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The Lion In Winter

Classic reissue, of import to both those from the Punjab and those whose lives it shaped

The Lion In Winter The Lion In Winter

For 50 years, Khushwant Singh has towered over Indian writing like a colossus. Novelist, short story writer, historian, editor and journalist, above all an agent provocateur par excellence, he is impossible to ignore. The History of the Sikhs, written at Princeton in the ’70s in two volumes, is his seminal work. oup has now brought out a compact, illustrated version.

The birth of Guru Nanak on April 15, 1469, was an event of immense import for the country. Travelling constantly with Bala and Mardana, he debated with sadhus, sufis and yogis. His message was simple: there is no Hindu, no Mussalman. God to him was the truth, but higher still was truthful living. He accepted no division of caste, class or gender. He opposed Sati and all the oppressive practices of Brahminism. He discouraged yogic austerities, and asked people to live full and holy lives. The four gurus who followed him carried these teachings of humanism further. Guru Ram Das started the city of Amritsar around the temple; Guru Arjun compiled the Granth Sahib, containing the poetry of the gurus, and of the reformation sants like Kabir, Farid, Tukaram and Valmiki. Guru Arjun also became the first martyr of the faith at the hands of Jehangir.

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