The same newspaper wrote a HORRIBLE piece against Hayer in 1999!
MANY in the South Asian community are still shaking their heads at the news that last week some members of The Province newspaper staff accepted hurriedly formed “Tara Singh Hayer Journalism Awards” by the Chetna Association of Canada.
You know why?
Because this same newspaper wrote a HORRIBLE piece exposing Hayer’s despicable role in Sikh violence in the 1980s.
That violence tragically led to the horrendous bombing of Air India Flight 182 on June 23, 1985, off the coast of Ireland in which 329 people died and the Narita airport explosion in the luggage meant for another Air India plane in Japan in which two baggage handlers were killed.
Hayer later had a change of heart and offered to be a witness against the accused in the Air India trial. But he was assassinated in a cowardly attack in 1998. The RCMP lost credibility in the community for failing to protect him.
So why did The Province newspaper also have a change of heart?
DESPERATE FOR PUBLICITY?
Of course, if Vancouver Sun reporter Kim Bolan had been chosen for such an award, we could understand that because she has always gone out of the way to hide or underplay these facts – something that I have exposed in the past.
LET me repeat the facts that I have published several times in the past in spite of pressure from different groups, including some journalists, who actually claim that they are all for freedom of the press!
Such hypocritical scumbags!
Let me begin with the book that Hayer wrote to GLORIFY the Sikh militant whose occupation of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab (India), led to the Indian Army’s attack on it: Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. That attack led to the assassination of Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi, the horrific violence against thousands of innocent Sikhs in Delhi in 1984, and the bombing of Air India Flight 182 bombing in 1985.
Yet Hayer published a book to portray Bhindranwale as a “GREAT MAN” and a “MARTYR” who protected “the sanctity of places of worship.”
On the main cover of the book that Hayer brought out was Bhindranwala’s photograph and Hayer wrote: “Great Man Sant Jarnail Singh Khalsa Bhindran Wale” with a quote from Bhindranwala at the bottom: “I make bombs – every baptized Sikh is a bomb.”
On the back cover was another photograph of Bhindranwala with another quote: ‘Be ready to fight! When nobody pays attention to injustice, it is justified to pick up your weapons to fight against it.” Inside, the title was repeated and beneath it was Hayer’s name: “Editor: Tara Singh Hayer; Editor: Indo-Canadian Times.”
And on the next page this was written: “Dedicated to Sant Jarnail Singh Khalsa Bhindranwale, who made the Sikhs proud and became a martyr while protecting the sanctity of places of worship. 23 September 1984.”
And at the bottom of the page: “Request: The name of the book was changed from “Eternal Martyr Sant Jarnail Singh Khalsa Bhindranwale” because some people still believe he is alive.”
WHILE the Vancouver Sun has gone out of its way to avoid these facts – a classic case of DISHONEST journalism! – its sister paper, The Province, was not afraid to expose Hayer in a well-researched expose published on May 23, 1999.
Reporter Salim Jiwa noted that on the day (June 6, 1984) that Indian troops attacked the Golden Temple in Amritsar, two Lower Mainland Sikhs, Sodhi Singh Sodhi and Jasbir Sandhu, attacked the Indian consulate at 325 Howe Street with swords, smashing furniture and portraits on the then prime minister Indira Gandhi and forced frightened consulate workers to jump out the windows.
Jiwa wrote: “Three days later, unknown to the mainstream media, Tara Singh Hayer invited prominent Sikhs to his office at 45 Kingsway — the building where Sikh separatists had a few years earlier set up the “consulate of Khalistan” — to honour the two militants.
“Among those at the meeting was Sikh separatist Gen. Jaswand Singh Bhullar, who, according to the writings of Hayer, had been sent overseas by Bhindranwale before the army assault, to propagate the separatist cause.
“Sodhi, who said he was honoured for his bravery in attacking the consulate, says: “The first thing Tara asked was: `Why didn’t you beat them up?’ I replied, `We smashed up a lot of things.’
““Tara Singh handed a sword to Bhullar and Bhullar presented it to me.”
“The meeting was an example of Hayer’s support for violence in support of Khalistan.
“Hayer later wrote a book praising Bhindranwale.”
Jiwa also mentioned another incident that took place a few months later in August, 1984, in which Sikh militants attacked the Indian consul’s home in West Vancouver.
Jiwa wrote: “Militants fought with police and some were bloodied by police batons.
“Hayer wrote that the Sikhs put “Indian government dogs [consular officials] on the run” and that “even police could not stop the Sikhs.”
“Two months later, in October 1984, two Sikhs assassinated Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi.
“Hayer published a front-page picture of killer Beant Singh, captioned: “Sikh Faith’s great martyr Beant Singh, who sent Mrs. Gandhi, the cruel killer of Sikhs, to hell.””
LET me also mention facts about how Hayer treated UJJAL DOSANJH in his writings – something that Dosanjh himself told me that Hayer stopped only after he dropped the writ on him!
This is what Jiwa wrote about this sordid situation:
“For his anti-violence crusade, Dosanjh was nearly killed by a terrorist who beat him with an iron bar.
“In reporting the attack in his Indo-Canadian Times, Hayer launched a tirade against Dosanjh, labeling him a “lackey of Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Gandhi.” He also accused Dosanjh of being anti-Sikh.
““When Dosanjh was beaten, Hayer cheered it,” said Darshan Gill, a longtime friend of Dosanjh and at the time the editor of the newspaper Canada Darpan.
“Dosanjh sued Hayer over numerous derogatory articles but never pushed the suit to completion. It was one of at least a dozen lawsuits filed against Hayer.”
But let’s take this one case of the highly respected Punjabi poet GURCHARAN RAMPURI.
This is what Jiwa wrote, in part, about this:
“After a visit to India during the tumultuous early 1980s, with Sikh militancy on the rise, Rampuri gave a speech in which he accused the Indo-Canadian Times of supporting the demand for Khalistan.
“Based on Hayer’s history and his articles, there is no doubt that this was a true statement.
“What was astonishing was Hayer’s published reaction.
“He wrote: “Gurcharan Rampuri, a half-witted, foolish protester who is trying to mouth some rhyming, has decreed that the newspaper, Indo-Canadian Times, is a proponent of Khalistan.
““But his silly eye and many hermaphrodites like him cannot see that we publish news of all classes . . . I ask all hermaphrodites, beggarly frivolous persons and the foolish, that they should but give one example [of bias in favour of Khalistan].”
“Rampuri was so offended that he filed a lawsuit, one of at least 18 relating to Hayer on file at the B.C. Supreme Court. About a dozen concern what Hayer wrote about others. The rest were filed by Hayer against people who retaliated in rival newspapers to what he had written about them.
“Rampuri, now 70, said he dropped the lawsuit in 1988 after Hayer was shot by a Sikh youth from whom Hayer had extracted tawdry family secrets. The editor published the details because he believed the youth’s father, a devoted Sikh, was an Indian government agent.
“Rampuri says he was baffled when the mainstream media called the shooting an attack by militants against the voice of moderation. He blames a falling out among militants for the shooting, which left Hayer paralysed from the waist down.
“Moderate “was a label of convenience you guys in the media attached to him,” Rampuri said.”
Jiwa gave many other examples, too.