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Sorrow and the Terror: The Haunting Legacy of the Air India Tragedy Library Binding – June 1, 1987

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  • Library Binding: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Pr; Library Binding edition (June 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670812048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670812042
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,189,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Arthur T. Hu on December 29, 2010
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Most Americans have never heard of the June 1985 bombing of Air India 182 (known in India as the Kanishka bombing). It was the first 747 bombing and the worst act of air terrorism until 9/11. This 1987 book was turned down by American publishers because there weren't any American victims, but this is a book that Americans need to read to know about what is really going on in Canada if Americans think that they were too soft on terrorism.

The Pan Am 103 Lockerbie bombing, blamed on Libya and arab terrorists, would not happen until the next year, was also a bomb hidden in a radio by a passenger who did not board the airplane. That would have been prevented had the lessons of Air India 182, the first flight to use such tactics been learned. America would not be truly awakened to the threat of terrorism based on religious nationalism until 2001.

When written, the suspects hadn't even been identified or arrested yet, but this book shows that Khalistan nationalists like Gurpartap Singh Birk who celebrated the killing of Indian Prime Minister Indira Ghandi were planning many acts of terrorism. It tells the story of Inderjit Singh Reyat, the electrican who was eventually convicted of buying the parts for and rigging just the Tokyo bomb which was suspected as being nearly identical to the AI 182 bomb, yet merely fined and released to work for Jaguar in the UK until his rearrest for. He met Talvinder (Talwinder) Singh Parmar, head of BK but describing himself as an unemployed janitor with a house built in 1982 worth $350,000 to demonstrate a test explosion.

About half of the book is dedicated to stories of the families, women children, men, widows and widowers who were lost or had lost loved ones in the disaster.
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2 of 20 people found the following review helpful By VIPER 3228 on February 24, 2002
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Canadian author Clark Blaise is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa and was the director of the International Writing Program. He was one of the founders of the Montreal Story Tellers Fiction Performance Group. In 2009, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was the founder of the post-graduate program in creative writing at Concordia University. He is married to internationally acclaimed Indian American author Bharati Mukherjee.