ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Straws in the Wind

Straws in the Wind ALTHOUGH the opposition parliamentarians may rightly claim credit for Rajiv Gandhi's final surrender to their mounting pressure and for his decision to submit to parliament the Thakkar commission report on Indira Gandhi's assassination, they must also realise that they are perhaps making rather belated amends for grave omissions made in the past. Their efforts should have started right from the day of the assassination and should have been directed towards exposing the murky palace intrigues that surrounded the assassination, and which are yet to be fully revealed. There are a lot of unanswered questions. The official version kept changing from one day to another. We were first told that besides Satwant Singh and Beant Singh, there was another 'clean-shaven' man who opened fire on Indira Gandhi. But then nothing was heard about him later. Who was he and where did he disappear? Who ordered the Indo- Tibetan Border Police to open fire on Satwant and Beant, although they surrendered to them immediately after the assassination? The Anand Ram committee recommended the extradition of one Harinder Singh, a former envoy to Norway who was suspected to be closely related to Beant Singh, and who later took political asylum in that country. Why has the government failed to follow this up?

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