NEW DELHI—Raising objections to the construction of the 1984 Memorial within the Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib Complex, Justice RS Sodhi, the former judge of Delhi High Court and a close ally of Paramjit Sarna, has said that a memorial cannot be made inside an already existing historic memorial. He said that it would be inappropriate if such an action is carried out. Rakab Ganj Sahib is the epitome of the sacrifice made by Guru Teg Bhadur Sahib Ji and should only be remembered for this purpose.
He also questioned the labeling of innocent people killed in the 1984 Genocide as Shaheeds. He said that no doubt thousands of innocent Sikhs were killed but going by definition, a shaheed is actually a person who has sacrificed his life for the sake of religion and country, thereby protecting the weaker groups.
The statement by Justice Sodhi has come after the DSGMC announced to commemorate the loss of civilian, as well as army personnel lives during the 1984 Sikh Genocide.
He has asked DSGMC leaders to review their decision and appealed to them not to mix their political motives in religious and historic matters.
“A memorial for riot victims can be made in areas where the Sikhs were massacred in large numbers which would serve the purpose of educating and inspiring the young generations,” he said.