Khalistan movement

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The Khalistan movement is a Sikh nationalist movement that wants to create an independent state for Sikh people inside the current Punjab region of Pakistan and the North-Western India. Its stated capital would be Lahore a city where Sikh empire was commenced by Maharaja Ranjit Singh and ruled for centuries by his descendants. In the recent survey,[1] Sikhs choose Lahore as a capital of Khalistan. Khalistan has many groups such as Khalistan Liberation Force and other groups such as Babbar Khalsa.

On April 12, 1980, Jagjit Singh Chauhan, a prominent supporter of the movement, declared that he had formed the National Council of Khalistan, at Anandpur Sahib.[2] He said he was the President of organization, and Balbir Singh Sandhu was its Secretary General. In May 1980, Chauhan traveled to London and announced the formation of Khalistan. A similar announcement was made by Sandhu, in Amritsar. [3]

The movement reached its peak in the 1980s and died out after it lost the public support in the early 1990s.

References[change | change source]

  1. "What should be the capital of Greater Khalistan". Greater Khalistan. 29 November 2019. Archived from the original on 7 November 2019. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  2. Nayar, Kuldip; Kushwant Singh (1985). Tragedy of Punjab. India: Vision Books Pvt. Ltd. p. 51. ISBN 1851270698.
  3. Singh, Satinder (1982). Khalistan: An Academic Analysis. Delhi & Punjab: Amar Prakashan. p. 114.