Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Chakk De Phatte !

Chak De Phatte -though loosely translated as pick up the floorboards
is more of a war cry than a housekeeping call. The origins of the
phrase lie in the times when the Khalsa i.e. the original warrior
Sikhs were formed, they would cross canals and attack Mughal camps in
a blitzkrieg attack and then just as they came would retreat leaving
the enemy helpless. The sport of tent pegging also evolved from this
camp raiding where the riders would remove the pegs of the tents
trapping the occupants under, what then used to b a very heavy fabric.
While escaping back to their base the Khalsa warriors would dismantle
any temporary bridges constructed by them (made out of "Phatte") to
prevent the Mughals from chasing them and sometimes to prevent the
enemy from escaping, hence the cry "Chak De Phatte". The phrase then
acquired the meaning: to complete the route. And is now used as in the
figure of "Bring the house down!".
P.S : The information above is not verified but is the best explanation ever encountered

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