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Today in Sikh History :16th August


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,

As I told you, in my opinion, you have nothing in common with the Congress nor the Congress with you. You believe in the rule of the sword, the Congress does not . Your civil disobedience is purely a branch of violence. I am quite clear in my mind that being in the Congress, you weaken your community, and weaken the Congress. You have to be either fully nationalist or frankly communal and therefore dependent upon the British or other foreign power.

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.



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