Sikhicide: No Media No Cry

1984-a1-bodyI am hurt today. I feel insulted. I am appalled and ashamed of the politicians and the system we have in India.
The media is also silent – not one of the channels is discussing the 1984 incidents even when they can have lengthy tirades on non-issues like a police officer not tying his shoelaces!
Thirty years to the day, watching television with my parents, we saw the aftermath of the genocide against Sikhs in the Indian capital, New Delhi and other parts of the country.
We saw rows upon rows of burnt houses and vehicles and I found mother weeping and muttering under her breath. We were aghast, and she was disconsolate. After all, what wrong had these thousands of people done?
Yes, a Sikh had shot dead Prime Minister Indira Gandhi but did that mean the entire community would be targeted? Sadly, it did, then.
I was expecting panels being put together to discuss the issue on television channels but come prime time and there’s nothing! Not one discussion, not a mention; no one seems to have visited the affected localities and see what has become of the survivors and their kin of those who died. They have been well and truly forgotten. They do not exist!
Me, and others, writing a few paragraphs will not make a difference but I have given vent to my feelings. I needed to.
It’s a sad moment. It’s a telling commentary on the state of the system, the judiciary and the politics.
Though I have convinced myself I have a lot of hope for India once again, this is certainly a step backward. But who cares! No one. Not any more!!

This article, on the Time website yesterday, is a revelation (


3 thoughts on “Sikhicide: No Media No Cry

  1. I was speechless as I clicked the “like” button yesterday. I wanted to write something but no words came. Again tonight Mandeep, words escape me. I look at the photographs posted and my heart is heavy. I do not remember this, though I’m not sure what coverage was given in the US back then. I would have been 23 at that time. I am sorry, my friend. There is much that I am appalled at in our world… but I am thankful that YOU remembered, and you honored these people and their families by writing about them. Your personal experience makes it very real to those of us who see it for the first time, or perhaps from a different perspective than what our news media represented it at the time. It would have been wise and responsible for the Indian government to acknowledge the anniversary and own the horror of it, for the sole purpose of knowing such a crime was unnecessary and a terrible mistake.


    1. Thank you for the comment. Politicians the world over are the same and some are more insensitive than the others! I remember having seen Time and Newsweek in those days and they carried cover stories on the genocide. There wasn’t any Internet then in India and no social media so coverage was pretty much muted. It was a terrible chapter in India’s history and saddens people the world over.


  2. Reblogged this on MANDEEPSINGS and commented:

    This was written two years ago to mark the 30th anniversary of the mass killing of Sikhs in India, following the assassination of the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.
    The situation, two years later, remains pretty much the same, with politicians of all hues and the media, as well as the present state and Central governments, doing nothing. For everyone, but the victims, the “riots”, as they call it, are a closed chapter.


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