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Identity & Survival

Identity & Survival

Sikh Militancy in India 1978-1993 With a New Introduction by Amandeep Sandhu

Dhillon Kirpal
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Drawing on his experiences in Punjab as director general of police from 3 July 1984-within weeks of Operation Blue Star-to 22 August 1985, Kirpal Dhillon writes about the phase of militancy in the state as not just a law and order problem but a question of Sikh nationalism, of a minority under threat. This is an insider’s view of the factors that bedeviled Punjab for close to two decades. Coming from a man who witnessed the drama first-hand and analyzed its historical causes, this book is a valuable addition to literature on the Sikh community’s darkest years-a phase that is not necessarily over.

Imprint: India Penguin

Published: Jun/2024

ISBN: 9780143100362

Length : 432 Pages

MRP : ₹450.00

Identity & Survival

Sikh Militancy in India 1978-1993 With a New Introduction by Amandeep Sandhu

Dhillon Kirpal

Drawing on his experiences in Punjab as director general of police from 3 July 1984-within weeks of Operation Blue Star-to 22 August 1985, Kirpal Dhillon writes about the phase of militancy in the state as not just a law and order problem but a question of Sikh nationalism, of a minority under threat. This is an insider’s view of the factors that bedeviled Punjab for close to two decades. Coming from a man who witnessed the drama first-hand and analyzed its historical causes, this book is a valuable addition to literature on the Sikh community’s darkest years-a phase that is not necessarily over.

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Dhillon Kirpal

As a member of the Indian Police Service, Kirpal Singh Dhillon served as director general of police in Punjab and Madhya Pradesh, and as joint director, Central Bureau of Investigation, among other challenging assignments. After retirement, he served a tenure as vice chancellor of Bhopal University and has also been a hockey administrator and a human rights advocate. He was the author of Defenders of the Establishment, Police and Politics in India and Identity and Survival: Sikh Militancy in India 1978 1993, and wrote essays on the Indian Constitution, human rights, minority issues and the Bhopal gas disaster. He was a fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla.

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