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Why the Sikhs are hurting

The causes of anger are broadly four: Existential threat, incarceration of Bandi Singhs, those accused of sacrilege not being caught, and a rhetorical one, what's wrong with a Sikh Rashtra?


Shekhar Gupta
There are two most important similarities between the mood in Punjab today and at the peak of the earlier crisis in the early 1980s.

The first similarity is the good one. If you walk around Punjab and ask a random sample of Sikhs if they believe in creating a state separate from India — or what is loosely called Khalistan — the chances are that a very, very large majority will say no. It will be unanimous unless you run into an oddball.

Many may even ask you to get your head examined. The fact is — although many in
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First Published: Mar 25 2023 | 9:30 AM IST

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