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date: 18 January 2021

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This article looks at the history of the political party, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in the context of its relationship with the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) in the colonial and post-colonial periods. The oscillation between religious and secular domains marks the politics of the SAD and this relationship is examined empirically and theoretically. In particular the concept of miri/piri is forwarded as a possible explanatory tool for understanding contemporary Sikh politics.

Keywords: Sikh politics, miri/piri, secular, SGPC, Akali Dal, Punjab

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