The Editor, The Tribune,
Please refer to the news item “Capt counters PM on 84 riots, says it wasn’t terrorist act” in your esteemed newspaper dated 23rd April 2019.
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) states that as it has been the wont of The Tribune since 1984 to always minimise the pain and slaughter of by the minority Sikhs and refer to our pain and slaughter as a riot .
It is no wonder that Reporters Without Borders have judged the Hindu states press and newspapers as reporting lies, putting up fabricated reports and in their judgement placed the UNI, PTI, The Tribune, Hindustan Times, Times of India, Indian Express, The Hindu etc at the bottom of the list in a list of 195 countries of the world. THIS (Theocratic Hindu Indian State)’s press stands at number 140, though article 19 of the Constitution gives the press the constitutional right to be impartial, free of expression, bold and upright. But despite the Constitutional safeguards the Hindu Indian press only bats for Hindutva, its glory and refers to the Sikhs as terrorists, hardliners, extremists and radicals. It has tarnished the good name of the Sikhs and we have not given up and fightback. Our reward has been that the Reporters Without Borders have justifiably and truthfully placed this scurrilous Hindu press at the 140th position. A disgrace.
As far as Captain Amarinder Singh’s charge against Premier Narinder Modi’s statement that what happened to the Sikhs under Rajiv Gandhi in 1984 were acts of terrorism. These, Captain Amarinder Singh and the Sikhs cannot deny. These brutal acts of slaughter of innocent Sikhs by the Hindu majority began as acts of terrorism and degenerated into the evil crime of genocide.
The province of Ontario in Canada and states of California and Connecticut in US, in their respective legislatures have called these crimes against humanity as acts of genocide.
Even the CBI while putting up an affidavit in the Supreme Court in the case of convicted genocidaire Sajan Kumar has labelled these crimes as genocide. Thus The Tribune and the Hindu press along with Captain Amarinder Singh cannot minimise the gravity of these horrendous and inhuman crimes and label them as riots.
Simranjit Singh Mann,
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar)