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Perspectives on Sikh Religion and History

G.S. Dhillon (Author)
Synopsis The book is a collection of author's well-researched and well-documented articles published in the leading journals and newspapers. It covers a wide range of subjects on Sikh religion and history. The object of the book is two-fold, first, to project a correct image of Sikhism and its ideals and institutions, and, second, to rebut distortions and misrepresentations of Sikh ideology and tradition. Sikhism occupies a unique place among the higher religions of the world. The Sikhs are quite aware of their independent identity. They have inherited a tradition of service (Seva), suffering and sacrifice for the cause of liberty, justice and righteousness. The spirit of independence is deeply imbedded in the Sikh psyche. The author has tried to highlight the distinctive character of the Sikh faith by taking up themes like the Sikh world-view, the Miri-Piri or whole life system, the theo-political status of the Gurdwaras and the significance of the turban for the Sikhs. The author has contradicted the oftrepeated contention put forward by many writers that Sikhism is nothing but a sect of Hinduism. His views on the Blue Star attack and Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale are note-worthy. The author who is a keen observer of the Punjab scene has also made an indepth study of the multi-dimensional problem in Punjab which has been grossly misrepresented by the biased writers and the Government controlled media. The author reveals how a grave injustice has been done to Punjab in the socio-political and economic matters. The State has gone through a series of disasters as a result of the discriminatory policies being followed by the rulers. The thought-provoking analysis of the various issues raised in the interest to the perceptive readers. The author’s honest, bold and fearless version of the Punjab problem, contained in his earlier book ‘India Commits Suicide’, has already been widely acclaimed by the reading public, the world-over.
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About the author

G.S. Dhillon

Dr. Gurdarshan Singh Dhillon was born at Algon on March 18, 1914. He attented the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun and was granted regular commission in the Indian Land Force of the British w.e.f. April 1940. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy for his thesis on the Singh Sabha Movement. He joined the teaching profession in 1966 and is now working as Chairman, Department of Evening Studies, Punjab University, Chandigarh. He has several books and research papers to his credit. His area of specialization is the modern history of Punjab. The task of writing the White Paper on the Punjab problem has also been entrusted by the SGPC to him. Presently Col. Dhillon lives at village Hatod in Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh.

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Bibliographic information

Title Perspectives on Sikh Religion and History
Author G.S. Dhillon
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1996
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8185135770
length x+130p., Index; 23cm.