The Hindu Indian Press is Biased against the Sikh Peoples and continues to call the Crime of genocide a riot, to minimize the gravity of this crime: Simranjit Singh Mann
The Tribune Dated 13 May 2019
Now read the letter to the editor by Simranjit Singh Mann below:
The Tribune, Chandigarh.
Please refer to your editorial captioned-“Trivializing Killings”.
In this respect my party Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) and I wish to state that your newspaper has written an editorial which has, to some extent reduced the pain in us Sikhs of the crime of genocide perpetrated on the stateless Sikh peoples, first by Indra Gandhi who attacked the holiest Sikh Shrine the Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple Amritsar) in an ingress codenamed Operation Blue Star of 1984, and then later in 1984 the then Primer Rajiv Gandhi ordered and committed the genocide of the Sikhs.
Your worthy newspaper and other English Dailies like The Indian Express, Times of India and Hindustan Times have continuously been trying to minimize the gravity of this horrendous crime of genocide by referring to it as a riot.
But your newspaper has not come to terms with the actual gravity of this abominable crime and does not call it by its true term genocide.
A riot is between two groups or two communities. In this case in 1984 under Rajiv Gandhi’s Union government the Hindus massacred the Sikh peoples. This was state sponsored. Two legislatures of USA states and one of it in Canada, Ontario have passed resolutions in their respective chambers that Hindu Indian state committed the genocide of the Sikh peoples. We hope your newspaper will face the reality. Therefore, these massacres cannot be called riots. It was genocide. The genocide of the Albanians in 1915 is a recognized fact all over the world. But the Turks like the Hindu Indians deny this crime against humanity.
Your newspaper has won the opprobrium of the international press and media in which Reporters without Borders in their impartial and fair report have placed your country’s media’s probity, dignity and truthfulness at number 140 out of 190 countries of the world, they have reviewed.
When article 19 of the Constitution gives us the freedom of speech and freedom, we do not understand why the English Indian press has to do injustice to the Sikh peoples by supporting a rightwing, ultranationalist Hindutva state under the BJP RSS’s jingoistic leader Primer Narinder Modi. We regret to state Manmohan Singh as Premier apologized for these inhuman crimes in his personal capacity but when I was Member of Parliament I had asked for an apology from the parliament as the German Bundestag, the Japanese Diet and the Italian parliament apologized for their respective war crimes in World War II. Such an apology has not been made to the Sikh peoples by the Hindu Indian state. The Sikhs never forget. Sikhs never forgive.
Press and media must rise above communal bias and become free and fair.
Simranjit Singh Mann
Shiromani Akali dal (Amritsar)