Chapter

The Call to Arms

Khushwant Singh

in A History of the Sikhs

Second edition

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780195673081
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080601 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195673081.003.0004
The Call to Arms

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This chapter discusses the events after the death of Guru Arjun. If Emperor Jehangir, who was responsible for the guru's death, hoped that the Sikhs would be cowed after the incident, he was disappointed. The Sikhs rallied around Arjun's son, Hargobind, who became the next guru. His time as guru of the Sikhs was marked with armed rebellion, in response for the death of his father. Hargobind's successor was Har Rai, whose term as guru was considerably peaceful. The last sections of the chapter discuss Hari Krishen and Tegh Bahadur, the two successive gurus of Sikhism. Unlike other gurus, Hari Krishen was very young when he became a guru. He was succeeded by his uncle, Tegh Bahadur, who was declared as a deserter and executed.

Keywords: death of Guru Arjun; Emperor Jehangir; Hargobind; armed rebellion; Har Rai; Hari Krishen; Tegh Bahadur

Chapter.  4894 words. 

Subjects: Sikhism

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