Writers honoured at
Sardar Avtar Singh Gill, Additional
District & Sessions Judge (Retired)
Honoured Among Writers
As many a dozen
octogenarian Punjabi writers including Ajaib Chitrakar, SS Johl, NS
Tasneem, Sardul Singh, Hazara Singh, Dan Singh Komal, Ajit Singh
Sikka, Kartar Singh, Teg Bahadur Singh Teg, Dalip Singh Sidhu, Avtar
Singh Gill and Hardial Singh Gill were honoured for their
outstanding work in the Punjabi language on the occasion.
Courtesy: The Tribune
Balbir Singh Sooch, Advocate, Ludhiana
February 25, 2010
The Bleeding Limbs of the Sikhs
Pains of Contemporary Period of People
especially the Sikhs in India
Limbs of the Sikhs
The pains of the contemporary
period of people explained in the history book titled ‘The
Bleeding limbs of the Sikhs’ written by Sardar Avtar Singh Gill,
Additional District & Sessions Judge (Retired) is like the
modern-day shameful history of people especially Sikhs, that
impels to forget cruelty meted out to them in the past since
they stand cheated out now more badly without any justice in
sight for them ‘Maharaja Dalip Singh like cheated out’ at the
hands of aliens in the history.
The author depicted the pains,
the killings, the disappearances and the stories of persons
especially the Sikhs, to keep them alive in history, in face of
cheaters within and outside the Sikh community.
The Army Attack (Operation Blue
Star) on Sri Akal Takhat, Durbar Sahib (Golden Temple)
and other religious places in Punjab,
the destruction and the untraceable theft of Sikh religious
valuable manuscripts and the historical books are to remain
unforgettable inflicted pains being part of the history in so
named independent India.
The author would always be
recoganised as an unbiased historian for summing up the painful
killings and the sufferings including untold stories, of Sikhs
in such an exceptionally wonderful sequence of the said period.
The book not only unfolds
untold unbearable sufferings of the Sikhs but questions the
history of protecting the religion or the politics of religion
only to teach a lesson to them in all respects, in a fraudulent
way. The author deserves admiration for the courageous and
painstaking work penned down by him.
Sooch, Advocate, Ludhiana
Sikh Vichar Manch
Will the Cultural Cover Ever Be Uncovered Or Exposed?
Will the Cultural Cover Ever Be Uncovered Or Exposed? By Balbir
Singh Sooch, Advocate, Ludhiana
cultural cover and the transparency and accountability are
conflicting terms and contradictory to each other, when the Indian
culture is based on ambiguity and falsehood openly, and whereas, the
transparency and accountability demand to secure access to accuracy,
clearness and the responsibility. The Indian cultural cover and the
transparency and accountability can not run simultaneously.
circumstances, the transparency and accountability can never be
meaningfully and adequately promoted as being considered against the
policy of culture cover and unnecessary for justice in the Indian
system i.e. discriminatory in nature basically. The Indians were
victims of their own history.
Under the garb of
the cultural cover, the people in India are facing humiliation,
harassment and the planned State terrorism and not getting the
information even under ‘The Right to Information (RTI) Act’. Could
it be called as a part of the corrupt world phenomena and to remain
for ever unchecked?
Those who are in
favor to keep the cultural cover intact over the transparency and
accountability always remain in the good books of the governments in
India and such characters are selectively and exceptionally trained
to do odd jobs and for distorting the history.
To a question of
mine, as to why the Sikh massacre-1984 being remembered as 84 riots
in the country by the media as well as by the intellectuals and the
writers etc, the answer was, it was all being done in the name and
under the garb of cultural cover by the flatters toeing the line of
falsehood openly and they are against the transparency and
accountability? It was really very negatively knowledgeable, but
very disheartening answer to digest for me at late stage of my life.
However, I could
get an answer as why and where, I failed unbendingly in the eye of
the system. I am proud of that the failure is not on the part of
legal awareness and of conscientiousness and or religious in any
As to why Prof.
Harinder Singh Mehboob, renowned Punjabi Shiromani Sahitkaar, noted
litterateur and Sahitya Academy Award winner was being criticized
till to day? The answer was obvious, for and because of his act of
cultural uncover, a few lines of his poetry
‘Murder of sleeps and a
wonderful act of Martyr’ i.e. ‘Neendan Da Qatal and Shaheed Da
Gajab’ in his book, ‘Jhanan Di Raat’ at page 826 to 828 and he was
not suitably remembered and comparatively glorified for his work on
The operative part
of the poem, ‘Murder of sleeps and a wonderful act of Martyr’ is
being produced in English for ready reference as under: The poem,
what a wonderful
example of exposure of the Indian cultural cover?
“Murder of sleeps
A wonderful act of
Listen! Oh cruel
The Nation of the
offering prayers at the door of Guru!
Then, a witch
snake or cobra** stealthily sneaked in, thirsty to suck blood,
The hands of Beant
with firmness of mind
O woman with
wicked sons, listen. You have killed the innocent children of my
Qaum in their sleep.
But Jarnail who is
an old guard of the Guru’s house, is riding the almighty Time and
such a rider is never defeated. Listen, 0 heartless and cruel Witch!
The wrath of Beant
will finish you like an insect and having demolished the gates of
your kingdom, will push you in the darkness of Hell...
The woman like a
female witch snake or cobra surrounded the Harmandir and Fate burnt
the bread of the pious fakirs.
Then, an arrow
shot by Beant came to destroy the poison of the wily witch who slept
in the hearts of idol-worshippers.
babies eaten away in asleep
Listen! Oh cruel
The Foot notes to
*Martyrdom day of
Guru Arjan Dev
** A witch snake
or cobra, known for killing its victims in sleep by sucking in their
breath in imaginary stories.
Mehboob was given
the Government’s prestigious Sahitya Akademi award for 1991 for his
anthology entitled ‘Jhanan Di Raat’, which contains the long poem
vilifying Indira Gandhi as a “witch snake or cobra**” and hailing
her assassin Beant Singh as a martyr. It also makes communal
references to “idol-worshippers”.
Was it not an act
of uncover and exposure of the cultural cover and should be honored
by all in the interest of justice and the transparency?
It is already said
that sources disclose that eminent poet Amrita Pritam, convener of
the three member jury, was instrumental in Mehboob getting the
award. Her one sentence report, described the book as “a beautiful
happening in Punjabi literature” which explores “the agony and
ecstasy of life”. The other members of the jury, Prof Amrik Singh
and Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, did not find the book to be of high
Hindi poet and
critic Vishnu Khare said "The poem is definitely communal, it almost
deifies violence and is certainly offensive to a large number of
Indians The Sahitya Akademi must express regret and see that its
jury members read all books most carefully."
Krishna Sobti described the Poem as “deeply disturbing.” She said it
was “simply outrageous” that an assassin of the Prime Minister of
India should be elevated to the status of a martyr in the line of
Guru Arjan Dev.
Singh too found the book good, but agreed that the last poem was
inflammatory and communal “It would have been better if this book
was not given the Sahitya Akademi award,” he said.
When the question
like this, “The final question is: what will the Sahitya Akademi and
its parent Ministry do now to rectify the lapse, and to prevent a
recurrence in future?”, being posed, whether the cultural cover ever
will be uncovered or exposed to bring the transparency and
accountability in the system?
Was the demand to
uncover and expose the cultural cover and the cry for justice in
favor of the transparency and accountability, does it amount to
revolt against the State and or the lawlessness?
1. In case, the
international community concludes so on the ground that it was the
acceptable world phenomena, and there can never be any remedy except
the whistle-blowers including me to surrender under protest
grudgingly. But, I wish to pose the following questions to have
answers in the larger interest to test the transparency and
accountability in the context in Indian system:
2. Can the
information under the Act, be provided as to how many Sikhs arrested
meaning thereby taken into custody, captured, detained, caught,
taken in for questioning, picked up etc and or how many sent abroad
and now on the ‘black list’, and or arrested to arm them as
terrorists and cats, and or how many surrendered meaning thereby:
laid down their arms, admitted defeat, submitted, yielded, given in,
gave up etc after the Army attack 1984 till today?
3. The details of
the Sikhs and others who were picked up spontaneously, unplanned
manner surprisingly and later on killed, eliminated, liquidated,
shown disappeared etc all including the given categories as stated
by former DGP K.P.S. GILL after the period stated above? See
4. As to why a
'Constitutional Commission' did not set up for facing justice on the
demand of former DGP K.P.S. GILL?
Could the detailed
identity of the main accused (Rajiv Gandhi) stands killed by a
‘Human Bomb’, the other co-accused, who remained the part and parcel
of the then entire government machinery, responsible for the
`genocide of Sikhs' or the `State-Sponsored Violence' against Sikhs
not be disclosed being a matter of record as the accused were on
duty on all the three days of Sikh Massacre-1984?
5. Why only the
government always form or remain in search of some committee, team,
the individuals as its henchmen, when the crime(s) committed by the
state machinery become so open, to insist only to accept the
adequate compensation and start pressurizing the victims families to
accept the same and no guilty punished except playing political
dramas like the cases of H.K.L. Bhagat, Jagdish Tytler and now case
of Sajjan Kumar etc?
cultural cover ever be uncovered or exposed?
March 01, 2010 (1813 PST)
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