Dharam Yudh Morcha
Baba Jarnail Singh giving speech during the Dharam Yudh Morcha
Baba Bhindranwale was accused of terrorism and various other crimes by the Government and the national media. On the 20th of September 1981, Baba Ji offered himself for arrest. Baba Ji was released after the Central Home Minister, declared in Parliament on 14 October 1981 that there was no evidence against him.
In 1982 Baba Ji launched the “Dharam Yudh Morcha”. These were peaceful protests to support the implementation of The Anandpur Sahib Resolution. During these “Morchay” thousands of Sikhs courted arrest. Despite the governments attempts to malign Baba Ji, he stirred a consciousness amongst the Sikhs of the noble teachings of the Guru tha neither must Sikhs oppress and neither should they live under oppression.
“…For the Sikh faith I am ready to sacrifice everything I have… For the safeguard and protection of the Sikh religion we must all be united… I can die but cannot see the desecration of my religion.”
Due to the rise of Congress, State sponsored terrorism against the Sikhs commenced. Hundreds of Sikhs were killed in fake encounters by the Indian security forces. The Sikhs feeling helpless turned to the message of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, endorsed by Baba Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale – “When all other means fail, it is right and just to raise the sword”.
Indira Gandhi undertook a campaign to undermine the Sikh faith and persecute the Sikh people with a view to win over the Hindu vote in India. The Hindu psyche was poisoned against the Sikhs by manipulative use of state media and mischevious use of political fiscal resources. This resulted in the Indian masses wanting the Delhi government to deal more forcefully with the Sikh civil rights campaign.