Mass anger is being expressed on the streets following a District Court in Delhi ruling that Sajjan Kumar is not guilty of instigating the murderous gangs that attacked and killed hundreds of Sikhs residing in Raj Nagar on 1st November, 1984.
Sajjan Kumar has been acquitted in spite of several residents of Raj Nagar having named him in reports recorded by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
An important lesson from the experience of the past 29 years is that the root cause of the problem lies in the existing system of democracy, which enables elected people's representatives to use state power to terrorise and massacre people. The system deprives the people of any means to prevent such crimes or to ensure punishment of the guilty. What exists in the name of the "rule of law" is in fact the rule of arbitrariness, a system where a small minority in society enjoys unlimited powers to do what it pleases.
When the rulers are the criminals and the criminals control the judges, what must the people do? We must organise to replace the rule of arbitrariness with a new political power where the people themselves will be both the rulers and the ruled.