JAWĀHAR SIṄGH NALVĀ (1809-1877), son of Mahārājā Raṇjīt Siṅgh's celebrated general, Harī Siṅgh Nalvā, joined the Sikh army in 1832 and was sent to Jahāṅgīrā, a military post on the northwest frontier. Two years later he was posted to Peshāwar where he took part in numerous campaigns against the Afghāns up to the time of his father's death at Jamrūd in April 1837. During the second Anglo-Sikh war, he joined hands with Rājā Sher Siṅgh's forces and fought against the British with great gallantry at Chelīāṅvālā, leading a desperate charge of irregular cavalry, which had nearly proved decisive.

         In 1857, Jawāhār Siṅgh was appointed Risāldār in the Ist Sikh Cavalry raised by the British after the abrogation of Sikh rule. He saw action at Lucknow, Kānpur and at several other places. In 1859, he was rewarded with jāgīrs for his services and, in 1862, was made an honorary magistrate at Gujrāṅwālā.

        Jawāhar Siṅgh died in 1877.


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Jatī Rām Gupta