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The Assassination of Indira Gandhi: An Excerpt from ‘India: The Crucial Years’

On the morning of 31 October 1984, I left for Along in Siang district by helicopter. After landing there an hour later, I proceeded to Basar by road. Basar had an agricultural research centre, where there was a function requiring my presence. A little before 1 p.m., I returned to the rest house after the…… Continue reading The Assassination of Indira Gandhi: An Excerpt from ‘India: The Crucial Years’

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Author’s Note on ‘1984: The Anti-Sikh Violence and After’

Why now? Why thirty years later? This book got going, suddenly one afternoon in 2014, in the course of a chat with my friend and colleague Sagarika Ghose. ‘Why haven’t you written a book on 1984 yet?’ she asked. I didn’t have an answer as good as the question. We spoke when 1984 was back in the air.…… Continue reading Author’s Note on ‘1984: The Anti-Sikh Violence and After’

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Tyres: The Unusual Weapon Used During the 1984 Riots

Tyres? As a murder weapon? Let’s talk tyres. This method of killing was gut-wrenchingly unusual. Everywhere, large numbers of Sikhs were ringed with burning tyres. In years of reporting crime I had never seen such a method of killing in Delhi, never before, never since. Over those three days, this became the chosen way to kill all over the…… Continue reading Tyres: The Unusual Weapon Used During the 1984 Riots