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Sardarji - Barah Baj gaye......

I was standing at Jalandhar station when my attention went towards a Sikh youth standing near me wearing a Black turban having a long beard and wearing a kirpan over his shirt. After a while, one local train arrived, which was totally packed. The Sikh youth tried to alight the train but he failed to do so. Just then a voice was heard from the back coach 'Sardarji Barah Baj gaye' (SARDARJI it's 12 o'clock!)

The Sikh youth looked over at that voice maker who was a young mischievous type of person and instead of showing any anger he smiled at him. The smile made was so enigmatic that it seemed as if some type of truth lies behind it. Not able to resist my temptation, I walked towards him and asked why did he smile at that person who teased him. The Sikh youth replied , 'He was not teasing me but was asking for my Help'. I was surprised with these words and he told me that there was a history behind that which one should know.

I was eager to know the History and the Sikh youth narrated:
"During 17th Century, when Hindustan was ruled by Mughals, all the non-muslims were humiliated and were treated like animals. Mughals treated the Hindu women as there own property and no Hindu was ready to challenge.

Our 10th Guruji! , Sri Guru Gobind Singhji (Son of Guru Teg Bahadarji) founder of Khalsa made a resolution that he would convert his followers to such human beings who would not be able to hide themselves and could be easily located even with crowd of thousands of people.

At the start, the Sikhs were very few in numbers as they were fighting against the Mughal Emperor and his local Governors/Administrators. At that time, Nadir Shah raided Delhi in the year 1739 and looted India and was carrying lot of Hindustan treasures and over 2500 Hindu women along with him. The route of these attackers was always through Punjab.

The news spread like a fire and was heard by Sardar Jassa Singh who was the Commander of the Sikh army at that time. He decided to attack Nadir Shah's Kafila (returning troops) on the same midnight, taking advantage of darkness. He did so and rescued virtually all the Hindu women and they were safely sent to their homes.

It didn't happen only once but thereafter whenever any Abdaalis or Iranis had attacked and looted Hindustan and were trying to carry the treasures and Indian women along with them for selling them in Abdal markets, the Sikh army, although very much fewer in numbers but were brave hearted, invariably attacked them at midnight,12 O'clock and rescued the women.

After that time when there occurred a similar incident, people started to contact the Sikh army for their help and Sikhs used to attack the raider's at Midnight, 12 O'clock.

This historic fact was the reason which made me smile at that person as I thought that his Mother, wife or Sister may be in trouble and wants my help and was reminding me by saying " Sardarji Barah Baj Gaye"

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