The Khalsa Akhbar

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The Khalsa Akhbar (Punjabi: ਖ਼ਾਲਸਾ ਅਖ਼ਬਾਰ (Gurmukhi), خالصہ اخبار (Shahmukhi)), Lahore, was a weekly newspaper and the organ of the Lahore Khalsa Diwan , a Sikh society. Published from Lahore in Punjabi language (Gurmukhi script), the newspaper was established in 1886 and functioned sporadically till 1905. Founded by Bhai Gurmukh Singh, a professor of Punjabi at the Oriental College, Lahore, who established the 'Khalsa Press' in Lahore. The paper later was taken over by Giani Ditt Singh, a scholar and a poet.

The newspaper came to be published with effect from 12 June 1886 with the efforts of Bhai Gurmukh Singh from Lahore. It was a weekly newspaper of Khalsa Diwan Society being published in Lithography and in Gurmukhi script. Its first two editors were Giani Jhanda Singh Faridkot and Sardar Basant Singh. Later on, it was handed over to Bhai Dit Singh Giani. This newspaper continued to be published till 1889. After this its publication stopped for sometime due to a legal suit filed by the Amritsari party regarding the publication of a play called 'Swapan'.
It started its publication once again on 1 May 1893 with Giani Dit Singh as its editor. Giani Dit Singh was an experienced scholar and an expert in debates and discussions. He entered into many heated debates with champions of Arya Samaj.
Giani Dit Singh was an excellent writer of Punjabi prose and poetry. He used to write many of his editorials in verse. He was the right hand man of Bhai Gurmukh Singh and one of the pillars of Singh Sabha Lahore. He died in 1901. After him Sardar Maeeya Singh Ahluwalia became the editor of Khalsa Akhbar and continued till 1905. This newspaper ceased publication after the dissolution of Singh Sabha Lahore and due to some other reasons.
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Giani Dit Singh was an experienced scholar and an expert in debates and discussions. He entered into many heated debates with champions of Arya Samaj.
If someone starts a heated but genuine discussion today, most of us will brand him as kattar, radical etc etc.....but don't mind, stand for righteousness. If not these people then the coming generations will thank you for your stand today.

Thanks Giani Ditt Singh, and other Singh Sabha members, Gurdwara Sudhar Lehar members, members of Khalsa Armies and many mothers who stood tall, sacrificed everything and also became laughingstock of people at that time but your efforts were not went in vain. We are reaping their benefits.
 

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