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HTTPS://WWW.BRITANNICA.COM/TOPIC/SIKHISM >TITLE=SIKHISM ENCYCLOPæDIA BRITANNICA >ACCESS-DATE=7 AUGUST 2018, India}} (predominantly Punjab)|pop1 = 20,815,730|ref1 = WEB
, Census of India
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, 4 April 2008
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United States of America}}|pop2 = 500,000–700,000|ref2 = NEWS
, Sikhs express shock after shootings at Wisconsin temple
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, BBC News
, BOOK, The Racialization of Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism in the United States, Khyati Y. Joshi, 2006, WEB,weblink Learn About Sikhs,
Canada}}|pop3 = 468,673|ref3 = WEB
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, 2011 National Household Survey
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, 8 May 2013
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United Kingdom}}|pop4 = 432,429PUBLISHER=OFFICE FOR NATIONAL STATISTICSACCESSDATE=8 APRIL 2017, HTTP://WWW.SCOTLANDSCENSUS.GOV.UK/DOCUMENTS/CENSUSRESULTS/RELEASE2A/REL2A_RELIGION_DETAILED_SCOTLAND.PDF>TITLE=RELIGION (DETAILED): ALL PEOPLEACCESSDATE=8 APRIL 2017, HTTP://WWW.NINIS2.NISRA.GOV.UK/DOWNLOAD/CENSUS%202011/QS218NI.ODS>TITLE=RELIGION - FULL DETAIL: QS218NIACCESSDATE=8 APRIL 2017, Malaysia}}|pop5 = 100,000ACCESSDATE=4 APRIL 2008 ARCHIVEURL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20081231094957/HTTP://WWW.OVERSEASINDIAN.IN:80/2007/JAN/NEWS/25N3.SHTML date=September 2010|bot=H3llBot}}{{cbignore}}Australia}}|pop6 = 125,900|ref6 = WEB
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, Census of Population and Housing: Reflecting Australia - Stories from the Census, 2016
, Australian Bureau of Statistics
, 28 June 2017
, 5 March 2018
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Italy}}|pop7 = 70,000|ref7 = WEB
, 2004 Sikh Population of Italy
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, 4 April 2008
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Thailand}}|pop8 = 70,000|ref8 = WEB
, 2006 Sikh Population
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Pakistan}}|pop9 = 50,000|ref9 = NEWS
, Pak NGO to resolve issues of Sikh community
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, 29 January 2011
, The Times Of India
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United Arab Emirates}}|pop10 = 50,000|ref10 = NEWS
, Dubai's Sikh temple feeds the masses
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, 9 April 2014
, 21 March 2015
, The National (Abu Dhabi)
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Philippines}}|pop11 = 50,000DATE=18 MAY 2016ACCESSDATE=11 JUNE 2011 ARCHIVEURL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20111201014811/HTTP://WWW.ANGELFIRE.COM/CA6/GURDWARAWORLD/PHILIPPINES.HTML, 1 December 2011, New Zealand}}|pop12 = 19,191WEBSITE=STATISTICS NEW ZEALAND, 12 November 2016, Germany}}|pop13 = 10,000–20,000"Mitgliederzahlen: Sonstige", in: Religionswissenschaftlicher Medien- und Informationsdienst>Religionswissenschaftliche Medien- und Informationsdienst e. V. (Abbreviation: REMID), Retrieved 17 May 2017Singapore}}|pop14 = 15,000LAST=IYERACCESSDATE=9 MARCH 2011, Hong Kong}}|pop15 = 10,000|ref15 = ''weblinkFiji}}|pop16=2,577Population by Religion - 2007 Census of Population {{webarchive>url=https://web.archive.org/web/20080916193239weblink |date=2008-09-16 }}| religions = Sikhism| scriptures = Guru Granth SahibPunjabi language>Punjabi and other Languages of India| footnotes = }}A Sikh ({{IPAc-en|s|ɪ|k}}; {{IAST|sikkh}} {{IPA-pa|sɪkkʰ|}}) is a person associated with Sikhism, a monotheistic religion that originated in the 15th century, in the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent, based on the revelation of Guru Nanak.BOOK, Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh, Sikhism: An Introduction,weblink 22 February 2011, I.B.Tauris, 978-0-85773-549-2, 61–, The term "Sikh" has its origin in the Sanskrit words शिष्य ({{IAST|śiṣya}}), meaning a disciple, or a student.BOOK, Singh, Khushwant, Khushwant Singh, 2006, The Illustrated History of the Sikhs, Oxford University Press, India, 0-19-567747-1, 15, {{pa icon}} BOOK, Nabha, Kahan Singh, 1930, Punjabi, Gur Shabad Ratnakar Mahan Kosh, ਗੁਰ ਸ਼ਬਦ ਰਤਨਾਕਰ ਮਹਾਨ ਕੋਸ਼,weblink 29 May 2006, 720, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20050318143533weblink">weblink 18 March 2005, dmy-all, A Sikh, according to Article I of the Sikh Rehat Maryada (the Sikh code of conduct), is "any human being who faithfully believes in One Immortal Being; ten Gurus, from Guru Nanak to Guru Gobind Singh; Guru Granth Sahib; the teachings of the ten Gurus and the baptism bequeathed by the tenth Guru".WEB,weblink Sikh Reht Maryada: Sikh Code of Conduct and Conventions, 6 November 2008, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, .The Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent has been the historic homeland of the Sikhs, and was ruled by the Sikhs for significant parts of the 18th and 19th centuries. Today, the Punjab state in northwest India has a majority Sikh population, and sizeable communities of Sikhs exist around the world. Many countries, such as the United Kingdom, recognize Sikhs as a designated ethnicity on their censuses.WEB, Petition to Disaggregate Sikhs Correctly in the 2010 Census,weblinkUnited Sikhs has sought to have Sikh included on the United States>U.S. census as well, arguing that Sikhs "self-identify as an 'ethnic minority{{'"}} and believe "that they are more than just a religion".WEB, Memorandum Regarding the Tabulation of Sikh Ethnicity in the United States Census,weblink 20 November 2014, Male Sikhs generally have "Singh" (Lion) as their middle or last name (not all Singhs are Sikhs), and female Sikhs have "Kaur" (Princess) as their middle or last name. Sikhs who have undergone the Khanḍe-kī-Pahul (the Sikh initiation ceremony) may also be recognized by the five Ks: Kesh, uncut hair which is kept covered, usually by a turban; Kara, an iron or steel bracelet; Kirpan, a sword tucked into a gatra strap or a kamal kasar belt; Kachehra, a cotton undergarment; and Kanga, a small wooden comb. Initiated male and female Sikhs must cover their hair with a turban{{Citation needed|reason=A cursory google-ing suggests this is not the case.|date=July 2018}}.

History

File:Outside view of Janam Ashtan.jpg|thumb|upright=0.9|Gurdwara Janam Asthan the birth place of Guru NanakGuru NanakGuru Nanak (1469–1539), founder of Sikhism, was born to Mehta Kalu and Mata Tripta, in the village of Talwandi, now called Nankana Sahib, near Lahore.BOOK, Singh, Khushwant, Khushwant Singh, 2006, The Illustrated History of the Sikhs, Oxford University Press, India, 0-19-567747-1, 12–13, Guru Nanak was a religious leader and social reformer. However, Sikh political history may be said to begin with the death of the fifth Sikh guru, Guru Arjan Dev, in 1606.WEB, BBC History of Sikhism – The Khalsa, Sikh world history, BBC Religion & Ethics, 29 August 2003,weblink 4 April 2008, Religious practices were formalised by Guru Gobind Singh on 30 March 1699. Gobind Singh initiated five people from a variety of social backgrounds, known as the Panj Piare (the five beloved ones) to form the Khalsa,BOOK, Singh, Patwant, The Sikhs, Knopf, 14, 0-375-40728-6Mughal Empire>Mughal rule in India (1556–1707) several Sikh gurus were killed by the Mughals for opposing their persecution of minority religious communities including Sikhs.JOURNAL, McLeod, Hew, Sikhs and Muslims in the Punjab, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 22, s1, 155–165, 1987date=November 2015}}File:Shrine of ranjit singh.jpg|thumb|upright=0.9|The Samadhi of Emperor Ranjit Singh in LahoreLahoreFile:Darbar sahib1.jpg|thumb|upright=0.9|Golden Temple ]]File:Sikh helmet.jpg|thumb|upright=0.9|alt=Metal helmet in a museum|A Sikh Khalsa ArmySikh Khalsa ArmyAfter defeating the Afghan and Mughal, sovereign states called Misls were formed, under Jassa Singh Ahluwalia. The Confederacy was unified and transformed into the Sikh Empire under Maharaja Ranjit Singh Bahadur, which was characterised by religious tolerance and pluralism, with Christians, Muslims and Hindus in positions of power. The empire is considered the zenith of political Sikhism,BOOK, Lafont, Jean-Marie, Maharaja Ranjit Singh: Lord of the Five Rivers (French Sources of Indian History Sources), Oxford University Press, 16 May 2002, USA, 23–29Kashmir, Ladakh and Peshawar. Hari Singh Nalwa, the commander-in-chief of the Sikh Khalsa Army in the North West Frontier, expanded the confederacy to the Khyber Pass. Its secular administration implemented military, economic and governmental reforms.(File:Sikh Armour and weapons.jpg>thumbleft)After the annexation of the Sikh kingdom by the British, the latter recognized the martial qualities of the Sikhs and Punjabis in general and started recruiting from that area. During the 1857 Indian mutiny, the Sikhs stayed loyal to the British. This resulted in heavy recruiting from Punjab to the colonial army for the next 90 years of the British Raj.BALLANTYNE>FIRST1=TONYDATE=2006LOCATION=UNITED STATESURL=HTTPS://BOOKS.GOOGLE.COM/BOOKS?ID=CARHKFRY_IOC&PG=PR5 TITLE=COLONIALISM AND ITS FORMS OF KNOWLEDGE: THE BRITISH IN INDIAPUBLISHER=PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESSPAGES=107–109ACCESSDATE=26 JANUARY 2015, The British colonial rule saw the emergence of many reform movements in India including Punjab. This included formation in 1873 and 1879 of the First and Second Singh Sabha respectively. The Sikh leaders of the Singh Sabha Movement worked to offer a clear definition of Sikh identity and tried to purify Sikh belief and practice.HTTPS://BOOKS.GOOGLE.COM/BOOKS?ID=1NKC9G2AYJEC&DQ FIRST=HARJOT YEAR=1994 PAGES=494 ACCESSDATE=2013-09-18, The later part of British colonial rule saw the emergence of the Akali movement to bring reform in the gurdwaras during the early 1920s. The movement led to the introduction of Sikh Gurdwara Bill in 1925, which placed all the historical Sikh shrines in India under the control of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).BOOK, Nesbitt, Eleanor, Sikhism : a very short introduction, 2005, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 0-19-280601-7, [Online-Ausg.].,weblink 14 January 2016, The months leading up to the partition of India in 1947 were marked by conflict in the Punjab between Sikhs and Muslims. This caused the religious migration of Punjabi Sikhs and Hindus from West Punjab, mirroring a similar religious migration of Punjabi Muslims from East Punjab.The 1960s saw growing animosity between Sikhs and Hindus in India,NEWS, Lukas, J. Anthony, Hindu vs. Sikh: Why the Killing, The New York Times, 209, 20 March 1966weblink with the Sikhs demanding the creation of a Punjab state on a linguistic basis similar to other states in India. This was promised to Sikh leader Master Tara Singh by Jawaharlal Nehru, in return for Sikh political support during negotiations for Indian independence movement>Indian independence.JOURNAL, Telford, Hamish, The Political Economy of Punjab: Creating Space for Sikh Militancy, Asian Survey, 32, 11, 969–987, November 1992jstor=2645265, Although the Sikhs obtained the Punjab, they lost Hindi-speaking areas to Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan. Chandigarh was made a union territory and the capital of Haryana and Punjab on 1 November 1966.Sikh leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale triggered violence in the Punjab. The prime minister Indira Gandhi ordered an operation to remove Bhindranwale from the Golden Temple in Operation Blue Star.This led to her assassination by her Sikh bodyguards.NEWS, Pace, Eric, Assassination in India: Sikhs at the centre of the drama; Sikh separation dates back to '47, The New York Times, 24, 1 November 19841984 anti-Sikh riots>explosion of violence against Sikh communities and the killing of thousands of Sikhs throughout India. Since 1984, relations between Sikhs and Hindus have moved toward a rapprochement aided by economic prosperity. However, a 2002 claim by the Hindu right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) that Keshdhari Hindus disturbed Sikh sensibilities.RAMBACHAN AUTHORLINK=ANANTANAND RAMBACHAN JOURNAL=THE ECUMENICAL REVIEW PAGE=2003 FORMAT=PDF DEADURL=YES ARCHIVEDATE=26 FEBRUARY 2008, During the 1999 Vaisakhi, Sikhs worldwide celebrated the 300th anniversary of the creation of the Khalsa. Canada Post honoured Sikh Canadians with a commemorative stamp in conjunction with the 300th anniversary of Vaisakhi. On April 9, 1999, Indian president K.R. Narayanan issued a stamp commemorating the 300th anniversary of the Khalsa.WEB, Canada Post to honour Sikh Canadians with a commemorative stamp,weblink Tribune India, The Tribune, 26 March 2013,

Culture and religious observations

Daily routine

From the Guru Granth Sahib,WEB,weblink Sri Guru Granth Sahib Translation, 305, Sikhs.org, 29 January 2016, {{Quotation|One who calls himself a Sikh of the Guru, the True Guru, shall rise in the early morning hours and meditate on the Lord's Name. Upon arising early in the morning, he is to bathe, and cleanse himself in the pool of nectar. Following the Instructions of the Guru, he is to chant the Name of the Lord, Har, Har. All sins, misdeeds and negativity shall be erased. Then, at the rising of the sun, he is to sing Gurbani; whether sitting down or standing up, he is to meditate on the Lord's Name. One who meditates on my Lord, Har, Har, with every breath and every morsel of food - that GurSikh becomes pleasing to the Guru's Mind. That person, unto whom my Lord and Master is kind and compassionate - upon that GurSikh, the Guru's Teachings are bestowed. Servant Nanak begs for the dust of the feet of that GurSikh, who himself chants the Naam, and inspires others to chant it.| Fourth Mehl (Guru Ram Das), Guru Granth Sahib, Pg 305}}

Five Ks

File:Sikh Articles of Faith.JPG|thumb|alt=Wooden comb, iron bracelet and curved, gold-coloured dagger|Kanga, Kara and (Kirpan]]: three of the five Sikh articles of faith)The five Ks (panj kakaar) are five articles of faith which all baptized Sikhs (Amritdhari Sikhs) are obliged to wear. The symbols represent the ideals of Sikhism: honesty, equality, fidelity, meditating on Waheguru and never bowing to tyranny.BOOK, Nesbitt, Eleanor, Sikhism: a very short introduction, Oxford University Press, 40–43, 0-19-280601-7, 2005, The five symbols are:
  • Kesh: Uncut hair, usually tied and wrapped in a Dastar
  • Kanga: A wooden comb, usually worn under a Dastar
  • Kachera: Cotton undergarments, historically appropriate in battle due to increased mobility when compared to a dhoti. Worn by both sexes, the kachera is a symbol of chastity.
  • Kara: An iron bracelet, a symbol of eternity.
  • Kirpan: An iron dagger in different sizes. In the UK Sikhs can wear a small dagger, but in the Punjab they might wear a traditional curved sword from one to three feet in length.

{{anchor|Sikh music and instruments}}Music and instruments

(File:Dilruba woman.jpg|thumb|right|upright=0.7|alt=Woman in yellow scarf bowing an instrument|Woman playing the dilruba)The Sikhs have a number of musical instruments: the rebab, dilruba, taus, jori and sarinda. Playing the sarangi was encouraged by Guru Hargobind. The rebab was played by Bhai Mardana as he accompanied Guru Nanak on his journeys. The jori and sarinda were introduced to Sikh devotional music by Guru Arjan. The taus was designed by Guru Hargobind, who supposedly heard a peacock singing and wanted to create an instrument mimicking its sounds (taus is the Persian word for peacock). The dilruba was designed by Guru Gobind Singh at the request of his followers, who wanted a smaller instrument than the taus. After Japji Sahib, all of the shabad in the Guru Granth Sahib were composed as raags. This type of singing is known as Gurmat Sangeet.When they marched into battle, the Sikhs would play a Ranjit Nagara (victory drum) to boost morale. Nagaras (usually two to three feet in diameter, although some were up to five feet in diameter) are played with two sticks. The beat of the large drums, and the raising of the Nishan Sahib, meant that the singhs were on their way.

Demographics

File:Indias Sikh Pop. Chart02.JPG|thumb|alt=Yellow bar graph|India's Sikh population and their percentage of the total population]]Numbering about 27 million worldwide, Sikhs make up 0.39 percentWEB, CIA Factbook,weblinkPunjab, India>Indian State of Punjab, where they form a majority (about two-thirds) of the population.Sikhs in Punjab. Globalsecurity.org. Retrieved on 6 October 2011. Substantial communities of Sikhs live in the Indian states or union territories of Chandigarh where they form 13.11% of the population, Haryana (more than 1.2 million), Rajasthan, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Assam and Jammu and Kashmir.WEB, Breakdown of Indian Sikh population by Indian States/Union territories,weblink 4 April 2008, Sikh migration from British India began in earnest during the second half of the 19th century, when the British completed their annexation of the Punjab.JOURNAL, Dutt, Amitava, Surinder Devgun, Diffusion of Sikhism and recent migration patterns of Sikhs in India, GeoJournal, 1, 5, 81–89, 23 September 1977,weblink 1572-9893, 4 April 2008, 10.1007/BF00704966, {{dead link|date=May 2016|bot=medic}}{{cbignore|bot=medic}} The British Raj recruited Sikhs for the Indian Civil Service (particularly the British Indian Army), which led to Sikh migration throughout India and the British Empire. During the Raj, semiskilled Sikh artisans were transported from the Punjab to British East Africa to help build railroads. Sikhs emigrated from India after World War II, most going to the United Kingdom but many to North America. Some Sikhs who had settled in eastern Africa were expelled by Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in 1972.ENCYCLOPEDIA, Sikhism, Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, 2007weblink Economics is a major factor in Sikh migration, and significant communities exist in the United Kingdom, the United States, Malaysia, East Africa, Sikhism in Australia>Australia, Singapore and Thailand. Due to this, Canada is the country that has the highest number of Sikhs in Sikhism by country#Countries.HTTP://WWW.STATCAN.GC.CA/DAILY-QUOTIDIEN/130508/DQ130508B-ENG.HTMFIRST=GOVERNMENT OF CANADA, STATISTICSWEBSITE=WWW.STATCAN.GC.CA, File:World Sikh Pop. Map 2004-02.png|thumb|alt=Coloured world map|Map showing world Sikh population areas and historical migration patterns (2004 estimate).JOURNAL, Johnson, Todd, David B. Barrett , Quantifying Alternate Futures of Religion and Religions, Futures, 36, 9, 947–960, 2 September 2004,weblink 10.1016/j.futures.2004.02.009, 4 April 2008, ">
, Quantifying Alternate Futures of Religion and Religions, Futures, 36, 9, 947–960, 2 September 2004,weblink 10.1016/j.futures.2004.02.009, 4 April 2008,
Although the rate of Sikh migration from the Punjab has remained high, traditional patterns of Sikh migration favouring English-speaking countries (particularly the United Kingdom) have changed during the past decade due to stricter immigration laws. Moliner (2006) wroteBOOK, Christine, Moliner, Sikhs in France, Migration Patterns – Workshop on Indian Migration, 2006, abstract, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Urbaine/CNRS,weblink true, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20061117150414weblink">weblink 17 November 2006, that as a consequence of Sikh migration to the UK "becom[ing] virtually impossible since the late 1970s", migration patterns evolved to continental Europe. Italy is a rapidly growing destination for Sikh migration,JOURNAL
, Ciprani
, Ralph
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, International Sociology
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, with Reggio Emilia and Vicenza having significant Sikh population clusters.NEWS, IANS, Now, Sikhs do a Canada in Italy, NRIinternet, 15 September 2004,weblink 4 April 2008, Italian Sikhs are generally involved in agriculture, agricultural processing, the manufacture of machine tools and horticulture.NEWS, Singh, Kulwinder, Italy may open VISA office in Chandigarh very soon, NRIinternet, 11 August 2007,weblink 4 April 2008, Johnson and Barrett (2004) estimate that the global Sikh population increases annually by 392,633 (1.7 percent per year, based on 2004 figures); this percentage includes births, deaths and conversions. Primarily for socio-economic reasons, Indian Sikhs have the lowest adjusted growth rate of any major religious group in India, at 16.9 percent per decade (estimated from 1991 to 2001).WEB, Proportion and growth rate of population by religious communities, India, 1961–2001, Office of the Registrar General, India, CensusIndia, 6 September 2004,weblink PDF, 4 April 2008, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070927201349weblink">weblink 27 September 2007, {{cbignore}} The Sikh population has the lowest gender balance in India, with only 903 women per 1,000 men according to the 2011 Indian censusweblink

Castes

Guru Nanak in Sri Granth Sahib calls for treating everyone equally.{{#tag:ref|Guru Nanak has mentioned in his first composition of Jup Ji Sahib which is recited daily by all practicing Sikhs that all souls are to be treated with care and respect as Waheguru is the Giver of all souls."The Guru has given me this one understanding: there is only the One, the Giver of all souls. May I never forget Him!", Guru Granth Sahib, 2WEB,weblink Sri Guru Granth Sahib Translation, p. 2, Singh Khalsa, Dr. Sant, www.Srigranth.org, Srigranth.org, 10 January 2017, Guru Nanak said that blessings are rained down when the lowly person, regardless of any background are cared for."In that place where the lowly are cared for-there, the Blessings of Your Glance of Grace rain down.", Guru Granth Sahib, 15WEB,weblink Sri Guru Granth Sahib Translation, p. 15, Singh Khalsa, Dr. Sant, www.srigranth.org, Srigranth.org, 10 January 2017, Guru Nanak had spoken we need to prize humility above all and thus caste is not an issue."One who takes pride in wealth and lands is a fool, blind and ignorant.One whose heart is mercifully blessed with abiding humility,O Nanak, is liberated here, and obtains peace hereafter." Granth Sahib, 278WEB,weblink Sri Guru Granth Sahib Translation, p. 278, Singh Khalsa, Dr. Sant, www.srigranth.org, Srigranth.org, 10 January 2017, |group=note}} Other Sikh Gurus also denounced the hierarchy of the caste system. However they all came from just one caste, the Khatris.BOOK, Oberoi, Harjot, The construction of religious boundaries : culture, identity, and diversity in the Sikh tradition, 1994, Oxford, Chicago, 978-0226615936, 109,weblink 15 January 2017, Despite that social stratification exists in the Sikh community.Over 60% of Sikhs belong to the Jat caste which is an agrarian caste.Despite being very small in numbers, the mercantile Khatri and Arora castes wield considerable influence within the Sikh community. Other common Sikh castes include Sainis(kshatriyas), Rajputs, Ramgarhias (artisans), Ahluwalias (formerly brewers), Kambojs (rural caste), Rai Sikh (rural caste), Labanas (merchants), Kumhars and the two Dalit castes, known in Sikh terminology as the Mazhabis (the Chuhras) and the Ravidasias (the Chamars).NEWS,weblink Sikhism {{!, History, Doctrines, Practice, & Literature|work=Encyclopedia Britannica|access-date=2017-12-26|language=en}}According to Surinder Singh Jodhka, the Sikh religion does not advocate discrimination against any caste or creed, however, in practice, Sikhs belonging to the landowning dominant castes have not shed all their prejudices against the Dalit castes. While Dalits would be allowed entry into the village gurdwaras they would not be permitted to cook or serve langar (Communal meal). Therefore, wherever they could mobilise resources, the Sikh DalitsWEB,weblink Dalits in sikhism, June 17, 2009, {{!, website=weblink|publisher=ThereAreNoSunglasses|access-date=January 15, 2017}} of Punjab have tried to construct their own gurdwara and other local level institutions in order to attain a certain degree of cultural autonomy.JOURNAL, Jodhka, Surinder S, Caste and Untouchability in Rural Punjab, Economic and Political Weekly, May 11–17, 2002, 37, 19, 1822, 4412102, In 1953, Sikh leader, Master Tara Singh, succeeded in persuading the Indian Government to include Sikh castes of the converted untouchables in the list of scheduled castes.WEB,weblink The Scheduled Castes in the Sikh Community – A Historical Perspective, BOOK, Dalits in Regional Context, Harish K. Puri, 978-81-7033-871-0, 2004, In the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, 20 of the 140 seats are reserved for low-caste Sikhs.,JOURNAL, Puri, H.K, Scheduled castes in Sikh community: A historical perspective, Economic and Political Weekly, 2003, 38, 26(Jun. 28 - Jul. 4, 2003), 2693–2701, 4413731,

Occupation

File:Sikh regiment indian army.jpg|thumb|Soldiers of the Indian Army's Sikh Light InfantrySikh Light InfantryAccording to a 1994 estimate, Punjabis (Sikhs and non-Sikhs) comprised 10 to 15 percent of all ranks in the Indian Army, although the state contained less than 3% of the country's population. The Indian government does not release religious or ethnic origins of the military personnel, but a 1991 report by Tim McGirk estimated that 20 percent of Indian Army officers were Sikhs.JOURNAL, Kundu, Apurba, The Indian Armed Forces' Sikh and Non-Sikh Officers' Opinions of Operation Blue Star, Pacific Affairs, 67, 1, 48–49, Spring 1994, 10.2307/2760119, 2760119, Together with the Gurkhas recruited from Nepal, the Maratha Light Infantry from Maharashtra and the Jat Regiment, the Sikhs are one of the few communities to have exclusive regiments in the Indian Army. The Sikh Regiment is one of the most-decorated regiments in the army,WEB, Sikh Regiment,weblink 4 April 2008, with 73 Battle Honours, 14 Victoria Crosses,WEB, Excerpts from British High Commissioner Michael Arthur, talk,weblinkIndian Order of Merit>Indian Orders of Merit (equivalent to the Victoria Cross),NEWS, History of Sikh gallantry,weblink 4 April 2008, The Daily Telegraph, LondonBattle honour>Theatre Honours, five COAS Unit Citations, two Param Vir Chakras, 14 Maha Vir Chakras, five Kirti Chakras, 67 Vir Chakras and 1,596 other awards. The highest-ranking general in the history of the Indian Air Force is a Punjabi Sikh, Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh.WEB, Pillarisetti, Jagan, Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh,weblinkarchiveurl =weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080327195335weblink">weblink Ministry of Defence (United Kingdom)>United Kingdom Ministry of Defence for a Sikh infantry regiment were scrapped in June 2007.NEWS, Rayment, Sean, Sikh regiment dumped over 'racism' fears, Telegraph, 24 June 2007,weblink London, Historically, most Indians have been farmers and 66 percent of the Indian population are engaged in agriculture.NEWS, World Bank loan for India farmers, BBC NEWS,weblink date=27 June 2007, Indian Sikhs are employed in agriculture to a lesser extent; India's 2001 census found 39 percent of the working population of the Punjab employed in this sector.WEB, Agriculture and Allied Sector, Economy and Infrastructure, Punjab State,weblinkarchiveurl =weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080310012330weblink">weblink 10 March 2008, The success of the 1960s Green Revolution, in which India went from "famine to plenty, from humiliation to dignity",WEB, Census 2001, data, Government of India, November 2002,weblink 9 September 2010, was based in the Punjab (which became known as "the breadbasket of India").WEB, Welcome to Official Web site of Punjab, India,weblinkarchiveurl =weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080318020853weblink">weblink 18 March 2008, NEWS, India's "breadbasket" aims to be new IT hotspot,weblink 4 April 2008, Reuters, 30 April 2007, The Punjab is the wealthiest Indian state per capita, with the average Punjabi income three times the national average.WEB, Where Punjab Leads,weblinkarchiveurl =weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080323174456weblink">weblink intensive farming>intensive and mechanised agricultural methods, aided by the electrification of the Punjab, cooperative credit, consolidation of small holdings and the existing, British Raj-developed canal system.WEB, The Green Revolution, Agriculture, Punjab State, 2004,weblinkarchiveurl =weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080330010804weblink">weblink Ishtiaq Ahmed (political scientist)>Ishtiaq Ahmad, a factor in the success of the Indian green revolution was the "Sikh cultivator, often the Jat, whose courage, perseverance, spirit of enterprise and muscle prowess proved crucial".WEB, Ishtiaq, Ahmad, Ishtiaq Ahmad (political scientist), West and East Punjab agriculture: a comparison, Comment, Daily Times, 8 February 2005,weblink 4 April 2008, However, not all aspects of the green revolution were beneficial. Indian physicist Vandana ShivaJOURNAL, Guus Geurts Studentnummer, The cause and effects of the Green Revolution in Punjab (India) – critical analysis of "The Violence of the Green Revolution" by Vandana Shiva (1991), Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen, 5 March 2001,weblinkMicrosoft Word>MS Word, wrote that the green revolution made the "negative and destructive impacts of science [i.e. the green revolution] on nature and society" invisible, and was a catalyst for Punjabi Sikh and Hindu tensions despite a growth in material wealth.File:Sikh Temple Manning Drive Edmonton Alberta Canada 01A.jpg|thumb|alt=Large, ornate white building against a blue sky|A Sikh temple, Nanaksar Gurudwara, in Richmond, British ColumbiaRichmond, British ColumbiaPunjabi Sikhs are engaged in a number of professions which include science, engineering and medicine. Notable examples are nuclear scientist Piara Singh Gill (who worked on the Manhattan Project), fibre-optics pioneer Narinder Singh Kapany and physicist, science writer and broadcaster Simon Singh.In business, the UK-based clothing retailers New Look and the Thai-based JaspalWEB, JASPAL, About,weblink 4 April 2008, were founded by Sikhs. India's largest pharmaceutical company, Ranbaxy Laboratories, is headed by Sikhs.NEWS, #24 Malvinder & Shivinder Singh, India's Richest, Forbes.com, 16 November 2006,weblinkPUBLISHER=UK NATIONAL STATISTICS URL=HTTP://WWW.STATISTICS.GOV.UK/CCI/NUGGET.ASP?ID=962&POS=2&COLRANK=2&RANK=800 DEADURL=YES ARCHIVEDATE=26 FEBRUARY 2008, UK Sikhs are the second-wealthiest (after the Jewish community) religious group in the UK, with a median total household wealth of £229,000.WEB, An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in the UK, Report of the National Equality Panel, The London School of Economics – The Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, 29 January 2010,weblink 1 February 2010, In Singapore Kartar Singh Thakral expanded his family's trading business, Thakral Holdings,NEWS, #25 Kartar Singh Thakral, Singapore's 40 Richest, Forbes.com, 24 August 2006,weblink 4 April 2008, into total assets of almost $1.4 billion and is Singapore's 25th-richest person. Sikh Bob Singh Dhillon is the first Indo-Canadian billionaire. The Sikh diaspora has been most successful in North America.Sikh intellectuals, sportsmen and artists include poet and Bollywood lyricist Rajkavi Inderjeet Singh Tulsi, writer Khushwant Singh, England cricketer Monty Panesar, former 400m runner Milkha Singh, Indian wrestler and actor Dara Singh, former Indian hockey team captains Ajitpal Singh and Balbir Singh Sr., former Indian cricket captain Bishen Singh Bedi, Harbhajan Singh (India's most successful off spin cricket bowler), Navjot Singh Sidhu (former Indian cricketer turned politician). Bollywood actresses include Neetu Singh, Simran Judge, Poonam Dhillon, Mahi Gill, Esha Deol, Parminder Nagra, Gul Panag, Mona Singh, Namrata Singh Gujral and director Gurinder Chadha, Parminder Gill .Sikhs have migrated worldwide, with a variety of occupations. The Sikh Gurus preached ethnic and social harmony, and Sikhs comprise a number of ethnic groups. Those with over 1,000 members include the Ahluwalia, Arain, Arora, Bhatra, Bairagi, Bania, Basith, Bawaria, Bazigar, Bhabra, Chamar, Chhimba, Darzi, Dhobi, Gujar, Jatt, Jhinwar, Kahar, Kalal, Kamboj, Khatri, Kumhar, Labana, Lohar, Mahtam, Mazhabi, Megh, Mirasi, Mochi, Mohyal, Nai, Rajput, Ramgarhia, Saini, Sansi, Sudh, Tarkhan, Kashyap Rajput .An order of Punjabi Sikhs, the Nihang or the Akalis, was formed during Ranjit Singh's time. Under their leader, Akali Phula Singh, they won many battles for the Sikh Confederacy during the early 19th century.

{{anchor|Sikhs in the Indian and British armies}}In the Indian and British armies

File:SikhsInFrancePostcard.jpg|thumb|alt=Postcard of marching Sikhs with rifles|French postcard depicting the arrival of the 15th Sikh Regiment in France during World War IWorld War ISikhs supported the British during the Indian Rebellion of 1857.BOOK, Kennedy Trevaskis, Hugh, The Land of Five Rivers: An Economic History of the Punjab from Earliest Times to the Year of Grace 1890, 1928, Oxford University Press, London, 216–217, By the beginning of World War I, Sikhs in the British Indian Army totaled over 100,000 (20 percent of the force). Until 1945 fourteen Victoria Crosses were awarded to Sikhs, a per-capita regimental record. In 2002 the names of all Sikh VC and George Cross recipients were inscribed on the monument of the Memorial GatesWEB, Memorial Gates Official Website,weblinkConstitution Hill, London>Constitution Hill, next to Buckingham Palace.UK GOVERNMENT REPORT ON THE MEMORIAL >URL=HTTP://WWW.MILLENNIUM.GOV.UK/CGI-BIN/ITEM.CGI?ID=1220&D=11&H=24&F=46&DATEFORMAT=%25O-%25B-%25Y DEADURL=YES ARCHIVEDATE=6 DECEMBER 2008, Chanan Singh Dhillon was instrumental in campaigning for the memorial.(File:Japanese shooting blindfolded Sikh prisoners.jpg|thumb|alt=See caption|Japanese soldiers shooting blindfolded Sikh prisoners)During World War I, Sikh battalions fought in Egypt, Palestine, Mesopotamia, Gallipoli and France. Six battalions of the Sikh Regiment were raised during World War II, serving in the Second Battle of El Alamein, the Burma and Italian campaigns and in Iraq and receiving 27 battle honours. Around the world, Sikhs are commemorated in Commonwealth cemeteries.WEB, India's High Commission in London 'Sikhs pioneered Britain's multi-cultural society,weblink's-multi-cultural-society.html, 4 April 2008, {{cbignore}}}}

Diaspora

File:Sikhs on the move!.jpg|thumb|left|alt=Large group of Sikh men and women on a city street|Sikhs celebrating Vaisakhi, the birth of the Khalsa TorontoTorontoDuring the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Sikhs began to emigrate to East Africa,BOOK, Bhachu, Parminder (Author), Light,, Ivan (Editor), Immigration & Entrepreneurship, Chapter 8, Twice and direct Migrant Sikhs, 1999, Transaction Publishers, New Jersey, 9780765805898, 163–176, 1st paperback printing.,weblink 16 January 2017, the Far East, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. In 1907 the Khalsa Diwan Society was established in Vancouver, and four years later the first gurdwara was established in London. In 1912 the first gurdwara in the United States was founded in Stockton, California.BOOK, Hansra, Harkirat, Liberty at Stake: Sikhs: The Most Visible, Yet Misunderstood, Minority of America, 2007, iUniverse, 9780595432226, 59, Since Sikhs (like many Middle Eastern men) wear turbans and keep beards, some people in Western countries have mistaken Sikh men for Muslim or Arabic and Afghan men since the September 11 attacks and the Iraq War. Several days after the 9/11 attacks Sikh Balbir Singh Sodhi was murdered by Frank Roque, who thought Sodhi was connected with al-Qaeda. CNN suggested an increase in hate crimes against Sikh men in the United States and the UK after the 9/11 attacks.NEWS, Hate crime reports up in wake of terrorist attacks, US News, CNN, 17 September 2001,weblink 4 April 2008, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080415215239weblink">weblink 15 April 2008, NEWS, Sikhs urging action on faith hate, UK News, BBC News, 5 November 2006,weblink 4 April 2008, Since Sikhism has never actively sought converts, the Sikhs have remained a relatively homogeneous ethnic group. The 3HO organisation claim to have inspired a moderate growth in non-Indian adherents of Sikhism.WEB, 3HO Healthy Happy Holy Organisation, About 3HO, 3HO.org,weblink 4 April 2008, In 1998 an estimated 7,800 3HO Sikhs, known colloquially as ‘gora’ (ਗੋਰਾ) or ‘white’ Sikhs,WEB, Table of religious groups by alphabetical order, Adherents.com, 23 April 2007,weblink 4 April 2008, were mainly centred around Española, New Mexico and Los Angeles, California. Sikhs and the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund overturned a 1925 Oregon law banning the wearing of turbans by teachers and government officials.Sikh Teachers Are Now Able to Teach in Oregon Public Schools « SALDEF. Saldef.org (2 April 2010). Retrieved on 6 October 2011.In an attempt to foster Sikh leaders in the Western world, youth initiatives by a number of organisations exist. The Sikh Youth Alliance of North America sponsors an annual Sikh Youth Symposium, a public-speaking and debate competition held in gurdwaras throughout the U.S. and Canada. There are a number of Sikh office holders in Canada. In the United States, the current U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and former governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, was born and raised as a Sikh, but converted to Christianity after her marriage. She still actively attends both Sikh and Christian services.

Sikh nationalism and the Khalistan movement

The Khalistan movement is a Sikh separatist movement, which seeks to create a separate country called Khalistān ("The Land of the Pure") in the Punjab region of South Asia to serve as a homeland for Sikhs.BOOK,weblink Globalization and Religious Nationalism in India, books.google.com, 9781134135707, Kinnvall, Catarina, 2007-01-24, The territorial definition of the proposed country Khalistan consists of both the Punjab, India along with Punjab, Pakistan and includes parts of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, and Rajasthan.BOOK, Crenshaw, Martha, Terrorism in Context, 1995, Pennsylvania State University, 978-0-271-01015-1, 364, The foreign policy of Pakistan: ethnic impacts on diplomacy, 1971-1994 {{ISBN|1-86064-169-5}} - Mehtab Ali Shah "Such is the political, psychological and religious attachment of the Sikhs to that city that a Khalistan without Lahore would be like a Germany without Berlin."Amritsar to Lahore: A Journey Across the India-Pakistan Border - Stephen Alter {{ISBN|0-8122-1743-8}} "Ever since the separatist movement gathered force in the 1980s, Pakistan has sided with the Sikhs, the territorial ambitions of Khalistan have at times included Chandigarh, sections of the Indian Punjab, including whole North India and some parts of western states of India."Khalistan movement began as an expatriate venture.BOOK, Pruthi, Raj, Sikhism and Indian Civilization, 2004, Discovery Publishing House, 9788171418794, 169,weblink 25 October 2018, In 1971, the first explicit call for Khalistan was made in an advertisement published in the New York Times by an expat Jagjit Singh Chohan.{{sfn|Van Dykep=976}} By proclaiming the formation of Khalistan he was able to collect millions of dollars from the Sikh diaspora.HTTPS://WWW.NYTIMES.COM/2007/04/11/WORLD/ASIA/11CHAUHAN.HTML?_R=1&FTA=Y&OREF=SLOGIN >TITLE=JAGJIT SINGH CHAUHAN, SIKH MILITANT LEADER IN INDIA, DIES AT 80 AUTHOR=HARESH PANDYA DATE=11 APRIL 2007, On 12 April 1980 he declared the formation of "National Council of Khalistan", at Anandpur Sahib.NAYAR > FIRST = KULDIP TITLE = TRAGEDY OF PUNJAB YEAR = 1985 ISBN = 1-85127-069-8, He declared himself as the President of the Council and Balbir Singh Sandhu as its Secretary General. In May 1980, Jagjit Singh Chauhan travelled to London and announced the formation of Khalistan. A similar announcement was made by Balbir Singh Sandhu, in Amritsar, who released stamps and currency of Khalistan. The inaction of the authorities in Amritsar and elsewhere was decried by Akali Dal headed by the Sikh leader Harchand Singh Longowal as a political stunt by the Indian National Congress party of Indira Gandhi.SINGH TITLE = KHALISTAN: AN ACADEMIC ANALYSIS YEAR = 1982 PAGE = 114, File:Sikh march against Indian policy, London 10-Jun-12.JPG|thumb|Sikhs in LondonLondonWith financial and political support of the Sikh diaspora the movement flourished in the Indian state of Punjab, which has a Sikh-majority population and reached its zenith in the late 1970s and 1980s when the secessionist movement caused large scale violence among the local population. Operation Blue Star was an Indian military operation carried out between 1 and 8 June 1984, ordered by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to remove militant religious leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his armed followers from the buildings of the Harmandir Sahib complex in Amritsar, Punjab.NEWS, RAW chief consulted MI6 in build-up to Operation Bluestar,weblink The Hindu, 16 January 2014, 31 January 2014, Chennai, India, Praveen, Swami, In July 1983, the Sikh political party Akali Dal's President Harchand Singh Longowal had invited Bhindranwale to take up residence in Golden Temple Complex to evade arrest.Khushwant Singh, A History of the Sikhs, Volume II: 1839-2004, New Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2004, p. 337.WEB,weblink Operation Blue Star: India's first tryst with militant extremism - Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis, 5 November 2016, Dnaindia.com, 29 October 2017,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20171103012225weblink">weblink 3 November 2017, no, dmy-all, Bhindranwale later on made the sacred temple complex an armoury and headquarters.NEWS, Sikh Leader in Punjab Accord Assassinated,weblink 14 June 2018, Times Wire Services, LA Times, 21 August 1985,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20160129025949weblink">weblink 29 January 2016, no, dmy-all, In the violent events leading up to the Operation Blue Star since the inception of Akali Dharm Yudh Morcha, the militants had killed 165 Hindus and Nirankaris, even 39 Sikhs opposed to Bhindranwale were killed. The total number of deaths was 410 in violent incidents and riots while 1,180 people were injured.BOOK, Mark Tully, Satish Jacob, Amritsar; Mrs. Gandhi's Last Battle,weblink"deaths+in+violent", 1985, London, e-book, 147, Ch. 11, Casualty figures for the Army were 83 dead and 249 injured.WEB,weblink Army reveals startling facts on Bluestar, Tribune India, 30 May 1984, 9 August 2009,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090705183849weblink">weblink 5 July 2009, no, dmy-all, According to the official estimate presented by the Indian government, 1592 were apprehended and there were 493 combined militant and civilian casualties.BOOK, White Paper on the Punjab Agitation, 1984, Shiromani Akali Dal and Government of India, 169,weblink 15 July 2018,weblink 15 July 2018, no, dmy-all, High civilian casualties were attributed to militants using pilgrims trapped inside the temple as human shields.BOOK, Kiss, Peter A., Winning Wars amongst the People: Case Studies in Asymmetric Conflict, 2014, Potomac Books, 9781612347004, 100, Illustrated,weblink 15 July 2018,weblink 15 July 2018, no, dmy-all, Assassination of PM Indira Gandhi and bombing of Air India plane killing 328 passengers happened in that period.NEWS, Jagmeet Singh now rejects glorification of Air India bombing mastermind,weblink 30 April 2018, The 18-month long Air India inquiry, led by former Supreme Court justice John Major, pointed to Parmar as the chief terrorist behind the bombing. A separate inquiry, carried out by former Ontario NDP premier and Liberal MP Bob Rae, also fingered Parmar as the architect of the 1985 bombing that left 329 people dead 268 of them Canadians., CBC News, 15 March 2018, Various pro-Khalistan outfits have been involved in a separatist movement against the Government of India ever since. There are claims of funding from Sikhs outside India to attract young people into these pro-Khalistan militant groups.NEWS,weblink Sikh separatists 'funded from UK', BBC, 28 August 2008, 4 March 2008, In January 1986, the Golden Temple was occupied by militants belonging to All India Sikh Students Federation and Damdami Taksal.Sikh Temple Sit-In Is a Challenge for Punjab, The New York Times 2 February 1986 On 26 January 1986, a gathering known as the Sarbat Khalsa (a de-facto parliament) passed a resolution (gurmattā) favouring the creation of Khalistan. Subsequently, a number of rebel militant groups in favour of Khalistan waged a major insurgency against the government of India. Indian security forces suppressed the insurgency in the early 1990s, but Sikh political groups such as the Khalsa Raj Party and SAD (A) continued to pursue an independent Khalistan through non-violent means.WEB,weblink Amnesty International report on Punjab, Amnesty International, 20 January 2003, 11 January 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20061203184445weblink">weblink 3 December 2006, WEB,weblink The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Punjab, Tribuneindia.com, 2015-09-27, WEB,weblink SAD (A) to contest the coming SGPC elections on Khalistan issue: Mann, PunjabNewsline.com, 14 January 2010, 22 January 2010, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110715132020weblink">weblink 15 July 2011, dmy-all, Pro-Khalistan organisations such as Dal Khalsa (International) are also active outside India, supported by a section of the Sikh diaspora.NEWS,weblink Balbair, Punj, 16 June 2005, The Ghost of Khalistan, Sikh Times, 11 January 2010, In the 1990s the insurgency petered out,WEB, India gives Trudeau list of suspected Sikh separatists in Canada,weblink Reuters, The Sikh insurgency petered out in the 1990s. He told state leaders his country would not support anyone trying to reignite the movement for an independent Sikh homeland called Khalistan., 22 May 2018, and the movement failed to reach its objective due to multiple reasons including a heavy police crackdown on separatists, divisions among the Sikhs and loss of support from the Sikh population.NEWS, New brand of Sikh militancy: Suave, tech-savvy pro-Khalistan youth radicalised on social media,weblink 27 April 2018, Hindustan Times,

Art and culture

File:SikhNakashi.jpg|thumb|alt=Intricate design|Opaque watercolour-on-paper Nakashi art; about 1880, by an unknown artist from Lahore or AmritsarAmritsar(File:HarmindarSahib.jpg|thumb|alt=Large building on the water|Darbar Sahib, circa 1870)Sikh art and culture are nearly synonymous with that of the Punjab, and Sikhs are easily recognised by their distinctive turban (Dastar). The Punjab has been called India's melting pot, due to the confluence of invading cultures from the rivers from which the region gets its name. Sikh culture is therefore a synthesis of cultures. Sikhism has forged a unique architecture, which S. S. Bhatti described as "inspired by Guru Nanak's creative mysticism" and "is a mute harbinger of holistic humanism based on pragmatic spirituality".WEB, The Magnificence of Sikh Architecture,weblinkarchiveurl =weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20071214193843weblink">weblink 14 December 2007, During the Mughal and Afghan persecution of the Sikhs during the 17th and 18th centuries,BOOK, Sian, Katy, Unsettling Sikh and Muslim Conflict: Mistaken Identities, Forced Conversions, and Postcolonial Formations, 2013, Rowman & Littlefield, 9780739178744, 32, the latter were concerned with preserving their religion and gave little thought to art and culture. With the rise of Ranjit Singh and the Sikh Raj in Lahore and Delhi, there was a change in the landscape of art and culture in the Punjab; Hindus and Sikhs could build decorated shrines without the fear of destruction or looting.BOOK, Srivastava, RP, Punjab Painting: Study in Art and Culture, 1983, Abhinav Publications, 9788170171744, 13, The Sikh Confederacy was the catalyst for a uniquely Sikh form of expression, with Ranjit Singh commissioning forts, palaces, bungas (residential places) and colleges in a Sikh style. Sikh architecture is characterised by gilded fluted domes, cupolas, kiosks, stone lanterns, ornate balusters and square roofs. A pinnacle of Sikh style is Harmandir Sahib (also known as the Golden Temple) in Amritsar.Sikh culture is influenced by militaristic motifs (with the Khanda the most obvious), and most Sikh artifacts—except for the relics of the Gurus—have a military theme. This theme is evident in the Sikh festivals of Hola Mohalla and Vaisakhi, which feature marching and displays of valor.Although the art and culture of the Sikh diaspora have merged with that of other Indo-immigrant groups into categories like "British Asian", "Indo-Canadian" and "Desi-Culture", a minor cultural phenomenon which can be described as "political Sikh" has arisen.WEB, 'Art and Culture of the Diaspora',weblink 4 April 2008, The art of diaspora Sikhs like Amarjeet Kaur Nandhra and Amrit and Rabindra Kaur Singh (the "Singh Twins")WEB, Singh Twins Art Launches Liverpool Fest,weblink 4 April 2008, is influenced by their Sikhism and current affairs in the Punjab.Bhangra and Giddha are two forms of Punjabi folk dancing which have been adapted and pioneered by Sikhs. Punjabi Sikhs have championed these forms of expression worldwide, resulting in Sikh culture becoming linked to Bhangra (although "Bhangra is not a Sikh institution but a Punjabi one").WEB, Bhangra & Sikhi by Harjinder Singh,weblink 4 April 2008, {{anchor|Sikh paintings}}

Painting

Sikh painting is a direct offshoot of the Kangra school of painting. In 1810, Ranjeet Singh (1780–1839) occupied Kangra Fort and appointed Sardar Desa Singh Majithia his governor of the Punjab hills. In 1813 the Sikh army occupied Guler State, and Raja Bhup Singh became a vassal of the Sikhs. With the Sikh kingdom of Lahore becoming the paramount power, some of the Pahari painters from Guler migrated to Lahore for the patronage of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh and his Sardars.The Sikh school adapted Kangra painting to Sikh needs and ideals. Its main subjects are the ten Sikh gurus and stories from Guru Nanak's Janamsakhis. The tenth Guru, Gobind Singh, left a deep impression on the followers of the new faith because of his courage and sacrifices. Hunting scenes and portraits are also common in Sikh painting.

See also

Footnotes

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Bibliography

  • {{citation |last1=Fair |first1=C. Christine |title=Diaspora Involvement in Insurgencies: Insights from the Khalistan and Tamil Eelam Movements |journal=Nationalism and Ethnic Politics |volume=11 |date=2005 |pages=125–156 |doi=10.1080/13537110590927845 |subscription=yes}}
  • {{citation |last1=Van Dyke |first1=Virginia |title=The Khalistan Movement in Punjab, India, and the Post-Militancy Era: Structural Change and New Political Compulsions |journal=Asian Survey |volume=49 |issue=6 |date=2009 |pages=975–997 |doi=10.1525/as.2009.49.6.975 |subscription=yes}}

References and notes

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Further reading

  • The Sikhs In History: A Millennium Study by Sangat Singh, Noel Quinton King. New York 1995. {{ISBN|81-900650-2-5}}
  • A History of the Sikhs: Volume 1: 1469–1838 by Khushwant Singh. Oxford India Paperbacks (13 January 2005). {{ISBN|0-19-567308-5}}
  • The Sikhs by Patwant Singh. Image (17 July 2001). {{ISBN|0-385-50206-0}}
  • The Sikhs of the Punjab by J. S. Grewal. Published by Cambridge University Press (28 October 1998). {{ISBN|0-521-63764-3}}.
  • The Sikhs: History, Religion, and Society by W.H. McLeod. Published by Columbia University Press (15 April 1989). {{ISBN|0-231-06815-8}}
  • The Sikh Diaspora: Tradition and Change in an Immigrant Community (Asian Americans â€” Reconceptualising Culture, History, Politics) by Michael Angelo. Published by Routledge (1 September 1997). {{ISBN|0-8153-2985-7}}
  • Glory of Sikhism by R. M. Chopra, Sanbun Publishers, 2001, {{oclc|499896556}}, {{google books|VGnRPgAACAAJ|Glory of Sikhism}}.
  • The Philosophical and Religious Thought of Sikhism by R. M. Chopra, 2014, Sparrow Publication, Kolkata, {{ISBN|978-81-89140-99-1}}
  • The construction of religious boundaries: Culture, identity, and diversity in the Sikh tradition - H Oberoi - 1994 University of Chicago press, {{ISBN|0-226-61592-8}}
  • Architectural Heritage of a Sikh State: Faridkot by Subhash Parihar, Delhi: Aryan Books International, 2009, {{ISBN|978-81-7305-386-3}}
  • A Study of Religions by R. M. Chopra, Anuradha Prakashan, New Delhi, 2015. {{ISBN|978-93-82339-94-6}}.

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