preliminary probes of their determination convincingly, Sikh militants
may have taken this inaction as a signal that the British would not act
forcefully to stop them if they took matters into their own hands.
When the violence came, it prompted massmigration in both
directions. Mountbatten’s press secretary, Alan Campbell-Johnson,
accompanied the viceroy on a trip taken with Nehru and Patel to view the
the region’s inhabitants.
The burgeoning field of borderlands studies has only
recently begun to deal in detail with Punjab. This chapter builds on
recent work in other borderlands, particularly scholarship on Bengal, to
describe and analyse the development of the Punjabi boundary and the
territory surrounding it. Beginning with the violence and massmigration