With martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev there began a
qualitative change both in the Sikh movement and history. It was bound to
influence the socio-cultural and political developments in the Indian
sub-continent. This single event proved potentially significant to the extent
that its repercussions are equally visible in the contemporary socio-political
Guru Arjan Dev-s personality is unique in terms
of his contributions to humanity, especially to the Sikhs, in the form of
compilation of Sri Adi Granth. While there is no controversy on this latter
aspect of Guru-s personality; the circumstances and pressures leading to his
sacrifice remain debatable among the scholars. The commemoration of the 400th
year of Guru-s martyrdom provided ample opportunity to the scholars and
historians to re-visit this situation.
Consequently, Punjab Historical Studies
Department organised a one-day seminar on 25 January 2007; Several eminent
scholars participated in its deliberations and meaningful re-evaluation
resulted in re-locating the issues involved in Guru-s martyrdom. Availability
of new source material and interpretations contributed much in this direction.
Publication of these research papers will add
to our knowledge of Guru Arjan Dev and the issues related to His personality.
Dr Navtej Singh, Head, Punjab Historical Studies Department, his colleagues and
staff deserve congratulations for their hard work in bringing out this volume.
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