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11th May

 

1835 Dost Mohd. agitated over Sikh occupation of Peshawar in 1834 made war preparation but left battle field at Attock.

Dost Mohd., agitated over Sikh occupation of Peshawar, wrote to Maharaja Ranjit Singh to hand over Peshawar or be prepared to face a war. Ranjit Singh sent an equally strong rejoinder. Dost Mohd. made a religious issue to incite fellow tribals against Sikhs and made elaborate preparations. Maharaja Ranjit Singh sent a large force under Hari Singh Nalwa but also played the diplomatic game of breaking away minor tribal chiefs with money and allurements. Gulab Singh and Avitable were sent to Kohat and Venfura joined Maharaja Ranjit Singh at Attock. Dost Mohd. realising his weakness left the field with bag and baggage during night on this day.

1922 Sunder Singh Makhsuspuri and Arjan Singh of Sundh were arrested and Kishan Singh Gargaj narrowly escaped.
1981 Akali party passed resolution Sikhs are a Nation.

The Akali Party passes the resolution Sikhs are a Nation. On Mar. 25, 1981 the SGPC unanimously passed the resolution Sikhs are a nation. With the passing of such a resolution by the Sikh Parliament and with the ratification of this resolution by the Jathedar of the Akal Takht on April 21, 1981, the issue stood finally decided by the whole of the Sikh nation. On May 11, 1981, the Akali Party also passed a resolution to that effect.

The Sikhs Are a Nation proposal was part of S. Ganga Singh Dhillon's speech at 54th All India Sikh Educational Conference that took place on March 13, 14, and 15, 1981. In his presidential address, S. Ganga Singh Dhillon wrote:

SIKHS ARE A NATION We all are born equal, with a human right to preserve our religious and cultural heritage, improve our economic inheritance and freedom to mould our destiny.

-Ref. THE SIKHS' STRUGGLE FOR SOVEREIGNTY, An Historical Perspective by Dr. Harjinder Singh Dilgeer and Dr. Awatar Singh Sekhon. Edited By: A.T. Kerr Page 110-119.

 

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