From 1984 to 2011 – A NOTE FROM REEMA ANAND

It has been a long journey from 1984 to 2011. After the genocide inflicted on the Sikh community, catharsis of the agony undergone, judicial relief and mental relief should have been the relevant milestones for the Sikh community in subsequent decades….. The relief has come but not in its entirety.

 

The outcome of any catastrophe is suffered not just by the immediate generation. The aftershocks peter down to many generations for many years.

 

In the above stated unfortunate history of Sikh community, the focus has been on the actual victims for years.

 

Today the limelight should shift totally from the factual victims to the virtual victims, that is the third generation.

 

The families of the riot-victims today are not just localized in Tilak Vihar area. They have spread due to economic reasons to areas like Mongolpuri, Shahpure, Nangloi, Trilokpuri.

 

As a result a concise rehabilitation program was neither conceptualized by the Government of India nor implemented.

 

The third generation roughly aged between 8yrs and 18yrs (according to my statistics) is bearing the brunt of a non-existent education and employment plan.

 

Lack of these two essential tools for decent living has reduced a community which has been historically progressive to presently non-progressive.

 

Judicial justice shall happen in its due course. But the call of the day is to devise a total rehabilitation plan with thrust on education and employment. Unfortunately , the affluent members of Sikh community should have taken the lead 27 years back and pushed the government to create a macro-plan for the Sikh community where they themselves should have become the facilitators and the victims should have become the stakeholders.

 

The community is too busy with personal agendas and changing political equations at the onset of each election to see the writing on the wall. We are factually doomed as a progressive community. But all is not lost if we sit back, introspect and take the bull by the horns.

 

Note from Blog Administrator : The Above is a Post by Reema Anand, uploaded on the blog with Mr. Phoolka’s Approval.

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2 thoughts on “From 1984 to 2011 – A NOTE FROM REEMA ANAND

  1. I totally agree with you. The focus should have shifted to “virtual victims” some 25 years ago. Its already too late but still there is no harm in doing that now. Please keep the fight going until it reaches an honourable and decent end for the Sikh community. Thanks a lot for being so thoughtful.

  2. Hi,
    I am one of the victims of 1984 carnage. I was teenager at the time of carnage, and barely escaped death from a mob of about 500, which attacked and burned down our home. Briefly I worked with Nishkam Sikh Welfare council, an NGO which came forward to help the 1984 widows, as a volunteer. It’s real shame that DSGMC is guilding Gurdwara Bangla Sahib with gold while the victims of 1984 genocide still suffer silently. So far no memorial has been thought of for the 1984 carnage victims. I would like to collabrate with Mr. Phoolka as he is the one who is the most knowlegeable and most qualified to spearhead this project. Jews have a holocaust museums in various cities around the world, yet many countries deny that holocaust even occurred. I am afraid if we(the victims) don’t create such memorials for our progeny, 1984 carnage will also be forgotten and denied by the majority community. It’s shame that Mr. Sarna is partnering with the perpetrators of 1984 Carnage and honoring them with siropaus.

    I am trying to reach out to all survivors and family members of victims, to create a memorial for 1984 carnage’s forgotten victims.

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