An open and shut case!
Sikh community opens a case,
Badal’ites shut it
Respected Bad-al jeo,
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!
It is a tradition in Punjab that when one is communicating to an octogenarian person, then one should not express too much anger and hatred. I am constrained to say that I am not able to do so. One can accuse you of many things that you have done against the interests of Punjab and that of the Sikhs, but the subject of my present letter makes me very angry and I am pretty certain that it should instill anger and indignation amongst readers as well. If a reader chooses to hate you because of this you have to blame no one but yourself.
Many years ago I had the previlege to work with leading feminist and peoples’ rights activist Madhu Kishwar. No issue of any Indian news magazine has so poignantly portrayed the events of November 1984 as did Manushi magazine, edited by Madhu Kishwar. In one of the meetings, she asked me, “Jagmohan are you satisfied with the response of the citizens to the ghastly tragedy?” I said , “I am not sure, but it is satisfying that Sikhs themselves have come forward in a big way. She further asked me, “Are the Sikhs helping merely because the victims are Sikhs? I said, “Not really”. Sikhs are seekers of justice and a very pious people.
23 years down the line, I think I painfully say that I was wrong. As a people, as a nation we have failed; but for singular example of the likes of Harvinder Singh Phoolka, there is nothing much to say.
Your role and that of your party members is as shameful as that of Narsimha Rao and Rajiv Gandhi. I have a strong feeling that you may not have even pondered over this issue.
HKL Bhagat, Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler were three Congress party icons who symbolized the face of the Indian state’s official ‘blood for blood’ (Khoon ka badla khoon) campaign against the Sikhs. These three blood-thirsty Draculas should have either faced the gallows or be behind bars. The shameful honour to protect them goes to your good self and your party.
Avtar Singh Hit, Prahlad Singh Chandoke and Atma Singh Lubhana are three Delhi-based leaders of your party whom you have elevated to high political positions. This trio engineered the back tracking of statements of witnesses against the three Congress killers. In each case, money changed hands. How much? Perhaps you know. Helpless widows were blackmailed against deposition. From a pauper, Atma Singh Lubana became a rich man. As much as he cheated the Sikhs, he grossly abused the trust reposed in him by his tribe, the Lubanas, who bore the brunt of the attacks in Trilokpuri, Mangolpuri and Sultanpuri.All three of them have progressed to become Sikh religious leaders, upon elections as Badal Dal candidates for the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee.
You are a Zamindar, a landlord. As a feudal chieftain, it may be difficult for you to have a keen sense of justice, but revenge should have come naturally to you. I do not know whether it is possible, but I desire to have an audience with you to discuss this entire episode. Why did you do this? Was this consciously done or did you condone these acts of your leaders or did you derive any political benefit out of it?
Alas! Even if you get to read this letter I do not expect much. If burning tyres around necks, and loss of home and earth of thousands could not deter you from back-stabbing the Sikhs, then it would be foolhardy for me to expect that my innocuous letter will have an impact.
The situation is so scary that I cannot even petition the Akal Takht as you have ensured that the wails and cries of justice are drowned in the reservoir of pecuniary gain, politicking and personal rivalry.
At the altar of injustice, facing crucifixion, Jesus Christ is known to have said, “Forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” I am repeating the same for you.
God bless you.
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