Swamy’s Private Resolution Bill on expressing regret for hurting the sentiments of Sikhs in 1984 to be admitted

A resolution in the Parliament expressing regret for what happened in 1984 would go a long way to re-building Hindu-Sikh relations

A resolution in the Parliament expressing regret for what happened in 1984 would go a long way to re-building Hindu-Sikh relations
Re-building Hindu-Sikh relations

Senior BJP leader and a member of Rajya Sabha, Subramanian Swamy had submitted an entry under “Private Member Resolution” in the previous session of Rajya Sabha. This is directed at “furthering the process of healing the long-standing hurt feelings and sentiments” of Sikhs in connection with Operation Blue Star that took place on June 6, 1984, and the subsequent targeted mass killing of Sikhs during the period November 1-3, 1984, following the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. As things stand today, this might come up for discussion in the Rajya Sabha on December the 22nd, 2017.

In the interview with Jus Punjabi[1], Swamy also suggested that in order to bring all the accused in the actions of November 1-3 in Delhi to book, he had suggested to the then Acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Geeta Mittal to declare the event as a genocide.

That even after 30 years, the wounds have not healed and the guilty in the mass killing of Sikhs have not been brought to book is regrettable. This discussion has now been “admitted” for discussion in the current Rajya Sabha session. In an interview with Jus Punjabi TV of North America, Swamy had mentioned about this pending discussion and had promised that he would try and have the Union and the State Governments declassify all the records relating to the two tragic events of 1984 that took place against the Sikhs.

Watch this space for developments on this in the coming days and weeks. If the resolution is passed, the Parliament would express regret for the actions of the then Congress government. It must be noted that some individuals of the Congress Party have in their personal capacity, expressed regret for what happened. In the interview with Jus Punjabi[1], Swamy also suggested that in order to bring all the accused in the actions of November 1-3 in Delhi to book, he had suggested to the then Acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Geeta Mittal to declare the event as a genocide. Once this happens, then UN conventions for what to do when a Genocide happens kick in and the guilty will be booked quickly.

“Currently, while India’s laws do not have an action plan in place to deal with genocides, the Indian Penal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code have enough teeth in them to deal with it”, said Dr. Swamy.

Below is a copy of the resolution being introduced in the Rajya Sabha:

Dr. Swamy Private Member Resolution
Fig 1. Dr. Swamy Private Member Resolution

[1] Dr. Swamy’s efforts bear fruit…Oct 27, 2017, PGurus.com

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