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  1. Back then all regiments were issued with two flags. One tended a green/red flag which was the 'Royal House' flag - the other flag could be blue/black/yellow/red/green/white and was the Regimental Flag. Where as most Royal Flags seem similar, Regimental Flags tended to vary based on the decision of the regimental commander. Some used Hindu gods/goddesses, others used symbols associated with Punjab/Indo-Aryan/Aborigine/First Indus Civilization, basically anything that reflected their heritage and a sense of destiny rather than personal religous beliefs. Could you imagine if an Italian created a website where he tried to appropriate British Royal Navy warships simply because they were named after Roman and Ancient Greek gods/goddesses? These guys just reflect how dim Sikhs in the West generally are when it comes to things that dont involve making money. I dont know how anyone can take them seriously.
  2. Not a massive fan of GOT simply because most people who recommend it seem to love the sauciness anot much else lol. Each season seems to have the first eight episodes as filler, with loads going on in the last two episodes of the season, forcing you to watch over 10 hours per season just to get to the good bits. Not a great series to binge watch to be honest unless you're massively into magic and dragons type fantasy. TWD on the other hand is amazing. Season 2 is a bit boring but the other seasons more than make up for it. Otherwise I'd recommend the following: Spartacus: All Seasons - loads of fighting, great story, twists in the plot all over the place. Great fun to watch. Black Sails: Spartacus with pirates basically. Turn: Based on the intelligence side of the American War of Independence it's a lot more interesting and factual than most tv shows. The Man In The High Castle: A TV show based on the Philip Dick novel, lots to mull over regarding people's values and the effects of colonisation. There is enough there to keep you going for a few years!
  3. I cant believe this book has taken five years to write. Further on from Dal's point about skewing the narrative, I just hope he's doesnt dumb it down and avoid talking about the political and social climate amongst Sikhs before the war started. The thing was that the Sikh army divided itself after Chillianwallah to stop the British just running every time they got smashed. One division would lure the British along and fight them, the other would swing round to their rear and cut off their escape. The Brits realised what was going on and managed to attack one division before it could link up with the other one. The plan failed and it was obvious from Gujrat that they now had better artillery now (from the siege guns of Multan and Royal Navy) so it was a bit pointless to carry on fighting. Especially as the Brits had started agitating Muslims to revolt and further reinforcements were moving up from Sind.
  4. Tu rendeh, there's 200 million muslims in Pakistan and when their country eventually implodes it will kick off massively in East Punjab.
  5. The guy looks like a young rolf harris. I heard he only went to Isisland because he had a letterbox fetish and wanted the authentic Arab experience. Wonder if he's enyjoying Raqqa, the city which the Russian Air Force regularly flies too - I heard it's their #1 destination!
  6. This is the anniversary article from a local newspaper which gives a more thorough account of what actually happened that night. Strong parralles with what happened in Tulsa and other parts of the US later in the early 20th Century. http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article22195713.html
  7. Here is the original article attached to the snake charmer picture above if you cant read it.
  8. http://series.fountainink.in/indian-worker-isis-iraq-escape/
  9. And so, fearing for their lives, hundreds of Sikhs fled Bellingham. Many went by train south to Seattle and Oakland; some, north to Vancouver, B.C., where similar riots awaited them. In fact, just three days after the Bellingham incident, Lee writes in her book, "Vancouver was ripped apart by a related anti-Asian riot that swept through the Chinese and Japanese quarters and left destruction in its wake." In Seattle, a week after Bellingham, a wire report headlined "Hindus Attempt to Slaughter Swedes" tells the story of a bizarre bar fight between "20 Swedes and a hundred 'Hindus' [who were] recently from Bellingham." Midfight, the Swedes, joined by a policeman and a one-legged man, barricaded themselves in a saloon until the so-called Hindus fled. News reports following these attacks elsewhere in the country were often gleeful. "Every Hindu mill employee in the city has quit work, and nothing will persuade them to remain," a wire service reported. "They are fleeing to more congenial pastures of the North like flocks of sheep." Decades later, those "congenial pastures" remain elusive for Sikh Americans. From unnamed Sikhs who suffered attacks on "Hindoos" to Inderjit Singh Mukker or Prakash Singh or Amrik Singh Bal, all attacked in recent years for being "Muslim," the justifications may have changed, but the violence is much the same. http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/01/02/461479969/long-before-they-were-apparent-muslims-sikhs-were-targeted-in-u-s
  10. http://www.hindustantimes.com/analysis/on-the-brink-of-an-abyss-punjab-s-governance-economy-are-in-shambles/story-9zoQR2xLAmwI362Qu6entJ.html
  11. What people have to bare in mind is that only two sides are really interested in the facts of what happened - us and the British. If you know anything about the way in which the British describe their history it comes as no surprise the way they describe their losses as being small. Each historical book written by British historians that I have read tends to round off each battle with a little paragraph about how there were more enemies than Brits but somehow they still managed to kill plenty of the enemy and win. - it can feel like reading a cricket score rather than an actual factual set of figures! It's a bit like those war films where the people who made the film like to show their side mowing down loads of the other side, whilst each of their losses is given a heroic moment to signify their importance over the enemy. It should therefore come as no surprise that the British fudged their casualty figures during the Anglo-Sikh Wars, doing things like only reporting on one regiment's losses as the figure for the entire army, not counting how many of their own sepoys they lost or simply just ordering the press not to report on any casualties. Considering how many British regiments used to have days named after battles from the Anglo-SIkh Wars where the officers would hand over all battle standards to their sergeants to commemorate how during the actual battle their officers were wiped out just shows where the actual truth lies. Or reading more factual accounts showing the levels of shell shock and grief caused by their losses inflicted on the Brits mentally. As for our losses, we'll never know. The casualty figures were kept by the regiments but after the Wars the headquarters would have been taken over by the Brits so all evidence would no longer be available. Some accounts are passed down by the families from some of the old regiments but these are largely anecdotal. Personally, I think Sikh casualty figures were lighter than the Brits for most battles but overall may have been higher in the first war due to the events of Sobraon and what went down in Patiala. In the second war I think the massacre of Sikh troops retreating from Gujrat would have tipped the casualty figures to balance earlier British losses in the war. On balance, it's probably best not to get too worked up about the actual numbers. The British could replace their losses in the time it took a ship to sail from Portsmouth to Calcutta, where as we were a minority ruling a empire full of backstabbers and idiots, we could not replace the quality and quantity we lost. Not even all this time since those wars.
  12. I thinks the reluctance is more to do with the fact that the average sikh coconut in Canada has more in common with the singhs hired by the likes of Hopkinson than they do with a freedom lover like Mewa Singh. It's a bit rich for Hindustanis to appropriate the Ghadar party especially as many of their beliefs were a mixture of Sikh Imperial attitudes towards liberating all of India from the pre-colonial era combined with newer schools of thought that included Socialism and Nationalism. I doubt the Ghadars from the turn of the last century would celebrate Partition, 1984 and the way Hindustan has become a more modern version of British India with brown folk instead of white folk in charge of impoverishing the masses and poisoning their minds with bigotry and fecklessness.
  13. Do you know what pound shot that swivel gun alongside the swords fires and how old it is? Wonderful pictures btw, any measurements you have of the firearms would be great to know.
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