Politics Of Genocide by Inderjit Singh Jaijee
Introducing the book "Politics of Genocide - Punjab 1984-1998" by Inderjit Singh Jaijee, a renowned human rights activist and convenor of the Movement Against State Repression. This book delves into the repercussions of two decades of violence on civil society institutions and individual rights. It draws upon more than 20 years of data collection, dedicated to upholding the rule of law and established norms of governance.
The book is structured into five sections. The first section provides a historical context, examining the demographic, social, and economic factors that contributed to the tensions in Punjab. Section Five focuses on measures to restore lasting peace in the state and establish a just and progressive paradigm for all of India. Notably, a section is dedicated to Operation Bluestar, meticulously presenting available information, including accounts from military commanders, bureaucrats, police and media observers, and individuals inside the Golden Temple Complex during the operation. This section raises legal questions regarding the authority behind the operation and the human rights violations that accompanied it.
|Politics Of Genocide - Punjab 1984-1998
|Inderjit Singh Jaijee
|Ajanta Books International
The crux of the book lies in Section Three, titled "Power vs. Right: The Individual." Here, the author meticulously analyzes numerous documented cases of disappearances, extrajudicial killings, wanted lists, custodial killings, targeted violence against specific groups, the assassination of political/religious figures, and the persecution of relatives of militants. The section also explores the prevalence of torture, illegal detentions, and the efforts of some state officials to resist unlawful practices.
The author concludes that the state adopted a counter-terror policy that led to covertly sanctioned murder, looting, extortion, rape, and destruction of livelihoods and community assets. The overwhelming presence of police and paramilitary forces became a menace to ordinary citizens, particularly women, in both urban and rural areas.
Significantly, Jaijee highlights conflicting figures on the number of casualties and disappearances, ranging from 57,000 (as cited by lawyers representing the Punjab Police before the National Human Rights Commission) to over 200,000 (estimated by human rights groups and state magistracy). He argues for an independent agency, such as the UN Human Rights Commission, to conduct a comprehensive "Census of Victims" to establish the true extent of suffering endured by the people at the hands of militants and state forces.
In the section "Power vs. Right: Institutions," the author examines how terror and counter-terror undermined the very foundations of civil society. He explores the manipulation of the electoral system, political parties, vote banks, and electoral districts, and the targeted suppression of local governance structures known as panchayats. Sikh institutions, including the SGPC and the Akal Takht Jathedar, also faced interference.
The book delves into the erosion of respect for the rule of law, chronicling the decline of the judiciary, and civil services such as the IAS, PCS, Jail Services, and Medical Services. Additionally, it scrutinizes changing security tactics, including the creation of vigilante groups and the involvement of criminals as informers. The role of media manipulation and disinformation, which fostered cynicism among the public, is also explored.
Despite the distressing nature of the book's contents, the author maintains an objective approach, emphasizing the need to replace confusion and conflicting narratives with accurate information. Jaijee asserts that it is in the interest of all Indians to uncover the truth as a crucial step toward ensuring a just and accountable government.
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With over 530 pages, this meticulously researched book delves into the historical context, Operation Bluestar, human rights violations, disappearances, political assassinations, and the subversion of civil society institutions. Drawing upon more than 20 years of data collection, Jaijee presents a compelling analysis of the challenges faced by individuals and the erosion of civil liberties during that time.
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