INDIA

The latest victim of a shoe-hurling

In launching his shoe at Gerorge Bush in January, journalist Mountazer al-Zaidi also launched a global trend. China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao was subjected to a similar attack in February in Cambridge. This time, it's Indian Interior Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram. The weapon - a trainer. The assailant - a Sikh journalist. Read more...

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In launching his shoe at Gerorge Bush in January, journalist Mountazer al-Zaidi also launched a global trend. China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao was subjected to a similar attack in February in Cambridge. This time, it's Indian Interior Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram. The weapon - a trainer. The assailant - a Sikh journalist.

Jarnail Singh is a reporter for Hindi daily Dainik Jagran. On 7 April, he attended a press conference given by the interior minister. The subject at hand was the acquittal of Jagdish Tytler, an Indian National Congress party member and one of those accused of the Sikh massacre of November 1984. The riots, in which 3,000 Sikhs were killed, were in retaliation to the murder of the then Prime Minister of India, Indira Ghandi, who was killed by her two Sikh bodyguards.

The new shoe-hurling journalist, Sikh himself, is reported to have thrown his shoe after he become exasperated by the minister's alleged dodging of questions over the responsibility of the massacre. Palaniappan Chidambaram says he has forgiven the journalist for the act.

"It's a question of anger and frustration over a long period of time"

Manjit Singh GK is the president of the Sikh Shiromani Akali Dal party. He lives in New Dehli.

Whether it was it right or wrong is debatable, but the journalist who threw the shoe is an ordinary person with no political agenda. It's a question of anger and frustration over a long period of time - the riots happened in 1984... Sikh people were murdered in broad daylight and now the government says they don't know who did it. Was it aliens who came and did this? People were dragged out of their homes and burnt alive... Leaders have been named. The Congress government, which is led by a Sikh prime minister, says he hangs his head in shame and that the perpetrators of these deeds will be brought to justice. But now, they give tickets to the same people who did this... and the central bureau of investigation gives these guys a clean sheet.

I think the minister owes us an explanation. The journalist was seeking answers to these questions and the minister dodged the questions. Justice delayed is justice denied. We have nothing against the home minister, in fact he is a nice gentleman, but he represents the ministry, which is why he ended up facing the ire."