woensdag 25 april 2007

World Wars: Book throws light on role of Sikhs

Wednesday, April 25, 2007, Chandigarh, India

Amritsar, April 24
Remembering the contribution made by the Sikhs during the two world wars, a book titled 'How Europe is indebted to the Sikhs' penned down by Bhupinder Singh Holland, seeks to reveal little known facts about the two world wars with the help of documents and newspaper cuttings.

Bhupinder Singh lives in the Netherlands, where he works in the accounts department of a company. Born in Amritsar, the writer is an alumni of Khalsa College, from where he graduated with BSc and BEd degrees. He was declared the best soccer player for the 1967-68 term.

The book includes a collection of photographs of Sikh, Dutch, French and Italian soldiers. A whole section is devoted to the history of Sikhs, birth of Sikhism and who are Sikhs penned by Dr Harjinder Singh Dilgeer, National Professor of Sikh Studies.

One observation says people contribute a share of their hard-earned money for 'langar' (sacred community kitchen) and try to surpass others in performing service in gurudwara kitchens, cleaning dishes, sweeping floors, washing toilets, serving guests. "Who are these turbaned and bearded selfless people?' The writer has tried to answer this in his own way.

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