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Trapped in Nabha

B. R. Nanda

in The Nehrus

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780195693430
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081387 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195693430.003.0020
Trapped in Nabha

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This chapter examines Motilal and Jawaharlal’s unintentional participation in the Akali agitation in Nabha. It starts with a discussion of the Akali movement, which was originally aimed at the rescue of the Sikh shrines from the corruption of the Mahants, and Jawaharlal’s experience—along with two other companions—in Jaito, which caused his and Motilal’s indirect participation in the Akali agitation. It looks at Jawarhalal’s trial in Nabha, where he was charged for illegally entering Nabha and for taking part in ‘a criminal conspiracy’. Although Jawaharlal was charged with two-and-a-half-years in prison, this sentence was quickly removed. His experience in Nabha gave Jawaharlal a brief look into the administration of an Indian state, and transformed him into a champion for people’s rights in India’s ‘Princely States’.

Keywords: Akali agitation; Akali movement; Mahants; Nabha trial; Indian state administration; people’s rights; Princely States

Chapter.  2513 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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