Ethnic Conflict in India: A Case-Study of Punjab (Hardback)G. Singh (author)
Hardback 231 Pages
This important new book critically evaluates the conventional reading of ethnicity and ethnic conflict in contemporary Indian politics. By focusing on India's nation and state-building in the peripheral regions since 1947, in particular Punjab, it argues that there is a case for considering India as an ethnic democracy.
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Number of pages: 231
Weight: 465 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 13 mm
'...this collection of essays is an indispensable source of the modern history of Sikh politics in the Punjab and a valuable contribution to contemporary debates on ethnicity, nationalism and the state.' - Paul R. Brass, Ethnic and Racial Studies 'The essays, written over a period of some ten years, represent a systematic effort on the part of a scholar grappling with the political realities of India and will be of great interest for students of South Asian politics. Singh's familiarity with theoretical debates pertaining to ethnicity and politics prepared him well for a systematic analysis of Indian and Sikh politics. His account of the happenings in the Punjab since the beginning of the 1980s is detailed, accurate, and insightful.' - Gurinder Singh Mann, Journal of Asian Studies '[It's] central argument is compelling...The notion of an 'ethnic democracy' offers a new and compelling conceptual framework in which to analyse the Indian democracy and the ethno-nationalist movements in the periphery that often plague it. It deserves to be read. This book will hopefully stimulate serious debate about the issues it examines.' - Jugdep S. Chima, Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics '...a valuable contribution to political science. Scholars interested in questions of control, 'right-sizing' the state and ethnic democracy will find Singh's analysis insightful, if controversial.' - Katharine Adeney, Political Studies 'Everyone in India should read this book.' - C.P. Bhambhri, The Hindu '...a welcome addition to the growing literature on ethnic conflict in the post-Cold War era...a fine book...I recommend this work highly.' - Amandeep Sandhu, Contemporary South Asia
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