RATAN CHAND (d.1872), nicknamed dāhṛīvālā, the bearded one, to distinguish him from Ratan Chand Duggal who grew no beard, was one of Mahārājā Raṇjīt Siṅgh's prominent courtiers. His family originally belonged to Pāyal, in present-day Ludhiāṇā district and his grandfather had served under Raṇjīt Siṅgh's grandfather, Chaṛhat Siṅgh. Ratan Chand joined service in the postal department of the Mahārājā in 1829. After the first Anglo-Sikh war, Ratan Chand was made postmaster general. After the annexation of the Punjab, jāgīrs worth 6,800 rupees were granted to him for his services to the British. In 1862, he was made an honorary magistrate of the city of Lahore.

         Ratan Chand died in 1872.


  1. Griffin, Lepel, The Punjab Chiefs. Lahore, 1890
  2. Latif, Syad Mohammad, History of the Panjab. Calcutta, 1891

G. S. Chhābṛā