Further genocide followed, in a ten year violent crackdown on Sikhs in Panjaab. Army and police torture and killings, became the daily norm, behind a closed cage of media censorship, political suppression and mass repression. A armed resistance by enraged Sikhs, villified as 'terrorists' (as is the usual propaganda strategy of states), was savageously suppressed with draconian torture and killing methods. Ordinary civilians were gruesomely targeted in this mass scale Indian state crackdown on the most potent and sustained challenge to its power, from a determined and committed minority who had the courage and daring to take on a goliath.
BRIEF BACKGROUNDThe 20 million Sikhs concentrated in their historic homeland of Panjaab, are the Kurds and Palestinians of India. The Sikhs have been in an intensely agonising tussle with the Indian state, since its contentious formation in 1947, following the British 'transfer of power'. The mighty and dominant Indian state, encompasses a territory which equals the
the geographical mass of the European Union states! India's diverse and disparate population, exceeds the European Union population by four times in number! The ruling elite of India, like its imperial predecessors, and like its Chinese, Russian and other counterparts, seekings to compress, suppress and indoctrinate the entire population that that INDIA is their homeland and that they belong to INDIA. INDIANISATION! All who speak about change through decentralisation of power to autonomous regions, self-determination of India's diverse ethnic peoples and recognition of India's social, ethnic and linguistic diversity; are decried by the Indian state as 'traitors', 'subversives', 'extremists' and 'terrorists'.
The wreckless and immoral 1947 transfer of power by the British to a new ruling elite in India, sealed the tragic fate of many nations like the Sikhs. In a classic British act of global disregard for peoples rights, the British committed another act of callous decision-making. At the stroke of pen, the entire power and governance of the map of India was handed over to Pandit Nehru and his entourage, without any consultation or referendum for the peoples directly affected. Imperialism had not ceased. It simply changed its colour from British to Indian, not less vociferous, violent, repressive and genocidal. Indeed, more!
The British delivered total power to Pandit Nehru and his trusted band. He was a most favoured the political figure, who hobnobbed with the British whilst posing as the 'leader' of India's 'independence' movement.
1947 was a single and sharp hand-over of the entire power and rule over a vast imperial territory, forged through 250 years of piecemeal conquest of diverse national and ethnic peoples, to another elitist set of rulers. The British ruling elite, keen to rid themselves now of the once glorious and grandiose empire of India, handed over the reigns of power in Dheli to the single person of Pandit Nehru and his confidantes. Disparate cries for freedom, self-determination and home rule of Panjaab, Nagaland, Assam, Kashmir and more, were steamrolled then as they have continued to be since.
The British rulers had conquered, piece by piece, the entire mass of territory across the map of greater 'India' over 250 years from 1600 to 1850. The British Indian empire succeeded the earlier Mughal empire. The various nations and regions of India, representing diverse languges, cultures, societies and ethnic groups, who variously breathed some fresh air from the tyrannical subjugation of the long running Mughal empire; saw their independent kingdoms and semi-independent territories consumed yet again, into the emerging British Raj.
The seeds planted above, which hopefully sprout as a symbol of the struggle of the Sikhs, a struggle of small people over mighty states likes India. This kind of struggle endures across the globe, against states like China, Indonesia, Nigeria, Russia, Burma, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Morocco and many more.
ECO-CIDE FOLLOWS GENOCIDE & ETHNOCIDEMany of the struggling people, are losing not only their culture, language, territory, history, but also their natural ecological existence. The lands of Panjaab are being savageously exploited by the Indian state for its vast natural water resources, its potent soil fertility and its wholescale capacity as 'bread basket of India' - providing 60% of the food resources to a 1.5 billion population. Panjaab's land, rivers, wildlife and biodiversity is being savageously damaged in this process of Indian imperialism. An Indian government driven 'GREEN REVOLUTION' was imposed on Panjaab, inducing the ordinary economically deprived farming population of Panjaab with glorified genetically modified super-seeds which would produce mass crop output. The option of continuing economic hardship versus a projected escape through intensive farming, presented mainstream farmers with a quick way out. The long-term affects have been disasterous for Panjaab, its soil, its rivers, its farming families, it's ecological and human health. The Indian state continues extract the water and agricultural produce of Panjaab plentifully, on its own terms.
- Lord Stern, the UK Government environment advisor, has predicted that Panjaab was will be reduced to a desert under the current trend of the intensive water extraction from Panjaab.
A cutting-edge report by Pardeep Singh Rai, documents the widespread affects of this ECO-CIDE on Panjaab's natural environment and its rustic, village population. See "Environmental Injustice in the Panjab" on http://www.defendersofpanjab.org/
In short, the power driven ruling establishment of the Indian state, is undermining and crippling the Sikhs and other populations; culturally, economically, educationally and ecologically. See the following, for further details: