The Sikh Separatist Insurgency in India

The Sikh Separatist Insurgency in India

Political Leadership and Ethnonationalist Movements

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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 deaths 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 politico-social questions which will have great effect on Indian politics for decades to come.

The Sikh Separatist Insurgency in India: Political Leadership and Ethnonationalist Movements provides an authoritative political history of the Sikh separatist insurgency in Punjab by focusing on patterns of political leadership, a previously unexplored variable. It describes in detail the events which led to the emergence of the Punjab crisis, the various means through which the movement was sustained, and the changing nature of political leadership and courses of military action which resulted in its decline in the mid-1990s.

Providing a microhistorical analysis of the crisis, the book argues that the trajectories of ethnonationalist movements are largely based on the interaction between self-interested 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 in Chechnya, Northern Ireland, Kashmir and Assam.

This book will be of interest to students and academics studying political science, history, South Asia and the Sikhs, and also for public policy practitioners in multi-ethnic societies.
This book provides an authoritative political history of the Sikh separatist insurgency in Punjab by focusing on the “patterns of political leadership”, a previously unexplored variable. It describes in detail the events which led to the emergence of the “Punjab Crisis”, the various means through which the movement was sustained, and the changing nature of political leadership and courses of military action which necessitated its decline in the mid-1990s.

Providing a microhistorical analysis of the Punjab crisis, the book argues that the trajectories of ethnonationalist movements are largely based on the interaction between self-interested 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.


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Frustrated at the lack of a systematic political history of the entire trajectory of the ethnonatinoalist Sikh separatist movement in the Punjab region of South Asia amid the literature on the "Punjab crisis," Chima (Associate Editor for South Asia, Asian Survey, a journal of the Institute of East Asian Studies at the U. of California at Berkeley) here traces the emergence, development, and eventual demise of the movement from the early-1980s to the 1990s, focusing on the organizations and individuals involved in the conflict, their changing motivations and interests over time, and the political interrelationships with one another. Simultaneously, he develops a theory concerning the impact of "patterns of political leadership" on the Sikh movement and ethnonationalist movements generally and tests the theory's general applicability on the cases of Chechnya, Northern Ireland, Kashmir, and Assam. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Los Angeles : SAGE, 2010
ISBN: 9788132105381
8132105389
9788132103028
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xix, 314 pages) : illustrations

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