ISBN 9878174365989,When A Tree Shook Delhi: The 1984 Carnage And Its

When A Tree Shook Delhi: The 1984 Carnage And Its


Majoj Mitta


Roli Books



Roli Books

Publication Year 2011

ISBN 9878174365989

ISBN-10 8174365982


Number of Pages 288 Pages
Language (English)

Literature fiction

It stands out even in a country inured to mass violence--three thousand members of a minority community slaughtered over three days in 1984, right in India's capital. Twenty-three years on, neither the organisers of the massacre nor the state players who facilitated it have been punished, despite prolonged enquiries and trials. This massacre of Sikhs in the wake of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's assassination has turned out to be a reality check on India's much touted institutions of the rule of law. Responding to the findings of the latest judicial enquiry conducted by the Nanavati Commission, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh conceded in 2005 that 'we still do not know the truth'. The book seeks to uncover the truth on the basis of the very evidence that came to light during the proceedings of the Nanavati Commission. Authors Manoj Mitta and H.S. Phoolka, perhaps the most knowledgeable voices on the subject, present an unsparing account, abounding with insights and revelations, on the 1984 carnage and its aftermath.About the AuthorManoj Mitta is a journalist who casts a critical eye on India's record in the rule of law, human rights and judicial accountability. A law graduate from Hyderabad, he is a senior editor with The Times of India, and has worked earlier with The Indian Express and India Today. He has written extensively on the 1984 carnage. He lives in Noida. Harvinder Singh Phoolka has spearheaded the long-drawn-out campaign for justice to the victims of the 1984 carnage. He mobilised their testimonies and represented them before successive enquiries. A senior advocate practising in Delhi, he has been a designated counsel for the central government, Punjab government and Election Commission of India. He lives in Delhi