Friday, June 09, 2006

The 3rd Carnage

Sikh history is ingrained in our souls. Many facets of that history are written in the deep red color of blood of our martyrs. The 1st carnage (chota ghalugara) in Sikh history lasted one day and approximately 10,000 were butchered. The 2nd carnage (vada ghalughara) lasted a few days and approximately 30,000 were butchered. The 3rd carnage ('84 ghalughara or tija ghalughara) began in June 1984 and lasted a decade and we are still counting how many were butchered.

One man who took it upon himself to begin the counting was the great martyr Sardar Jaswant Singh Khalra. Last year after many many years, a rare video of his speech (delivered at Dixie Gurduara in the mid 1990's) was shown in Gurduaras in Toronto during the November Pogrom Memorial programs which also introduced Sardarni Jaskaran Kaur and Sardar Sukhman Singh of ENSAAF to the Toronto sangat. Now finally Shiromani Khalsa Dal has uploaded it on their website for free download. I urge every single one of you to download it and listen to it very carefully. The subject is clear - Human Rights. The lesson is clear - Stand up for your Rights. The message is clear - Never Forget our Martyrs.

I also refer everyone to a previous post - "I knew not then..."

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