General who refused Indira Gandhi on 1984 attack dies

Former Jammu & Kashmir Governor Lieutenant General(Retd.) Srinivas Kumar Sinha passed away on Thursday after a brief illness .

He passed at R.R. Hospital, New Delhi. He is survived by his wife, son and three daughters.

In 1983 when Indira Gandhi was planning to take military action against alleged Sikh militants, Lt Gen Sinha, who was the Deputy Army Chief, said a firm no and counselled Indira Gandhi against storming Harmandir Sahib (the Golden Temple). She rejected the advice and Punjab along with parts of India suffered a long trauma as a consequence.

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Sikh PA Comment

Lieutenant General(Retd.) Srinivas Kumar Sinha is one of India’s most famed military personalities. Upon his passing yesterday in India most media organisations have run an obituary on him. However, nearly all we have come across from mainstream media fail to mention Sinha ignoring the orders of Indira Gandhi to lead his troops in an attack against Harmandir Sahib (the Golden Temple). Refusing the orders of a Prime Minister would usually be a note worthy moment in the career of an army general, so the fact this is not mentioned in coverage seems to be an purposeful oversight. Someone with the respect of Sinha disagreeing with Indira Gandhi’s callous orders to attack a place filled with thousands of civilians will taint her reputation.
We encourage all to share this post and make your own posts on social media to highlight the neglect of this part of General Sinha’s career.
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