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Picture of the Day: “Mourning Chants” by Vishavjit Singh

"Mourning Chants" by cartoonist Vishavjit Singh. (Source: sikhtoons.com)

“Mourning Chants” by cartoonist Vishavjit Singh. (Source: Sikhtoons.)

Cartoonist (and often Captain America) Vishavjit Singh of Sikhtoons has created a cartoon documenting the timeline of the 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom orchestrated by Indian government officials against Sikhs in New Delhi, India, and other places across the country. This week marks the 30th anniversary of the orchestrated genocide of Sikhs in which thousands of innocent men, women and children were slaughtered in the streets of New Delhi in a matter of just days, and for whom justice has been denied since.

The phrase khoon ka badla khoon se lenge (“blood for blood”) was a common slogan uttered by celebrities, officials and mobs calling for the killing of innocent Sikhs shortly after the assassination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards in retribution for her order of the bloody invasion of Harmandir Sahib (also known as the Golden Temple) months earlier, and in which thousands of innocent pilgrims were also killed.

You can view Vishavjit Singh’s entire cartoon “I survived a genocidal massacre 30 years ago: A Cartoon Biography” here.

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