Monday, November 30, 2009

Thought for Today: Sikh Philosophy and History

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh
One of the countless expamples of the Sikh's courage comes at the battle of Kohima, Burma in 1944. The 15rh Sikh Regiment headed by Naik Gian Singh was facing defeat. The Sikh solidiers wer well entrenched in teh sweltering swamps of Burmese jungles. The Japanese, better suited and well motivated were strongly pushing westward to the plains of India. As the merciless machine gun shots from the Japanese foxholes burst from the bush, Gian Singh pushed forward with his men behind him, he ordered his men to cover him as he single handedly cleared foxhole after foxhole.
Despite being severely wounded, he continued to push through the intense fire and cleared a stragegically vital road, The Japanese were forced to retreat. Gian Singh received the Victoria Cross, the highest order of gallantry in the British Army at the end of the war.
Today in the Kohima cemetery, among the 1,378 grave markers is the famous Kohima memorial with its historic incription:
"When you go home tell them of us, and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today"
Photo of Naik (Corporal) Gian Singh VC 15th Punjab Regiment
Naik (Corporal) Gian Singh VC
15th Punjab Regiment
Bhul chuk dhi khima, H
Picture: Naik Gian Singh
Contributed by UNITED SIKHS Volunteer, Harbans Kaur

Sunday, November 15, 2009

FT article on Darbar Sahib

The holy city of Amritsar

By James Lamont

Published: November 13 2009 23:45 | Last updated: November 13 2009 23:45

The Golden Temple in Amritsar, India
The Golden Temple in Amritsar

Amritsar was the first place to which Manmohan Singh, the prime minister of India, travelled after convalescing from heart surgery earlier this year. The dignified Singh, India’s first Sikh prime minister, went from New Delhi to Amritsar, a dusty city in north-west India, to give thanks for his life. Amritsar is to the Sikh what Jerusalem is to the Christian and Jew, Mecca to the Muslim and Varanasi to the Hindu. The Golden Temple, or Darbar Sahib, is the holiest Sikh shrine.