Interview with Daughter of Simranjit Singh Mann

Pavit Kaur Daughter of Sardar Simranjit Singh Mann wrote a book on her father called the ‘Stolen Years’. She shared her views with Surinder Singh about her father’s Jail days and after.

Abstract of Stolen Years:

In 1984, simranjit singh mann resigned from the indian police service in protest of operation blue star, the indian army operation ordered by indira gandhi, then prime minister, that cleared the golden temple complex of sikh militants. Mann was subsequently charged, among other things, with conspiracy to assassinate prime minister indira gandhi.

A passionate sikh whose radical beliefs were honed by his family, mann went underground and was apprehended while trying to flee the country. He spent five years in prison, after which all charges were dropped. Three decades after blue star, his daughter pavit kaur looks back on the years her father spent in prison. In this disarmingly honest and emotionally charged account, pavit kaur documents her father’s hellish journey through the indian prison system.

This is also a personal story and the story of a family during one of the most fraught times in india’s history. Quote’a fascinating account of how operation blue star turned life for a prosperous sikh family into hell. The author, daughter of the controversial sikh politician simranjit singh mann, who spent five years in jail on a trumped-up charge of sedition, says, “bhindranwale shared an ideology with my father: a separate homeland for the sikhs”‘-satish jacob, veteran journalist

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