The British and the Sikhs: Discovery, Warfare and Friendship
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The Sikh Confederacy consisting of military units or Misls rose from the ashes of the crumbling Mughal Empire in the Eighteenth century. As a result, under the leadership of General Baghel Singh they conquered the Red Fort of Delhi in 1783 leading to the Sikh Empire being formed in the Punjab under Maharajah Ranjit Singh in 1801. During this time the East India Company also expanded its frontiers and territories, witnessing the rise and the progression of the Sikhs.
This was coupled with the influx of Christian Missionaries who came to convert the Sikhs into the British way of thinking. The two Empires were destined to clash and the Anglo Sikh Wars of 1845-1849 witnessed some of the bloodiest battles Victoria's Britain fought, with major losses on both sides. The annexation of Punjab led to the employment of the Sikhs into the British Indian Army. This led to the Sikhs becoming part of many British campaigns, including their major contributions in the First and Second World Wars. This book weaves the reader through anecdotes and important events highlighting the relationship between the British and the Sikhs which exists to this day.
In this deeply researched book, Mann uses rare anecdotes to provide recognition to early descriptions from British administrators, writers, and illustrators who depicted the history of the Sikhs and the land of Punjab. The book is also supplemented with a number of Anglo Sikh treaties which determined relations in the Nineteenth century.
The Granth of Guru Gobind Singh: Essays Lectures and Translations
(Oxford University Press). 2015 With Kamalroop Singh.
In the Granth of Guru Gobind Singh, the authors offer new insights into the Sikh scripture Dasam Patshah Ka Granth, or the Dasam Granth, which has traditionally been attributed to Guru Gobind Singh.
While many studies have adopted a polemic approach and focused on the authorship of the text, this book takes a multi-disciplinary approach and considers the relationship of the scripture with the newly discovered manuscripts, apocryphal translations, and relics.
The manuscript tradition of the Granth shows how it was written and compiled during Guru Gobind Singh’s time and how its compositions were transmitted through material items such as swords. The authors have included in this volume translations of selected compositions from the scripture.This book, in essence, takes the reader through relevant history of the Sikh dharam and establishes the centrality of the Dasam Granth within it.
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Sri Dasam Granth Sahib: Questions and Answers
2011 Archimedes Press.
Gurinder Singh Mann and Kamalroop Singh.
This book features:
*50 questions and 50 elaborate answers on the scripture.
*Rare pictures of Sri Dasam Granth manuscripts.
*The Akal Takht Sahib stance on the Guru’s bani.
*The British views on the Sikh scripture.
*The relevance of Sri Dasam Granth in modern society.
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A small booklet created to celebrate the 200th death anniversary of linguist Dr John Leyden.
Dr Leyden, a Scottish surgeon adept in many languages also undertook the translation of Panjabi/Sikh texts into English. This booklet gives an overview of the project undertaken by the
Panjab Cultural Association, UK to bring these writings out into the open.
* Possibly the first english translations of Sikh/Panjabi texts and scriptures.
* The discussion of translation of Sri Bachitra Natak, Prem Sumarag Granth, Sikhan Di Bhagatmala, Var Sri Bhagauti Ji and others.
* The significance of these translations as viewed by scholars.
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