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Let Bhullar Die In Ignominy, Not In Gallows – OpEd


How many of you have heard of the so-called Khalistan terrorist movement, which spread death and destruction across Punjab and Delhi for 14 years between 1981 and 1995?

How many of you have heard of the repeated hijackings of Indian Airlines aircraft by the Khalistani terrorists in the 1980s?

How many of you remember the military operation in the Golden Temple, Amritsar, in June 1984, to flush out a group of Khalistani terrorists who had taken shelter there?

How many of you remember the desertions of some Sikh soldiers from the Army and the assassination of a Brigadier by some angry Sikh soldiers after the Golden Temple operation?

How many of you remember the assassination of Indira Gandhi by some of her till then highly trusted Sikh bodyguards, enraged by the Golden Temple operation, in October,1984?

How many of you remember the blowing-up of the Kanishka aircraft of Air India in 1985 and the 1986 assassination in retirement of Gen.A.S.Vaidya, who was the Chief of the Army Staff at the time of the Golden Temple operation?

How many of you remember the assassination of Beant Singh, the Chief Minister of Punjab, in 1995?

These are distant memories now. The Khalistan terrorist movement almost died in the months following the assassination of Beant Singh.

It is 95 per cent dead, but the embers are still there.

In Pakistan in the form of some remnants of the terrorist movement who have been given shelter bythe Pakistan Government.

In the West, in the form of some recalcitrant individuals, who are not prepared to say die.

Even in our own country in the form of some individuals here and there in Punjab and Delhi.

They are without influence, without following, but not without lingering traces of the anger which initially gave rise to the movement.

The fact that for 16 years since 1995, the embers have remained embers and are slowly dying their natural death goes to the credit of the people of Punjab, who have ignored them with the contempt they merit.

Is it wise to give these discredited elements a source of new anger that they could exploit in an attempt to give themselves a new lease of life?

This is a question that the Government should carefully consider before it goes ahead with its reported decision to send Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar, a notorious Khalistani terrorist, to the gallows in implementation of a long-pending death sentence awarded to him by a court.

Even if there is only a five per cent chance that his death could be exploited by the remnants of the Khalistan movement to re-kindle the embers, should we take the risk?

What do we hope to achieve by carrying out his death sentence?

We don’t need to teach any lesson to anybody 16 years after the movement went into a state of living death.

We don’t need to do any justice to the relatives of the victims of the Khalistan terrorist movement years after their painful memories have faded.

Executions have rarely ended any terrorist movement. Living ignominy has.

Like the ignominy of Carlos, the dreaded international terrorist of the 1970s and the 1980s. He was as dreaded in those years as Osama bin Laden was in the subsequent years.

Where is Carlos, the jackal, now?

Nobody knows. In some unheard of jail in France, spending a life sentence, almost forgotten by his old followers and the people. His movement is dead since 1994.

Nothing wipes out the persona of a terrorist more decisively than ignominy.

Let Bhullar die in ignominy and not in the gallows.

B. Raman

B. Raman (August 14, 1936 – June 16, 2013) was Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and Director, Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai and Associate, Chennai Centre For China Studies.

7 thoughts on “Let Bhullar Die In Ignominy, Not In Gallows – OpEd

  • June 1, 2011 at 9:10 am

    U didn’t mention sikh genocide aftermath Indira Gandhi got killed.Also this whole operation in punjab was created by central agencies.Nearly 16 to 35 years old Sikhs were handpicked by police and encountered for no reason.You never mentioned justice to those families.So stop favoring central agencies and dont worry about getting a award from central government.Say truth .

  • June 1, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar is ABSOLUTELY innocent. India deported him from Germany and made him sign a confession after torturing him which he later denied in the court. All the witnesses presented by police said they never saw him. One of the judge on the high court panel called the police story a bundle of lies still ordered his hanging.
    Raman who is a RAW propagandist refuses to even refer to Hindu criminals who killed more than quarter million Sikhs and NEVER calls for their punishment or asks that all these Hindu criminals rot in Jail.

  • June 1, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Mr. Raman do not forget the SIKH participation in freedom movement of India.
    How you can forget the role of majority community towards Sikhs after 1947?. How can you forget the number of Sikhs tortured and killed in the Broad daylight in Punjab by the police? How can you forget the 1984 genocide of Sikhs? How can you forget the Killing of Christian missionary in Orissa? Do you remember the plane hijacked for release of indira gandhi and the hijacker was appointed the MP.
    You see the what you want see. Do you remember the father of Bhullar and an uncle who was IAS officer is disappeared/killed by police? Shame on you

  • June 3, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Mr. Raman,
    what is your take on
    1. the 1984 Sikh genocide in Delhi?
    2. the 2002 Muslim genocide in Gujarat?
    Why do you not use the term “terrorist” for Sajjan Kumar, Jagdish Tytler, and Narendra Modi?

  • June 6, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Some points:

    1. German law does not allow extradited individuals to be given death penalty: so India is violating international law.

    2. Bhullar’s death penalty was delayed and he was confined to solitary confinement and imprisoned for great length…which means you are punishing the same person twice.

    3. The majority of witnesses were unable to identify Mr. Bhullar during the supreme court case.

    4. Why is there no death penalty for the likes of Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar ?

  • June 6, 2011 at 12:23 am

    1. How can Bhullar be hanged if Germany’s extradition law does not law extradited individuals to be executed? This is a violation of international law.

    2. The Supreme Court was NOT UNANIMOUS in giving the death sentence to Bhullar. This is unprecedented in Indian judicial history.

    3. The witnesses could not agree that Mr. Bhullar was involved and Bhullar is a witness in a key case.

  • June 15, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    highly biased… not surprised though as its coming from a person who is in the govt…


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