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Maharaja Ranjit Singh Politics, Society And Economy - Book By Fauja Singh , A. C. Arora

Publisher: Punjabi-University-Patiala
Authors: A. C. Arora (Editor), Fauja Singh (Editor)
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Foreword To The Book ‘Maharaja Ranjit Singh - Politics, Society And Economy’ By Fauja Singh , A. C. Arora

The establishment of the rule of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Punjab ushered in a new epoch in the history of this region. Under his rule, not only the unification of Punjab was accomplished, very significant gradual improvements were also witnessed in every branch of administration. The prevailing peace and order in the kingdom together with personal attention and efforts of the Maharaja, created very conducive environment for the development of agriculture, education, literature, fine arts, trade and commerce. Due to the liberal religious policy of the Maharaja the people of all the communities—Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims and Christians—lived and thrived in the environ of communal harmony and goodwill.

A seminar organised in the Punjabi University in connection with the 200th birth anniversary celebrations of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in August 1981, focused attention on those historical aspects of the period which had remained unexplored hitherto. Far from paying merely reverential tributes to the Maharaja, the papers presented in the seminar sought to make an objective study of various facets of the subject. The wide spectrum of the themes covered in the seminar, which are included in this volume will, I hope, help understand better the politics, society and economy of Maharaja Ranjit Singh's times. Dr Fauja Singh and Dr A.C. Arora verily deserve to be complimented for producing this historical work of great importance. It is said that Dr Fauja Singh was not destined to see this publication in the book-form. The University owes a debt of gratitude to late Dr Fauja Singh, an eminent historian who wrote and edited numerous valuable books for the Punjabi University, Patiala.

Punjabi University                                                                                                                                                      S.S. JOHL
Patiala                                                                                                                                                               Vice-Chancellor
April 17, 1984

Preface To The Book ‘Maharaja Ranjit Singh - Politics, Society And Economy’ By Fauja Singh , A. C. Arora

It was under the auspices of the Directorate of Planning and Development that a seminar on 'Maharaja Ranjit Singh : Politics, Society and Economy' was organised in the Punjabi University in August 1981 as a part of the 200th birth anniversary celebrations of the Maharaja. The present volume contains the papers presented in the seminar; its title also emanates scrupulously from the subject of the seminar.

It had been our desire and endeavour from the very beginning to cover hitherto unexplored aspects of the early nineteenth century history of the Punjab. With that object in view, various themes of the seminar were carefully selected and circulated among the scholars well in advance. The response was highly encouraging in terms of both the quantity of the papers and the variety of their themes.

A glance at the papers published in this volume will reveal a wide variety of themes they represent—Ranjit Singh's conquests and defence system, his relations with the neighbouring states, nature of the Maharaja's state, local administration, numismatics, agricultural system and land-market, life and manners of the common people, urbanisation, education, art and literature, trade and commerce, source-materials and historiography, etc. etc. Evidently, the socio-cultural and economic aspects of Ranjit Singh's time have been as adequately represented as the political aspects. We are beholden to all the scholars whose valuable papers appear in this volume. The limitation of space compelled us to curtail or condense some lengthy articles.

Grateful acknowledgements are due to Dr S.S. Johl, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, for his keen interest in, and kindly foreword to, this publication; to Dr Bhagat Singh, former Vice-Chancellor of the University, for his inaugural address; to Prof. Amarjit Singh Dhillon for his unstinted co-operation in the conduct of the seminar; to Dr Kirpal Singh, Dr S.K. Bajaj, Dr S.D. Pradhan and Dr D.S. Dhillon for their assistance in the preparation of the press-copy; to Sh. R.K. Ghai for shouldering willingly the responsibility of seeing the book through the press; to Sh. Raj Kumar for preparing afresh the type-script; and to S. Hazara Singh, Head, . Publication Bureau of the University, for supervising the printing. The illustration of Maharaja Ranjit Singh given in the beginning of this volume is the photographic reproduction of the portrait done by Kehar Singh, the court-artist of the Maharaja.

It is very sad indeed that Dr Fauja Singh at whose initiative the seminar had been organised expired suddenly on 8 April 1983. In the demise of this devoted and dedicated scholar of Punjab History the country had lost a distinguished historian. For one who has been his close associate for the past sixteen years and is co-editor in this volume, the tragedy is too deep for words. I take this opportunity to offer my most respectful homage and to inscribe my deepest sense of gratitude to the doyen of Punjab historians who is no more with us. To this tragedy may also be attributed the delay in the publication of this volume.

Department of History                                                                                                                                           A.C. ARORA
Punjabi University                                                                                                                                        Professor & Head
April 18, 1984


Table Of Contents Of The Book ‘Maharaja Ranjit Singh - Politics, Society And Economy’ By Fauja Singh , A. C. Arora

  Foreword (v)
  Preface (vii)
1 Inaugural Address  
  Bhagat Singh 1
2 Presidential Address  
  Ganda Singh 6
3 From the Treaty of Amritsar to the Conquest of Multan   
  J.S. Grewal 14
4 A Gurmukhi Source of Ranjit Singh's Times  
  Kirpal Singh 24
5 Ranjit Singh at Work  
  Indu Banga 34
6 Gurbilas Patshahi 10 and Gurbilas Chhevin Patshahi  
  as Sources for Early Nineteenth Century Punjab History  
  S.S. Hans 46
7 People, Places and Politics of the Punjab during the  
  Early Years of the Reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh :  
  Leaves from the Diary of a Secret British Spy  
  M.L. Alhuwalia 52
8 N.K. Sinha as a Historian of Ranjit Singh  
  S.K. Bajaj 60
9 Himachal in Anglo-Sikh Relations(1815-1839)  
  Chanderverkar 67
10 Ranjit Singh's Relation with the Jind State  
  A.C. Arora 80
11 Ranjit Singh and the Kapurthala State  
  R.N. Vohra 94
12 The Sino-Sikh Treaty (1842) in Historical Perspective  
  C.L. Datta 100
13 Maharaja Ranjit Singh's Defence System  
  S.D. Pradhan 108
14 Ranjit Singh's Relations with  
  Sansar Chand of Kangra  
  S.C. Thakur 120
15 Subjugation of the Non-Sikh Chiefs of the Punjab  
  Plains by Ranjit Singh  
  Veena Sachdeva 125
16 Evolution of Sikh Kingship and Ranjit Singh  
  A.C. Banerjee 129
17 Concept of Kingship in the Historical Writings  
  of Ram Sukh Rao  
  J.S. Bains 146
18 Kashmir under Ranjit Singh  
  Madhvi Yasin 148
19 Trade and Commerce under Maharaja Ranjit Singh   
  Bhagat Singh 157
20 Trade and Commerce in the Punjab under Maharaja Ranj it Singh  
  Jati Ram Gupta 169
21 The City of Jammu and its Economy in the time of  
  Maharaja Ranj it Singh  
  Fauja Singh 186
22 Amritsar: Economic Activities in the Early  
  Nineteenth Century  
  Anand Gauba 202
23 Some Aspects of Export and Import Trade under Ranjit Singh   
  in the Light of Potedar Collection, Churu  
  R.K. Sharma 211
24 Urbanisation in Punjab during the Times of  
  Ranjit Singh : A Case Study of Lahore and Amritsar  
  K. L. Tuteja 215
25 Structure and Position of Agriculture and Irrigation  
  in Punjab, 1799-1839  
  R. M. Chaudhuri 223
26 Some Aspects of the Land Market in the Punjab  
  during the Nineteenth Century  
  Himadri Banerjee 235
27 The Peasant Proprietors in the Districts of Jullundur and   
  Hoshiarpur in the Early Nineteenth Century  
  Radha Sharma 245
28 Life and Manners of the Common People in  
  Ranjit Singh's Punjab, 1799-1839  
  Hari Ram Gupta 251
29 Historical Significance of Jhagra Jatti te Khatrani Da   
  Daljinder Singh Johal 263
30 Social Change and the Kissas of First Half of Nineteenth Century  
  Sahniderjit Sagar 266
31 Education During Maharaja Ranjit Singh's Reign  
  M.R. Kansal 275
32 The Cultural Basis of Maharaja Ranjit Singh's State   
  Fauja Singh 284
33 Maharaja Ranjit Singh and Development of Sikh Art  
  D.S. Dhillon 290
34 A Study of the Sikh Numismatics with special reference  
  to the Coins of Maharaja Ranjit Singh  
  Madan Jit Kaur  299
35 Maharaja Ranjit Singh's Place in History  
  Rajinder Singh 322
36 Ranjit Singh De Kaal De Punjabi Sahit Vich Smajik Te Aarthik  
  Vivastha Da Chirann  
  Ajmer Singh 327
37 Maharaja Ranjit Singh Te Punjbai  
  Pyara Singh Padam 339
38 Maharaja Ranjit Singh De Akaliyan Naal Sambandh  
  Sukhdayal Singh 348


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