Vahiguru ji ka Khalsa, Vahiguru ji ki Fatih!
As we step into November, our gaze turns to a chapter of history that, although marked by pain and sorrow, carries a profound message of resilience, unity, and the unwavering human spirit.
The year 1984 etched an indelible mark on India's chronicles, overshadowed by the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. In the aftermath of this event, the nation bore witness to widespread, meticulously orchestrated violence and suffering aimed at the Sikh community planned by Mrs Gandhi a couple of months earlier.
The memory of the 1984 Sikh Genocide is deeply etched in the collective consciousness of the Sikh community, becoming an inseparable part of their identity. This Genocide emphasizes the fragility of democracy, underlining its value amid its vulnerability. It serves as a poignant reminder of how swiftly democratic ideals can be eroded when the formidable State machinery meant to protect its citizens turns against them, and violence is normalized and cited to win the next elections.
The Sikh ethos shines as a beacon of hope. The essence of Sikhi, with its profound values of equality, service, and selfless devotion, has served as an unwavering guiding light during the community's most trying times.
In the life of a Sikh, there is no place for hatred or revenge. Instead, we seek justice as we feel the grace of the Guru to infuse us with the courage to steadfastly uphold our principles and find the equilibrium between the laws of the land and the Cosmic Law.
May we embrace the message of Guru Granth Sahib and fortify the Guru Khalsa Panth to foster harmony in a diverse world. May we become the messengers of Love and Justice.
May the Wisdom-Guru be with us!
Harinder Singh’s conversation covers a range of themes with Mr. Harvinder Singh Phoolka from Sikh, Panjabi, Indian, and International perspectives.
How do we remember? How do we advocate? How do we survive? In this episode we feature three leading voices in the November 1984 Anti-Sikh pogroms study.
Genocide doesn’t happen in isolation. It is a combination of deep-seated hatred and racism. There are many who will deny the 1984 Genocide. But I remember…