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The Sikhs

Khushwant Singh (Author)
Synopsis In this compact but informative book, the author presents a concise history of the followers of one of the world's newest religion - Sikhism. Beginning with the life and times of the founder, the highly revered Guru Nanak, the contents move on to describe the vital contribution made y the following nine Gurus in shaping and developing the Sikh religion. The significance of the Sikh holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib, and its centrality to the religion are emphasized. The author then swells upon important events such as the rise of the Sikh confederacy, the acquisition of a kingdom by the Sikhs and how they eventually lost it. The pivotal role of Maharaja Ranjit Singh has been highlighted. The focus then shifts to Punjab under the British rule. The author discusses epoch-making developments such as the movements for religious reformation, the setting up of the Singh Sabha and the accompanying social reform, the decisive Akali agitation for control of various Sikh shrines and the impact of the Ghadr rebellion. The different political groups and their influence on Sikh affairs are then recounted. Next, historically crucial episodes such as the struggle for independence from the British, the partition of India, the communal holocaust that followed and the exodus of vast multitudes are narrated in graphic detail. The author finally rounds off the book with a description of the cultural heritage of the Sikhs and a survey of what the future could hold for this community.
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About the author

Khushwant Singh

Khushwant Singh was born in 1915 in Hadali, Punjab. After university education in Lahore and London, he practiced at the Lahore High court before joining the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. He began a distinguished career as a journalist with all India Radio in 1951. Since then he has been founder-editor of Yojana, editor of the Illustrated Weekly of India and the Hindustan Times and chief editor of New Delhi. Today he is India’s best known columnist. Khushwant Singh has also had an extremely successful career as a writer. His published works include the classic two-volume A History of the Sikhs, the novels Train to Pakistan, Delhi and The Company of Women, his autobiography, Truth, Love and a Little Malice, and a number of translated works and non-fiction books on Delhi, nature, Sikh history and religion, and current affairs. Khushwant Singh was Member of Parliament from 1980 to 1986. Among other honours he was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1974 by the President of India (he returned the decoration in 1984 in protest against the Union Government’s siege of the Golden Temple, Amritsar).

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Bibliographic information

Title The Sikhs
Format Softcover
Date published: 05.06.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8172236573
length 279p.