JARNAIL SINGH BHINDRANWALE

  • 30th anniversary of Operation Blue Star June 6, 2014

    Amritsar: Billboards welcome tourists on roads leading to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the holiest place for Sikhs. It is a symbol of peace and it is always festive here. But it was not so three decades back. On June 6, 1984, the area near the Golden Temple was under curfew...
  • 30 years of Operation Blue Star: Chilling black and white photos of the day the Indian Army stormed the Golden Temple June 3, 2014

    Thirty years ago, on this day (June 3, 1984) the Indian Army entered the holiest place for the Sikhs, the Golden Temple in Amritsar, to flush out militants led by Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. Operation Blue Star was a military operation ordered by Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister, to remove...
  • The legacy of Operation Blue Star June 3, 2014

    It was May 1989. I was sitting in the drawing room of one of the sprawling bungalows on Sansad Marg, New Delhi. At the home of my father's mentor and family relative, a Sikh, a serving Major General (name withheld). When the news on the television ended, the General turned...
  • No evidence of British role in Operation Bluestar yet: Cameron January 15, 2014

    London: Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday said there was no evidence so far to suggest that elite British special forces played a role in the 1984 Operation Bluestar to flush out Sikh militants holed up in the Golden Temple. "I don't want to prejudge the outcome, but I would note...
  • Punjabi film 'Sadda Haq' on Khalistan movement banned in Punjab April 5, 2013

    Chandigarh: 'Sadda Haq (Our right), a Punjabi film based on real life events during the Khalistan movement, was tonight banned by the Punjab Government on the eve of its release across theatres in the state tomorrow. According to an official spokesman here, the step to ban the film till further orders...
  • Controversy erupts over Akalis' honour to militants June 6, 2012

    Chandigarh: The Akalis have sparked off a controversy on the 28th anniversary of Operation Blue Star by raising a memorial for militants killed in the operation and honouring former chief minister Beant Singh's assassin Balwant Singh Rajoana. The memorial inside the Golden Temple complex glorifies militant leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale...
  • Book by Congress vindicates our stand: Badal June 12, 2011

    Patiala: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said that the recent book published by Congress party vindicated Akali Dal's stand that leaders of the ruling party at the Centre was responsible for the 1980s crisis in the state. He, however, refused to comment on the allegation that militant...
  • Bhindranwale 'demonised', Sikh body wants Advani's apology April 12, 2008

    New Delhi: A Sikh body has taken exception to the description of militant leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale as bhasmasur (a mythological demon) by BJP leader L K Advani in his autobiography and demanded a public apology from him. "We always had a good relationship with BJP. But until and unless Advani...
  • Terrorist's portrait in Temple precincts raises storm December 2, 2007

    Amritsar: The Akali Dal government in Punjab is under a great deal of pressure from the Congress and even its own ally, the BJP, for installing a portrait of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, the feared leader of the militant movement in Punjab, within the Golden temple. Bhindranwale was the man at...