Britain says it advised India on 1984 Golden Temple attack

LONDON Tue Feb 4, 2014 8:05am EST

A Sikh man sits beside the wall of one of the complex of Golden Temple hit by the bullet shots during the operation Blue Star in the northern Indian city of Amritsar June 6, 2010. REUTERS/Yasir Iqbal

A Sikh man sits beside the wall of one of the complex of Golden Temple hit by the bullet shots during the operation Blue Star in the northern Indian city of Amritsar June 6, 2010.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday an official investigation had shown Britain did advise India on planning a deadly attack against Sikh separatists in the Golden Temple at Amritsar in 1984, but said its advice had limited impact.

Prime Minister David Cameron ordered a review into the matter last month after newly released official papers suggested that Margaret Thatcher, then prime minister, had sent an officer from the elite SAS special air service to advise the Indians on the raid.

"The nature of the UK's assistance was purely advisory, limited and provided to the Indian government at an early stage," Hague told parliament. "It had limited impact on the tragic events that unfolded at the temple three months later."

There had been no link between the provision of this advice and British defense sales to India, Hague added, and there was no record of Britain receiving advance notice of the attack.

Hague's words are likely to upset Sikh groups and could damage India's dynastic ruling Congress party, which faces an uphill struggle to be re-elected in national polls due by May. It was in power at the time of the raid.

The death toll remains disputed, with Indian authorities putting it in the hundreds and Sikh groups in the thousands. The storming of the temple, aimed at flushing out Sikh separatists who demanded an independent homeland, triggered the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi.

(Reporting by William James and Andrew Osborn; Editing by Andrew Osborn)

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pbgd wrote:
Compare the advances China has made in the last 20 years with India. What is the difference? China has no religion and no democracy.

Feb 04, 2014 9:55am EST  --  Report as abuse
iPatriot wrote:
RAUL aka RAHUL’S father Rajiv was in power when MORE THAN 5000+ of our Brave Sikh BROTHERS AND SISTERS were slaughtered(1984) with HELP FROM SAS, the same British JALlIANWALA BAGH KILLERS & not a SINGLE Court Inquiry has EVER been PERMITTED by the CONgress DYNASTY which has RULED OUR NATION FOR MORE THAN 60 YEARS. THE KILLERS ROAM Free as CONgress Party workers EVEN AS WE SPEAK. RAJIV dismissed ANY inquiry into these riots by saying, “WHEN A BIG TREE FALLS THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES”.

This CON Syndicate DYNASTY, called CONgress WAS IN CHARGE and stood silently, When 500,000 Hindus and Sikh families were forced out of Jammu and Kashmir, by Nehru’s half brother Abdulla’s DYNASTY that rules there, and these REFUJEES in our own nation are still living in squalid camps, When millions of Hindus/Sikhs/Anglo Indians were and are still converted/killed/brutalized by Pakistan, When millions of Bengali Hindus died or converted in Bangladesh, When Christians/Hindus(Tamils) were burnt alive in Sri Lanka in the worst GENOCIDE. In fact Nehru’s son Rajiv sent our army and cluster bombs to annihilate them.

This Italian Mama & Son, Con DYNASTY called CONgess, HAS RULED INDIA FOR MOST OF THE LAST 65 YEARS. WAS SILENT While our proud Army has been CHEATED(Bofors), our Jawans have been BEHEADED, OUR ONCE PROUD NATION REPEATEDLY TRAUMATIZED by SCANDAL after SCANDAL, Our citizens have been repeatedly TERRORIZED/ GANG RAPED , Our RANKING in the world has fallen to a DISMAL 135/142, Our Economy/Currency are on FREE FALL Our WORK ETHIC GUTTED by ‘ pie in the sky’ freebee profligacy,
We have lost our COMPETITIVE advantage even in traditional areas like textiles, Our Demographic Dividend has turned Nightmare with flight of industry, skills, jobs. These CONgress party politicians have more stolen money in SWISS Banks than all the world put together. CORRUPTION RULES ever nook and cranny of our land,by the pervasive LICENCE/QUOTA/VOTE BANK/DIVIDE/CONTROL/LOOT REGIME and our Once proud Nation has been systematically fed to the dogs during 65 years of DIVIDE and Misrule by this N.KOREA like CRIME DYNASTY which has STOLEN even the NAME of our Mahatma, who himself pleaded for its ABOLITION while he was ALIVE.

This CONgress PARTY RECEIVES MORE THAN 95% OF ITS FUNDS (BILLIONS OF DOLLARS)FROM UNKNOWN ENTITIES. THAT IS THE SOLE CAUSE OF ALL THE CORRUPTION, DIVIDE AND SCANDAL THAT HAVE KILLED OUR COUNTRY’S PROGRESS.RAUL aka RAHUL HAS BEEN CONTROLLING CONGRESS PARTY FOR MORE THE LAST 10 YEARS AS ITS VICE CHAIRMAN. WHEN ARNAB GOSWAMI ASKED HIM ON TIME TV IF HE WOULD BE WILLING TO DISCLOSE THE SOURCES OF THE FUNDS under Right to Information ACT, RAHUL SAID “NO WAY”, DID NOT HAVE A STRAIGHT ANSWER.

Feb 04, 2014 2:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
iPatriot wrote:
RAUL aka RAHUL’S father Rajiv was in power when MORE THAN 5000+ of our Brave Sikh BROTHERS AND SISTERS were slaughtered(1984) with HELP FROM SAS, the same British JALlIANWALA BAGH KILLERS & not a SINGLE Court Inquiry has EVER been PERMITTED by the CONgress DYNASTY which has RULED OUR NATION FOR MORE THAN 60 YEARS. THE KILLERS ROAM Free as CONgress Party workers EVEN AS WE SPEAK. RAJIV dismissed ANY inquiry into these riots by saying, “WHEN A BIG TREE FALLS THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES”.

This CON Syndicate DYNASTY, called CONgress WAS IN CHARGE and stood silently, When 500,000 Hindus and Sikh families were forced out of Jammu and Kashmir, by Nehru’s half brother Abdulla’s DYNASTY that rules there, and these REFUJEES in our own nation are still living in squalid camps, When millions of Hindus/Sikhs/Anglo Indians were and are still converted/killed/brutalized by Pakistan, When millions of Bengali Hindus died or converted in Bangladesh, When Christians/Hindus(Tamils) were burnt alive in Sri Lanka in the worst GENOCIDE. In fact Nehru’s son Rajiv sent our army and cluster bombs to annihilate them.

This Italian Mama & Son, Con DYNASTY called CONgess, HAS RULED INDIA FOR MOST OF THE LAST 65 YEARS. WAS SILENT While our proud Army has been CHEATED(Bofors), our Jawans have been BEHEADED, OUR ONCE PROUD NATION REPEATEDLY TRAUMATIZED by SCANDAL after SCANDAL, Our citizens have been repeatedly TERRORIZED/ GANG RAPED , Our RANKING in the world has fallen to a DISMAL 135/142, Our Economy/Currency are on FREE FALL Our WORK ETHIC GUTTED by ‘ pie in the sky’ freebee profligacy,
We have lost our COMPETITIVE advantage even in traditional areas like textiles, Our Demographic Dividend has turned Nightmare with flight of industry, skills, jobs. These CONgress party politicians have more stolen money in SWISS Banks than all the world put together. CORRUPTION RULES ever nook and cranny of our land,by the pervasive LICENCE/QUOTA/VOTE BANK/DIVIDE/CONTROL/LOOT REGIME and our Once proud Nation has been systematically fed to the dogs during 65 years of DIVIDE and Misrule by this N.KOREA like CRIME DYNASTY which has STOLEN even the NAME of our Mahatma, who himself pleaded for its ABOLITION while he was ALIVE.

This CONgress PARTY RECEIVES MORE THAN 95% OF ITS FUNDS (BILLIONS OF DOLLARS)FROM UNKNOWN ENTITIES. THAT IS THE SOLE CAUSE OF ALL THE CORRUPTION, DIVIDE AND SCANDAL THAT HAVE KILLED OUR COUNTRY’S PROGRESS.RAUL aka RAHUL HAS BEEN CONTROLLING CONGRESS PARTY FOR MORE THE LAST 10 YEARS AS ITS VICE CHAIRMAN. WHEN ARNAB GOSWAMI ASKED HIM ON TIME TV IF HE WOULD BE WILLING TO DISCLOSE THE SOURCES OF THE FUNDS under Right to Information ACT, RAHUL SAID “NO WAY”, DID NOT HAVE A STRAIGHT ANSWER.

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