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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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Early Life and Career of Master Tara Singh

Early Life and Career of Master Tara Singh


(p.62) 3 Early Life and Career of Master Tara Singh
Master Tara Singh in Indian History

J.S. Grewal

Oxford University Press

In the early 1890s, Master Tara Singh (Nanak Chand) was so impressed by the stories of Singh martyrs that he thought of becoming a Keshdhārī Singh. Initiated by Sant Attar Singh in 1901, Master Tara Singh decided to dedicate his life to the service of the Sikh Panth. After the government took over the management of Khalsa College, Amritsar, he began to participate in all anti-government agitations. As Head Master of Khalsa High School, Lyallpur, he was closely associated with the group of Sikh leaders who were more radical than the Chief Khalsa Diwan. His sympathy with the ‘Canadian’ Sikhs, and his interest in the Komagata Maru voyage and the Budge Budge firing made him all the more anti-British. His familiarity with gurbāṇī, Sikh history, and Punjabi literature was reflected in his controversy with the Arya Samaj leaders.

Keywords:   Master Tara Singh, Keshdhārī Singh, Sant Attar Singh, Sikh Panth, Khalsa College Amritsar, Chief Khalsa Diwan, Komagata Maru voyage, gurbāṇī, Sikh history, Arya Samaj

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