A new book remembering the tyrannical rule of Indira Gandhi three decades ago has just been published.
“Reflections on 1984” by Harjinder Singh will be officially launched Wednesday 28th May 2014 from 2pm to 4pm at Kings College London.
The event will be an opportunity for the Sikhs across the UK to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the attack on the Golden Temple in Amritsar, an operation orchestrated by the former Prime Minister.
The book delves into the tragic events in India in 1984 to reveal just why Indira Gandhi orchestrated an Army attack on the Sikh Vatican. The book assesses the last 30 years and discusses terrorism, extremism, genocide and separatism.
The atrocities have a continuing effect on the psyche of Sikhs in the UK. Last year, the Indian Army General who led the attacks was viciously beaten in central London – five people including one woman have been sent to prison for the crime.
Speaking about his new book, Mr Singh says: “The 30th anniversary and the current Indian elections is an appropriate time to look at the atrocities of Amritsar 1984 and with research and analysis understand why the events took place. Was it because of terrorists who wanted a separate Sikh homeland – or was it the tyranny of a woman in power?”
These controversial issues and more will be discussed during a seminar alongside the launch event.
The international panel will include: Ranjit Singh Kuki Gill: a reformed convicted murderer who took to arms in 1984. His life sentence in India has been commuted – he is now fully integrated into society; Ranjit Singh Srai: a UK solicitor and executive member of the Council of Khalistan; Jay Singh-Sohal: UK journalist, author and director of “Turbanology” and “Sikhs at War”; and Dr Gurnam Singh, Coventry University academic and Sikh Channel presenter.