Deshmukh in his document ‘MOMENTS OF SOUL SEARCHING’ is seen outlining the justification of the massacre of the Sikh community in 1984. His defence of the carnage can be summed up as in the following: The massacre of Sikhs was not the handiwork of any group or anti-social elements but the result of a genuine feeling of anger.
Deshmukh did not distinguish the action of the two security personnel of Indira Gandhi, who happened to be Sikhs, from that of the whole Sikh community. According to his document the killers of Indira Gandhi were working under some kind of mandate of their community. Sikhs themselves invited these attacks, thus advancing the Congress theory of justifying the massacre of the Sikhs. He glorified the Operation Blue Star and described any opposition to it as anti-national. When Sikhs were being killed in thousands he was warning the country of Sikh extremism, thus offering ideological defense of those killings.…
Deshmukh document did not happen in isolation. It represented the real RSS attitude towards Sikh genocide of 1984. It may be relevant to know here that the RSS cadres did not come forward in defence of the Sikhs. The RSS is very fond of circulating publicity material, especially photographs of its khaki shorts-clad cadres doing social work. For the 1984 violence they have none. In fact, Deshmukh’s article also made no mention of the RSS cadres going to the rescue of Sikhs under siege. This shows the real intentions of the RSS during the genocide.…
- Amidst Barbarity, A Few Hindus & Muslims Saved Sikhs in 1984 – By Pav Singh (Nov 1, 2019, The Quint)
- Photo Essay: Thirty-Three Years on, Wounds of the Anti-Sikh Massacre Are Still Fresh – By Shome Basu (Oct 31, 2019, The Wire)
- Delhi pogrom heralded dog-whistle politics – By Manoj Mitta (Nov 1, 2019, The Tribune)
- Indira Gandhi’s martyrdom: Congress became ‘precursor’ to Hindutva dominance – By Vidya Bhushan Rawat (Oct 31, 2019, Counterview)