GURDIT SIṄGH SANDHĀṄVĀLĪĀ, the youngest of the four sons of Ṭhākur Siṅgh Sandhāṅvālīā, who led the campaign for the restoration of Mahārājā Duleep Siṅgh to the throne of the Punjab and who was prime minister of the Mahārājā's emigre government set up in Pondicherry, was barely in his teens when he crossed over to the French territory with his father. Of the three brothers of Gurdit Siṅgh, Gurbachan Siṅgh had been adopted by his uncle Partāp Siṅgh, Bakhshīsh Siṅgh had been adopted by a collateral Shamsher Siṅgh, and Narendra Siṅgh (married to the daughter of Rāo Umrāo Siṅgh of Kuṭesar) lived with his father-in-law at Meerut and was adopted by Kaṅvar Dharam Siṅgh of Dādrī. Gurdit Siṅgh was, thus, the only legal heir to Ṭhākur Siṅgh. After the death of Ṭhākur Siṅgh, Gurbachan Siṅgh applied for forgiveness of the government for himself and his brothers which was granted in 1890. On his return to British India, Gurdit Siṅgh lived at Mānaṅvālā, in Gujrāṅwālā district, and inherited a virtually bankrupt estate. His petition (jointly with his brothers) for the restoration of the jāgīr was rejected. At the time of the resumption of the jāgīr, the British government had allowed the sons of Ṭhākur Siṅgh an allowance of Rs 100 per mensem to be divided equally among the three brothers. After Independence, Gurdit Siṅgh's sole surviving son, Prītam Siṅgh, received in compensation a politicial sufferer's grant of Rs 6,000 from the Punjab government.


    Gandā Singh ed., History of the Freedom Movement in the Panjab (Maharaja Duleep Singh Correspondence) . Patiala, 1972

K. S. Thāpar