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Nawab Kapur Singh-the charismatic but equally enigmatic 18th century Sikh leader who captained the Khalsa Panth during its darkest days in the post-Banda Singh period. What we know of him is derived from a few scant references in the Sri Gur Panth Prakash of Ratan Singh Bhangu, the oral histories of the remnant Nihang bands or the testimonies of his enemies. So who was Nawab Kapur Singh who historians told us preserved the existence of the Khalsa Panth as it faced oblivion in the face? And why is there such a silence around him?

We sit down with S. Deepinder Singh Virk and Mrs. Maninder Kaur of Bharatgarh Fort, 9th generation descendants of the Nawab's bloodline, to learn about a heroic figure who swore to die upholding Sikhi and liberate the Punjab and the subcontinent from foreign invaders. His ultimate betrayal came not during his lifetime but from those who he passed his mantle on to.

 

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