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Khushwant Singh

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195673098

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195673098.001.0001

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The Anandpur Sahib Resolution and Other Akali Demands

The Anandpur Sahib Resolution and Other Akali Demands

(p.337) 20. The Anandpur Sahib Resolution and Other Akali Demands
A History of the Sikhs

Khushwant Singh

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the Anandpur Sahib Resolution and the other demands by the Akalis. The discussion shows the response of the central government to these demands, and aims to provide a better understanding of what drove the Akalis and the government towards another conflict. It first shows the Akalis charging the government of being anti-Sikh and constantly adding to their list of demands, to which the central government responded by applying delaying tactics. Indira Gandhi continued to play political games with the Akalis. Here, it reveals that the Anandpur Sahib Resolution of 1973 was actually the most comprehensive charter of demands that was made by the Akalis, on behalf of the Sikhs. Furthermore, it shows that there are no less than three versions of the resolution, which are interpreted in different ways by the Akali leaders. The demands listed in this resolution are examined in detail in this chapter.

Keywords:   Anandpur Sahib Resolution of 1973, Akalis, central government, anti-Sikh, charter of demands, Indira Gandhi

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