Saturday, August 13, 2005

Congress sprinkles Salt on Sikh Wounds again

Another report has come out, from another commission and once again the victims of the largest organized anti-Sikh riots in India are re-living the pain of that dark week. I am a victim of those riots, I spent a week in my uncles’ neighbor’s attic. I remember the noises of the crowd even today; I relive them every time someone talks about those days.

Events like that change your life for ever; it was those nights in the attic that reaffirmed my identity to remain a Sikh, a turbaned Sikh. If Congress, BJP or any one else ever thought or think that putting fear in the heart of Sikhs will make them give up their religious identity, they are sadly mistaken. You can blame the riots of 1984 for reaffirming many Sikhs into their faith, giving voice to the sentiment that was being raised from Punjab for a separate Sikh State.

Every time a new commission comes out and gives a report, the victims relive those days. The findings of the latest, Nanavati commission are not new. The nine commissions before him have named same politician that Justice Nanavati named, there have been commission before that names Police officers… but no justice has been served. The findings of the latest have led to resignations, but what this victim is waiting for justice, file charges against the named in any report by any commission and run a fair trial without scaring away and bribing the witnesses. If the Government in incapable of doing that much do us all a favor and stop putting together any more commissions.

We know who the guilty are; any one else who cares to know can read the reports of the ten commissions. Sikhs are not good are remaining victims of any one or anything. We have always recovered and come up stronger… from the days of Mannu, the Mughal emperor, to present day. Mannu sadi datri, aasi mannu de soe, oh jeon jeon sanu wadh da, aasi dune chaune hoye.

I want to Thank Dr. Manmohan Singh for apologizing for the riots, I know he meant it. I am not sure about the party he represents, as its all politics. Much like Akalis would have us believe they stand with victims of the riots or for Sikh cause… answer one question Mr. Badal, what did you do following the riots to help the victims from your personal wealth? Don’t politicize the wounds of of weeping mothers and widows… maa di haa buree hundi ah badala!


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