Book Title: Warrior Saints : Four Centuries of Sikh Military History (Vol. 1)
Author: Khushwant Singh
Format: Hardback | 240 pages
Publication Date: 22 Jun 2017
This first of two volumes explores the martyrdoms and conflicts that gave rise to a unique warrior culture steeped in the teachings of the 16th-century mystic poet, Guru Nanak. He was the first of ten Sikh spiritual masters hailing from Punjab, a region that straddles modern day North India and Pakistan. It was on his odysseys across Asia, and in his homeland of Punjab, that Guru Nanak spoke out fearlessly against the oppression and hypocrisy that he witnessed. Imbibing his concept of righteous opposition to tyranny, his Sikh followers would go on to change the course of world history. When the Mughal Empire began persecuting the Sikhs in the 1600s, this community of peaceful devotees was forced to take up arms or face extinction. This volume tells the compelling story of how they fought back to establish a powerful modern-day empire stretching from the borders of Tibet to Afghanistan across the plains of Punjab. The Sikhs' army became one of the most powerful Asia had ever seen but their growing ambition to extend their boundaries in the 19th century brought them into conflict with a rival foreign power, the British East India Company.The story of the Sikhs under the British Raj and in modern India is told in Volume 2.