Consolidation of the Punjab

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:
Consolidation of the Punjab

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This chapter studies the consolidation of the Punjab, starting with the capture of Kangra and the removal of the Gurkhas. It is followed by an account of how the Punjab was unified, including the reduction of the Baluch tribes. It also mentions that Maharajah Ranjit Singh's generals busied themselves with bringing the scattered territories under the authority and protection of the Dunbar. One section looks at the arrival of Shah Shuja, and provides some information on the politics of Afghanistan. The chapter includes discussions on the Koh-i-noor episode, which involved the maharajah demanding the Koh-i-noor diamond from the Afghans, and the battle of Attock. This battle is significant, since it marks the first victory of the Punjabi over the Afghans.

Keywords: capture of Kangra; consolidation of Punjab; Gurkhas; Baluch tribes; Maharajah Ranjit Singh; Shah Shuja; politics of Afghanistan; Koh-i-noor episode; battle of Attock

Chapter.  4722 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sikhism

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