India Today – Nehru broke Punjab, Indira Gandhi attacked Golden Temple: Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal

Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Wednesday said that Jawaharlal Nehru was responsible for the division of Punjab at the time of India’s partition in 1947. She said that the border could easily have been extended by two km

New Delhi – India, 13 March 2019. Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Wednesday said that Jawaharlal Nehru was responsible for the division of Punjab at the time of India’s partition in 1947.

“If Punjab was divided, it was Jawaharlal Nehru’s decision, that border could easily have been extended by two km,” Harsimrat Kaur Badal said.

She further talked about the military operation in the Golden Temple (Harmandar Sahib Complex) ordered by the then PM Indira Gandhi in 1984 and said, “To suppress the Sikhs and demoralise them, after Jawaharlal Nehru broke Punjab, India Gandhi came and attacked the Golden Temple.”

Attacking the Gandhi family, Harsimrat Kaur Badal further said Indira Gandhi was responsible for the innocent people who died there.

“Then comes her son Rajiv Gandhi who then for his political reasons massacres millions of Sikhs all over. And now Rahul Gandhi speaks the language of Pakistan,” Harsimrat Kaur Badal said.

Harsimrat Kaur Badal said that the Sikhs were getting justice for the 1984 tragedy and that it was because of the prime minister and the present government.

“I appeal to the Sikhs, finally we’re getting justice for 1984. Finally, we’re getting Kartarpur Sahab corridor, if you don’t stand by PM Modi and this government, I can assure that the Congress and the Gandhi family will derail this on some pretext of talks and terror,” she said.

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/nehru-broke-punjab-indira-gandhi-attacked-golden-temple-union-minister-harsimrat-kaur-badal-1477041-2019-03-13

NDTV – Controversy over Jagdish Tytler in front row at Sheila Dikshit’s takeover

Jagdish Tytler has virtually been a persistent embarrassment for the Congress, which has been pummeled by the BJP, the Aam Aadmi Party and other parties over allegations of shielding its leaders accused in the anti-Sikh riots.

New Delhi – India, 16 January 2019. As Sheila Dikshit took charge as Delhi Congress chief today, the presence of 1984 riots-accused Jagdish Tytler at the event became controversial. Mr Tytler, 74, was seen in the front rows, which provoked criticism that the Congress was “again rubbing salt into the wounds of Sikhs”.

“Why should he not come, we are privileged to have him here,” Ms Dikshit said in a comment that was instantly attacked.

Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, an ally of the ruling BJP, said: “Indira Gandhi to Rajiv Gandhi to Rahul Gandhi, Tytler was their right hand man. It is a clear signal to Sikhs of the country.”

Another leader of her Akali Dal, Manjinder Singh Sirsa, said the Congress deliberately had Mr Tytler in the forefront to intimidate 1984 witnesses. “The Congress wants to send a message to the witnesses that the party high command supports Tytler and nobody should even try to testify against him,” he said.

Mr Tytler, a former union minister, has been a persistent embarrassment for the Congress, which has been pummelled by the BJP, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and other parties over allegations of shielding its leaders accused in the anti-Sikh riots.

At least 3,000 people were killed in the violence that erupted in the aftermath of the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984.

Mr Tytler argues that the charges against him have not been proved. “What can a man say when the Court has given a verdict. You also mention my name. Why? Is there an FIR? Is there a case? No? Then why do you take my name? Someone said that and you believed it,” he told reporters indignantly.

But he has been accused by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) of inciting a mob that killed three persons. The CBI later tried to close the case but the court has not accepted it.

Mr Tytler became a minister in the Manmohan Singh government in 2004 but had to quit as the 1984 riot allegations kept dogging him.

The allegations came back to haunt the party after another riot-accused leader, Sajjan Kumar, was sentenced to life in jail in December by the Delhi High Court, which cancelled an earlier court order letting him off.

Mr Tytler and Sajjan Kumar were both accused by riot victims of leading mobs and goading them to target Sikhs in Delhi.

Kamal Nath, another Congress leader whose name has come up in witness accounts, faced protests after he was picked by party president Rahul Gandhi as Madhya Pradesh chief minister.

In April last, Mr Tytler and Sajjan Kumar were asked to leave the stage before Rahul Gandhi’s arrival for a protest fast at Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial Rajghat in Delhi.

They were ordered to sit below, with ordinary Congress workers.

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/at-sheila-dikshits-takeover-front-row-seat-for-jagdish-tytler-sparks-row-1978467

DNA India – 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms: SAD takes out protest march in Delhi to seek justice for victims

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Saturday took out a protest march to seek justice for the families of those killed in the 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms.

New Delhi – India, 03 November 2018. The march, led by SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal and Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, started from Gurdwara Pratapganj and ended outside the Parliament Street police station.

Protesters raised slogans against the Congress party and its leaders, and demanded justice for the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms in which a large number of Sikhs were killed in the national capital and in other parts of the country in the aftermath of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination by her Sikh bodyguards.

The SAD president, who led the march, addressed the protesters from atop an open truck. Other leaders of SAD including Union Minister of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Delhi Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Manjinder Singh Sirsa walked along with the protesters.

Expressing her angst over the alleged injustice, Harsimrat Kaur Badal told ANI: “It has been 34 years since our community is demanding justice. Thousands of Sikhs were killed, a lot of women were raped and a lot of people lost their homes.

Such atrocity is a stain on the history of India. Roads of Delhi became red with the blood of Sikhs but even till today no-one has got justice. Why doesn’t judiciary take suo-moto action?”

MLA Sirsa said, “We are going to surround Sonia Gandhi’s house. Congress has been defending its leaders Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler, and we demand that they should stop doing so.

It has been 34 years and Rahul Gandhi says that Congress had no role it. We allege that Congress is trying to save its leader because they only masterminded this massacre”.

A suspicious drone was also confiscated by the police after it was seen hovering over the SAD leaders while they were addressing the protesters on the road. The person, who was operating the drone, was also detained by the police.

The Delhi Police later detained the protesters after they tried to break the cordon. Shiromani Akali Dal protesters also burnt effigies during their protest in Delhi.

According to official records, about 2,800 Sikhs were killed across India, including 2,100 in Delhi, during the violence that broke out after then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards.

I have changed ‘anti-Sikh riots’ into ‘anti-Sikh pogroms’
Riots suggest spontaneous occurrences, pogroms are organised or at least condoned by the authorities
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https://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-1984-anti-sikh-riots-sad-takes-out-protest-march-in-delhi-to-seek-justice-2682244