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In the Master's Presence: The Sikhs of Hazoor Sahib: 1 Hardcover – Illustrated, 15 Feb 2018

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  • Hardcover: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Kashi House; 1st edition (23 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956016804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956016805
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"immensely readable" -- Susan Stronge, Senior Curator, Asian Department, Victoria & Albert Museum

"comprehensive research" -- The Tribune

"Nidar Singh and Parmjit Singh do remarkable work in cataloguing the history of Deccani Sikhs..." --World Sikh News. --World Sikh News

"a beautiful production... a precious collector's item which I will treasure a treasure-chest of a book! ...combines fascinating and deeply informed text with an abundance of superbly reproduced images ...This aesthetically and historically rich volume celebrates an important and under-acknowledged strand of Sikh tradition at a time when it is at risk as never before" --Professor Eleanor Nesbitt, author of 'Sikhism: A Very Short Introduction

"A fabulous achievement ...Hazoor Sahib takes us into a lost world of Sikh history. We are in the presence not only of the Master but of world class scholarship and research" --Christy Campbell, author of The Maharajah's Box

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At the end of 2006, news reports from India highlighted the wilful destruction of Hazoor Sahib's built heritage in preparation for the tercentenary celebrations slated for October 2008.
As the story unfolded, it became worryingly clear that the shrine had become a victim of a fatal cocktail of ignorance, arrogance and apathy, and made worse by the corrupting influence of `new' money injected by the central and state governments for infrastructure projects in and around Nanded.
The actions of the takht's custodians, the Gurdwara Board, surprised many observers and heritage lovers. Supposedly charged with protecting and preserving the shrine complex, a brash Board ignored calls made by conservation experts and concerned members of the global Sikh community to stop the demolition. As their pleas fell on deaf ears, several important historical structures in and around the Takht Hazoor Sahib complex were flattened in the name of modernisation. These events crystallised our intention to act, giving rise to this book in the hope that the sad scenes recently witnessed at Hazoor Sahib will never repeat themselves.
It gives us great pleasure, therefore, to present In the Master's Presence, the story behind one of the early pillars of Sikh tradition that has now all but disappeared in its original form. In this first volume of two, we delve into the history of the built heritage of Takht Hazoor Sahib and trace the major milestones in the growth of the colony of Hazoori Sikhs.

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