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When 21 Sikhs faced over 10,000 Pashtuns & won the Battle of Saragarhi – by Harpreet Sandhu

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The colossal Battle of Saragarhi which was fought between Sikh soldiers of the British Indian Army and Pashtun Orakzai tribesmen this day 12th September in year 1897 during which the British Indian contingent comprised 21 Sikhs of the 36th Sikhs (now the 4th Battalion of the Sikh Regiment), who were stationed at an army post attacked by around 10,000 Afghans.

Harpreet Sandhu LawyerThe Sikhs, led by Havildar Ishar Singh, chose to fight to the death, in what is considered by some military historians as one of history’s greatest last -stands. The post was recaptured two days later by another British Indian contingent. Sikh military personnel commemorate the battle every year on 12 September, as Saragarhi Day.

Punjab Government under the able leadership of Captain Amarinder Singh took a visionary step in year 2017 by declaring 12th September as Saragarhi Day, and organized State level function to recognize the sacrifice of 21 Sikhs of 36th Sikhs Battalion who chose death and dared invincible army of 10,000 Pashtuns.

It was on Saragarhi Day i.e. 12th September in year 2017 had a memorable interaction with Maj. Gen Duncan Francis Capps and Brig.

Timothy John Seal about the 21 brave Sikhs who shared his views regarding the Courage and Loyalty of the Sikhs as Warriors, who have shown their saga of courage and velour. Finally they bowed their head before Guru Granth Sahib in Gurdawara Saragarhi and boldly recited BOLE SO NIHAL – SAT SRI AKAL

And it was also stated by Capt Daljinder Singh of Indian origin that “I think that as British born Sikh to come home to Punjab. It gives me pleasure, strength and honour to remember my Forefathers sacrifices for the Nation on the Land of Punjab & proud of our Sikh religion War Cry ….Bole So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal !!! @ Saragarhi State Function held on 12th Sept 2017 at Saragarhi Gurdawara, Ferozepur

Its worth praise with, Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh initiating a mammoth venture authoring book on “Saragarhi And The Defence of The Samana Forts” based on the true facts of Battle of Saragarhi, and as a homage to the 21 men of the 36th Sikh (now 4 Sikh) unit who laid down their lives fighting. The book revolves around the lone 22nd man, generally known as Daad, who also perished during the battle.

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