Numerous atrocities committed against Sikh women and childern under orders of Meer Manu. However, the Sikhs weren't frightened. They kept saying
"Mannu Sadi Datari Asi Manu Day Soay
Jio Jio Sanu Wadahda Asi Dun Sawae Hoay"
Sardar Chattar Singh, Sardar Jay Singh got the Sikh women freed from the Lahore jails. Sikhs were always in chardikala.
-Ref. "Amritsar Ji Dae Darshan Eshnan Utay 500 Sala Di Ethasak Directory," Satnam Singh Khalsa Advocate, pp 81
Sikhs gathered for Diwali observance at Amrisar and bathed in the Sarowar
"Moh Marnae Ka Chau Hae Marao Ta Har Kae Duyar ||"
Only the Sikhs of Punjab faced the treacherous Mughal rulers, rescue Hindu women and free them from the cluthes of the Mughals. However, no Hindu-Pandir sacrificed his/her life either for their nation, caste, idol, temple, or their women's honor.
-Ref. "Amritsar Ji Dae Darshan Eshnan Utay 500 Sala Di Ethasak Directory," Satnam Singh Khalsa Advocate, pp 82
The Babbar Akalis attend "Charan Ki Chhinj" at Achalpur.
Sardar Beant Singh and Satwant Singh gunned down Indira Gandhi.
Sardar Beant Singh gunned down Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India, to avenge the destruction of Sri Akal Takhat Sahib and desecration of holy Harmandir Sahib, the holy Sarowar, and for burning rare records and buildings of the complex. Indian Army was sent by her to attack the holy complex. However, Sardar Beant Singh was gunned down on the spot. Sardar Satwant Singh and Sardar Kehar Singh were co-accused with Sardar Beant Singh for gunning down Indira Gandhi. They were hanged until death on Jan. 6, 1989. Sikh Panth holds Indira Gandhi, then Prime Minister of India, responsible for the desecration of Harmandir Sahib in 1984's operation Bluestar. While the Sikh Nation is in debt to these great Martyr who laid his life for a great cause and honor of Khalsa Panth.
Black November-1984 started (1984).
Oct 31 through Nov 7 thousands of Sikhs were killed in butchery by the Hindus with the help of ministers, police, and army. The international leadership witnessed the savagery from a few hundred meters. "Who are Guilty" named 16 senior Congress Party leaders, 13 Police officials and 198 others among the major killers of the Sikhs. Rajiv Gandhi himself was behind the carnage. Later he justified by saying: whenever a big tree falls the earth is shaken" (later, Rajiv himself met the fate suitable to a terrorist).
-Ref. THE SIKHS' STRUGGLE FOR SOVEREIGNTY, An Historical Perspective By Dr. Harjinder Singh Dilgeer and Dr. Awatar Singh Sekhon By: A.T. Kerr Page 110-119
WITCHES NIGHT: October 31 by Khushwant Singh
A strange coincidence that had not occurred to me before did while I was turning over the pages of an illustrated book, Feasts and Festivals of England.
I found that October 31 is known to the western world as Halloween - the night of the witches. Witches, ghosts and goblins are free to infest the darkness, reads the text.
My mind goes back eleven years to the October 31 of 1984. By a tragic coincidence, we too had our witches night following the assassination of Mrs. Gandhi. Not ghosts, not goblins were about to infest the darkness, but beasts in human form took the lives of thousands of innocent people to avenge one dastardly murder.
In Europe and America, they light bonfires to scare evil spirits. In Delhi and other cities of northern India, evil men made a bonfire of the living by dousing them with kerosene and setting them aflame. For us, Halloween was also like the massacre of St. Bartholomews Eve, when thousands of Protestants were murdered in cold blood by Catholics.
What happened to the perpetrators of our Halloween massacre? - Nothing. It took over a year for a very reluctant government to appoint a commission of inquiry. The presiding judge knew his job: he made some pious statements and appointed two other commissions. They also knew their jobs. They made a few noised, ordered action against a few individuals who were foolish enough to let themselves be photographed while leading mobs on their murderous missions. We can now assume that nothing will be done to the murderers - least of all by the Congress party government because most of the killers belonged to this party.
I have often written - and write again- that crime unpunished breed criminals. I have little doubt in my mind that the chief cause of the sporadic senseless violence in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh is due to the governments criminal inability to punish the perpetrators of the pogrom of October - November 1984.
And why, one may ask, are men charged with serious crimes like an attempt to kill the Prime Minister and hijack a plane not brought to trial after so many years in detention? Is this the way to run the government of a country like India?