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Saturday, June 25, 2011
1984 ANTI SIKH RIOTS: Time to ‘forgive’ and build a new India, Chidambaram tells Sikhs!
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Home Minister P.Chidambaram outside the Ministry of Finance. File photo - The Hindu.
Seeking to put behind memories of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Home Minister P. Chidambaram today said the country has moved on since the “tragic incident” and that it was time to “forgive” and build a new India.
“It is time that we move on to build a new India where every citizen irrespective of faith has equal place,” he said, addressing a function to felicitate him for his role in removing names of 142 Sikhs from a ‘Black list’.
Recalling the tragic incidents in 1984 after the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was shot dead by her Sikh bodyguards, Chidambaram said the country has moved on since then and one small step of removing names of large number Sikhs from the ‘Black list’ was left which has been addressed to by the government recently.
“We have moved on when Rajiv Gandhi was the Prime Minister, we have moved on subsequently, we have moved on when Manmohan Singh made that poignant speech asking for forgiveness, we moved on since Sonia Gandhi became Congress president,” he said.
The Home Minister was referring to Singh’s speech in Parliament in 2005 where he apologised to the Sikh community for the incident.
Does that mean the accused in those riots would be let off?