Contents: 1. Administrative space/Gopal Krishan and Surya Kant. 2. Punjab administration at work/P.H. Vaishnav. 3. Nehru, Indira Gandhi and the Punjab/Tejwant S. Gill. 4. The Punjab Congress/P.S. Verma. 5. Sikh identity, the Akalis and Khalistan/J.S. Grewal. 6. A decade of violence, 1983-92/K.D. Dhillon. 7. Violence in retrospect/Pramod Kumar. 8. The logic of Sikh militancy/Birinder Pal Singh. 9. Demographic change/Gopal Krishan. 10. Urbanisation since independence/Gopal Krishan. 11. Patriarchal structure and violence against women/Rainuka Dagar. 12. Dalits in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh/S.K. Gupta. 13. Attached labour in Haryana/Surinder S. Jodhka. 14. The village community in Punjabi novel/J.S. Rahi and S.S. Khahra.
From the preface: "Punjab in Prosperity and Violence should be of great interest to administrators, politicians and journalists as well as to the social scientist and the general reader because it gives insights into administration, politics, violence, demographic change, and the condition of the relatively unprivileged sections of the society - women, dalits, labourers and village communities. Besides civil service and police, the contributors come from the disciplines of history, geography, political science, sociology and literature. As far as possible, we have retained the distinctive elements of styles in different disciplines."