Thursday, August 15, 2013
Baghel Singh: The Sikh who Captured the Red Fort ( Delhi)
A fact of history not much publicised is the Sikh capture of Delhi and the Red Fort, the seat of Muslim power in North India. The man who carried out this audicious task was general Baghel Singh Dhaliwal. He was a Jat Sikh and was born in 1730 in a village close to Amritsar. Not much is known of his early life, but he came into prominence as a leader of one of the Sikh clans called Misl. He followed up by organizing a Sikh army and very soon he had a force of 40000 battle hardened troops of the Khalsa. With their rousing cry of 'Sat Sri Akal' this force was a formidabe adversery for any opposing army.