We are getting many requests for a complete resource pack on information about Nidar so we have decided to include this as a downloadable zip file, so any concerned sangat members can print out and present the information to relevant committee members and organisations.
Here is a letter from The Council of Sikh Gurdwaras in Birmingham (CSGB) which represents all the Gurdwaras in Birmingham to the Khalsa Jatha Gurdwara in Shepherds Bush who have been up until recently holding Snatan Hindu-Sikh Shastarvidiya Classes taught by Nidar the fake Nihang who has been exposed as a liar claiming to be the last Sikh warrior. The letter also clearly states that Nidar has been banned from teaching at all Birmingham Gurdwaras.
Nidar claims to be the 9th Gurdev in line to the great “Ranjit Akhara” of the Nihang Singhs which he has also chosen to rename as the ” Hindu-Sikh Akali Nihang Baba Darbara Singh Sanatan Suraj Bansia Shastar Vidiya Shiv Akhara”. In addition to this he also claims to be the last exponent of the art of shastarvidiya. He has also once again changed the name of his Akhara removing the “Hindu-Sikh” moniker and sticking with Snatan Shastarvidiya.
he also claims “He is the sole-surviving master and ninth teacher (gurdev) of a classical school of learning established in 1661” while selling tickets for his seminars.
1.Akali Nihang Baba Darbara Singh (who also learned from Akali Nihang Guru Gobind Singh Ji)
2. Akali Nihang Baba Budh Singh Ji
3. Akali Nihang Baba Sukha Singh Ji
4. Akali Nihang Baba Lakha Singh Ji
5. Akali Nihang Baba Sawan Singh ‘Bangroo’
6. Akali Nihang Baba Mangal Singh Ji
7. Akali Nihang Baba Giana Singh aka ‘Rabb Ji’
8. Akali Nihang Baba Mohinder Singh Ji aka ‘Katapa Singh’
9. Nihang Niddar Singh Ji (present ‘Gurdev’)
Now this all sounds great on paper but lets take a closer look at Akali Nihang Baba Giana Singh “Rabb ji”, who is apparently Nidars Dada-Ustad (grandmaster). He never used the words “Snatan” or “Hindu-Sikh” or “Shiv Akhara” as is evident from Baba Giana Singh’s book on Shastarvidiya, which will be released shortly by a researcher in the UK.
We had a researcher visit India and speak to a few living students of the Great Baba Giana Singh. It became evident very quickly that it was a well known fact that Baba Giana Singh taught many people and created many ustads of Shastarvidiya but he never gave “thapi” (appointed) a successor in any way, especially not to Baba Mohinder Singh (Nidar’s supposed Teacher), who was quite removed from the main akhara and a recluse according to Nidars early accounts.
Following are names of students of Baba Giana Singh – Baba Giana Singh, Baba Gurbax Singh, Baba Daya Singh , Baba Gian S, Baba Pritam Singh, Baba Mohinder Singh.
Gurbax Singh, Mohinder Singh, Gian Singh, and Pritam Singh, all learnt from Giana Singh ‘Rab,’ and it is likely they also learnt from Ram Singh and Mohan Singh. Further work is required to verify the various lineages of the masters of Gatka which we are hoping to undertake.
Baba Pritam Singh’s Ranjit Akhara can be found on facebook here. But he doesn’t have a massive ego and go around pumping himself as the ultimate last warrior. He is a humble Nihang Singh who encourages young people to learn shastarvidiya and do demonstrations to keep the art alive. Baba Pritam Singh also holds no animosity or superiority complex over Gatka and allows his students to freely practice according to the sangat present without making fun of people who do Gatka, but encouraging them.
So how can Nidar claim to be ninth Grand Master in line, and the only living practitioner of the art, when there is no clear line of succession and there are still existing students of Baba Giana Singh (8th generation) and their subsequent students who are ninth generation.
Who made Nidar the gurdev? and who gave him sole copyright over Shastarvidiya. How can he claim to be the last Master of this forgotten art when there are so many others. Nidar absolutely hates it if anyone else tries to teach shastarvidiya of any kind yet he cannot claim to be from Baba Giana Singhs lineage but at the same time not recognise his rightful descendants.
At least 10 other Nihang Singhs have gone in the last five years from USA, Canada, and India to train from these ustads. Baba Giani Singh (who learnt from Baba Giana Singh “Rabb JI”) who is alive said Nidar Singh has got hankar (EGO), as he met him once briefly at Hazur Sahib, and this inner-hankar has caused him to break away from the Khalsa Panth into Brahamanism.
According to indian Maryada it would be the oldest member of the akhara, or eraliest generation who would be a Gurdev of Shastar Vidiya so it seems that Baba Pritam Singh ji being the official Ranjit Akhara head is the actual, still living, 8th Generation Gurdev . Subsequently Baba pritam Singh’s students would be in line to be the next gurdev.
Surely anyone can now go to India learn from the Ranjit Akhara at Budha Dal and and be taught from direct descendants of Baba Giana Singh and set up legitimate Shastar Vidiya Akharas across the UK. I have heard that a few already have.
The truth is that Nidar’s version of events is mere fantasy, self aggrandizement and self-promotion. His earlier origin stories were akin to a 70’s Jackie Chan Kung Fu Movie. Its all a very clever marketing campaign.
NIdar is living off the name of nam japan valey, hath, tap, seva karan valey, bani paran valey, panth de mahan Brahmgianis and Gatka Ustads of the past, who have lived to serve the Panth. While this fraud serves his own belly and ego.
And what Nidar has done by hijacking shastarvidiya and claiming to be the sole owner is similar to the way Balbir has taken control of the Budha Dal and claimed jathedari for himself even though no jathedari was ever passed to him.
Even now Nidar has recently changed his website and diluted his own Snatan message due to the backlash he has received from the Sikh Community. Universally hated within the Sikh Community Nidar is known as the “Lost Sikh Warrior”.
It is a well known fact that Niddar drinks alcohol, he admits it openly, and also encourages his students to drink. He has even gone as far as to say that to be a warrior one must drink alcohol and eat flesh. Many of Nidar’s students drink and a cousin of a close friend of mine, who is student of Nidar, openly encourages his family members that it is ok for Singhs to drink.
I have seen many families destroyed by alcohol addiction and abuse, and i know it pains many Gursikhs when they see Singhs drinking alcohol.
On the 30th October 2011 Nidar in an interview with the BBC made the following statements
Nihangs still maintain some tenets of the Hindu faith, they have three scriptures rather than one and these extra books contain influences from Hinduism.
Many Nihangs also eat meat and drink alcohol which orthodox Sikhs disagree with. Traditionally they also drank bhang, an infusion of cannabis, to get closer to God.
We also find that Nidars Snatan Students display their love for alcohol on their facebook pages
I am not sure how he justifies this, maybe its practices past on from Nihangs in India or maybe it goes back to Nidar’s belief that they are a special kshatri commando task force that live deep in the jungles and are beyond the normal rules that apply to everyone else. (? The deep jungles of Wolverhampton ?)
Let us look to Gurbani and to the 52 hukums of Guru Gobind Singh ji to see what message we get about alcohol and its use.
Guru Gobind Singh Jis 52 Hukums
At Paonta Sahib Gurdwara there is a letter containing 52 hukums written by Guru Gobind Singh ji which was sent to Sikhs in Kabul in 1708 instructing them on appropriate behaviour. You can view the 52 hukums on this website. these hukums have served as the basis of Sikh Rehitmaryada.
The ones that should be brought to the attention of Nidar and his cheley are the following
27.Sutantar vicharna. Raaj Kaaj dian kamaan tae doosrae mutaa dia purshaan noo huk nahee daenaa.Maintain independent rule. In the affairs of governing, do not give the power of religious authority to those of other faiths.
30.Shaster vidyaa atae ghorhae di savaari da abhiaas karnaa| Train in the skills of weaponry and horsemanship.
31.Doosrae mataa dae pustak, vidyaa parhnee. Pur bhrosaa drirh Gurbanee, Akaal Purakh tae karnaa| Study the books and beliefs of other faiths. But maintain trust in Gurbani and Akal Purakh.
37. Sharaab nai saevanee| Do not indulge in drinking alcoholic beverages. Guru Gobind Singh ji – 1708, 52 Hukams, Paonta Sahib
They key edict here is number 37, do not partake in Alcohol. I have added a few extras as they need to be thought about aswell. Especially the one about not giving religious authority to other faiths. Again this is supported by edict number 31 which states that we must study books of other cultures and religions but to hold faith only in Gurbani.
Edict 30 is interesting as Guru Gobind Singh ji refers to the science of weaponry and this means learning to use weapons Shastar Vidya and not a specific “STYLE” as has now been copyrighted and claimed by Nidar as his own brandname. We also know that Guru Gobind Singh ji was an avid archer and also the singhs were skilled in horseriding which are both missing from Nidars style of Kung Fu. Continue reading Alcohol use in Nidar’s Cult→
Nidar on his website claims lineage from Baba Giana Singh, among others, a noted ShastarVidiya Master who according to Baba Santa Singh, taught many thousands of Singhs how to fight at Akali Phoola Singh Burj.
Time and time again Nidar, on his website, falsey attributes his “Sanatan Hindu Sikh Shastar Vidiya” label to Baba Giana Singh.
The horrifying thing is, Baba Giana Singh ji wrote a book called Shastar Vidiya and it was published by Budha Dal Printing Press under Baba Santa Singh Ji. The disturbing revelation is that Baba Giana Singh never mentions the words “Snatan, Hindu, Shiv Akhara” throughout the whole book.
We can not be stupid enough to ignore the fact that this charlatan(Surjeet Singh Bains – Nidar), is adding his own words to history and legitimising his own MATT(Sanatan Hindu ideology) by using the Chardi Klaa Akali Nihang Singhs Shastar Vidiya, Baba Giana Singh and the original Ranjit Akhara as a stepping stone.
If I was a Nihang I would be well upset at this blatant misrepresentation. It is a travesty and betrayal to Baba Giana Singh to add words to his name that he never believed in or used in his lifetime. If Baba Giana Singh was a Sanatanist then don’t you think he would have at least mentioned it in his book.
It is a shame that ShastarVidiya of the Nihangs has been hijacked by Sanatanists.
With Guru Gobind Singh ji’s Apaar beant Kirpa have received the following anonymous tip-off. It has emerged that our concerns are shared by many Chardi Klaa Nihang Singhs who are speaking up against Niddars false and destructive propaganda, and someone has kindly forwarded us a copy of a signed document in which these Nihang Singhs express their feelings about him.
We have definitive proof that Niddar Singh is not a representative or in any way affiliated to any Nihang Sansthava.
On Niddars website – http://www.shastarvidiya.org/akhara5.jsp
he writes “As such, Nihang Niddar Singh, as the Sanatan Hindu Sikh Shastar Vidiya ‘Gurdev’ and Buddha Dal-recognised Nihang ‘Jathedar’ in England is the head.”
This is a blatant LIE and we have the proof here. In actual fact he has been excommunicated from all Nihang Dals and the Damdami Taskal.
Here is a letter from the main Nihang Organisations in India presented to Jathedar of the Akal Takht Sahib Jathedar Gurbachan Singh.
The following is a translation of the letter
To the Esteemed Jathedar of the Akaal Takht,
We feel compelled to bring to your attention that Niddar Singh aka Surjit Singh bains of Wolverhampton UK is involved in anti Sikh consipiracies by doing anti-Sikh parchaar on his websites and diluting the sikh philosophy by teaching that Sikhs are a part of Hinduism. With his heinous teachings(koorr parchar) he is misleading the Sikh sangat.
He keeps changing the name of his akhara on his website to include names such as “Hindu Santan Shiv Akhara” and is falsely using the name of Jathedar Akali Baba Darbara Singh to legitimise himself.
Niddar Singh is stating that the Khalsa was born from Shiv Ji and not guru Gobind Singh ji. He also proclaims falsely that the “Farla” of Nihang Singhs is sprouted from the ganges river and that blue bana is from the colour of Shiva. He is also saying that the chakar that Nihang Singhs wear on their dumalla is a sign of Shivji.
He is saying that the Sikh dharam emerged from hinduism and that Sikhi is just another samparda of the Hindu dharam and is also teaching that Sikh Shastar Vidiya and Gatka is a branch of the Hindu Dharam.
Niddar Singhs activities in the uk are upsetting and dividing Sikhs there. Guru Gobind Singh ji made the Khalsa unique. This fake Nihang is spreading doubts, confusion and slander within the sikh sangat.
On the 300th celebration of Guru Granth Ji’s Gurgaddi the sangat of Hazur Sahib kicked him out due to his nefarious activities and anti Sikh parchaar.
By putting the concerns of the panth first we recomend that this individual is brought before the Akal Takht to answer for his crimes and receive punishment accordingly and the sikh sangat be freed of this confusion.
Baba Joginder Singh – Jathedar of Budha Dal
Baba Avatar Singh – Jathedar of Bidhi Chand Dal
Baba Nihal Singh – Jathedar of Haria Vela Dal
Baba Gajjan Singh – Jathedar Tarana Dal (Baba Bakala)
Baba Harnam Singh – Jathedar Damdami Taksal & Sant Samaaj