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Milking 1984 as an Election Issue

Punjab is heading for an assembly poll with two new entities in the fray, the Aam Aadmi Party and theAwaaz-e-Punjab front. While the record of the ruling Shiromani Akali DalBharatiya Janata Party combine is shabby, the Congress still faces the uncomfortable task of answering for Operation Blue Star and issues related to the anti-Sikh violence of 1984. Though AAP looks like it has an advantage because it raised the 1984 issue early, it is open which way the votes will swing and 1984 could yet again be a deciding factor.

Heritage Appropriation: The Patiala Festival

Heritage is a contested arena - a fact brought out during the recent Patiala heritage week celebrations in Punjab. Patiala's heritage is evident in its rich tradition in the fine arts, patronised by its erstwhile ruling family. However, another aspect of its heritage - the politically oppressive rule by its royal family - has been entirely glossed over. Sagas of exploitation, however, are still preserved in folk memories and songs of the peasantry.

Punjab Assembly Elections

In the Punjab assembly elections this year the polarisation of voters between the Congress and the Akali Dal was so sharp that other parties and groups, including the allies of the two, were reduced to the position of spoilers at best.

Punjab : Covering Up Non-Performance

Anti-incumbency has been an important in elections in Punjab, especially in the last decade. This was last evident in the 1999 Lok Sabha elections which were swept by the Congress. Yet chief minister and leader of the ruling AD-BJP coalition, Prakash Singh Badal, seems to have learnt little from experience and seems set on the same electoral gambles that had cost his party dear in the 1999 elections.

Complexities of the Question of Sikh Nationality

While some scholars and religio-political organisations of the Sikhs, such as Akali Dals and SGPC, view the Sikhs as a nationality, certain Hindu chauvinists never tire of repeating that Sikhs are only a part of the larger Hindu community. The issue of Sikh nationality is actually more problematic.
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