UKPHA is recognised as a leading heritage charity, interested in Punjab's arts, literature, history and traditions. The organisation's roots lie in the personal journeys of its founding members who set out to discover and make sense of their cultural inheritance.

1984: India's guilty secret' and the massacre of Sikhs in Delhi

Our penultimate talk next week is with with author Pav Singh who takes us back to November 1984 India, where the ruling elite of the world’s largest democracy conspired to murder thousands of their Sikh residents. In his book, “1984: India’s Guilty Secret” he shows how this mass crime against humanity was orchestrated by politicians and covered up systematically by the infrastructure of society; police, judiciary, and media. The brutal butchering and remorseless attacks on many innocent citizens are grievously compared to state-sponsored massacres of Nazi-era Germany. His journalistic and forensic lenses investigate India’s Guilty Secret thoroughly. Join us on Monday, where Pav Singh will be sharing this difficult but salient chapter of Sikh history.



Pav Singh

1984 India's Guilty Secret

October 26, 2020
In November 1984, 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 three 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 3000 people were killed. The full extent of what took place has yet to be fully acknowledged. Author, Pav Singh joins bookclub to present the 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.

Amandeep Madra & Parmjit Singh

Warrior Saints

November 2, 2020
Warrior Saints explores the martyrdoms and conflicts that gave rise to a unique warrior culture steeped in the spiritual teachings of the 16th-century mystic poet, Guru Nanak. On his odysseys across Asia, he spoke out fearlessly against the oppression and hypocrisy that he witnessed. Imbibing his concept of righteous opposition to tyranny, his Sikh followers would go on to change the course of world history. When the Mughal Empire began persecuting Sikhs in the 1600s, this community of peaceful devotees took up arms to avert extinction. Warrior Saints tells the compelling story of how they fought back to establish a powerful empire stretching from the borders of Tibet to Afghanistan across Punjab's plains. The Sikh army became one of Asia's most powerful but their growing territorial ambition brought them into conflict with a rival foreign power, the British East India Company.