Monthly Archives: OCTOBER 2019

RSS Role in 1984 Sikh Massacre; What Nana Deshmukh wrote?

The Indian state is still searching for the criminals behind 1984 massacre of Sikhs even after elapsing more than three decades. This attitude proves once again that perpetrators of violence against minorities whether in case of Nellie massacre (1983), Sikh massacre (1984), massacre of Muslims in post-Babri mosque demolition (1992), Kandhmal violence against Christians (1997) and Gujarat genocide (2002) will never be punished. In nation-wide cases of horrible killing of Dalits since Independence the reality is as bad. The best Indian State would do is to establish commissions of inquiry and more commissions of inquiry.

In the case of 1984 massacre it is generally believed that the Congress cadres were behind this genocide. This may be true but there were other forces too which actively participated in this massacre and whose role has never been investigated. Those who were witness to the genocide of 1984 were stunned by the swiftness and ...

Teachings of Guru Nanak and Khalistan
30.10.19 - Justice Markandey Katju

The 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak is being observed worldwide.

In this connection I was invited by the Sikh community in the Bay Area (Silicon Valley) of California, USA to address them in a gurdwara in Milpitas (which is very near Fremont where I am presently staying).

Many of the Sikhs here had come as refugees (not on visas) following the events in India in the 1980s, and many are strong supporters of Khalistan and Bhindranwaale.
Before the function to which I was invited, some Sikhs met me and said that I had put up a fb post and blog some years back critical of Bhindranwaale, and I should delete it. I said I will certainly not delete it, but I will not speak about him in the function.

At the function, attended by a large number of Sikhs, I said that the spirit of service (seva bhaavna) which I found in ...

Aarti Tikoo Singh's speech before the US Congress
25.10.19 - Justice Markandey Katju

The Indian journalist Aarti Tikoo Singh was surely economical of the truth while speaking recently before the US Congress on Human Rights in South Asia. I have read her speech in detail. She has put the entire blame regarding the situation in Kashmir on Pakistan and its agents, and for this she has received fulsome praise and plaudits in India. I regret to have the unenviable task of pouring some cold water on all this bonhomie and hoopla.

A reading of her speech indicates that Aarti believes that

(1) The villain in Kashmir is Pakistan alone and Pakistani inspired terrorism
(2) The Kashmiri people are with India, and they wish to remain with India
(3) The abrogation of Articles 35A and 370 will benefit Kashmiris.

Now I agree that for long Pakistan was supporting terrorism in Kashmir. I also condemn what was done to Kashmiri Pandits who were hounded out of the ...

Is the history of 1999 repeating itself?
20.10.19 - IP SINGH*

History does have a habit of repeating itself. And the slanging match between Punjab government and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) regarding the 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak does take us back to 1999, when the one-upmanship game played during tercentenary of foundation of Khalsa ruined the celebrations.
The tercentenary celebrations were remembered more for the political slugfest, extending its shadow on important Sikh institutions, which has left behind an impression so strong that even time is unable to heal.

Now, the question that is creating a ripple in the Sikh community: Will the fighting reach the levels of bitterness of what was witnessed in 1999 or will sanity prevail?

At that time, appeals and pleas that political issues be thrashed out later were just trashed and people witnessed new levels of unbridled political interference in the SGPC affairs and the working of Akal Takht. Not surprisingly, against the backdrop ...

'Gau Mata' and the beef issue
17.10.19 - Justice Markandey Katju

I was really not inclined to discuss this issue again. I was not so inclined because I have already spoken and written a lot on it, and am now fed up trying to educate asinine blockheads who unfortunately are the vast majority in India, and who believe that a cow is 'Gau Mata' when even a little common sense can tell us that an animal cannot be the mother of a human being. A cow cannot be venerated as a mother just because it gives us milk to drink, otherwise we must also venerate goats, buffaloes, camels, yaks, deer etc because humans drink their milk too.

Eating beef cannot be regarded wicked, otherwise we will have to regard over 90% of the world's population (Americans, Europeans, Africans, Arabs, Chinese, Russians, Turks, Afghans, Pakistanis, Thais, and even some of our own countrymen like Keralites, Bengalis, Goans, North Easterners etc) who eat beef ...

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