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The Legacy of Militancy in Punjab

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

First Edition

November 2019 | 240 pages | SAGE Select

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.

Due Process: Punjab
Due Process: Delhi
If You Can’t Be Good
On the Cultural Front
Khalistan Redux

Exciting writing buttressed by new documentation and presentation makes this an essential book for general as well as scholarly readers. Punjab, militancy, political and judicial behaviour are expertly provided in a straight and provocative manner.

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

This is a thoughtful compendium of misdemeanours of the Indian state suffered by civil society in the wake of more than a decade of militancy and supposedly justified by it. Juxtaposed to plentiful official propaganda, the book is a grim reminder of what has actually happened, and is a timely warning that we should continually check our defences. Dona Suri has brought a neatness and a conversational touch which in no way lessens the anger and sadness that you will feel.

J. P. S. Uberoi,
Formerly Professor of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics

A superb sum up of our times written with wit and loving detachment.

Rajwinder Singh Bains,
Senior Advocate, Punjab and Haryana Court and veteran human rights activist

Inderjit Singh Jaijee

Inderjit Singh Jaijee is well known in Punjab for his work to ensure education for rural children whose fathers have committed suicide as well as for his advocacy of civil rights and human rights. In the course of this work, he has been arrested 17 times and imprisoned five times. He remains active in this cause. The organizations with which he is associated—the Baba Nanak Educational Society and the Movement Against State Repression—are both scrupulously apolitical and non-sectarian.Until 1983, he was a marketing executive for Dunlop India Ltd. In that year, as the situation in Punjab deteriorated, he took voluntary retirement and... More About Author

Dona Suri

Dona Suri came to India at the age of 22 and has remained here ever since. She looks back on 35 years as an editor, starting her career with India Today and subsequently working for The Tribune, The Indian Express and Hindustan Times. She retired as associate editor from Hindustan Times. She provided editorial and research assistance in Inderjit Singh Jaijee’s previous two books and has written two books of science history for young readers (The Story of Iron and The Story of Copper). More About Author

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ISBN: 9789353287139