June 2, 2013 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Amritsar, Punjab (June 02, 2013): It is learnt that Hindu organization Shiv Sena (Rashtarvadi) attempted to took out a march on May 31, 2013 in Amritsar to show their protest against the June 1984 memorial for Sikh martyrs.
In June 1984 Indian army had attacked Sri Darbar Sahib and other Sikh Gurdwaras in Punjab and adjoining states. Army used tanks to destroy Sri Akal Takhat Sahib, the eternal seat of Sikh sovereignty and the Sikh Reference Library, a Sikh national library, was also destroyed and set on fire. Thousands of innocent Sikh pilgrims were massacred by the Indian army in this attack that was code-named as operation blue star.
A handful of Sikh warriors under the leadership of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Bhai Amrik Singh (President of AISSF) and Gen. Subegh Singh defended the sacred precincts from armed attack till the last of their breath.
Recently, Sikhs have constructed a memorial in the memory of these ‘defenders of faith’. The memorial is named as ‘Gurdwara Yaadgaar Shaheedan’.
Hindu organizations such as Shiv Sena, political parties such as Congress and BJP and various communicated sections Indian media were opposing the memorial.
As per information on May 31, 2013 Shiv Sena (Rashtarvadi) members gathered at Bhandari Pul and marched towards Sri Darbar Sahib in protest against the construction of the Sikh memorial for the martyrs of June 1984. This march was reportedly stopped by the city administration near Hall Gate.
Shiv Sena workers reportedly sat on a ‘dharna’ at Hall Gate for some time and then lifted their dharna voluntarily.
As per media reports SS (R) state president Anil Tandon said “[m]artyrs are those who had died at the hands of militants, and not the militants”.
According to some other media reports the Durgyana Mandir Committee has resolved to built a memorial for Army-men who died during the armed attack on Sri Darbar Sahib.
Another faction of Shiv Sena in Punjab has reportedly announced to build a temple where the ‘idols’ of Indira Gandhi, Ex-Army Indian Army Chief Arun Vaidhya and former Chief Minister of Punjab Beant Singh would be established.
It is notable that Indira Gandhi had order armed attack on Sikh Gurdwaras, including Sri Darbar Sahib. Arun Vaidhya was selected by Indira Gandhi to put her devil desires in practise. He was chief of Indian army in Juen 1984. Beant Singh, an infamous CM of Punjab, had unleashed the state-terror on civilian Sikh population during his tenure (from 1992 to 1995).
According to some political observers these developments reaffirm the existence of historical hatred between Hindu and Sikh communities in Punjab, where one community’s heroes are being viewed as villains by the other community.
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