Terrorism in Punjab

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Gyan Publishing House, Jan 1, 2000 - Punjab (India) - 412 pages
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The traumatic events in Punjab in the eighties and early nineties with the rise of Khalistani terrorism shook the entire nation. This book brings together all aspects of the problem in its national and international dimensions, a brilliant analysis of why it happened and provides an answer to what must be done to overcome the menace of terrorism and secessionism to preserve the unity and integrity of our country.

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This book is totally awful, especially when one has done immense objective research in the area. I have read a number of books such as this one that seem to have a totally biased point of view. One of the reasons that such literature is so badly written and researched is primarily because they use books, newspaper articles, journals etc from 1978 onwards to prove their point. Majority of this literature was biased and published during the time when there was total media blackout in Punjab (in many cases there is even now). One major failing that such books have is that they repeatedly and miserably fail to understand and present Sikhs, in particular baptised Sikhs and provide them with a voice to understand the "terrorism" in Punjab. Such biased books also never shed light on the state terrorism from 1984 onwards that propelled many Sikh into joining the movement. If you would like a more objective and comprehensive book on the events in Punjab please read Faith and Nation by Cythnia Keppley Mahmood etc.  

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This is an extremely biased book. Though it provides some valid points, it fails to recognize some other keys points such as a reason for such uprisings. BY simply stating the movement at the time as a terrorist movement is not a sufficient statement and nor is a justifiable one as this book is clearly and completely biased. I suggest reading other books like Fighting for faith hand nation something that provides a neutral perspective. The author of this book seems like a complete Hindu/Anti-Sikh. He has no idea about the Sikh history/use of weapons etc. He's ideas are clearly formulated from a already well biased perspective rather a critical viewpoint. Despite presenting evidence, it does not give rise to such critical statements to be made by someone of another until other view points are assessed and analyzed. A shameful book with just government filled propaganda, does not even deserve to be published until it is properly justified and proved without any other government considerations, because sources from the Indian government cannot be trusted for such matters. I'm sorry but its the plain stone hard truth.
Also by the words of this author he does not even know what the Anandhpur Sahib Resolution was, I read a lot of books on this matter, from all perspectives, When i see a bad book, i mean i see a BAD book. Before u read this, read someting more neutral on the matter to get a better understanding.

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