Srishti Bhardwaj photographs Indian Sikh’s as she talks to them about the idea of religion, the genocide 33 years ago and what it means to them today

Thirty three years ago, in the first week of November, more than 3,000 Sikhs were killed in New Delhi and over 8,000 more in 40 cities across India, while several others were injured in a pogrom by the members of the Indian National Congress. This was in response to the Prime Minister, Mrs. Gandhi being assassinated by her two Sikh bodyguards who wanted to avenge Operation Blue Star—the military action on the Darbar Sahib (The Golden Temple) which had left thousands of civilians dead. Three decades later, those who survived this violence are yet to be receive justice and those who perpetrated the violence have still not been held accountable. As the anniversary of this genocide draws close, Srishti Bhardwaj photographs Indian Sikh’s as she talks to them about the idea of religion, the genocide 33 years ago and what it means to them today.

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