Jassa Jaisa

A new book from Social Sciences Press, New Delhi, is by Sumant Dhamija, a freelance writer who was educated at Mayo College, Ajmer, King’s School, Canterbury and Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Sumant is President of The Oxford and Cambridge Society of India. He organized a lecture on Jassa Singh Ahluwalia of the Punjab, and the rest, as they say, is history. He wrote the book Jassa Singh Ahluwalia, the forgotten hero of Punjab.

In Jassa Singh Ahluwalia (1718-1783): The Forgotten Hero of Punjab, Sumant Dhamija describes the riveting history of Punjab’s struggle for freedom and sovereignty. A key role was played by Jassa Singh and his fellow misl sardars who came into conflict, principally, with Ahmad Shah Abdali ‘Durrani’ (1724-72), King of Afghanistan, regarded as the greatest conqueror of his time. Inspired by Guru Gobind Singh, Jassa Singh united the panth, leading the Dal Khalsa, the Sikh army, to ultimate victory. The people of Punjab looked up to him as the warrior-saint. This victory puts Jassa Singh in the front ranks of the heroes of Indian history.

In our History section, 378 pages in hardcover, Rs 950. ISBN: 9788187358459