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Caste Tensions in Punjab

The recent incidence of conflict involving members of the landowning caste of jats and the scheduled caste of â??ad-dharmis' in the Talhan village of Punjab is far from a typical case of caste violence or 'dalit oppression' frequently reported from other parts of India. Instead, it ought to be viewed as a case of 'dalit assertion' for equal rights and a share in the resources that belong commonly to the village and had so far been in the exclusive control of the locally dominant caste, the jats. Further, notwithstanding the rather peculiar and complex nature of the Talhan case, this could mark the beginning of a new phase in the history of caste relations in Punjab. Though the issues are varied, there seems to be an underlying pattern in several other cases of conflict being currently reported in the state.

Scheduled Castes in Sikh Community

An understanding of the distinctive caste hierarchy in Sikhism and the new pattern of competing hierarchies, parallel to that of the Hindus, calls for insights into the dynamics of political power and economic relations both at the local and regional levels. This paper aims at exploring the trade-off between the doctrinal principles of Sikh religion and the ruling social and political interests in the context of changes in the society and economy of Punjab.

Punjabis in Canada

The Making of Little Punjab in Canada: Patterns of Immigration by Archana B Verma; Sage Publications, New Delhi; pp 254, Rs 495.

Causes of Democratic Downslide

The dominance of the Punjabi and mohajir communities and the perceived bellicosity of India have played a deterministic role in the shaping of Pakistan. The elevation of national security as a topmost state concern and the growing centralisation of powers by a federal government has however led to a growing subordination of parliamentary procedures and the alienation of the smaller provinces. The latest constitutional reforms and a new government only heighten the inherent conflicts that democracy in Pakistan faces.

Punjab: Amnesty for Police Officers

The issue of amnesty to police officers charged with human rights violations in Punjab during the days of militancy became a public issue in the context of the assembly elections in the state. The discourse that developed around it posed human rights and national security as contradicting concepts quite overlooking the fact that there exists a common terrain constituted by norms of constitutional democracy and rule of law.

Surgical Instruments Industry at Jalandhar

The surgical instruments industry concentrated in Punjab's Jalandhar district remains rooted in obsolete production processes and dominated by the unorganised labour sector. However, the industry needs sustained interventions, spearheaded by the state and industry associations to withstand the threat it now faces from liberalisation.

Punjabis in England

The Punjabi diaspora has flourished in England since the 1920s. Today, change is being pushed forward by younger generation influenced by secular institutions in the host society, despite resistance from the older generation. Continuity is seen in the persistence of caste segmentation. A study in two cities, Birmingham and Leamington Spa, focusing on the experience of ad-dharmis shows that caste continues to have relevance across the community.

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