Author: Gopal Singh
Publisher: Allied Publishers
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170231396
This is the first-ever exhaustive and authoritative history of the Sikhs based on original records, both published and unpublished, available in India or abroad. It is a highly readable book whose style has an easy flow but whose intensity of feeling and sincerity of utterance cannot fail to move the reader.
It however steers clear of the hagiographic myth-making, as much as the prophets of doom who look upon the Sikh phenomenon as a momentary historical upsurge whose authenticity ad potential will soon be exhausted.
On almost every page, the reader will come across fresh information and ideas such as have not been provided by any single publication before. Almost every question raided with regard to the Sikh faith or historical events have been authoritatively answered by the celebrated author, whose first-ever English translation of the entire corpus of the Sikh scripture has won him world-wide acclaim.
Though written by a man of faith, the author’s outlook especially with regard to the Hindu-Muslim-Sikh relations throughout the past 500 years would be found highly balanced and revealing.
Having been himself a participant in the fateful political drama over the past fifty years, his eyewitness account throws much fresh light on the eventful hears of the partition of India and what led to this gruesome tragedy.
The book, first published in 1979, has been brought up-to-date and its balanced judgments and the fresh information offered, may lead to a better appreciation of the Sikh situation by all concerned.
The Sources of Guru Nanak’s biography
Guru Nanak’s Travels
Guru Nanak as a Philosopher and a Poet
Guru Angad Dev
Guru Amar Das
Guru Ram Das
Guru Arjun Dev
Socio-political conditions of India as depicted in the Adi Granth
Bhai Gurdas and the Sikh way of life
Guru Hari Rai
Guru Hari Krishan
Guru Teg Bahadur
Guru Gobind Singh
Banda Singh Bahadur
The Sikh bid for peoplehood (1)
The Sikh bid for peoplehood (2)
The Misal Period
The Panjab as a Sovereign state
An Assessment of his character and administration
Sunset of the Empire
The Anglo-Sikh wars
End of the Dynasty
Revival or Regeneration?
The Sikhs fight for India’s Freedom
The Rise of Muslim Nationalism
The Transfer of Power
The Era of Hope
The Troubled Decade