The glorious reign of Maharajah Ranjit Singh who formed a formidable Sikh army and expanded his empire to an area much bigger than present-day Pakistan has been brought alive in a new tome.
Penned by former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, The Last Sunset: Rise and Fall of the Lahore Durbar, detailing a comprehensive history of the Lahore durbar before, during and after the reign of Ranjit Singh, was released here last evening. "Many historians have recorded Maharjah Ranjit Singh but I found that it had been done in a dry and monotonous manner. He was an illiterate man but a genius who learnt military tactics on the battlefield and even brought in Napoleon's officers after the Battle of the Waterloo. He brought in 42 of them who and created a modern army," said the author.
Describing the late royal as one of the most able rulers and military commanders that India has ever had, the Punjab Congress leader said, "He was a military general much ahead of his times. But for treachery from within his own Durbar, he would have stalled the evil designs of East Indian Company."
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