Op Bluestar: Sikh leaders want apology from UK, Indian govts
President SGPC Avtar Singh Makkar: Condemnable, UK should seek unconditional apology from Sikhs, "You can imagine here, that Congress party’s prime minister of those days, Indira Gandhi, had great plan for genocide of Sikhs and sought help of outside forces. Before attacking Golden Temple, Indian government discussed the issue with outside country. Sikhs owe an unconditional apology from UK and Indian government.Updated: Jan 14, 2014 18:47 IST
Reacting to the Operation Bluestar controversy, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president Avtar Singh Makkar on Tuesday said that the UK's involvement was condemnable and demanded that both the British and Indian governments offer an unconditional apology to Sikhs.
"You can imagine here, that the Congress party’s prime minister of those days Indira Gandhi had great plan for genocide of Sikhs and sought help of outside forces. Before attacking Golden Temple, the Indian government discussed the issue with an outside country. Sikhs want an unconditional apology from the UK and the Indian governments," Makkar said.
Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Managing Committee (DSGMC)president Manjit Singh GK said, “No doubt is left that these conditions were created by the Congress government to marginalise Sikhs in general and the the Shiromani Akali Dal in particular."
"It was a preplanned move to divide the country on religious basis because they (the Congress government) knew that in the Lok Sabha elections of that time it had to answer the people on the poor economic condition of the country. Then principal secretary to prime minister Indira Gandhi PC Alexander in his book has also mentioned that the then PM decided on Operation Bluestar in May 1984. Now the scenario that preceded Operation Bluestar is clear. The entry of arms was also scripted by the central government," he said.
GK demanded that the Indian government clarify its position on the issue.
First Published: Jan 14, 2014 18:15 IST