Hinduism is a minority religion in Punjab.

During the Khalistan movement, the minority Hindus and Jains were subjected to several attacks. Hindu and Jain temples were frequently vandalized and desecrated. This thread documents a few instances.


Durgiana Mandir is one of the oldest temples of Amritsar. According to the regional Hindu tradition, the temple was built on the spot where Lava and Kusha bound Hanuman. The temple annually attracts millions of Hindus from all over the country.
Amristsar has a very ancient Hindu history.

According to the regional Hindu tradition recorded in the "Survey of Amritsar", Amritsar got its name from Amrit immersed by Lava and Kusha in a pond.
Durgiana Mandir was rebuilt in 1921.

It was used to house the Murtis of Vishnu and Durga which were thrown out from the Parikrama of Harmandir Sahib in 1905.

Because of its presence in Amritsar, it became a frequent target of radicals during the Khalistan movement.
In 1982, in what was a completely unprovoked attack, the Dal Khalsa "activists" threw a severed cow head inside Durgiana temple.
Mahakali temple of Patiala is a very famous temple. It was built by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala. The Murti of Kali was brought from Bengal.
In 1982, Khalistani radicals hung tail of a cow inside the Mahakali temple of Patiala. Devotees were shocked to see the tail of a cow hung inside the Garba Griha of the temple.
Dal Khalsa, an organization which claims that it strives to establish an independent Khalsa state, not only took responsibility for these attacks but also declared their intention of repeating them.
Ram Tirath is one of the oldest temples of Amritsar. According to the Hindu tradition, Ram Tirath was the place where Goddess Sita gave birth to Lava and Kusha.
On December 3 1983, Khalistani activists sprinkled petrol on the Murtis of Krishna, Subhadra and Balrama inside the Garba Girha of Ram Tirath temple and set the Murtis on fire.
It is to be noted that all these incidents happened prior to the Operation Blue Star carried out by Congress Government in 1984.
The attacks of Hindu temples were not confined to just Punjab. The radicals crossed over Punjab into Haryana and bombed Hindu temples.
Panchmukhi Hanuman Mandir is a very famous temple of Haryana.

Coins of ancient Yaudheyas dating back to 100 BC have been found at this ancient temple.

On November 21 1983, two bombs were thrown on this temple. A damaged section was later rebuilt by funds collected from devotees
Even the Jain temples were not spared.

On May 5, 1984 Jain temple in Amritsar was looted and desecrated.
Because the Jains are a very affluent community, Jain temples were seen by radicals as a great source for loot.

On February 28 of the same year, another Jain temple was looted.
While Jain temples were a great source for loot,Hindu processions typically had a large congregation.

They bombed Hindu fairs like Shivaratri & Ramnavami where Hindus gathered in large numbers to ensure maximum Hindu kiIIings.

Shivala temple of Amritsar was bombed on Shivaratri
During the Shivala temple bombing on February 29 1984, 3 people were kiIIed and 32 injured.

The damaged section of the temple could not be rebuilt until 2005!
Brahmins were a favorite target of Khalistani activists. Bhindranwale's rhetoric frequently centred on anti Brahmanism.

On 25th June 1983, a Pujari of a temple in Sultanpur was kiIIed with a sharp knife.

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Nehru was officially classified as "Class A Prisoner".

He had newspapers, books, servants & coolies. He was allowed to walk out & meet others.

He was also allowed Switzerland trips "while technically imprisoned".

Savarkar was locked up in Kalapani & beaten up for 10 years

It was only once in his life that Nehru was treated just like any ordinary prisoner.

This was in Nabha Jail for 12 days.

Within 12 days, Nehru's father begged British viceroy.

He wrote an apology & assured that his son Nehru will never enter Nabha.

12 Days v/s 10 Years!

Nehru's jail in Ahmedabad had a badminton court specially built for Nehru and other top Congress leaders.

On his insistence, a library was made accessible to him during prison terms . That is how he could write books while "imprisoned".

A fitness instructor also attended to him

Nehru's jail terms were essential political stunts in building up his image as a great freedom fighter.

However, they seemed more like exotic getaways than real prisons

The 12 day imprisonment of Nehru in Nabha jail was harsh.

When Motilal came to know that his Nehru was locked up in a real jail, he rushed to meet Nehru but was forbidden by the administrator of Nabha.

Then, British viceroy came to the rescue of Nehrus and overruled this order

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"Hinduism was one of the world's most easy-going faith traditions, famed for it's non-persecutory history."

I can assure you, it is NOT.

It is neither easy-going, nor non-persecutory. In fact it is the very opposite.


Modern Hinduism is a British colonial concept, created in concert with Brahmins, who are at the "apex" of the caste system. The word "Hindoo" in fact, is of Persian origin, meaning a person who lives in the Indus valley.

Colonialists who attempted to study Indian religion in the 18th century (NOT, at the time, Hinduism) were baffled by it. Strata of people living distinctly (the caste system) with overlapping gods didn't fit into their Judeo-Christian understanding of religion.

Which has an ecclesiastical authority, a holy book etc., which Indian religions lacked. In studying "The Hindoo", colonialists prioritized textual sources of knowledge, which is where Brahmins, the priestly caste with a monopoly over education/text come in.

Brahminism was a distinct "religion" (although i don't really want to use the term in this way) that was frankly terrorized of other castes. In fact, the very basis of Brahminism is oppression. Brahmins had scholars who recorded *Brahminical* canon textually.

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