Article in Indian Express by Kamaldeep Singh Brar on the Muslims who decided to stay on in Ajnala and Tarn Taran tehsils of the Amritsar district during the Punjab Partition, 1947.
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Muslims living in the border district Amritsar and Tarn Taran had to travel the least distance to cross over to the new country for Muslims. But unlike most of their co-religionists, some Muslim families in these two border districts decided to stay on for one reason or the other, and are still scattered across 26 villages. The unique histories of Malerkotla, where 60 per cent of the population is Muslim, and Gurdaspur, where the Ahmadiyaa sect has its headquarters in Qadian, are well known.
But the Muslims who stayed on in Amritsar and Taran Tarn, are not bound together in the same way. Some like Piyara Singh, call themselves Muslim, but follow Sikh practices, while others have had to make an extra effort to keep in touch with their religion and culture. Piyara Singh says neither his father Sai Rakha, nor the rest of the family ever regretted the decision to stay on at Dalam.