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Bhai Vir Singh (1872–1957) : Rethinking literary modernity in Colonial Punjab Malhotra, Anshu; Murphy, Anne

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For many Punjabis in India, as well as scholars of Punjab, the name Bhai Vir Singh is synonymous with Punjabi literary production and Sikh religious reform. He was a major force in shaping Sikh and Punjabi culture, language, and politics in the undivided Punjab, prior to the partition of the province in 1947 with the formation of the post-colonial states of India and Pakistan. He was a prominent exegete and scholar of Sikh scriptures and literatures, and a historian.

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