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dhaya ridge of land
dhoti traditional folded garment for lower body
gurudwara Sikh temple
jatha Sikh fighting group
kirpan edged weapon traditionally carried by Sikhs
lathi wooden baton
mahatma honorific title meaning ‘great soul’
mohajir immigrant to Pakistan from India
nakabandi blockade; checkpoint
pandit honorific title meaning ‘scholar’
Quaid-i-Azam great leader
rabi winter or dry season crop
raj rule; ‘raj’ became a popular shorthand for British rule in India
sardar honorific title meaning ‘chief’
sherwani long coat with high collar
tehsil mid-level administrative division
thana lower-level administrative division centred on police station
tonga light two-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle
vatan native land
zail lowest-level administrative division

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Borders and conflict in South Asia

The Radcliffe boundary commission and the partition of Punjab

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