The story of a trigger happy Delhi police spraying bullets on agitating protestors, on the order of then Prime Minister ‘Indira Gandhi’. And the curse that seemed like a prophecy, ultimately fulfilling itself with Indira Gandhi’s assassination. curse on congress
Indira Gandhi, in fear of her popularity getting diminished and hence losing power, did seek blessings of Swami Karpatriji Maharaj. Maharaj ji blessed her success but also requested the total ban on cow slaughter, which Indira accepted at that time. But later with passing days into months it became clear that she had no intent of keeping her promise.
The year was 1966, Hindus demand of ban on cow slaughter turned into movement. With Shankaracharya himself keeping fast for the cause, Hindus were just asking for complete ban on cow slaughter as have been inscribed in Indian constitution. The article 48 of the directive principles of state policy that states,
“Organization of agriculture and animal husbandry The State shall endeavor to organize agriculture and animal husbandry on modern and scientific lines and shall, in particular, take steps for preserving and improving the breeds, and prohibiting the slaughter, of cows and calves and other milch and draught cattle”.
On, 7th November 1966, there were thousands of protestors (Mostly Hindu devotees) on the street of Delhi marching towards parliament house, and was led by Hindu seers & sages. As Indira Gandhi refused to ban cow slaughter, the agitation turned into massive exhibition & demonstration. The mob tried to enter the parliament but were stopped, this prompted ‘sansad Gherao rally’ triggering a 48 hours curfew where all the meetings & public gatherings were prohibited. But, this backfired and the mob turned violent, attacking the residence of then congress president ‘K Kamaraj’ in the capital Delhi. Resulting in many deaths in the police firing that was to ‘control the crowd’.
Indira being a shrewd politician, passing the buck on to then Home Minister ‘Gulzarilal Nanda, accusing him of failing to maintain law and order. Nanda immediately resigned, taking full responsibility. While Indira completely distancing herself from this gov’t ordered killings.
The brutal killing of many Hindu devotees and Gau Bhakts (that included sadhus and their followers), during the police firing. This ushered The Shankaracharya Niranjandev Tirth, Swami Hiraharananda Ji a.k.a Karpatriji Maharaj and Mahatma Ramchandra Veer to observe fast unto die. Mahatma Ramchandra Veer observed a long 166 days of fast. The new Home Minister was Indira Gandhi’s own man by the name Yanshwantrao Balwantrao Chavan. He was ordered to go and meet the Saints on fast and promise them of bringing ‘anti cow slaughter bill’ in next session of Parliament. This promise by the Home Minister of India was believed on its face value by the fasting seers, who then ended their fast in hope of a ban. But this was a clear deceit and the anti-Hindu congress gov’t never brought any such bill ever again.
The rally led by Swami Karpartri Ji Maharaj under the banner, “ Gauraksha Mahaabhiyan Samiti”, which started from Arya Samaj Temple at Chandani Chowk. The rally consisted of all sanatani including Arya Samaji, Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs, Nath, Nirankari and started marching towards the Parliament house. The rally was also blessed by prominent and revered spiritual leaders like the Shankaracharyas, Peethadhees, Mahant, Saints from Arya Samaj and Granthis of Sikh Shrines. Also, some muslims are said to be the part of the protest.
The 7th November 1966 Delhi rally is said to have million plus people including thousands of women participating.
Gauraksha Samiti gave memorandum and ultimatum to the govt beforehand. But govt was clearly not in mood to hear any voice of distraught Gau Bhakts. This seemed to be the signal of what ‘Anti Hindu’ Congress govt led by Indira Gandhi had in store for the future. The curse of secularism bestowed upon by Indira during emergency when she illegally inserted the word “secular” in the constitution. This was the start of official appeasement of certain minorities.
While the Parliament was in session, the rally marched towards the Parliament. Heavy deployment of Delhi Police was ordered. When it became clear that govt is not tabling any bill regarding Ban on cow slaughter, the patience of agitators broke down. People then tried to enter the parliament forcefully, scaling the walls & the gates. In crowd control, police first used tear gas & batons. But soon they resorted on firing live bullets. Such was the indiscriminate firing occurred on unharmed demonstrators that it can be compared to any of the British shooting orders on freedom fighters.
Although, the official death figure was 375 as reported by RSS mouthpiece ‘Organizer’, it is said to be above 5000. Bodies were dumped into trucks and were silently put on fire in some unknown location, in clear act of suppressing the protest. There have been many accounts of eye witness of heavy deaths since then. One such eye witness account was published in Aadhi Abadi, where Sandeep Deo interviewed Acharya Sohanlal Ramrang who was one of the participant in that rally. As he recalls,
“इतना सुनना था कि नौजवान संसद भवन की दीवार फांद-फांद कर अंदर घुसने लगे। लोगों ने संसद भवन को घेर लिया और दरवाजा तोड़ने के लिए आगे बढ़े। पुलिसकर्मी पहले से ही लाठी-बंदूक के साथ तैनात थे। पुलिस ने लाठी और अश्रुगैस चलाना शुरू कर दिया। भीड़ और आक्रामक हो गई। इतने में अंदर से गोली चलाने का आदेश हुआ और पुलिस ने भीड़ पर अंधाधुंध फायरिंग शुरू कर दी। संसद के सामने की पूरी सड़क खून से लाल हो गई। लोग मर रहे थे, एक-दूसरे के शरीर पर गिर रहे थे और पुलिस की गोलीबारी जारी थी। नहीं भी तो कम से कम, पांच हजार लोग उस गोलीबारी में मारे गए थे।”
Whole interview can be read here:
It is said that the heart broken and totally devastated leader of that rally Karpatriji Maharaj put a curse on Indira Gandhi, “Her life will be taken away in the same way that she did take lives of many seers, sages and sadhus”, paraphrasing. And on 31st October 1984 at 9: 20a.m. Indira Gandhi was showered with bullets by two of her bodyguards, who wanted revenge for her anti Sikh actions in Operation Bluestar.
It is a real shame that people have forgotten the sacrifice of all those martyrs who wanted nothing but ban on slaughter of one of the most revered symbol of Sanatan Parampara. Indira Gandhi continued her reign until her assassination in 1984. And congress still is Anti Hindu. As recent as in 2017, the Kerala youth Congress publically slaughtered a calf and then had a beef party just to oppose the ongoing beef ban demands.
Hindus must not let those martyrs effort go in vein and total banning on cow slaughter should remain on of the top priority of every Hindu, until it becomes a law.