Justice is the most important element of a society, indeed peace and prosperity are the outcomes of justice in any given society.
We have to learn to see things in terms of human lives and not color them with ethnicity, religion, race, language or culture. We have to learn to see every Indian as Indian, and loss of one life should be treated as though it is the loss of everyone in the kutumbukum (Universe of Family). When someone is murdered, a group is massacred or the weak is oppressed, we all have to stand up together. Each one of us must do our part without keeping score on others.
The Sikh Massacres in Delhi, the purging of the Pandits from Kashmir, Burning of Godhra train, massacre of Muslims in Gujarat and the harassment of Christians in Orissa in Independent India must be treated in terms of a few bad Indians against the innocent many. We should see the long-term value in not blaming the victims, not to blame Christians, Muslims, Hindus or other, but blame the individuals behind it for the sake of creating good societies. By placing the blame on the culprits and instigators, we can restore justice and faith in governance, if we blame the religion, nothing happens as you cannot hang the religion, you cannot bury the religion or kill it; for God's sake it is intangible. No religion instigates one to do wrong and WE SHOULD NOT VALIDATE THE CLAIMS TO BLAME GROUPS OR RELIGIONS for the acts of the individuals as it does not produce any good.
The Holocaust and Genocides event that we held in January this year (www.HolocaustandGenocides.com) mentioned these atrocities relating to independent India along with all other atrocities. I am glad the Pain the Sikh community is being addressed now.
Here are two pieces shared by the South Asian Journalists Association and Khalid Azam, both are published stories.
What are your solutions – without blaming any group or religion?
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NYC Sikhs protest appearance of Indian minister they blame for Sikh Massacre
MEGAN K. SCOTT
Associated Press Writer
> April 8 2010, 10:27 AM EDT
> NEW YORK (AP) — Several dozen Sikhs on Thursday protested a
> speech by an Indian minister who they say instigated mob riots in
> their country in 1984 that left more than 3,000 dead, most of them