Hari Singh Nalwa
Art and culture
6th Sep, 2021
Hari Singh Nalwa, a legendary Sikh commander, earned the reputation of the most fearless Sikh warrior in Afghanistan.
Key facts on Hari Singh Nalwa
- Hari Singh Nalwa was one of the main and most trustworthy commanders of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s
- He remained Governor of Kashmir, Hazara and Peshawar.
- He defeated various Afghans and established control over various regions along the boundary of Afghanistan and prevented Afghans from entering Punjab through Khyber Pass.
- Khyber Pass was the main route to enter India by the foreign invaders from 1000 AD till early 19th century.
- Hari Singh Nalwa was the biggest strength of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
- The government of India released a stamp on the name of Nalwa in 2013, for his bravery and ferocity.
- Most of the important battles were fought under the command of Hari Singh Nalwa.
- Hari Singh Nalwa participated in various battles against Afghans because of which Afghans lost their control over various Afghan-held territories.
- Battle of Kasur: In 1807, at the age of 16, he participated in the Battle of Kasur (now in Pakistan) and defeated Afghani ruler Kutab-ud-din Khan.
- Battle of Peshawar: In 1818, Sikh army under Nalwa won the Battle of Peshawar and
- The Battle of Multan, Hazara, Manekera, Kashmir also expanded Sikh empire by defeating Afghans.
- Such victories over Afghans created huge fear of Nalwa among the Afghans because of which his name is used to take in front of unruly children by their mothers.
- Nalwa remained stationed at Peshawar to keep an eye on the Afghan-Punjab border.