Today in Sikh History – 24th January
|1849||Chatter Singh joined with Sher Singh against the British while the British forces spared from Multan battle joined their forces.|
|1923||Pragpur is raided to arrest Kishan Singh Garhgaj.|
|1928||Raghbir Singh RajaSasi formed the Central Sikh Association.|
|1943||Maharaja Ripudaman Singh of Nabha passed away at Kadia-Kunal.|
==> Among the 12 Sikh misls, Nabha reign represented the major branch of Phullkiyan misl. The Nabha family began with Gurdit Singh, the eldest son of Chaudhary Tilok Singh, who in turn was the eldest son of Baba Phull. As a result, Nabha is also known as Chaudhary da Garh (house of Chaudhary).
Chaudhary Gurdit Singh established several villages and brought them under his control. However, his son, Surtiya Singh died in 1752, before his death. As a result, upon Chaudhary Gurdit Singh’s death, his grandson (son of Surtiya Singh), Hamir Singh became the new ruler. For detailed description of descendents of Hamir Singh, readers are referred to Mahan Kosh. Maharaja Ripudaman Singh is one of the descendent rulers of Nabha.
==> Maharaja RIPUDAMAN SINGH was born on Mar. 4, 1883 in Nabha to father Maharaja Sir Hira Singh and mother Jasmaer Kaur (daughter of Sardar Anokh Singh Longowalia). On 29th Jaeth sunmat 1958, he married Bibi Jagdhish Kaur (daughter of sardar Gur Dayal Singh Mann) and a daughter was born on Oct. 8, 1907, named Bibi Amrit Kaur who later married Raja Sahib Kalsiya Ravisher Singh on Feb. 16, 1925.
Ripudaman Singh was an additional member to the Governor’s legislative Council from 1906 to 1908. In 1910, he went on European travels. He was present at the Westminister Abbey during the throning ceremony of King H.M. George on June 22, 1911. Maharaja Hira Singh passed away while Ripudaman Singh was on these travels.
He assumed the Nabha rule on Jan. 24th, 1912. In 1914’s world war, he offered his forces to fight with the British. Though this offer was not immediately accepted, his forces were later employed in Mesopotamia where they exhibited exemplary performance under the command of Col. Bachan Singh. Maharaja donated several lakh ruppees under several funds for the war efforts during 1917-8. His forces fought with the British in Balochistan and Iran.
On Oct. 10, 1918, he married SarojanDevi (daughter of Sardar Prem Singh Raipuria) and a son Pratap Singh was born on Sept. 21, 1919.
Due to several reasons, including internal dissension, bad influence, bad company, and numerous mistakes, Maharaja’s had to relinquish his rule in June 9, 1923 to a British administrator. In return, he received Rs. 3 lakh annually for his maintenance.
On Feb. 6, 1927, Maharaja Ripudaman Singh partook Amrit at Abichal Nagar and was named Gurcharan Singh.
On Feb. 19, 1928, government announced that Maharaja Ripudaman had violated the agreement under which he had to relinquish his rule. As a result, his stipend was reduced from Rs. 3 lakhs to Rs. 120,000. Further his title of Maharaja was taken away and he was put under house arrest at Kadia-Kunal in Madras where he died on this day. On Feb. 23, 1928, the governor general appointed Pratap Singh as the Maharaja of Nabha.
-Ref. Mahan Kosh (pp. 696)
|1960||129 members of the SGPC and over 100,000 GurSikhs took a vow to lay lives for Punjabi Suba.|
|1993||Kesri Nishan hoisted at The Hague.|
Taking its case to the international community, Khalistan was admitted as a full member of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), a worldwide body dedicated to support the freedom aspirations of its member nations. The flag of Khalistan was hoisted at The Hague, marking the first time in 144 years it has stood in the international arena.