HARSUKH RĀI, GENERAL (d. 1867), son of Gurdit Siṅgh served in Mahārājā Raṇjīt Siṅgh's army and was in the first instance attached to a cavalry unit under Prince Khaṛak Siṅgh. His next appointment was as Adālatī or judge at Multān under the Sikh governor of the province, Dīwān Sāvan Mall, but he soon returned to the army. In 1836, he secured a ranked position in the Sikh court which he held until 1839, when he was sent again to Multān to take charge of the salt customs. Mahārājā Sher Siṅgh made him administrator of Sheikhūpurā. When Jawāhar Siṅgh became prime minister in 1844, he dismissed Harsukh Rāi from service and confiscated his jāgīrs for his alleged involvement in intrigues with Prince Pashaurā Siṅgh against him. Harsukh Rāi again came into favour when power passed into the hands of Rājā Lāl Siṅgh who created him a general in the army.

         On the annexation of the Punjab, Harsukh Rāi was appointed by the British a Tahsīldār. Harsukh Rāi died at Amritsar in 1867.


  1. Griffin, Lepel, and C.F. Massy, Chiefs and Families of Note in the Punjab. Lahore, 1909
  2. Sūrī, Sohan Lāl, 'Umdāt-ut-Twārīkh, Lahore, 1885-1889

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