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MASTER TARA SINGH IN INDIAN HISTORY

COLONIALISM, NATIONALISM, AND THE POLITICS OF SIKH IDENTITY

1 September 2017

JS Grewal

This is the first major biography of Tara Singh, arguably the foremost leader of the Sikh community during the twentieth century. Singh’s role in representing the interests of Sikhs during Partition and in the following decades has been overlooked by historians of modern India. This study of the man traces Sikh politics in the subcontinent between the 1930s and the 1960s, through Singh’s anti-British activity in colonial India, his leadership in the Akali movement, his key role in the Partition of British Punjab and the subsequent demand for a Sikh-majority, Punjabi-speaking state in independent India.

Oxford University Press, 776 pages, Rs 2,595

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