Author: Joginder SinghTranslator(s)/ Editors(s): Pradeep KumarPublisher: National Book TrustYear: 2013Language: HindiPages: 154ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788123767840
Namdhari Guru Ran Singh (1816-85), Founder of Kuka movement, played a prominent role in the struggle of India at the time when the British had taken over the entire country. Namdhari Guru Ram Singh was the first Charismatic leader who launched anti-colonial movement in Punjabi, known as the Kuka movement on 12 April 1857 which synchronised with the uprising of 1857, the first war of independence. Through this movement, he also introduced to the world the notion of non-cooperation and Swadeshi as non-violent tools to free India from the yoke of foreign rulers. Mahatma Gandhi later used the concept of non-cooperation and Civil Disobedience Movement propounded by him as political weapons against the British rule. Namdhari Guru Ram Singh was also a social reformer. He abolished slaughtering of cows in holy cities. He advocated marriages of all classes and castes without any discrimination, exhorted his followers to stop committing infanticide, selling daughters in marriage and also to rise about caste distinctions. He was equally worried about the menace of prostitution.
ContentsAcknowledgements Preface Note on the Orthography Glossary 1. Namdhari Guru’s Contemporaries 2. Social Background 3. Namdhari Mission – Strategy and Organisation 4. Namdhari Guru Striving for Khalsa Raj – An Official Assessment 5. Namdhari Guru in Exile – Unfolding his Socio-Political Plans 6. Remembering Namdhari Guru Ram Singh – A Namdhari Perspective Appendix Select Bibliography