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03 August, 2012
Punjab Peasantry in Turmoil
Punjab Peasantry in
By- Birinder Pal Singh (ed.)
Over the last two
decades thousands of peasnts in the
Indian Punjab have sacrificed themselves at the altar of the nation, feeding
the teeming millions. This state, the harbinger of Green Revolution in the
country was the model for the rest of the nation for revoltionizing agriculture
in a colonialized traditional society. The volume also deliberates upon the
critcal issues of the erstwhile Punjab, across the border, now called West
Punjab. Four papers in this volume reflect upon the different aspects of the
peasantry there. The two Punjabs are now afflicted with numerous ailments –
social, economic and political. He farmers are committing suicides. The economic
returns from the over-exploited land are not rising in a proportionate manner
to their expectations and expenditures. Globalization has added fuel to the
fire. The governments in India and Pakistan are not dealing with these issues
protecting the interests of the peasantry. The younger generation is opting out
of agriculture and migrating abroad in search of employment and better life.
What is the crisis that peasantry in the two Punjabs is confronting? What are
its roots and its manifest forms?
In this volume an attempt has
been made to bring together ideas and arguments of activists and scholars from
different disciplines specializing in sociology, economics, political science,
history and literature, all sharing their concern for peasantry. A large canvas
of issues that have brought turmoil in the lives of peasantry like agricultural
policy, globalization, indebtedness, poverty, suicides, caste conflicts,
militancy, violence, migration, etc., have been deliberated upon in this
Birinder Pal Singh teaches in the
Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Punjab University, Patiala.
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