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by Jyoti M. Rai,Patwant Singh


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Empire of the Sikhs book. The book is all about aura and grandeur surrounding Maharaja Ranjit Singh describing his military conquest, fondness for wine and women and astute traits that even prevented British from any kind of intrusion. His sagacity prevented his relationship with British from ever becoming acrimonious. Since he grew bigger than his kingdom, his successors proved feeble and delude.

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PATWANT SINGH was one of India's leading writers on Indian history, politics and international affairs and the environment. His books include The Sikhs, The World According to Washington and The Second Partition: Fault-Lines in India's Democracy

PATWANT SINGH was one of India's leading writers on Indian history, politics and international affairs and the environment. His books include The Sikhs, The World According to Washington and The Second Partition: Fault-Lines in India's Democracy. JYOTI RAI is a numismatist of international repute, possessing one f the most important collections of Sikh coins and a considerable archive on Sikh history. Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start overPage 1 of 1.

He unified the warring chiefdoms of the Punjab into an extraordinary northern empire, built up a formidable army, kept the British in check to the south of his realm, and closed the Khyber Pass through which plunderers had poured into India for centuries. Patwant Singh is the author of Of Dreams and Demons: An Indian Memoir, The Second Partition: Fault-Lines in India’s Democracy, The Sikhs, and The World According to Washington: An Asian View. Библиографические данные.

INDARJIT SINGH ‘This book breaks through the barrier between the Sikh world and . Director of the Maharaja Duleep Singh Centenary Trust, Indarjit and Kanwal Singh and Indar Singh Uppal.

INDARJIT SINGH ‘This book breaks through the barrier between the Sikh world and beyond. His analysis was stimulating, instructive and inspiring, because of his endorsement – as an outstanding soldier himself – of Ranjit Singh’s military genius.

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Empire of the Sikhs - Patwant Singh. This book breaks through the barrier between the Sikh world and beyond. Empire of the Sikhs tells a fascinating story of humanity in an age of inhumanity. Maharaja Ranjit Singh Listening to the Guru Granth Sahib at the Golden Temple (oil painting by August Theodor Schoefft, c. 1850). The Gurus and the Harmandir Sahib or Golden Temple (woodcuts, c. 1870). Traditional Sikh warriors (early watercolour).

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Ranjit Singh has been largely written out of accounts of India's past by British historians, yet he was one of the most powerful and charismatic figures in Indian history. He unified the warring chiefdoms of the Punjab into an extraordinary northern empire, built up a formidable army, kept the British in check to the south of his realm, and closed the Khyber Pass through which plunderers had poured into India for centuries. His consummate humanity was unique among empire-builders. He gave employment to defeated foes, honored faiths other than his own, and included Hindus and Muslims among his ministers. A colorful character, he was inspired by the principles of peaceful coexistence uniquely articulated by the Sikh Gurus, firm in upholding the rights of others, and unabashed in exercising his own. The authors of this first full-length biography in English make use of a variety of eyewitness accounts, from reports by Maratha spies at the Lahore Durbar to British parliamentary papers and travel accounts. The story ends with the controversial Anglo-Sikh Wars following Ranjit's death, which saw the fall of his empire in the hands of his successors whose internecine conflict was exploited by the British. Coinciding with the 300th anniversary of the consecration of the Sikh holy scriptures, this book honors a vital figure in Sikh history.

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There aren't too many books available that provide a balanced, thoughtful and objective viewpoint on Ranjit Singh, but this book thankfully meets all those marks. Everything is supported with notes and references, providing much insight that I wasn't aware of previously. It's a thoughtful read on his accomplishments and shortcomings.

It's important to have such a book finally written on Ranjit Singh because he was such a significant figure in Sikh history. It seems much of his stunning deeds have been forgotten, which is a shame considering what he means to the Sikh people during his time and even now. This book will help new generations understand fully what he did for Sikhism and the tremendous legacy he created, not through brute force or submission as most leaders of his time, but through an open mind and understanding, reflecting the foundations of Sikhism in practice.

Patwant Singh has written many excellent books on Sikh history and this was his last, passing away not too long ago. A tremendous achievement for a tremendous leader.
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A summary of the review on StrategyPage.Com:

'Ranjit Singh (1780-1839) founded the Sikh Empire in 1799, which lasted for about a decade after his death, when it fell to the British Raj. Despite his importance in the history of India, he is largely unknown outside his homeland. Empire of the Sikhs, written by well-known scholar of Indian history Patwant Singh, author of Of Dreams and Demons, An Indian Memoir among other works, and journalist Rai, is the first proper biography in English of this interesting ruler and soldier. Given that most Westerners know little about India, the authors wisely begin in the fifteenth century with an overview of the early history of Sikhism. They then pick up the story of Ranjit Singh. After a chapter on his early life, we get a look at his rise to the leadership of the Sikhs and his multiple campaigns to build and consolidate an empire in a region caught between rival powers and contending religions. The chapters that follow deal with Singh's zest for life and pleasure, his patronage of the arts, and the evolving nature of his rule. The book concludes with an account of the decline of the empire after his death and its ultimate annexation by the British. Although the authors are rather too fond of Singh (a fault often found in books about conquerors, such as Sing's contemporary Napoleon), this book will certainly be of value to anyone interested in the history of India.'

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Empire of the Sikhs: The Life and Times of Maharaja Ranjit Singh download epub
Historical
Author: Jyoti M. Rai,Patwant Singh
ISBN: 072061323X
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Historical
Language: English
Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers (November 1, 2008)
Pages: 280 pages