- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Penguin India (30 December 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143063030
- ISBN-13: 978-0143063032
- Product Dimensions: 29 x 20 x 3 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,36,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Betrayed by the State: The Anti-Sikh Pogrom of 1984 Paperback – 30 Dec 2007
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A black mark on the respectability of the authorities in India, discussed in the book, is the fact that after a quarter of a century the perpetrators have yet to be punished, whilst many Sikh wives and mothers have been left to cope alone as widows raising their small children. The book provides harrowing accounts of the widows' stories.
The book relates the pogrom in Delhi to wider Sikh troubles leading upto late 1984, including the terrorism in the Punjab, its politics, and the infamous Operation Bluestar in Amritsar by the government.
The high-brow academic language can at times be a hinderance to comprehension for the lay reader, however it is not so awkward that it prevents the reader from realising what a shameful period late 1984 was and continues to be in the history of Indian politics, and the sad plight of the Sikhs at the time of, and the many years since, those fateful few days in late 1984.
Miss Greul starts off blaming anyone, everything and everyone for the atrocities. Then she spends a lot of time describing horrific details of torture. This might be entertaining for some but it certainly was not what I was looking for. The crimes do not need to be proved. The fact that these events occurred has already been proven. What people should learn about are the reasons behind these events, definitive answers on why this tragedy occurred or how to prevent similar atrocities in the future. There are no real answers to be found here.
The best part of the book are the pictures and interviews. These alone might be enough for an article but they do not justify a book. I borrowed a friend's copy and am happy I did not pay the full purchase price for this item. I was looking for a factual account, perhaps boring but substantiated by someone with credentials . Instead this book reads like a wordy summary by someone who wrote it in a hurry without bothering to learn much about the history, religion or politics of that time. The gore and torture are discussed in way too much detail for no particular reason.