Roll of Honour by Amandeep Sandhu is a tale about Sikh reaction to Operation Blue Star and the horrible massacres after Indira Gandhi was shot in the back by two of her Sikh bodyguards. This book gains significance in the wake of the recent murder attempt on Lt Gen KS Brar (78) who flushed out the pro-Khalistani Sikh militants from inside the Golden Temple, and also the recent move in Punjab to honour Indira’s murderers.
Appu is in military school, where there is widespread tension between Hindu and Sikh students after Blue Star, with sodomy being used to settle scores. While Sandhu details the plight of the Sikhs, thanks to army and police excesses, little is said about Hindus being killed on a frequent basis after Bhindranwale conned the state into believing that the time for a new Sikh nation had come. Just as we wonder about him, the author writes, ‘…he (Bhindranwale) moved guns into the Golden Temple much before the government or the army came in. He violated the spirit of the holy place first…’
Roll of Honour
by Amandeep Sandhu