With the inaugural issue of the Nishaan, an
international quarterly journal launched by the Nagaara Trust to mark the tercentenary of birth of the Khalsa in April 1999 now in the hands of select readers in India and abroad, it is surely the time to reaffirm its raison d’etre, its rationale, its line of thought and vision, its format and form. In a way, perhaps, this is not quite necessary, as the premiere issue and its commissioned articles and features are themselves a fairly transparent philosophy of the magazine. For, as the modem linguists argue, the very language or idiom and the mode of the narrative carry a whole freight of both spoken and unspoken thought. And if, as McLuhan puts it, the medium is the message, then, I trust, the Nagaara Trust’s progenitors and trustees should be most pleased to see their offspring, a child of love, devotion, duty and reverence, take off so splendidly and become a visible and viable project of immense promise.