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By Rajmohan Gandhi

For hundreds of years, the fertile land of 5 rivers within the north of the Indian subcontinent was once coveted by way of various empires and invaders. during this, the 1st significant account of undivided Punjab, award-winning historian, biographer and pupil, Rajmohan Gandhi, lines its historical past in the course of its such a lot tumultuous part from the loss of life of Aurangzeb, within the early eighteenth century, to its brutal partition in 1947, coinciding with the departure of the British.

hoping on clean resources in addition to earlier bills supplied from opposing views, the writer supplies us a compelling narrative in regards to the nice occasions of the time within the zone the battles and tragedies that repeatedly disrupted the lives of standard Punjabis, the sacking of iconic towns like Lahore, Amritsar, Multan and Jalandhar by means of a succession of conquerors, the ravages wrought by way of invaders like Nadir Shah, the increase of the Sikhs culminating within the storied reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Britain s profitable wars opposed to the Sikh country, the nice uprising of 1857 and its influence on Punjab, imperialist machinations, the effect at the humans through leaders of the independence circulate like Mahatma Gandhi, Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Lala Lajpat Rai, as additionally key nearby figures equivalent to Fazl-i-Husain, grasp Tara Singh, Sikander Hayat Khan and Khizr Hayat Tiwana, the devastation of Partition and masses else in addition to.

Believing that sleek India and Pakistan can't be understood with out comprehending the Punjab that used to be, the writer additionally delves into the belief of Punjabiyat Punjabiness the literature and poetry of inventive giants like Bulleh Shah, Waris Shah, Iqbal, Amrita Pritam and Saadat Hasan Manto, the religious teachings of the Sikh authorities and Sufi saints, and, specifically, the testimonials and narratives of standard Punjabis, to create an unforgettable portrait of a spot undivided Punjab - that keeps to fascinate us (even although it broke up greater than six a long time in the past) and of its hard-tested and resilient humans, Hindu, Muslim and Sikh.

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