Firstpost – Operation Bluestar: UK MP seeks inquiry to probe Margaret Thatcher government’s role in army raid

Chandigarh, 29 July 2017. A British member of parliament (MP) on Saturday pitched for an independent inquiry into the role of the UK government in Operation Bluestar, an Indian Army action in 1984 to flush out terrorists from the Golden Temple.

The UK’s first turban-wearing MP Tanmanjit Singh Dhesi is in Chandigarh on a private visit to India.

“As far as 1984 Operation Bluestar is concerned, you know that all felt pain. But we never knew that there was any role of the UK government in it. We always thought it was an action taken by the Indian government,” Dhesi said addressing media in Chandigarh.

He claimed that some journalists in the UK while analysing secret documents found “involvement of the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.”

“Whether the role was in advisory capacity or something more but when we learnt about it, we were sad because we never thought our government would have any role in it,” the British MP said.

“That is why we are demanding that a independent inquiry should be held to establish the extent of then Thatcher government’s involvement in 1984 Operation Bluestar,” the Labour Party MP said.

Dhesi said the Conservative Party-led government had earlier ordered an inquiry in this regard. But it was “an eyewash”.

“Neither anything came out of that inquiry nor any document was released. That is why the demand for an independent inquiry is growing to put pressure on the UK government,” he said.

The onus for ordering inquiry is entirely on the present UK government, Dhesi said, adding “If the UK government makes any delay in ordering independent inquiry then it will be called as justice delayed, justice denied.”

Dhesi, known as Tan, won his Slough seat to become the UK’s first turban-wearing MP last month.

On the issue of ‘Kirpan’ and Sikhs not being allowed to wear turbans in some counties, the British MP said that he would continue to raise such issues at appropriate platforms.

“It is a matter of great sadness that people cannot practice their faith as they cannot freely wear ‘kirpan’ or turban. In France, more than 80,000 turbaned Sikh soldiers laid down their lives in order to liberate that very country. And now that very county does not allow turbans. Sikh students cannot go to schools with a turban,” he rued.

On being asked about students from Punjab now preferring other countries over the UK, Dhesi criticised the Conservative party led-UK government for being “too harsh” as far as immigration rules were concerned and said immigration rules should be “balanced”.

“We are in favour of having immigration rules which benefit Britain and which are fair. At the moment, the Conservative party is being too harsh as we are actually losing out the potential of so many intelligent students (who want to come to the UK). … the Conservative party has harmed our economy,” he said.

Asked about ‘Khalistan’ sympathisers in the UK, Dhesi said “It is not a question of supporting any particular ideology.”

He said like in India, people get a chance to express their views and follow any ideology in the UK also, “there is freedom of expression and freedom of speech.”

“Each party, like Congress, SAD, AAP has support base in the UK. It is not correct that people living in UK follow only one ideology,” he stressed. – 550th Guru Nanak’s Birth Anniversary: Punjab government announces to refurbish Sultanpur Lodhi

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Chandigarh-Panjab-India, 17 June 2017. The Congress led Punjab government on June 15 announced to refurbish Sultanpur Lodhi town in the wake of upcoming 550th birth anniversary of first Sikh master Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji in 2019.

Chief Minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh made this announcement in the Punjab assembly while answering to MLA Navtej Singh Cheema’s query seeking construction of a new guest house in Sultanpur Lodhi during the question hour.

He announced that the basic infrastructure of Sultanpur Lodhi town will refurbished in the wake of upcoming 550th birth anniversary of first Sikh master Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji in 2019.

Replying to another question, Captain Amarinder Singh said that the Punjab government was going to issue a white paper on the state’s financial crisis due to misrule in Punjab SAD-BJP led government in last 10 years.

Answering a query pertaining to shortage of manpower in Health Department of Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh said that not only Punjab instead every department was facing shortage of manpower as the Punjab government lacks sufficient funds.

In Sultanpur Lodhi, Guru Nanak Dev Ji spent more than 14 years and in 1497 Guru Sahib disappeared in holy Rivulet (Kali Bein) flowing along the North end of the city and then re-appeared after three days with the teaching of “na koi hindu, na koi muslman” (no one is Hindu, no one is Muslim) which led to the birth of a new religion, Sikhi.