Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh
22 years ago today two beloved sons of the panth, Bhai Beant Singh Ji and Bhai Satwant Singh Ji delivered justice to Dusht Indira Gandhi.
First Beant Singh and Satwant Singh wanted to see with their own eyes what Indira Gandhi had done in Punjab, and at Amritsar. The three Singhs shocked at the scene at Siri Akal Thakht Sahib, made their minds up and went to Siri Darbar Sahib and did ardas, “Oh Akaal Purkh, give us strength!”
After seeing the state of Siri Darbar Sahib, both Satwant Singh and Beant Singh returned to Delhi back to their duty. On 24th October 1984, Beant Singh and Satwant Singh took Amrit at a Gurdwara in Delhi. Neither were particularly knowledgeable on Gurbani, but Operation Blue Star and the legend of Sukha Singh and Mehtab Singh were foremost in their mind. This is what led them to take the blessing of Amrit.
Satwant Singh always had the late shift, and Beant Singh always had the early shift. They had to work out a way to both be on duty together. On 31st October, Satwant Singh faked a stomach bug, and swapped duties with another guard. Now they had to decide how to do the task. They decided the best time was when Indira Gandhi was doing her walkabout.
On the morning of 31st October 1984 at 9am as Indira Gandhi walked from her house to her office at Safardajung Road. Bhai Beant Singh shot her 5 times with his service revolver. Bhai Satwant Singh at the same time lifted his Thompson Staingun and shot 28 bullets. Seeing Indira Gandhi fall, all of her PA`s and ministers ran for their lives. The Indo-Tibetian Border Police commandos, who also guarded the grounds would not come close. Both Singhs shouted “Bole So Nihal, Sat Sri Akaal!!”.
Today the Sikh Kaum has forgotten their sacrifice. Even remembering them on the day they sent Indira Gandhi to face dharma raj seems too much for many.
After Bhai Beant Singh Ji drank the nectar of martyrdom his three children, Bhai Sarabjeet Singh, Bhai Jasvinder Singh and Bibi Amrit Kaur were kicked out of the school they used to attend. These three children were turned down at all government schools they applied to. Even the SGPC denied them education in Khalsa college! As a consequence of this all three children had to get a private education.
Today Bhai Beant Singh Ji’s sons live in Phase 5 of Sahibzada Ajeet Singh Nagar, Mohali. Their source of income is nothing more than the rent they receive from a room.
Bhai Beant Singh Ji’s family live in a financially weak situation. But they have never and will never regret the actions that their father undertook to keep the Kesri Nishan Sahib flying.
Even Bhai Beant Singh Ji’s father, Sardar Sucha Singh Ji lived in a very poor financial situation. But this Gursikh never asked for anything. He lived in his shattered home in Maloa village in Ropar with very few belongings. Despite the hardships he faced he always kept the picture of Sant Jarnail Singh Ji Khalsa Bhindranwale on his wall and always remained very proud of his son Bhai Beant Singh Ji.
We remember these Shaheeds for one day and then forget until next year. We should die of shame that those brothers of ours who gave their lives for our Panth, and trusted us to take care of their families once they were gone, have been so completely betrayed. If there was any justice in this world, these families would be treated like the Princes and Princesses they really are. They would want for nothing. They would have more resources than regular families, not less.
This is just one example amongst many thousands.
At the moment the Sikh Kaum has adopted a very selfish attitude. All we think about is ‘our’ own family. What have we done to support the families of those who died for Sikhi? What message are we sending future generations? Die for the Sikh Panth and your parents, wives and children will live in filth and poverty? Who will have the courage and faith to give his sacrifice now?
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh
Every court in the land, only gave the sentence that Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had wanted. In the Supreme Court, Bhai Satwant Singh made a statement. He said, “Let any part of my body, after my Shaheedi, be removed and used by anyone (Doner) who may need. However if you need my eyes, let the authorities tell my parents. I have no hatred for any Hindu, Muslim, Christian, neither hatred for any religion. After my Shaheedi, let no Sikh throw any rock at any Hindu. I am not in favour of any retaliation or bloodshed over my Shaheedi. If we do create bloodshed, then there is no difference between us and Rajiv Gandhi. I am Proud of the task that I did! I do ardas in front of Waheguru ! If I am blessed with a human life, then give me a death of the Brave when I am hanged. Forget one life, if I could I would give up a thousand lives to kill dushts like Indira Gandhi, and laugh as I become Shaheed by hanging…”
Next time you go to Delhi or Panjab, take some time out of your trip to visit areas where our Sikh heroes families are living (usually shanty towns) and donate whatever you can. Give it to these people directly. Help them improve the quality of their lives.
Their relatives gave their lives for us, so we could live as free Sikhs without being under the foot of the corrupt Indian government - the least we can do is give a little something back.
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Subsequent reports from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch and political opponents have claimed that Modi and his ministers instructed Gujarat's police officers not to obstruct the attacking mobs."
Sounds like a page straight out of Panjab history...
"Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere."
The most saddening thing for me was the little boy at the end who said he wants to grow up to be a Soldier, so he can kill Hindu's. Another cycle of senseless violence....
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What is that word, what is that virtue, and what is that magic mantra?
What are those clothes, which I can wear to captivate my Husband Lord? ||126||
Humility is the word, forgiveness is the virtue, and sweet speech is the magic mantra.
Wear these three robes, O sister, and you will captivate your Husband Lord. ||127||
If you are wise, be simple;
if you are powerful, be weak;
and when there is nothing to share, then share with others.
How rare is one who is known as such a devotee. ||128||
Do not utter even a single harsh word; your True Lord and Master abides in all.
Do not break anyone's heart; these are all priceless jewels. ||129||
The minds of all are like precious jewels; to harm them is not good at all.
If you desire your Beloved, then do not break anyone's heart. ||130||
- Shaik Fareed
Females are prone to sexual exploitation in a place like India is a well known fact. Exploitation of vulnerable women by bureaucrats, politicians, policemen and whosoever is in a position to do so is also an open secret. But sexual harassment of women in broad day light by the same police which is supposed to protect their honor is indeed shocking. If all this is done in the presence of the Chief Minister of Punjab; such acts become a shame for Punjab and India.
What adds to the shock is that when the public protested and took the matter to the Chief Minister, he is quoted as saying that his police forces did the right thing and such kind of miscreants should be dealt in this manner only.
You may think what crime these young females committed which evoked such an inhuman action. Well, these young women (mostly Veterinary doctors) dared to exercise their democratic right of peaceful protest in Punjab during a public meeting in Ludhiana. They were raising slogans demanding jobs which were earlier promised by the government. The police immediately swung into action and while it packed all the male protesters in buses and took them to the police station; the female protesters were left to be dealt later. And the action which the police initiated later is visible in the pictures.
The Punjab Government cared two hoots to the public outburst against the criminal action by the Punjab Police. The CM and Punjab Police ignored the concerns of Punjabis and civil society organisations who wrote to him and none of them have a yet received any reply.
The National Commission for Women was no different. They still didn't evoked any response or action. The Punjab & Haryana High Court took suo motto action on the basis of the newspaper report and has issued notice of motion to the Punjab Government for October 10, 2006.
Subsequently "Punjab State Human Right Commission" also ordered an inquiry. The saddest part of the whole story is that the victims of the incident are too frightened to come out and speak up and this incident has further waned the faith of people in law and justice. The ordinary people have been successfully subdued by a corrupt, insensitive and unaccountable system. The victims and their families are too afraid of Punjab Police and the Punjab Government which is evident by the fact that not a single victim has lodged or initiated any form of complaint. They don’t want to talk to the press too lest the fury of the police may unfurl.