Arundhati Roy on the Sikh Genocide

AnonSingh October 28, 2010 8 Comments

After the recent controversy in India dealing particular with Arundhati Roy’s comments regarding Kashmir, we decided to explore what her stance was on the Sikh Genocide.  After a quick search on google, we stumbled upon the following excerpt from a much longer interview.

It goes without saying, but its refreshing to see Arundhati Roy touch on the topic of the Sikh Genocide in the manner she does.  The question is why do we fail to support activists such as herself who have spoken so truthfully against the abusive Indian state?

Taken from an interview on CNN-IBN called “Indian democracy in a state of emergency”.  View the entire transcript and video by clicking here

Arundhati Roy: We call ourselves a democracy but as a society we tolerate the 68,000 dead in Kashmir, we tolerate deeply undemocratic laws like the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, we had the Sikh genocide and what happened in Gujarat, all of these things I question.

Karan Thapar: And the Prime Minister apologised for what happened to the Sikhs, Sonia Gandhi visited the Golden Temple.

Arundhati Roy: Would it be enough for you Karan, if someone killed your parents and raped your wife and the Prime Minister apologises?

Karan Thapar: The Chinese haven’t apologised for the Tiananmen Square.

Arundhati Roy: It doesn’t matter. The point is when we accept these kinds of injustices and absorb them and the Government thinks by apologising or dissimulating it’s over, but they all settle in us like toxins and we become a pretty barbaric society.

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  1. GuruKirpaNaal October 28, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

    Arundhati Roy is one of my very inspirations! She is a role model- an amazin idol whom I look up at and just say WOW! The work she does is not only revolutionary; however, it is also sincere and upright.

    Arundhati Roy, pyare saadh sangat ji, is a real threat to a corrupt and poverty stricken country such as India! It is people like her that will show crooked politicians their place in this world!

    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

    ~ Simran Kaur

  2. Jaideep singh November 1, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    u r right my sis hw can we forget what happened to our sisters mothers. Nd on the other si what the hell is that ki Sardaara naal hoya thakka te sardaar e mangan maafi

  3. Gurmeet November 2, 2010 at 10:25 am

    she is very right i respect for her opinion regarding kashmir and sikhs in blue star

  4. GuruKirpaNaal November 2, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

    Jaideep Singh Ji, you are correct. How can we ever forget the dreaded year of 1984?

    Such unjust and undeserved proceedings have taken place in every culture, religion and nation as far as I know. However, what makes the 1984 so shockingly unique is the fact that we received no justice whatsoever even after a long period of 27 years after the occurrence.

    Guru sahib, please help out this corrupt nation! “India” is in strong need of your blessings! Guru sahib, please bless the victims of 1984- whether here on Earth or somewhere in guru sahib’s charan.

    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

    ~ Simran Kaur

  5. Daljeet singh November 4, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    We wiil never forget the year 1984 (june and nov. both).
    And we keep in mind that justice is still undone.

  6. Daljeet singh November 4, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    We will never forget the year 1984.
    and we should keep in mind that justice is still undone.

  7. Raminder November 17, 2010 at 4:48 am

    karan thapar is an excellent journalist and arundhati roy, a role model.

  8. whatever99 November 23, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Karan Thapar is NOT an “excellent” journalist!

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