From the Two-Way (NPR)
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.”