Auction Date: 26/11/2014 at 01pm
India – Sikh 1922 Akalee Photograph Sikh sacrifice revolution Guru Ka Bagh Incident. Shows Akali Sikhs during the nonviolence period of India. The Guru Ka Bagh Morcha incident – Guru Ka Bagh Gurudwara was under the control of Mahant Sundar Dass. He had agreed to serve under a committee of eleven members appointed by the SGPC on August 23 1921 but the land remained under his possession. The Sikhs used to hew wood from the land for common kitchen and Mahant under instigation from others lodged a complaint against the Akalis. The government was on the outlook for opportunities to retrieve its prestige lost in the Key's affait. On Aug 9 1922 five Akali Sewadars were arrested for cutting wood for Guru KaLangar from Guru KaBagh. Subsequently a morcha was launched to seek the release of the five Gur Sikhs. From Aug. 23 until Sept. 13 the government sided with the Mahant and ruthelessly lathi-charged the visiting Jathas. The violent use of force on the non-violent Akalis had great impact in and outside the Punjab. The Government brutality was condemned. The insults heaped up on the Akalis were unbearable. They were given inhuman punishments and their religious symbols were desecrated and hair pulled out. The effect of all this on thousands of Gur Sikhs was tremendous resulting in deep seated hatred against the British rulers and the Sikhs lost all faith in non-violence. The Babbar Akali movement took its final shape during this Morcha. The courage and persistent of Sikhs became world renowned during this period. The back of the photograph is dated 1922 and states the Akalis have adhered to nonviolence and are followers of Gandhi. A rare photograph of a very important event during British rule.