Writings by non-Sikhs on Sikhs and Punjab
ZAFARNAMAH-I-RANJlT SINGH, subtitled Ranjhnamah, by Kanhaiya Lal is an account in Persian verse of the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and his successors, covering the period 1799-1849. The manuscript copies of the work are preserved in Panjab University Library, Lahore ; Panjab Public Library, Lahore ; Khalsa College, Amritsar ; and the Punjab State Archives, Patiala. Its author, Kanhaiya Lal, was a native of Jalesar, an old town in Agra district of Uttar Pradesh. His father Lala Hari Narain Mathur had migrated to Lahore. Here Kanhaiya Lal acquired technical education and rose to be an executive engineer. The British government conferred upon him the title of Rai Bahadur.
Sikh Political figures
ZAIL SINGH, GIANI (1916-1994), the first Punjabi to become President of the Republic of India, was born on 5 May 1916, the son of Bhai Kishan Singh and Mata Ind Kaur, a Ramgarhia couple of a small village, Sandhvan, near Kot Kapura, in the princely state of Faridkot. Kishan Singh was the village carpenter. Additionally, he had his own small acreage to till. He was a devout Sikh and was known in the countryside for his simple and upright manner. Youngest of the five brothers and a sister, Zail Singh lost his mother in his early childhood. He was brought up by his mother's sister, Daya Kaur.