Sardarji Jokes !!


Posted on January 30th, 2009

We all enjoy reading forwards that we receive. Even I take immense pleasure in devouring the jokes as they are real stress busters. Off late most of the jokes that I receive would target “Sardarjis”. Honestly speaking though I enjoy the wit or humor part of the joke, I do not like to offend a particular sect.

How did the sardars fall prey to these jokes? How do they take the jokes targeted them?

We all are aware of the famous “BARAH BAJ GAYE”, a remark that intends to imply that sardars lose their sense at twelve O’ clock. Here is the story behind this remark that I found in Wikipedia.

During the Mughal rule in India, non Muslims were generally humiliated and mistreated. Nadir Shah raided Delhi and was in the process of carrying away treasures and nearly 2200 Hindu women along with him. The news spread like a fire and is believed to have been heard by Sardar Jassa Singh who was the Commander of the Sikh army at that time. He attacked Nadir Shah’s caravan the same midnight and rescued the Hindu women.

This happened again and again. The Sikh army attacked the looters at or around midnight 12 O’clock or noon 12 O’clock and rescued our treasures. The looters concluded that it is very difficult to fight against Sikhs at 12 O’clock, as the Sikhs get some Extra Power at that time. The attacks were so ferocious, that the Muslims began dreading the expected attacks of the Sikhs at 12 O’clock, midnight or noon. It was these people, who are believed to have coined the phrase that “Sardaron ke barah baj gaye”, which it seems might have evolved into the snide remarks purporting that Sikhs lose their senses at twelve O’clock.

Here is the story behind the origin of sardar jokes that I received as a forward.

The British army, during their rule in India, was stunned to see the valiance of the sardars. It is they who started cracking jokes intended on sardars so as to humiliate the sardars!

Well I am not sure about the veracity of these stories! Many joke books containing sardar jokes have been compiled by Sikh authors themselves (Khushwant Singh as an example) Here is a cute joke (Person A and B instead of Santa and Banta :-) )

Two person were in conversation on the beach
A: Ise ‘beach’ kyo kaheete hai?
B: Tumhe nahe pata?
A: Nahe pata.
B: Woh to Aasmaan aur Zameen ke beech mein hai esliye eesai beach kahete hai.

I have few sardar friends and have seen them taking these jokes on a lighter note. Leave alone sardars now-a-days we do see jokes on “Mallu”, “Bihari”, “Madrasi” etc! My belief is not to hurt anyone…so I have stopped forwarding jokes offending any particular sect. What about you?

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5 Responses to “Sardarji Jokes !!”

  1. Arjun Says:

    lol…. never knew that sardars had a whole history behind them for becoming the butt of jokes… :-) the only sardar I know used to run to the canteen for food when I was in college yelling “Barah Baj Gaye” ….

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  2. Usha Gururajan Says:

    what you say is correct. i too never forward any such sms which hurts any single soul in the world

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  3. Baljit Singh Says:

    Thanks for this post. I was looking for an article to forward to a co-worker who would not stop with his ‘sardarji’ comments for 6 months now….and i could not take it any longer. This blog of yours is exactly what i was looking for. Thanks :)

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