Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Anglo-Sikh Wars: Sikhs betrayed at Christmas

The Khalsa Fauj were betrayed by Lal Singh and Tej Singh on  22nd December 1845 during the
Anglo Sikh Wars.

Raja Lal Singh, a commander of the Sikhs who gave the battle plans to the British.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

The Akalis and the Anglo-Sikh Wars


Fig 1. Akali Nihang in Lahore: Armed to the teeth

The following description narrates the salient features of the Akalis, including their contribution to the Anglo-Sikh wars. Many modern historians forget to mention, the heavy losses undertaken by the Akali Nihangs.

The author writing in 1869 describes the attire of the Khalsa and states the main body of the Akalis can be found at Hazur Sahib, where they were still defiant to British rule. I have added footnotes to the description to clarify parts of the writing.
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Saturday, 7 December 2013

Sikh Charaina with depictions of Guru Nanak and Bhai Mardana


Char-aina or literally the four mirrors. Four plates worn over a shirt of mail in Persia, India and Central Asia. Usually they are rectangular and the two worn on the breast and back are considerably larger than those worn at the sides.