GREATER BADDOW – Earlier today, the Parliament of Essexia condemned both the British and Indian governments for their roles in the 1984 Sikh Massacre.
It comes on what it is 36th anniversary of the genocide in which up to 17,000 Sikhs were massacred during riots against the religion for their alleged role in the assassination of Indira Gandhi.
The motion, known formally as ‘Motion I II.XI.XX,’ proposed by the Rt. Hon Matthew MP, said the following;
“This house motions to recognise the 1984 Sikh Massacre as an act of genocide, and condemns the government of the Republic of India for the systematic and organized killings of Sikhs, and condemns attempts made by the Indian government as well as the U.K. government to distort the historical reality of the Sikh Genocide. It further condemns the role of the U.K. government and armed forces in its complicity during Operation Blue Star which led to the genocide.”
Motion I II.XI.XX passed with 7 ayes and 2 abstentions. Controversially, the Rt Hon Cracky abstained, believing that the Sikhs were responsible for their own genocide, claiming privately that “they [the Sikhs] did kinda kill their leader [Indira Gandhi].”
Parliament also condemned the British government for its role in Operation Blue Star, which many historians see as the beginning of the build-up to the genocide.
It’s worth noting that this is the first time Parliament itself has condemned a foreign nation. Normally, condemnations are made by the Foreign Minister, and thus the Essexian government.
How was the UK involved?
In 2014 David Cameron ordered a review after the accidental release of secret documents revealed that a British SAS officer had been drafted in to advise the Indian authorities on removing armed Sikh militants from the Golden Temple at Amritsar, Sikhism’s holiest shrine.
The documents said the plan, known as Operation Blue Star, was carried out with the full knowledge of the Thatcher government.
The report suggests the UK was keen to help India because the country was one of its biggest purchasers of military equipment between 1981 and 1990.
It also claims that repressive measures against Sikhs were carried out in the UK to appease the Indian government and secure arms deals.
What was the genocide?
The 1984 Sikh Massacre was a series of organised pogroms against Sikhs in India in response to the assassination of Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards. The ruling Indian National Congress had been in active complicity with the mob, as to the organisation of the riots. The Indian government estimates project that about 2,800 Sikhs were killed in Delhi and 3,350 nationwide, whilst independent sources estimate the number of deaths at about 8,000–17,000.
In 2011, Human Rights Watch reported that the Government of India had “yet to prosecute those responsible for the mass killings”. According to the 2011 WikiLeaks cable leaks, the United States was convinced of Indian National Congress’ complicity in the riots and called it “opportunism” and “hatred” by the Congress government, of Sikhs. Although the U.S. has not identified the riots as genocide, it acknowledged that “grave human rights violations” occurred. In 2011, a new group of mass graves was discovered in Haryana and Human Rights Watch reported that “widespread anti-Sikh attacks in Haryana were part of broader revenge attacks” in India.
The Central Bureau of Investigation, the main Indian investigative agency, believes that the violence was organised with support from the Delhi police and some central-government officials.