Author: Ganda Singh
Publisher: Punjabi University
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8173805687
Based on contemporary and original records, this work is a volume of hard facts of simple and plain facts with no mixture of sensation and sentiments divorced from knowledge.
The case of Banda Singh Bahadur presents, perhaps;, the strangest array of difficulties and paradoxes in the whole range of Sikh biography. No biography of his, written during his life time by any of his admirers or impartial writers, has so far been unearthed to give us first-hand and reliable information on his life and work. No account of Banda Singh so far written by a contemporary or a later writers - Muslim, Hindu or Sikh - exhibits his true character.
The present work has been attempted to pierce through the gloom that veiled the life-history of this great hero and martyr of the early eighteenth century. Subjecting every fact to scrutiny and criticism in the light of contemporary and original works - mostly unpublished Persian manuscripts - the author has undertaken an impartial investigation of the whole subject, and have dealt with it on scientific lines, regardless of the opinions and prejudices of the previous writers.
For the events of Banda Singh's life, after his arrival in the Punjab, the author has depended exclusively upon the writings of those who had either personally witnessed, or had first-hand knowledge of the events that they have narrated, supplemented by other original and later authorities.
Childhood and Ascetic life
At the feet of the Master
Banda Singh Leaves for the Punjab
Samana and Sadhaura
The Battle of Rupar
The Battle of Chappar Chiri and the Sack of Sirhind
Ghudani and Maler Kotla
At his Capital
Incursions in the Jamuna-Ganga doab
The Rising in the Majha and the Haidri flag Crusade
Disturbances in the Jullundur Doab and the Battle of Rahon
Emperor Bahadur Shah's March Against the Sikhs
The Battles of Sadhaura and Lohgarh
Reduction of the Hill Chiefs, the Battles of Bahrampur and Batala, and other Minor Engagements
Emperor Bahadur Shah AT Lahore, His Death and After
The Siege of Sadhaura and Lohgarh
Kiri Pathan, Rupar and Batala
The Siege and fall of Gurdas Nangal
CHAPTER XIX Massacre of the Sikhs and Banda Singh at Delhi
The Man and his Achievements
I. Conflict between the Banderi and the other Khalsa
II. The Successors of Banda Singh
III. Extract from a Statement of Baba Sardul Singh Sodhi of Dera Baba Banda Singh