DEMAND TO OFFICIALS

Genocide Of Sikhs – “November 1984 Sikh Massacre”

November 29th, 2007

ACTION: Suspension of member paliaments Jagdish Tytler, Kamal nath and Sajjan Kumar for their role in "November 1984 sikh massacre"

Dear honorable speaker Shri Somnath Chatterjee:

“The Speaker represents the nation, its freedom and liberty”

Article 21 provides for “Protection of life and personal liberty”, it states No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty except according to procedure established by law.

But for the last few decades the inherent Fundamental right of the SIKHS provided by article 21of life, Liberty and freedom have been under threat by successive governments.

With this open letter, the Sikhs across the globe wants to bring to your attention that the Sikh community has understood the nefarious designs of the political regime using defense of "national unity and territorial integrity", the reason to organize and justify genocide of religious minorities, tribes and nationalities. They have been used to justify attacks on the human rights of Indian citizens particularly Sikhs and Muslims.

These past 23 years have witnessed an unprecedented escalation of communal massacres, organized and sponsored by Government of India in the name of "fighting terrorism" and opposing "religious fundamentalism". Starting with the brutal massacre of people of the Sikh faith in November 1984, demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya followed by brutal massacre of Muslims in 1992-93, and the genocide unleashed against Muslims in Gujarat in 2002 – all reveal a consistent pattern. The genocide of minorities reveals clearly identifiable hand of the ruling governments in the organization and planning of the communal genocide.

More than two decades after “NOVEMBER 1984 – SIKH MASSACRE” was organized by the ruling Congress Party at the behest of Late Rajiv Gandhi, None of the Congress (I) leaders and policemen who lead the mobs in November 1984 in broad day light that killed thousands and displaced more than sixty thousand Sikhs are charged or given any punishment as per Indian Legal system. Three of the most prominent Congress Leaders who lead the mobs and instigated them to kill the Sikhs, Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar are Members of Parliament, while Kamal Nath is a Member of Parliament and a Union Minister. There are many eye witnesses who have given affidavits to different commissions constituted by Indian Governments, and are still available to testify against Jagdish Tytler, Sajjan Kumar and Kamal Nath. As per eye-witnesses, Kamal Nath is responsible for leading the mobs that attacked historic Gurdwara Rakabganj Sahib and that attack killed many Sikhs during and afterwards.

All facts of the November 1984 massacre as well as subsequent massacres of innocent minorities in different parts of India reveals the hand of the ruling class, its state machinery and the major parties contesting for power. They also reveal that these are not communal massacres in the sense of the people of one community getting together to kill people of another community, but state-organized targeted massacres of definite minority. Even before the reality had unfolded itself to the broad masses of people regarding bloody and riotous days of November 1984, that it was not some "Hindus" killing Sikhs but those in power Rajiv Gandhi, Narasimha Rao, HKL Bhagat, Sajjan Kumar, Jagdish Tytler, Kamal Nath, DharaM Dass Shastry, Bhajan Lal, Arjun Singh and many more used the state to mastermind, organize and planned the massacre people of the Sikh faith.

Countless youth all over Punjab have simply disappeared in "encounters" or from police custody, their dead bodies unceremoniously dumped into rivers or burnt, while the state security forces claimed "success" in eliminating yet another "dreaded Sikh terrorist". Shoot-outs and "encounter" killings of Minorities, branded as "terrorists" have become a routine in many parts of the country. Tens of thousands of people have been and are being slaughtered in Kashmir and thousands more in Manipur, Punjab, Assam and other states of India by the Indian Army.

To justify the unbridled use of state terror, governments at the center and in the states, have portrayed those resisting state terror as "terrorists". They have turned the truth on its head, portraying the victims as the danger and the state as the savior. It is precisely this logic that has been used to justify the retention and use of draconian laws that negate even the most basic rights and freedom of the people.

It is our courts that ought to interpret the constitution in ways that protect the powerless racial and religious minorities but time and again it has preyed to the anomalies of our criminal justice system and the heinous designs of culprits. The courts have ruled almost always in favor of powerful interests while slamming the courthouse door on individuals and ideals that truly need the court’s shelter. It has been decades since the wealthy and influential have had such a successful court times whereas the country’s ‘have-not’ were not the only losers, the basic ideals of our justice lost as well.

On the other side the strong governmental bureaucracy continues its boundless solicitude for the powerful such as Jagdish Tytler, Sajjan Kumar and his co-conspirators is its often-contemptuous attitude toward minorities who are looking for justice. Too many times investigatory commissions are constituted, too often fair, transparent, sincere and honest inquiries are promised instilling delusions into the minds and hearts of victims’ families but never has it ever realized the meek and endless hope of fairness and justice for all!

It is now the time when the individuals from all minorities will unite and united they will stand and speak and fight for justice. Too many times listless institutions have conveniently connived and let the inflicted wounds of terror and cruelty stay afresh but not any longer. When institutions fail, people will take justice no matter what it takes for this is the inherent right every human being is born with.

Beginning November 29th 2007, in order to seek justice, following steps shall be initiated.

 

  • Every day, the group of people shall file a complaint in the Indian Supreme Court praying the Hon'ble chief Justice to take a suo moto action and ordering the law enforcement authorities to indict Jagdish Tytler, Sajjan Kumar, Kamal Nath, Bhajan Lal, Arjun Singh and other butchers, who were the mastermind behind the genocide of innocent Sikhs in 1984 against whom overwhelming evidence is always available.
  • International Judicial intervention shall simultaneously be sought to compel the Indian Government to take serious and transparent actions ensuing to prosecute all responsible including Jagdish Tytler, Kamal Nath, Sajjan Kumar, Bhajan Lal, Arjun Singh and other butchers and provide justice to the long awaited families of the victims.
  • All the Indian minorities shall join hands embarking on their long journey against the state sponsored terrorism and a strong coalition of the Indian minorities shall be evolved which shall stand for the protection of the lives and rights of the crushed Indian minorities.

Full 23 years have elapsed since genocide of Sikhs took place in November 1984. Despite the constitution of innumerable high-power committees, police investigation teams and commissions these are few small fries who have been booked; the real culprits are still eluding the call of justice. The reality is that in last 23 years though the country has been ruled by every shade of political opinion there has been no political will to prosecute the culprits.

The Indian government has sought to stifle the basic human rights of the Sikhs, Muslims and other minorities by creating a culture of impunity where large-scale extrajudicial killings, torture, custodial rape, use of draconian laws by state agencies are natural occurrences that go unpunished. Lack of constitutional liberalism has created conditions for members of different political parties to successfully appeal to the religious sentiments of the Hindu majority through the exclusion of Sikhs, Muslims and other minorities. The result is that the exclusion of the minority communities by raising the religious passions of the majority Hindu community enhances cohesion among the majority community giving rise to Hindu nationalism, while alienating minority communities from India.

The government has repeatedly lost its credibility and the judicial system is at the verge of losing its credibility. The only hope that still treads is that the Supreme Court shall finally for once and all take a Suo Moto notice of the 1984 massacre of the innocent Sikhs whose lives were relentlessly snatched and bring all criminals including Jagdish Tytler, Sajjan Kumar, Kamal Nath, Bhajan Lal, Arjun Singh and other butchers to justice.

All India Sikh Students Federation
Through its President Karnail Singh Peermohammad