NAUDH SIṄGH (d. 1752), son of Buḍḍhā Siṅgh, was great-grandfather of Mahārājā Ranjīt Siṅgh. He was a brave and daring man who applied his energies to expanding the family's fortunes. He fortified the village of Sukkarchakk in 1730, and in the same year married the daughter of a rich landlord, Gulāb Siṅgh of Majīṭhā. He gained territory and, impressed by the example of his personal bravery, many an adventurous youth rallied round his arms. Eventually, he, along with his band of followers, joined the Faizullāpuriā misl and won the admiration of his chief, Nawāb Kapūr Siṅgh, by his bold exploits. He was among the Sikhs who pursued Ahmad Shāh Durrānī out of India in 1749, and he died in 1752 as a result of the injuries sustained in battle.

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J. S. Khurānā