NDP leader Thomas Mulcair on the tragedy of November 1984 in India

Ontario, Canada: It is with great sorrow that I extend my sympathies on the 29th Anniversary of the tragic pogroms of 1984 that targeted Sikh men, women and children in New Delhi and many other parts of India.

In a commission convened by the Indian Government, former Indian Supreme Court Justice G.T. Nanavati concluded that “the systematic manner in which the Sikhs were thus killed indicate that the attacks on them were organized”.

The New Democratic Party of Canada stands in solidarity with the Sikh community and with independent human rights organizations. We call for justice for the survivors and an explanation for why and how this community was targeted by organized mobs.

Let us also take a moment to salute those of various faiths and backgrounds, who at serious risk to themselves and their families, provided refuge and assistance to Sikh families during the 1984 Sikh Pogroms.

The victims and survivors of 1984 have waited too long for recognition of their plight and frustration. Rehabilitation and support for the broken families, especially the widows, must be prioritized. The actions of the police and allegations regarding the role of Congress members and the use of state resources must be examined. The truth must be brought to light and those guilty must be brought to justice.

These are the obligations of a democratic state to its citizens.

Lest we forget.

2 comments

  1. Yes, I agree that it was an organised crime by the then Govt in Power i.e. Congress and they have not once officially expressed sorry for its deeds. So is the memory of Victim community also, their majority support this party openly due to small financial gains.
    We keep asking states like US to express sorry for Hiroshima and Nagaski although it was a war state at that time. We also ask Japan to express SORRY for Korean and Chinese war slaves as sex worker for thier ARMY.
    Its time Govt is asked to issue a white paper on this and Express explicit SORRY without any if and but (Disclamers/Conditions)

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