Modi hits Congress with stick of November 1984 carnage of Sikhs provided by Sam Pitroda

Jagtar Singh

Chandigarh, May 10:  Congress has the unique distinction of being  a party that has several leaders at the senior level who are prone to committing self-goal. The latest to hit the party through this blunder is Sam Pitroda with his brazenly arrogant remarks on conspiratorial carnage of Sikhs in November 1984 following assassination of Prime Minister India Gandhi  to avenge Operation Bluestar, the brutal army attack on Darbar Sahib complex in Amritsar in June 1984.

Pitroda, when questioned about it, had said, “Hua So Hua”. This can broadly be translated as ‘Then what’. This is simply atrocious. He was among the close associates of then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi who had justified the genocidal attack on the Sikhs in the national capital.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today morning aggressively attacked the Congress in his usual style while addressing a political rally in Rohtak in Haryana but surprisingly, he merely referred to this issue in the evening at Hoshiarpur in Punjab where it should have mattered more. Akali Dal BJP candidates from Hoshiarpur, Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Khadoor Sahib, Jalandhar and Anandpur Sahib were present at the rally covering almost half the state. Punjab has 13 Lok Sabha constituencies.

But then it is a fact that the issue of November 1984 massacre has never much impacted the electoral dynamics in Punjab. This is the hard reality. The Akali leaders try to raise it during elections, only to forget the victims after coming into power. This is one of the reasons that these people have failed to get justice even after more than three decades.

Both Operation Bluestar and November 1984 carnage are the sin committed by the Congress against the Sikhs.

However, it is also a fact that this party was given unprecedented mandate by the people in Punjab in 2017 Assembly election. The Sikhs both in Delhi and Punjab have moved on. It is for this reason that the issue would again die down by the time people in Punjab reach the polling stations on May 19, going by the past experience.

It is pertinent to mention that then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had apologised on this issue in Parliament. However, the wheels of justice have been too slow in these cases. This is unlike in Gujarat where several of the big wigs have been prosecuted for 2002 riots during Modi’s first term as the chief minister.

Modi today used the term ‘dange’ (riots) in the Rohtak speech repeatedly for November 1984 carnage. These were not riots but planned genocidal killings. Five time chief minister Parkash Singh Badal should have corrected him at Hoshiarpur where he chanted “Modi, Modi, Modi, Modi”.

Jagtar Singh

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