Political Speech at Ahmedabad Gurdwara Upsets Some

August 22, 2005

Source: The Indian Express


On August 22, 2005 The Indian Express reported, "NDA convenor George Fernandes today appealed to the Sikh community to mount pressure on the Central government to seek justice for those killed in the 1984 riots. He, however, upset some members of the community who did not like the idea that the premises of a gurudwara was being used for a political speech. The former Defence minister, on a personal visit to Ahmedabad, gave a 45-minute speech on the 'shortcomings' of the Justice G T Nanavati Commission report at the gurudwara on S-G Highway on Sunday. 'There is no mention of the role of (former prime minister) Rajiv Gandhi in the report. Moreover, I myself saw so many Congress leaders indulge in violence on the streets of Delhi... None of their names are there. I have high regard for Justice Nanavati but it appears as if he worked under pressure,' he said... Over 200 men and women present at the gurudwara were somewhat annoyed that a religious place was used by Fernandes for a political speech. 'We are very unhappy. No one should be allowed to use gurudwara to raise the banner of politics. We will write to the Sikh committee and ensure that politics and religion are not mixed ever again,' said Rajdeep Singh."