Sikh Restitution: Martyrdom Of Juggut Singh

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Sikh Restitution: Martyrdom of Juggut Singh
In Khushwant Singh’s Train To Pakistan M.A.Jenefair (17/PELA/018)
Criticized as presenting “at best a successful re-creation of the event of Partition in terms of the evocation of atmosphere, the historical details and the authenticity of the locale” that is also a “work of superior journalism” (Belliappa 1), Khushwant Singh’s Train To Pakistan is his first noteworthy literary work. Singh’s narrative in his novel is “quite a departure from the predominant narratives of the day that presented a heroic, romanticized narrative of the struggle for India’s independence” as Jaspreet K.Gill says in his essay. His reaction to the partition is “cynical, satirical and rooted in anger” (K.Gill,64) that should have been expressed at the enormous amount of lives that was lost and could have been prevented. Born in 1915 and lived in Lahore, Punjab Singh had first-hand experience with the events that followed the partition of India, which should have been “the joyful culmination of decades of anti-British struggle [and instead] became a shameful debacle as Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs turned on each other in a fury of religious bigotry” (Brians 47-8). Though he was fortunate
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Once again Singh was a direct witness to the horrific event – the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. “Popular media representations of the Sikh tradition flash the image of a ….. negative icon symbolizing religious violence and separatism”(Bhogal 107). Just as blacks were termed as “beasts” for the work of few blacks who practiced violence, they same happened to the Sikhs who were painted as “terrorists” for the barbaric acts of few Sikhs engaged in the Khalistan

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