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Martial Race-Truth or a sinister Fallacy?

Nov 7, 2020
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Whether renegade Sants or foreign conquerors-all have claimed Sikhs are a "martial race," "martial community," "martial faith" to make us dance on their pernicious tunes. But does the "martial race" theory stick in light of Sikh philosophy? Are we inherently more violent than other communities and is Sikhi a conflictual faith? We discuss these issues below:

 

Dalvinder Singh Grewal

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Martial Race definition is not connected with violence. It is basically related to defence. The ones who can defend and then subvert the action plans of the attacker with his all available means which he has learnt from his ancestors or otherwise comes into the category of martial. Punjab has been the soul state which has been bearing the brunt of attacks on India from the central Asian and European attackers for centuries. Their property, wealth and dignity had been in stake in each attack for which they learnt to defend with what they had. They withheld the attacks of Alexander, the Mughals and other central Asian powers for ages. the continuous fight made them battle-hardened. These situations did not occur for central, south or east India to this scale. To face any attack fearlessly even when they have less strength and poor weapons and saving the grace of women and the property and wealth has become their learnt profession since ages. Hence the tag of a martial race was given to the Sikhs.
 
Nov 7, 2020
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Martial Race definition is not connected with violence. It is basically related to defence. The ones who can defend and then subvert the action plans of the attacker with his all available means which he has learnt from his ancestors or otherwise comes into the category of martial. Punjab has been the soul state which has been bearing the brunt of attacks on India from the central Asian and European attackers for centuries. Their property, wealth and dignity had been in stake in each attack for which they learnt to defend with what they had. They withheld the attacks of Alexander, the Mughals and other central Asian powers for ages. the continuous fight made them battle-hardened. These situations did not occur for central, south or east India to this scale. To face any attack fearlessly even when they have less strength and poor weapons and saving the grace of women and the property and wealth has become their learnt profession since ages. Hence the tag of a martial race was given to the Sikhs.
One needs to be quite categorical and pedantic when trying to catalogue or comprehend such pertinent matters. Offence and Defense, in the grand scheme of things, are based on force the ultimate expression of which is violence. You seem to be implying concurrence with your second paragraph on the issue of categorizing Sikhs as "martial." No problem, we also concur to a certain degree. Yes, Punjab has a cataclysmic and sanguinary history-we agree. But by no means does this evince that all Punjabis were genetically born purebred martial. As we underscore, the Sikh ideology transformed non-martial castes and races into arms bearing Khalsa. The misnomer of martial race, then, ignores the universal approach of Sikhi to living in consort with certain tenets and dying in defense of those tenets irrespective of your caste, race etc. because it is the Sikh ideology empowering you and not what is in your blood.

The martial race misnomer was lent to the Sikhs to banalize their unique ideology while rendering them cannon fodder for European wars.
 

Dalvinder Singh Grewal

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Jan 3, 2010
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Violence is defined as : marked by (a) the use of usually harmful or destructive physical force (B) a violent attack (c) violent crime (d) The peaceful demonstration turned violent. Definition of VIOLENT
Violence attack is to set upon or work against forcefully attack an enemy fortification.

Defence is protection or support against attack, criticism, or infection:
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Violence is attached to attack and not to the defence in these definitions.

In Punjab, the built-up environment has been of defence and the culture developed in that environment. Sikh folklore is full of such anecdotes. Also, the Sikh History though initially started with spirituality but accepted the principle of 'Miri-Piri' and then 'Swa Lakh sa ek ladaon. Chidion se main baaz tudaon.' This is the real martial spirit which was developed throughout the Sikh History. To negate history is to negate Sikhism itself.

Sikhs have been defenders of Punjab and the nation from attacks of invaders hence cannot be related to Violent attack.
 

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