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The Nihangs: Sikh Warrior Creed That Evokes Respect And Fear In Equal Measure

As the murder at Singhu border put the Nihangs in news, the warrior creed thrives at the symbol-laden chhaonis. Their austerity, discipline and martial history evoke both respect and fear.

The Nihangs: Sikh Warrior Creed That Evokes Respect And Fear In Equal Measure
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He will dream of armies and he thinks in lakhs. If he is alone he will say, ‘a-lakh-and-a-quarter Khalsa are present’. You ask him how he is, he will reply, ‘the army is well’. For him, hunger is intoxication, a miserable pony an Arab or Iraqi steed…and dying would be proceeding on an expedition.

– ‘Nihangs’, a section in the Encyclopedia of Sikhism, edited by Prof. Harbans Singh and published by Punjabi University, Patiala

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