The government of India has objected to the province of Ontario in Canada legally recognising the 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom as genocide. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which leads the government, has kept talk of the 1984 pogrom alive only so that its loudness covers over the anti-Muslim pogroms of 1989, 1992, 2002, and the anti-Christian pogrom in Odisha of 2007-2008. Assuredly, recognising 1984 as genocide would also draw attention to the role of Hindu nationalist organisations and other dignitaries of today in that event. It would also set the precedent for terming as genocide the events we are now only able to whisper of as “2002”.
Divya Dwivedi and Shaj Mohan, ‘Who Gets to Kill Whom in the Union of India?’, The Wire