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Amritsar Mrs. Gandhi's Last Battle Kindle Edition
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Summed up: This book is an interesting and intriguing take on what conspired in Punjab in 1980's that changed Punjab forever. I will strongly recommend this book to the Punjabis of my generation in particular to understand where all the parties falter and how Punjab found itself caught in the situation that left permanent scars in its illustrious history.
Mark Tully's book gives a holistic picture and shows the politics and other factors that led to the attack on Shri Harmandir Sahib and even thereafter. A good read to understand the events of 1984.
I am always fascinated by history, especially Indian history. But the problem with history is that you must view it through various perspectives in order to arrive at the real, clear picture. Identifying the correct, well-informed and unbiased sources of history is a big challenge, especially in an age where fake news and misinformation campaigns have really become a threat to the very fabric of human societies. This book by Mark Tully stands out for the very reason that it tries to bring out the facts of that time without being biased to any side. It places the blame on the culprits, gives credit where it is due and states the facts without giving us any hints to judge on a particular way.
Politicians across the globe have this bad habit of creating demons to do their sayings, but such demons have inevitably ended up haunting their own masters. The world recently, and painfully, learnt this lesson for the Nth time when Osama bin Laden, CIA’s poster boy in a cause against the Russians, perpetrated the worst terror attack on the American soil. Two decades before that, India also had such a radical, fundamentalist preacher whom the Congress politicians groomed for their narrow-minded political gains. Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was a preacher with radical notions but living in oblivion. Sanjay and his coterie brought him to the limelight in order to weaken their opposition in Punjab, the Akali Dal. But soon the sant, meaning ‘saint’, accumulated a lot of followers, grew more radical and became quite a brutal force to reckon with.
With support pouring in for him in all forms, Bhindranwale started running a parallel government, terrorizing not just the common people of Punjab but the very unity of this country. The spinelessness of the government led things to the breaking point, allowing the Sant to not just occupy the holy shrine of the Sikhs but to turn it into a fortress, amassing weapons and supplies to challenge the very might of the Indian army. The rest, as they say, is well-known history.
When I searched the web for a book on Operation Blue Star, this was one of those few that topped the list of reliable accounts. Having read this book, I could understand why. From briefing us about the early history of Punjab to describing those events that led to the crescendo that shook Delhi and caused deep divides in Indian society, it is all in here. Written in simple, flowing style, without being prejudiced against any of the parties involved in the conflict, this is a must-read for any lover of Indian history!