- SGPC adopts resolutions in 2002 and 2005 to raise a memorial for “martyrs" of Operation Bluestar
- The project was shelved in 2008, but revived last year owing to pressure from radical Sikh groups
- Clearance to begin construction inside Golden Temple complex given by the SGPC last week.
- "Martyrs" include Bhindranwale and some of his followers
A memorial for ‘martyrs’ of Operation Bluestar. Radical Sikh groups have demanded one for long; the contentious idea was first proposed in the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) in 2002. The SGPC’s recent go-ahead for construction of the structure inside the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar is sure to stir up unrest. Work is scheduled to begin on May 20, a couple of weeks ahead of the 28th anniversary of Operation Bluestar (June 6), a day Sikh groups refer to as “genocide day”.