Amritsar: Mrs. Gandhi's Last Battle written by Mark Tully with valuable inputs from Satish Jacob narrates the story where Amritsar became a bloody battleground. Almost two decades later, Operation Blue Star remains one of the most controversial cases in Indian history. This book traces the events that culminated within the Sikh community, resulting in a shift of power amongst them. These events forced the Central Government to take action to try and control the unrest that was building up.
The book mainly highlights the rise of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, who created a stir within the Sikh community with his extremist views, thereby creating a rift between them and the Hindus. The members of this extremist regime were housed in the premises of the Golden Temple, where the army intervened to lure them out. Undaunted by the military's presence, the armed men opened fire, not before they were defeated and eventually captured. Many innocent pilgrims lost their lives during the five day course of Operation Blue Star. Indira Gandhi, who gave the green signal to the military, ended up paying dearly with her life, when her own Sikh bodyguards assassinated her in broad daylight. The authors have used details based on their interviews with the central characters involved in the attack as well as those with the eye witnesses.
Mark Tully was born in British India and despite having a British upbringing, spent a major part of his life in India. He held the position of Bureau Chief of BBC in New Delhi and played a key role in covering all the major incidents in South Asia. His in-depth knowledge of the Indian culture encouraged him to write several books such as Raj to Rajiv: 40 Years of Indian Independence, No Full Stops in India and The Heart of India. Mr. Tully was honoured with a Padma Shree in 1992, followed by a Padma Bhushan in 2005.
Amritsar: Mrs. Gandhi's Last Battle has been published by Rupa publishing, with an ISBN 10 number of 8129109174, and an ISBN 13 number of 9788129109170. It is available in paperback and comprises 261 pages. You can easily buy this book online and get an in-depth knowledge of the situations that led to the infamous Operation Blue Star.