Dalvinder Jeet Kaur, who has been ‘a part of that day’ with memories that will be ‘fresh till my death’, shares her experience on the after of the 1984 mob attacks.
“I was 5 years old and my brother was just few months old! The mob broke in our house & took my father & burnt him! We couldn’t find him for 3 days! But thankfully he was alive and was taken to hospital! This memory will never erase from our lives … ever!
“They were all drugged & heavily drunk as my mother recalls that day! They were these mindless idiots following directions blindly! It was like they were under someone’s spell! We All know who are those people!,” she shared via Twitter.
1984 remains one of the darkest years in modern Indian history, Simran Jeet Singh, the the senior religion fellow for the Sikh Coalition, published in the Time in 2014.
In June of that year, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi ordered a military assault on the most significant religious center for the Sikhs, Darbar Sahib (i.e., the Golden Temple) in Amritsar, Punjab. The attack killed thousands of civilians. On October 31, 1984, Mrs. Gandhi was assassinated by two of her Sikh bodyguards.
Her assassination triggered genocidal killings around the country, particularly in India’s capital city, New Delhi.
He writes: The anti-Sikh violence of 1984 was not a riot. The massacres were not spontaneous, anomalous or disorganized. According to a report belatedly commissioned by the Government of India in 2000, “but for the backing and help of influential and resourceful persons, killing of Sikhs so swiftly and in large numbers could not have happened.”
Fading Memories, Merging Events – 1984 The Saga (Asia Samachar, 28 Oct 2018)
Lessons for today from 1984: Interview with Hari Singh (Asia Samachar, 13 Nov 2015)