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A History of the SikhsVolume 2: 1839-2004$
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Khushwant Singh

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195673098

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195673098.001.0001

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(p.410) Epilogue
A History of the Sikhs

Khushwant Singh

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the differences between the Sikhs’ and Punjabi Hindus’ perception of the events that dotted their entire history. These include the assault of the Golden Temple in June 1984 and the butchery of no less than 5000 Sikhs after the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. The efforts in wiping out the terrorists are unveiled, along with the punishments given to those responsible for the murder of Indira Gandhi and the massacre of the Sikhs. The discussion shows that amidst the chaos, Ludhiana was becoming a haven for entrepreneurs. Another summary of the achievements and failures of Punjab for the last twenty-five years is also included.

Keywords:   terrorists, Sikh massacre, Ludhiana, Punjab, Punjabi Hindus, Golden Temple, assassination of Indira Gandhi

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