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The Sikhs of the Punjab: Unheard Voices of State and Guerilla Violence (Politics in Contemporary Asia) Paperback – 27 Apr 1995
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'No other scholar in the West as the knowledge, the analytical skill, or the sympathy to present a study of the Punjab during the violent confrontation of 1984 to 1992.'
Paul R. Brass, University of Washington
About the Author
Joyce Pettigrew is a reader in anthropology at Queen's University, Belfast.
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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.
No student of South Asian current or historical affairs should be without this valuable insight.
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I read the review of this gentleman Truth Seeker who sounds very hurt by what Dr. Pettigrew has written. His hurt results from his non-agreement with Dr. Pettigrew's view. He says "she never lived in Punjab as a commoner and never lost a friend or relative in vigilante violence", right he is and I hope that he understands, that this is what gives her an ability to have an unbiased view.
So hurt is the gentleman that he goes to the extreme of using strong words like "dishonest", "crude", for the writer and "dastardly" for the people that she writes about etc. etc. He goes on to question the moral reasons behind the stance of the writer and sees the funding from the "terror lobbies" as a reason for that stance. His annoyance has taken away reasonable intellectual argument and has replaced it with an emotional character assassination. The gentleman digresses from the task at hand; he writes his views about the struggle rather than write a book review, probably not the place to do so. This gentleman, who happens to stand on the "other side" of the line, is not qualitatively different from the people who stand on the other side. Such emotional thinkers, will serve the purpose of perpetuation of the differences at best.
God Bless you all Bal
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