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While just surfing Internet came across the below Article - Please dont take me otherwise for this one.. i was nt knowing anything about Sant ji before.. after joining this forum people discuss alot abt 1984 so just tryin to explore things regarding him.....

Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale: Five Myths

By PUNEET SINGH LAMBA

The Sikh Times, Jun. 6, 2004

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Photo: A life-size picture of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale adorns the entrance of one of Canada's largest gurdwaras, Sri Guru Singh Sabha, 7280 Airport Road, Malton (a Toronto suburb), Ontario, June 22, 2003.

Introduction

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the passing away of Jarnail Singh Brar, popularly known as Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, or simply Bhindranwale.

In the early 1980s, Bhindranwale led an armed movement for Sikh autonomy and died during an army offensive (nicknamed Operation Blue Star) on the Darbar Sahib complex (also known as the Golden Temple complex).

Not many people can claim to be neutral about Bhindranwale. To his admirers, he was above all a man of his word, a rare quality among politicians.1 To his detractors, he mostly represented the 'paranoia' and 'dangerously intolerant quality of orthodox Sikhs.'2

After Operation Bluestar, Harchand Singh Longowal, perhaps the most respected moderate Sikh leader of recent years, is said to have done a volte-face and revised his opinion of Bhindranwale overnight from 'scoundrel' to 'saint.'3

Dipankar Gupta, one of India's premier sociologists, once offered the following explanation, 'That Bhindranwale is near canonisation in the minds of many Sikhs today is because Bhindranwale's blood mingled with the blood of at least 400 pilgrims who died during Bluestar.'4

The fiery preacher, equally controversial in life and death, left behind several myths about himself, some made popular by well-wishers, others by detractors. The following is a countdown of the top five most enduring of the Bhindranwale fables.

Myth #5: Bhindranwale Survived Operation Bluestar and Is Alive and Well

Damdami Taksal is the influential religious school, once located in the village Bhinder5, where Bhindranwale was initially a student and eventually jathedar (head priest). The seminary's current jathedar, Thakur Singh, has continued to maintain that Bhindranwale is still alive.6

According to Lt. Gen. Kuldip Singh Brar, who commanded Operation Bluestar, '[the bodies] of Bhindranwale and Shahbeg were identified by a number of agencies including the police, the I.B. [intelligence Bureau] and militants in our custody.'7 Bhindranwale's brother is also reported to have identified Bhindranwale's body.8 Pictures of what appears to be Bhindranwale's body have been published in at least two widely circulated books.9,10

Whereas there can be little doubt that Bhindranwale is no more, the circumstances of his final moments remain shrouded in mystery. The New York Times reported three distinct versions of Bhindranwale's death.

Veteran B.B.C. correspondent Mark Tully relates an incident during Bhindranwale's funeral. Captain Bhardwaj 'on lifting the sheet to make sure it was Bhindranwale [asked] the police why the Sant's [sant is an honorific title analogous to Saint] body was so badly battered.' A police officer replied, 'The extremists broke his bones.'11

At the other end of the spectrum lies Dilbir Singh's account. Dilbir Singh was 'Public Relations Advisor at Guru Nanak Dev University for seven years [and] was with the Sant constantly from 1978 until the last week of his life.' He was also 'at that time a correspondent of the Tribune and formerly of the Patriot.' He stated, 'In the fight Bhindranwale was injured on the right side of his temple. A government doctor verified he was captured alive. He was tortured to death.'12

R.K. Bajaj, a correspondent for Surya magazine, is said to have confirmed that 'he had personally seen a photograph of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale in army custody.'13

Myth #4: Bhindranwale Was a Man of Religion Without Political Ambition

Bhindranwale made repeated claims to the effect that he had no interest in political power, 'If I ever become president of the Akali Dal or the S.G.P.C. [Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee], an M.L.A., a government minister, or a member of parliament . . . I shall deserve a shoe-beating by you.'14,15

In contrast, we have the following examples of Bhindranwale's abundant political aspirations year after year:



  • During the S.G.P.C. elections of 1979, 'Of the forty candidates Bhindranwale put up [for a total of 140 seats], all but four were defeated.'16
  • 'For all his protestations that he was not a politician, Bhindranwale campaigned actively for the Congress in three constituencies' during the 1980 general elections.17
  • During the 1981 elections to the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (D.S.G.P.C.), 'in an attempt to divide Akali votes, the Congress (I) had asked the A.I.S.S.F. [All India Sikh Students Federation] to put up candidates for the Delhi gurdwaras whose campaign was led by Sant Bhindranwale. No A.I.S.S.F. candidate won.'18
  • At one point in 1983, the Talwandi-Tohra faction of the Akali Dal got a section of the S.G.P.C. to recommend Bhindranwale for the position of jathedar of the Akal Takht.19
  • According to India Today, in the months leading up to Operation Bluestar about a third of Longowal's S.G.P.C. members and district Akali Dal presidents had 'defected' to Bhindranwale.20
  • The Darbar Sahib's Public Relations Officer (P.R.O.) Narinderjit Singh Nanda recalled, 'Bhindranwale told me that within thirty days he was taking over the S.G.P.C.'21

However, given his poor record in electoral politics and a disinclination to play by the rules, he had little incentive to seek formal political office. He was already 'the uncrowned emperor.'22 As articulated by Time magazine, 'Bhindranwale had become so popular he had usurped the Akalis' authority.'23 He wielded more informal power than all of Punjab's formal political players combined and liked the idea of 'keeping all factions chasing his favor [whereby] no faction made a move in Punjab without considering the response it would draw from Bhindranwale.'24

Bhindranwale operated 'from inside a whale,'25 seemingly without concern for other points of view. 'In this independence lay much of Bhindranwale's appeal.'26 Yet, the same aloofness also represented his most significant weakness: a failure to participate in the democratic process.

'Villagers came to him with their problems, Bhindranwale pronounced judgments and called frightened policemen on the telephone to instruct them on how a matter was to be settled.'27

Subhash Kirpekar was 'perhaps the last journalist to meet the lion in his den.' During the interview Bhindranwale responded thus to a question on succession planning, 'It is not an elective post. I think whosoever attains the status of God will come up as my successor.'28

Myth #3: Bhindranwale Did Not Demand Khalistan

In the absence of a universally accepted definition of the term 'Khalistan,' the usage here is consistent with its origin wherein Dr. Vir Singh Bhatti envisioned it in 1940 as a 'theocratic' monarchy, which would by definition be inconsistent with the Indian Constitution.29

Bhindranwale's standard response to the question of Khalistan, an independent Sikh state, was noncommittal: 'we are not in favor of Khalistan nor are we against it.'30 He often also clarified that if Khalistan came about, 'We won't reject it. We shall not repeat the mistake of 1947.'31 To that he added, 'if the Indian Government invaded the Darbar Sahib complex, the foundation for an independent Sikh state will have been laid.'32

The book Fighting for Faith and Nation: Dialogues with Sikh Militants by Cynthia Keppley Mahmood has received wide acceptance among radical Sikhs. In the book, Harpal Singh recalls a meeting with Bhindranwale during which the preacher remarked, 'staying in India would mean the genocide of the Sikhs.'33 The implication that anything short of a separate state would spell eventual disaster for the Sikhs amounted to an implicit vote for Khalistan. On other occasions Bhindranwale was more explicit, 'Frankly, I don't think the Sikhs can live with or within India.'34

The Dal Khalsa, responsible for hoisting a Khalistan flag at a Sikh convention on March 20, 1982 at Anandpur Sahib, were seen forming a protective ring around Bhindranwale when, in 1981, he was holding the police at bay at Chowk Mehta in an attempt to avoid arrest.35 Although 'Bhindranwale was never openly associated with the Dal Khalsa,' most observers regarded it as 'Bhindranwale's party.'36

In early 1983, India's intelligence is said to have obtained a copy of a letter from Bhindranwale to Jagjit Singh Chauhan in which he promised full support for Khalistan.37

Finally, while we're on the subject, we might as well also cover one other related myth, i.e. that Khalistan has never had any substantial support amongst Sikhs in India. In an interview with B.B.C. correspondent Mark Tully just days before his death, S.G.P.C. President Gurcharan Singh Tohra answered a question about his personal views on Khalistan by admitting that 'some personal desires are better kept hidden.'38 According to Ved Marwah, a former senior police officer on Indira Gandhi's 'select committee for monitoring Punjab affairs,' a majority of the Sikhs supported separatism in the wake of Operation Bluestar.39 In a recent interview,40 Lt. Gen. Kuldip Singh Brar estimated that if Khalistan had been declared prior to Operation Bluestar, 'a large section of the Punjab police might have crossed over to support Bhindranwale.'

Overly optimistic claims by pro-India commentators that the Sikhs have 'moved on' are consistently belied by informed parties who note, '[Operation Bluestar] has not been forgotten, and you [the visitor] will find many people in Amritsar keen to explain the Sikh side of the story.'41

Myth #2: Only a Tiny Minority of Sikhs Revere Bhindranwale as a Martyr

In Khushwant Singh's words, '[Operation Bluestar] gave the movement for Khalistan its first martyr in Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale.'42

In 1985, Harkishan Singh Surjeet had optimistically announced that Bhindranwale's martyr status would only be 'temporary.'43

However, on this day last year, Joginder Singh Vedanti, the jathedar of the Akal Takht, an approximate Sikh counterpart to the Vatican, formally declared Bhindranwale a 'martyr' and awarded his son, Ishar Singh, asiropa (robe of honor).44 The function was organized by the S.G.P.C., 'a sort of parliament of the Sikhs.'45

The Encyclopedia of Sikhism, edited by Harbans Singh, a widely respected scholar of Sikh studies, describes Bhindranwale as 'a phenomenal figure of modern Sikhism.'46

Bhindranwale's posters and speeches are among the 'most popular' items at Punjab's rural fairs, held on occasions such as the Hola Mohalla festival.47

Gurtej Singh Brar, a former I.A.S. officer and S.G.P.C. National Professor of Sikhism, was suspended from the I.A.S. for making the following statement: 'The Sikh nation theory has been current among the Sikhs since the time of Guru Nanak. There should be others like Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale to lead the Sikhs and take up their cause of righteousness and truth.'48

Several North American gurdwaras prominently display Bhindranwale's pictures at entrances and in langar (community kitchen) halls. This writer has personally witnessed the phenomenon at gurdwaras in Detroit, Michigan and Toronto, Ontario (see picture).

In the words of Vir Sanghvi, one of India's leading political commentators, '[bhindranwale] remains a martyr in the eyes of many Sikhs. Even today, rare is the Sikh politician who will dare to call him what he was: a fanatic and a murderer.'49

Myth #1: Bhindranwale Was Not a Terrorist

In 1985, Citizens for Democracy (C.F.D.), founded by Jayaprakash Narayan and chaired by the noted civil libertarian Justice V.M. Tarkunde, produced a report on the Punjab crisis. The report, banned in India because of its strong indictment of the state, has received wide acceptance within the diaspora Sikh community despite its acknowledgement of 'Bhindranwale's role in inciting violence.'50

Violent thoughts seemed second nature to Bhindranwale. He often made extremely cruel remarks with utmost sincerity, 'If a true Sikh drinks, he should be burnt alive.'51 Tavleen Singh discovered that in Bhindranwale'sdarbar (court), 'concepts like non-violence were mocked and sneering remarks made about Gandhi.'52 Perhaps Khushwant Singh said it best, 'He well understood that hate was a stronger passion than love.'53

Although the 'mad monk'54 was politically astute enough to recant vicious statements made in the heat of the moment, it is instructive to note just how bellicose he was when aroused.



  • Harmit Singh Batra was in the Darbar Sahib complex on April 13, 1978 and quotes Bhindranwale, 'We will not allow this Nirankari convention to take place. We are going to march there and cut them to pieces!'55
  • Following the clash with the Nirankaris on April 13, 1978, the 'Sant' and his cohorts were always armed. Bhindranwale often publicly recited his mantra, 'being armed, there is no sin greater than not seeking justice.'56And they perceived plenty of injustice all around, which they rectified with the use of illegal force.
  • After the assassination of the Nirankari leader Gurbachan Singh on April 24, 1980, Bhindranwale is universally acknowledged to have remarked that if he ever met Ranjit Singh, the suspected killer, he would weigh him in gold (i.e. reward him with his weight in gold).57
  • On October 22, 1982, Bhindranwale made a public statement threatening the 'political and physical end' of anyone who didn't press for the full implementation of the Anandpur Sahib Resolution.58
  • On August 17, 1983, Bhindranwale asked Sikh youth to buy a motorcycle and a revolver and threatened to kill 5,000 Hindus in an hour if the police delayed the minibus he had sent to fetch Amrik Singh who had just been released from police custody.59
  • During a speech on September 20, 1983, Bhindranwale stated clearly that he would 'embrace' Sikhs who exacted revenge upon those who were guilty of torturing, killing, or humiliating Sikhs. He said, 'Getting away from there is your job, protecting you here [in the Darbar Sahib complex] is mine.'60
  • On November 17, 1983, Bhindranwale bluntly demanded 'that all Hindus should leave Punjab.'61
  • During a public speech delivered on May 24, 1984 at the Darbar Sahib complex, Bhindranwale openly admitted his complicity in the gruesome beheading of Surinder Singh Chinda for his role in the elimination of Bhindranwale's leading hit man, Surinder Singh Sodhi.62

Even Bhindranwale's staunchest supporters only go as far as stating, 'Bhindranwale consistently opposed violence against any innocent person.'63 The autocratic Bhindranwale had assumed singular jurisdiction over the guilt and innocence of a good portion of India's citizens. And to him lethal violence was a justified means of punishment for those whom he considered culpable. He was the legislature, executive and judiciary all rolled into one with complete disregard for the democratic concept of the separation of powers. The result was nothing short of 'ethnic cleansing.'64

Dilbir Singh (see above) related the following account of how masterfully Bhindranwale ordered the killing of Lala Jagat Narain, proprietor-editor of the Hind Samachar group of newspapers:



  • And in one edition Lala had written in an editorial comment that Taura [Tohra, then president of the S.G.P.C.] and Ajnoha [then jathedar of the Akal Takht] are traitors. On that day in a great fury he [bhindranwale] called upon someone to read aloud what Lala had said. There was quiet. 'Our turban has been torn from our heads,' he proclaimed. Then one of his followers asked, 'What are your orders?' Again in anger, he said 'Orders, you need orders! What orders? Are you blind?' Now you see he did not say anything. And they said it. 'O.K.' meaning thereby, we'll finish this man. So, then, 3-4 days later, Lala was coming from Ludhiana and they fired upon him.65

According to Chand Joshi, a veteran correspondent for The Hindustan Times, 'In the Nirankari Baba murder case, for instance, the C.B.I. claimed to have pin-pointed four suspects including Jarnail Singh Brar alias Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. The arrest warrants had been given to the Punjab police but were not served because of 'orders from the highest quarters.' '66

It is worth noting, 'The decision to release Bhindranwale was taken by the [indira Gandhi and Zail Singh] government. It was not the verdict of a court.'67

Finally, it is impossible to accept that the people closest to Bhindranwale could consistently perpetrate monstrous violence without his endorsement.



  • Nachhatar Singh, arrested by the police for the murder of Lala Jagat Narain, is said to have fingered Bhindranwale for ordering the killing.68
  • The hijackers of an Indian Airlines plane on September 20, 1981 claimed to be members of the Dal Khalsa and demanded the release of Bhindranwale, who had been arrested in connection with the murder of Lala Jagat Narain.69 In a speech, Bhindranwale 'praised his young lieutenants' for the hijacking.70
  • On July 18, 1982, a police party from the Beas Thana in Amritsar district stopped a jeep. Most of the occupants were residents of Bhindranwale's gurdwara Gurdarshan Parkash at Chowk Mehta. They attacked the police and were arrested. No case was initiated.71
  • The next day, Amrik Singh, Bhindranwale's most trusted lieutenant, and six close associates of Bhindranwale, including Bhindranwale's personal driver Kulwant Singh, were arrested for an attempt on the life of Joginder Singh Sandhu, the Nirankari Mandal's propaganda secretary.72

Concluding Remarks

In closing, here is a sampling of additional points to ponder:

  • Whereas 'nobody was ever refused an interview,'73 he refused to surrender to anyone but sufficiently orthodox Sikh policemen.74
  • While he professed the highest standards of Sikhism, he practiced gender discrimination.75
  • Although he viewed modernity as evil, he had no compunctions about using modern firearms.
  • Whereas many Sikhs regard him as a 'messiah,'76 his 1984 prophecy failed to materialize: 'In the next ten years Sikhs will get their liberation. This will definitely happen.'77

Bhindranwale might well be the most polarizing figure in Sikh history. This essay acknowledges his numerous advocates but makes no apologies for expounding on the preacher's flaws. To the extent that the Sikhs revere him as a prophet and a martyr, his contradictions are likely to be emblematic of the paradoxes that inflict the Sikh community as whole. To grapple with Bhindranwale's inconsistencies is to critically evaluate the state of Sikhism today.

Surain Singh Dhanoa was the senior-most bureaucrat in Punjab during the years immediately following Operation Bluestar.78 His viewpoint is representative of the denial that causes many in India to place responsibility for Operation Bluestar squarely at Bhindranwale's doorstep. According to Dhanoa, 'There would have been no Operation Bluestar [if] Bhindranwale had moved out of the Golden Temple complex.'79

However, Dhanoa and others fail to acknowledge New Delhi's primary role in the brinkmanship and lost opportunities prior to Operation Bluestar. Instances include the critical roles played by Sanjay Gandhi and Zail Singh of the ruling Congress party in 'promoting' Bhindranwale as a counterweight to the Akali Dal,80 the government's failure to arrest Bhindranwale even when he 'openly flouted the law' while touring New Delhi with an entourage 'brandishing illegal arms,'81 and Indira Gandhi's propensity for backing out of agreements (at one point 'three times in six months'82).83

Responsibility for Operation Bluestar and the 'dark decade'84 that followed (mid-1980s to mid-1990s) ought to be apportioned in proportion to the formal political powers and electoral mandates enjoyed by the parties involved:

  • one, the various New Delhi administrations, mostly Congress-led;
  • two, the various governments in Punjab, led by the Akali Dal, Congress, or New Delhi-appointed governors;
  • three, the S.G.P.C., also known as the Sikh parliament;
  • and four, at the very bottom of the culpability scale, those, such as Bhindranwale, who held informal power only to the extent permitted by the inability and unwillingness of those wielding formal power to solve Punjab's problems.

Notes and References

  1. Mahmood, Cynthia Keppley, Fighting for Faith and Nation: Dialogues with Sikh Militants (Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996), p. 69.
  2. Mahmood, pp. 241-243.
  3. Tully, Mark, 'After Blue Star,' Part 2, B.B.C., June 2004
  4. Singh, Patwant and Harji Malik (editors), Punjab: The Fatal Miscalculation (New Delhi: Patwant Singh, 1985), p. 219.
  5. Singh, Khushwant, A History of the Sikhs, Volume 2: 1839-1988 (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1999), p. 328.
  6. Kaur, Naunidhi, Frontline, June 23, 2001 (http://www.flonnet.com/fl1813/18130360.htm).
  7. Brar, Lt. Gen. K.S., Operation Blue Star: The True Story (New Delhi: U.B.S.P.D., 1993), p. 114.
  8. Akbar, M.J., India: The Siege Within: Challenges to a Nation's Unity (New Delhi: U.B.S.P.D., 1996), p. 196.
  9. Nayar, Kuldip and Khushwant Singh, Tragedy of Punjab: Operation Bluestar and After (New Delhi: Vision Books, 1984), p. 97.
  10. Tully, Mark and Satish Jacob, Amritsar: Mrs Gandhi's Last Battle (New Delhi: Rupa & Co, 1985), p. 177.
  11. Tully, p. 182.
  12. Pettigrew, Joyce, The Sikhs of the Punjab: Unheard Voices of State and Guerrilla Violence (London: Zed Books, 1995), pp. 34-35, 51.
  13. Jaijee, Inderjit Singh, Politics of Genocide: Punjab (1984-1998) (Delhi: Ajanta Publications, 1999), p. 59.
  14. Sandhu, Ranbir Singh, Struggle for Justice: Speeches and Conversations of Sant Jarnail Singh Khalsa Bhindranwale (Dublin, Ohio: Sikh Educational & Religious Foundation, 1999), p. 285.
  15. Tully, p. 113.
  16. Singh, Khushwant, p. 332.
  17. Tully, p. 61.
  18. Joshi, Chand, Bhindranwale: Myth and Reality (New Delhi: Vikas Publishing House, 1984), p. 85.
  19. Joshi, p. 130.
  20. India Today, May 15, 1984, pp. 30-31, cited in Paul Wallace and Surendra Chopra, Political Dynamics and Crisis in Punjab, (Amritsar: Guru Nanak Dev University, 1988), p. 39.
  21. Tully, p. 202.
  22. Joshi, p. 26.
  23. Lopez, Laura, 'India, Diamonds and the Smell of Death,' Time, June 25, 1984.
  24. Jeffrey, Robin, What's Happening to India?, Second Edition (New York: Holmes & Meier, 1994), pp. 146-147.
  25. Mahmood, p. 249.
  26. Jeffrey, p. 142.
  27. Jeffrey, p. 168.
  28. Kaur, Amarjit, et al, The Punjab Story (New Delhi: Roli Books International, 1984), pp. 76-78.
  29. Grewal, J.S., 'Sikh Identity, the Akalis and Khalistan,' in J.S. Grewal and Indu Banga, Punjab in Prosperity and Violence: Administration, Politics and Social Change 1947-1997 (Chandigarh: Institute of Punjab Studies, 1998), p. 65. This paragraph was added in response to a clarification sought by Hari Singh Khalsa of Española, New Mexico.
  30. Sandhu, p. vi.
  31. Sandhu, p. lvi.
  32. Sandhu, p. lvii.
  33. Mahmood, p. 128.
  34. Jaijee, p. 34.
  35. Joshi, p. 34.
  36. Tully, p. 60.
  37. Joshi, p. 129.
  38. Tully, Mark, 'After Blue Star,' Part 3, British Broadcasting Corporation, June 2004.
  39. Jaijee, p. 30.
  40. Rediff, June 3, 2004.
  41. Pippa de Bruyn and Keith Bain, Frommer's India (Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2004), p. 387.
  42. Singh, Khushwant, p. 378.
  43. Interview with Nikhil Laxman of The Illustrated Weekly of India, reproduced in Samiuddin, Abida, editor, The Punjab Crisis: Challenge and Response, (New Delhi: Mittal Publications, 1985).
  44. The Times of India and Outlook, June 7, 2003; Don't React, Editorial, The Indian Express, June 9, 2003.
  45. Singh, Khushwant, p. 214.
  46. Singh, Harbans (editor-in-chief), The Encyclopaedia of Sikhism, Volume II (Patiala: Punjabi University, 1996), p. 352.
  47. Jolly, Asit, Reporting from Chandigarh, Punjab, B.B.C., March 31, 2002 (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/1904217.stm).
  48. Joshi, p. 1.
  49. Imprint magazine, February 1986, cited in Sandhu, p. xl.
  50. Rao, Amiya, et al, Report to the Nation: Oppression in Punjab (Columbus, Ohio: Sikh Religious and Educational Trust, 1986), p. 16.
  51. Akbar, p. 181.
  52. Kaur, Amarjit, et al, p. 39.
  53. Singh, Khushwant, pp. 330-331.
  54. Joshi, inside front cover jacket.
  55. Tully, p. 59.
  56. Sandhu, p. vi.
  57. Sandhu, p. vi.
  58. Joshi, p. 120.
  59. Joshi, p. 144; Sandhu, p. 256.
  60. Sandhu, p. 286.
  61. Joshi, pp. 148-149.
  62. Sandhu, p. 471.
  63. Sandhu, p. xxi.
  64. Cole, W. Owen and Piara Singh Sambhi, The Sikhs: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices, Second Fully Revised Edition, (Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, 1998), p. 176.
  65. Pettigrew, p. 34.
  66. Joshi, p. 78.
  67. Tully, p. 69.
  68. Joshi, p. 88.
  69. Joshi, p. 91.
  70. Juergensmeyer, Mark, Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence, Third Edition, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003, p. 100.
  71. Joshi, p. 115.
  72. Joshi, p. 115.
  73. Singh, Tavleen in Amarjit Kaur, et al, p. 34.
  74. Joshi, p. 34.
  75. This is a reference to Bhindranwale's insistence that Indira Gandhi, being a woman, should be the one to visit him for negotiations.
  76. Singh, Tavleen in Amarjit Kaur, et al, p. 41.
  77. Akbar, M.J., India: The Siege Within: Challenges to a Nation's Unity (New Delhi: U.B.S.P.D.), 1985, p. 185, cited in Harjot Oberoi's essay 'Sikh Fundamentalism: Translating History into Theory' inFundamentalisms and the State: Remaking Polities, Economies, and Militance edited by Martin E. Marty and R. Scott Appleby (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993), p. 268.
  78. Surain Singh Dhanoa, an Indian Administrative Service (I.A.S.) officer from the Bihar cadre, served as chief secretary of Punjab until mid-1985 when he was appointed as senior advisor to the governor of Punjab,India Today, May 31, 1985, p. 17.
  79. Dhanoa, S.S., 'Memorial to Bluestar,' The Tribune, June 15, 2005.
  80. Tully, p. 60.
  81. Tully, p. 70.
  82. Harkishan Singh Surjeet, quoted in Tully, p. 91.
  83. The author wishes to acknowledge the assistance of Jagpal Singh Tiwana, a leader of the Sikh community in Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada), in framing this argument via his comments on Sikh-Diaspora, Yahoo! Groups, June 17, 2005.
  84. Grewal, Manraj, Dreams After Darkness: A Search for a Life Ordinary Under the Shadow of 1984 (New Delhi: Rupa & Co, 2004), p. 1.

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Gurpreet Jee, this Lamba dude is an anti Sikh person. This here is Puneet Lamba:

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Bijla Singh of this forum did a good job in refuting his article on this link

http://sikhfreedom.com/response.html

I would suggest you read the Gallant Defender by AR Darshi. The author is Hindu and he has written a very good book on Sant Jee.

There are two narratives on Sant Jee, a Sikh one and a Government of India one. The Sikhs generally follow the Sikh narrative based on those who knew Sant Jee close up, where as the whole of India follows the government of India's narrative which is FULL of lies and half truths.

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This <banned word filter activated> Lamba has been answered so many times before, I am beginning to doubt whether he even has a brain. If he doesn't possess one than it explains quite a lot of his idiocracy.

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Jonny101 g... the above link is almost contradictory to what Puneet Lamba has mentioned.... :wow: :wow:

Means after reading both the articles - One will be confused about the facts - whatz ryt n whatz wrong....

By d way.. thanks for presenting both the aspects.....

But can u let me knw 1 thing.... what was this Anandpur sahib resolution initiated by Sant ji and i was told by my elders that Sant ji was a person who made a demand for khalistan n he with all his weapons tried to hide himself in Golden temple.... but things here are different.. can u please let me know.. what was d motive of Sant ji ? :respect:

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But can u let me knw 1 thing.... what was this Anandpur sahib resolution initiated by Sant ji and i was told by my elders that Sant ji was a person who made a demand for khalistan n he with all his weapons tried to hide himself in Golden temple.... but things here are different.. can u please let me know.. what was d motive of Sant ji ? :respect:

Gurpreet Jee, it is a common misconception that Sant Bhindranwale jee demanded Khalistan. This is a lie that the government of India spread to make Indians supportive of operation blue star genocide. He did however say that the day the Indian army attacks the Darbar Sahib, the foundation of Khalistan will be laid. So it was the attack on the Darbar Sahib by the government of India which initiated the Khalistani movement, not Sant Jee.

What Sant Jee and the entire Panth(including the Shiromani Akali Dal) was fighting for was the rights of the Punjab state. Sikhs contributed the maximum for the independence of India, we could have had Khalistan since the British were offering it to our leaders, yet Sikh trusted the words of Nehru and Gandhi who promised the Sikhs that if they joined India they too would experience a glow of freedom in the form of a semi autonomous region in North India. But these so called fathers of the nation lied to the Bholay Bhaalay Sikhs people, instead they broke Himachal, Haryana, Chandigarh away from Punjab, stole our waters and gave it for FREE to the non riparian states. Sikhs began to carry out all sorts of agitations in the form of Akali Morchas for Punjab's rights. After a while the Punjab police became violent and began torturing and killing Sikhs. 13 Sikhs were killed in 1978 by Nirankaris, and the killers were set free because they were friends of Indira Gandhi. That is when Sant Jee began encourages Sikhs to follow the Sikh Dharm and also carry arms to protect themselves.

The Anandpur Sahib resolution was a resolution for the rights of Punjab and I think it was Sirdar Kapoor Singh who helped write it. Sant Jee initiated the Dharm Yudh Morcha for it's implementation. The entire Panth was behind it's implementation. Sikh Jathas were formed of a thousand each which filled up the jails of North India at the time. Indira Gandhi was worried about the ekta/oneness of the Sikh nation and she attacked the Darbar Sahib to break the spirit of the Sikhs. Before attacking she spread all sorts of malicious lies against Sant Jee to misguide and get Hindu support.

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Gurpreet Jee, it is a common misconception that Sant Bhindranwale jee demanded Khalistan. This is a lie that the government of India spread to make Indians supportive of operation blue star genocide. He did however say that the day the Indian army attacks the Darbar Sahib, the foundation of Khalistan will be laid. So it was the attack on the Darbar Sahib by the government of India which initiated the Khalistani movement, not Sant Jee.

What Sant Jee and the entire Panth(including the Shiromani Akali Dal) was fighting for was the rights of the Punjab state. Sikhs contributed the maximum for the independence of India, we could have had Khalistan since the British were offering it to our leaders, yet Sikh trusted the words of Nehru and Gandhi who promised the Sikhs that if they joined India they too would experience a glow of freedom in the form of a semi autonomous region in North India. But these so called fathers of the nation lied to the Bholay Bhaalay Sikhs people, instead they broke Himachal, Haryana, Chandigarh away from Punjab, stole our waters and gave it for FREE to the non riparian states. Sikhs began to carry out all sorts of agitations in the form of Akali Morchas for Punjab's rights. After a while the Punjab police became violent and began torturing and killing Sikhs. 13 Sikhs were killed in 1978 by Nirankaris, and the killers were set free because they were friends of Indira Gandhi. That is when Sant Jee began encourages Sikhs to follow the Sikh Dharm and also carry arms to protect themselves.

The Anandpur Sahib resolution was a resolution for the rights of Punjab and I think it was Sirdar Kapoor Singh who helped write it. Sant Jee initiated the Dharm Yudh Morcha for it's implementation. The entire Panth was behind it's implementation. Sikh Jathas were formed of a thousand each which filled up the jails of North India at the time. Indira Gandhi was worried about the ekta/oneness of the Sikh nation and she attacked the Darbar Sahib to break the spirit of the Sikhs. Before attacking she spread all sorts of malicious lies against Sant Jee to misguide and get Hindu support.

Oh Ok.. if this is the reality about Sant ji then i must say our religion need SIKHs like him... :respect: n i even heard that he use to do 101 path of japji sahib daily with all the other banis - OMG :omg: n was a rehetwaan person :respect:

Anyways Thanks Jonny101 g for the info :)

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Ur allowed more than 28 firearms in Darbar Sahib by law. Plus by rehat we have to keep weapons on us at all times.

Yup i know about keeping weapons on us at all the times.....

but was not knowing about this -Ur allowed more than 28 firearms in Darbar Sahib by law

thanks for info Sardar g :)

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Gurpreet sis, go to the Taksal thread in the Gurbani section. It's pinned I think. Start reading from page one. Trust me your eyes will be opened like mine were.

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Gurpreet sis, go to the Taksal thread in the Gurbani section. It's pinned I think. Start reading from page one. Trust me your eyes will be opened like mine were.

Veerjiiiiiiiii :( :(

Ni milya thread..

Can u please let me know the link

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Listen to Sant Ji speeches, everything will be answered.

It would be a different situation if sant ji's speeches were not available, but they are.. so listen and learn what the great hero stands for.

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2 hours ago, milly said:

Bhindrawala wa a bloody terrorist who killed many innocent people in Punjab. After killings, he used to hide in Golden temple and also used to take weapons with him. To say him a Sant is cusre to humanity. Read these links below.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/%E0%A4%B2%E0%A4%B5%E0%A5%80-%E0%A4%AD%E0%A4%B0%E0%A4%A6%E0%A5%8D%E0%A4%B5%E0%A4%BE%E0%A4%9C-%E0%A4%B8%E0%A4%BE%E0%A4%B5%E0%A4%B0%E0%A4%95%E0%A4%B0/list-of-hindu-genocides-in-punjab-during-khalistan-movement/10150161688331526/

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3R5LlSm_Vw

 

shut your misinformed face , if he was a threat only in feburary 1984 tell me so clever lady why were the Indian Army practising full invasion and destruction army exercises in 1982? even before he had gone anywhere near Harmandir Sahib . The full scale model of amritsar was built in Doom Valley in 1981 ...Indira Gandhi was a meglomaniac who hated the sikhs because they were the ONLY community to call her an election fraud to her face  (see 1977 punjab protests). Hindu Genocides ? this was Alam's Black cats sent in to defame Sikhs ...

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On 27/02/2013 at 0:29 AM, Gurpreet14 said:

Jonny101 g... the above link is almost contradictory to what Puneet Lamba has mentioned.... :wow: :wow:

Means after reading both the articles - One will be confused about the facts - whatz ryt n whatz wrong....

By d way.. thanks for presenting both the aspects.....

But can u let me knw 1 thing.... what was this Anandpur sahib resolution initiated by Sant ji and i was told by my elders that Sant ji was a person who made a demand for khalistan n he with all his weapons tried to hide himself in Golden temple.... but things here are different.. can u please let me know.. what was d motive of Sant ji ? :respect:

research sk sinha, he reveals how op bluestar was pre-planned in 1982, yet sant ji and other sikhs, were NOT inside the complex in 82, so who were they after? It was an attack on the panth and to break the backbone of the sikhs.

 

watch the rest of the 5 sant ji related videos on rajoana tv's site.

https://www.youtube.com/user/RajoanaTV/videos

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