The news that the gurdwara in Panchkula (Haryana) had refused to hold the ‘Barsi‘ ceremony of late Lt-Gen RS Dayal, MVC, has sent shock waves amongst the serving and the retired defence personnel. General Dayal was the chief of staff, Western Command, which carried out ‘Operation Blue Star,’ in 1984 at the Golden Temple, Amritsar, to flush out terrorists who had turned it into an armed fortress. Undoubtedly, Sikhs had made great sacrifices and waged endless struggle, often under very trying conditions, to up hold the sanctity of their holiest shrine. But the occupation of the Shrine by a group of terrorists who were carrying out all manners of nefarious activities was in itself a sacrilege.
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