By TP Singh
More Sikh soldiers died for Britain in two World Wars than any other race. But here are the five historical wrongs that the British did to the Sikhs:
1: The British used cunning methods to annex the Sikh empire after the death of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1839 despite having signed the Treaty of Amritsar in 1809. So long as the Lion of Punjab was alive, they dare not cross the Sutlej. But soon after his death in 1839, the cunning British started fishing in troubled waters because of indiscipline in the Khalsa Army. After two Anglo-Sikh wars, Punjab was annexed in 1849.
2: The conversion to Christianity of Maharaja Duleep Singh, who was just 11 when Punjab was annexed by the British, is part of their devilish designs against the Sikhs. The young prince was isolated from her mother Jind Kaur, kept at Fatehgarh (in present-day Uttar Pradesh) and forcibly converted to Christianity when he was 15. Later, when Duleep Singh reverted to Sikhism and was on his way back to India, he was stopped at Aden and sent back.
3: The British thugs not only annexed Punjab, but also looted precious things from the Sikh Kingdom. The Kohinoor diamond was the most precious thing stolen by them from Punjab. Today, this diamond is in the crown of the British queen. No shame there!
4: The hanging of revolutionary Bhagat Singh along with his comrades Rajguru and Sukhdev in 1931 after a facade of a hurriedly conducted trial.
5: Unplanned, haphazard and quick partition of India in 1947 for which Punjab suffered the worst tragedy in its history. The Sikhs were the worst sufferers, along with Hindus and Muslims.