Beyond doubt , Maharaja Ranjit Singh represents the
Punjabi ethos in its fullness. He unified the plains of the Punjab so as to give it a
new identity. He successfully asserted the Sikh might by conquering Kashmir,
Peshwar, Multan and pushing the borders of his state upto the Khybar pass which
had provided passage to the invaders t enable them to ravage the fertile Punjab
plains for centuries. This feat earned him the title of Sher-I-Punjab and made him
one of greatest personages in whom the Punjabis genuinely take pride.
who happen to live in the land which has had the feel of Ranjit Singh it was a
happy moment to greet the new millennium and the 21st century by keeping a
date with the great Maharaja. The Bicentenary of his coronation generated fresh
enthusiasm and provided inspiration to the ambitious youth to strive for ushering
in a new era of glory and prosperity for the Punjab.
Guru Nanak Dev University
has decided to par-take in these celebrations by bringing into focus the
achievements and some peculiar features of he benevolent regime of Maharaja
Ranjit Singh in the form of special set of publications. The present work by an
eminent French scholar Dr. Jean- Marie Lafont, whose association with the
university has been quite long, lends new dimension to the study of contribution of
the French officers employed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
We are thankful to
Professor Prithipal Singh Kapur a well -known scholar in the field of Sikh studies
who agreed to edit the book. I am sure the scholars as well as the students of the
history of Punjab will find the book useful for intensive study of the period.
Guru Nanak Dev UniversityAmritsar
S. P. Singh Vice
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