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In Defense of Sikhism and Khalistan – Part 4

Bijla Singh                                                                                                                                                        July 12, 2012

This is the last part of the series (unless more are published by the Hindu author). Red comments are by the Hindu author.

    1. Khalistanis tell us that Sikhs were a united nation – it is only allying (and protecting) the Hindus which has led to their downfall

It was due to the unity of the Sikhs that they were able to withstand the oppression, massacres and holocausts by the Muslim rulers. Any other community would have disappeared into oblivion. It was because of the Sikh unity that they were able to survive, recover and take over Punjab just 3 years after going through a large holocaust in which half of the Sikh population was wiped out. Marathas, on the other hand, could never recover from their defeat at Panipat in 1761.  Abdali had made the same assumption about the Sikhs, but to his surprise they not only managed to defeat him but instilled so much terror in his mind and heart that he traveled from Lahore to Amritsar in four days and returned back to Lahore due to the fear of facing Sikhs. He made pleas to Sikh generals for a truce, but no one from the Sikh army listened to him. Instead, the Sikhs outright told him that they had been granted sovereignty by Guru Gobind Singh Ji and one day, they shall rule the country (which they eventually did). It was also due to the unity of the Sikhs that they had carved out a large empire which was more powerful than all other Indian states and the last one to stand against the British. Of all the Indian kingdoms, The Sikh kingdom was the only one ruled by the British for shortest period of time.

The Hindu author has presented a story of Baba Hanuman Singh but like all other assertions, this one is without any source. The Sikh army was about 20,000 in numbers during the battle of Sabraon. Akali warriors were very few in numbers if any. It is an absurd claim that fearless Akali warriors being 32,000 in number cowardly left the battlefield instead of valiantly fighting and sacrificing like true heroes. It seems to us that the so-called “sanatan” Sikhs are desperately attempting to glorify themselves by concocting oral traditions. The episode of Baba Hanuman Singh is not mentioned in any of the contemporary sources. Even Shah Mohammad in his popular Jangnama mentions numerous Sikhs and their bravery in the battle but once again Hanuman Singh finds no mention.

The Hindu author, in a desperate attempt to prove himself right, ignores the fact that Baba Ji was fighting against the British. It was during first Anglo-Sikh war that Baba Ji took his Akali army to the battlefield and fought valiantly. It was the Patiala king who along with Jind and Nabha had sought the protection of the British as opposed to the Sikh kingdom. Therefore, the Sikh nation stood united and others who did not consider themselves part of the Sikh nation had aligned themselves with the British. The Hindu author also forgets to mention that the link given by him also mentions the treacherous role of the Dogras. It states:

In 1839 the Maharaja of the Punjab, Ranjit Singh died from stroke complications, his successors were murdered, the treacherous Dogra’s sold out the Lahore Darbar to the British, and the British were planning on annexing the Punjab. (bold ours)

In the Anglo-Sikh war, the Sikhs would have won had the Hindu generals Tej Singh and Lal Singh not betrayed the Sikh army. They fled from the battlefield leaving the Sikh army behind. They were solely responsible for turning the Sikh victory into a defeat. It is well recorded in British records that the British army was so terror stricken by the ferocious attacks of the Sikhs that they feared going to the battle again and were ready to offer unconditional surrender. But by the dawn of the day, the Dogras forced the Sikh army to leave the battlefield, which not only saved the British army from utter defeat and humiliation, but also their Empire for next 100 years. It is not at all surprising that Hindus never look at significant number of Hindus in the British army fighting against the Sikhs.

Sources

How Fell the Sikh Kingdom by Sohan Singh Seetal

Punjab Utte Angrejan Da Kabja by Dr. Ganda Singh

    2. The Hindus have never helped the Sikhs all throughout history – it is always the Sikhs helping Hindus

There have been individual Hindus who have helped the Sikhs throughout history but their number compared to their population is very insignificant. The Hindu army whether hill kings, Marathas or Rajputs have never helped Sikhs in distress.

It was a Hindu army which led the force which liberated the Golden Temple after its desecration by Afghans

This is a false statement. As addressed in Part 1, Adina Begh had invited the Marathas for his self-interests in 1758 for the payment of 100,000 rupees per day. The Sikhs joined forces for two reasons. First, to make best of the opportunity to plunder Sirhind which they called “cursed by the Guru” and restock their treasury and weapons. Second, Mughals fighting against the Afghans was resulting in weakening of the Muslim stronghold in India which was fruitful for Sikhs to rise up and raise their power on the grave of the Muslim power. Further, Afghans had destroyed Harmandar Sahib in 1757 and Sikhs had been waiting eagerly to get even with the enemy. This is why they attacked the Afghans, captured them and brought them back to clean the very Sarovar they had defiled. Marathas, or any Hindu army for that matter, never showed up to fight Abdali in 1757. It was only Baba Deep Singh along with 5000 Sikhs who defended the holy Gurdwara and sacrificed for it. Marathas, with their paid army, kept themselves aloof from it. The only attraction to them was money which drew them towards Punjab and after looting some wealth they left forever. Paying respect at the Gurdwara does not prove that Marathas had helped the Sikhs in any way otherwise why didn’t they show up when Sikhs suffered two holocausts?

Sources

Sikhs in 18th Century by Surjit Singh Gandhi

    3. The Sikh Empire of Ranjit Singh expanded into Central Asia after a dramatic expedition by General Zorawar Singh

Expansion of the Sikh Empire was due to many reasons. There were brave Sikh generals like Hari Singh Nalwa, Daljeet Singh, Rani Sada Kaur, Dhanna Singh Malvayee, Fateh Singh Ahluwali, Akali Phoola Singh and many others who did not care for anything but the progress of the Sikh kingdom. It was largely due to these generals, especially Hari Singh Nalwa, that Peshawar and Khybar Pass was won over from the Muslim stronghold after 834 years. Further, the Sikh army was highly trained on European lines and their zealous and bravery, which are embedded in the Sikh spirit, were added boons to the Sikh kingdom. No single person can be given the entire credit.

This is partially true – however the implication that Khalistanis now promote being that Zorawar Singh is a Sikh is a blatant lie – In fact Zorawar Singh was a Rajput Hindu from Jammu leading an army of Dogra Soldier first into Gilgit and Baltistan (present day Pakistan) and then deep into Tibet fighting with the imperial Chinese army  – he even claimed he was marching to Lake Mansoravor the lake associated with Lord Shiva.

The Sikh governor of Mohan Singh intrigued with the Nawabs of Gilgit and Baltistan to unsuccessfully oppose Zorawar Singh and attempted to cut of the supplies of the Dogras despite the Dogras fighting under the banner of the Sikh Empire

This is a blatant lie and concocted by the Hindus to paint themselves as true war fighters in a vain attempt to hide their treachery and betrayal. It was the Dogra army that killed and brutally massacred the Sikhs in Jammu and Kashmir after first Anglo-Sikh war. The Dogra army fighting fervently for the Sikh kingdom is a far cry.

Sita Ram Kohli, in his book “Maharaja Ranjit Singh”, has given at least 46 important figures of the Sikh kingdom and, while many Hindus are present in the list, the person Zorawar Singh is not mentioned. Baba Prem Singh Hoti in his book “Khalsa Raj De Usareye” has written biographies of those who contributed to building and expanding the Sikh kingdom. He also has not mentioned Zorawar Singh anywhere. If Hindus can present any evidence to support their assertions, we can discuss the point further.

Sources

Hari Singh Nalwa by Baba Prem Singh

Maharaja Ranjit Singh by Baba Prem Singh

All the so-called myths of the Hindus have been addressed and we are confident that their biased and narrow-minded thinking will not let them see the truth. However, we surely hope that the truth will be apparent to all others and our rebuttal saves them from filthy and pathetic Hindu propaganda against the pure and sublime Sikh philosophy and history.