Essay 1: “Uneasy Alliance: SAD-BJP Coalition in Punjab and Economic Development” explores the ironic coalition of Punjab’s regional party, the Shiromani Akali Dal, a representative of the state’s Sikh population and the Bharatiya Janata Party, a right wing Hindu nationalist party. It explains the electoral compulsions and other incentives which brought the two ideologically divergent parties into a winning coalition. The essay concludes with an evaluation of the coalition’s performance with regards to economic development in the state. Essay 2: “Roots of Insurgency in Indian Jammu and Kashmir: a Review” attempts to outline the various factors that culminated in a mass movement for Azadi (freedom) in the Indian part of Jammu and Kashmir in the year 1989. In explaining the insurgency movement, the essay attributes agency to two entities- the Indian state and the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
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