Chapter

Rise of the Sukerchakia Misl

Khushwant Singh

in A History of the Sikhs

Second edition

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780195673081
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080601 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195673081.003.0010
Rise of the Sukerchakia Misl

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This chapter discusses the rise of the Sukerchakia misl, beginning with the ancestors of Ranjit Singh. Badh Singh was responsible for laying down the fortunes of the Sukerchakia; it is believed that he was baptised by Guru Gobind. The discussion then focuses on Ranjit Singh as he began his control of the Sukerchakia estates after the death of his father. It was Ranjit Singh's mother-in-law who helped him in his quest to unify the Punjab. It then provides a description of the Punjab in 1798, in the aftermath of Shah Zaman's invasion. It reveals that Ranjit Singh was the one who helped repel Shah Zaman's forces, led by Shahanchi Khan. After this defeat, Shah Zaman made several efforts to break through the Sikh barricades, and even entered negotiations with the Sardars. In the end, the Afghan conqueror was forced to halt his conquest of Hindustan and go back to Afghanistan.

Keywords: Sukerchakia misl; Ranjit Singh; Badh Singh; Shah Zaman; Punjab in 1798; Shahanchi Khan; conquest of Hindustan

Chapter.  2917 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sikhism

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