Bangalore International Centre in Association with Bangalore Literature Festival and Rupa Publications had arranged the Launch of the book “Roll of Honour” authored by Mr. AmandeepSandhu, on Friday, 30th November, 2012 at 6:30 pm.
The book was set in the 1980s when the Indian government had decided to crush Sikh militants demanding a separate country. The poignant story in the book was told through the eyes of a 16-year-old student at a military school in Punjab. The book dealt with a very sensitive issue and was an evocative novel.
The Chief Guest for the evening was Shri. Chiranjeev Singh, Additional Chief Secretary (Retd), writer and poet. He read few excerpts from the book.
The event was moderated by Dr. UdayBalakrishnan, Member of Indian Postal Board (Retd), Contemporary Historian at Centre for Contemporary Studies, IISC.
Outlining the scheme of the book, Mr. Sandhu confessed that a large part of the boarding school experience narrated in the book was based on his own experience. He spoke about the trauma caused to the Sikh psyche by “Operation Blue Star” and the subsequent 1984 riots, and how the later narratives in his book reflected that trauma.
Both Mr. Chiranjeev Singh and Dr. UdayBalakrishnan felt that a sensitive and imaginative handling of the volatile Punjab situation would have prevented the tragic events there and the course of history would have been different. Both of them thought Mr. Sandhu had handled the whole theme in his book with maturity and objectivity, even though there were passages of raw passion and some amount of profanity.
It was a well-attended function.