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Socio-Economic and Political Change Among the Lubanas in Punjab: 1849-1947

Jaswant Singh (Author)

This book makes an analytical study of the various aspects of Lubanas’ life in Punjab in historical perspective. Tracing the origin of the Lubanas, it discusses at length their traditional occupations, their role in the history of Punjab and their condition in the pre-British Punjab.

Further describing their settlement in different districts and States of Punjab, and their migration to canal colonies and urban centres, it deals with the changes in their occupations and rise in their social status. It also provides a deep insight into their social customs, religious beliefs and practices, cultural awakening and political consciousness.

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About the author

Jaswant Singh

Jaswant Singh has come a long way from his home in the desert districts of Rajasthan. Commissioned in the Indian Army when barely nineteen, he went through two wars whilst in service (1962 and 1965) before resigning his commission to pursue a political career. He has served seven terms in Parliament, and, in the BJP-led governments of 1996 and 1998-2004, held charge of six ministries of the Government of India, including External Affairs, Defence and Finance. Regarded as an authority on Indian foreign policy and national security, Jaswant Singh is among the most respected names in the country's public life, and in the world of diplomacy. He is deservedly given credit for dexterously steering India out of the turbulent diplomatic seas encountered in the aftermath of the nuclear tests of May 1998. In this lay the beginning the process of a 'legitimisation' of India's nuclear standing. He is Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of India's Parliament. Jaswant Singh is visiting Professor at Oxford University, an Honorary Professor at Warwick University, and a Senior Fellow at the Harvard University. 'How do you manage?', if asked, he replies: 'Time, always expands to meet the calls made upon it'. An ardent, and a lifelong bibliophile, an antiquarian, a prolific writer, his personal library is among the most impressive in Lutyens' Delhi. Amongst his several other pursuits are chess - 'Best, he says, 'to play against a computer, you do not mind losing to it'; or golf - sadly, 'shelved these days', he says, 'too, leisurely in these demanding times', or Polo, where he is the current Patron-in-Chief of the Indian Polo Association; and the promotion of Dingal, an ancient language of Rajasthan still extant, particularly in the arid regions of Marwah and his native Barmer.

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Title Socio-Economic and Political Change Among the Lubanas in Punjab: 1849-1947
Author Jaswant Singh
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2013
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Writers Choice
Language: English
isbn 9384081094
length xiv+199p., Illustrations; Map; 23cm.