geographical name \ˌpən-ˈjäb, -ˈjab, ˈpən-ˌ\

Definition of PUNJAB

region NW Indian subcontinent in Pakistan & NW India occupying valleys of the Indus & its five tributaries; formerly a province of British India Lahore
or East Punjab former state NW India in E Punjab divided 1966 into two states of Punjabi Suba & Haryana
or formerly West Punjab province NE Pakistan Lahore
or Pun·jabi Su·ba \ˌpən-ˈjä-bē-ˈsü-bə, -ˈja-\ state NW India formed from N part of former state of Punjab Chandigarh area 19,448 square miles (50,370 square kilometers), pop 24,289,296

Variants of PUNJAB

Pun·jab or Pan·jab \ˌpən-ˈjäb, -ˈjab, ˈpən-ˌ\


   (Concise Encyclopedia)

State (pop., 2008 est.: 26,591,000), northwestern India. Bordered by Pakistan and the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, and Rajasthan, it occupies an area of 19,445 sq mi (50,362 sq km). The city of Chandigarh is the joint administrative capital of Punjab and Haryana. In the 18th century the Sikhs built a powerful kingdom in the Punjab region, which came under British rule in 1849. In 1947 the area was split between the new countries of India and Pakistan, the smaller eastern portion going to India. It is the only Indian state with a majority of Sikhs. Hindus make up about one-third of the population, and there are smaller minorities of Christians, Jains, and Muslims. The economy is based on agriculture and small- and medium-scale industry.


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