With a day to go for municipal corporation elections in the state, Congress on Wednesday took an aggressive stand opposing Bluestar memorial and honouring of Beant Singh's assassin Balwant Singh Rajoana at the Akal Takht. The party also said that there was no need for a memorial to the victims of anti-Sikh riots in Delhi.
DO YOU NEED ANY MORE PROOF? NOT ONLY DOES THE GOVERNMENT NOT CARE ABOUT OUR SHAHEEDS, BUT THEY ALSO WANT US TO FORGET ABOUT THE INNOCENT VICTIMS OF 1984! THE HUMAN LIVES THAT THEY TOOK! EVEN OUR OWN SO CALLED SIKHS, WHO ARE SLAVES TO THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT, ARE TELLING US TO FORGET ABOUT OUR DEAD MOTHERS, FATHERS, BROTHERS AND SISTERS. THEY DON'T WANT US TO REMEMBER THE PEOPLE THEY KILLED!
Opposing memorial to victims of Delhi anti-Sikh riots of November 1984, Amarinder Singh (state congress president) said it would be like opening up healed wounds.
HEALED WOUNDS? WE HAVE NOT HEALED! OUR WOUNDS HAVE BEEN BLEEDING FOR 28 YEARS! NO EFFORT HAS BEEN MADE TO HEAL THEM... THEY HAVE SIMPLY BEEN IGNORED!
"Nobody ever justified these riots and people are leaving the tragic events behind, but Akali leaders are doing things to keep the old wounds festering to vitiate the atmosphere," he said.
THE RIOTS WEREN'T JUSTIFIED? WELL THEN WHY DID THEY HAPPEN! THEY WEREN'T STOPPED OR CONDEMNED EITHER... THEY WERE AIDED BY OFFICIALS. THE GOVERNMENT HAS NO RIGHT TO COVER UP IT'S CRIMES! WE WON'T LEAVE THESE EVENTS BEHIND UNTIL JUSTICE HAS BEEN SERVED!
"These tragedies are part of history and it is absolutely foolish to make such a statement, which can disturb peace in Punjab," Amarinder said.
THIS SICKENS ME. WE ARE BEING OPPRESSED. THEIR IDEA OF 'PEACE' IS TREADING US INTO THE GROUND. PUNJAB IS A BOMB JUST WAITING TO GO OFF... THIS IS THEIR IDEA OF PEACE! GIVE US JUSTICE AND THEN THERE WILL BE PEACE!
"The memorial and Rajoana's felicitation are bad for Punjab and the country and are happening at a time when Punjab required focus on building its economy," Amarinder said.
WHAT MORE CAN BE SAID? THEY ONLY CARE ABOUT ECONOMY... MONEY IS WORTH MORE THAN JUSTICE, MORE THAN HUMAN LIFE. THEY DON'T WANT JUSTICE TO INTERRUPT ECONOMIC PROGRESS. THEY DON'T WANT TO ADDRESS THEIR MISTAKES, THEY DON'T WANT TO LEAVE BEHIND ANY REMAINS OF THE SIKH GENOCIDE... IT THREATENS THEM. THEY WANT US TO FORGET!
We are being oppressed. They are trying to silence us. They don't want to give us justice. They don't want to pay for their mistakes. They don't care. They're covering up their crimes. They're telling us to ignore the past. Get over it. Forget. They want us to forget the dead. They don't want any remainders of their mistakes to be seen. They'd rather focus on the economy. They won't even allow us to put up a memorial. They say there's no need to remember. They say we should forget. How can we forget? The victims are still dead. The killers still roam free. The mothers are still crying, suffering in poverty and neglect, insane with the trauma and their memories, still waiting for their sons to come back, still waiting for justice, still waiting for answers. Our wounds have been bleeding for 28 years, and they won't heal. We must remember our shaheeds and the innocent victims of the anti-Sikh genocide. We must remember what they did to us. We must remember that we never got justice. We must continue fighting. We must continue raising our voices, raising awareness. We musty continue the struggle for justice!
WE WILL NEVER FORGET 1984!!