Anti-Sikh riots 1984: 30 Years of Remembering and the Sin of Forgetting

The cycle stands have gone, the boundary walls are higher and new buildings have sprouted on what used to be open spaces. The only remaining evidence of the mob violence here 30 years ago is a star-shaped crack on the marble surface of a sidewall, made by bullets fired by Indian security personnel into Delhi’s Gurudwara Rakabganj on November 1, 1984.

On that day, a large mob of men gathered outside the gurudwara to avenge the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, chief of the Congress party. She had been gunned down at her residence by her two Sikh bodyguards on October 31. Spontaneous attacks on Sikhs started that same evening: some were beaten in the streets, some had their vehicles and shops attacked. Eyewitnesses have alleged that Congress Party leaders and workers instigated several attacks in the city. In the subsequent three-day spree of mob beatings and burnings that followed the assassination, around 3,000 Sikhs were killed in Delhi alone.

On a recent warm afternoon, Mukhtiar Singh stared thoughtfully at the white boundary wall of the gurudwara that has been his home for most of his adult life… read it at Yahoo Originals.

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