Tag: Bhindrawale

Anti Sikh Congress, trying to disrupt peace in Punjab

“Congress has a long history of disrupting peace and harmony in state and for scoring political points and in the run-up to assembly election in Punjab, Congress is siding with Sikh hardliners to gain on vote bank. Power hungry Congress is not afraid of indulging in dangerous game of playing with fire in Punjab.”

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Being a border state, Punjab is highly sensitive and volatile in nature insurgency had affected the state for more than a decade. Any move by a political party to compromise with the social and peaceful fabric of Punjab to gain political benefits can prove to be extremely dangerous. From siding with Sikh hardliners for political gains to raking up raking up controversial issues an hurting Sikh sentiment, Congress is doing all it takes to make a mark in upcoming assembly polls scheduled early next year.

Siding with Sikh extremist

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Congress has a long history of supporting Sikh extremist element in Punjab. It is pertinent to note here that Congress party was responsible for inventing Bhindrawale, and transforming him from a saint to a Sikh militant. Bhindrawale later went up against the state and the party, which had nurtured him. People of Punjab had to pay a huge price in wake of their personal animosity between Bhindrawale and Congress leadership.

Now congress has been playing with fire by fuelling the extremist element in state. The party was behind the recently held ‘Sarbat Khalsa’, a Sikh Congregation, which was apparently a Khalistani platform. It is worth mentioning here that Congress leaders were not only present at the congregation but they were instrumental in framing of resolutions passed at ‘Sarbat Khalsa’, which included demand for a Khalistan state.

A large number of Congress leaders are endorsing the views of extremist elements and it is now a known fact that Sikh hardliners are either joining the party ranks or are endorsing the views and vice a versa.

Militancy in Punjab was one of the darkest periods in Punjab’s history and Punjab had to pay a huge price in wake of bloodbath. Extremist elements are slowly reviving in Punjab and Congress is now trying to ignite it for political gains.

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How congress created a ‘Saint’

“Unable to accept defeat from Akali Dal in 1977, Congress leader and defeated Chief Minister Zail Singh Under the influence of Sanjay Gandhi decided that some ‘Sant’ should be put up to challenge the Akali government. Little did they know that the same ‘Sant’ would later rise up in arms against them.”

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Zail Singh, the defeated chief minister who later became President of India, could not bear the loss of defeat.

It was not only because he had lost power, but also because of the fact that Gurdial Singh Commission appointed to look into his conduct as chief minister, had found him guilty of misuse of power.

Sanjay Gandhi’s dubious role

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Sanjay Gandhi, who was known for his extra-constitutional methods, suggested that some ‘Sant’ should be included in their armory to challenge the ruling Akali government. Zail Singh and Darbara Singh, who was a Congress Working Committee member and later became chief minister, shortlisted two candidates. After evaluation, Sanjay found Janranil Singh Bhindrawale to be ideal for the job. Prior to that Bhindrawale was heading the Damdami Taksal, the crucial Sikh learning institute.

How Congress nurtured Bhindrawale

Congress leader and Sanjay Gandhi’s friend, Kamal Nath confessed to Kuldip Nayar, the renowned journalist as to how Congress created Bhindrawale who later turned a slain militant. Nayar in his book “Beyong the Lanes” recounted what Kamal Nath had confessed:

“The first one we interviewed did not look a ‘courageous type’. Bhindranwale, strong in tone and tenor, seemed to fit the bill. We would give him money off and on, but we never thought he would turn into a terrorist.”

Sikh radicals led by Bhindrawale later raged a war against state and would openly state that Sikhs should establish Khalistan with the assistance of China and Pakistan. Punjab suffered bloodbath for more than two decades and Punjabis had to pay a huge price in wake of congress’ political opportunism.