MAHARĀJĀ RAṆJĪT SINGH JĪBAN VRITTĀNTA, by Brahmamohan Mallick, is a monograph in Beṅgālī on the life of Mahārājā Raṇjīt Siṅgh (1780-1839). Published in1862, within a quarter of a century of the Mahārājā's death, it is one of the earliest biographies of the Mahārājā written in any language. The book is divided into eight chapters, the first one dealing with the social and political milieu in which Gurū Nānak (1469-1539), founder of the Sikh faith, preached his message, and second with the ancestry and birth of Raṇjīt Siṅgh. His early military exploits form the subject matter of the third chapter, bringing the story of the career of the Mahārājā up to the Anglo-Sikh treaty of 1809. Chapters IV to VI record his further conquests. Conquests of the late 1820's together with Burnes' visit to Lahore form the central theme of the seventh chapter. The monograph, concludes with an estimate of the Mahārājā as an able administrator and nation-builder.


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