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The Dark Side of “India Shining”

Chaman Lal’s story is emblematic of the consequences of “national security” operations and policies that turn a blind eye to abuses. Although the vast majority of India’s counterinsurgency victims in Punjab were Sikh, impunity empowered its security forces to target anyone, including poor Hindu families like Chaman Lal’s. Above, watch him describe how the Punjab […]

Our Voices Matter

When Tarlok Singh and Balbir Kaur celebrated the birth of their son Surjit Singh, they could never have imagined he would live such a short life. Yet, in the midst of the violence that plagued Punjab during the “Decade of Disappearances,” Punjab Police killed Surjit Singh, like thousands of others, in a fake encounter. He […]