Sikhs never forget. The Sikh revenge is eternal. They wait for years and then spring the attack. No one is spared.
Indira Gandhi was murdered by her Sikh body guards for conducting Operation Blue Star which pretty much destroyed the Sikh Golden Temple. It was rebuilt with funds from world Sikh devotees.General Dyer who ordered the massacre of Punajabis at Jalinwala Bagh was killed in the UK by a Sikh who waited years before he attacked the General.
The night of June 5, 1984 lives in infamy. General Kuldip Singh Brar had six infantry battalions and a detachment of commandos under his command gave orders to kill everyone. His troops stormed the golden temple premises.
28 years ago, as punishment for asking for liberation Lt. Gen Brar destroyed the Golden Temple. Brar led the brutal operation Bluestar which decimated the Khalistanis who were praying in the Golden Temple in Amritsar
The 78-year old Lt Gen KS Brar (Retd) was yesterday attacked by four Khaslitanis as revenge for the destruction of Sikhism’s holiest shrine. The other major shrine of the Sikhs is in Panja Sahib in Pakistan and is well taken care of by the government and the people of the Punjab.
Bharati media is reporting that “the central intelligence agencies said that Gen Brar who had gone to the UK to visit his daughter who lives in London and relatives along with his second wife was staying in a hotel in Mayfair in Central London. He was returning on foot to the hotel with his wife when four unidentified turbaned persons suspected to be militants attacked him with a knife near the hotel. He sustained injuries in his neck”.
Khalistan movement refers to a global political secessionist movement which seeks to create a separate Sikh state, called “Kh?list?n” (http://www.khalistan.com/). The Khalistan movement reached its zenith in 1970s and 1980s, flourishing in the Indian state of Punjab, which has a Sikh-majority population and has been the traditional birthplace and homeland of the Sikh religion. Many folks thought that the Khalistan movement is dead–looks like it survives and has been rejuvenated by this act of revenge.
In 1947, Kapur Singh, a senior Sikh Indian Civil Service officer was dismissed by the Government on the charges of corruption. After his dismissal, he published a pamphlet alleging that Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, through Governor Chandu Lal Trivedi, had issued a directive in 1947 to all the Commissioners in Punjab recommending that the Sikhs in general must be treated as a criminal tribe. The pamphlet stated:
n 1947, the governor of Punjab, Mr. C.M. Trevedi, in deference to the wishes of the Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru and Sardar Patel, the Deputy Prime Minister, issued certain instructions to all the Deputy Commissioners of Indian Punjab…These were to the effect that, without reference to the law of the land, the Sikhs in general and Sikh migrants in particular must be treated as a “criminal tribe”. Harsh treatment must be meted out to them…to the extent of shooting them dead so that they wake up to the political realities and recognise “who are the rulers and who the subjects”.
Kapur Singh was vigorously supported by the Akali Dal leader Master Tara Singh, who helped him win elections to the Punjab Legislative Assembly and the Indian Lok Sabha. Kapur Singh later played an important role in drafting the “Anandpur Resolution” which postulated preservation of “the concept of distinct and sovereign identity” of the Khalsa ( the Sikh Nation).Pritam Singh Gill, a retired school Principal of Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar, had shed light on “the Hindu conspiracy to destroy Sikhs; kill the language, kill the culture, kill the community.
The London Metropolitan Police confirmed that Gen Brar was attacked “At 10.11 PM at Qubeck Street this 70 year old man was attacked. He is stated to be in serious condition, but not life threatening. The police is still investigating the matter.’’ The Indian Union Ministry of External Affairs has also confirmed the incident.
It is a matter or public knowledge that the brutal general has been under threat since 1984 and had “Z-plus security with him at his residence in an army area in Mumbai after his retirement. His only son is living in USA. Khalistani militants have been tracking Brar since long. The last time he was in United Kingdom, he was reportedly tracked but the attempt on his life was foiled.”
Gen Brar commanding 9 Division based in Meerut as a Major General. Despite pleas from the Sikh community to find a peaceful solution he brutally led the Indian army into the Golden temple and killed everyone. It is ironic that Brar’s former superior, retired Major General Shabeg Singh was inside the temple supporting Khalistan. Brar did not bat an eyelid in murdering his boss Shabeg Singh in cold blood. After his retirement, Brar resided in the heavily guarded cantonment area of South Mumbai. After Operation Blue Star, General Brar’s maternal uncle, who lived in London, refused to have anything to do with him. According to General Brar, “his uncle wasn’t very religious earlier—he smoked, visited pubs, and didn’t maintain long hair (kesh). But after Operation Blue Star, he suddenly changed and started growing his hair and beard. He started participating in pro-Khalistan functions, and even visited Pakistan. In 1997″.
A memorial exists to remember those who were killed by Dyer in Jalinwala Bagh. No memorial exists inside the Golden Temple who who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of Khalistan. Indian Khalistanis have tried to set up a memorial to pay homage to those who were slaughtered in Amritsar. Gen Brar has opposed the proposal to set up a memorial in the Golden temple which was reportedly dedicated to militants. Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale is to be memorialized inside the temple.
While Operation Bluestar was considered militarily successful by the Bharati Army it led to an eternal schism between Sikhs and Hindus in general and Khalistanis and Indians in particular. It led to the1984 anti-Sikh riots, and the Punjab insurgency. Sikh political groups such as the Khalsa Raj Party and SAD (A) continued to pursue an independent Khalistan through non-violent means.Pro-Khalistan organizations such as Dal Khalsa are also active outside India, supported by a section of the Sikh diaspora.
The backlash has begun. In what seems to be a concerted campaign against Khalistanis Indian Punjab Police today claimed to have arrested British national Jaswant Singh Ajad linked to several pro-Khalistan militant groups including the Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), Khalistan Zindabad Force and Khalistan Tiger Force. According to the Times of India “Ajad was financing the terrorist modules to reunite them, he said, adding that he was also managing the sleeper cells of terrorists by providing them money, networking and hideouts.”
In analyzing the volatile situation, Bharat could see another decade of unrest unless this is nipped in the bud. The Sikh population of the Punjab has never given up the hope of living independently in Khalistan. The Akali Dal wanted a Sikh homeland in 1947. Gandhi hoodwinked them into joining the Indian Union–a union of disparate states. Sikhs have never forgiven Gandhi for this betrayal, just like the Dalits have not forgiven the man who fasting into death to reverse the ”separate electorate” which had been granted to the Dalits by the British. By eliminating the separate electorates for the Dalits, the Dalits were turned into eternal slaves and untouchables. Similarly the Sikhs today regret not fighting for Khalistan in 1947.
If anything close to the riots of 1984 are repeated, Bharat will pay a heavy price