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  • Puneet Bedi

    Puneet Bedi

    “Someone from Home Ministry told my father that this would last 3 days.” Puneet Bedi was a 26-year-old medical student in Delhi during 1984. On Oct 31, he was in his medical college where news had begun to circulate about Indira Gandhi’s death. As he left the college, he was stopped by 3 young men who insisted that he head back as Sikhs were being targeted. While he first scoffed at the idea of someone daring to attack him, he then […]

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  • Kanwalpreet Kaur

    Kanwalpreet Kaur

    How a 10-year-old vividly remembers the heaviness that set in her home as curfew was imposed on Punjab, and a complete media blackout prevailed. She explain how 1984 became a part of her family’s everyday life, as they feared for their daughters, as daughters bravely joined sons in protests, and as alienation from their erstwhile loved nation set in forever.

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  • Mhinder Singh

    Mhinder Singh

    [Punjabi with English subtitles] Eyewitness to the June attack, Mhidner Singh was trapped inside the Darbar Saab (“Golden Temple”) during the firefight. He recounts how–on the signal of a whistle–soldiers began shooting at civilians who were rounded up, sitting, unarmed. He himself survived lying under dead bodies for hours. Those who survived did so by sheer chance, he says; there was no other recourse for anyone, of any age. He witnessed young people being stripped naked and killed. His companions […]

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  • Guru Shabad Singh Khalsa

    Guru Shabad Singh Khalsa

    And Yet…”Akaal Undying” sings the Sikh spirit.

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  • Harjit Kaur

    Harjit Kaur

    Harjit Kaur recounts first hearing of the June attacks and narrates the intimate trauma and uncertainties facing her family in the ensuing days and months. She tells a stream of stories from women marchers in civil disobedience campaigns such as the Dharam Yudh Morchas to first-hand accounts of family members at Darbar Sahib and the subsequent extrajudicial violence suffered at police camps and jails.  

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  • JP ‘Nikri’ Rarewal

    JP ‘Nikri’ Rarewal

    JP “Nikri” Singh Rarewala, son of the first Chief Minister of PEPSU, narrates his eyewitness account chronicling the devastation he witnessed at Harimander Sahib immediately following the June attacks and thereafter. He also shares his harrowing experience navigating a murderously chaotic Delhi during the November violence. His meetings and correspondence with those in power, from army generals in Amritsar to Indian and US Officials in Delhi present a very personal and poignant tale detailing the systematic, calculated nature of the mayhem’s […]

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  • Sharanjit Singh

    Sharanjit Singh

    Watch Sharanjit Singh share his eyewitness account of June 1 inside Darbar Sahib, when the first “test” rounds of firing were initiated by the Indian paramilitary. Punjab was being cordoned off from the world. But not even the most pessimistic (realist?) of folks could imagine the extent of horror that was to come in the days that followed…

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  • Balwinder Singh

    Balwinder Singh

    Remembering the violence against Muslims in 2002, against Christians in 2008-09, Balwinder Singh states: “The reason we raise our voice about this still is because minorities are still not safe in India.” Singh was 17 years old in 1984. As news spread about the loss of innocent lives – children, mothers and senior citizens – due to their religious identity, there was a gradual uprising among the younger community. They wanted to speak out about this injustice, and create a […]

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  • Swaran Kaur

    Swaran Kaur

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  • Mastan Singh

    Mastan Singh

    Mastan Singh, whose village in District Sangrur was raided by the Army simultaneously with the attack on Darbar Sahib in Amritsar, recounts his participation in leading demonstrations (morchas) and nonviolent protests. He recalls his own experiences in and out of jails as a result of this civil disobedience. Mastan Singh also remembers the avid participation, leadership and arrests of Sikh women in these movements.  

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