December 8, 2023

Muhammad Ullah: Religious minorities have suffered worst form of atrocities since Modi’s BJP came into power in 2014. Modi government is not leaving any stone unturned to turn India into a Hindu Rashtra (Hindu state).Constitution of India recognizes in Article 25 (1) that “all persons are equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right to freely profess, practice and propagate religion.”

The treatment meted out with minorities in India has stripped off the so-called secular mask from the face of Narendra Modi’s fascist regime. India, on one side, claims itself to be a secular state, while on the other side, it persecutes minorities, especially Muslims, Christians and Sikhs. Minorities including Muslims and Sikhs have repeatedly expressed outrage at the blatant flouting of their core human rights especially on food, clothing, marriage and worship places.

Yet, Modi led fascist regime has always turned a blind eye towards their concern. In June 1984, Indian Army attacked the familiar Golden Temple along with 41 other gurdwaaras of Sikh community all across the Indian Punjab. This assault was codenamed as “Operation Blue Star” and this marked a beginning of gross violations of Human Rights.

This operation was marked by Sikh leaders as the genocide of the Sikh community. They are still wounded with the thought that their leader was killed in this operation. Indian government had imposed draconian media censorship to hide the gruesome war crimes against Sikhs during the ‘Operation Blue Star’ by their Army.

Post this gruesome incident, 20,000 Sikh families fearing for their life migrated out from India. Many of them resigned from their jobs and returned medals they had received from the Indian authorities as a protest against the attack on Golden Temple.

These historical moves were always deliberate in nature whether it was Golden temple or Babri Masjid, whether it was Sikhs or Muslims.

Perturbed by demands of Khalistan referendum, Indian establishment, using RAW and other tools are working on a deliberate plan to repeat the episode of operation Blue Star.

In such circumstances possibility of India using Army to oppress the Sikhs peaceful struggle cannot be ruled out.

Sikhs need to be aware of Indian machinations and world community must take notice of Indian high-handedness.Indian political leadership has built up case against ‘Sikh for Justice’ and other pro Khalistan set-ups abroad. “India is using its discredited media to establish link of Khalistan movement with Pakistan.

Indian history is full of such false flag operations. On the pretext of Khalistan separatism, India might use security forces to break the will of those having dissenting views with New Delhi.

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