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Now numbering twenty million worldwide, the Sikhs have promoted beliefs that have incurred the wrath of both Hindus and Muslims for the last five hundred years. Here, Patwant Singh provides a compelling history of the Sikhs—their origins, traditions and beliefs, as well as more recent history. The story revealed is of a movement based on tenets of compassion and humanness that transformed itself, of necessity, into a community that values bravery and military prowess, as well as spirituality.