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  • Date: 28 January 1846
  • Location: Punjab (in modern-day India)
  • Campaign: First Sikh War (1845-46)
  • Combatants: Britain and the East India Company against the Sikh Empire
  • Protagonists: Major-General Sir Harry Smith; General Ranjodh (or Ranjur) Singh Majithia
  • Outcome: British victory

29 comments

Jagdeesh Singh
19 March 2013, 1.49pm

The Battle of Aliwal formed

The Battle of Aliwal formed part of the two-phased Anglo-Sikh wars between 1845-1848. These wars were brought about my Lord Dalhousies incessant and inveterate desire to expand British India at all costs, across the entire map of South Asia. Bit by bit, small nations and small kingdoms were swallowed up. The pround, formidable, fiercely independent Panjaab was the last remaining bastion of independence. The head of Panjaab, the proud and famous warrior-king Maharaja Ranjeet Singh taunted the British colonial elite and clique epitomised by the aristocratic, arrogant Lord Dalhousie - head of the expansionist British East India Company, for their unrelenting and merciless eating up of the whole of South Asia. Ranjeet Singh (the Robert the Bruce of the Sikh nation) was acutely conscious of the intrigues and planning of the British colonialist clique, and forewarned that the whole map of South Asia will become a British 'red'. And, so it was, upon the suspicious death of Ranjeet Singh (very possibly murder by slow doses of poison) in 1839, the British planners commenced active plans to encircle and consume the free, independent territory of Panjaab. The fierce Anglo-Sikh wars ensued. The Panjaabi-Sikh nation defeated by a combination of military intrigue, sabotage and treachery by the notorious Dogra Ministers and Generals who jumped ship to the British side coupled with violent disarray and chaos caused amongst the Sikh ranks following the death of the Ranjeet Singh. In 1848, the Panjaab defeated, the Sikhs subdued, the land of fiver rivers lost its cherished and much struggle and sacrificed for independence. This proud, glorious country was reduced to a province in the map of greater British India. To this day, this stateless country remains, stuck and subjugated between two new modern states created from the subsequent carve up of British India by Lord Mountbatten, Jinnah (Pakistan) and Nehru (India) at the point of so-called 'independence' (British Transfer of Power). Maybe, one day the earnest dream of a revived, empowered, independent Panjaab will become a reality again. We can only hope and dream, and make our best endeavours!

angadyuvraj
19 March 2013, 1.34pm

Would love to read more on

Would love to read more on Anglo Sikh wars. Please suggest a good read.

Amarjeet Singh
19 March 2013, 6.31am

...the war was decisive, the

...the war was decisive, the winners had treachery a strong weapon on hand. The opposite side had brute strength and devotion for the ruler, which was misled and ill fought, for the betterment of winners. The saying goes ''all is fair in love and war ''.

Dapinder Deep Singh
18 March 2013, 11.30pm

Sikhism in downfall after

Sikhism in downfall after Anglo-Sikh war.

Harj Ruprah
18 March 2013, 10.07pm

Saints and Soldiers was what

Saints and Soldiers was what we were and what we are. Proud to be a Sikh!!!!!

hsbath
18 March 2013, 9.55pm

Great to find this in one of

Great to find this in one of the top 20 battles in British History. The list can go on however, and we could add Challianwalla, Mudki, and others to this list, each being just as amazing. The Sikhs lost the war, but for some of these battles, there was no clear winner, and the Sikhs fought without any leader in couple of these. Amazing. I would love to hear more about this at the National Army Museum.

Ranvir Singh virdi
18 March 2013, 8.45pm

One of the great battle with

One of the great battle with the Sikhs.

Jaspal Singh Wasson
18 March 2013, 5.21pm

The Sikhs lost due to

The Sikhs lost due to internal treachery and struggle for control over the Sikh kingdom.

RWK 1922 to 1929
14 February 2013, 10.56am

Again the 50th foot showed

Again the 50th foot showed their metal in this the perfect battle.

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