As may be expected, Singh is a highly partisan narrator. The Sikhs are always bold and noble, and those who oppress them--the Moghuls, the Hindus, and the British--are conniving and duplicitous. But this aside, he tells a truthful story of the early days of Sikhism up to the 20th-century partition of the Punjab and the diaspora to East Africa and Britain. But the book really takes off when we reach the modern era. He provides a moving account of the storming of the Golden Temple in Amritsar by Hindu troops acting on the authority of the Indian government in 1984. This led directly to the assassination of Indira Gandhi by her two Sikh bodyguards, which in turn brought swift and widespread retribution, as thousands of Sikhs were rounded up and massacred.
What Patwant Singh doesn't answer, though, is why so many people have felt so threatened by Sikhism over the centuries. Sikhs do not proselytize their religion and they make up only two percent of the Indian population, yet they have been persecuted throughout their history. Maybe, just as nature abhors a vacuum, so religions abhor moderation. --John Crace, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Very well written, easy to read, concise. Don't expect a neutral opinion of the Sikhs from another Sikh, though, and Mr Singh is somewhat bitterPublished 10 months ago by Tami
Sikhism is a faith unknown to most of us.
The book is a good read and provides a lot of bullet points, if you wish to know more about Sikhs. Read more
Very detailed Sikh events especially between 1700 and 1947 year. Unfortunately it did not continue into the 21st century. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Joe
A must for every Sikh and for folks who are interested in Religion studies. Provides basic principles of Sikhism especially the message of Universal Brotherhood and equality of... Read morePublished on April 7, 2013 by Balwant Lall
In this book, Patwant Singh traces the history of the Sikhs from their beginnings in the teachings of Guru Nanak in the 16th century to the present. Read morePublished on December 21, 2012 by Kurt A. Johnson
I found this book to be extremely informative. It provides a historic overview of the Sikh religion and culture. The author tells of both triumphs and failures in a clear manner. Read morePublished on September 13, 2012 by RG
The detail of the research is incredible. The bibliography and the additional reading list are well researched. Read morePublished on January 10, 2012 by Harry
Being of Sikh background and a Seaker of that absolute truth. I feel this book does a great job to reach out to non-sikh audiances. Read morePublished on June 29, 2009 by S. Grewal
If you are planning to buy a book on Sikhism this is fantastic. It gives an overview of the important facets of Sikhism and leaves the reader to further refine their search for... Read morePublished on November 2, 2006 by R. S. Randhawa