MAHARAJA RANJIT SINGH JIBAN VRITTANTA,
MAHARAJA RANJIT SINGH JIBAN VRITTANTA, by Brahmamohan Mallick, is a monograph in Bengali on the life of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780-1839). Published in 1862, within a quarter of a century of the Maharaja\’s death, it is one of the earliest biographies of the Maharaja written in any language. The book is divided into eight chapters, the first one dealing with the social and political milieu in which Guru Nanak (1469-1539), founder of the Sikh faith, preached his message, and second with the ancestry and birth of Ranjit Singh.
His early military exploits form the subject matter of the third chapter, bringing the story of the career of the Maharaja up to the Anglo-Sikh treaty of 1809. Chapters IV to VI record his further conquests. Conquests of the late 1820\’s together with Burnes\’ visit to Lahore form the central theme of the seventh chapter. The monograph, concludes with an estimate of the Maharaja as an able administrator and nation-builder.
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