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A History of the SikhsVolume 2: 1839-2004$
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Khushwant Singh

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195673098

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195673098.001.0001

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The Punjab on the Death of Ranjit Singh

The Punjab on the Death of Ranjit Singh

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(p.3) 1. The Punjab on the Death of Ranjit Singh
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A History of the Sikhs
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Khushwant Singh

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195673098.003.0001

This chapter narrates the death of Ranjit Singh, the maharajah of the Punjab, who was able to unite the warring Sikh factions and form a strong and prosperous nation. However, it is shown that he was unable to leave a suitable heir to his throne, despite having seven sons. The following sections discuss the actions of some of Ranjit Singh’s sons, namely Kharak Singh, Nao Nihal Singh, Sher Singh, and Dalip Singh. Kharak Singh’s wife, Maharani Chand Kaur — and eventual widow — is also discussed. The chapter also studies the Punjab under the Dogras, which was composed of Dhian Singh, Gulab Singh, and Suchet Singh. The last section of the chapter includes a discussion of Maharani Jindan, the mother of Dalip Singh.

Keywords:   Ranjit Singh, Kharak Singh, Nao Nihal Singh, Maharani Chand Kaur, Maharani Jindan, Dalip Singh, Sher Singh, Dogras, Sikh factions

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