Don’t be so Sikh-ening to our Allies from the East

Soldiers of the 9th Sikh Light Infantry cross train with US Marines aboard the USS Boxer.
Soldiers of the 9th Sikh Light Infantry cross train with US Marines aboard the USS Boxer.

Sikhs have been fighting Muslim Jihadists  for centuries…

As many Americans educate themselves of the 1,400 Islamic Jihad the Muslim world has fought against Western civilization, those same Yanks are finding that we have more allies than we realize, namely, the Sikhs of the Punjab region of India.

Sadly, more than a few Americans confuse those same allies for the descendants of the Muslim armies that vowed to desecrate St. Peter’s Basilica by converting it to horse stables for the cavalry of Sultan Mehmet II.

As reported by DNAIndia.com on Dec. 26, 2013, Sikhs around the world recently commemorated the martyrdom of the brothers Baba Jorawar Singh, 9, and Baba Fateh Singh, 6, in 1704 at the hands of Muslim occupiers.

The two boys, children of Sikh leader Guru Gobind Singh, were executed for their steadfast refusal to abandon Sikhism and convert to Islam.

Long pitted in battle against Muslims, Sikhs have been considered of the Warrior Caste in the broad sense within Indian culture.

Quite often, Sikh men take the same “Singh” – the Sikh word for lion.

Nidar Singh Nihang the last surviving Shastar Vidiya warrior in the world.
Nidar Singh Nihang the last surviving Shastar Vidiya warrior in the world.

Having no nation of their own, Sikhs have always been distinguished for their bravery and loyalty to nations they’ve adopted as their own, namely India and the United Kingdom.

The American Sikh…

Perhaps the most prominent American of Sikh background would be that of the woman born Nimrata “Nikki” Kaur Randhawa, the daughter of Dr. Ajit Singh Randhawa and Raj Kaur Randhawa.

She’s better known now by her married name and title, Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina (R).

With the warrior tradition alive and well in her gamily, Gov. Haley’s eldest brother, Harmeet “Mitti” Randhawa Singh is a retired US Army officer, seeing combat during Operation Desert Storm in the early 1990s.

Her husband Michael Haley is a Captain in the SC National Guard, having just gotten back home from a one year deployment to Afghanistan.

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