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Ranjit Singh bicentennial
|The Maharaja Ranjit Singh Trust will organize an year-long programme commemorating the bicentennial celebrations of the king who was popularly known as Sher-e-Punjab and ruled from April 12, 1801 till 1839. His kingdom covered more than 1,00,000 square kilometers, stretching over a large domain extending from the Khyber Pass in the west to the Satluj River in the east and from Kashmir to Sindh. Maharaja Ranjit singh was succeeded by Duleep Singh, his son. Duleep Singh was eight years old when he was taken to England and forced to sign his kingdom and the Kohinoor to the British.
Member of the trust and vice-chairman of the Minority Commission, Mr Tarlochan Singh, said that a committee has been formed to organize the bicentennial celebrations which will start on 12 April 2001, the 200th anniversary of the Maharaja’s coronation.
The programme will start with a seminar at Vigyan Bhavan which will focus on the role and the importance of the Maharaja in India. Scholars from India and Pakistan are expected to participate in this seminar. The year-long celebrations include the installation of a bronze statue of the Maharaja in Parliament grounds. A commemorative stamp will also be issued on the occasion.