Raj Gambhir is a sophomore in Cabot House at Harvard, concentrating in Social Studies with a secondary in Environmental Science and Public Policy. He is from Aliso Viejo, California and has proud Punjabi roots. He loves public speaking, reading Asian literature, and baking. He is thrilled to be a part of WorldMUN, and cannot wait to meet all the amazing delegates planning to attend!
Topic: Addressing Operation Blue Star
On June 1, 1984, the Indian government began shelling the Golden Temple, the holiest site for the Sikh religion, and the last refuge of the separatist leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. When the fighting ceased ten days later, an estimated 20,000 civilians had died. In response to Operation Blue Star, Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguard on October 31st, 1984 and government-sanctioned anti-Sikh riots sprang up across India. Why did the Sikhs feel the need to separate? Why could a peaceful resolution not be reached? And what implications does Operation Blue Star and the resulting riots have for the Sikh community and India at large? Placing this event within the context of the rise of religious nationalism in India, as well as the ethnic conflicts that plague this region of the world, this committee will seek to address some of the broader issues inherent to South Asia and beyond.