Jonny101 Posted June 27, 2020 Report Share Posted June 27, 2020 13 hours ago, proactive said: True, but I think had the British arrived in Delhi and Punjab's frontier a few decades later than they actually did then it would have given him time to consolidate control over all of Punjab. When the British arrived he was only a minor King and his prestige came from ruling both Lahore and Amritsar. Had the British first come into contact with him in the early 1830s he would have taken control of the Sikh states in Malwa and this would have brought over 90% of the total Sikh population under his control as well as given Sikh state strategic depth in any future war with the British. The Sikh armies would have been closer to Delhi then the British would have been to Lahore. In that situation he could have kept the British at arms length and had relations with rival powers such as the Russians and French. True. I wish that M Ranjit Singh arrived 10 years earlier when the British were still far away. This would have given the time needed to consolidate the scattered Sikhs into a united force. Another Sikh ruler who could have united the Sikhs was Sardar Hari Singh Bhangi. He expanded the Sikh rule west wards towards Attock in areas which were almost purely Muslim, fighting against Gakkars, Janjuas, Awans. He was the most powerful Sikh ruler of his time. Afghans, Baloch all feared him. Had he not been assassinated early he would have brought Jammu, Bahawalpur, Multan under Bhangi rule. Even his sons were good rulers unfortunately they also died early and the fortunes of the Bhangi misl began to decline from there. 0 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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