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1984

India's Guilty Secret

Pav Singh (Author)

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Allison & Busby
22 November 2017
History; Asian history; Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000; Genocide & ethnic cleansing; Political oppression & persecution
In November 1984, the ruling elite of the world's largest democracy conspired to murder thousands of their country's citizens in genocidal massacres reminiscent of Nazi-era Germany while the world watched on. Over three days, armed mobs brutally and systematically butchered, torched and raped members of the minority Sikh community living in Delhi and elsewhere. The sheer scale of the killings exceeded the combined civilian death tolls of the conflict in Northern Ireland, Tiananmen Square and 9/11. In Delhi alone 3,000 people were killed. The full extent of what took place has yet to be fully acknowledged. This definitive account based on harrowing victim testimonies and official accounts reveals how the largest mass crime against humanity in India's modern history was perpetrated by politicians and covered up with the help of the police, judiciary and media. The failings of Western governments - who turned a blind eye to the atrocities for fear of losing trade contracts worth billions - are also exposed.
By:   Pav Singh (Author)
Imprint:   Allison & Busby
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9781911271086
ISBN 10:   1911271083
Publication Date:   22 November 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

As a member of the Magazine and Books Industrial Council of the National Union of Journalists, Pav Singh has been instrumental in campaigning on the issues surrounding the 1984 massacres. In 2004, he spent a year in India researching the full extent of the pogroms and the subsequent cover-up. His research led to the pivotal and authoritative report 1984 Sikhs' Kristallnacht, which was first released in the UK Parliament in 2005. In 2014 he curated the exhibition 'The 1984 Anti-Sikh Pogroms Remembered' with Delhi-based photographer Gauri Gill at the Wiener (Holocaust) Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide, London.

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