Monday, 10 August, 2009


Saka 1984 discussed at Harvard University

BOSTON: At a function held at the world famous Harvard University regarding the 1984 attack by Indian forces on Sri Darbar Sahib, engaged analysis of the attack in historical and ideological paradigm was undertaken.
Young Sikh scholar Prabhsharandeep Singh said in order to present the correct picture of the 1984 tragic saka, it was essential to deeply analyze the Sikh history for the last 150 years and also to explore the so-called secular and democratic notions of the Indian establishment.
He said while the Indian government carried out the attack on Sri Darbar Sahib under the flimsy excuse that some people sheltered inside were a threat to the country's unity and integrity, the fact remains that the Anandpur Sahib Resolution, under which the Sikhs had been fighting their battle, made no demand or mention of separating from India.
The real reason behind this attack was the fundamental difference between the Indian establishment and the Sikh ideological position.
The foundation of the Indian establishment was also based on the same terrorizing thought process on which the British administration was based earlier. The Sikhs were the only power in the region which had posed the British a challenge they had to reckon with. Following the Partition in 1947, the Indian establishment started suppressing the Sikhs after adjudging them to be some sort of a threat.
That the entire country could have a process of state formation on linguistic basis that was denied to Punjab proves such a theorization.
The scholar said the 1984 attack was not just to suppress the political demands of the Sikhs but to end the unique and distinct identity of the quom.
The participants heard in rapt attention the three hour exchange of views and the lecture was followed by much discussion. Organised with the initiative of Tarunpreet Singh studying at Harvard, the function also saw a presentation on the 1984 Saka Akal Takht Sahib.

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