reconstruction of Somanatha was then only a nebulous dream of a visionary. But events were
moving fast and in 1947 the Britishers decided to quit the country which however had to be
partitioned before they left. Apart from partition, the Indian States were freed from the
bonds of paramountcy.
It looked as though India was
to be Balkanised. But the collective will of the people was bent on consolidating the
country and this will had its potent expression and mighty instrument in Sardar
The Muslim rulers of Indian States had their own dreams.
Irrespective of what their people thought, their eyes were turned to Pakistan.
One of them was the dog loving Nawab of Junagadh, in whose
State was situated the thrice-sacred shrine of Somanatha. The State had no contiguity with
Pakistan by land. Over 80 percent 0f the people were Hindus. Junagadh was an economic and
administrative unit embedded in and deriving its sustenance from Kathiawar. Junagadh had
been the home of Ra Khangar and his queen Ranak Devi-symbols of heroism enshrined in song
and story in Western India.