ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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WEST BENGAL-Pyrrhic Victory

ties, not political, which make us sympathise with them!' The Sikh villager in Punjab seems to be caught in a trap, between his pragmatic stake in profitable farming on the one hand and his clannish consanguinity with the wayward 'boys' of his village on the other. Police persecution is driving more and more boys into the folds of either terrorism or the common criminal underworld. The villager's natural sympathy for these persecuted youth need not be mistaken for commitment to Khalistani terrorism. The general feeling

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