In Photos: Revisiting The Sites Of 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots 31 Years Later

Posted on October 31, 2016 in PhotoNama, Staff Picks

By Mili Agarwal:

October 31, 1984, was one of the most violent days in the history of India’s capital, Delhi. In the morning, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by two of her Sikh bodyguards. As the news spread, anti-Sikh riots broke out in various parts of Delhi. Ruthless mobs massacred Sikhs, torched their religious places and destroyed their properties. It was mayhem all over Delhi. More than 3,000 Sikh men, women and children were killed by rampaging mobs. The government had come to a standstill position. The policemen and women turned into mute spectators as they watched burning, looting and killing of the innocents while members of the ruling Congress party were widely accused of encouraging the violence.

In the middle of this stood a young civil engineer with the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Sajid Raza Khan, an amateur photographer, who tried to capture some of the most horrific scenes as he wandered around West Delhi. For 30 years, he has lived with those haunting images. There has been no sense of closure for him. In February 2015, he retired from the DDA, picked up his camera and decided to visit all those places where he had taken pictures of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

1984: Images Revisited‘ is an exhibition of photographs of the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 by Sajid Raza Khan:

11-new

22-new

33-new

44-new

55-new

6 6-new

77-new

88-new

99-new

10
10-new

1111-new

12
12-new

1313-new

1414-new

1515-new

1616-new

17
17-new

1818-new

Watch the interview with the photographer here:

Youth Ki Awaaz is an open platform where anybody can publish. This post does not necessarily represent the platform's views and opinions.