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Posted at: Feb 19, 2017, 1:19 AM; last updated: Feb 19, 2017, 1:19 AM (IST)

Commissions & omissions

Come election in the North in which Sikh voters matter, political parties opposed to the Congress take it upon themselves as their bounden duty to reopen the wounds of 1984 Sikh massacre (Kaffeeklatsch: ‘A time to seek closure of 1984’). But what have these political parties done when in power at the Centre or in states? The bitter truth is that no party is serious about closure of this chapter of cruelty. The victims will be made to suffer afresh in every election.

LJ Singh, Amritsar


I often read your column in Punjabi Tribune and like it. However, It is very hard to believe that you still use the word riots; for this well-planned genocide. Secondly, Hindus have not forgotten Raavan after thousands of years, so, how can Sikhs forget 1984? It is hard for some to feel the pain and suffering, the insult of the Sikhs. It is very sad that a section wants us to simply forget 1984.

Gurpreet Singh Sahota (Lucky), Surrey, BC Canada


The article has only strengthened my view that for ‘liberal-seculars’ the 1984 anti-Sikh riots were ‘secular’ and the 2001 Gujarat riots were ‘communal’. That is why ‘secularists’ always take contradictory stands on both these riots. Now that you have made your stand clear on 1984, many readers like me would like to know what you think about Gujarat riots.

AC Vashishtha, New Delhi


It is a travesty of fairness and justice that those guilty of the 1984 riots have not been punished. Our judicial system is not too weak to be manipulated by the likes of Jagdish Tytler. The politicians should stop stooping low to make a political capital out of this national ignominy. It is our collective responsibility to bring the alleged perpetrators and abettors to book, and provide much-needed psychological relief to the victims and their distraught families.

Tajpreet S Kang, Hoshiarpur


What Delhi and other places witnessed in 1984 was not riots; it was organized violence, perpetrated by frenzied mobs, patronized and supported by all the organs of the state against the minority Sikh community. You have rightly raised a valid question about failure to punish the guilty. It is because the people of the country are too easily carried away by rhetoric and propaganda. It is also because the politics of genocide has become the permanent feature of the Indian psyche and revenge has become an instrument of state policy. 

Kanwar Pal Singh, Amritsar

Mehbooba’s task

Holding panchayats elections in the prevailing scenario is a big challenge before J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti. There seems merit in the criticism of the move for indirect election of the sarpanch. If we want free and fair elections, then sarpanches should be elected directly by the people. In Punjab, too, indirect elections were held for sometimes, but the procedure was reversed in the last panchayats elections in 2013. 

Raj Kumar Kapoor, Roopnagar

‘Take my Word’

I am a regular reader of the column. It is interesting as well as informative. ‘A listicle of new words’ was also in the same genre. Lol...the word 'listicle' is being shown as an error!

Jaswant Singh Aman via email

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