Bluestar ‘84: Breaking the Wheel of Dharma Here at Sikh Philosophy Network are many threads about the atrocity that occurred on June 4 1984 at Sri Harmindir Sahib. In fact we have a special section about 1984 full of accounts: timelines, photo essays, personal remembrances, political analysis, and much more. This is not a year where I want to resurrect more Internet stories about Bluestar again. My reaction to the earliest broadcasts from India was one of pure horror. A small army, with tanks and heavy arms, had entered a sacred space. What could justify that? As history unfolds, and the fog clears, one often discovers, as one does with Bluestar, the story was bent. Just as the axle of a wheel can be bent, its fulcrum can also be broken. Bluestar marks for me a landmark on the relentless march from the partition of India into the turbulence of 3 decades of politics in the Punjab. This year I thought to offer a Preface, a framework for understanding Bluestar, an event that represents the broken fulcrum of a rickety wheel, as different from the wheel of dharma as a wheel can be. There is a Prologue to Bluestar that the young do not know. It is fundamental to understanding the history of Sikhism. Let me therefore recreate history leading to Bluestar, in the words of 3 different authors, each an eye-witness in his own way. You are encouraged to respond from your own point of view, or to react to these articles. Once you know the preface, the story itself is all the more chilling. First are the words of Kapur Singh, in his monograph “They Massacre Sikhs.” Optimism can be an illusion, just as any emotional attachment to a fixed state of mind can be. This is a page from his work. Kapur tells the story of the decades before ’84 as story of duplicity. T. Sher Singh follows giving a personal account, witness to Bluestar and its history from the age of 15. Finally, Sardar Gurtej Singh tells his story, relating the political history that culminated in horror. I won't say more.