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Rahul Gandhi and the blot of 1984 riots

Afsar Ahmad

Updated: January 31, 2014, 5:37 PM IST
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Once again the genie of riots is out. This time it is not the 2002 riots but the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. In an interview to TV channel, for the first time a member of the Gandhi family admitted that the some Congressmen may have been involved in the carnage against the Sikh community. Now the 1984 riots victims are questioning why no action has been taken against those Congress leaders even though Rahul Gandhi has acknowledged that they may have been involved.

Congress has been claiming that the 1984 riots were not sponsored like the 2002 Gujarat riots. While Supreme Court created a SIT to probe Gujarat riots, in the 1984 riots not many have been convicted. But Congress leaders, who were suspected of being involved in, have seen their careers being adversely affected.

A couplet by Bashir Sahab says: Log toot jaate hain ek ghar banane main
Tum taras nahin khate bastiyan jalaane main
(People spend their entire life in building a house, you don't take pity while burning entire villages)

Unfortunately, many of political parties have been involved in one crime or other for their political advantage, but have never been held accountable for the same.

Is it not the time to stop this? Why can't courts deliver speedy justice? Why do our systems becomes silent?

In 1984 there was a system, in 2002 too there was system. Why is this system is mute?

Why Sikhs and Muslims are told that they should forget what happened in the past done with them in the past. Were those who were killed not Indians? Were they terrorists? Were the women who were raped not Indian? Why is this system shamelessly silent?

Many people say it has become the habit with the minority community to keep on harping about the riots. But then the fact remains that they probably didn't go through this pain.

It is the high time that one autonomous national investigation commission should be formed to deal with 1984, 2002 and all those riots in which justice is yet to be delivered.

The activities of the country's two largest national political parties should also be brought within the purview of its investigation. They are not more important than the country's democracy.

But the bigger question is who will initiate this?

By demanding probe by SIT into the 1984 carnage Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has tried to fulfil his political responsibility. It is good to see that BJP and Akali Dal back his demand but the larger question is whether all political parties will agree to form one national investigation commission on riots?

Do not forget that in absence of justice and lack of political will, the country faced the demons of Sikh militancy and the Indian Mujahideen terror. The country's system has failed many times in the past and the price has been paid by the Indians. Now's the time when we push for justice for all, be it the majority community or the minority.

Certainly this nation is a legacy of 1.25 billion people not of Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi alone. The country belongs to every section of the society and they have the right to get justice. We do not want our future generations see hate in each others eyes.
First Published: January 31, 2014, 5:37 PM IST

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