The scars of Operation Bluestar

Thirty years ago, Operation Blue Star, the militar... more

File photo of General Arun Shridhar Vaidya who masterminded Operation Blue Star, a military assault on the Golden Temple in 1984, to rid the sacred place of separatists committed to the cause of Khalistan. Hindustan Times
1/6File photo of General Arun Shridhar Vaidya who masterminded Operation Blue Star, a military assault on the Golden Temple in 1984, to rid the sacred place of separatists committed to the cause of Khalistan. Hindustan Times
 The then prime minister Indira Gandhi at the Golden Temple. Gandhi was assassinated in the wake of the operation Blue Star by two of her bodyguards, Satwant Singh and Beant Singh. Hindustan Times
2/6 The then prime minister Indira Gandhi at the Golden Temple. Gandhi was assassinated in the wake of the operation Blue Star by two of her bodyguards, Satwant Singh and Beant Singh. Hindustan Times
Activists of the Dal Khalsa Sikh organisation participate in a vigil for victims of Operation Blue Star outside the Golden Temple in Amritsar on June 5, 2012, the eve of “Ghallughara Diwas”, the 28th Anniversary of Operation Blue Star. AFP
3/6Activists of the Dal Khalsa Sikh organisation participate in a vigil for victims of Operation Blue Star outside the Golden Temple in Amritsar on June 5, 2012, the eve of “Ghallughara Diwas”, the 28th Anniversary of Operation Blue Star. AFP
A Sikh man sits inside one of the complexes in Golden Temple.  Marks of the bullet shots fired during operation Blue Star are clearly visible. Official records put the death toll in the operation at 575, though unofficial claims peg them much higher. Reuters
4/6A Sikh man sits inside one of the complexes in Golden Temple. Marks of the bullet shots fired during operation Blue Star are clearly visible. Official records put the death toll in the operation at 575, though unofficial claims peg them much higher. Reuters
A painting of separatist leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and the Akal Takht in the museum inside the  Golden temple. Bhindranwale led the terror movement for a separate sikh nation and was eventually shot dead during the operation. Mint
5/6A painting of separatist leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and the Akal Takht in the museum inside the Golden temple. Bhindranwale led the terror movement for a separate sikh nation and was eventually shot dead during the operation. Mint
A view of the Golden temple in Amritsar, Punjab. The temple is sacred to all Sikhs and is also revered by other communities. After that brief period of militancy, it has been restored to its former glory. Mint
6/6A view of the Golden temple in Amritsar, Punjab. The temple is sacred to all Sikhs and is also revered by other communities. After that brief period of militancy, it has been restored to its former glory. Mint
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