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Sikhs in The Eighteenth Century - Book By Surjit Singh Gandhi
Table of Contents For 'Sikhs in The Eighteenth Century' - Book By Surjit Singh Gandhi
|A VIOLENT RESPONSE ESTABLISHMENT OF SIKH STATE|
|2.||Abdus Samad Khan||75|
|4.||Yahiya Khan and Shah Nawaz and Sikh Movement||128|
|5.||Muin-ul-Mulk (Mir Mannu)||172|
|7.||Punjab under Timur Shah||216|
|8.||Adina Beg and Maratha Supremacy in the Punjab||229|
|9.||Dissolution of Maratha Paramountcy in the Punjab||249|
|10.||Sikh-Afghan contest for the Sovereignty of the Punjab||270|
|11.||The Conquest of Sirhind Province||280|
|MISL POLITY AND ORGANISATION|
|13.||Misl Polity and Organisation||327|
|14.||The Sikh Misls||387|
|15.||Sikh Principalities in the later half of Eighteenth Century||516|
|16.||The Sikhs and Indo-Gangetic Doab||535|
|17.||Shah Zaman's Invasions on Punjab||582|
|19.||British Imperialism and the Sikhs||612|
|WHAT HAPPENED TO SIKHISM|
|20.||Sikh Heroism-Concept and Tradition||625|
|22.||Primacy of Golden Temple and Amritsar||649|
|24.||Political Ideals and Bahaviour||664|
|25.||Configuration of Sikh Society Emergence of New Caste Hierarchy||675|
|27.||Sikh Religious Orders||696|
|28.||Land Tenures, their Impact on the State Policies||703|
Introduction to the Book of 'Sikhs in the Eighteenth Century' By Surjit Singh Gandhi
The work offers an enquiry and insight into the content and course of the struggle of the Sikh people for identity, assertion and sovereignty in the eighteenth century. The author has identified the impulses leavening the struggle, besides detailing the repressive measures adopted first by the Mughal rulers and then by the Afghans. He has also undertaken an exploration of the remarkable tractability of the Sikh institution, the configuration of Sikh mind, its responsiveness and creativeness to evolve new strategies and new institutions such as Misaldari System, Dal Khalsa and Sarbat Khalsa et al.
The book also evaluates the impact of the struggle on Sikhism: in what respects it proved beneficial for Sikhism and in what respects it had adverse effects on it. The author opines that the eighteenth century was not a period of unmixed blessings. Admittedly, the Sikhs developed their heroic traditions, their institution developed marvelous penchant for adaptability to the changing circumstances, the idea of Panth got anchored in the Sikh psyche, they dismantled the Mughal edifice and frustrated the designs of the Afghans to dominate the Punjab; yet all along a disturbing phenomenon was discernable which threatened to arrest the balanced growth of Sikhism, Sikh Polity and Sikh Ethos as envisioned by the Gurus. The control of the Sikh shrines passed into the hands of Hindu priests or the persons nurtured in Hindu sensibilities and traditions with the result that Sikhism came to be projected as a militant arm of Hinduism.
In the economic sphere too, when the Sikhs came to settling down, they established themselves either as a class of peasant proprietors or as feudal chieftains -the development which clashed with the egalitarian spirit of Sikhism. Similarly, Sikhism failed to evolve behavioral pattern in harmony with democratic traditions and equality-oriented temper inherent in Sikhism.
About the Author 'Surjit Singh Gandhi' of the Book 'Sikhs in the Eighteenth Century'
Prof. Surjit Singh Gandhi is a Known authority on the History of Sikhs. His outstanding works, in addition to the present one, are History of the Sikh Gurus, Struggle of the Sikhs for Soverignty, Perspective on Sikh Gurdwaras Legislation and Punjab under the Great Mughals; the last one written at the behest of University Grants Commission , New Delhi. He has contributed a number of Research Papers to various journals of repute. He has also the privilege of writing for the Encyclopedia of Sikhism. He has been honored by the Chief Khalsa Diwan and Punjabi Society Texas, USA. His works are marked for details, in-depth analysis, erudition, clarity and lucidity.
He served the Punjab Education Department for thirty-four years, first as a senior Lecturer and then as a Principal. After this, he was called upon to take up the job of Incharge, Sikh Itihas Research Board and Sikh Reference Library, S.G.P.C., Amritsar. Now he is engaged in writing of the History of the Sikhs since Partition.
|Author||Surjit Singh Gandhi|
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