Dear Editor:

Mr. Rajiv Gandhi has indicated that government might order an inquiry into violence in Punjab.

Since the attack on the Golden Temple, Amritsar in June 1984, the politics of India had stirred feelings of distress among different groups of Indian citizens, religious or otherwise. Each religion teaches us that there is no animosity among religions, because they teach the same truth about God in their own peculiar way. Then why was there genocide of thousands of people worshipping God at Amritsar in June 1984, especially when people of Sikh faith were observing the Martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev throughout the subcontinent of India. The freedom fighters of India against British Raj, were wise enough to understand the cause of slavery in India, and knew the pulse of the nation. During the feudalage the Indians did not have much awareness but after the Industrial Revolution in Europe, the concept of God changed in each and every society of the world. The daredevil feats of the Punjabis had always played an important role in keeping themselves free from the oppressors. What has happened to the Punjabi character? Is he waiting for any miracle? Won’t he devise someway to enjoy the fruits of freedom in an autonomous state by changing the constitution of the land?


K.S. Mahal, Oakland

Article extracted from this publication >>  April 5, 1985