The Illustrated History of The Sikhs

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Item Code: IDF224
Author: Khushwant Singh
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Edition: 2011
ISBN: 9780195677478
Pages: 278 (Coloured Illus: 71, B & W Illus:115)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 11" X 8.8"
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From the Jacket:

The illustrated chronicle of the Sikhs, written by one of India's best-loved writers - Khushwant Singh, comprehensively records the story of a remarkable community. Over hundred and fifty rare pictures, including portraits, paintings, etchings, religious prints and photographs collected from a wide variety of sources, complement the compelling narrative.

Paying particular attention to the community's return to the national mainstream in India, after the challenge of violence, exclusion and terrorism, the volume explores a people's achievements across fields - most visible in the elevation of a Sikh to the land's highest political office.

The narrative beings more than 500 years ago with the birth of Sikhism as a pacifist sect, striking out on its own against the complexity and ritualism of contemporary religion and society. Throughout its colourful, yet at times turbulent history, the Sikh community underwent many changes of fortune, always remaining, however, a social and political force to reckon with.

Its transformation into an activist community, thanks to a troubled and strife-ridden relationship with the Mughals and Afghans; the consolidation of Sikh power under Maharajah Ranjit Singh; the takeover of the Sikh kingdom by the British; the Punjab's emergence as the country's granary; religious reform within the community; the trauma of partition; the troubled years of separation militancy; and the return of the normalcy, are all detailed in the book.

Interesting episodes and personalities, presented in Khushwant Singh's trademark style, infuse colour and dynamism in the story of the Sikhs highlighting their determination to carve out a distinct identity, singular bravery in face of potent threats, and cultural vigour. At the end of the book, a photo gallery showcasing some personalities and a biographical portrait of the author and additional value.

Written with passion and depth and richly embellished, Khushwant Singh's classic will fascinate readers both within and outside the community.

About the Author:

Khushwant Singh is renowned journalist, the author of several works of fiction, and an authority of Sikh history.

From the Back of the Book:

There is One God
He is the supreme truth
He, the Creator
Is without fear and without hate.
He, the omnipresent,
Pervades the universe.
He is not born,
Nor does he die to be born again.
By his grace shalt thou worship Him.


A Note from the Author IX
Illustrations X
The Punjab and the Birth Sikhism
1. The Sikh Homeland 3
2. The Birth of Sikhism 8
3. Building of the Sikh Church 21
4. The Call to Arms 28
5. From the Pacifist Sikh to Militant Khalsa 34
Part II: The Agrarian Uprising
6. The Rise and Fall of Banda Bahadur 47
7. Persecution of the Sikhs and the Reoganization of the Khalsa Army 54
8. Ahmed Shah Abdali and the Sikhs 59
9. From the Indus to Ganges 74
Part III: Punjab Monarchy and Imperialism
10. Rise of the Sukerchakia Misl 85
11. Maharajah of the Punjab 90
12. Suzerain of Malwa 98
13. British Annexation of Malwa: Treaty of Lahore, 1809 102
14. Consolidation of the Punjab 109
15. Fall of the Sikh Kingdom 115
Part IV: Consolidation of British Power in the Punjab
16. Annexation of the Punjab 119
17. Crescat e Fluviis 124
Part V: Social and Religious Reforms
18. Religious Movements 129
19. Singh Sabha and Social Reforms 134
Part VI: Political Movements Marxist, National, and Sectarian
20. Rural Indebtedness and Peasant Agitation 141
21. World War I and Its Aftermath 145
22. Xenophobic Marxism 149
23. Gurdwara Reform: Rise of the Akali Immortals 159
24. Constitution Reforms and the Sikhs 169
Part VII: Politics of Partition Independence and Demand for a Sikh Homeland
25. Sikhs and World War II (1939-1945) 179
26. Prelude to the Partition of India 186
27. Civil Strife, Exodus, and Resettlement 190
28. A State of their Own 201
29. Prosperity and Religious Fundamentalism 213
30. The Anandpur Sahib Resolution and Other Akali Demands 224
31. Fatal Miscalculation 231
32. Assassination and After 241
33. Electronics and the Accord 245
34. Foreign Connections and Khalistan 255
35. Politics and Beyond 257
Photo Gallery
Credits for Photographs and Illustrations
About the Author
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