The Anandpur Sahib Resolution and Other Akali Demands

Khushwant Singh

in A History of the Sikhs

Second edition

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780195673098
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080595 | DOI:
The Anandpur Sahib Resolution and Other Akali Demands

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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

Chapter.  5164 words. 

Subjects: Sikhism

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