3rd June 1984 the then Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi ordered the Indian Army to enforce “Operation Blue Star” on the Sikhs holiest Gurdwara (temple) Harmandir Sahib (also known as the Golden Temple).  Harmandir Sahib  is comparable in significance to Mecca and the Vatican City.

I have provided links for those of you that want to read more about what happened that day and the months to follow. In summary it was a crime against humanity by what is claimed to be the world’s biggest democracy. The Indian government ordered the operation in an attempt to capture Saint Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale who was believed to be a threat to the government. Saint Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was found murdered within the Akal Takht Sahib, this is not, in my opinion, a very good method of capture. Along with him thousands more Sikhs were also found dead, men, women and children, as Operation Blue Star coincided with the anniversary of Guru Arjan Dev Ji martyrdom.

After the assassination of Indira Gandhi, by her two Sikh body guards, the Indian police were granted permission to kill as many Sikhs for a three day duration. For three days women were gang raped and men burnt alive. The overall death toll is not confirmed but it is believed to be well over 10,000.  

Sikhs all around the world have been waiting for 27 years for justice, yet the government continues to sweep it under the carpet and to treat Sikhs in India as second class citizens. Punjab is the main home land for many Sikhs, yet they refuse to allow us to have our separate State. A State that we deserve not only to identify as our own but to allow our faith to be practice without fear of yet another attack.

The government of India needs to recognise the brutality of its former government and needs to trial those who organised and carried out the attacks. It also needs to recognise discrimination that still exists today. We are in a time where war crimes and crimes against humanity are becoming the focus point of the International Community. This is a new world, no longer can governments, head of states and heads of the military get away with mass murders just because they are in a position of power. The Arab Spring, the trial of Ratko Mladic, the convictions in Rwanda are all examples of how 2011 is the start of a world where this position of power is shifted, no longer will the “baddies” win. Enough is enough.

Never forget 1984.

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