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The Problem Is Wider Than Punjab

The Problem Is Wider Than Punjab Romesh Thapar THE month of June is fated to become tension-ridden for Punjab. Soon, despite all the claims of Akali factions, the jathedars will have to decide whether they support Barnala or Badal. Much will hang on this decision because it will tell us whether the Akali Dal as a political formation is prepared to function within the existing parameters of Indian democratic practice or is determined to place itself out of bounds. The call is out for a military mop up of terrorist nests. Governor's rule is again mooted. Against this background of uncertainty and anxiety, the jathedars of the Akali Dal will give their verdict. Not for the first time has portentous decision-making come to rest on men with a rather simple and narrow vision that hardly moves beyond Sikh interests in Punjab.

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