MAHITĀB SIṄGH MAJĪṬHĪĀ (1811-1865), General in the Sikh army, son of Amar Siṅgh Majīṭhīā junior). Mahitāb Siṅgh started his career as a sūbahdār in the irregular Sikh cavalry of Mahārājā Raṇjīt Siṅgh. In 1831, he was promoted Colonel and posted as commandant of Sikh troops stationed at Amritsar. He served in the Peshāwar campaign in 1834, and, in 1839, in the campaign against the Afrīdīs and other trans-Indus tribes. In 1841, Mahārājā Sher Siṅgh made him a General and gave him command of the Sikh troops stationed at Peshāwar. After the assassination of Mahārājā Sher Siṅgh and Dhiān Siṅgh in September 1843, he returned to Lahore and helped Hīrā Siṅgh against the Sandhāṅvālīā sardārs and was amply rewarded. But when Hīrā Siṅgh and his favourite Jallā fled Lahore, his troops accompanied those of Sardār Shām Siṅgh Aṭārīvālā and Misr Lāl Siṅgh, who went in pursuit of them in December 1844, and put them to death.

         In 1844, General Mahitāb Siṅgh commanded four battalions of infantry, one regiment of cavalry, and a topkhānā, light artillery. Under the regency of Mahārāṇī Jind Kaur, he was nominated (December 1844) a member of the Khālsā Supreme Council, along with General Mevā Siṅgh Majīṭhīā. In March 1845, General Mahitāb Siṅgh proceeded with his troops to Bhimbar, where the chief, Rājā Faiz Talab Khān, had joined Prince Pashaurā Siṅgh who had risen in revolt. General Mahitāb Siṅgh defeated the Bhimbar chief, and soon afterwards Pashaurā Siṅgh capitulated to his troops at Siālkoṭ.

         Mahitāb Siṅgh fought in the first Anglo-Sikh war against the British. But in the second, he and his brother Mit Siṅgh fought on the side of the British against Rājā Sher Siṅgh. He was confirmed in his jāgīr and he resided at the village of Majīṭhā up to the time of his death in 1865. He owned houses at Lahore as well as at Amritsar. It was at Amritsar that he was, in 1862, created an honorary magistrate.


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  2. Griffin, Lepel, and C.F. Massy, Chiefs and Families of Note in the Punjab. Lahore,1909
  3. Balwant Siṅgh, The Army of Maharaja Ranjit Siṅgh. Lahore, n.d.

B. J. Hasrat