An extract about 1984:
There are also the notions of the Khalsa having sovereignity, and the Guru details the practices of statehood or Raj-niti in the Dasam Granth. This was partly seen in the establishment of the empire built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Even in the period where the Khalistan movement was gaining currency, the leader whose banner it was formed under, Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, repeated and drew strength from Dasam Granth. In the view of some Sikhs, there can never be any Sikh State without the resonating sounds of Dasam Granth in the Akal Takht Sahib.