|This book retells the modern world the fascinating story of India’s white-robed warriors, the Kookas or the Namdhari Sikhs. Clad in white, khadi handspun Punjabi Kurta and Churidar Pyjama ensemble, the men wear straight white turbans and the women cover their heads with a white dupatta. They are warriors of a different kind, who would rather sacrifice their own lives than kill. By belief and practice, they would not kill an ant or an insect during their farming operations. But in their century-long struggle for the political, social, economic and spiritual emancipation of man under the wise guidance of their satgurus or the True Guides, they evolved a way of life which does offer solutions to several present-day problems and ailments of the tortured humanity. The Kooka movement inspired the Indian freedom struggle which became the inspiration for movements for freedom of colonial nations around the world, specially so in Asia. The book is an attempt to provide some glimpses of Kooka history and the Namdhari way of thought and life for the modern mankind.|
Yogendra Bali, 79, is a well-known Indian journalist and author. He served in senior positions with reputed newspapers and journals before devoting himself to serious book writing after retirement as the Roving Special Correspondent of the Times of India, reputed Indian English daily. He also served as special correspondent, political correspondent and bureau chief with reputed newspapers and news-weeklies and journals including the Tribune, the Current Weekly, the Probe and the Hindi Sunday Mail. At present he is associated with Asia Defence News International (ADNI), a news agency devoted to Security Affairs, its publications Asia Defence News, and Urdu monthly Mastana Jogi. He is also associated with the English newsmagazine, the Day After, and was also a member of the General Council of the Lalit Kala Akademi, India's national academy of fine arts, and member of its Art Education, Publications and Triennele and International Exhibitions committees. The books authored by him include The Communal Bogey with a foreword by Jawaharlal Nehru, Chandra Shekhar: A Political Biography and Pawan Chamling: Daring To Be Different.