Bhindranwale is an iconic figure whose name is well known to Sikhs worldwide. He is remembered as a true Sikh, saint, warrior, upholder of justice and a martyr. His extensive preaching of the Sikh religion, speeches on politics and exposing the barbarity of the Indian government earned him fame within Sikh circles. He was looked upon as a leader of the Sikhs who had reminded them of their glorious past, great sacrifices and bold feats of destroying oppression, tyranny and injustice. His words kindled and awakened the inner spirits of the Sikhs and caused them to realize their political and religious slavery at the hands of the Indian government. The reminder of Sikh history and religious tenets inspired the Sikh people to become true followers of their faith. People started to abandon drinking, smoking, cutting their hair and many other immoral practices. There was widespread adoption of the Sikh religion. All of this, however, did not at all suit those who were keen on seeing the complete downfall of the Sikhs and their complete amalgamation into the folds of Hinduism.