History of Ludhiana
Jalal Khan, his grandson, built the Fort of Ludhiana and his two sons parted the country round about the city, amongst the people of the city, and disseminated them into villages. Babar overthrew the Lodi dynasty from Jalal Khan’s grandsons, Khizr Khan and Alu Khan. Then, the Lodis were relegated to an inferior position. It is believed that they lived near the fort for many generations but all their traces have now vanished.
More than a century following the death of Akbar in 1605 was subjugated by the decline of a new power, Mughals, and the rise of a new power, Sikhism. By then, the Mughal Empire was coming to an end and different local powers had started pronouncing their independence. The first one among them was the Rais of Raikot.
Consequently, Ludhiana came into the hands of the Rais after the fall of the Mughal Empire. The south of Ludhiana, the Jangal villages, had the rule of the Malaudh Sirdars.
The Phulkian chiefs, though, did not propose to permit Bedi to set himself between them and the Rais.
In the year 1809, Maharaja Ranjit Singh changed the history of Ludhiana slightly by finishing his third voyage on Sutlej’s west bank, in an attempt to attack Ludhiana.
British Imperialist forces, fearing any further development, occupied the states that were situated on the east bank of Sutlej. British Colonel David Ochterlony came in order to annex Ludhiana. Nevertheless, by the end of the year 1809, a treaty was signed with the Rajah of Lahore in which Rajah consented to stay in the west and north of Sutlej. British forces were lastingly stopped in the city and they set up a cantonment in order to further amalgamate their occupation. This paid reparation to the Raja of ‘Jind.’
The Jind family was left without any successor in 1835. With the British doctrine of lapse, the imperialists got the authority to control Ludhiana. The history of Ludhiana city describes many tales of gallantry and heroism and thus the creation of the present day influential city of north India, Ludhiana.
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