Printed Pages: 142 with numerous colour illustrations. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: Never before have the Sikh's way of life, their modes of worship, their baptisms, weddings and rustic dances and their attempts to keep alive their marital traditions been more vividly captured by the camera or as clearly explained in words by India's foremost author. Here is a rare collection of photographs taken by one of the country's best photographers.
Review: Sikhism is one of the world's gentlest religions--a sort of eastern version of Anglicanism. It is as though someone had taken the best bits of Hinduism and Islam and merged them into a religion accessible even to the most secular of souls. There is no class or caste system, hence the men are all called Singh (Lion) and the women Kaur (Princess), and it makes no great claim to be the only way; indeed, unlike most religions, it actively promotes the idea that its followers may learn from other faiths. And yet, the popular image of Sikhs as fierce warriors is almost diametrically opposed to the tenets of their faith. Just how this came to be is wonderfully told in Patwant Singh's history of the Sikhs, published to coincide with the 300th anniversary of the Khalsa--the most important date in the Sikh calendar.
As may be expected, Singh is a highly partisan narrator. The Sikhs are always bold and noble, and those who oppress them--the Moghuls, the Hindus, and the British--are conniving and duplicitous. But this aside, he tells a truthful story of the early days of Sikhism up to the 20th-century partition of the Punjab and the diaspora to East Africa and Britain. But the book really takes off when we reach the modern era. He provides a moving account of the storming of the Golden Temple in Amritsar by Hindu troops acting on the authority of the Indian government in 1984. This led directly to the assassination of Indira Gandhi by her two Sikh bodyguards, which in turn brought swift and widespread retribution, as thousands of Sikhs were rounded up and massacred.
What Patwant Singh doesn't answer, though, is why so many people have felt so threatened by Sikhism over the centuries. Sikhs do not proselytize their religion and they make up only two percent of the Indian population, yet they have been persecuted throughout their history. Maybe, just as nature abhors a vacuum, so religions abhor moderation. --John Crace, Amazon.co.uk
Title: The Sikhs
Publisher: Lustre Press/Roli Books
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: New
Book Description Condition: Good. This book has light wear throughout and makes a perfect reading copy. Dust jacket may be missing. May have inscription/personalization. Stock photo may be different from actual cover. Seller Inventory # 4EKGRJ000R2M
Book Description Roli & Janssen BV, New Delhi, India, 2005. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good +. Rai, Raghu (illustrator). Second Hardback Impression. 315 x 310mm. pp. 144. English text. A history of the Sikh community in India celebrated in the form of photographs. The book chronicles their customs, beliefs, rituals, modes of worship, weddings, baptisms and dances. Lavish colour photographic illustrations throughout. Bound in original pictorial boards. Housed in like dust jacket. Book and dust jacket clean and tight. No ownership inscription. 1.9kg. extra postage. Seller Inventory # 025930
Book Description Roli Books, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG8174361324
Book Description Rooli Books, New Delhi, 2001. Condition: Good. Seller Inventory # 136436
Book Description Roli Books, 2004. Condition: Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP37601489
Book Description Hardback. Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Seller Inventory # GOR001578684
Book Description Lustre Books Roli Press, India, 2005. Condition: Used Very Good. Second Impresssion. Hardback with dustjacket. Colourful boards The dustjacket is very slightly worn at the edges. One of the richest communities of India. The book starts by tracing the history from the time of Guru Nanak. This finishes at page 41. Following this are superb photographs until the end at page 144. Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" Tall. Seller Inventory # 006838
Book Description 2000. Condition: Used: Very Good. UNCLIPPED DUST JACKET. DUST JACKET AND BOOK ITSELF BOTH SHOW SOME WEAR. STILL AN EXCELLENT READING/REFERENCE COPY. CONTENT CLEAN, TIDY, BRIGHT AND FRESH THROUGHOUT. **SENT BY ROYAL MAIL FROM UK STOCK.** "Always choose readerz3, the best deal around for YOU and me!" 16. Seller Inventory # 0327QXZOB0S
Book Description Lustre Press/Roli Books, New Delhi, India. Hard Cover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Printed Pages: 142 with numerous colour illustrations. Seller Inventory # 038090
Book Description Roli Books, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Seller Inventory # P028174361324