As Indira Gandhi was murdered by her Sikh bodyguards in 1948, the Congress party workers went on a killing spree murdering our 10,000 Sikh brothers and sisters. This allowed making Rajiv Gandhi Prime Minister illegally as he was not even a member of parliament. Unfortunately Bihar being a part of the congress ruled states at that time too saw the same massacre of our Sikh brothers and sisters in Bihar.
As a child when growing in Patna, I remember the Sikhs as a great patriotic community with love for Bihar as most other Biharis. In 1984 Bihar was under congress rule. Like all congress ruled states, Bihar suffered huge riots in especially in Patna. I remember going to Patna market to a Ladies “Churi” store with my mother. The shop was run by a Sikh gentleman who wore his turban with pride. We used to call him Chachaji. Once in 1984 my mother took me there and discovered that Chachaji had cut his hair and was no longer wearing his turban. My mother was horrified to learn the story that he narrated and they both cried. Chachaji narrated the story of his ordeal, how he escaped the killings in Patna by Congress Party workers by letting hair go and pretending to be a non-Sikh.
Another story I remember was a “Mithai” store my family used to go periodically to enjoy Lassi and sweets. I visually remember visiting the shop and was horrified to see that it had been burnt down and their Sikh owners killed.
Such are the stories I remember as little boy growing in 1984 Patna. 25 years on the those Congress party killers are still alive and contesting elections. What I fail to understand that both Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler may have stepped down but why were they given tickets to contest elections in the first place by the so called secular congress party.