Information on Operation Blue Star, particularly on how the decision was made to storm the Golden Temple, the events that triggered the decision, the length of the operation, what was found inside the temple, the repercussions for the Sikh community, the public response in India and internationally, and the present status of the temple [IND25999.E]

For information on the these subjects, please consult the following documents, which are available at Regional Documentation Centres: the IRBDC's April 1990 India: Country Profile, chapter 2 of Asia Watch's August 1991 report entitled Punjab in Crisis: Human Rights in India, and Paul Wallace's article "Political Violence and Terrorism in India: The Crisis of Identity." Information can also be found in Santokh Singh Dharam's The Only Option for Sikhs (1984), available at the Ottawa Resource Centre, and in the 1986 International Sikh Youth Federation's publication entitled Oppression in Punjab, available at the Ottawa and Toronto Front Documentation Centres.

For additional information on the effects of Operation Blue Star on Indian nationals in general, and on Sikhs in particular, please consult the following Responses to Information Requests: IND11287 of 22 July 1992 on the 7 June 1990 general strike organized in Jalandhar by various Sikh political parties and organizations during the anniversary week of Operation Blue Star; IND11088 of 15 June 1992 on the exit requirements of certain professionals following Operation Blue Star; IND11086 of 15 June 1992 on reporting a change of address to the police following Operation Blue Star; and IND22626.E of 5 February 1996 on the desertion of Sikhs from the Indian army following Operation Blue Star. All of these Responses are available at Regional Documentation Centres.

The Reuters attachment briefly discusses the state of the Golden Temple in 1991.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.


Reuters. 23 December 1991. BC Cycle. Bill Tarrant. "Sikhs Repair Golden Temple, but Scars of Invasion Remain."