After Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was accused of terrorism and various other crimes, by the Government and the national media, he (September 20, 1981) turned himself in to the police. Almost a month later he was released after the Central Home Minister, declared in Parliament on October 14, 1981 that there was no evidence against him.
In 1982 the Sant launched the “Dharam Yudh Morcha”. These were peaceful protests to support the implementation of The Anandpur Sahib Resolution. During these “Morchay” thousands of Sikhs courted arrest. Despite the government’s attempts to malign Sant Ji, he rekindled, in the minds of Sikhs the noble teachings of their Gurus, ‘that neither must Sikhs oppress nor neither should they live under – oppression’. Quoting the Sant:
- “…For the Sikh faith I am ready to sacrifice everything I have… For the safeguard and protection of the Sikh religion we must all be united… I can die but I cannot see the desecration of my religion.”
Due to the rise of Congress and State sponsored terrorism against the Sikhs. Hundreds of Sikhs were killed in ‘staged’ encounters by the Indian security forces. Many Sikhs feeling helpless turned to the message of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, who after losing most of his family, said in his now famous words echoed by Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale,
- “When all other peaceful means have failed, only then is it right and just to take sword in hand”.
Indira Gandhi undertook a campaign to undermine the Sikh faith and persecute the Sikh people with a view to win over the Hindu vote in India. The Hindu psyche was poisoned against the Sikhs by manipulative use of state media and mischevious use of political fiscal resources. This resulted in the Indian masses wanting the Delhi government to deal more forcefully with the Sikh civil rights campaign. via www.sikhiwiki.org