Today in Sikh History :16th August
|1604||SRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB first installed in Sri Harmindar Sahib (ACTUAL DAY)
The Holy Sri Guru GRANTH SAHIB was ceremonially installed in Sri Harmindir Sahib, Amritsar. Guru Arjan, shortly after Akbar’s visit, early in 1599, began the project of compilation of Adi Granth. Bhai Gurdas was appointed amanuensis. Guru Arjan took five years to complete the project. Adi Granth was ready in 1604 when it was installed in Sri Harimandir Sahib. Baba Buddha Ji was appointed the first priest. Today is the actual date of the event, however, it is observed on a different date by Guru Khalsa Panth.
|1932||Communal Award announced.
Following the failure of the second Round Table Conference (RTC), the British Prime Minister, Ramsay MacDonald issues the Communal Award which came a rude shock to the Sikhs. The Sikh disaffection arose out of the statutory majority of over 51% given to Muslims in the Punjab, whereas the Sikh representation was around 19%.
-Ref. The Sikhs in History, by Sangat Singh, 1995
|1940||Gandhi wrote a nasty letter to Master Tara Singh. It contained some of his preceoceived notions about Sikhs and the Akali movement. It was also influenced by the Punjab Congress’s solid support of Subash Chandra Bose for the Presidentship of the Congress vis a vis Pattabhi Sitaramayya, Ghandhi’s nominee. Gandhi wrote,
Although this letter created a storm in the Sikh press and basically ignore the threat posed by Gandhi and Congress to the Sikhs.
-Ref. The Sikhs in History, by Sangat Singh, 1995.
|1965||Fateh Singh announced another fast unto death for Punjabi Suba.|
|1977||Kartar Singh Khalsa Bhindrawalae passed away.|