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Apologise, Straw

14th October 2002

Jack Straw (October) in his reference to Sikh fundamentalism completely distorts the events of June and November 1984 in Amritsar and Delhi. He says that Sikh fundamentalists "seized" their own shrine, and that when the Indian army was sent in by Indira Gandhi, she was assassinated by her own fundamentalist bodyguards. The reality is that Sikhs of all political persuasions were in their Sikh temple complex at the time it was "seized" and were not remotely troubled by the so-called fundamentalists. But Gandhi decided that teaching a lesson to a rebellious minority would do wonders…

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