Surat (sur 'ət) n.

consciousness, awareness.

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The 1984 Remembrance Project Archive

2014 marks the 30 years since the June and November violence against Sikhs in India. Every day, for the year 2014, a historical item will be posted to our Facebook and Twitter pages to commemorate 1984. Our purpose is to provide a historical context to the violence. 

Dead Silence: The Legacy of Human Rights Abuses in Punjab
Published by Human Rights Watch in 1994, this report documents the incidents of torture, extrajudicial executions, and disappearances by the Punjab police from 1991-1993.
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Secular Rhetoric of Congress
In this Economic & Political Weekly article, Vrijendra writes a letter to the editor, arguing that communalism is deeply rooted in India’s social fabric beyond the BJP party, as a previous article h
Secular Rhetoric of Congress.pdf
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Sikh Rebellion and the Hindu Concept of Order
In “Sikh Rebellion and the Hindu Concept of Order,” anthropologist Cynthia Keppley Mahmood explores the Sikh identity in relation to the Hindu social order that dominates India.
Sikh Rebellion and the Hindu Concept of [...]
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Letter from Coordination Committee for Disappearances in Punjab to US Ambassador
In this letter, addressed to the US Ambassador in India, the Committee expresses their disapproval of the human rights abuses that have occurred in Punjab and Kashmir.
Letter from Coordination Committee for D[...]
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Amnesty International Report: Break the Cycle of Impunity and Torture in Punjab
In January 2003, Amnesty International released a report that details the long history of torture and violence in Punjab, along with its continued use today.
India- Break the Cycle of Impunity and T[...]
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The Indian Armed Forces' Sikh and Non-Sikh Officers' Opinions of Operation Blue Star
This article by Apurba Kundu details the opinions and perceptions had by Sikh and Non-Sikh military officers in regards to Operation Bluestar and military action in Punjab.
The Indian Armed Forces' Sikh and Non-Si[...]
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NPR Story: "In India, Bucking 'The Revolution' By Going Organic
Listen to this piece by NPR for a look into how the "Green Revolution" of the 1960s and 1970s negatively impacted farmers in Punjab, depriving them of profit and destroying their crops, and the recent
Green Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s.[...]
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Truth on Trial in India
A New York Times article on the arrest warrant issued for journalist Brahma Chellaney, for his work in Amritsar during Operation Bluestar.
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