The two men brought together for a reconciliation in 1956 seemed to have only two things in common: they were both Sikhs and they were both short. For a Jat, Partap Singh Kairon was remarkably small, but his size did not prevent him from reminding listeners that he was the first Sikh Jat to wield power in Punjab since Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Nor did he discourage comparisons between the Maharaja and himself.1 Kairon, however, was the Congress Chief Minister of Punjab, allied with Jawaharlal Nehru in New Delhi and dedicated to the integrity of the Indian state. If anyone was a ‘nationalist’, then Kairon appeared to be.
KeywordsNational Rule Civil Disobedience United Front Nationalist Movement Congress Party
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