Kamal Nath ambushed

by Rumbold
8th April, 2010 at 8:48 pm    

Indian minister and suspect in the Sikh massacres of 1984 Kamal Nath was served with papers when he visited America:

A journalist from a local daily handed Nath a photocopy of the summons moments before a process server knocked on the doors of the New York consulate with the legal documents. Nath has been issued a court summons in a civil suit filed against him by Jasbir Singh and Mahinder Singh on behalf of the New York-based Sikhs for Justice. Nath said he was “appalled” by the allegations and denied any wrongdoing.

Although Mr. Nath has not been convicted of anything, and is unlikely to face trial in America, it should provide a (temporary) shock to those in power who are still shielded from prosecution.

(Hat-tip: Dalbir)

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  1. Sunny — on 8th April, 2010 at 9:37 pm  

    Good stuff.
    Although, next time it may be best to use a headline like ’1984 Sikh massacres suspect arrested’ – just so more people click on it.

  2. KJB — on 8th April, 2010 at 9:59 pm  


    Nice one, Jasbir and Mahinder! I am delighted by how proactive American Sikhs seem to be over 1984 – first Harpreet Kaur and Manmeet Singh make The Widow Colony, now this.

    Harpreet and Manmeet were actually present at the screening I attended, and I was impressed at the depth of their compassion – they urged people to visit the widows and not just throw money at the problem. I advocate buying their film and showing it to everyone you know!

  3. Dalbir — on 8th April, 2010 at 10:21 pm  

    Regardless of Kamal Nath’s individual case, I can’t imagine what it must be like to know that the people who orchestrated the rape and murder of members of your family have been lording it around, Scot free, for the past 25 odd years.

    Rumbold you’re right in that this will probably only serve as a minor irritant to the guilty, but it’s important to let certain people know that they haven’t quite managed to sweep things under the carpet completely.

    A thumbs up to the people behind this.

    A change in the main title to reflect the relationship with the 1984 massacres wouldn’t go a miss either!

  4. KJB — on 8th April, 2010 at 10:27 pm  

    it’s important to let certain people know that they haven’t quite managed to sweep things under the carpet completely.

    Given the determination of most of India to ignore the very existence of 1984, it’s going to take more of these kind of interventions from expat Sikhs to raise awareness. The community does need to stop letting the Khalistan issue hijack this topic as well – I never knew there were people still living and struggling with the full impact of 1984 until last year, because none of the many people who get fired up about it actually bothered to highlight the plight of these women and their families who actually suffered the most.

  5. Mangles — on 8th April, 2010 at 10:42 pm  

    This is good news. Agree with KJB excellent work by the makers of Widow Colony ho have worked incessantly on this.

    I heard parts of Journalist Jarnail Singh’s interview on Sikh Channel the other day and he was speaking about how many of the witnesses to the 1984 pogroms have been killed or faced charges to intimidate them from testifying them or their families. The persecution for these women and their families goes on and is never ceasing.

    Jarnail Singh, the Sikh journalist who made headlines for hurling a shoe at Home Minister P. Chidambaram for not bringing culprits to book for their roles in the 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms and when his party instead gave Sajjan Kumar a ticket to stand for MP at the last Indian election.

    Jarnail Singh’s book is titled ‘I Accuse…’ in English and ‘Kab Kategi Chaurasi’ (When will 1984 pass) in Hindi and published by Penguin was released by one of the riot victims, Darshan Kaur.

    ‘Why no prime minister has visited the widows’ colony,’ he said, referring to the working class neighbourhood in west Delhi that was one of the prime targets of the anti-Sikh pogroms in 1984. ‘The prime minister (Manmohan Singh) says that forget the incident. Instead, he should try and bring justice,’ he said.

    The book starts with 11-year-old Singh witnessing the brutal killing of fellow Sikhs firsthand. Jarnail Singh, who lost his newspaper job after the shoe-throwing incident, said he was playing cricket outside his house in Lajpat Nagar in south Delhi when he heard of the looting and killing that erupted in Delhi. Over 3000 Sikhs were killed in Delhi alone. A must buy.

    Hope the summons in US pushes India to finally take some action, tough I too doubt it, as more and more witnesses are disappearing either naturally or through the corrupt states various apparatus.

    Rab rakha!

  6. Shamit — on 8th April, 2010 at 10:54 pm  

    Good stuff.

    Though like KJB I am not optimistic about this having any impact on overall Indian consciousness. The educated rich and middle class can’t be bothered and they have left politics and social activism to the dynastic forces that undermine very essence of democracy. No one cares – they want their money and their quality of life – they don’t care when they see children around 5 years old working in tea stalls while their own child is going to school in a Mercedes. Hey assholes like that are in my family too. They just don’t give a fuck -

    Otherwise, how come Kamal Nath is a Cabinet Minister – how come Modi is still Chief Minister – how do Indians allow that?

    But well done to the New York Sikhs – good stuff.

  7. KJB — on 8th April, 2010 at 11:06 pm  

    Shamit – I’m not optimistic! When I said ‘the community,’ I meant British Sikhs.

  8. Sunny — on 9th April, 2010 at 2:54 am  

    How long before you learn to ignore trolls who will eventually be deleted?

  9. Ashok t — on 9th April, 2010 at 10:36 am  

    Mr kamalnath is innocent…. He is not involved in that at all… It’s all bullshit..!!! He is very nice & gentleman… I know his life very closely …. He is very deVoted to his work and works hard for the progress oh his country..!!! There is no point talking all this after 25 yrs.. I wonder how US court accepts such case against any person who is not a resident of US .!!! It’s all have been done to disturb him .. USA shld be shameful before sendind him any legal notice from the court where he has been there to strengthen the business relationship between tbd two country… .. They shld control US Sikhs from doing such insulting acts for no reason , where the fact is he has not done anything wrong… Pls Stop Blaming Him…take false case back…

  10. Mangles — on 9th April, 2010 at 11:21 am  

    Yes Ashok t its all bullshit, so why is ‘there no point talking all this after 25 yr’?

    What is is that there is no point talking about?
    That thousands of people were killed?
    That thousands of women were raped and gang-raped?
    That young girls were raped?
    That women have suffered and lived amongst their known rapists for 26+ years?
    That people who have spoken out are still dying?
    That women are still being sexually abused and tormented?

    You wonder how the US court accepts such case for someone who is not a US citizen, I wonder how the Indian courts have sytematically for 26 years rejected the cases against Nath, Sajjan, Tytler and so many others after thousands of Indian citizens were killed, raped and burnt to death.

    India has tried to control Sikhs in US, Canada, UK and worldover by using threats of trade and often false allegations against Sikhs of terrorism or funding terrorism. Indian Embassies have kept black lists of thousands of Sikhs for the past 2-3 decades of people who have campaigned against these and other people – and denied those Sikhs entry to India for attending family funerals etc, unless they sign disclaimers that they will no longer take such action on return abroad. Is that how you suggest the US should control US Sikhs by denying their rights, or should they just every few years extinguish them through government organised pogroms as is the common trend in India?

    Rab rakha!

  11. Dalbir — on 9th April, 2010 at 4:12 pm  

    Here’s another article about the matter from The Times of India.


    Trawling through the comments section makes me wonder if there’s recently been some sort of softening in Hindu India’s attitude towards the rape and slaughter of Delhi, 84. For years any mention of the matter seemed to be met with vehement blanket responses implying that people got what they deserved and others should shut up about such things for the greater good of ‘Bharat Mata’.

    Do some of the posted comments from India (presuming they are that) indicate a change of sorts (at ground level) with regard to the notion that challenging the injustice of Delhi, 1984 is tantamount to a lack of patriotism?

  12. Dalbir — on 9th April, 2010 at 7:44 pm  
  13. Rumbold — on 9th April, 2010 at 9:44 pm  

    Good points Shamit, KJB (and others)

    Perhaps I will use a different title next time, but google ‘Kamal Nath’ and this link appears just below his Wikipedia page. People googling ‘Kamal Nath’ are more likely to be unaware of his past then people googling ’1984 Sikh massacres suspect’, so it may reach a wider audience.

  14. Mangles — on 9th April, 2010 at 10:16 pm  

    Good tactic Rumbold, never thought of that

  15. Shamit — on 9th April, 2010 at 10:17 pm  

    “Hindu India’s attitude towards the rape and slaughter of Delhi, 84.”

    Dalbir – These are things that piss me off.

    There were many Hindus who saved many Sikhs during those days and irrespective of your idiotic stance most Hindus have a few Sikh friends. And most human beings irrespective of their religion, ethnicity (including whites) would have found the slaughter of Sikhs in 1984 as despicable.

    And Sikhs (despite what some idiotic Khalistan wannabes think) are integral part of India and for most parts of the country’s existance have been. People like Bhagat Singh or Maulana Abul Kalam Azad were Indians first.

    1984 is a period in India’ history which all Indians and all of us who have origins there should be ashamed off. Just like we should be ashamed of a lunatic priest called Bhindranwale and the atrocities that he and his followers committed.

    If majority of Indians were so much against Sikhs believe me even the Gandhi’s could not have annointed Manmohan Singh as PM. And the last election victory was the PM’s victory. You know all this but you still like to peddle your hatred Griffin style. What’s the point? I just don’t get it.

  16. KJB — on 9th April, 2010 at 10:19 pm  

    Sunny – Oi, I’m good most of the time!

  17. Dalbir — on 9th April, 2010 at 10:39 pm  


    Shamit, I’m not disputing that on a ground level many Hindus supported Sikhs during those fateful days. But your denying the prevalent attitudes of many Hindus in the aftermath of this is pretty disgraceful.

    What I did was highlight a potential positive change in this. Yet you still choose to turn this into a negative.

    My thinking is that people are beginning to shake off the propaganda of the time (from all sides) which framed this as a Sikh vs. Hindu affair, into a Congress (of the time) vs. Sikh matter, which is getting a little more closer to the truth in my opinion.

  18. Shamit — on 9th April, 2010 at 10:42 pm  

    I misunderstood and I apologise Dalbir.

    But like you I would like to see the perpetrators punished and made an example out of as I do in the case of Gujarat.

  19. Mangles — on 9th April, 2010 at 11:39 pm  

    Shamit #15:

    ‘Just like we should be ashamed of a lunatic priest called Bhindranwale and the atrocities that he and his followers committed. ‘ I’m gonna beg to differ- there were far more excesses committed by the state than Bhindranwale, but I’m gonna leave it at that cos I don’t wanna turn this into a Khalistan thread.

    But you’re right in that November 1984, though it was politically orchestrated pogrom by a majority on a minority, it was never a Hindu v Sikh issue, just as the political turmoil in Punjab never was either.

    Rab rakha!

  20. Harry Bains — on 17th April, 2010 at 6:50 am  

    The US has tried the Nazi criminals even until now, though the crimes had been committed more than 60 years ago. There is no escape for criminals. Justice should prevail – no matter the time frame.

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