When history of India is discussed among friends or anywhere in general for that matter, the obvious points that come to our minds are emperors like Maharana Pratap, Shivaji, Akbar etc. Then we talk about British India history and freedom fighters like Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh etc. But very few would know about the Sikh Empire or the Sikh history. Today, Sikhism has become one of India’s major religions; even then the irony is that very few might know about the Sikh Empire History. There are some very fascinating aspects about the history of Sikh that will amuse you definitely.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh was the one who founded the Sikh Empire in India. After Aurangazeb’s death, the strength of the Mughals was declining. That was when Banda Singh Bahadur came into power and became one of the most important rulers in the history of Sikhs. He fought in various battles and conquered regions which were earlier under the Mughal territory. Nawab Kapur Singh was another important leader under the Sikh empire. The famous group was formed under this king. After the end of the second Anglo-Sikh war though, their power reduced and gradually ended. Did you know that the Sikhs fought two Anglo-Indian wars? Most of us might have never come across this. That is because we live in a system where we feed on what is fed to us, we follow trends and read what everyone else is reading. There is a lack of a mindset to understand or explore something new.
You might have made several friends who follow this religion, but have you ever wondered about what were the major events that took place in the history of Sikhs? I believe that understanding different kinds of cultures and religions is very important especially when you are living in a country like India. It is only when you know, will you learn to appreciate its value.