The Secret’s Out – 1984: India’s Guilty Secret

Hot off the press the first copies of Pav Singh’s hard-hitting work 1984: India’s Guilty Secret have arrived at the Kashi House offices. First to check out the book was the author himself who said ‘I think we have produced something even better than what I thought was possible and am very pleased with it.’

The Secret's Out - 1984: India's Guilty SecretAuthor photograph © Parmjit Singh

He added: ‘Having researched this project for a number of years and now seeing this in print, I find it hard to comprehend that the scale and horror inflicted on the victims has hitherto been bypassed both in India and the world. I have no doubt that this book will shock anyone who reads it.’

The book lays bare the harrowing truth about how the ruling elite of the world’s largest democracy conspired to murder thousands of their country’s citizens in genocidal massacres reminiscent of Nazi-era Germany while the world watched on. Over four days, armed mobs brutally and systematically butchered, torched and raped members of the minority Sikh community living in Delhi and elsewhere. The sheer scale of the killings exceeded the combined civilian death tolls of the conflict in Northern Ireland, Tiananmen Square and 9/11. In Delhi alone at least 3,000 people were killed.

The full extent of what took place has yet to be fully acknowledged. This definitive account based on harrowing victim testimonies and official accounts reveals how the largest mass crime against humanity in India’s modern history was perpetrated by politicians and covered up with the help of the police, judiciary and media. The failings of Western governments – who turned a blind eye to the atrocities for fear of losing trade contracts worth billions – are also exposed.

The Secret's Out - 1984: India's Guilty SecretCover design by Paul Smith

1984: India’s Guilty Secret is now available to pre-order on Amazon UK, Amazon US and Amazon Canada. It will be on general release from 1 November 2017 exactly thirty-three years on from the harrowing events of 1984.

‘The failure to punish this crime against humanity remains
India’s guilty secret’
Geoffrey Robertson QC

Author Profile: Pav Singh

Pav Singh was born in Leeds, England, the son of Punjabi immigrants. As a member of the Magazine and Books Industrial Council of the National Union of Journalists he has been instrumental in campaigning on the issues surrounding the 1984 massacres.

In 2004, he spent a year in India researching the full extent of the pogroms (from which members of his extended family narrowly escaped) and the subsequent cover-up. He met with survivors and witnessed the political fall-out and protests following the release of the flawed Nanavati Report into the killings. His research led to the pivotal and authoritative report 1984 Sikhs’ Kristallnacht, which was first launched in the UK Parliament in 2005 and substantially expanded in 2009. In his role as a community advocate at the Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide, London, he curated the exhibition ‘The 1984 Anti-Sikh Pogroms Remembered’ in 2014 with Delhi-based photographer Gauri Gill.

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