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Cry For An Endangered Homeland? The Contours Of Sikh Diasporic Nationalism Since 19840

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This chapter provides some data on how the overseas Sikhs' alliance was transformed into a cry for an independent homeland in June 1984 and how this idea found some sympathy and approval from Sikh migrants dispersed across many countries. It draws on the vernacular Punjabi press, creative writings, popular songs, numerous booklets and propaganda materials issued by Sikh groups and associations. The chapter first examines the Sikh diaspora's main characteristics, its strength in terms of location, numbers, resources and the elite. It then analyses the nature of the relationship that existed between overseas Sikhs and Punjab during the pre-1984 period. Next, it deals with the turmoil which followed the army action in the Golden Temple in June 1984. The paper concludes by offering some thoughts on how overseas Sikhs' relations with their land of origins stands radically changed since 1984.

Keywords:Golden Temple; independent homeland; overseas Sikhs' alliance; Punjab; Sikh diaspora; Sikh migrants; turmoil



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