Justice & Hope


Justice-and-Hope---directorThis film explores the continued and essential desire of Sikhs for Justice

Remember, Sikhs have sacrificed their lives for freedom over many generations.
Remember, Sikhs defend the defenseless, this is a key ethic.

We need to remember the genocide that took place in June and November 1984. The Sikh genocide like the Jewish genocide has to be remembered year on year to ensure that to honour the lives of innocent victims and ensure that such a situation never happens again.

Hope is important for a better tomorrow.
Together we can work towards reconciliation, charities for those who continue to struggle and improving our understanding of each other.

2nd place competition winner in 2009
for age group 26 or older

Directed by: Dr Savi S Arora (Age: 26 or Older)
Location: London, MiddlesexUnited Kingdom
Length: 12 min,25 seconds

 

 

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18 Comments
  1. While Sikhs outside Punjab marking remembrance of 25th anniversary of 1984, Indian govt. is using all means to suppress any such ceremonies/rallies in India by arresting Sikh Jathebandis wokers………Never forget 1984!!!!!

  2. During the filming I encouraged each interviewee to suggest ways to support victims, immediate ideas that could be put into action.

    There are lots of ideas but what is needed is commitment and an acceptance that what happened was wrong and should never be forgotten.

    Every year we commemorate the victims of Hitler’s reign. There is a museum dedicated to what happened in Germany in Washington DC.

    We need to find supporters who can consider the importance of helping rather than hindering justice, redemption and hope for a better tomorrow.

  3. 1984 – 2009 & still no justice…… the fight for justice, closure & acceptance must continue…. the sufferers need support and peace……

  4. Hey Doc The Genocide that happened there should not be forgotten in terms of human rights. This documentary highlights these issues.

  5. Dr. Savi,
    Thank you for documenting this very important event. Proud of our British brothers and sisters to commemorate the 25th in a significant way. Wish we can document all the stories so they are not lost with our generation.

    Never Forget 1984.

    -GK

  6. Great video, especially the question raised to the 1st person being interviewed, what would we sikhs want the Indian govt. to do so we could if at all possible, erase the pain and bring closure…the answer was to raise charities to aid the surviving victims and families.
    We sikhs could do more than just to hold these annual rallies by actually going to India and really ourselves help the victims for those of us who are financially able to do so and where bringing the guilty to justice, those sikhs who are attorneys, could use their legal expertise to research how the culprits who lead the riots, could be brought to justice by pressuring the Indian government as the Nazis who tortured the Jews were brought to justice.
    Holding such rallies and just assuming such a practise will help is just wishful thinking, which is why if nothing indeed has been done by the Indian govt. after 25 years and even with a sikh as the Prime Minister, we are only, as the saying goes, “talking to the wall.”
    I know from personal experience, a relative was compensated with a home in Chandigarh, and a small monthly compensation from the govt. for being widowed during the 1984 riots, after she put in her application like many others affected, soon after the riots. So we really need to find out how is it that those who are suffering to this day were overlooked, did they not have such a program where they were? Is it possible to put in an application on their behalf for compensation today? These are what our sikh attorneys could do to help.
    Vaheguru help the suffering is my ardas for all!

  7. Great movie. If I may, I like the idea of Dr. savi asking for solutions. I know it is a wishful thinking but the biggest ones for me:

    1) A sincere apology by Indian Government to Sikhs for what it has done to Sikhs in 1984!
    2) A learning lesson of Government wrongdoing by including this dark chapter in Indian History books
    3) I think the Monetary part has been and is being done to some degree by Government and that is a positve step.
    4)Rehabilitation of victims.

    At the same time, I think Punjab Sikh leadership should also apologize for innocent killing of Hindus.

    I think wearing traditional white than black to mourn, remember and show we are at peace with our great loss. I understand, western colors for mourning, remeberence and justice are black. Waheguru bless! It is movies and rallies like these that keep Sikhi going.

  8. I think forgiveness is not a bad thing – as long as reconciliation, justice etc. have been achieved. We do not lower ourselves by forgiving, rather lift ourselves up above the criminals.

    But we should NEVER forget.

    This is a good video, nicely done.

  9. wgjkk wgjkkf never forget 1984!!!shame on the gov.of largest democracy
    in order to build up this nation sikhs contributed far more than their share .sikh account for only 2%of the nations population but in the struggle for independenc their conyribution was 80-90%.but what we got? the genocide where innocent were killed in the most inhumane manner.we want justice .punish the culprits …hang jugdeesh tiler ,sajan kumar ,hkl bagat,kamal nath ,amitabh bachan .khalsa soe jo dusht ko ghale……..

  10. wgjkk wgjkkf !!!shame on the gov.of largest democracy
    in order to build up this nation sikhs contributed far more than their share .sikh account for only 2%of the nations population but in the struggle for independenc their conyribution was 80-90%.but what we got? the genocide where innocent were killed in the most inhumane manner.we want justice .punish the culprits …hang jugdeesh tiler ,sajan kumar ,hkl bagat,kamal nath ,amitabh bachan .khalsa soe jo dusht ko ghale……..

  11. Dr Savi,
    You have done a wonderful job by capturing and documenting people’s sentiments. Had the media been so easily accessible, available and strong as is today, 1984 Genocide of Sikhs may not have happened.
    But even today how much the rest of the world knows about those black days of 1984 and genocide of sikhs.Also, I will like to request to all my fellow sikh veers /bhens please!!! please!!!! stop using the term “1984 Sikh Riots”– Riots happen when two or more different groups are equally involved; Killing of innocent people with Government supported machinery can not be termed as RIOTS……..IT IS GENOCIDE ……………… “1984 SIKH GENOCIDE” and the would be PM was quoted as “When a big Trees Falls Earth Shakes…..” shame on the Government and the so called biggest Democracy of the World which can not provide justice till date.

    WJKK
    WJKF

  12. The term we should be using for this genocide is Pogrom.

    Today is the 1st Nov 2009 – During this time 25 years ago 1000s died in Delhi. One minute they were living in a community, the next 500+ people stormed into their houses committing murder and rape. Where are the murderers and rapists now?

    We must still push for justice.

    I recently saw the movie, The Widow Colony:
    http://www.thewidowcolony.com
    One of the interviews pointed out that as Sonia Gandhi remembers & honours the loss of her husband Ragiv. As Sikhs we must remember those that have departed in ’84.

    We must remember the genocide and know that the gulity walk amongst us. Many, still MPs?

    We must continue to struggle for the right to justice and defending the defenceless.
    No body is above the law. We must work together to remind the world of the truth.

  13. p.s — and i think ppl r more interets in these old stories from canada or uk then frm india..if they love so much then come back here and fight or change the sysytem in punjab and others places
    best of luck…

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