GANDHI: Remembering Murder Most Foul

GANDHI: Remembering Murder Most Foul

By Warris Kimathi

This is the Mind-blowing Story, of the shocking assassination of Indira Gandhi, the divisive female Prime Minister of Independent India, who sanctioned the massacre of thousands of Indian Sikhs and declared a State of Emergency in India for two years.

This special report takes you through the events of the day 30 bullets were pumped through the body of  Mrs Gandhi, and the reason she was brutally killed by people very close to her.

This is the story of one of the most interesting political assassinations in all of history, and the very bloody genocide that followed immediately after.

Death Threats

The saga begins in India, on 30 September 1984.

It’s 12 PM noon in Bhuvaneshwar, Northern India, 22 hours before the assassination.

Indian Prime Minister, Mrs Indira Gandhi, is slowly climbing to the podium, to address more than a million Indians who have come to hear her speak.

She stands in front of the microphones as the crowd below erupts in cheers and Jubilations.

The Prime Minister starts to read from a Speech written by her information advisor, but halfway through it, she sets it away and starts to speak without reading.

The crowd falls silent.

Indira’s solemn, monarchical voice echoes around the spacious stadium.

Without a trace of fear on her blank face, she tells the gathered people that she has been receiving death threats, following her recent actions in Operation Blue Star (to be revisited in detail).

Then suddenly In near-hysterical defiance, the Prime Minister assures her keen followers that she was willing to die for the benefit of India.

Even as she ended her speech, Indira Gandhi Knew that someone would shoot her dead, sooner or later.

Sikh Bodyguards

It’s now 3 PM, and the Prime Minister is flying back to her home in the capital, Delhi.

With her is her son Sanjay, the arrogant, mean-faced future prime Minister and Mrs Gandhi’s main advisor.

Sanjay enjoyed immense power during his mother’s reign of terror, especially during the emergency years from 1975 to 1977, when Mrs Gandhi suspended all civil rights and declared herself Dictator.

As the sunset in India’s Capital later that evening, the Prime Minister’s Motorcade pulls up in front of her official Resident in Delhi’s leafy suburbs, the address is Number one Saftarjang Road.

At the gate, members of Mrs Gandhi’s official bodyguard swing the large gates open. Among the 10 or so guards posted at the palatial entrance, two of them stand out even in the dim evening light.

The two guards, donning conspicuous head turbans not uncommon in these parts of India, belong to the Sikh Indian minority religion, a northern community that harboured strong feelings for the Woman in charge of India.

The names of the two Sikhs are Bien Singh and Satwan Singh. Their primary assignment is to protect the Prime Minister, but tonight, they know something that nobody else knows.

After Dinner, the Prime Minister retires to her private Chambers to rest.

That night, Mrs Gandhi could not sleep. She was disturbed by recent events, especially a bloody military operation she had carried out 4 months earlier.

At Four O’clock, she was still awake, tossing and turning, plotting and planning.

30 Bullets Fired

Early morning on the 31st of September 1984, Mrs Gandhi had breakfast with her family, and then she headed back upstairs to prepare for the day’s appointments.

In less than 2 hours, the Indian Prime Minister was scheduled to give an on-camera interview to British Filmmaker Peter Alexander Eustonov.

Outside, the head of Security has assigned duties to his officers, among those assigned to Guard the gate, are two heavily armed Sikhs, Satwan and Bien.

Mrs Gandhi comes out of her bedroom dressed in an attractive Saffron Sari.

She stops to take one final look in the Kitchen Mirror before stepping out.

Indira Gandhi was not related to Mahatma Gandhi, neither is her dead husband who was also a Politician.

She is, however, not to be mistaken for a common Indian of low birth.

Her Father was Jawarlal Nehru, an independence hero and the first-ever Prime Minister of Independent New India.
Nehru was also good friends with the Mahatma Gandhi.

Her Mother was also a powerful political player in the years leading to India’s Independence.

Now in Her Old Man’s Shoes, Indira is in many ways like and unlike the mighty Nehru.

After more than twenty years as India’s Ruthless Premier, Indira Gandhi knew her mark on the subcontinent would be indelible, yet some of her political decisions had earned enemies she couldn’t afford to have.

Yet one might wonder, what are those atrocities Mrs Gandhi had committed, that led to the horrible event that is about to happen here, at Number One Saftarjang Road?  

She’s informed that the car is ready and waiting for her.

Mrs Gandhi steps out of the house. It’s 9: 06 in the morning, and she walks towards the gate, where her driver and personal bodyguards are waiting.

Two young guards are standing guard, Sikhs.

Satwan and Bien wait in silence, looking unusually calm, armed to the teeth.

One of the Sikhs starts approaching her, Mrs Gandhi keeps walking, and then he pulls out a Revolver pistol, and shoots her, in the stomach.

The gunshot echoes through the trees, as Mrs Gandhi stops in her tracks, frozen by the bullet now inside her ageing body.

Before Mrs Gandhi can figure out what’s happening, Satwan, who has a British-made Carbine machine gun, opens fire and starts raining a hailstorm of bullets on the Prime Ministers’ face, chest and bosom, only he doesn’t stop until she drops to the ground.

When they stop, thirty bullets had been pumped into the Indian Prime Minister, who is now on the ground, whimpering, and bleeding onto the same footpath she walked every day on her way to protect, and sometimes terrorise India.

Suddenly two other members of Mrs Gandhi’s Guard appear, and Satwan and Bien are shot dead within minutes.

Indira is still alive, refusing to die even after taking 30 carbine bullets at point-blank range.

An ambulance arrives almost immediately and she’s rushed to the nearby All India Institute of Medical Sciences, where she would receive World Class Medical attention for the next 5 hours.

The shooting brought the entire Indian Sun-continent to a standstill.

News Media across the globe went abuzz with Indira’s shooting, with some already projecting that she would not make it.

Later that evening on September 31st, Indira Gandhi died at the ripe age of 66.

She had been Assassinated by members of the Sikh community after she had sanctioned the Indian army to invade their Golden temple in June of that same year.

Operation Blue Star

The bloody invasion was named Operation Blue Star, and this is how it happened.

On June 1, 1984, a group of Sikh separatists were in a heated negotiation with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

They wanted autonomy from the Indian Government, and this was causing Prime Minister Indira Gandhi sleepless nights.

The rebel Sikhs had sought refuge in the Golden Temple, a mega-building complex in Punjab that is the destination of all Sikh pilgrims around the world.

At the end of the meeting on June 1st, the negotiations had failed.

The Prime Minister ordered the army to commence their attack on the Golden Temple, and flush out the rebels.

She had been working with Russians, who had made her believe that America and Pakistan were helping the rebel Sikhs.

By June 3rd, the army had still not succeeded in flashing out the Sikhs, but hundreds of innocent pilgrims were trapped inside.

Collateral Damage

Then something strange happened.

Instead of allowing the pilgrims to leave the line of fire, the Indian army allowed more pilgrims to enter the Golden Temple complex.

Then early morning on the Fourth of June, they commenced dropping bombs and heavy fire on the temple.

By June 8th,  the army had killed the militants and hundreds, maybe thousands of civilian Sikh pilgrims.

Indira Gandhi was Condemned by members of the Sikh religion from all around the World.

The attacks by the Indian Defense Forces were carried out in many other Sikh temples.

After Operation Blue Star, the Sikh Community started plotting how they would assassinate the Prime Minister.

State of Emergency

Mrs Gandhi’s political troubles began in 1975, when she declared a State of Emergency in India.

After a Court had nullified her re-election as Prime Minister, Mrs Gandhi refused to leave office and declared that all fundamental rights had been suspended, except the right to life.

For two years, she and her son Sanjay imposed total authoritarian rule in India, crushing all opposition and Media freedom.

She then embarked on a mass sterilisation program, which she said was a family planning method to control population growth in the country.

She later lifted the emergency and even left the office of Prime minister shortly, after she lost in a general election.

Although she later reclaimed her position in 1980, Indira Gandhi’s emergency had made her many enemies in India, and the Sikh Mutiny was just the last nail in the coffin of her supposed reign of terror.

Sanjay Gandhi, who later succeeded his mother as Prime Minister, was similarly assassinated a year later.

Back to the events of September 31st, the day Of Indira’s Assassination.

Immediately her death was announced, her supporters started a bloody campaign of revenge.

Thousands of members of the Sikh community were killed and some were burnt alive.

The unrest lasted for weeks after Indira Gandhi had been cremated.

The influence of her divisive leadership still dominates Indian Politics to date.

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