By Rajmohan Gandhi
For hundreds of years, the fertile land of 5 rivers within the north of the Indian subcontinent was once coveted through various empires and invaders. during this, the 1st significant account of undivided Punjab, award-winning historian, biographer and student, Rajmohan Gandhi, lines its background 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 debts supplied from opposing views, the writer provides us a compelling narrative in regards to the nice occasions of the time within the quarter the battles and tragedies that generally disrupted the lives of standard Punjabis, the sacking of iconic towns like Lahore, Amritsar, Multan and Jalandhar through 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 winning wars opposed to the Sikh country, the nice uprising of 1857 and its impression on Punjab, imperialist machinations, the impression at the humans through leaders of the independence stream like Mahatma Gandhi, Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Lala Lajpat Rai, as additionally key neighborhood figures similar to Fazl-i-Husain, grasp Tara Singh, Sikander Hayat Khan and Khizr Hayat Tiwana, the devastation of Partition and masses else along with.
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 assumption of Punjabiyat Punjabiness the literature and poetry of artistic giants like Bulleh Shah, Waris Shah, Iqbal, Amrita Pritam and Saadat Hasan Manto, the non secular teachings of the Sikh professionals and Sufi saints, and, notably, the testimonials and narratives of normal Punjabis, to create an unforgettable portrait of a spot undivided Punjab - that keeps to fascinate us (even even though it broke up greater than six many years in the past) and of its hard-tested and resilient humans, Hindu, Muslim and Sikh.