26 July, 2021

Troubled Reminder

A memorial for Op Bluestar ‘martyrs’?

Prabhjot Singh Gill
Troubled Reminder

Provocative Idea...

  • 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”.

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