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Tat Khalsa

Subject Religion

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631181392.1995.x


[ xxxiii ] Originally, Tat (‘pure’) Khalsa was the name given to a section of the P anth which opposed the S ikh leader Banda in the early 18th century. Since the late 19th century, however, the name describes the radical group within the Singh Sabha which pressed to have its exclusivist interpretation of the Sikh faith accepted by the Panth. Within the Singh Sabha it was opposed by the conservative S anatan S ikhs who believed that Sikhism was merely one of the many varieties of Hindu tradition. The Tat Khalsa vigorously contested this, maintaining that Sikhism was an entirely separate religion. Eventually it defeated the Sanatan Sikhs and ever since the early 20th century its interpretation has been accepted as orthodox. Prominent members of the Tat Khalsa included the poet and theologican Vir Singh [31: v ] and the encyclopedist Kahn Singh Nabha. ( see also S ikh history ; S ikh reform movements .) [29: v–vi ] ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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