In 1947, why did Sikhs choose India over Khalistan?  They could've easily had a 3-way population exchange in Punjab.




Inderjit Atwal

First of all, it is not about Sikhs, it is about Punjabis (Yes - Maharaja Ranjeet Singh’s empire was called Sikh empire, but sikhs were less than 15% in his empire. so basically his empire was all about Punjab and punjabis (Hindus, sikh, muslim, any other minority).. Now.. why they did not choose in 1947.. Punjabis were not given a choice.. 4 people were key decisions makers in particition.. Mount batten, Nehru, innah and Sardar Patel… innah was born in karachi and lived in Bombay.. had absolutely no connection with punjab or punjabis.. Nehru and saradar patel had no punjab connection either and Mount batten was definately not punjabi.. So the fate of punjab was basically decided by people with absolutely no punjab connection.. and people on both sides of punjab were left with zero choice.. and hence any hope to resurrect the great kingdom was totally destroyed due to religion and politics






Gurjeet Singh Gill

In 1947 , Iskhs joined India becuase Jawarlal Nehru promised Sikhs to gave to Sikhs , an autonomous state , if Sikhs join India , but after Nehru betrayed Sikhs . Now Sikhs want Khalistan “Land of pure (Khalsa)”





Balinder Kaur

Sikhs wanted Khalistan also in 1947 , but the Cruel Government Of India , doesn't refill Sikh’s dream





Dazzling Boy

The partition of India in 1947 was a tumultuous and challenging period in which millions of people were displaced, and widespread violence and communal tensions erupted. It is important to recognize that the decision-making processes of individuals or communities during such times are complex and influenced by a multitude of factors.

When it comes to the Sikhs and their choice to remain in India rather than pursue an independent Sikh state, there are several key reasons to consider:



1. Protection of Sikh interests: The Sikh community had concerns about their safety and the preservation of their religious, cultural, and political rights. Many Sikhs believed that being a part of a secular and de ocratic India would offer them better safeguards and opportunities to maintain their distinct identity and participate in the de ocratic process.

1. 保护锡克教的利益:锡克教社区关心他们的安全以及他们的宗教、文化和政治权利的保护。许多锡克教徒认为,作为世俗和皿煮的印度的一部分,可以为他们提供更好的保障和机会,让他们保持自己的身份,参与皿煮化进程。

2. Political landscape: The political climate at the time played a significant role in sha the decisions of various groups. The Indian National Congress, led by figures like Jawaharlal Nehru, presented a vision of a united India, inclusive of diverse communities and religious groups. This resonated with some Sikhs who shared a common struggle for independence from British rule and sought to work within a unified Indian framework.

2. 政治格局:当时的政治气候对不同群体制订决策的过程产生了重要的影响。由贾瓦哈拉尔·尼赫鲁等人物领导的印度国民大会党提出了统一印度的愿景,要把不同的社区和宗教团体都统一起来。这引起了一些锡克教徒的共鸣,他们也曾为脱离英国统治,实现独立而斗争,希望能加入统一后的印度。

3. Economic considerations: The partition resulted in massive population displacement and economic upheaval. Many Sikhs had economic ties and landholdings in regions that would become part of India, and they may have weighed the potential benefits of remaining in those areas instead of uprooting themselves to establish a separate state.

3. 经济方面的考量:印度分治导致了大量人口流离失所、经济动荡。许多锡克教徒在有可能成为印度领土的地区拥有经济合作关系和土地,他们可能也权衡过,与其背井离乡建立独立国家,不如留在这些地区,也许潜在的好处更大。

4. Strategic calculations: It is important to note that the demand for Khalistan, or an independent Sikh state, was not universally embraced by all Sikhs. While some Sikhs advocated for a separate state, others believed that remaining within India would offer them greater political leverage and opportunities to shape national policies.

4. 战略考量:我们要注意一点,对卡利斯坦或独立的锡克教国家的需求并没有得到所有锡克教徒的普遍认可。虽然有些锡克教徒主张建立一个独立的锡克教国家,但其他人认为,留在印度可以为他们提供更大的政治影响力和制订国家政策的机会。

These are just some of the factors that influenced the decision of the Sikh community to remain in India rather than pursue Khalistan. It is crucial to recognize that historical events are complex, and individual choices and community decisions are shaped by a multitude of factors, including political, social, economic, and security considerations.





Sher Jatt

SIkhs were not far sighted.

Indian leaders promised a secular state but innah was living with Indians all his life and knew that they were not secular.

He therefore supported the calls for an Islamic homeland and supported the Pakistan movement.

Sikhs and some indian muslims fell in the trap of supporting congress when they were dishonest and promised something that they could not deliver which was a secular state.








Zarath Aspa

First of all in the aftermath of 1947 there were only one way induced population exchange that is , Hindus , Sikhs were forced to migrate from newly created Pakistan towards truncated India . The other way round was not induced but out of imaginative fear that even if the revenge from Hindus would be 1% of what Muslims did with then during the riots on 46–47 it would be too heavy for them, thus this voluntary migration of Muslims was much in much lower proportion.


In essence it were Muslims who want exclusive Muslims hamlet for themselves that led to one way migration.

Sikhs were aware of their history and as such they consider themselves no different than Hindus. If at all they had fears that was from Muslims which forces them to speak a bit of a different hamlet but they were very comfortable with HIndu Majority because they were part of the Hindu and this fact they knew.



The current generation of either HIndus or Sikhs both are completely unaware of the history of the subcontinent. Evolution of Sikhs in Punjab is with the desire to preserve typical Punjabi traditions which were being swallowed by Islam gradually in the garb of Sufism. The brilliant idea of Gurus to incorporate the verses of same Sufis in Guru Granth Sahib (Specially Baba Farid ) was not to make a separate religion as a bridge between Hindus and Muslims but to do the reverse that is to swallow Sufism within the fold of Hindu Ethos. This trick helped to check the mass conversion of peasantry from Hindus to Islam. This was very smart on the part of Gurus. This struggle to save Hinduism from Islam continued during the entire 17th and 18th AD and Sikhs were slaughtered several times by governors like Yahya Khan and the like of Zakariya khan. These all sacrifices were to save Hindus and Hindu religion. Each Hindu was obliged to give his elder son to serve for Sikhs.





So reader should see the sinister design behind this question rather than Jum to answer in hurry.







Even though the “Sikhs” were a homegrown imperial power, they didn’t have a considerable population like the subcontinent muslims. Islamic powers used proselytisation/taxation/forced conversion at sword tip, to create a large diaspora within their empires whereas no such proselytising, taxation or forced conversion took place under Sikh empire. North India (NWFP, Punjab, Sindh, United Provinces, Bengal and Bihar provinces) were almost 30–40% muslim with the extreme western and eastern ends being almost 70–90% muslim (modern day Pakistan and Bangladesh) whereas Sikhs were a small race in the Greater Punjab region with only 14% in the whole Punjab area as of 1947. As a result, their presence was only felt in few areas of Punjab, mainly in the areas between Lahore and Amritsar.




After the partition of India, almost 60% of Punjab region went to Pakistan including Sikh heartlands- Lahore, Sialkot and the surrounding cities. Also in Indian Punjab, Sikhs are majority only in the bordering areas of Wagah since the Hilly parts were majority Hindu majority diverse hill race and the Eastern part was Hindi speaking, Hindu majority Haryanvis. You can clearly see Sikh Majority in 3 to 4 small districts in whole Punjab


So demanding a land as small as modern day Punjab would be pretty waste as this one standalone Sikh country would be sandwiched under mighty India and Pakistan. Khalistan as state would fail (given it spans only the Indian Punjab) since it would have no sea route, land route and its water would always be under the control of India. Such a small country between hostile India and Pakistan would turn Khalistan into a proxy battlefield.






They Never Choose India, They have No other Options.

Sikhs have few small Princely state, unlike Rajputs and muslim.

Also, Punjab is a Muslim majority state before partition.

So they don't have any other option instead of coming to India.









Khalistan would have to be made in between India and Pakistan and it was not feasible. So Sikhs chose India. There are many Hindus also in Indian Punjab, not only Sikhs. Pakistan, being a radical Muslim country, it was impossible to join it.


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