June 1984, Indian government sent troops into the Golden Temple complex, Amritsar, to war with people they labelled as extremists - people who were standing up for years of broken promises and discrimination. Did it really need the Government to send in troops, tanks and the filth that went with them, to destroy the heritage of a population that only make up approx 2% of India? They spilt blood in a place of peace. After the destructions the government rebuilt parts of the complex that were demolished. But Sikhs weren't happy with the impurity of the rebuild, so demolished what was rebuilt only to rebuild it themselves with people's donations from all over the world. Some visitors gave their wedding rings as donations. After all this is their house in which all are welcome. People go there every day to do service, without prompt they clean, serve food, wash up. This is their spiritual home, that's why they still ask for justice. The raiding of the Golden resulted in the assassination of the Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, by her own Sikh body guards. Riots followed, across Punjab and Delhi. Ordinary Sikhs were butchered and burned alive. Some good people gave them refuge putting their own security at risk. It's said that the riots were state sponsored. Unnecessary hate built up between once very together communities. What a shame they saw it fit to destroy a community that has given so many souls in defence of their country. Indian Government has a big human rights question to answer. Genocide of Sikhs. For some families the injustice continues, still discriminated against, prejudice still prevailing.
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