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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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Annexation of the Punjab

Annexation of the Punjab

(p.85) 5. Annexation of the Punjab
A History of the Sikhs

Khushwant Singh

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the annexation of the Punjab, which was drafted by Henry Lawrence. One of the first steps to annexing the Punjabi was demilitarization, that is to order their surrender of arms. Although a small group of troops were kept, the rest of the army was disbanded and their defensive bastions were destroyed. The British then created a Board of Administration, which was presided over by Lawrence. The chapter includes a detailed discussion of the various activities and changes the Board made in India, as well as the effects the annexation had on the Sikh community. The chapter ends with a discussion of the elimination of the Board of Administration, due to the differences and strained relationship of Lawrence and his brother, John.

Keywords:   annexation of the Punjab, Henry Lawrence, demilitarization, Board of Administration, Sikh community

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