Society and Identity
1984 anti-Sikh violence is part of the collective memory of Sikh population, not just in India but across the world now. This collective memory of unparalleled violence, betrayal and suffering has been passed on from generation to generation as an heirloom. The progeny of those who were trapped in the whirlpool of 1984 anti-Sikh violence often find themselves embroiled in the same chaos as heirs of the bruised psyche. But this is not the whole story of the 1984 anti-Sikh violence. An equally but often untouched part of the full story is that the communal amity which helped many of the targeted community members to escape the onslaughts and find safe passage or shelters during the carnage was never cared to be studied at all while attempting a critical analysis of the anti-Sikh violence being orchestrated during 1984. In almost all the studies focusing on 1984 anti-Sikh violence or for that matter any other similar case study, the major thrust remained on rioting, arsenal and sabotage. Communal harmony, inter-community amity and acts of communal solidarity during the carnage remained conspicuous by their invisibility in the narratives of community rioting/violence studies. The present study is a modest attempt to fill in such glaring gaps in the burgeoning literature on communal conflicts. This study aims to point out that human beings not only pose dangers to each other, they also hold hope for each other.