Sikh Genocide (1984) FAQ

Who is a Sikh?

Anyone who believes in 1 God, Guru Nanak and the 9 successive Gurus, the Guru Granth Sahib (The Sikh Holy Scripture) and the Khandey Di Pahul (Sikh Initiation Ceremony) and nothing else.

How are your beliefs different from those of Hindus?

Sikhs believe in the unity of God, equality of all human beings, devotion, love, and justice. All human beings have the same right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Sikh belief and practices are unique and distinct from Hinduism. In addition, Sikhs do not believe in any other religious texts, nor do they prescribe to many of the beliefs and practices of the Hindus such as caste distinctions, discrimination on any grounds, superstitions, fasting, penance, reincarnation to name a few.

What are the root causes of this tragedy?

The Hindu Leaders reneging on the political and economic promises made to the Sikhs before the partition of India in 1947. Denial of the Sikh Identity and Punjabi, the Sikh language. Denial of basic human rights mentioned above including freedom of religion, freedom of press, etc. The Hindu leaders are afraid of the Sikhs and their egalitarian beliefs undermining their hegemony.

Why did the Indian Government attack Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple)?

Under the guise to kill S. Jarnail Singh Khalsa Bhindranwale, and other ‘terrorists’ hidden in the Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple).

Why did they hide in a place of worship?

S. Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was not in hiding and could have been easily arrested as corroborated by the DC of Amritsar at that time. Anybody was open to enter the Darbar Sahib.

Who was Sant Jarnail Singh Khalsa Bhindranwala? Was he a terrorist?

He was a charismatic and popular social and religious preacher who delivered the Gurus’ message to the Sikh masses. Contrary to what many have been led to believe, he was not a ‘terrorist’ rather a peaceful man standing up for the rights of the Sikhs. The real terrorists were the Indian State.

How many Sikhs were killed?

No one knows the exact numbers since an independent inquiry has never been allowed and records have deliberately been destroyed. Best estimates of the number killed from 1984 until 1998 are anywhere from 250,000 to 1.2 million.

Why did the Indian government deny Sikhs their basic rights?

Any minority that poses a threat to Hindu majority hegemony is suppressed using any tactics necessary. Sikh egalatarian beliefs contradict Hindu religious and social principles. There is an unfounded fear that Sikhs want a separate country.

Who are the guilty?

The Indian Government and all those who colluded with the State.

Who were the Akalis and what role did they play in these events?

The Akali Dal is the premier political party of the Sikhs. The leaders of the Akali Dal used S. Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale for their own political ends. They betrayed him and the Sikhs when they conceded to the Indian Central Government without securing the rights of the Sikhs.

Isn’t all this propaganda to create an independent Sikh State?

No. The Sikhs sought justice by peaceful means as citizens of India. The Indian government itself, to legitimize the destruction of the Sikhs, hatched the conspiracy of an independent state.

Do you support a sovereign Sikh State?

That is up to the government of India to decide. The Sikhs want to live life with a sense of honor, self-respect, and dignity that all human beings deserve.

What were the Sikh demands?

Simply put, Sikhs wanted to be treated as equal citizens and not as slaves. They wanted to maintain their distinct religious and cultural identity without interference. They wanted a political voice.

What is the Anandpur Sahib Resolution?

A resolution passed by the Sikh Political leaders in 1978, which briefly spells out the Sikh Nation’s right to exist as an autonomous entity so that it may preserve its identity and culture and have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It asks for an autonomous region within the federal set up of India.

Was justice ever delivered? What is the current status?

No. There have been lots of charades. Nothing has changed to this day, thirty years and counting from the start of the third Sikh Genocide.

How does this affect me today as a Sikh?

Sikhs as a ‘nation’ do not have peace because in their homeland they have not received the justice that all human beings deserve. No one wants to be enslaved.

What can I do as a Sikh today?

Learn the truth about what has happened. Understand how the Sikh haters have spread a massive web of misinformation and lies so that the truth remains buried and the Sikhs are denied their basic rights. Live life according to the egalatarian principles of the Gurus.

What can non-Sikhs do help their fellow Sikh brethren?

Support us in whatever capacity you can. Stand with us as brothers for human rights.

What can the Sikhs do, if their leaders are complicit in this genocide?

Help us to educate the world so that the truth shines forth and the lies are exposed. Natural leaders will rise to the top.

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