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With the protection of Baba Nihal Singh, Krishan Kaur Khalsa was the first woman to perform kirtan, in recent time, within the confines of Sri Harimandir Sahib. Vikram Singh Khalsa was performing kirtan on the Gurupurab for the birthday for Guru Ram Das Ji. This kirtan was for a Bhog on the roof of the Harimandir Sahib -- not in the main hall. When he finished, he motioned for Krishna Kaur Khalsa to play. As she began some SGPC sevadars moved to stop her but Baba Nihal Singh and some other Nihungs stood in their way and protected her right to perform kirtan within the confines of the Harimandir Sahib. Still no Sikh woman has performed kirtan in the main darbar.

In 1979, Sikhs of American descent performed Kirtan in Darbar Sahib for the very first time while observing Guru Ram Das's Prakash Utsav. Sardar Vikram Singh Khalsa, Ajeet Singh Khalsa, and Guru Sangat Singh Khalsa performed kirtan in the main darbar.


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1984: Baba Nihal Singh was Right Hand Man of Sant

Jarnail Singh, and had many gevious with the Indian

Army's and Politians

One Story i heard was that they; raided the camp and

caught Baba Ji and his Singhs, and tied him upto a

jeep and dragged him around the villages on a

rope,tearing his skin apart and painstakenly broke his

arms and legs. They tied his beard up with his "nala"

from his kachera and beat him continuously. But baba

ji , nver gave up.

1964 11 Sikhs were gunned down at Paonta Sahib

(Himachal Pradesh) by the Mahant's henchmen.

The sangat of Poanta Sahib had requested head of Tarna

Dal (not Nihal Singh, but the one before him) to visit

the Gurdwara. They complained that the residing masand

was abusing the Gurdwara premises through drinking,

raping women that came alone, and making prostitutes

dance inside. After several such requests Babaji

decided to visit Poanta Sahib accompanied by 13

GurSikhs. They left, from Gurdwara Haria Welan

Hoshiarpur, riding horses and horse drawn carts. When

they arrived near Gurdwara Poanta Sahib, two GurSikhs

carried Babaji's message for the masand requesting

initiation of a Akhand Path at the Gurdwara. The

masand did not give a definitive answer, instead

assured to respond before the next morning. Meanwhile

the masand confided with the local police chief, one

of his corrupt friends who endorsed and permitted his

evil acts.

Babaji started the Akhand Path next morning which

proceeded uninterrupted for 2 days. On the 2nd day,

the masand came with the police. They arrested Babaji

who was outside at that time and fired at the GurSikhs

inside, who were conducting the Akhand Path. The

GurSikhs had no guns. For they had not come with the

intent to fight, but rather to hear the sangat's

concerns. As a result they were brutally massacred.

Eleven died and two survived. As each Pathi was shot

while reciting the Guru Granth Sahib, another simply

pushed his body and continued the uninterrupted

recitation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. Nihal Singh, 21

at the time, continued with his choar sewa (even when

he had been shot 3 times) until the last GurSikh was

shot. As the Akhand Path was interrupted, Nihal Singh

finally fell. The only survivor was the youngest

GurSikh, a 11 year old, who was found hiding behind a

nagara (drums). Besides him all others were presumed

dead. It wasn't until the bodies were being loaded up

in a cart that a small child saw Nihal Singh breath

and informed the local sikhs. The local sikhs who had

gathered by now, screamed to get him some medical

attention. Fortunately they succeeded in their

efforts. He received medical attention and survived

with Vaaheguru's grace. He was subsequently honored by

many gurdwaras as "Jinda-Shaheed" Jathedar. The masand

was finally removed. Akhand paths are held each year

in the commemoration of this event.

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Now we are considered distinct, now they [modern Sikh leaders] preach us to be just Nihangs, Nihangs are these, they do not consider us Sikhs, they say we just move about aimlessly, ask have they done any religious service, work etc. When the whole nation was but Nihangs who else was there to serve? All accept the service of the Khalsa nation but all the sacrifices it [the Akali Nihang Khalsa Panth] has made, they [the mainstream S.G.P.C. Sikhs] have written over and attributed to themselves. No! That Khalsa is us. Yes! That Panth that was first of Singhs was of Nihangs. It was this Nihang Panth, which the Maharaj [Guru Gobind Singh] brought into being. He himself dressed as a Nihang. Nihang is he who on the battlefield fights in the vanguard. Nihangs are not a caste nor are they a distinct sect. Look! They [mainstream S.G.P.C. Sikhs] make us out to be a sect that it is a sect of Nihangs. So thus, oh Khalsa, they label us thieves and bandits. In actuality they consider us as a waste of time. But never mind - as someone acts so he reaps. If they act badly towards us, our Singhs will bear it. If they do good we will do good - if not they will reap what they sow.'

('Prachin Panth Parkash Steek' , by Akali Nihang Baba Santa Singh Ji, Pa.118)

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