The 1984 genocide has left an indelible mark on the heart and minds of every Sikh. Recently, Sri Akal Takht Sahib organized a martyrdom ceremony. In that ceremony, a tribute was given to the Sikhs martyred during the genocide. During 1984, the Congress government was at the Centre. They carried Operation Blue Star to curb terrorism in Punjab. The result was a military attack on Shri Akal Takht, which resulted in a large martyrdom of the Sikh Community.
On this occasion, Jathedar Singh Sahib of Sri Akal Takht Sahib, Giani Harpreet Singh, Shiromani Committee President Bibi Jagir Kaur, and other Sikh personalities presented their views.
Meanwhile, Jathedar Singh Sahib justified the then extremist Sikhs’ slogans. Those extremists raised slogans in favor of Khalistan. The extremist slogans were a means to oppose the Centre’s attack. According to Singh Sahib, such slogans are necessary to resist the biggest attack on the Sikh Community.
Bibi Jagir Kaur said that the Sikhs martyred during the genocide were their own people. The ceremony was completely peaceful. However, the extremist Sikhs tried to heat up the atmosphere with their thoughts.
The extremist leaders of the Sikh community, who guarded against Sidak and restraint, also shared their views with the Current State Government. The present government should learn from the repression done by the Congress government in 1984.
We all know the Sikh community’s tolerance to repression. However, when the time comes, they can also retaliate against the oppressors. If Singh Sahib has supported the slogans of extremists, then this is what he had meant.
Also, it is quite sad to see the present attitude of the central government towards Punjab. One can know from its apathy towards the farmers’ movement. Both the farmers and the Sikhs of Punjab are synonymous. Most of the farmers who have been protesting on the Delhi border for the last six months are Sikh farmers.
Meanwhile, The farmers who are raising their voices against the three agricultural bills are not criminals. Further, the Central Government has betrayed the people of Punjab by withholding the Punjab Development Fund. Now it is clear that the people living across the Shambhu border are feeling disenfranchised from Punjab.
Punjab has always extended a hand of friendship towards the Centre. Punjab contributes more to the total food grain production of the country than any other state. The state, bordering Pakistan, has been playing the role of the biggest watchdog of the country.
If the Center wants to undermine the role of Punjab and if Punjab does not matter to the government, then it is clear that the Center wants to draw a line in the relationship.
Such an attempt was made during Operation Blue Star in 1984. We all know how it had cost not only Punjab but the entire country.
Moreover, the central government is preparing the ground for the dominance of one community over another. However, at some point in time, a large-scale retaliation will occur.
As the saying goes, ‘A stone, when thrown in a pond, creates ripples in the pond’. It is a pond, the waters of which will calm after a few moments of commotion, but it may take centuries to stop the stagnant instability that has developed in the communal harmony of the country.
The extremist slogans can show the way till then. Moreover, the Center will get sleepless nights. That is to say, people will always remember the 1984 genocide, the Gujarat riots, and other such repressions. This is the tragedy that comes out as a “Jaljala” by colliding with the wrong policies of any government.