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That Tree Still Shakes Delhi…

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Circa 1984.

“Some riots took place in the country following the murder of Indiraji. We know the people were very angry and for a few days it seemed that India had been shaken. But, when a might tree falls, it is only natural that the earth around it does shake a little.”

 – Rajeev Gandhi; 19 November 1984

Circa 2005.

“I have no hesitation in apologizing not only to the Sikh community but the whole Indian nation because what took place is the negotiation of the concept of nationhood, as enshrined in our Constitution. On behalf of our government, on behalf of the entire people of this country, I bow my head in shame that such a thing took place.”

– Dr. Manmohan Singh; 11 August 2005

It is 2012 now.

That same tree continues to haunt the streets of Delhi and no apology from anyone whatsoever has helped the cause of justice as yet.

As the seekers of justice gather today at the Jantar Mantar to demonstrate against the delay in justice in the matter of over 3000 citizens of a minority community massacred over three days in 1984 in broad daylight on the roads of Delhi, I am deeply anguished and saddened to wake up to a morning 28 years later from the day this ghastly event manifested in the most barefaced manner on the streets of Delhi.

Well, didn’t someone say justice delayed is justice denied? May be, the phrase wasn’t meant for the commoners in India…

Authors Manoj Mitta and HS Phoolka, the tireless warriors for justice in the matter and conceivably the most knowledgeable people on this case, wrote in their well-researched book, ‘When A Tree Shook Delhi: The 1984 Carnage and its Aftermath’:

“Whichever way you look at India, whether as the world’s largest democracy, or as one of the fastest growing economies in the world, it is hard to imagine that any genocide could have taken place a few years ago right in its capital.”

Well, it did happen. And it is no solace that the masterminds and perpetrators of this rather well organized crime roam scot-free to date.

How I wish the apology of the Prime Minister was translated into actions. To a commoner like me, that would have been far more reassuring.

Not to be, as yet. The fight is on…


Photo-credit: webecoist.momtastic.com

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are author’s own and not of the organisation he is associated with.

Written by RRGwrites

November 3, 2012 at 1:49 PM

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  1. Great writing and information


    November 3, 2012 at 9:27 PM

  2. It’s ironic that leaders from Shiromani Akali Dal, after almost 3 decades, demand a “Special Investigative Team” to be set up for the Sikh Riots, (as was done for the Gujarat riots in 2002), citing that it could not be done earlier since “the sikhs are not a vote bank, although it’s a wonderful but small community”.

    An entire generation has come of age. Young men and women have become grandparents and the widows’ colony in Tilak Vihar seems to have come in terms with fate.The community struggles to add on to more signatures on the 30,000 list, asking for the SIT. Question is, would this be enough to start the process of seeing justice happen, or would it be another of those forgotten chapters of history which get remembered during anniversaries?? Would the wheels of justice ever turn…or should the victims be left to believe that the country has let them down….yet again.


    November 4, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    • Rubina, well said. I was present yesterday at Jantar Mantar for the protests – saw it all. How the families still wept and await justice; how some crony politicians tried to hijack a peaceful protest by giving media-bytes, et al.
      Justice delayed is indeed justice denied, but I do not believe in giving up the fight; I believe in the cause. And I must tell you, none of the bereaved families are giving up either. Hats off to likes of Phoolka, who have been tireless warriors of the cause.
      I am sure, this won’t be the one where we would only end up remembering on anniversaries…


      November 4, 2012 at 10:01 PM

  3. Politics are way above commoner, you are not a vote bank as you do not vote for a religion and those who do always find themselves as, destiny’s favourite child. Spare a thought about Kashmiri pandit’s as well who were specifically asked to leave their wife and daughters behind and leave, else they would have been treated in the same hostile ways of Paki Army!

    We are a land of pseudo seculars and pseudos will make sure, their offspring only, get the best and rest get the gutter. .


    November 7, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    • Well, Saurabh, I am sure you have reasons for your strong views.
      Yet, the fight for justice must not stop.


      November 8, 2012 at 9:40 PM

  4. Reblogged this on RRGwrites and commented:

    It is 2014 now. Two years since I wrote this blog. 30 years since the most infamous tree shook Delhi…
    The fight is on…


    November 1, 2014 at 11:59 AM

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