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Remembering ’84 with changed perspective

Amritsar, November 1

Yearly thirty first October brings again recollections of the dreadful pogrom towards Sikhs that hang-out not solely the households of the victims however on overwhelming majority, who witnessed the occasions as outsiders. Majha Home, with a view to honour the recollections of these whose lives have been misplaced and uprooted throughout the interval held a session titled 1984/ Chaurasi. Activist and creator Gurmeher Kaur, former diplomat Navtej Sarna, creator and artist Sunil Mehra, Ishmeet Kaur Chaudhary, SS Behl, Ujjal Dosanjh and Saif Mahmood have been a part of the session.

“Even in the present day, thirty-seven years down the road, makes us marvel about how we must always cope with it, discuss it and voice our proper to justice. We wish to do not forget that time. And as we keep in mind we stand by these innocents who bore the brunt of the political fever of the occasions,” stated Preeti Gill, founder, Majha Home, whereas opening the dialog.

Prof SS Behl, academician and poet, recited a heartening poem titled “Ehh Meri Atam Katha”. It was a historic reference on the altering narrative and notion round minorities and Sikhs over the time frame, whether or not it’s 1947 or 1984.

Saif Mahmood, lawyer and creator, recited letters of Ghalib and the way the state of affairs he described throughout the 1857 mutiny was much like what occurred in 1984. Sunil Mehra and Navtej Sarna learn tales of victims of 1984 riots from Delhi and the way they have been left on streets, with out a residence or a way of belonging.

Gurmeher stated, “We’re right here to not scratch the injuries however to honour their recollections. The Sikh group shouldn’t be the one to whine however we have to perceive the ache that a whole group needed to face.”

Canada-based creator stated, “Faith had no place in my coronary heart earlier than 1984. However after 1984, I needed to say publicly that come from Sikh household and I fully discouraged any sort of violence that was being perpetrated.” — TPR

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