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  • Print publication year: 1991
  • Online publication date: March 2008

9 - Towards the ‘Punjabi Province’ (1947–1966)

To the task of framing a constitution for free India was added the problem of resettlement and rehabilitation almost immediately upon Independence. The Constituent Assembly had been also eager to consider the issue of statutory reservations for religious minorities before August, 1947, but after the creation of Pakistan it favoured the abolition of all such reservations. The Akalis had taken interest in the affairs of the Sikh states and had considerable influence in their politics. After Independence, the leaders of the Akalis and the Praja Mandal revealed their differences first on the question of merger. Whereas the Akali leaders favoured a union of Sikh states, or even the creation of two new states by keeping Patiala as a single unit, the Praja Mandal leaders advocated merger of the princely states with the East Punjab. The freedom gained by the Akalis to shout slogans in favour of the Punjabi Province did not impress the States Reorganization Commission.
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The Sikhs of the Punjab
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