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The Khalistan movement is a Sikh nationalist movement that wants to create an independent country for Sikh people inside the current Punjab State of the North-Western India. These territories includes Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and parts of Rajhasthan i.e Jaipur, Ajmer and Bikaner.
On April 12, 1980, Jagjit Singh Chauhan, a prominent supporter of the movement, declared that he had formed the National Council of Khalistan, at Anandpur Sahib. He said he was the President of organization, and Balbir Singh Sandhu was its Secretary General. In May 1980, Chauhan traveled to London and announced the formation of Khalistan. A similar announcement was made by Sandhu, in Amritsar. 
The movement reached its peak in the 1980s.
- Nayar, Kuldip; Kushwant Singh (1985). Tragedy of Punjab. India: Vision Books Pvt. Ltd. p. 51. .
- Singh, Satinder (1982). Khalistan: An Academic Analysis. Delhi & Punjab: Amar Prakashan. p. 114.