Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said that Inder Kumar Gujral's advice to then home minister Narsimha Rao would have prevented the 1984 massacres, if later had heard and acted over it.
This statement did not go down so well with netizens and they have been expressing their views in the way they know best: by posting about it on social media. After which Manmohan Singh started trending on Twitter and netizens started expressing what they felt about the former Prime Ministers statement.
One Twitter user even tweeted an old video of Rajiv Gandhi. The user tweeted the video saying that "we have PROOF of Rajiv Gandhi’s acts of omission & comission during 1984 Sikh Massacres. There is no proof of I K Gujral having met or provided said advice to P V N Rao. As an academic MMS should know the value of proof based analysis."
Here's what netizens had to say:
A gentle reminder- we have PROOF of Rajiv Gandhi’s acts of omission & comission during 1984 Sikh Massacres. There is no proof of I K Gujral having met or provided said advice to P V N Rao. As an academic MMS should know the value of proof based analysis https://t.co/7KEGCFi5Vw— Abhijit Iyer-Mitra (@Iyervval) December 5, 2019
Aww! Now blaming his political mentor to keep the dynasty happy. By the way why didn't Gujral ji went to then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi? https://t.co/jvOVDh4PxE— Divya Kumar Soti (@DivyaSoti) December 5, 2019
Says the man who ows his entire political existence to PVNR. If nothing else, then out of pure gratitude to PVNR this comment should never have been muttered. Forget about the facts. https://t.co/5UlPrAFnqq— Yashwant Deshmukh ?? (@YRDeshmukh) December 5, 2019
Then why become finance minister under such a leader who oversaw the massacre of thousands of Sikhs? https://t.co/YZTAUpuoKH— Aditya Menon (@AdityaMenon22) December 5, 2019
PM MMS is throwing his mentor PVNR under the bus. Blames PVNR for Sikh massacre, Not PM Rajiv Gandhi.https://t.co/eCtu85vOTM— Narayanan (@visaraj) December 5, 2019
#WATCH Ex-PM Manmohan Singh: When the sad event of '84 took place, IK Gujral ji went to the then HM PV Narasimha Rao&told him,situation is so grave that it's necessary for govt to call Army at the earliest. If that advice had been heeded perhaps '84 massacre could've been avoided https://t.co/Y9yy3j1Sr8 pic.twitter.com/mtQwfUcYLy— ANI (@ANI) December 4, 2019
MMS is saying something he knows is untrue. Rajiv Gandhi ordered massacre of Sikhs in fit of revenge for killing of his mother by her Sikh guards.Neither PV Narasimha Rao nor IK Gujral cud have done anything 2prevent it(see my article Sikh ‘riots’ of 1984 on my blog SatyamBruyat)— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) December 5, 2019
Speaking at an event organised to remember former Prime Minister IK Gujral on his 100th birth anniversary, Singh said, "When the sad event of 1984 took place, Gujral ji that very evening went to the then Home Minister Narsimha Rao and said to him that the situation is so grim that it is necessary for the government to call the army at the earliest. If that advice would have been heeded perhaps the massacre that took place in 1984 could have been avoided".
Singh also spoke as to how his relationship with the former Prime Minister grew, post the emergency period.
"He was the minister of Information and Broadcasting and he had problems with some aspects of the management of emergency and then he was removed to the planning commission as minister of state. I was then an economic advisor with the ministry of finance... Thereafter our relationship grew", Singh added.
Gujral was the 12th Prime Minister of India between April 1997 and March 1998 and propounded the 'Gujral Doctrine' of five principles for maintaining good relations with India's neighbours.
One of his most prominent stints included his role as the Minister of Information and Broadcasting in June 1975 when then Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi imposed Emergency in the country. He was then made Ambassador to the erstwhile USSR from 1976 to 1980 following his refusal to censor the news bulletins and editorials. Gujral died due to multiple organ failure on November 30, 2012, aged 92, just four days short of his 93rd birthday.
(Inputs from ANI)