None of them wanted Khalistan. The Congress should tell the people why it had not taken any action against its senior members who took part in the event.
The divisiveness felt by sikh’s of the nation have always felt a sense of unrest ever since the 1984 upheaval. It seems that it is almost impossible to be forgotten. Not only more than 21,000 innocent people lost their lives to this ploy by congress to advantage themselves, but that has left a deep scar in the heart of every Punjabi.
In a generation of learned and well-informed Indians of the country, it is now high time that the ill-doings of the congress party and their discriminating behavior be questioned and in fact, be protested against. Having said that, it is imperative that the youth of the country be made aware with regards to who they pick to lead them now and furthermore in their lives. The past has not been forgotten. The wounds of the sikh’s still continue to fester but that can be prevented for the future for not just the sikh community, but any other community that the congress aims to hamper with. To a successful and bright future; not forgetting the harsh learning of the past.