When he dreams, he dreams of flawless escape.

Rajoana: Punjab 1995

I don’t engage in debates about who’s a terrorist and who’s not. We are privileged and a million miles away from the chaos, we don’t even know what terror means. But I have one question for those who judge the Sikh community and ask us how we can glorify Rajoana’s actions: How come India can murder, torture, and disappear people without consequence, but one man’s act is morally reprehensible? Yes, it’s true that an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. But Rajoana’s dilemma had nothing to do with revenge. He had a different problem: what good is sight if everyone refuses to see in the first place? It’s that silence that Rajoana’s example shattered.  And that’s why to us he’s a hero.