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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Recommended reading list from Houston Camp 06...

This was my first time attending Sikh Houston Camp, and a big shout out to all those who attended this event as well as the Camp Organizers (Monica, Parkashdeep, and Parminder). Here are two quick photos from the week-long camp:

The Egg Drop Evening Activity
The Egg Drop Evening Activity that emphasized team work.

Some of the cool peeps at my dining table
Some of the cool campers at my dining table. See how well I trained them?

However during the 1984 discussions, I recommended some books for further reading and research of India's unwanted events during and after the 1984 time period. As viewed in the movie Amu, which was shown during camp and is definitely a movie to pick up once released, many individuals in our community still refuse to discuss or reflect on the 1984 time period. In order to break the silence, the current generation (many who did not experience the events first hand) must learn and research what happened to the Sikhs of India during this time.

Below is a series of books recommended for reading that help paint the overall picture to what happened in 1984. Some are in favor of the Sikh's issues during this time period, while others expose the failures experienced in India's young democracy. In the end, it is left to the individual to understand what happened and how to prevent atrocities to be committed again in civilized nations.

Here are the books in no particular order:

"Lost In History: 1984 Reconstructed"
by: Gunisha Kaur

"India Commits Suicide"
by: Gurdarshan Singh Dhillon

"Politics of Genocide"
by: Inderjit Singh Jaijee

"Operation Black Thunder"
by: Sarabjit Singh

"Fighting for Faith and Nation"
by: Cynthia Keppley Mahmood

"The Gallant Defender"
by: A.R. Darshi

"Eye-witness account of Operation Blue Star"
by: Giani Kirpal Singh

"Operation Blue Star: The True Story"
by: Lt. Gen. K.S. Brar

"Struggle for Justice"
by: Ranbir Singh Sandhu

"The Punjab Story"
by: Various Reporters

"Amritsar: Mrs. Gandhi's Last Battle"
by: Mark Tully & Satish Jacob

"Aftermath of Operation Bluestar"
by: M.S. Deora

"The Sikhs of the Punjab"
by: Joyce J. M. Pettigrew

"Through the Corridors of Power"
by: P.C. Alexander

"Vengeance: India after the Assassination of Indira Gandhi"
by: Pranay Gupte

Many of these books can be found either at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndiaClub.com, or searches through Froogle.

Happy New Year to all!


Anonymous SikhSpeak.Com said...

It's been ages since I hit your site... but glad to be back on it...

We played your video of Intro to Sikhi to all non-Sikhs at our Uni Sikh Soc event - it went down a treat... led to some real interesting debates etc...

I have a request, do u know if AMU is available to buy in any capacity, I cannot find it in the UK and its Not available (in India), have any ideas? I have tried emailing the creators a bunch of times BUT NO reply! PLEASE HELP! (Editor@SikhSpeak.Com) ps thanks for the linK!

6:26 AM  
Blogger sartaj said...

Thanks for shout out bro. SikhSpeak.com is doing some great work, especially the interviews.

Per conversations with the Director of Amu, it appears that the movie will be released in March 2007. Keep checking their website for further info.

8:34 PM  

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