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5.0 out of 5 stars "Repeating a lie does not make it a fact”. Read this book to find out EVIDENCE BASED facts., 12 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Reflections on 1984 (Paperback)
The Oxford English Dictionary defines reflection as “serious thought or consideration” and the book ‘Reflections on 1984’ takes the reader on a journey of serious thought, by providing the spiritual, moral, social & political context of 1984, to the consideration of where we are 30 years on. Social media is currently branded with pictures, logos and tag lines stating ‘Never Forget 1984’ and it is Reflections on 1984 which expresses to the reader why this is the case through an objective historical narrative.

The book is a must read as it addresses common misconceptions, questions & challenges posed to Sikhs surrounding 1984, Khalistan, Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. The book is evidence based with clear footnotes, appendices and links to further reading, all arming the reader with knowledge. It is through this factual account that the reader questions many taken for granted misconceptions which are taken as ‘fact’ by the majority, without any actual evidence or substance. As the writer states “repeating a lie does not make it a fact” but many of us are still unclear about the facts versus the lies. Accordingly, the book not only allows the reader to reflect but also to become an active participator in the ongoing awareness, justice and support issues surrounding 1984.

Many parts of the book will stop the reader in their tracks, as one visualises the painful but powerful truths; “Too much blood has irrigated the land of Punjab, too much blood has become embedded into the marble at Harmander Sahib. Too many lives lost.” The book’s conclusion will resonate with many British Sikhs as it highlights the immense ongoing personal, social, economic and political effects of 1984. It is these ongoing issues which can be addressed through educated, reflective and active young Sikhs. As the writer drew strength from Bhai Jaswant Singh Khalra, in the same vein we too should draw strength from this eye opening book.

“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it. Margaret Fuller”
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on 1984, 12 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Reflections on 1984 (Paperback)
Possibly the best book to sum up both sides of what took place in 1984 with the tragic events at the Golden Temple. The author has completed a lot of research into sources for and against the attack in one publication. If you want an unbiased view, take a look at this book. The reality of the incident and what followed gives an insight into the hurt caused to the Sikhs and how it reverberates to this day. Justice is still required for an event that took place 30 years ago but is remembered as if it was yesterday.

Great work to the author and I personally await for further works by the author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you haven't read it already, I urge you to do so now!, 2 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Reflections on 1984 (Paperback)
With the 30th anniversary of the 1984 Sikh genocide looming a few days ahead of us, I felt content to have completed reading "Reflections on 1984" by Harjinder Singh just in time. Singh wrote in his book that “each Sikh should be armed with the knowledge about these events and have the capacity to promote the truth in an intellectual manner”. As a British Sikh, I cannot recommend this book enough to the young Sikhs of today; to gain a factual and thought-provoking insight into the pre-events and repercussions to the events of 1984. Perhaps then we will understand what all of this should really mean to us, even after the thirty years that have since passed.

This book says it all, if not more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars must read for all, 12 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Reflections on 1984 (Paperback)
Having taken a keen interest into the events of 1984, like many other young Sikhs, I was looking forward to reading ‘Reflections of 1984’ by Harjinder Singh, as the aim of this book was to provide an objective and unbiased account of those tragic and painful events. I have found that previous literature written in the ‘Panthic’ view to either slant the truth i.e. to make up unnecessary fictional events to provide greater glory to those who lost and gave their lives in 1984 and the movement which came out of those events. This book however does not make that same mistake.

The author has taken great time to study both sides i.e. that of the State, its employees e.g. KPS Gill and that of the Sikhs, to produce a balanced narrative which exposes the dark truth of those events and the many inaccuracies of the official mainstream Indian narrative. However, he also provides some daylight on the counter-attack by the Sikhs to those events following the attack on the Sri Harmandar Sahib, which for some may come as a shock as they will learn how fragile the movement really was and how it ended.

The author has also discussed the events leading to the momentous year of 1984, dissecting the common fictional narrative made by the media at the time, with the backing of the Government of India, to present clear objective facts. Harjinder Singh does a commendable job of keeping his emotions and passions in check while writing this book. He does include them in the final portion which is an interesting read as they give an insight into the emotions and thoughts of the many UK-born Sikhs who grew up with the events in Punjab throughout their young adult life and how from the UK, they have suffered watching Punjab descend into violence during the 80s and early 90s.

'Reflections on 1984' is a great follow up to the previous book 'Game of Love' also by the same author. The contrasting ways in which the author has written these books shows Harjinder Singh's diversity as a writer, with this new release sticking strict to pure evidence based material to provide a counterbalance to the relentless propaganda over the last 30 years.

This book is a must read for those who would like to read an objective assessment of the events of prior to 1984, during 1984 and after and how these events still reverberate across the Punjab and the Sikh Diaspora.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended read for anyone seeking the truth about 1984 and the Sikhs, 10 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Reflections on 1984 (Paperback)
A great read for anyone wanting to know the truth about the atrocities of 1984 for Sikhs in India. A very well written, unbiased story of the truth. Those affected have not been given justice and have little hope of justice, but the author of this book has brought the truth to the surface which may be the beginning of the justice that Sikhs have been seeking. I can only encourage the author to continue with his writing as it is only through such books, that the western Sikh youth will come to learn of their history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book - Must Read!!, 12 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Reflections on 1984 (Paperback)
A critical reflection on the myths and misconceptions surrounding the events leading up to and beyond Operation Bluestar. The civil rights movement and persecution of Sikhs before 1984 are laid bare. The misconceptions surrounding the life of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale are tackled and the reader is brought to face some bitter truths about the role of the Indian Government in the human rights abuses and genocide of Sikhs in Punjab in the decade since 1984. Never has inequality, human rights abuses, persecution and political and socio-economic problems been resolved through military means and the reader is challenged to face the harsh realities and plight of minorities in a country often touted as "the world's largest democracy".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading, 16 July 2014
This review is from: Reflections on 1984 (Paperback)
I would recommend ‘Reflections on 1984’ as essential reading for anyone who wants to get an overview of the events that led to the genocide of Sikhs in 1984 onwards, and the struggle that the Sikh community faces in bringing the perpetrators of these heinous crimes to justice.

The book describes the key events and players. It also gives an overview of the socio-economic crisis affecting the Punjab today as a consequence of those events.

It is well referenced, enabling the reader to do their own research. It provides a good base from which informed discussion can develop.

The book is poignantly dedicated to ‘all victims of terrorism’ and highlights how the state can be a terrorist too.
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