Source: An e-mail
Something very interesting from a new blog exposing khalistanis
Khalistani Classic Myths : Part 1
MYTH _ The Sikh Raj (or empire of Ranjit Singh) fell due to the treachery of the Hindus.#
An important component of the Ranjit Singh’s empire was the hill regions of present day Himachal Pradesh and Jammu stretching into the mountainous regions of what is today northern Pakistan.
The Jamwal family – otherwise known as the three Dogra brothers were in defacto control over this region and during the lifetime of Ranjit Singh remained loyal to him.
In the bloodthirsty aftermath of the death of the king various factions jockeyed for power in the name of his sons – The Dogra brothers found themselves arranged against the Sandhawalia sardars of the Majha region. In the feuding the Dhian Singh and his son were murdered as well as the third Dogra brother Suchet Singh – Gulab Singh the sole surviving brother retreated towards his home base in Jammu after making a larger payment to the Sikh kingdom. The Sandhawalias took the clandestine support of the British in these struggles even to the extent of intriguing with the enemies of the states whilst the Dogras were campaigning in Gilgit and in Tibet to spread the empire.
In the following Anglo Sikh wars Gulab Singh cited the treachery of the Sikh sardaars in not providing military help to them on the very understandable grounds that they had slaughtered his brothers, his nephew and his son
The Sandhawalias and Majithia families made peace with the English and today remain one of the most influential families in Punjab
Ranjit Singh’s army had Hindus from the hill regions, trained sepoy battalions from Bhojpur and Bihar, Hindu Gurkhas and many Brahmin generals like Mokham Chand, Diwan chand, Ram Dyal, Mul Raj, Sawan Mal etc all of whom fought and died for the Sikh Empire.
Sikh historians have placed the entire blame on the Hindus
MYTH: The Sikhs had an independent state before their defeat by the British and this is the basis of modern day support for Khalistan
The rise of the Sikh Confederacy in the mid to late 1700’s was under the rise of 12 major groups known as Misls – geographically they were arranged variously under regional leaders from the Majha, Doab and Malwa areas.
The Malwa area (today – Ludhiana, Patiala, Fardikot, Nabha, Jind etc) were governed by 5 misls with the prime leadership under the Rajahs of Patiala – they contained more than half of the Sikh population.
They first allied with the Afghans giving submission to Ahmed Shah Abdali (1759-1769)
They then supported the Indian Afghans (Rohillas) in their wars with the Maratha Empire (1772-1788)
They then gave their support to the Maratha Empire under the leadership of Mahadji Sindhia
They then supported the British in the Anglo Maratha wars in 1803-1805
They refused to join the nascent Sikh empire under Ranjit Singh
They fought with the British against the Khalsa army in the Anglo Sikh wars and slaughtered the majority of the Budha Dal – the core of the army
However the Sikhs today place the blame on the fall of the Sikh Empire on the Hindus
MYTH : The Sikhs saved the whole of India (read the Hindus) from conversion to Islam
This is probably the most repeated and best known myth
The Sikhs were only able to exert effective control over Punjab in around 1770 – even at this stage the Afghans were able to penetrate a few more invasions
By 1735-1740 the majority of India made been conquered by the Marathas under their war leader Baji Rao –
The Rajput states were independent by the early 1700’s after their meeting at the Lake Pushkar
The hill regions were independent by the early 1700’s
The Braj region ( south of Delhi) was under the control of the Hindu Jats by the 1750’s
In 1758 the Maratha general Pandit Raghunath Rao defeated Timur Shah Abdali near Lahore and detachments chased the Afghans to Peshawar. He stopped at Amritsar after defeating the Pathans and his troops cleansed the golden temple and lake which had been desecrated by the Muslims – He then made an offering of 1.25 lakh rupees to the temple
The Sikhs ignore all of the above and claim that the ‘ungrateful’ Hindus owe them everything
MYTH ; that the references to the names of Hindu Gods and Goddesses in the Sikh scriptures are not really those same Hindu Gods
Then why have the need to utilise those very names – Why not use neutral terms like Waheguru which are clearly identified as being Sikh ?
Whatever the origins of the usage of names of Rama, Murali, Gopal, Gobinda, Krisha Chadni etc by the time of Guru Nanak these were very clearly identified with the Hindu religion without a shadow of doubt – If the Gurus were making a clean break with Hinduism as is suggested by the neo Sikh scholars then why use terms which would cause such confusion ?
MYTH: Sikhism was a complete break from both Hinduism and Islam
Guru Nanak was born in a region which was majority Muslim by the early 1500’s – yet his entire teachings seem to draw from Hindu sources and to a Hindu audience. Very scant references from Islamic usage are utilised in clear contrast to the almost endless usage of Hindu terminology, cosmology and theories.
The Sikhs were almost universally referred to as Hindus by others until the late 1800’s
MYTH ; The Brahmins have always been enemies of Sikhs and are hostile to Sikhism
Many Brahmins in fact were Sikhs
In fact the title of Bhai was first given to a Brahmin family from kiratpur from which came Bhai Gurdas, Bhai Budha, Bhai Mati Dass and Bhai Sati Dass –
Their nephew wrote the earliest known Sikh Maryada – Chaupa Singh Chhiber with Kesar Singh – The head of Ranjit Singh’s bodyguard was Brahmin
The descendants of this family fought against British rule – Bhai Paramananda also head of the Hindu Mahasabha and Bhai Mahavir has been the Governor of Madhya Pradesh.
Today the same Brahmins are reviled under a deluge of race hate and caste hate from Sikhs bordering that of Nazi Germany’s depiction of the Jews – Most have now lost all links with Sikhism
MYTH: The Hindus betrayed their mother tongue of Punjabi be declaring Hindu to be their main language
Pre 1947 Punjab – Punjabi language was primarily written in Urdu or Persian script – Many of the Hindus began utilising the Devenagari script to write Punjabi
Gurumukhi was used solely for Sikh religious scriptures.
The Sikh religious and political bodies lobbied for the imposition of Gurumukhi on all the population despite the Sikhs not being in a majority in the province.
Eventually Punjab was divided again to appease the Sikhs
To be Continued.
Khalistani Classic Myths : Part 2
MYTH: Sikhs don’t believe in the caste system unlike the Hindus who are riddled with caste