Navdeep Suri has served as India’s Ambassador to UAE, High Commissioner to Australia, Ambassador to Egypt and Consul General in Johannesburg. He has also held diplomatic assignments in Tanzania, UK and the US and has headed the Africa and Public Diplomacy departments of the Ministry of External Affairs. After acclaimed translations of his grandfather Nanak Singh’s novels Pavitra Paapi as The Watchmaker and Adh Khidya Phul as A Life Incomplete, he has worked on Khooni Vaisakhi – a long poem written by Nanak Singh in 1920 after surviving the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.
Nanak Singh's Khooni Vaisakhi
Navdeep Suri in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy and a music rendition by Harpreet
On 13 April 1919, 22-year-old Nanak Singh joined the mass of peaceful protestors agitating against the Rowlatt Act at Jallianwala Bagh. It was a life-changing experience for him: he survived the massacre, unnoticed among the hundreds of corpses, and his poem about the traumatic event, Khooni Vaisakhi, was banned soon after its publication in May 1920. Navdeep Suri, Nanak Singh's grandson, in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy.