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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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A State of Their Own

A State of Their Own

(p.286) 18. A State of Their Own
A History of the Sikhs

Khushwant Singh

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the events that resulted in a demand for a sovereign Sikh state. Partition and post-Partition situation and insensitive government policies reactivated the notion of a Sikh state in the minds of the Sikhs. It examines how the decisions of various politicians like Indira Gandhi, Giani Zail Singh and regional political parties Akalis, along with conflict among other political parties and different factions, played a crucial role in the creation of the Sikh state and birth of Sikh religious fundamentalism.

Keywords:   Sikh state, Akalis, Indira Gandhi, Giani Zail Singh, Sikh religious fundamentalism

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