In Pictures: protest in Delhi demanding justice for 1984 anti-Sikh violence

Vidya Bhushan Rawat

Over 31 years have passed but the Indian state has failed the people victimised by the goons protected and supported by it. Thousands of innocent Sikhs which included women, children, old men were butchered to death by one of the most brutal and barbaric way by the caste Hindus whose interests were being protected by the ruling Congress Party that time. Sikhs were the victims of the social as well as political isolation. The Hindutva’s volunteers too came in support of the Congress party which won elections in the aftermath with massive mandate. I always maintained that the tyranny of the so called majority through ‘democratic’ mandate against minorities started from then. Today hundreds of activists, individual citizens, political parties joined hand and marched from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar demanding justice to the families of victims of 1984 genocide. Good things was that the people demanded justice for 1992 Babari demolition, Bombay’s instigated riots and Gujarat 2002. It is time Indian state improve its human rights record and punish the guilty of all these violence as well as hundreds of other cases of massacres of Dalits and Adivasis too.