After the genocide, the government of India worked diligently to first suppress as much evidence as possible and then to propagate as much false information to the international community.
Recent reports from India’s own Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) have shown that police refused to record evidence against government officials. In many cases they destroyed evidence or refused to launch investigations into killings.
Very quickly a false narrative was propagated to the world. India claimed that due to the killing of Indira Gandhi, mass hatred for Sikhs erupted in one city, New Delhi, which led to the deaths of 3 000 Sikhs. Even though India’s own record indicates the killings of Sikhs happened all across India and over 30,000 Sikhs were murdered.
Government controlled media portrayed the genocide as “Anti-Sikh Riots”. Yet no evidence has ever been presented where Sikhs attacked Indians. The role of politicians, public transportation, public radio and police in the killing of Sikhs was completely downplayed and in many cases removed from dialogue all together.
Attempts were made by government officials to legitimize the killings as well, when then Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi was asked about the death of Sikhs, he stated “When a giant tree falls, the earth below shakes”. Nana Deshmukh, veteran RSS member, also wrote in the Hindi Weekly on November 25 1984, that “Sikhs themselves invited the attacks”.
Those government officials who organized the killing of Sikhs were quickly promoted in power and position, even today they are in senior positions within the Indian government. All have done their utmost to disrupt any investigation into the killings. After 10 commissions and nearly 30 years, India is no closer to understanding what happened.
Land illegally confiscated by the people who murdered Sikhs still remain occupied. In recent years peaceful demonstrations were done to liberate occupied Gurdwaras (Sikh places of worship), but the Indian police quickly arrested the organizers.
Today in India, thousands upon thousands of women who survived the genocide live in colonies. Their stories are horrific, yet very few academics are aware of these places. Many interested in investigating these places are either denied VISAs or are forced to sign waivers in which they agree not to publish any information they obtain during their stay in India.