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1984 anti-Sikh riots vs 2002 Gujarat riots: ‘Sorry Kanhaiya, can’t agree’

A day after JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar's controversial remarks claiming there was a difference between the 1984 riots and the 2002 riots, his colleagues in the Left have expressed their disagreement.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 29, 2016 6:06 pm
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A day after JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar stoked controversy claiming that there was a difference between the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and the 2002 Gujarat riots, his colleagues in the larger Left movement —including JNUSU vice president Shehla Rashid Shore — have expressed their disagreement.

“Why should a left leader try to defend the Congress government’s role in the anti-Sikh riots, something that even Rahul Gandhi and his party cannot defend?” AISA president Sucheta De, said.

“To say that 1984 riots were mob frenzy and not state sponsored would only justify the ‘big tree falls’ theory regarding sikh massacre,” she added.

Shehla Rashid, also of AISA, chose to steer clear of Kanhaiya’s remarks saying that while she wasn’t present at the event where the remarks were made, “both 1984 and 2002 were acts of state sponsored violence and we must not draw contrasts between two human tragedies.”

READ: 2002 riots and 1984 riots are different, says Kanhaiya Kumar

“The survivors of 1984 state sponsored communal pogrom deserve all our support and we must refrain from making any statement that undermines their struggle for justice. In 1984 also, the JNU campus not only opposed the violence, but even sheltered some of the Sikhs who were running for cover. We have spoken out against Gujarat as vocally as against Hashimpura and Singur-Nandigram. We cannot prejudge the case and give a clean chit to the state, when there has been no credible investigation into the whole affair,” Rashid said, on her Facebook page.

“We must not be apologetic about 1984 massacre, but must unequivocally condemn it.”

Kanhaiya, during a panel discussion on “Voices of Azaadi” at the “Jashne-e-azaadi” festival, said “there’s a difference between Emergency and fascism. During Emergency, goons of only one party were engaged into goondaism, in this (fascism) entire state machinery is resorting to goondaism. There is a difference between riots of 2002 and 1984 Sikh riots.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Mar 29, 2016 at 10:47 pm
    In 1984 the riots were sponsered by a Government and with the help of Govt. machinery and police kept mum. All the congress leaders were involved. How Kanhaiya can differenciate it .
    1. Bipin Bhardwaj
      Mar 30, 2016 at 5:35 am
      The state sponsored violence, killing has steeply increased since 1947, more people have been killed by the Govt than by anybody else, in figures the curve of violence by the police has been systematically rising every year. The brutality of the police, crpf, etc on 22nd march shows intensification of the state brutal criminal use of the its fascist nature.
      1. G
        Mar 29, 2016 at 2:44 pm
        How old was this guy in 1984? What does he know?
        1. H
          Mar 29, 2016 at 10:45 pm
          So please stand corrected , all those who hoped there was a gram of sincerity in this forever "misinterpreted" fool . He is just another costly , tutored and failed attempt at willful student deceit ! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The Art of Sensless Loathing and Perpetual Ranting at public expense , thy name is Kanhaiya !
          1. Haradhan Mandal
            Mar 29, 2016 at 2:32 pm
            Having said so (in my earlier post) - Lots of people have got their FAITH and HOPE BACK in the moribund country and its politics and its BLEAK FUTURE - thanks to Kanhaiya ji and Rohith Vemula and the young rebels - their young friends /students/intellectuals/professors/(non-communists) LIBERALS - thanks again to few universities like JNU and HCU etc. The supporters of the caste-GLORY- outfit will try to use this statement (like they used JNU event) and WILL try to use to DISCREDIT KK,RV, JNU,HCU. Issue is 'learning' for KK etc. Idealism and idealistic analysis are NOT UNDERSTOOD by common man. Fascism (mixed with 'Jai Bharat Mata ki Jai') is not understood by lower caste/lower cl people. They even don't understand if FASCISM is good or bad. But they understand/experience exploitation by the FEUDAL and CASTE-FORCEs and caste oppressions/arrogance/militancy.
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