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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on the recent troubles
Joyce Pettrigrew has acurately decribed in depth the situation facing Sikhs in the Punjab. Through heart rendering interviews with those directly involved in the Sikh freedom movement, she convers the mood as well as the repressive environment present in the state during the 80s and 90s.
No student of South Asian current or historical affairs should be without this...
Published on 6 Feb 2003

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2.0 out of 5 stars Highly critical analysis of Sikh militancy in the 80's, 90's
This book is about the Sikh militancy in the late 80's and 90's, in India which was a response to the Indian Government attacking Sikh shrines and the genocide of the Sikhs in 1984.
The anthropologist who wrote this book did it seems, go to great lengths to study and research the relevant areas. But she has fallen down in the way that she has abrasively criticised...
Published on 29 May 2001


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2.0 out of 5 stars Highly critical analysis of Sikh militancy in the 80's, 90's, 29 May 2001
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This review is from: The Sikhs of the Punjab: Unheard Voices of State and Guerilla Violence (Politics in Contemporary Asia) (Paperback)
This book is about the Sikh militancy in the late 80's and 90's, in India which was a response to the Indian Government attacking Sikh shrines and the genocide of the Sikhs in 1984.
The anthropologist who wrote this book did it seems, go to great lengths to study and research the relevant areas. But she has fallen down in the way that she has abrasively criticised almost all Sikh groups and prominent individuals.
The only person it seems she has given respect to is Zaffarwal who has misteriously been arrested in India recently. All other prominent figures have been criticised in some shape or form.
The book is thus highly biased...
The book can be read to gain insights about the movement of Sikh militancy, but readers would have to bare in mind the highly biased views. Additionally Zaffarwal it seems has now given up his militancy of old and wants to lead a peaceful family life, this goes against all tenennat of Pettigrews text, rendering it useless.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on the recent troubles, 6 Feb 2003
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This review is from: The Sikhs of the Punjab: Unheard Voices of State and Guerilla Violence (Politics in Contemporary Asia) (Paperback)
Joyce Pettrigrew has acurately decribed in depth the situation facing Sikhs in the Punjab. Through heart rendering interviews with those directly involved in the Sikh freedom movement, she convers the mood as well as the repressive environment present in the state during the 80s and 90s.
No student of South Asian current or historical affairs should be without this valuable insight.
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