CONTENTS:- 1. Introduction; 2. Rise of Sikh Militancy; 3. Darbar Sahib Complex: Amidst Militancy and Terrorism; 4. The Akali Dal Factions in Between Militant and Democratic Politics; 5. Contemporary Perceptions of Rise and Fall of the Militancy; 6. Epilogue: Legitimizing Militants; Bibliography; Newspapers/Periodicals.
This publication "Myth and Reality of the Sikh Militancy" covering a period (1978to 1992) is an objective study of significant events such as sant Jarnil Singh Bhindranwale's rise and his dharma parchar morcha, violent clash between Sant Nirankaris and the asherents if Sant Bhindranwale and the Akhand Kirtani jatha on 13th April 1978 ad the Politics of the Akali-BJP coalition government; launching of the dharma yudh by the Akalis (1982) and their confrontation with the Delhi Sarkar; emergence of communal violence and the Khalistani agenda; the Operation Blue Star (1984) and the Operation Black Thunder (1988); the politics of Sarbat Khalas and the rise of the terrorist movement; collapse of the civil rule an resumption of democratic politics (1992) etc. All through this period, the political, social and religious leaders and activists irrespective of their party affiliations, intelligentsia, and media-barons and journalists played multiple but many a times contradictory roles. The book describes that with a few exceptions, the role of the persons as well as institutions involved invariably changed from moderate to extremist to moderate, or from communal to secular or vice-versa.