Listen to this audio documentary by Pops from Tigerstyle looks at the effect the storming of the Golden Temple in Amritsar had on British Sikhs
“….they dragged my older brother out and started beating him with iron poles on the head and arms …he fell to the ground, my mother was screaming and crying… I was crying too …”
The story of ‘Harpal’ living in Delhi on October 1984. His family had only been living there for 6 months when they got caught up in the anti –Sikh riots. Now living in Bristol, married and a father of three, for Harpal the memories and effects of 1984 continue to affect his life.
In June 1984 the Indian army under the instructions of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi stormed the Sikhs’ most sacred shrine – the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Four months later, in revenge, the Prime Minister's Sikh body guards assassinated her. This led to attacks on Sikhs throughout India particularly in Delhi. These dramatic events had a huge impact on Sikhs in the UK and Worldwide and led to some calling for an independent Khalistan, a Sikh state in Punjab.
Twenty five years on in this Asian Network Reports Special we examine what impact this still has on the next generation of British Sikhs.
Producer : Perminder Khatkar