Proof of Discrimination Against Sikhs in India

Sikhs have long faced discrimination at the hands of the Indian Government.  Regardless of which party is in power, Sikhs, along with other minority communities have been oppressed.  The following are some quotes by prominent Indian personalities, which attest to the discrimination against Sikhs.  Names of multiple past Indian Prime Ministers, along with top bureaucrats are visible.

“To preserve the unity of India, if we have to eradicate 2-karor (20 million) sikhs, we will do so”
(Balram Jhakhar, Member of Indian Parliament & friend of former Prime Minister Narsimharao)
“The Sikhs are lawless people and a menace to the law abiding Hindus. The governement should take strict action against them”
(Pandit Nehru, Indian Prime Minister)
“Kya main taqat dushman” (the enemy-the Sikhs)ke haath main de dun” (How can I entrust power into the hands of the enemies).
(Jawahar Lal Nehru, 1961)
“I hate the very physique of a Sikh because of the turban and beard”
(Vallabh Bhai Patel, Late Top Indian Politician)
“I don’t give a damn if the Golden Temple and the whole of Amritsar is destroyed, I want Bhindranwale dead”
(Indira Gandhi, communicating to General Vaidya during operation Bluestar)
“We have broken the backs of the Sikhs and we will get them elsewhere”
(M.M.K Wali, Indian Foreign Secretary, June 7th on the radio)
“Let us teach these b****** (the sikhs) a lesson”
(Rajiv Gandhi, October 31 (1984). This was said to instigate the riots following Indira Gandh’is death which killed 20,000 sikhs.)
“You do not know the might of our armed forces. We will eliminate 10,000 sikh youths and the world will know nothing of it”
(Chander Shekhar, former Prime Minister of India, 1991)
The Army stated in it’s publication, known as ‘baat cheet’ or talking points, that any baptised Sikh (bearded) was effectively a terrorist. It blamed Guru Gobind Singh for militancy among Sikhs and to all intents & purposes waged war on him personally.
(Baat Cheet Paper)

After so much discrimination from their own Government, Sikhs should always remember the following quote:

“I shall not hesitate. Last night I humbly said to the young men that first I have to tell them that we are slaves. No matter how much we talk, no matter how much we boast, until it is ingrained in the mind of every son of a Sikh, of every old man, of every mother and sister, that we are slaves, we shall not be able to throw off the yoke of slavery and achieve freedom. Freedom from slavery is achieved only when a person starts to feel and understand that he would prefer death to life as a slave; when he does not consider living (as a slave) worthwhile. Only then one gets rid of slavery, never otherwise.”

– Sant Jarnail Singh Khalsa Bhindrawale


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