OPERATION BLUE STAR: A BLACK CHAPTER IN THE HISTORY OF INDIA
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It (Operation Blue star) means a military action or “A Cleansing Act of Purification” – to flush out the militants from the precincts of the Golden Temple. Thus, it was a code name given to the Indian Army Attack (on the world famous Golden Temple) administered wholly and deliberately by the Indian Government at the Center. The Congress with her woman Prime Minister at the Center was blamed entirely for such blasphemous and horrendous attack and that is still shaking the corridors of power as well as the strings of faith of a community. Since the attack connoted aggression, religious torture and genocide, it also came to be known as ‘Ghallughara’ in the local dialect of the Sikhs. ‘Ghallughara’ means how the Sikhs perceived the impact and the impression of the attack.
The Main Objective of The Attack
To get Saint Jarnail Singh Khalsa Bhindranwaala and his associates (alive or dead). Or to flush out the terrorists from the Golden Temple Complex.
The Attack Date
From June 1, 1984 to June 6, 1984. But minor attacks also extended subsequently until 10th of June, 1984.
The Master Planner of the Attack
The then Congress Prime Minister of independent India, Smt. Indira Gandhi.
Army Generals Involved
1. Arun Shridhar Vaidya (Chief of the Indian Army)
2. Lt.General Sundarji (as a vice chief)
3. Lt.General Kuldeep Singh Brar (as an active commander of the attack)
(Important Note) : Earlier it was planned that the command of the attack should be given to Lt. Gen. S K Sinha. Surprisingly, Sinha had also been selected for being the next army chief of India. But he straightforwardly went against such a macabre and sacrilegious attack. He also pleaded to the powers of the corridor to reconsider such irresponsible and reprehensible move of theirs and also warned them that this move is going to be against the tradition of a community. When the government said that the attack was their last resort, it was Sinha only who countered them bluntly by disputing theirs such claim. He told them on their faces that there were other options opened to them freely.
1. Human Life
As told by the India’s White Paper (an official document):
Sikh Extremists and Innocent Civilians- 493 (250 were the extremists)
Military Men- 136
As reported by a reputed foreign newspaper, the Guardian:
Sikh Extremists and Innocent Civilians- 780
Military Men- 400
An unofficial figure
Military Men- 7000
The entire Akal Takht, opposite to the Golden Temple was destroyed to ruins.
Water Tanks and high-standing towers were nearly destroyed by the heavy shells.
The floor leading to the Golden Temple was shabbily desecrated and damaged by the Vijaynta tanks.
The sacred walls of the Golden Temple itself received more than hundreds marks of bullets.
Sikh Reference Library was deliberately gutted down by the army.
More than 50 Gurudwaras were attacked on the same day of the attack.
The ethics of the state as enshrined in the Constitution towards their citizens was figuratively paralyzed.
The religious feelings and the sentiments of a community were seen desecrated and molested by the authority of the time.
Controversies and Criticisms Against the Central Government and the Indian Army
1. Was the attack necessary or was it really a last resort as concluded by the Indian Government?
Were there not any other appropriate and most reliable options available there at that time?
2. Why was the 3rd of June1984 (which was also the martyrdom day of Guru Arjun Dev Ji, the fifth guru of the Sikhs) marked as the day of the attack?
Couldn’t it be made on some other appropriate day? The Central Government claimed that since Harchand Singh Longowal (in order to get the most debated ‘Anandpur Sahib Resolution’ passed) was planning to take out a huge agitation against the government with his massive followings on that particular day, it becomes a situational pressure on them to select June 3rd 1984 as the day of the attack.
3. Why was the Public Address System not used to warn and alert the innocent civilians, pilgrims and other destiny-struck people caught accidentally in the grueling attack?
Had it really been the responsibility of the army towards those civilians, then the magnitude of the casualties suffered was not so high.
4. Why is it believed that the Red Cross, a neutral world agency, was not allowed to go near the site of the attack? It is said that the personnel of the Red Cross had been stopped before the Jallianwala Bagh. Why was it so?
Did the government at the centre was in a sadistic mood which wanted to see the precious blood of the innocent civilians and the wounded extremists fell freely on the damaged but sacred floor of the Golden Temple?
5. Sikh Reference Library was destroyed down completely by the army under the instructions of the Indian Government and that too after June 6th, when the devious mission was entirely completed. Why?
What did it irritate the government of the time to destroy the most valuable and preserved literature of the Sikhism?
Did the government want to annihilate the complete historical evidence of the birth and the origin of the Sikhism?
6. Why did the army not leave the complex just after killing saint Bhindranwaala- as they wanted to kill Bhindranwaala and which was also their main aim of the attack?
7. Soldiers were found moving in the inner precincts of the Golden Temple wearing their leather shoes and other leather-made paraphernalia.
Was this the respect that army showed towards the holy and sacred sentiments of a community?
8. Why did the government not think right to identify the dead civilians- recovered and unrecovered- so that proper information regarding them could be known for future documentations like insurances etc.
9. Was it really an attack against the saint Bhindranwaala and his supporters or the attack against the entire community to teach them a fit lesson- not to raise their voice of truth and justice?
10. The visitors or the pilgrims inside the complex were locked up gruelingly for two or more days. Why? They were also not provided with meager food and ration supply. Why?
11. The death percentage of the terrorists (as pronounced by the government of the time) compared to the death percentage of the civilians (mostly Sikh youth) was starkly low? Why?
Did it mean that the casualties suffered on the civilian side were more than those of the extremists? Why did the army kill such innocent Sikh boys in large numbers? The only reason behind this was that the army wanted to save their prestige and dignity. When the actual figure (250 in number) of the extremists came to be known to the army, they got shocked and felt shamed.
The four regiments of the Indian army plus two Para-military forces endowed with hi-tech weapons, armored cars, Vijaynta tanks, howitzer guns, helicopters and other advanced military arsenals had to face a stiff resistance just from an untrained group of 250 fundamentalists. Seeing the bravery and the fighting spirit of such daring extremists, the Indian army got shame-faced and humiliated and thus they deliberately started killing the innocent Sikh boys -17 and 18 years old- just to increase the percentage on the extremists’ side. Moreover, the army also detained and arrested 379 innocent Sikh youth (who had no fundamentalist like thinking) and kept them illegally in Jodhpur jail, just to show falsely the world- how large the percentage of the Sikh extremists in reality were.
The number of Sikh extremists was also poorly insignificant in comparison to that of the In¬dian Army. The Sikh warriors might have hardly been 250 in numbers whereas those of army were running in thousands.
Line of communication and supply of food was absent on the Sikh warriors side. They were totally cut off from the state, the country and the world. They were completely overpowered by the army. Electricity and water were cut off. They had nothing to eat and nothing to drink except to wait for their untimely death. Where could they go to attend their call of nature? No where! Contrary to them, Indian Army had all sorts of amenities and facilities. Still the Sikhs fought daringly and exhibited an un-forgettable bravery, courage and warrior like skills.
12. Why did the army bring the dead bodies of the civilians for post mortem after a long gap of 72 hours? Why such intentional and planned delay?
13. The army clearly knew that thousands of pilgrims- from far and wide- were inside the complex then why did they let the power and the water supply snapped inhumanly? What was the fault of those hapless pilgrims? Was it not the breach of their Human Rights?
14. If the government was really honest and truthful in its approach then why did it impose press censorship at that critical time?
15. The weapons and the military arsenal used by the army in the attack were meant for some bigger wars. What was the emergency that prevailed at that time and which led the army to enter the precincts of the Golden Temple with such advanced weaponry and go for such large scale destruction?
16. The surrendered and the arrested people (extremists and the civilians) were treated inhumanly and were meted out rough treatment as they were some wild animals (people caught). They were not treated with dignity and respect as enshrined in the chapters of the application of Universal Human Rights during such war-like scenario. Why? Even the people caught were not provided with plain drinking water, food and other elementary living provisions. When the civilians asked the army to give them water they were told to drink blood fell on the floor of the complex. Why? Were they some hardcore elements like ISIS militants who slash the heads of common people?
17. “The troops exercised maximum restrain and refrain from directing the fire at the Harmandir Sahib”, General Brar told this great lie to media after the attack. Was this statement of him really digestible? Did his troops really not indulge in violent mass carnage? The troops came there to kill or arrest only 250 extremists but they ended killing more than 500 people. Really shocking! Did the troops really not hit the sacred walls of the Harmandir Sahib (inner sanctum-sanctorum) or they didn’t desecrate the Holy Place? If one could believe, one of the priests who had been fully absorbed while reading religious hymns (from the Holy Book), was shot down there? Is this the way or manner our troops maintain the religious sanctity of their people?
18. Why were the civilians or the pilgrims or the innocent people, who came there to commemorate the martyrdom day of Guru Arjun Dev Ji, the fifth guru of the Sikhs prevented from going outside the complex of the Golden Temple on the sinister night of 3rd of June 1984? These innocent people could have been released easily (after thorough checking whether they are extremists or not) keeping in view the hovering danger to their lives. Then why did it not happen?
19. Why were the mothers (pilgrims) with their little babies in their arms killed gruesomely? The unemployed young Sikh boys who had gone there to seek blessings of Guru Granth Sahib Ji in order to get their interviews cleared had to meet their merciless and untimely death and that too at the hands of their saviors (the army). Why? What was their crime?
B) Controversies and Criticisms Against Saint Jarnail Singh Khalsa Bhindranwala
1. Why did he make the temporal seat of the Sikhs i.e the Akal Takht Sahib as his official residence? Earlier it was guru Hargobind Singh, the sixth guru of the Sikhs, who used to reside in it.
What made Bhinranwaala leave the Chowk Mehta, the headquarter of the Damdami Taksal, of which he was the chosen head and also why did he leave Manji Sahib Hall where he used to give religious and moral discourses to the people?
He could have also fought with the army from that place too? Couldn’t he?
Hypothecated Answer by Editor: Bhindranwaala never thought of residing in the Akal Takht Sahib. He was called in there by Harchand Singh Longowal, a prominent Sikh leader. Longowal wanted to cash the available opportunity in the form of Bhindranwaala (who had become famous by that time) to get the pending demands of the Sikhs (Anandpur Sahib Resolution) fulfilled by the government. He was once found saying “Bhindranwaala is our stave to beat the government”.
Since the Akal Takht was built by the sixth Sikh guru, Guru Hargobind Singh, as a symbol of political sovereignty and where spiritual and temporal concerns of the Sikh people could be addressed, Bhindranwaala thought of making it as his ultimate headquarter to fight the cause of the Sikhs. Giani Kripal Singh, the head priest of the Golden temple took objections towards such move of Bhindranwaala but he, however, took the Jathedar of the AkalTakht, Giani Gurcharan Singh Tohra in confidence and he finally moved to the Akal Takht.
He fortified the Golden Temple with machine-guns and sophisticated self-loading rifles were brought in. All this was done only to counter any lethal threat to the life of Bhindranwaala- the risen iconic religious figure.
Anandpur Sahib Resolution
On 16-10-1973, the Akali Dal, passed the Anandpur Sahib Resolution:
1. Return of the Punjabi speaking areas to Punjab.
2. A Supreme Court review of Punjab Rivers Waters
3. Special status for the Sikhs in Indian Union
4. Return of Chandigarh to Punjab
5. Regional autonomy for Punjab
6. Provision of a fair share of electricity to Punjab
7. Return of the administration of the Punjab Electric Board
8. Some minor religious issues
2. Why was Bhindranwaala always seen loaded with a bandoleer (cartridge belt) and a rifle?
Hypothecated Answer by Editor: His personality was martial in nature. It was his military attire as he believed that one should be always ready for any emergency. His trust on the police as far as his own protection of life was concerned, had been shattered completely.
3. Why did he get the faked Nirankaari baba, Gurbachan Singh killed?
Hypothecated Answer by Editor: There was (and still) no legal and official proof against Bhindranwaala in this case. Or he might have been behind that killing (the reason known only to him). It would also be no exaggeration at all to say that the murder might have been committed by some undercover government agents!
4. Why did he get Lala Jagat Narayan killed cold bloodedly and that too in full public glare?
Hypothecated Answer by Editor: Lala Jagat Narayan was spewing poison against the tenets of the Sikhism. He might have been got killed by Bhindranwala. But there was (and still) no legal and official proof against Bhindranwaala in this case. It would again be no exaggeration at all to say that the murder might also have been committed by some undercover government agents!
5. Who were the armed brigade of young motorcycle driving terrorists- who were believed to have killed 500-1000 people including Lala Jagat Narayan? Did they really belong to the saint Bhindranwaala? Was this the holy image of Bhindranwala?
Hypothecated answer by editor: They might not or might have belonged to him. They might have been functioning like the present time moral police of Shiv Sena or Bajrang Dal. But, if they had really killed some innocent people then we rightfully condemn such killings.
6. Why did he let his associates kill non-Sikhs?
Hypothecated answer by Editor: Listening to the audios and videos of the saint Bhindranwaala, it gets clear that he was a fundamentalist Sikh who hated something said against his religion. He was a hardcore principled Sikh man who believed in the tenets and principles of the Sikhism as told in the Guru Granth Sahib Ji. He never advocated the path of Sikhism by disrespecting and hurting the feelings and the sentiments of non-Sikhs. He, moreover, stressed that if non-Sikh can love his own religion then why this should same be the case with the Sikhs. He never gave orders to his associates to kill non-Sikhs. The Sikh men who had killed non-Sikhs must have been the undercover agents -turned in the form of Sikhs- of the government who wanted to divide and destabilize the Sikhs by distorting their pure and great image.
7. Was Bhindranwala really the initiator of Sikh Militancy (armed rebellion)?
Hypothecated Answer by Editor: Seeing the all-round injustice, oppression and atrocities committed against the Sikhs in India, Bhindranwala became a strong spokesman of the Sikh in Punjab. Examples of injustice (as felt by Bhindranwala himself) are as follows:
a) Newspapers at that time were writing freely about the Sikh extremists. Why didn’t they write about the non-Sikh extremists (the undercover agents of the government)?
b) The authority at that time through the agency of newspapers were harping frequently that the Sikhs are the part of the ruling majority. Why was it so? Don’t the Sikhs enjoy their own unique and distinct identity?
c) The Sikh youth were being sacked from their service and that too without any cause. They were arrested under MISA. Why was such disparity in the treatment?
d) The baptized Sikhs who were following their given religious code of conduct were used to be looked down upon. Why?
e) Why was it propagated manipulatively that Bhindranwala drink liquor and eats meat? The one who was teaching others the vices of liquor, how can he take liquor? Moreover, he was a vegetarian by nature (as known to everyone).
f) When any Sikh extremist was caught, his nails of the hands were plucked out, and salt was used to be sprinkled on their wounds. Sometimes, those Sikhs were believed to be murdered cold-bloodedly in fake encounters. Why?
g) The residential buildings, shops and the factories of the Sikhs alone were burnt down and not of other community. Why?
h) During Asian Games, anyone with ‘Singh’ as his surnames couldn’t enter Delhi. Why?
i) Paharis got Himachal Pradesh, Jats got Haryana, then why do the Sikhs have to face the label of ‘Communalists’ when they demand the command of Punjab in their hands?
j) One of the supporters of the PM of that time, hijacked the plane in order to get her freed. Later on the same person was made an MLA instead of being arrested and suitably punished. Why?
h) Why did the laws of the Constitution get paralyzed in India when the policemen publicly denuded and molested the Sikh girls?
When it came to the surprise realization of Bhindranwala that the government of India is playing fast and loose with the Sikhs, he got alarmed and alerted and felt prevailing doom in the corridors of the Sikhism. He started preaching to the disaffected Sikh youth and entreated them to return to the sublime fold of Sikhism. He became a vociferous opponent of the discriminatory policies of the government towards the Sikhs. He got outspoken on the matters of negligence and discrimination shown towards the community. He started picking holes in the malicious functionality of the government in the matters of Punjab. Day in and day out, he was getting courageous and brave. He spoke against pornography, adultery, alcohol, drugs and tobacco. He wanted to preserve the pious and sublime image of the Sikhs as dictated by their Holy Book. His mission was to prevent the Sikhs of Punjab from falling prey to the evil-mindedness of the government which wanted to see them degenerated and debauched.
When the government came to know about such grand image and great teachings of Bhindranwala for the ailing Punjab, the government took a diabolical U-turn and came down to his lowest and execrable character.
The government started irritating the feelings and principles of Bhindranwala by ignoring and paying sheer disregard to the genuine demands of the Sikhs. The leaders at the centre started working with their high-handedness and political maneuvering. The police and the army became the instruments of communal disturbances in the hands of the government. The police of the time turned anarchist and unconstitutional.
So, in order to fight those puppets and other life-threatening agencies of the government, Bhindranwala took arms in his saintly hands. He also instructed his followers to keep arms or be ready to die mercilessly by the agents of the government.
We can’t say that he started the Sikh Militancy in Punjab but rather, he laid the ground for one’s own protection as the trust in the government was totally destroyed at that time.
8. Did he really give call for a separate homeland under the name ‘Khalistan’?
Hypothecated Answer by Editor: Yes and No. Bhindranwala never laid stress on any demand for a Separate Homeland. He was only after just and equitable treatment with the Sikhs like other non-Sikhs of the country. He hated the gross discrimination and naked injustice meted out to the Sikhs of the country, especially those who belong to Punjab (as discussed earlier). He was neither the supporter nor the opponent of a Separate Homeland. He is believed to have said that he would catch the opportunity if the queen of India offers him such an opportunity to create a Separate Homeland. This statement of him clearly and lucidly indicates that how much disturbed he was with the discriminatory tactics of the Central Government of the time which wanted to oppress and suppress the innocent Sikhs. It was only the discrimination and the injustice towards the Sikhs of the country that made Bhindranwala a grand saint soldier. He never raised any slogans like ‘Khalistan Zindabad’ when he was alive and it is a well-known fact. He also never made a mention of non-Sikh religious figures in his famous speeches. He respected other religions like his own religion.
Why was Saint Bhindranwaala targeted? (as assumed and maliciously thought by the Central Government. Lifepotter.com doesn’t accept the veracity of the under-mentioned points)
1. He incites the young Sikh youth against the non-Sikhs.
2. He is a terrorist.
3. His activities, speeches and public discourses are anti-national.
4. His personality is seditious in nature. He gives a call for a ‘Separate Homeland- Khalistan’ which is an anti-national act.
5. He is behind all the non-Sikh killings that are taking place in Punjab.
6. He is an outlawed. He doesn’t pay respect to the law of the land. His activities are extra-judicial in nature.
Let us see how much potency of truth one could find in the above-mentioned points quoted against saint Bhindranwaala.
History Behind Such Criminalization of Saint Bhindranwaala
It was only the flagrant discrimination and the gross injustice towards the Sikhs of the country that made Bhindranwala a militant or a terrorist in the eyes of the government but ultimately it had a reverse effect, thus carving him out a great saint soldier in the eyes of his community. Following are the reasons that can tell you more clearly and persuasively:
1. Perceived Discrimination by the Indian Constitution (as drafted by the self-oriented leaders)
The Constitution undermines the separate identity of the Sikhs. It takes the Sikhs as part of Hindus who keep long beard.
The Sikhs, the Jains and the Buddhists find themselves covered under the Hindu Marriage Act- is this the tone of secularism? Isn’t it a type of systematic discrimination? Saint Bhindranwala was totally against it (not the Constitution but its clause)
2. Perceived Discrimination by India (Political Leaders)
After the Partition of India, the big leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru backed out from their once-made promise to the Sikh leaders. The promise was made keeping in view the support of the Sikhs in the partition. The promise made was to give the Sikhs an autonomous state after that Partition. But Jawaharlal Nehru brushed away such promise by saying that the time had completely changed by then. Bhindranwala publicly said that the Sikhs had been ditched in the past but if such an offer of autonomous state comes again he would not hesitate at all.
Punjab was viciously divided into three parts i.e Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. Moreover, the Commission responsible for the demarcation of the regions and boundaries of the state, fabricated the census and left out two Punjabi speaking regions Abohar and Fazilka. Why? Chandigarh was handed down to Haryana. Why? These were the burning questions put up by saint Bhindranwala to the deceptive government of the time. Did he do something wrong by fighting the cause of the Sikhs?
3. Perception of Looming Threat to the Respectful image of the Sikhs
Sikhs in the Punjab had developed themselves successful and prosperous entrepreneurs owing to the positive effect of the Green revolution. But such large-scale prosperity turned the heads of the hard-working and diligent Sikhs. They started getting away from their basic principles. The youth were getting trapped in the claws of drugs, alcohol, debauchery, alcohol, pornography and tobacco. Cutting and shaving of one’s hair and beard respectively were catching momentum day in and day out. The Sikh youth were under a serious threat of getting spoiled and viciously polluted. So, seeing such pathetic scene of theirs, Bhindranwaala came in the front and took the shaking reigns of the community in his practiced hands. He gradually emerged out as the sole and the courageous savior of the sinking principles and virtues of the Sikhism.
4. Perceived Discrimination towards Punjab and Political Machinations by the Central Government of the 80’s under the leadership of Indira Gandhi
a) Indira Gandhi, in order to win the elections started fuming anti-Nirankari (a pervert offshoot of the Sikhism) movement. She engaged herself slyly in splitting the Sikhs and creating communal antagonism.
Gurbachan Singh, a Nirankari leader, was chosen as her puppet. She backed him administratively and politically. She had already instructed him to flare the volatile sentiments of the Sikhs in one or the other way. Gurbachan Singh, who had been a Sikh himself, mustered such courage under the backing of Indira Gandhi that he publicly declared that if Guru Gobind Singh could create five adorable Sikhs (panj payaras), then why couldn’t he?
To stop such blasphemous and sacrilegious act of the Nirankaris, 13 innocent Sikhs of the Akhand Keertani Jatha were sent to the site of religious function in the heart of Amritsar
(headed by Baba Gurbachan) on 13-04-1978. Those 13 Sikhs were shot down mercilessly by the followers of Baba Gurbachan. And thus, this was the initial communal clash (as planned systematically by Indira Gandhi) that created a spark of armed rebellion in the heart and mind of saint Bhindranwala.
b) To win the elections so that the non-Congress government in the Centre could be dethroned completely, Indira Gandhi started humming the Chanakya’s chants. She got herself busy in weaving a web full of tactics and manipulations (with the help of her supporters). She, therefore planned the following strategy:
1. Split the Sikh Leaders by winning some and antagonizing others (Divide and Rule). Bhindranwala, as the wheels of the time moved on, became anti-Longowal and anti-Prakash Singh Badal (these two leaders betrayed the entire Sikh community by shaking hands with Indira Gandhi).
2. Make anti-Nirankari movement intensified so as to create communal clashes and this would disgrace the pure image of the Sikhs.
3. Suppress and oppress the Sikhs as much as one can, since this tactic would make them do anti-national activities and it would become easier for Indira Gandhi to become a hero in the eyes of the non-Sikhs (and in this way she could win easily)
4. Take the Jathedar of the Akal Takht, akalis (leaders of Akali Dal- headed by P S Badal) and other mainstream Sikh leaders in confidence (to counter saint Bhindranwala). And this was the main source of confidence that led Indira Gandhi to attack the Golden Temple.
5. Premonition (forewarning) of the Attack
Bhindranwala was a spiritual figure of sublime repute and a man of character. His mind and heart were twenty-four hours absorbed in the ocean of spiritual ecstasy. He was never seen indulged in any sort of vices which are seriously affecting the modern youth. He preferred to be submerged completely in the waters of great principles, virtues and tenets as enshrined and prescribed in the Holy Book of the Sikhs. So, he must have intuitively felt that something macabre was going to take place in the Golden Temple and so he had to get himself prepared and ready for such future emergency.
So, fighting bravely for one’s constitutionally adorned Rights and to speak up against injustice, discrimination and political biasness doesn’t turn one into an enemy of the state? He can be a whistleblower of the corrupt deeds of the state but not a militant or a terrorist or a criminal? He can be a biblical Good Samaritan but not a bad guy at all.
Following are Some thought-provoking excerpts of Bhindranwala’s speech (must-read ones):
“Be a True Hindu or Muslim or Sikh. I would like a Hindu to be a true Hindu by supporting a ‘bodi’ (tuft of hair) on his head, by wearing a cap, a dhoti, janeyu (sacred thread), displaying 12 tilaks on the fore head, reciting the Gita, worshiping the Shiv-lingam, visiting Hindu temples and tolling the bells … and abstaining from the use of ‘biris’ and cigarettes. A Hindu observing all these tenets of Hinduism is regarded like a brother by me. I would present him a ‘Siropa’ if such a true Hindu comes to meet me.”
“Likewise, a Muslim ought to be a true Muslim-, he must recite ‘Kalma’, offer ‘Nimaz’, study the holy Quran and regard Mohammed Sahib as the prophet of God. Such a Muslim would certainly deserve to be treated like a brother by me.”
“On the same analogy, a Sikh should strive to be a true Sikh; he must keep unshorn hair and beard, keep intact the hairs on his body, support a turban on his head, wear a sword, take the Amrit, keep 5 ‘Ks’ and recite Nitnem daily.”
“That is all I preach and propagate. Anti-Oppression, Not Anti-government. “I am not opposed to the Government; I am opposed to oppression. If the Government indulges in oppression, I am opposed to it. If the oppression is committed by some one else, I am opposed to him also. And if I do so, I am also subject to punishment”.
(Important Note): The above post was not meant to create any religious divide or to hurt the sentiments of a particular community, sect or race. The points discussed are purely personal (what the writer of the post felt himself) and there is no kind of any political, religious, organisational and communal backing behind this post. The names highlighted in the post were not used out of any personal or communal grudge but they were used just to arrive at the truth of the situation. The post was only meant to find out the naked truth behind the Operation Blue Star and about Bhindranwaala, the great saint, whose identity hopelessly and sadly turned militant to many of the intellectuals like us. Please do give your valuable feedback.