A Poem by ‘The Singh Twins’, 2006
Condemned to die
For what possible reason?
A faith in one God and service to others,
A love for all humans as sisters and brothers?
What was their crime?
Those who gathered to pray
At their holiest shrine on a holy day?
Butchered by bullets like lambs at the slaughter
Mother, father, son, daughter
And washing their hands of this innocent blood
A world remained silent or blinded by lies
Churned out by censured media eyes
The massacre of Sikhs in 84
Was nothing new; it happened before!
Throughout India’s past and her ongoing fight
Against religious intolerance and the political might
Of foreign invaders and tyrannous rule,
When religion was used as a political tool,
Sikhs were targeted for fighting back
Hunted, tortured, shrines attacked.
Without fear or submission they accepted their fate
Offered their heads to defend freedom’s gate.
The flame of Amritsar honors their story
Testifying to the loyalty and glory
Conveniently ignored in a political game
Which sought to slander their respected name.
Dividing Hindus and Sikhs and their traditional affection
In a desperate bid for re-election.
Condemned without reason
Except to feed the selfish ambition and political greed
Of those in power, with something to gain
From the terror, misery and suffering they reign
On those who are blameless of any crime.
Victims of circumstance, place and time.
Hard to forget, harder still to forgive,
Yet survivors find strength in their faith to live
As a people condemned in a Nation they serve
Suffering a fate they don’t deserve.
Poem and Artwork Copyright The Singh Twins: www.singhtwins.co.uk