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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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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zed Books (27 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856493563
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856493567
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.6 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 898,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 '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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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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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8a7f6174) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
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HASH(0x8b566cf0) out of 5 stars Controversial Enlightenment 16 April 2000
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Format: Paperback
Violence is a matter of human nature. In Sikhs of the Punjab: Unheard Voices of the State and Guerrilla Violence, by Joyce Pettigrew, there is an interesting take on a much talked about world affair, national self determination. For the Punjab and its Sikhs, it is solely due to lack of respect on human rights issues. In this book, the message is clearly manifested through its gut wrenching details and any reader must prepare to wrap their minds around unbelievable concepts of war and violence. On occasion the terminology is hard to understand but it does not stand in the way of a magnificent hold on a revolutionary idea.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a723474) out of 5 stars An unbiased view. 11 Oct. 2005
By Arshdeep S. Jawandha - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Joyce Pettigrew has done a terrific job. In an unbiased and a lucid manner she presents the affairs that rocked the state. I am a Sikh and lived in Punjab through the days of violence up until 2002. This topic has been written about by others who have either held a biased "state view" or biased "militant view". Sadly, none serves the purpose of truth.

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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a517a14) out of 5 stars Excellent account of the genocide of Sikhs in India 2 Dec. 2000
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Format: Hardcover
A well written account of the events that occured in Sikh Punjab over the last 15 years. Well documented cases of the mass killing of Sikhs by India, backed up by firm evidence.
A must for all those who have an interest in the Sikhs
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a495c00) out of 5 stars Clearly an unbiased view 5 Jan. 2007
By Sandeep S. Sandhu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Author have done really a great job portraying the unbiased situation in punjab during gurilla war days. i myself have witnessed that era. Truthseeker is holding a biased view agiasnt the sikh youth gurillas, they took the arms because state was oprreesive agianst them. author have done really a great job fearlessely as it is hard to do because u still can come under fire from indian government for writting agianst the government. I wanaa cooment to truth seeeker that westren scholars go to punjab to study the great injustice done by government of india to its oepole(500,000 killed or disappeared), not just go there to get scholarships from sikh organizations. moreover no westerner would accept monet from an organization , which as been declared terrorist organization by the great united states government.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a83c1c8) out of 5 stars Unbiased view thus far in West 23 Aug. 2006
By Jalawataan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Dr. Joyce has done a remarkable job of documenting BOTH sides on a "as is" basis. Having migrated to East Punjaab in Nov 1984 as a refugee myself, I can relate to some of the passages in the book as if I was there when it all happened. I agree with Pettigrew when she summarises that the Sikh Natioanlist Movement was over in late 80's when the Indian State has infiltered all oragisations and the senseles killings that ensued in early 90's were a result of the policies framed in the South Block.

Kudos to a Western writer!!
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