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The Sikh Separatist Insurgency in India
Political Leadership and Ethnonationalist Movements

First Edition
  • Jugdep S Chima - Associate Editor for South Asia, Asian Survey, University of California, Berkeley


March 2010 | 332 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
The "Punjab crisis," a two-decade long armed insurgency that emerged as a violent ethnonationalist movement in the 1980s and gradually transformed into a secessionist struggle, resulted in an estimated 25,000 casualties in Punjab. This ethnonationalist movement, on one hand, ended the perceived notion of looking at Punjab as the model of political stability in independent India and, on the other, raised several lingering socio-political questions which have great effect on Indian politics for decades to come, including the prospects of recurring ethnic insurgencies.

The Sikh Separatist Insurgency in India: Political Leadership and Ethnonationalist Movements provides an authoritative political history of the Sikh separatist insurgency in Punjab by focussing on "patterns of political leadership", a previously unexplored explanatory variable. It describes in detail the trends which led to the emergence of the "Punjab crisis", the various dynamics through which the movement sustained itself and the changing nature of "patterns of political leadership" which eventually resulted in its decline in the mid-1990s.

Providing a microhistorical analysis of the "Punjab crisis," this book argues that the trajectories of ethnonationalist movements are largely determined by the interaction between self-interested ethnic and state political elites, who not only react to the structural choices they face, but whose purposeful actions and decisions ultimately affect the course of ethnic group—state relations. It consolidates this theoretical preposition through a comparative analysis of four contemporary global ethnonationalist movements—those occurring in Chechnya, Northern Ireland, Kashmir, and Assam.

This book will be of interest to students and academics studying political science and history, especially those working on South Asia and the Sikhs, and also for public policy practitioners in multi-ethnic societies. It remains invaluable reading for those interested in the phenomenon of ethnonationalism.

Foreword

Dr Paul Wallace
Preface

 
 
I: INTRODUCTION
"Patterns of Political Leadership" and Ethnonationalist Insurgency

 
Sikh Ethnic Identity and Early Post-Independence Politics in Punjab

 
 
II: THE EMERGENCE OF THE SIKH ETHNONATIONALIST MOVEMENT (1978-1984)
Beginnings of Sikh Extremism (1978-1981)

 
Emergence of Ethnonationalist Violence (1981-1983)

 
Agitation, Ethnic Insurgency, and the Road to Operation Bluestar (1983-1984)

 
 
III: THE SUSTENANCE OF THE SIKH ETHNONATIONALIST MOVEMENT (1984-1992)
Failed Political Compromises and Re-marginalizaion of Sikh Moderates (1984-1986)

 
Reorganization of the Militants and the Armed Struggle for Khalistan (1986- 1988)

 
The Divided State and Electoral Victory of the Extremists (1988-1990)

 
Escalating Factionalism and Internecine Violence within the Separatist Movement (1990-1992)

 
 
IV: THE DEMISE OF THE SIKH ETHNONATIONALIST MOVEMENT (1992-1997)
The Crushing of the Violent Sikh Ethnonationalist Movement by the Unified State (1992-1993)

 
The Return of Normalcy to Punjab and Sikh Politics (1993-1997)

 
 
V: CONCLUSION
"Patterns of Political Leadership" and Ethnonationalist Insurgency in a Comparative Perspective

 
Glossary

 
Select Bibliography

 
Index

 

The book is a diligent, dense narrative of the insurgency in India’s state of Punjab from 1970 to the 1990s…The book provides a valuable compilation of details about the Punjab insurgency – a narrative that goes year by year and almost month by month at some junctures.

The Journal of Asian Studies

The book throws light on the political history of the Sikh separatist insurgency in Punjab by focusing on "patterns of political leadership", the trends which led to the emergence of the `Punjab crisis`, the various dynamics through which the movement sustained itself and the changing nature of "patterns of political leadership" which led to its decline in the mid-1990`s.

Organiser

It is an important resource on the state of Punjab and the journey that it has emerged out of. The work has to be read as carefully as it has been written.

The Tribune

Jugdep S Chima`s The Sikh Separatist Insurgency in India addresses not only this turning point, but encompasses, within its 315 pages, a commendable account of the rise, sustenance and decline of the Sikh quest for an independent state. It should be useful reading for public policymakers and the intelligence community. The book is the story of a model province`s dramatic transformation into a hotbed of an ethno-nationalist movement and its mutation into an armed secessionist uprising for the creation of an independent Sikh state.

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