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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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Master Tara Singh’s Rise into Pre-eminence

Master Tara Singh’s Rise into Pre-eminence


(p.149) 6 Master Tara Singh’s Rise into Pre-eminence
Master Tara Singh in Indian History

J.S. Grewal

Oxford University Press

In the first elections to the SGPC (Central Board) Kharak Singh and Master Tara Singh were elected President and Vice-President. Most of the meetings of the SGPC from 1926 to 1929 were presided over by Master Tara Singh, and a number of important resolutions were passed. He played a leading role in the Akali agitation against the Maharaja of Patiala, and in mobilizing Sikh opinion against the recommendations of the Motilal Nehru Committee which were unjust to the Sikhs. Eventually, the Congress passed a resolution at its annual session at Lahore in 1929 that no constitution for India would be finalized without the consent of the Sikhs. Master Tara Singh decided to work with the Congress, but Kharak Singh decided to boycott it. Elected President of the SGPC in 1930, Master Tara Singh replaced Kharak Singh as the topmost leader of the Akalis.

Keywords:   Master Tara Singh, SGPC, Kharak Singh, Akali agitation against Patiala, Motilal Nehru Committee, Congress assurance in 1929, President SGPC

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