NarasimhaRao could avoided Sikh Riot Gujral advice: Man Mohan Singh
The Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh salute the brave soldiers at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate during the Republic Day Parade - 2008, in New Delhi on January 26, 2008.

NarasimhaRao could avoided Sikh Riot Gujral advice: Man Mohan Singh

NarasimhaRao could avoided Sikh riot: In a ceremony held on the 100th birth anniversary of Indra Kumar Gujral, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that Gujral had visited the then Home Minister PV Narasimha Rao at the time of the 84 Sikh massacre. He suggested to call the army as soon as possible.

NarasimhaRao could avoided Sikh riot
NarasimhaRao could avoided Sikh riot: The Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh salute the brave soldiers at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate during the Republic Day Parade – 2008, in New Delhi on January 26, 2008.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has given a big statement about the 1984 Sikh riots. He has said that if the then Home Minister PV Narasimha Rao had heeded the advice of Indra Kumar Gujral , the Sikh massacre in Delhi could have been avoided. Manmohan Singh said this at a function organized on the 100th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Gujral in Delhi on Wednesday.

Highlights

  • Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has given a big statement regarding 1984 Sikh riots
  • Singh said that if Narasimha Rao had agreed to Gujral, then the riots could have been stopped.
  • Narasimha Rao was the Home Minister of the country during the Sikh riots, worried Gujral had gone to meet him
  • Manmohan Singh said this on the 100th birth anniversary of former PM Inder Kumar Gujral

The former PM said, ‘When 84 Sikh riots were happening in Delhi, Gujral ji went to the then Home Minister Narasimha Rao. He told Rao that the situation was so serious that it is necessary for the government to call the army as soon as possible. If Rao had taken the necessary action by following Gujral’s advice, then the 1984 massacre could have been avoided.

The riots
that took place across the country in 84 years after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at the hands of Sikh security personnel by the 1984 anti-Sikh riots broke out in which around 3,000 Sikhs lost their lives. The riots in Delhi were the worst. It is said that 2700 out of 3000 Sikhs were killed in Delhi itself. The number of deaths from independent sources is estimated to be around 8,000–17,000.

Gujral died in 2012
Indra Kumar Gujral was the Prime Minister of the country from 21 April 1997 to 19 March 1998. Gujral died on 30 November 2012 at the age of 92. He was also remembered by former President Pranab Mukherjee, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and former Union Minister Karan Singh at the event held on Gujral’s birth anniversary.

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