PSEB 12th Class History Notes Chapter 17 Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s Career and Conquests

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PSEB 12th Class History Notes Chapter 17 Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s Career and Conquests

Early Career of Maharaja Ranjit Singh:

  • Maharaja Ranjit Singh was born in 1780 A.D. in the family of the Sukarchakia Misl chief Mahan Singh.
  • The name of Ranjit Singh’s mother was Raj Kaur.
  • Ranjit Singh was four years old when he fell a victim to smallpox because of which the light of his left eye was gone forever.
  • Ranjit Singh was very brave right from his childhood.
  • He was 16 years old when he was married to Mehtab Kaur, the granddaughter of the Kanahia Misl Sardar, Jai Singh, and the daughter of Gurbaksh Singh.
  • When Mahan Singh died, Maharaja Ranjit Singh was a minor and so the task of state administration passed into the hands of his mother, Raj Kaur, Diwan Lakhpat Rai, and Sada Kaur who together formed the Triune Regency.
  • When Ranjit Singh grew to be 17, he took over the charge of administration and put an end to the Triune Regency.

The political condition of Punjab:

  • When Ranjit Singh took over the reins of the Sukarchakia Misl, the atmosphere of anarchy and lawlessness was prevalent in Punjab.
  • In most parts of Punjab, the Sikhs had founded 12 independent Misls.
  • All these were very weak and they continued to fight with one another.
  • In the North-West regions of Punjab, the Muslims had set up several independent states.
  • There was a lack of unity among these states.
  • There were few Rajput states in Punjab.
  • The Gorkhas of Nepal were greedily looking towards Punjab.
  • In the East, the British and the Marathas had locked their horns and so Maharaja Ranjit Singh did not have to worry about them.
  • The ruler of Afghanistan, Shah Zaman, had taken possession of Lahore.

Ranjit Singh’s Policy towards the Sikh Misls:

  • Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s policy towards the Sikh Misls was similar to the Rajput policy adopted by Akbar.
  • There was no room for relation or obligation in it.
  • He established matrimonial ties with the powerful Kanahia and Nakkai Misls and established friendly relations with
  • Ahluwalia and Ramgarhia Misls.
  • With their support, he attacked the weak lists and annexed them to his kingdom.
  • At the right opportunity, he backstabbed friendly misls and annexed them to his kingdom.
  • In 1805 A.D. Ranjit Singh put an end to the Gurmata and acquired complete freedom of taking political decisions.

Conquests of Maharaja Ranjit Singh:
A brief description of the important victories of Maharaja Ranjit Singh is as follows:

Conquest of Lahore:

  • Maharaja Ranjit Singh conquered Lahore from the Bhangi Sardars on July 7, 1799 A.D.
  • This was his first and most important victory.
  • Lahore remained the capital of the empire of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

Conquest of Amritsar:

  • In 1805 A.D., Maharaja Ranjit Singh conquered Amritsar from Mai Sukhan.
  • This victory led to the spread of fame of Maharaja far and wide because the Sikhs considered Amritsar as their Mecca.

Conquest of Multan:

  • Maharaja Ranjit Singh sent 7 expeditions to Multan to conquer it between 1802 and 1817 A.D.
  • In the end, Multan was conquered on 2nd June 1818 A.D.
  • Its ruler Muzzafar Khan and his five sons were killed in the battle.
  • The conqueror of Multan, Misar Diwan Chand was bestowed upon with the title of Zafar Jang.

Conquest of Kashmir:

  • Maharaja Ranjit Singh invaded Kashmir thrice.
  • He conquered Kashmir during his third expedition in 1819 A.D.
  • At that time Jabbar Khan was the Governor of Kashmir.
  • This victory proved to be extremely beneficial for Maharaja in several respects.

Conquest of Peshawar:

  • Though Maharaja Ranjit Singh conquered Peshawar in 1823 A.D. yet he annexed it to his kingdom in 1834 A.D.
  • This dealt a severe jolt to the power of the Afghans.

Other Conquests:

  • Other important conquests of Maharaja Ranjit Singh that deserve a special mention were Kasur and Jhang (1807), Sialkot (1808), Kangra (1809), Jammu (1809), Attock (1813), and Dera Gazi Khan (1820), etc.

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