Punjab’s former Chief Secretary, Ramesh Inder Singh’s e book ‘Dukhant Punjab Da’, that’s an eye-opening account of occasions earlier than and after ‘Operation Bluestar’, and throws mild on the historical past of Punjab, was launched right here on Wednesday.
Ramesh Inder Singh was the Deputy Commissioner of Amritsar throughout Operation Bluestar and he has described the scenario as he noticed it, on this e book.
He was later promoted and retired from the submit of Chief Secretary. Ramesh Inder Singh stated, “Starting from the year 1978, Punjab went through a volcanic period in which there was endless violence. These few years were to determine the direction of our history. After the country’s Independence, perhaps no other domestic crisis would have had such a deep impact.”
“But 40 years after the Bluestar incident, we nonetheless hear conflicting tales about what occurred and the way. This e book ‘Dukhant Punjab Da’ is an eye-witness account of the historic occasion and people years.
“The e book provides an in depth description of the previous occasions which exhibits the scenario of insurgency from its starting to its finish, ” he stated.
He additional stated even in the perfect of occasions, individuals’s notion of an occasion or scenario varies. Particularly devastating occasions blur neutrality, divide individuals, and sometimes ignore the info.
“Operation Bluestar and the occasions that adopted had been disastrous occasions of this nature, which led India to go to struggle amongst itself. The nation misplaced a Prime Minister, a Chief Minister, a former Army Chief, hundreds of harmless civilians and a few harmless individuals. However, practically 4 a long time later, we nonetheless hear completely different tales about what occurred, why it occurred, and the way it occurred.
“Facts are everlasting, however whose info are they? It’s one individual’s reality versus one other individual’s, your interpretation versus their interpretation, ” Ramesh Inder Singh instructed the media.
He explains that in June 1984, the Indian Army marched in direction of Amritsar — Operation Bluestar was underway. “Some noticed it as an assault on the holy website of Sri Harmandir Sahib, whereas others noticed it as a navy operation to liberate the holy website from gun-toting terrorists. A number of months later, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated. Street massacres happened in Delhi and elsewhere, by which greater than 3, 000 harmless Sikhs had been killed. It was genocide whereas others think about it a spontaneous response to the assassination of their beloved chief, ” he stated.
“For some, Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was a martyr, because the Jathedar of Sri Akal Takht Sahib publicly said in 2003. However, others maintain him accountable for greater than 20 years of turmoil, struggling and destruction in Punjab, ” he stated.
According to Ramesh Inder Singh, he was an eyewitness, and typically a task participant, though that is inconsequential at this second in historical past.
“What I noticed or did, or what I did not do, must be instructed. My conscience, greater than the rest, prompts me to state my interpretation of the info and occasions in the course of the decade-and-a-half surrounding Operation Bluestar.
“It wouldn’t be truthful to historical past to depart issues unsaid. Therefore, I really feel the necessity for an goal and factual description of occasions and incidents. I attempt to just do that within the pages of this e book.
“Terrorism has been decisively eliminated in Punjab. However, the deep, underlying ethno-socio-religious fault lines that have caused turmoil in the state still persist. History has a strange habit of repeating itself and we must be careful, only those civilizations move forward that learn from their history, ” he stated.
“I don’t remorse the lengthy hole of time in penning this account because the passage of years has helped make clear the problems and funky tempers. Much has been stated and written about Operation Bluestar and the turmoil in Punjab in these 29 years.
“Several historical past books and documentaries and a few eyewitness accounts, largely rumour, have been revealed. However, given the sensitivity of the subject and safety necessities, not all the things has been stated and is probably not stated for a while.
“However, to the best of my knowledge, I have said and written it honestly. I hope, as the frenzy subsides over time, people inside and outside the government will be more receptive to this work, ” the author added.
On this event, journalist Baljit Balli and the writer had been engaged in a dialogue concerning the e book. Harish Jain, Publisher Unistar Books, was additionally current on the event.