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The Legacy of Militancy in Punjab
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The Legacy of Militancy in Punjab
Long Road to ‘Normalcy’



November 2019 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same manHeraclitus

Militancy convulsed Punjab from roughly 1984 to 1994. Afterwards, politicians, government spokespersons and assorted intellectuals declared that ‘Khalistan’ was gone and the state was ‘returning to normalcy’ as though the state would suddenly find itself in some pleasant place of bygone era. But that is far from the truth.In reality, when the gunfire ceased, 10 years of turmoil left lasting scars and chronic afflictions. Reduced accountability warped administrative and executive ‘culture’ and threat perception coloured the attitude of the judiciary for years. Victimization at the hands of both police and insurgents created risk-averse citizens who prioritized personal safety above all, while policies pertaining to state debt and industry impacted economic development.This book recounts the no-holds-barred struggle to suppress militancy that morphed into an unrestricted abuse of power. It details how militancy affected the credibility of the judiciary, why trials dragged on for 25 years, how militancy influenced the popular culture and how the youth are still responding to conditions in today’s Punjab.


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
Normalcy
 
Due Process: Punjab
 
Due Process: Delhi
 
If You Can’t Be Good
 
On the Cultural Front
 
Khalistan Redux
 
Epilogue
 
Bibliography

‘Exciting writing buttressed by new documentation and presentation make this an essential book for general as well as scholarly readers’.

Paul Wallace,
Political Scientist and Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri

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ISBN: 9789353287139
£16.00