Lots of religions claim to be peaceful, but virtually all are violent to some degree or another. Some get less media play than others, it is rare to see a story like this in the west, where Sikhs whip out their swords and start slashing at a rival group. So here’s the rare story, just to show that violence exists within almost all religious groups.
A violent sword fight broke out when two rival groups of Sikhs got into an argument over a commemoration of, you guessed it, a violent clash in 1984 that claimed hundreds of lives. The fight took place at India’s Golden Temple at Punjab, the holiest shrine in the Sikh religion. Witnesses reported dozens of sword-armed men slashing at each other on the steps outside of the shrine. 12 were reported injured, none killed, at least at the time of this writing.
Here’s a video of the “festivities”.
The celebration is of Operation Blue Star, where Prime Minister Indira Gandhi sought to drive out the Sikh separatists that were hiding out in the Golden Temple. The government claims that 400 Sikhs were killed, although of course, the Sikhs claim the number was much higher. Indira Gandhi was later assassinated by her Sikh guards in retaliation for the attack and this sparked a widespread anti-Sikh campaign that killed another 3000.
“Today we were supposed to have a solemn remembrance for the martyrs of 1984, so what has happened is very sad,” said Prem Singh Chandumajra, a spokesman for the Sikh party Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). “The temple has once again been dishonored today.”
No, there is no “honor” at a temple in the first place, if you people wouldn’t be throwing around edged weapons at people because you had a disagreement, this wouldn’t happen. Then again, if you hadn’t done the same thing in 1984, there would be nothing to commemorate, would there?
Ah well, we can see that religion is all the same, despite claims of being peaceful, it only takes a few disagreements to send the religious into a hate-filled violent rage. That’s why the Sikhs get their spot on Horror Show Monday.