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A History of the SikhsVolume 2: 1839-2004$
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Khushwant Singh

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195673098

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195673098.001.0001

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Gurdwara Reform: Rise of the Akali Immortals

Gurdwara Reform: Rise of the Akali Immortals

(p.193) 13. Gurdwara Reform: Rise of the Akali Immortals
A History of the Sikhs

Khushwant Singh

Oxford University Press

This chapter talks about the gurdwaras, specifically its evolution and importance in the social life of the Sikhs. The discussion in this chapter aims to provide a full grasp of the importance of the Gurdwara Reform. It begins by looking at the income and proper management of the gurdwara. It is followed by a recollection of the Nankana Holocaust, which erupted when Narain Das ordered an attack on the jathā visiting the gurdwara he was managing. The next event was the Keys Affair, when the deputy commissioner of Amritsar seized the keys of the Golden Temple after he became suspicious of Baba Kharak Singh’s bona fides. The chapter then turns to discussions of Guru ka Bagh, the Babbar Akali terrorists, and the Jaito, before finally settling on the Sikh Gurdwaras Act.

Keywords:   gurdwaras, Gurdwara Reform, Nankana Holocaust, Narain Das, Keys Affair, Guru ka Bagh, Baba Kharak Singh, Babbar Akali terrorists, Jaito, Sikh Gurdwaras Act

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