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Master Tara Singh in Indian HistoryColonialism, Nationalism, and the Politics of Sikh Identity$
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J.S. Grewal

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199467099

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199467099.001.0001

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New Political Orientations

New Political Orientations


(p.248) 10 New Political Orientations
Master Tara Singh in Indian History

J.S. Grewal

Oxford University Press

In 1942–3, the ‘Azad Punjab’ scheme was promoted by Master Tara Singh and other Akali leaders. However, it had no attraction for the bureaucracy, the Muslim League, and the Congress. Even Kharak Singh and Sant Singh were opposed to it. The talks of Rajagopalachari with Jinnah impelled Master Tara Singh to put forth the idea of a Sikh state in view of the impression left by the talks that Rajagopalachari and Mahatma Gandhi were willing to concede Pakistan in accordance with a modified procedure for demarcating the boundaries. In case Pakistan was conceded, the Sikh memorandum to the Sapru Committee asked for creation of a separate Sikh state with a substantial proportion of the Sikh population, their historic gurdwaras, and provision of transfer of population and property.

Keywords:   Master Tara Singh, ‘Azad Punjab’, Congress, Kharak Singh, Rajagopalachari, Jinnah, Pakistan, Sikh memorandum, Sapru Committee, Sikh state

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