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State of Subversion

Radical Politics in Punjab in the 20th Century, 1st Edition

Edited by Virinder S. Kalra, Shalini Sharma

Routledge India

264 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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This volume looks at the interface between ideology, religion and culture in Punjab in the 20th century, spanning from colonial to post-colonial times. Through a rereading of the history of Punjab and of Punjabi migrant networks the world over, it interrogates the term ‘radicalism’ and its relationship with terms such as ‘militancy’, ‘terrorism’ and ‘extremism’ in the context of Punjab and elsewhere during the period; explores the relationship between left and religious radicalism — such as the Ghadar movement and the Akalis — and the continuing role of radical movements from British Punjab to the independent states of India and Pakistan.

Expanding the dimensions on the study of Punjab and its historical impact in the South Asian region, this book will interest scholars and students of modern Indian history, politics and sociology.

Table of Contents

1. State of Subversion: Aspects of Radical Politics in Twentieth Century Punjab Shalini Sharma & Virinder Kalra 2. Progressives, Punjab and Pakistan: The Early Years Kamran Asdar Ali 3. Majlis-i-Ahrar-i-Islam: Religion, Socialism and Agitation in Action Tahir Kamran 4. An Unfulfilled Dream: The Left in Pakistan ca. 1947–50 Ali Raza 5. Alternative Politics and Dominant Narratives: Communists and the Pakistani State in the Early 1950s Anushay Malik 6. ‘In One Hand a Pen in the Other a Gun’: Punjabi Language Radicalism in Punjab, Pakistan Virinder Kalra & Waqas M. Butt 7. The Indian Workers’ Association Coventry 1938–1990: Political and Social Action Talvinder Gill 8. A Long Strange Trip: The Lives in Exile of Har Dayal Benjamin Zachariah 9. Communism and ‘Democracy’: Punjab Radicals and Representative Politics in the 1930s Shalini Sharma

About the Editors

Virinder S. Kalra is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester, UK. He is the author of Sacred and Secular Musics: A Postcolonial Approach (2014). Widely published, his areas of research include Punjabi popular culture, British racism and themes in creative resistance.

Shalini Sharma is Lecturer in Colonial and Postcolonial History at Keele University, UK. She has written on radical politics in Punjab and is currently working on Indian intellectuals and the USA.

About the Series

South Asian History and Culture

This series brings together research on South Asia in the humanities and social sciences, and provides scholars with a platform covering, but not restricted to, their particular fields of interest and specialisation.

A significant concern for the series is to focus across the whole of the region known as South Asia, and not simply on India, as is often the case. There will be a conscious attempt to publish regional studies and bring together scholarship on and from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and other parts of South Asia.

This series will consciously initiate synergy between research from within academia and that from outside the formal academy. A focus will be to bring into the mainstream more recently developed disciplines in South Asian studies which have till date remained in the nature of specialised fields: for instance, research on film, media, photography, sport, medicine, environment, to mention a few. The series will address this gap and generate more comprehensive knowledge fields.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Radicalism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies