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canada goose coats on sale The failure Canada Goose Coats On Sale of the Congress government and the newly sworn in prime minister Rajiv Gandhi cheap canada goose to quell the bloodthirsty Hindu mob out to revenge for the dastardly assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi buy canada goose jacket cheap in 1984 remains a blot in India’s polity especially when very few canadian goose jacket have canada goose black friday sale been held guilty of butchering innocent people stunned men, hapless women and children belonging to the assassins’ religion. It is another part that the Congress as a party made amends with the past and the uk canada goose outlet Sikh community by elevating a scholar politician from the community as prime minister for 10 years. Canada Goose Jackets This should not be ignored when the BJP’s project of a ‘minority mukt’ Bharat remains a work in progress.

canada goose The huge backlash against the Sikh community as a reaction to Indira Gandhi’s assassination and the long festering demand for Khalistan in Punjab and not so distant images of bloodletting during Partition was predictable but that the ‘grief stricken’ Congress government could not get its act together to fulfill its constitutional obligation let the nation down.

buy canada goose jacket The most remarkable fact is that, then, in 1984, nobody took Rajiv Gandhi Canada Goose Parka and Congress to task over its failure to uphold law and order, not even the BJP which now relishes in targeting the party for its misdeeds of that winter.

Canada Goose online For BJP, the guardian of the Hindu right, the anti Sikh riots in 1984 were an expression of itself, even though the party was reduced to a mere two seats in the Lok Sabha. That the whole Canada Goose Outlet of a shell shocked India did not seem to excoriate Congress for spilling the blood of innocent Sikhs may come as a surprise to many now. It was a highly subtle Hindutva moment that led even an indefatigable anti Congress newspaper baron to back the rise of Rajiv (lotus) Gandhi. The lotus, of course, canada goose uk shop bloomed later.

Canada Goose Jackets But canada goose coats to a woman who did not object to having bodyguards from a hugely resentful and vengeful Canada Goose sale community in the wake of Operation Blue Star, what Beant Singh and Satwant Singh did was nothing short of unspeakable treachery. A trust was canada goose uk black friday violated and the nation paid its price.

canada goose store Today the cries of revenge have died down but not all canada goose coats on sale the pleas for justice. There have been many books on the 1984 anti Sikh riots but Pav Singh, a UK based researcher and journalist, argues in 1984: India’s Guilty Secret (Published by Rupa, Pages 268, Price Rs 500) that even without the assassination of Indira Gandhi, the Sikhs were to be taught a lesson by the Congress government and many were in knowledge of the grand design. In fact, this is not a new theory, as Singh admits, first floated by human rights activist Amiya Rao in December 1984.

Canada Goose Parka Today, Congress rules Punjab, one of the very few states the party has managed to hang on to in canada goose clearance the Modi Era, defeating the combined might of Akali Dal and BJP. That in itself is Canada Goose online enough evidence that both Congress and the Sikhs have moved forward from the calamitous consequences buy canada goose jacket of 1984. Captain Amarinder Singh, the former maharajah of Patiala, who had resigned his parliamentary seat and membership of Congress, is Punjab chief minister now.

canada goose clearance sale Singh argues that the use of word ‘riot’ was deliberately chosen by the Congress government to absolve itself from any responsibility for the organized violence and to draw the attention of the international community away from what was “in effect an anti Sikh genocidal massacre.”

Canada Goose Outlet Pav Singh has written ’1984′ largely for an international audience. Written in two separate segments as The Crime and The Cover up Singh is at his weakest ground when postulating that Congress had an canada goose agenda to teach the Sikhs a lesson even without the Gandhi assassination.

canada goose clearance Singh, however, captures what happened not the design but lack of action during the three days that followed the assassination in others’ words and testimonials. He quotes Rajni Kothari, political scientist and President of The People’s Union of Civil Liberties. “Rajiv Gandhi must also take the blame for the revenge following his mother’s assassination. Gandhi not only knew of, allowed and condoled the violence, he took advantage of uk canada goose it. He was advised canada goose uk outlet that this was politics as usual, and he did not question this advice in any way.”

canada goose coats Kothari, in a nutshell, explains the failure of Rajiv Gandhi as a prime minister. This is important and should not be forgotten, although, in what Canada Goose Online has become canada goose store a farce, people only slam Narendra Modi for post Godhra riots targeting Muslims but not the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

cheap Canada Goose Significantly, Singh recounts the two judicial ‘scandals’: the Ranganath Mishra Commission and the Nanavati Commission. That Mishra, then cheap canada goose uk a sitting Supreme Court judge, who wanted people to forget what had happened in 1984 went on to become the CJI in 1990 and, later, the first chairman of the National Human Rights Commission is nothing but a national shame.

canadian goose jacket That elaborate cover up had been done to shield the culprits, ranging from politicians to police officers, is generally accepted now. canada goose factory sale But even among the Sikhs, there were not enough dogged pursuers of justice is explained by the background of the majority of the victims who happened to be poor, nomadic communities of the Labanas and Sikligars, unlike the prosperous Jat Sikhs, the backbone of Akali Dal.

Canada Goose sale Singh pitches for a truth and reconciliation commission for a closure to 1984 and urges western governments to put human rights above trade deals. It is unlikely that that would ever happen.



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