Rule of Maharaja Ranjit Singh: Nature and Relevance

Rule of Maharaja Ranjit Singh: Nature and Relevance

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Item Code: IDG116
Author: S. P. Singh J. S. Sabar
Publisher: Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
Language: English
Edition: 2001
ISBN: 8177700340
Pages: 218
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 9.5" X 6.2"
PREFACE:

The reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh was characteristically different from all his contemporaries and predecessors as well. He accomplished the task of the political unification of the Punjab and brought about peace, prosperity and all round development in every aspect of the life of the people of Punjab. The Maharaja was a secular ruler in the true sense of the term. He was devout sikh; listened the bani from Sri Guru Sahib every day; paid homage at Sri Darbar Sahib frequently; made eleborate offerings in terms of money, gold and canopies. In his running of the state, however, he was always careful about the merits of persons to be appointed as administrators and generals. From the discussions in the following articles contributed by the eminent scholars of different disciplines, it can be easily made out that the Maharaja appointed Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims and even Christians in his administrative and military set-up.

The policies pursued by the Maharaja benefited all sections of society. The state policies encouraged peasants to bring more land under cultivation, with the result that the agricultural production increased and added to their prosperity. The peasantry of Punjab was much more comfortable than ever before. Likewise, there was tremendous increase and development in trade and commerce during this period and as a consequence of which, significant urban growth was witnessed in the Punjab.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh was a ruler whose parallel is difficult to find anywhere in the world. He was easily accessible to all; no capital punishment was awarded under his rule. Although several other rulers had employed Europeans in their armies, no one did succeed. The Maharaja was open to innovations and, therefore, could make the best use of the talent and experience of the Europeans to the maximum advantage of the Kingdom of Lahore. There were over sixty Europeans in his army and administrators, some of whom were nazims and commanders.

The articles included in this volume deal with several aspects of nature and relevance of the study of the rule of Maharaja Ranjit Singh understanding of the nature of the rule of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. We dedicate this volume to the memory of the Maharaja on the accasion of Bi-centenary Celebrations of his Coronation.

S.P. Singh
Jasbir Singh Sabar

Guru Nanak Dev University
Amritsar

CONTENTS

PREFACE
1.CHARACTER OF RANJIT SINGH'S KINGDOM
S.S. Bal
1
2.MAHARAJA RANJIT SINGH AS MAKER OF HISTORY
Kirpal Singh
21
3.THE SIKH RULE AND RANJIT SINGH
G.S. Dhillon
24
4.EMPIRE OF THE SIKHS
Patwant Singh
55
5.MAHARAJA RANJIT SINGH'S RELEVANCE TODAY
Pritam Singh
62
6.MAHARAJA RANJIT SINGH: ASSESSMENT OF A
PERSIAN CHRONICLER
Raghubir Singh
72
7.MAHARAJA RANJIT SINGH IN BENGALI LITERATURE
Himadari Banerjee
83
8.MAHARAJA RANJIT SINGH'S CONTRIBUTION TO
SIKH ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE: THE ENVIRONS OF
RAMBAGH, AMRITSAR
Sarbjot Singh Behal
94
9.THE RAMBAGH- THE SPLENDOUR IT WAS...
P.C. Khanna
113
10.MAHARAJA RANJIT SINGH'S INTEREST IN THE
ART OF PAINTINGS
Kanwarjit Kang
126
11.MAHARAJA RANJIT SINGH'S QUALITIES OF
HEAD AND HEART
Gurbachan Singh Nayyar
135
12.MAHARAJA RANJIT SINGH: AN APPRAISAL
Satish K. Kapoor
140
13.NATURE OF JUSTICE, LIBERTY AND EQUALITY
UNDER MAHARAJA RANJIT SINGH'S RULE
Jasbir Singh Sabar
150
14.MAHARAJA RANJIT SINGH: PERSONALITY AND VISION
Jaswinder Kaur Dhillon
158
15.SIKH PATRONAGE OF JAGANNATH TEMPLE
Sabinderjit Singh Sagar
170
16.SOHAN LAL SURI'S UMDAT-UT-TAWARIKH-
AS A SOURCE ON ALMS AND CHARITIES OF
MAHARAJA RANJIT SINGH
Sulakhan Singh
173
17.AMRITSAR DURING THE PERIOD OF RANJIT SINGH
AS DEPICTED IN THE CONTEMPORARY POETRY
Rai Jasbir Singh
180
18.SRI HARIMANDIR SAHIB DURING THE REIGN OF
MAHARAJA RANJIT SINGH
K.S. Bajwa
185
19.TRADE AND COMMERCE UNDER MAHARAJA
RANJIT SINGH'S RULE
Jogeshwar Singh
195
BIBLIOGRAPHY201
INDEX211

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