10 ways India committed the Sikh Genocide

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10 ways India committed the Sikh Genocide

As many mark the next few days with the 29th commemoration of  the Sikh Genocide, India has a weird fascination with calling this tragedy everything and anything, except for what it is – Genocide.

By definition, Genocide is described as “the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular nation or ethnic group.”

So, as a reminder to India, we ask them not to take our word for it, but their own.

The Nanavati Commission Report, commissioned by the Indian government and conducted by a former member of Supreme Court of India, Justice G.T. Nanavati gives us much reason to recognize 1984 as the Sikh Genocide – here are 10 of them…

1.    The Genocide was Organized and Systematic


“All this could not have happened if it was merely a spontaneous reaction of the angry public.  The systematic manner in which the Sikhs were thus killed indicate that the attacks on them were organized” – page 181

2.    Secret meetings were held & death squads were prepared


“There is also evidence on record to show that on 31-10-84 either meetings were held or person who could organize attacks were contacted and given instructions to kill Sikhs and loot their homes and shops” – page 180

3.    Government agencies helped mobilize killers

“Outsiders in large numbers could not have been brought by ordinary persons from the public.  Bringing them from outside required an organized effort” – page 180

4.    Killers were transported via Government buses

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“There is evidence to show that at some places the mobs indulging in violent attacks had come in DTC buses or vehicles (Public Transportation)” – page 181

5.    The killers were armed with weapons for slaughter


“Supplying them (the mobs) with weapons and inflammable material also required an organized effort” – page 180

6.     Congress leaders helped direct and lead the killers

“Large number of affidavits indicate that local Congress(I) leaders and workers had either incited or helped the mobs in attacking the Sikhs” – page 180

7.   Rumours about Sikhs were spread to incite hate


“Rumours were circulated which had the effect of inciting people against the Sikhs” – page 181

8.    The Police did nothing, but watch…


“That attacks were made in a systematic manner without much fear of the police” – page 180

9.    Except, when the police helped spread the rumours


“Rumors were reported to have been circulated by the police” – page 137

10.  And, left Sikhs to be butchered…

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“There is enough material on record to show that at many places the Police had taken away their (Sikhs) arms or other articles with which they could have defended themselves against the attacks of mobs” – page 181



To learn more read the Nanavati Commission report here: JUSTICE NANAVATI - COMMISSION OF INQUIRY

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  1. Simardeep November 2, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    I’m deeply saddened for two reasons. One, that I’m still unable to get over the loss and tragedy I witnessed in my youth. Two, because no one ever makes a fair argument. Both sides were wrong, and both sides were wronged. My elder sister and I were taken into the homes of a Hindu family during the riots, otherwise we too might have suffered an unfortunate fate. I spent the majority of my life in Punjab and I will be honest, we don’t have any hatred here. The hatred that exists in the West is beyond me. The new generation of kids are preached hatred towards Hindus, they are extremely misguided. I would not be surprised if you, too, are kids yourself with biased views.

    Read about the Damdami Taksal & the Nirankari clashes. Read about the bombs across Northern India, and read about the blown up Air India flight. Not all “freedom fighters” are what they appear to be shown as by the masses. Bhagat Singh and Udham Singh were freedom fighters, they were motivated by freedom; but these so called “freedom fighters” from the 80’s were motivated by hatred, and nothing more.

    An illiterate society is easy to influence, and of course the Congress was involved, but they weren’t the only ones. Believe me, not all Sikhs share the same view. Not all Sikhs want a Khalistan. You have to go spend some time in Punjab in order to see the unity between its people.


  2. Singh November 2, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Simrdeep ..Put you self in there shoe/ I pray to be victim like Sikhs been.

  3. Singh November 2, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Simrdeep ..Put your self in there shoe/ I pray not to be victim like Sikhs been.

  4. God's Hand November 3, 2013 at 2:09 am

    What happened to the Sikhs by the hindu majority was an atrocity. It is unjustifiable and until the government takes action against those criminals and apologizes india will never be united. A good example is 9/11 muslim terrorists caused that but all of America did not start butchering muslim minorities. Some people did get hurt including a Sikh man, but he was justly dealt with.

  5. Anonymous November 3, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Sat Sri Akal, I have to agree with Simardeep veerji because in Gurbani we are taught be forgive, forget and to never seek revenge of any kind. I believe we as Sikhs should focus our energy and time for growth of our future instead remembering a long forgotten past that will bear no fruit of any kind for nobody. lets cherish what we have today and strengthen our community by Economy, Education and Most importantly Spiritual Advancement that will benefit us all in the long run.

    Thank You
    A Sikh Brother Seeking Peace and Love for All.


  6. Simardeep November 3, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Singh —- if you read my post you would have seen that I actually was present in the riots myself, and suffered personal tragedy and loss. You see the media wants you to see, and you hear what they want you to hear.

    “God’s Hand” —- “It’s not like all of America started butchering”, here is the flaw in your argument. All of India did not butcher Sikhs, in fact it was a very small minority (illiterate, and influenced by the media and politicians) which took part in horrendous riots. However, the situation in America wasn’t anywhere as close. Bhindranwale was classified as a terrorist, as were the men accompanying him. He wasn’t a saint like it’s being portrayed by biased media.

    I PERSONALLY knew several Hindu families from Morinda that were forced to evacuate their homes by Sikh terrorists. I saw this with my own eyes, and these atrocities began way before 83. They were threatened to have their daughters and mothers kidnapped and raped and that the men would be butchered unless they left. Sure enough, families left their businesses and homes and left to more developed cities. How do you justify this? This was before the riots and before the media spread the fire. This was because pro-khalistani militants wanted a Hindu-free Punjab.

    It wasn’t a Hindu majority anything, it was the Congress. Open up your eyes kid, you are hearing this from someone who lived through the misfortune. It’s an “eye for an eye” theory, a few Hindus slaughter Sikhs, and then a few Sikhs get together and go retaliate just the same. Are you so blind to accept that Sikhs slaughtered Hindu men, and raped their women just the same?

    Blame the media, blame the congress, but not its people and not a religion.

    When I am back home, be it in Punjab or Delhi, Hindus look up to me. Anytime there has been a situation which required someone brave, guess who they looked upon? The man with the turban. Like I said in my earlier post, the new generation of Sikhs in the West is extremely biased. They have been brainwashed by the majority of people who are pro-khalistan and seem to preach more politics than Sikhi. To all those settled here in the West since the early 80’s, they just saw the worst, packed their bags and left. They didn’t see the recovery.

    I swear to you, if there is ever a time where these Khali’s are on the edge of tearing apart my beautiful Punjab, I will be there on the frontline. I will fight whomever necessary. Sikh, Hindu or Muslim, anyone who tries to separate my Punjab from it’s Mother will have to put a bullet through my heart. And believe me, there are many more like me.


  7. Basra November 3, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    THe movement fo the 80s and 90s was 100% right and justified because of operation bluestar, operation shudi karan(rape all sikh women, Sikh genocide in November, etc. When your mother is raped, brother is killed and temples destroyed, did you want them to wear bangles and sit at home? Fighting oppression is what Sikhism is, not forgiving and forgetting.

  8. Anonymous November 4, 2013 at 2:37 am

    Sat Sri Akal,
    Well Said Simardeep,

    Basra ji,

    Fighting oppression can be done in peaceful ways too but let’s put aside what has been done because nothing can reverse the past and remembering the fallen for the sake of revenge will only put their sacrifice at low levels of humanity. Let us learn from our past actions and build a better future for our community as a whole and not focusing on the bygone.

    Thank You
    A Sikh Brother Seeking Peace and Love for All.


  9. Texas Singh November 4, 2013 at 3:58 am

    No one has blamed any religion. It was a government and at most a governments exploitation of religion that was used to slaughter Sikhs.

    The Nanavati commission highlights an important fact, that this was done independent of anything that was taking place in Punjab or the assassination of Indira Gandhi.

    Therefore, the genocide of Sikhs in November was an independent, premeditated killing of Sikhs planned by the Government of India.

  10. singh December 26, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    LOL at some of these comments. sikhs never hated hindus you morons it has always been against corrupt government but unfortunatley majority of hindus get brainwashed easily by media. The armed struggle was a must after the battle of amritsar and destruction at harminder sahib. Some of you ppl seriously need to do research on sikh history.

    Khalistan zindaabad

  11. Gurdeep March 21, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    This was a shameful act by hindus, i am from morinda and i had witnessed burning of gurudwaras not only in delhi but outside also. I had picked dead bodies of sikhs in riots and i dont know what Simardeep is talking about when she is saying that in moorinda hindu families were raped even berfore 83 , cmmon this is a big lie and i can prrove it.If she can give a single family of hindus being raped before or after 83 by a terrorists i will do what ever you wish but dont spread lies about sikhs.

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