BHARPUR SINGH, RAJA
BHARPUR SINGH, RAJA (1840-1863), born on 4 October 1840, replaced his father, Raja Devinder Singh, on the throne of Nabha state in January 1847 after he was removed by the British. During his minority, the state affairs were managed by his grandmother. Rani Chand Kaur. An enlightened ruler. Raja Bharpur Singh was a devout Sikh. He had a good knowledge of Persian, English, Punjabi and Hindi and wrote his orders with his own hand.
Raja Bharpur Singh helped the British during the mutiny of 1857 and was rewarded with the grant of the divisions of Baval and Kanti with permission, later on, to purchase a portion of Jhayar territory. Like other Phulkian chiefs, he was granted the right of adoption, the power of life and death over his subjects and the promise of noninterference by the British in the internal affairs of his state. In September 1863, he was nominated a member of the Viceroy`s Council but shortly thereafter he died childless at Nabha on 9 November 1863.
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