It’s time to review our history books…

Our history books arefull of details and discussions on Delhi Sultanate, Mughal rulers, Mughal architecture and the role of Mahatma Gandhi in Indian freedom struggle. Doesn’t this incomplete and biased history bother you?

Each one of us, despite our dislike for history, remembers the lessons we read in class 9 and 10 in our NCERT history books. They are full of details and discussions on Delhi Sultanate, Mughal rulers, Mughal architecture and the role of Mahatma Gandhi in Indian freedom struggle. Doesn’t this incomplete and biased history bother you?

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Why do our history books only talk about what Gandhi did? Why don’t we learn about what Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev, Chandrashekhar Azad and Maharana Pratap did for the freedom? Most of the history books don’t even mention what Sikhs did for the freedom of India.

Our history books don’t even narrate the story of Battle of Saragarhi which is considered an iconic event when 21 Sikhs faced over 10,000 Pashtuns at Saragarhi and won.

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It has been rightly said that History is written by the winners and the winners in Indian History have been foreign invaders. First it were foreign invaders and later the Britishers. Though Britishers were the recent invaders but our history is highly biased in favor of Islamic rulers as they left a very strong legacy and culture in India.

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How will our children come to know about the valour and sacrifices of vernacular heroes if our history books don’t even mention that?

Noticing this void, I had requested Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi Ji to direct NCERT to include a chapter on the life of Chaar Sahibzaade (sons of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji were lovingly called Sahibzaade). My request has been accepted and soon our NCERT history books will include a chapter on the story of Chaar Sahibzaade and their unparalleled sacrifice.

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But this is not just about Sikh history or Chaar Sahibzaade. Right now, our youngsters are facing a worse identity crisis and they need to discover their heroes. They should be made aware about countless Bhagat Singhs, Maharana Prataps and Rani Laxmi Bais.

If we do not raise our voice now, our kids will be left to imagine that the only fascinating part of Indian history was centered around Mughals and they will have to read through Google about heroes like Baba Banda Singh Bahadur!

 

Paying tribute to Diwan Todar Mal

Todar Mal did not shun his responsibility and proved his love for Guru Sahib and his family by happily giving away his wealth.

Paying tribute to the supreme sacrifice of Chaar Sahibzaade would be incomplete if I do not remember the selfless deeds of Diwan Todar Mal.

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Diwan Todar Mall was a wealthy Hindu merchant of Sirhind who devoted his life to Sri Guru Gobind Singh Sahib by heart and in spirit. It was he who performed the cremation of the three martyred bodies of the two younger sons Sahibzaada Zorawar Singh and Sahibzada Fateh Singh along with their grandmother, Mata Gujri Ji.

It so happened that when Sahibzade were bricked alive by the Mughal authorities on the 12 December 1705 for not renouncing their faith, Mata Gujri Ji also left for holy abode owing to the grief and shock of losing her beloved grandsons. Mughal authorities refused to hand over their bodies saying that these could not be cremated on government land.

The greedy Mughals asked for covering the required ground for cremation with gold coins to get the release of the three bodies.

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In those times landowners around the Sirhind Fort were scared of Mughals so they would not permit him to hold the cremation in their fields, until one Chaudhari Atta agreed to sell him a plot. Diwan Todar Mal Ji then produced the gold coins and bought the piece of land he needed for the cremation. Historians estimate that Diwan Sahab gave nearly 7,800 gold coins to buy the required land.

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Sikh community is indebted to Diwan Todal Mal who performed the last rites for the three. Todar Mal did not shun his responsibility and proved his love for Guru Sahib and his family by happily giving away his wealth.

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NCERT to include a chapter on Chaar Sahibzaade in its textbooks

What motivated me to take up this mission is the zeal to make the next generation aware of  supreme sacrifice made by Chaar Sahibzaade for the nation and humanity.

Every time I shared some post or video about the story of Chaar Sahibzaade, friends and followers on Twitter and Facebook would express their desire to know more. Many often said that their story should be taught as a part of our history books. Today, I am so glad that from next academic year, NCERT books will include a chapter narrating the story of Chaar Sahibzaade.

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has agreed to consider inclusion of a chapter on ‘Char Sahibzaade’ of Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji in its syllabus from next year.This was communicated by NCERT.

WhatsApp Image 2017-12-22 at 4.31.00 PM The credit for the same goes to out Hon’ble Prime Minister Mr. Narinder Modi Ji. I had urged him to issue suitable directions for accomplish this task.

In a communiqué written to me on the issue, the Secretary of the NCERT Major Harsh Kumar stated that Director NCERT has appreciated my concern regarding inclusion of story of ‘Chaar Sahibzaade’ for their unparallel valour and supreme sacrifice in India.  He informed that new policy of education is in progress which will give direction for development of National curriculum framework, syllabi and curricular material for schools.  His letter states that this suggestion will be  placed before the expert committee/text book development committee while developing syllabi and curricular material for social science  in general and history in  particular.

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What motivated me to take up this mission is the zeal to make the next generation aware of  supreme sacrifice made by these four Sahibzaadas for the nation and humanity. There is no parallel in the world of the sacrifice they made at such a tender age. That’s why it is imperative for the children of the nation to know how and when  incidents of historical importance took place which shaped the destiny of the country.

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I now urge all the education boards of different states to include chapters on history  of supreme sacrifice in their syllabi so that children studying in these states can get equipped with these incidents of historical importance.

I also seek support of all in requesting our PM Modi Ji to consider dedicating Children’s Day to the life of Chaar Sahibzaade. That would be true tribute to their supreme sacrifice.

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Unmatched courage & supreme sacrifice of Chaar Sahibzaade – an epitome of Indian culture

It is important to make everyone aware of the legend of Chaar Sahibzaade. The more their story spreads, the stronger will be the urge in our youth to return to their roots!

I have been pursuing the cause of creating awareness about the heroic deeds, unparalleled valor and supreme sacrifices made by the revered sons (lovingly called Chaar Sahibzaade) of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji who sacrificed their lives for the cause of justice and freedom of religion.

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India has always been a nation that stands for peace and humanity. Owing to the influence of western culture, Indian families are struggling to give the right examples to their children. Children are going astray for choosing wrong role models. To save the nation from the bankruptcy of ethical heroes and lack of pride-brimming examples; it is important to make everyone aware of the legend of Chaar Sahibzaade. The more their story spreads, the stronger will be the urge in our youth to return to their roots!

Indian needs to tell the story of Chaar Sahibzaade to the world. It is because of the sacrifice made by Chaar Sahibzaade that the cruel Mughal emperor Aurangzeb had to drop the evil policy of forceful conversion of people into Islam. Chaar Sahibzaade fought for the country and freedom of religion against foreign invaders – Mughals. All of them died as martyrs at a very tender age.

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They followed in the footsteps of their grandfather Sikh Guru Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji who sacrificed his life to fight the Mughal oppression against Kashmiri Pundits. Similarly, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Ji and Sahibzada Jujhar Singh Ji (Age 18 and 14 years old respectively) along with 40 Sikh warriors achieved martyrdom as warriors in the battle of Chamkaur Sahib. While the younger ones, Chotte Sahibzaade, Sahibzada Zorawar Singh Ji and Sahibzada Fateh Singh Ji, were just 6 and 9 years old when they were bricked alive for refusing to accept Islam.

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There is no comparison of valor, sacrifices made by them not only in the history of India but also the history of world. Chote Sahibzaade fought like valiant soldiers and chose to be bricked alive but did not bend in front of the threats or lures given by Nawab Wazir Khan of Sirhind.

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I wish to make it clear that there is no intention of revenge or competition when we request PM Narendra Modi Ji to celebrate Children’s Day in the name of Chaar Sahibzaade. Modi Ji is a progressive leader with a vision to bring to forefront the glorious legacy of India. Declaring Children’s Day in the name of Chaar Sahibzaade will give the world a message that the nation recognizes this unique sacrifice and values its past.

Children’s Day should be celebrated to pay tribute to Chaar Sahibzaade

Whenever I talk about the ‘Shahadat’ of Dasham Pitah Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s sons; I feel overwhelming emotions because there exists no other example in history of any other country where children laid down their lives so fearlessly… for the sake of humanity and commitment.

Whenever I talk about the ‘Shahadat’ of Dasham Pitah Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s sons; I feel overwhelming emotions because there exists no other example in history of any other country where children laid down their lives so fearlessly… for the sake of humanity and commitment.

Let me first tell you the story of Chaar Sahibzaade and their exceptional Sacrifice.

There is a beautiful line we all often quote ‘Nikian Jinda Wada Saka’. which translates into “Supreme Sacrifice of Little Ones”. The quote denotes the way  four sons of Dashmesh Pita Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Ji, Sahibzada Jujhar Singh Ji, Sahibzada Zorawar Singh Ji and Sahibzada Fateh Singh Ji, achieved martyrdom.

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Sahibzada Ajit Singh Ji and Sahibzada Jujhar Singh Ji were 18 and 14 years old respectively when they along with 40 Sikh warriors gave a strong fight to the Mughal Army in the battle of Chamkaur Sahib. They achieved martyrdom as warriors in this battle.

The younger ones, Chote Sahibzaade, Sahibzada Zorawar Singh Ji and Sahibzada Fateh Singh Ji, were just 6 and 9 years old. Mughal army arrested Mata Gujri Ji (the mother of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji) and Chote Sahibzadas near Morinda. From there, they were handed over to Suba Sirhind, where they were imprisoned, in the Thanda Burj (Cold Tower). Nawab Wazir Khan of Sirhind was a cruel man. He asked them to convert to Islam if they wanted to live a happy and comfortable life.

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Historians account that the brave kids had replied raising Jaikara, “Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh”. Chote Sahibzaade told Wazir Khan that Sikhism was dearer to them and they were kids of lion Guru Gobind Singh and grandsons of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur who laid down his life to defend the right of religious freedom.

Upon their continuous rejection of the idea of adopting Islam, Nawab Wazir Khan decided to punish them and in a heinous and cold-blooded manner.

Sahibzada Fateh Singh and Sahibzada Zorawar Singh were bricked alive and later killed in the presence of entire Assembly.

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Words fail to describe the infinite courage shown by them who were bravery and focussed to stand for the ideals set by their grandfather and father. They were not even lured by the promise of lavish gifts and cosy comforts.

They chose a painful and tragic death entombed within a wall of bricks and mortar but made no compromise on the values and ideals of Sikhism.

I ask you dear readers – have you ever heard or seen any such incident of bravery shown by kids of such young age? If no, let us all acknowledge this as the supreme sacrifice.

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It is my earnest wish that India should pay homage to their sacrifice by celebrating Children’s Day in their name. This will give children of our country the finest idols who stood bravely in the wake of torture and tyranny.

I request PM Narendra Modi Ji to pay tribute to the Shahadat of Chaar Sahibzaade by dedicating Children’s Day in their name.