De­clare Nov 1 as Geno­cide Day: Sikh Fo­rum

Asian Journal - - ASIA -

New Delhi: Sikh Fo­rum on Thurs­day de­manded the gov­ern­ment de­clare Novem­ber 1 as ‘Geno­cide Day’ in mem­ory of those who died dur­ing the 1984 anti-sikh ri­ots in the coun­try fol­low­ing as­sas­si­na­tion of for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Indira Gandhi. Dur­ing an event to com­mem­o­rate the 34th an­niver­sary of 1984 anti-sikh pogroms here, the fo­rum passed a res­o­lu­tion. Se­nior ad­vo­cate H.S. Phoolka, who took part in a panel dis­cus­sion, said the fo­rum wants the Akal Takht, the high­est tem­po­ral seat of Sikhs, to ask all gur­d­waras and Sikh in­sti­tu­tions across the globe to treat Novem­ber 1 as ‘Black Day’. “We are go­ing to write to Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi to recog­nise Novem­ber 1 as Geno­cide Day,” he said.

Phoolka said the guilty should have been pun­ished, but in­stead they were re­warded.

“It is ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary that guilty must be pun­ished. If guilty of the 1984 ri­ots were pun­ished, we would not have seen it (ri­ots) in Gu­jarat later in 2002,” he said.

“We need to send a mes­sage that no one in the coun­try is above law.”

Among the panelists were for­mer Am­bas­sador K.C. Singh, his­to­rian Uma Chakravarti, se­nior jour­nal­ist Har­tosh Singh Bal, fem­i­nist and pub­lisher Ur­vashi Bu­talia and ac­tivist John Dayal.

H.S. Phoolka

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