The Third Sikh War ? Towards or Away from Khalistan ?

About the Author :-  Eminent scholar, economist and writer, Prof. D.H. Butani has had a distinguished career, having held positions in the academic world, Government and the United Nations. He was the economic policy writer in the Eastern Economist in the mid-forties, also its Acting Editor for some time.

As Director of Research at the National Productivity Council and Editor of the NPC Productivity journal, for more than a decade, Prof. Butani contributed massively to the creation of literature on productivity, covering practically the entire range of productivity techniques and ideas.

He has several publications to his credit including Economic Development: Issues and Policies, a volume which he edited with international collaboration; India of the 1970s, The Economic Story of Modern India, besides a number of research papers in the field of social sciences.

His most recent contribution to futuristic studies which has had a considerable impact on the political thinking of the time, was The Future of Pakistan and that still hangs in the balance!

Then came the Blue Star and The Third Sikh War: this then is Prof. Butani’s latest contribution to the thinking on India’s political economy.

.About the Book :- The Third Sikh War Towards or Away from Khalistan deals in a final way with the syndrome of Khalistan. It embodies the findings of an intensive research into the psyche of the Sikhs, as fighters, farmers, craftsmen, devotees of the Gurus, prepared to fight unto death for the Guru Granth Sahib! What are the mainsprings of their power and strength, the virtues and vices they have acquired during more than 400 years of an intense historical process. Guru Gobind Singh created the Khalsa as a martial race to protect the Hindus against the tyranny of the Mughals. His correspondence with Aurangzeb, written in chaste Persian, is still a classic in political philosophy.

What then has happened to alienate this small vigorous enterprising community? Why cannot their unique amalgam of qualities as farmer-fighters be commandeered to serve the national interest?


How did the British do it? After defeating the Khalsa army in two bloody wars, the British turned the Sikhs into the most formidable allies of the British Empire. The British did not use their military victory to humiliate the Sikhs. Instead they treated the Sikhs with extreme generosity, recruited them wholesale into the army, gave them lands and water for the lands. The British invested in the Sikhs out of all proportion to their numbers; and the Sikhs paid back. This then is the clue to the psyche of the Sikhs.

By the time of the Partition, the Sikhs constituted more than 20 per cent of the army. It was certainly out of proportion. But it was fully in accordance with the facts of history. Guru Gobind Singh had created a martial race; and they remain a martial race. This is the recognition they need …

Certain facts of history stand out: but for the sacrifices of the Sikh Gurus, Hinduism in northern India would have perished. Also for the first time in the history of India, Guru Nanak and his successors tried and almost succeeded in establishing a casteless society, a religion which in theory at least has no hatred or contempt for anybody, for any sect or religion. There are no kafirs, no heathens, no sudras in the religion of the Sikhs.

What then must we do? Terrorism and counterterrorism in an endless cycle of blood and revenge:

surely, we cannot let it go on like this; we have to solve the problem.

This book shows the way, away from the syndrome of Khalistan and such suicidal gimmicks as the Blue Star and the mini-Blue Star, called here the Third Sikh War. These avail not….

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