From the descriptions given of the old Singhs, it
is clear that the original Khalsa was the Akali
Nihang Singh Khalsa. All of the greatest military leaders
of the Sikhs up to the Misl period (e.g. Baba Bidhi Chand, Baba
Piraga, Baba Mathura, Baba Jaita, Baba Binodh Singh, Baba Deep Singh,
Baba Natha Singh, Baba Bagelh Singh, etc.) were titled and recognised
as Akalis or Akali Nihangs, the soldiers of the Akal Takht. So too
were the Sikh warrior Gurus, Akali Guru Hargobind
and Akali Nihang Guru Gobind Singh.
Jathedar Baba Sohan Singh Ji
A painting of Sach Khand Vassi Mahapursh Jathedar Baba Sohan
Singh Ji the once great head of the Baba Biddhi Chandi Nihang Dal
If present day Sikhs observe modern
day paintings of the warrior Gurus and their warriors (e.g. Baba
Deep Singh) which are based on early images, they will notice
a farla dangling from the top of their turbans, the symbol of an
Akali Nihang Baba Phoola Singh Ji
A minature depicting a portrait of Akali Nihang Baba Phoola Singh
Ji, one of
the greatest Sikh generals and heads of the Akali Nihang Singh Khalsa
Dal. The portrait clearly shows the 'Farla' which was a sign of
an Akali Nihang Singh
So to reiterate again, fully mindful of hurting sentiments
of the majority of modern Sikhs, in accordance with the indisputably
overwhelming historical evidence found, the Akali Nihangs were,
and still are, the original form of the Khalsa. They were never
a sect within Sikhism, rather, they were considered its truest representatives
The Akali Nihang Singh Khalsa is the true face of
Guru Gobind Singh's Khalsa Panth. As Baba Choja Singh (of Baba Deep
Singh Misl, Taruna Dal, Baba Bakala) states:
'Out of Guru Gobind Singh's Panth, the highest authority is
Budha Dal and Tarna Dal. All other Sikh institutions are their
offshoots. They have emerged out of them. That is why this [Budha
and Tarna Dals] is the nation of Guru Gobind Singh, the root
of Sikhism and the [traditional] leaders of all Sikhs.’
(Baba Choja Singh, transcript of a recording, 11-3-1998)
In regards the present confused state, Baba Udey Singh
(present secretary of the Budha Dal) comments:
'There was only ever one Panth [Budha Dal]. Now, every one
of the fragmentations claims to be the Panth. The Panth
has always been one. Its form is one. Its work has
always been the same; spreading dharam, fighting tyranny. Not
for empires, states or governments. We do not want seats from
Congress or the [S.G.P.C.] Akalis. It is a false Panth of tickets.
You have to buy your way in. We do not recognise this
S.G.P.C. Panth - we only recognise the Panth which has stayed
with the ancient traditions.'
(Udey Singh, transcript of a recording, 8-12-1995)
For nearly seventy years after Guru Gobind Singh,
the Khalsa (led by the Akali Nihangs) fought a life and death struggle
with the Moguls and the invading Afghans.
An Akali Nihang Singh clearly showing the 'Farla'
(a loose piece of cloth that extends from the top of the turban
Eventually, towards the end of the 18th century, the
Khalsa established several independent kingdoms in northern India.
The Khalsa had just attained it's freedom when another, more formidable
enemy, came on the scene - the British.