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  • Ajmer Singh

    Ajmer Singh

    For Ajmer Singh, Sikh historian and writer, the sense of loss was palpable in June 84 following the news of the attack on the Akal Takht Sahib, bringing with it emotional memories from his childhood. When the news of the killings in November 1984 came to him through BBC, he could not gauge the full extent of the violence. Yet, it was only after he visited Delhi two weeks later that he was made to realize the political motivations behind […]

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  • Devinder Singh Nanda

    Devinder Singh Nanda

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  • Bhajan Singh Bhinder, California

    Bhajan Singh Bhinder, California

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  • Ranjit Singh

    Ranjit Singh

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  • Nirvair Singh

    Nirvair Singh

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  • Amardeep Singh “Amar”

    Amardeep Singh “Amar”

    When Amardeep Singh saw army trucks pass through his District Ludhiana village, he would wave at them. He was a patriotic third grader who saw soldiers as guardians of the nation’s best interest. He had an equal zeal for visiting Darbar Sahib and meeting Bhindranwale. So to encourage his son to stop cutting his hair, Amardeep’s father made him a deal: if he grew out his kesh, he could visit the revered gurdwara in Amritsar. What he didn’t know was […]

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  • Surjit Singh

    Surjit Singh

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  • Reshma Singh, Berkeley, California

    Reshma Singh, Berkeley, California

    (English) Childhood witness of 84, Reshma Singh (a Harvard grad, now working at UC Berkeley, California) recounts coming back to Guru Harkrishan Public School in Vasant Vihar, Delhi after the violence abated on the streets. “When we entered our beautiful classrooms with all of our posters up there, we saw the walls were completely charred, the ceiling fans were hanging, melted, upside down, and all of us students spent the first week tearing out sheets of our notebooks and scraping […]

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  • Davinder Kaur

    Davinder Kaur

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  • Ginnipal Singh

    Ginnipal Singh

    Ginnipal Singh can recall his striking memories of 1984 with frightening detail. It was a time in his life that he sums up in a few vivid anecdotes, beginning with the night that he, his family-friends, and his family spent in the back of a home in Benaras threatened by the anti-Sikh mob breaking in and wreaking havoc. He remembers the gun he was given as a child for protection that same night, and the feeling of hopelessness that settled […]

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