Chapter 15: ‘When a big tree falls, earth shakes’
Yes this was the statement made by a Prime Minister of India justifying killing of thousands of Sikhs after Assassination of Indira Gandhi.
Rajiv Gandhi spoke on a horrific incident with such nauseating casual attitude that it is natural when a tree falls the earth will shake.
And his party leaders have the audacity to blame RSS for riots when it has been proven that their leaders were behind riots and RSS actually supported hundreds of families at a great cost.
More than 3,000 Sikhs were massacred in 1984 after the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
In his final arguments, CBI prosecutor RS Cheema had told the court that the riots which targeted a Sikh community were backed by both the Congress government and police.
“There was a conspiracy of terrifying proportion with the complicity of police and patronage of local MP Sajjan Kumar,” the prosecutor had told Judge JR Aryan.
Mr Cheema had said that witnesses at the scene heard Sajjan Kumar tell a crowd that “not a single Sikh should survive”.
Total horror was unleashed upon Sikh communities.
Sikh intellectual and author of ‘A History of the Sikhs’, Khushwant Singh, remembers the time of riots and credits members of the RSS with helping and protecting Sikhs who were being targeted by members of the Congress(I) political party during the 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots.
“RSS has played an honorable role in maintaining Hindu-Sikh unity before and after the murder of Indira Gandhi in Delhi and in other places. It was the Congress (I) leaders who instigated mobs in 1984 and got more than 3000 people killed. I must give due credit to RSS and the BJP for showing courage and protecting helpless Sikhs during those difficult days. No less a person than Atal Bihari Vajpayee himself intervened at a couple of places to help poor taxi drivers.”
When this is the reality when some Congress leaders and leftists blame RSS involving in riots aganist Sikh community?
Inspite of helping hundreads of families during riots, providing them safe shelter, arranging camps to assist those who have been driven out of their home,
The Khalistani terrorists continued to target the RSS swayamsevaks with the devious design that Hindus would retaliate.
The Moga Massacre:
26 Swayamsevaks of the RSS who were participating in the daily shakha conducted at Nehru Park were shot dead by some Khalistani terrorists who came on motorcycles, raised provocative slogans and started firing indiscriminately.
A bomb was also hurled at the crowd which injured 30 more people gathered at the park.
Inspite of this, the families of the swayamsevaks showed great poise and calm. The RSS Sarkaryavah, HV Seshadri gave an appeal to be calm at all cost.
When leftists quote any historical incidents we need to be sure they are speaking only half truth with a sinister intention.
During the 1999 Lok Sabha elections, senior Congress leader and former Prime Minister, who was contesting from South Delhi constituency had blamed the RSS for 1984 Sikh genocide. Pinning the blame on the RSS, Dr Manmohan Singh had said that Congress had no role in the Sikh pogrom and that the ideological wing of BJP, i.e RSS is being the 1984 Sikh carnage.
To defend his claim that Congress had no involvement in the organised killings of Sikhs, Manmohan Singh cited how despite him being a Sikh, the Congress government at the centre in 1984 awarded him with Padma Vibushan. He argued that he wouldn’t have received the coveted award if the Congress government at the centre had an institutionalised anti-Sikh prejudice. Dr Singh also claimed that the First Information Reports(FIRs) lodged at several police stations in Delhi during the Sikh riots revealed the involvement of many RSS men in the riots.
However, contrary to Dr Singh said, another report from 2003 states that the minorities panel chief lauded the commendable services rendered by the RSS in protecting the beleaguered Sikhs during the organised massacre in 1984. Addressing a condolences meeting for late RSS chief Rajendra Singh, minorities panel chief Tarlochan Singh said, “The RSS and Sikhs have always fought shoulder to shoulder. Sikhs can never forget how RSS activists protected them during the partition and the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.” He also added how at the peak of the Khalistan movement, RSS had asked Hindus to treat Punjabi as their mother-tongue.
The partisan way in which the Punjab problem had been handled by the Congress Government has only further worsened it. The attempt to derive political or electoral advantage from such problems having a crucial bearing on national integrity, is not only reprehensible but also fraught with grave consequences.
It is in keeping with their spirit of dedication and discipline that the Swayamsevaks had borne the shock of the tragedy of Moga massacre with calm and composure. Neither they allowed their mental poise to be disturbed nor they left any stone unturned to preserve the spirit of fraternity and amity in the society.
Let us all pay homage to all those national martyrs, innocent Sikh brothers and sisters who became victims of riots.
No matter whatevervthe tough situation itight be Swayamsevaks will continue to strive in future also to root out all poisonous seeds of social distrust and discord from the society and they will see to it that the martyrdom of their brethren does not go in vain.
Dr Sindhu Prashanth