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A History of the SikhsVolume 2: 1839-2004$
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Khushwant Singh

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195673098

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195673098.001.0001

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Constitutional Reforms and the Sikhs

Constitutional Reforms and the Sikhs

(p.216) 14. Constitutional Reforms and the Sikhs
A History of the Sikhs

Khushwant Singh

Oxford University Press

This chapter centres on the constitutional reforms and the response of the Sikhs to these reforms. The first section reveals that the Sikhs were the least responsive of the Punjabis towards the various schemes of self-government. The next sections discuss the Minto-Morley Reforms, the Lucknow Pact, the Round Table Conferences, and the Government of India Act. The Minto-Morley Reforms gave Muslims separate representation, while the Lucknow Pact gave Muslims separate electorates in seven states. The chapter also looks at the three Round Table Conferences in detail, and introduces the Communal Award and the Simon Commission and Nehru Report. The last discussion in the chapter is on the Government of India Act, 1935, which gave the governors in the provinces and the dyarchy in the centre the powers of intervention.

Keywords:   constitutional reforms, self-government, Minto-Morley Reforms, Lucknow Pact, Round Table Conferences, Government of India Act 1935, Communal Award, Simon Commission, Nehru Report, powers of intervention

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