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Conference on Banda Singh Bahadur

The Institute of Sikh Studies, Chandigarh, along with the International Sikh Confederation, Chandigarh and the Kendriya Singh Sabha, Chandigarh has sponsored a History Conference at its premises at Gurdwara Sahib, Kanthala, Industrial Area Part II, Chandigarh on November 28, 2009 (Saturday) dealing with Baba Banda Singh Bahadur. The conference will start at 10.00 am (sharp) and is likely to continue till 2.00 pm, followed by Langar. The conference will be presided over by our renowned member-Historian Dr. Kirpal Singh. Distinguished scholars from the Punjabi University, Patiala and Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar and other renowned authors and historians are expected to attend it.

You are cordially invited to participate in this important event in which historical evidence about Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, the first Sikh leader after Guru Gobind Singhji, his daring exploits and total commitment to the Sikh values will be examined and reviewed. There is acute dearth of historical material on this subject; whatever is available is from sources is highly prejudicial. The following points need to be studied: 

  • How could Banda win total confidence of Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji over the older Sikhs with good record of dedication, to be appointed the supreme Commander of the Khalsa?  
  • Did he justify the confidence reposed in him by the Tenth Master? 
  • In due course, did Banda overstep his brief? 
  • Was the imperial pressure responsible for his reverses in the later period or the disunity and open differences with the Advisory Council of five selected Sikhs by the Tenth Master?  
  • Did Mata Sundri disown his leadership at any time? 
The papers presented at the conference will be utilized to bring out a special Number dedicated to ‘Baba Banda Singh Bahadur’ in our quarterly journal, ABSTRACTS OF SIKH STUDIES, in April-June, 2009, to commemorate the decisive battle of Chhapar Chiri, and the fall of Sirhind, which is a glorious chapter in the annals of Sikh History. We feel that it is the time to celebrate the victory of the Sikhs over the corrupt Mughal Government of 1709-10. For further details please email to iosschd@gmail.com



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