Many individuals use the 12 o’clock joke to make enjoyable of the Sikhs with out fairly realizing what it’s about. In flip, the Sikh victims get infuriated with out fairly figuring out why. The origins of the joke, now misplaced within the mists of time, have been in useless earnest. If the Sikhs knew the true story, they’d be proud to be alluded to because the `12 o’clock folks’, and the individuals would regard them with respect.
To grasp the joke, we’ve to return to the time of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth Guru of Sikhs. Throughout seventeenth Century, when India was dominated by Mughals (Muslim Extremists), Hindus have been humiliated and disadvantaged of any proper to conduct their spiritual practices. Mughals handled the Hindu ladies as there personal property and had been forcing all Hindus to just accept Islam and even used to kill the folks in the event that they refused to just accept.
Throughout that point, our ninth Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji got here ahead, in response to a by request some Kashmir Pandits (Hindu Clergymen) to combat in opposition to all these merciless actions. Guru Ji advised the Mughal emperor that if he might reach changing him to Islam, all of the Hindus would settle for the identical. However, if he failed to take action, he ought to cease all of his oppression. The Mughal emperor fortunately agreed to the problem and invited Guru Ji to Delhi. Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji was tortured for 5 days, he was made to take a seat on sizzling iron plates, and thrown right into a cauldron of boiling water.
Proper in entrance of Guru Ji, his companion Bhai Mati Dass was sawed in two and Bhai Sati Dass was wrapped in cotton, and scorching oil was poured on his physique and set on hearth. Guru Ji was boiled in scorching water and subjected to many extra tortures within the hope that he would collapse and settle for Islam. Guru Ji nonetheless didn’t even scream as soon as, he was a real devotee of God and had been meditation on God for many years. After excessive tortures when Aurengzeb did not convert Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji to Islam, he beheaded the Guru in Chandni Chowk, Delhi.
Thus Guru Ji sacrificed his life for the safety of Hindu faith. Can anyone lay down his life and that too for the safety of one other faith? That is the explanation he’s nonetheless remembered as “Hind Ki Chaddar”, Defend of India. For the sake of whom he had sacrificed his life, not one of the them got here ahead to raise his physique, fearing that they might even be assassinated.
Seeing this incident the tenth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh Ji made a decision that he would convert his followers to such human beings who wouldn’t find a way the devotees of God however with a purpose to shield their faith and the proper of worship for others they’d be warriors as properly.
In 1739 Nadir Shah, King of Persia, crossed the frontier and swept down in the direction of New Delhi, India. He was the primary invader who was right here solely to plunder and kill, with no intention of staying. His troops reached Delhi, the place they killed one hundred fifty,000 folks, each Hindus and Sikhs. He looted India and was carrying lot of Indian treasures and practically 2200 Hindu girls together with him. The information unfold like fireplace and was heard by Sardar Jassa Singh who was the Commander of the Sikh military at the moment. Sikhs had been only a few in numbers whereas the military of Mughals was in a whole bunch of 1000’s. Sardar Jassa Singh determined to assault Nadir Shah’s military at midnight.
He did so and rescued all of the Hindu girls and so they have been safely despatched again to their houses. It didn’t occur solely as soon as however thereafter every time any military from Afghanistan or Iran attacked and looted an Indian metropolis and have been making an attempt to hold the treasures and ladies with a view to promote them in Arab markets, the Sikh military though fewer in numbers however courageous hearted attacked them at midnight, 12 O’clock, and rescued the ladies together with the treasure.
At any time when there was an analogous incident, folks began to contact the Sikh military for his or her assist and Sikhs used to assault the raiders at midnight, 12 O’clock. Sikhs did so as a result of they have been fewer in quantity and will use the darkness to their benefit. It continued and have become a identified incontrovertible fact that at midnight, practically at 12 O’clock, it is extremely tough to struggle towards Sikhs because the Sikhs mastered the artwork of preventing at night time.
Thus the 12 o’clock joke was born. Initially, as an alternative of being grateful for his or her heroism, some folks would say that the Sikhs are of their senses solely at evening. It was apparently futile to anticipate assist from them at different occasions.
The Sikhs have been naturally irritated. They have been making an attempt to assist the Hindus and had been getting solely ridiculed in return. When some individuals crack this joke, they’re oblivious to the truth that if Sikhs had not intervened, Indian folks must maintain going through the oppression by Muslim extremists and Indian girls would have been dishonored and brought into exile. The Sikhs needs to be happy with the 12 o’clock incident, due to them, the dignity of India was restored after Nadir Shah’s invasion; one of the vital horrible act of conflict ever to be perpetrated in India.