Swords Are Drawn to Solve a Disagrement at the Golden Temple

From the Two-Way (NPR)

Bill Chappell

June 6 ,2014


Last Friday, there was a commemorative ceremony of the 1984 military raid at the Golden Temple that went awry with anger and swords causing  injuries and panic.

Two stories  emerged in explanation. One was that  radical Sikhs wanted to  brandish their swords as they chanted for a Sikh homeland.  Twelve people were injured.

Another account  was that the fighting broke out over a disagreement of who would be allowed to speak at the event and in what order.

In 1984, hundreds died after Sikh separatists occupied the  Golden Temple in protest. The Indian army was commanded to crackdown on them by Indira Gandhi, the Prime Minister. She was later assassinated by her Sikh bodyguard in retaliation for this event.

Another sad example of man’s inhumanity to man.

“Today we were supposed to have a solemn remembrance for the martyrs of 1984, so what has happened is very sad,” said Prem Singh Chandumajra, a spokesman for Punjab state’s ruling party, according to the BBC. “The temple has once again been dishonored today.”


About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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6 Responses to Swords Are Drawn to Solve a Disagrement at the Golden Temple

  1. This is more shameful than sad


  2. Xena says:

    Hi Anne. This is very interesting. I have to return and catch-up.


  3. YellowCable says:

    I could believe at this modern time some would still resource to such thing. I really would not want to see any one gets hurt this way.


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