Congressional Briefing on the 1984 Anti-Sikh Pogroms in India (Video)

On September 30, 2014, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the U.S. Congress made history by hosting the first-ever Congressional briefing on the November 1984 anti-Sikh massacres, which claimed the lives of several thousand Sikh civilians throughout India.

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Briefing Chapters

00:00 – Introductory Remarks – Mr. Ivan Plis, Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
02:08 – Why We Organized this Briefing – Rajdeep Singh, The Sikh Coalition
06:29 – Plight of the Widows – Harpreet Kaur, Sach Productions (Director, The Widow Colony)
14:52 – Injustice and Impunity – Manmeet Singh, Sach Productions (Producer, The Widow Colony)
17:55 – 1984 & Gujarat – Manoj Mitta, Author, When a Tree Shook Delhi & Modi and Godhra
39:38 – Policy Recommendations for the U.S. and India – Sukhman Singh, Ensaaf


51:36 – Are the Indian people ignorant about the 1984 and Gujarat massacres?
58:36 – Does the Indian media ignore human rights issues?
1:01:03 – How many people were killed in the 1984 anti-Sikh massacres?
1:03:41 – Were the 1984 anti-Sikh massacres organized by the Indian government?
1:07:51 – Will the BJP and Congress Party in India deliver justice to victims of state violence?
1:10:07 – Who benefited from the 1984 anti-Sikh massacres?
1:13:42 – Why was Prime Minister Narendra Modi allowed to visit the United States?
1:15:24 – What improvements can be made to international human rights standards?

Additional Resources

The Sikh Coalition –
Ensaaf –
Sach Productions –
Essay by Manoj Mitta in The Times of India –
Essay by Rajdeep Singh in The Hill —

Video by Ambrosial Productions

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