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Author: Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789385152511
I want sukh (peace) Won’t you give me sukh?
asked a middle-aged Shanti who witnessed the death of her three sons, one of them an infant, and her husband in a house torched with kerosene by marauding mobs; Dr Swaranpreet heard the woman in silence.
The sixty-five-year- old Sikh woman from a west Delhi slum claimed that the police had inserted a stick inside her… Dr Swaranpreet examined her she had been cruelly violated; He spoke a single sentence but repeated it twice in chaste Punjabi: Please give me a turban… I want nothing else…’ These are voices begging for deliverance in the aftermath of Indira Gandhi s assassination in October-November 1984 in which 2,733 Sikhs were killed, burnt and exterminated by lumpens in Delhi.
Several hundreds were killed elsewhere in the country. Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay walks us through one of the most shameful episodes of sectarian violence in post Independent India and highlights the cruel apathy of subsequent governments towards Sikhs who paid a price for what was clearly a state-sponsored riot.
Poignant, raw and most importantly, macabre, the personal histories culled over two years by the author, reveal how even after three decades, a community continues to battle for justice in its own country.
Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay's political writing makes us see through the fog. His work shines like a torch, illuminating important areas of the modern Indian story
== Basharat Peer, Author, Curfewed Night
The Prime Minister's best known biographer
== Karate Thapar, India TodayTV
Mukhopadhyay turns into a dispassionate observer. This time he uses words like a surgeon's scalpel. They hurt, they provoke. They also heal and restore balance
== Ziya Us Salam, The Hindu
Mukhopadhyay sets up the scene perfectly and clues as in…
== Zahir Janmohamed, The Economic Times
Mukhopadhyay adds plenty of history, context, and political analysis to the anecdotes, interviews and quotes
== G Sampath, Mint
When one reads Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay one is immediately struck by his incisive understanding of Indian politics
== Debotri Dhar, Kitezab
Mukhopadhyay writes after several in-depth interviews, meticulous research and extensive travel
== The Genesis
A must read for every reader who desires for a nation to never repeat the horrific events of 1984…
== Mahesh Bhatt
Characters, in No Order of Appearance
Chapter 1: Doomsday Delhi
Chapter 2: The Making of a Conflict
Chapter 3: The Horror! The Horror!
Chapter 4: The Symbols of Violence
Chapter 5: The Daughters of 1984
Chapter 6: The Lost Turban
Chapter 7: Postcards from Bokaro
Chapter 8: The Citizens Collective
Chapter 9: The Art of 1984
Chapter 10: The Circle of Politics