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PUNJAB : * ANCIENT LAND OF THE FIVE RIVERS:

The Punjab:

  • Till date
  • has seen
  • so far :
  • The great Aryan
  • and Sythian swarms
  • which in successive waves of migration left their arid plateaux
  • for the distant fruitful plains of India,

The conquering armies

  • of Alexander the Great, all the way from Macedonia;
  • The peaceful Chinese pilgrims;
  • in search of the sacred scriptures of their faith,
  • The Muhammadan invaders,
  • who came, driven by lust of territory and pride of creed,
  • to found one of the greatest Muhammadan empires
  • the world has ever seen,

The devastating hordes: led successively by

  • Qutlugh,
  • Timur,
  • Nadir Shah,
  • and Ahmad Shah Abdali,

The armies

  • of Babur and of Humayan all alike entered India
  • across the wide plains of the five rivers: the '5 Aab'
  • from which the Old Ancient Land of the Punjab takes its name.

This great central watershed

  • which constitutes the eastern portion of the Punjab
  • has ever been
  • the battlefield of India.

Its eastern valley west of the Jumna

  • was in prehistoric times
  • the scene of that conflict which, described in the
  • Mahabharata,

Forms

  • the main theatre of operations to witness: first
  • this incident of one of the oldest epics
  • in existence;

While in later days it witnessed the successive struggles: which gave: India first: to the:-

  • Muhammadans: who transferred the Empire of Hindustan from the Lodi Afghan to the
  • Mughal dynasty:

[ postscript:- and later to witness:the fall of the Mughals to the ]
[ Mahrattas: at Panipat; & then in turn: the shaking of their power later to the ]
[ Sikhs: who in turn, seeing the atrocities on the white women/children in 1857 Indian Mutiny]
[ abandoned Dehli to the: British: who thus became the masters of British Empire in India. ]

A GLOSSARY OF THE TRIBES AND CASTES OF THE Punjab and North-West Frontier Province
Based on the Census Report for the Punjab, 1883, by the late Sir DENZIL IBBETSON, K.C.S.i., and the Census Report for the Punjab, 1 892, by the Hon. Mr. E. D. MacLAGAN, C.S.i., and complied by H. A. ROSE. pub. By LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT, PUNJAB

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