04 December, 2020

‘It’ll Cement Our Scars, Not Heal Wounds’

The man who spent 18 years in jail for gunning down Congress politician Lalit Maken is opposed to a memorial for Operation Bluestar

Ekta Sharma
‘It’ll Cement Our Scars, Not Heal Wounds’
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Ranjit Singh Gill alias Kuki spent 18 years in jail for gunning down Congress politician Lalit Maken, allegedly responsible for orchestrating the killing of Sikhs in 1984. An avid blogger today, he coaches rural students in basketball. Excerpts from an interview:

You have a violent past and took up the gun against people like Lalit Maken. Why are you opposed to a memorial for Operation Bluestar?

Organisations like the SGPC and the Damdami Taksal, which are now spearheading the memorial, had a role to play in the violent movement which engulfed our community in the ’80s. The lives of many young men like me were ruined in the fire. But today, we have no say in this upcoming memorial, nor is anyone bothered about us and our rehabilitation. I’m not clear whether it is a memorial for peace or a symbol of all that Bhindranwale stood for. The Akal Takht which was rebuilt after its destruction during Bluestar is itself a memorial and could be commemorated with a plaque. But building this gurudwara amounts to cementing...

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