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1984 Anti-Sikh Pogrom Operation Bluestar Was A Wrong Decision: VK Singh

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  1. Archived_Member16

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    Operation Bluestar was a wrong decision: VK Singh

    Claims that the then Chief of the Army Staff had opposed it

    Tribune News Service

    Amritsar, February 21

    Former Army Chief General VK Singh today said that Operation Bluestar was a wrong political decision and that the then Chief of the Army Staff had declined to attack the holy shrine.

    The retired General, who has joined hands with social activist Anna Hazare, was in the city to garner support for the "Jantantra Morcha", a camapaign against corrupt practices, to be launched on March 31.

    He paid obeisance at the Golden Temple. Asked if Operation Bluestar was a hasty decision, he said: “I was a Major at that time, but I am cent per cent correct in saying that the Army’s point of view could never be against its own people and the then leadership should have opted for another alternative to get things done.”

    He said the then Army Chief had said ‘no’ to the operation ‘but when it was ordered, he had no choice but to obey.” He emphasised that the operation was solely a political decision.

    On the alleged kickback in the AgustaWestland deal, he maintained: "The Services’ role has always been miniscule and there could be negligible corruption at that level." He said for arms procurement, the ‘lowest bidder requirement’ was not right as the "lowest may not be the best."

    On Indo-Pak relations, he said: “ India should review its approach. Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing a proxy war. It is not an indigenous movement, but is financed and abetted by inimical forces across the border."

    source: http://www.tribuneindia.com/2013/20130222/punjab.htm#1
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  3. Tejwant Singh

    Tejwant Singh United States
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    My cousin was the Squadron Leader of IAF stationed at Amritsar during Operation Bluestar. He is more than a cousin but an older brother because he stayed with us in Ferozepore while studying. He knew a week before about the Operation and the air command was under his wing on alert. He felt so enraged that he resigned the post and came to Ferozepore. He was threatened to be court martialed. That did not end up happening and he agreed to retire. This still affects him a great deal.

    The difference between the Sikhs and the Jews who went through the horrible times under Hitler is that we Sikhs do not see ourselves as victims. The sacrifices by our Gurus, Sahibhzadas and many other brave Sikhs who did the same after them is the solid proof. All that was done in the name of fighting tyranny and injustice for all, no exception.

    Only the future history carved by each one of us via spreading the universal message of Sikhi can prove that. The ones who do not see themselves as victims despite going through multiple holocausts are the true victors.

    Tejwant Singh
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  4. aristotle

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    That is precisely the point. I have seen Sikh guys who would go like 'Let's not excavate out old issues' or 'Oh so backward' when the topic of Sikh persecution comes up.

    Holocaust denial has been an issue with the Jews too, but the difference is that the culprits in their case were the Non-Jews, and in our case it is the Sikhs themselves who are so ready to foolishly forget the genocide.
    Moving on is one thing, and turning a blind eye to the pains and persecution is quite another thing; it is the latter that bothers me.

    Lets not be a pigeon who closes its eyes hoping the cat won't catch it.......
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  5. Harry Haller

    Harry Haller United Kingdom
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    the problem is, and always has been, the enemy within
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  6. Gyani Jarnail Singh

    Gyani Jarnail Singh Malaysia
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    And also...there were no JEWS in Hitler's legions at the Death camps..or in the Hitler SS..in other words 100% NON-JEWS murdering and raping the JEWS....BUT in our case Many Many "SIKHS" were at the GIVING END...Generals like Brar..DIGs like KPSGill politicians like Buta Singh Presidents like Zail Singh..and many others directly at the FRONT FIRING upon Akal takhat/harmandar were SIKHS...and many defending these are also Sikhs like Khuswant Singh..Badal etc...Thats a BIG DIFFERENCE ??
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