ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Return of the Region: Identities and Electoral Politics in Punjab

During the 1980s religion had virtually become the sole axis of politics in Punjab. Revival of 'normal politics' and the electoral process during the 1990s has brought the issues of regional identity and economic interests of different social classes back to the fore. This paper attempts to locate the political context of the one-sided decision of Punjab government to annul its agreement of 1981 with the states of Haryana and Rajasthan on distribution of river waters. Without going into the immediate questions of 'legality' and its implications for the digging of the Satluj-Yamuna Link Canal (SYL), the article looks at the issue in the broader context of changing political alignments in the state's politics.

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