I am writing in response to the article entitled `The genocide of Sikhs in November 1984: Those in power must be held accountable for their crimes’ published in the October 16-31, 2012 issue of MEL on the eve of the anniversary of one of the worst organized crimes against the Indian people. It is well acknowledged that a severe crisis in the ranks of the ruling circles was emerging in 1984, and the assassination of Mrs. Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984 followed by the targeting of members of the Sikh faith galvanized the Indian electorate to vote the Congress back into power with Mr. Rajiv Gandhi taking over the reins of Government. In particular, his own statement at that time regarding the earth shaking when a big tree falls is nothing short of proof of his complicity in the organized genocide. In the decades that followed, the country has seen the systematic targeting of religious minorities by ruling circles, by the big national parties. The history of the period has shown that practically no one is ever brought to justice for organizing these orgies. In fact, the facts speak for themselves: the organizers go on to become important players at all levels of Government, at state as well as central levels.
It may also be an opportune moment to point out that while the conception of power in the country through its civilization has been that the Raja would be the provider of sukh and raksha, for the Praja, and failure to do so would be cause for his replacement, the Indian political experience in the post 1947 period has been the precise opposite: the Government (Raja), far from being the protector has turned oppressor and pestilence. Thus it is in keeping with the spirit of Rajadharma that such a pestilence be eliminated.
The article is correct in pointing out the future of the people of India is not secure in the hands of such ruling circles, and one cannot expect the guilty to punish themselves out of contrition. I would like to second the message of the CGPI expressed in the article that justice for the victims can be achieved only when political power passes into the hands of the people. Let us work together to develop the tools and mechanisms to make this happen on an expedient basis.