ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Violence, Migration and Entrepreneurship

This paper is an in-depth study of how violence during the peak period of militancy in the Punjab induced forced migration on the part of several business communities. A survey of three villages reveals that violence led to a rupturing of the traditional caste determined occupations, especially in the countryside and semi-urban areas, with the result that agrarian castes such as jat Sikhs or those lower in the social order were able to take to business. The paper argues for some intervention on the part of the state to alleviate the sufferings of those displaced and ensure that displacement of one community by another does not lead to pronounced societal upheavals.

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