Shocking! The book got its name from the infamous statement from Rajiv Gandhi after the 1984 anti-sikh riot -" When a mighty tree falls, it is only natural that the earth around it does shake a little". 'The shaking of earth' is the metaphor he used to refer to the genocide that took the life out 3000 Sikh people. Rajiv Gandhi instead of expressing regret over the unfortunate incident, said it was just natural for the people to vent out their anger. The book shows that 1984 carnage was not a spontaneous outflow of anger against the Sikh community over the assassination of Indira Gandhi but a state sponsored genocide. Gujarat riot, which dragged on for 3 months, resulted in loss of 790 Muslims and 254 Hindus. 1984 genocide which lasted just for 3 days killed close to 3000 Sikh people! That too perpetuated by the goons of the party which consider itself a secular party! What an irony!!
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