NEW DELHI—The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) has announced plans to construct a memorial for 1984 anti-Sikh genocide victims at Gurdwara Rakabganj Sahib. The announcement has come after a memorial was recently inaugurated in Sri Amritsar Sahib, inside the Darbar Sahib complex.
A special meeting is expected to take place this week to discuss the plan for the memorial. The DSGMC executive body has asked the general house to give approval for the construction. If such a memorial is constructed in New Delhi, it would be a huge blow to the ruling Congress party.
Congress has remained mute over punishing the masterminds of the 1984 Sikh genocide. It has continued to receive outrage from the Sikh community for shielding murderous genocide instigators.
In a press statement, Manjit Singh GK alleged that his party was in favour of renaming the Punjabi Bagh to remember the victims of the 1984 Genocide but this move was opposed largely by the Congress party. Paramjit Sarna, former President of DSGMC, had also announced plans to construct a memorial, however he was ousted recently in the DSGMC elections.
Before the construction of the 1984 Memorial in Sri Amritsar Sahib, Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara had appealed from Delhi’s Tihar Jail to construct a memorial similar to those that depict the Jewish Holocaust in Germany. He had shared hesitation over constructing a Gurdwara in memory of the Shaheeds. Bhai Hawara alleged that an actual memorial, outside of Gurdwara premises, would help educate the masses about the Sikh genocide of 1984.