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Who was and is a Sikh?
The history may answer or define again and again?

To know the contrast between Baisakhi 1699 and
affirmation of the sacred text Adi Granth in October, 1708 

To know the contrast between Baisakhi 1699 and the affirmation of the sacred text Adi Granth in October, 1708 is the need of hour in the present context.There is need of serious debate to distinguish between Baisakhi 1699 and the affirmation of the sacred text Adi Granth by Guru Gobind Singh in October, 1708, the tenth Guru in Sikh tradition as his successor, terminating the line of human Gurus, and elevating the text to Guru Granth Sahib.

From that point on, the text remained not only the holy scripture of the Sikhs, but is also regarded by them as the living embodiment of the Ten Gurus. The role of Guru Granth Sahib, as a source for all purposes including Sikh definition, Rehat Maryada or guide of prayer that is pivotal in worship in Sikhism or Sikhs Pursuit of Sovereignty.

Guru Gobind Singh ji officially ordained Guru Granth Sahib as the final and perpetual Guru of Sikhs. 

Sri Guru Granth Sahib is being accepted as the universal spiritual leader of Sikhs and also for its all followers keeping in mind the secular nature of Sikh faith.

Balbir Singh Sooch
January 18, 2009

Who was and is a Sikh?
The history may answer or define again and again?

Who was and is a Sikh? The history may answer or define again and again? or something else like “patit”, “keshdhari” and “Sehajdhari” and the Dhande Di Sikhi and Bhekh Di Sikhi in the present context or otherwise in case the Hon’ble High Court of Punjab & Haryana failed to answer or define a Sikh due to the created political division or the reasons of keeping permanently divided Sikhs on the Brahmanical caste lines? 

The forces under the garb of the Dhande Di Sikhi and Bhekh Di Sikhi are very much active to keep Sikhs divided permanently on the Brahmanical caste lines for their vested interests or at the instance of inimical forces towards Sikhs 

Who is going to save Sikhs from the elements (staying in safe heavens within and outside India) those are paid and out to create conditions of civil war like hatred atmosphere for them (Sikhs) at the instance and on the behest of government of India? 

The survival of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) has become difficult in face of the forces active unless the SGPC obey or accept the willingness to toe the Brahmanical caste lines. 

The Sikh Vichar Manch is submitting its observation clearly keeping in view the existing ground realities. However, every body is free to express and assess the expression and observation differently according his/her knowledge, experience and for the reasons beyond his/her control. 

Please do read in detail along with all links while assessing the observation:

SGPC-Don't commit any wrong or blunder
Are the SGPC and Akalis representing
only to "true Sikhs"not Sikhs? 

Hidden Deceptive Aspect of Sikh Definition 

Balbir Singh Sooch
January 17, 2009


Does ‘A Story of the Sikhs’, the book contain the contrast in the present context as suggested?

Balbir Singh Sooch
January 18, 2009

A Story of the Sikhs
Written by Parbina Rashid, Tribune India
Saturday, 17 January 2009

Har Jagmohan Singh prefers to set philosophy in the context of historical events.

No, it's not just another book on Sikhism, though the theme may sound a tad too familiar. A Story of the Sikhs (Pursuit of Sovereignty) stands apart in two counts, one, it is the result of 20 long years of research and analysis by this former professor of English literature, Har Jagmandar Singh, and second, the book has more philosophy to it than history, 'Philosophy told in the context of history,' as he likes to put it.

Har Jagmohan was neither a religious person nor a writer to start with. And like so many other Sikh scholars of this region, his literary pursuit also has its roots in the deep-rooted anguish that came from Operation Bluestar.

"It disturbed me and I could not find any book or article which explained the events to my satisfaction. So, I started musing over things, read and re-read and here is the result in front of you," says Har Jagmohan pointing at the aesthetically packaged book, which will be released at the Chandigarh Press Club on Saturday.

The gestation period was rather long. But then as an author who wanted to dwell on an 'uncommon perspective', he had to get everything in the right order. So, he went way ahead of the starting point of Sikhism, starting with the advent of Aryans and how the escapist philosophy of life came to India along with them. In this book, he goes on to explore theories like how Sikhism became an independent religion in due course and how a new religion gave birth to a new ‘nation’. 

So, has such prolonged brush with religious texts and history changed him as a person? "It certainly has changed my thinking though I am still not religious in the conventional sense," he laughs. But then there are two more positive changes the book has brought into his life - one, for someone who flunked in history in his school days, he has become almost an authority on the subject and two, for his first love which used to be teaching once has now been replaced by a passion for writing and he promises his readers a novel next, based on his native village Mansa.

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