of the total population of Junagadh, eighty-two per cent were Hindus. Its territory was
not compact; it had several enclaves pertaining to the States which had acceded to India
and ultimately integrated into Saurashtra. By religion and culture, the State was Hindu;
economically, it was an integral part of Saurashtra. Since time immemorial,
Prabhasa, Girnar and Junagadh, the birthplace of saint Narasimha Mehta, were places
venerated by Hindus all over the country. Junagadh, again, was the home of Ra Khangar and
his queen Ranak Devi -symbols of heroism enshrined in song and story in Western India.
Suddenly the people of Junagadh were shocked to learn that their
Nawab had acceded to Pakistan. A mighty wave of indignation swept not only over the people
of Junagadh, but on the whole of India.