Persecution of the Sikhs and the Reorganization of the Khalsa Army

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:
Persecution of the Sikhs and the Reorganization of the Khalsa Army

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This chapter talks about the persecution of the Sikhs shortly after Banda Bahadur's execution, emergence of Sarbat Khalsa, and the reorganization of the Khalsa army. Sikh persecution intensified, since they were viewed as responsible for the agrarian revolt. Little was then heard of the Sikhs half a decade after Banda was executed, and the discussion turns to the Persian invasion. It also examines the period between the Persian invasion and the Afghan invasion where Zakarya Khan persecuted the Sikhs and the Khalsa. After Khan's death, his sons became busy fighting the Khalsa used the opportunity to strengthen and reorganize their forces.

Keywords: Banda Bahadur's execution; Sarbat Khalsa; Sikh persecution; Khalsa army; agrarian revolt; Persian invasion; Afghan invasion; Zakarya Khan

Chapter.  3946 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sikhism

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