Hari Singh Nalwa

Written by Alok Mohan on March 9, 2017. Posted in Uncategorized

Hari Singh Nalwa was born in Gujranwala, in the Majha region of Punjab, to the Uppal family (1791_1837) By the time he was 10 years old, he began practising the Sikh religion. Training in horse riding and martial arts from a very young age, Hari Singh quickly displayed prowess in physical activity and intelligence. By the time he was 13, his mother sent him to thecourt of Ranjit Singh to resolve a property dispute. The meeting with the king would later grant him membership to his court, and the control of800 horses and footmen later that year.

That’s right. He was in command of an army as soon as he hit his teens.

The surname that he wore, Nalwa (as opposed to Uppal) was given to him in 1804. It meant ‘one with claws, like that of a tiger.

It is speculative whether Hari Singh had already begun serving with the military just yet. But in 1804 when he was out on a hunt with his men, an attack by a tiger caught him off guard. Certain legends claim the tiger had him between its jaws, others say he decided to fight it with his bare hands. But one thing that seems certain is the fact that he ended up breaking the cat’s jaw and tearing its mouth open. This earned him nicknames like baagh maar (the one who killed the tiger), and eventually his title, Nalwa.

Between1804 and 1837, Sardar Hari Singh Nalwa fought over 20 battles, many of them against the Afghans, quickly earning himself the reputation of the only man who struck terror in their hearts.

The tales of the battles that were fought by the Sikh army under his command are too vast and epic to even try to cover in detail. But rest assured, Sardar Hari Singh Nalwa is considered to be one of few men who have ever completely controlled the Khyber Pass for as long as he did, beginning with the battle at Kasur in 1807 to the taking of Jamrud in1836. Each battle had odds favoured against him, but it was his wit and superior knowledge of warfare tactics that won him his victories.

Hari Singh Nalwa is almost solely credited with expanding the Sikh empire beyond the Indus valley and all the way up to the Khyber Pass.

This was a feat that no man had managed before. In 1837, news of Hari Singh’s exploits sent shivers down the Afghani kingdom’s spine. The next move would have seen the Sikhs take Jalalabad and subsequently Kabul.Dost Mohammad Khan, the thenEmir of Afghanistan sent five of his sons with his army to meet with the Sikhs. Not to battle, but to display their strength. Similar orders were given to the Sikh army by their commander.

When the Afghanis realised their numbers were greater, they ordered an assault. Up until Hari Singh arrived atJamrud from the fort of Peshawar.

His arrival threw the Afghanis into complete chaos. The Sikhs charged and doled out serious damage to the Afghanis, most of whom seemed to be fleeing. But during the battle, Sardar Hari Singh Nalwa sustained fatal injuries. Hari Singh ordered his men not to let news of his imminent death out until reinforcements had arrived. For a week till the Sikh reinforcements arrived, the Afghanis stayed back for fear of meeting Sardar Hari Singh Nalwa on the battlefield again. The Sikh army managed to retain their position at the Khyber Pass.

Alok Mohan

The admin, Alok Mohan, is a graduate mechanical engineer & possess following post graduate specializations:- M Tech Mechanical Engineering Production Engineering Marine engineering Aeronautical Engineering Computer Sciences Software Engineering Specialization He has authored several articles/papers, which are published in various websites & books. Studium Press India Ltd has published one of his latest contributions “Standardization of Education” as a senior author in a book along with many other famous writers of international repute. Alok Mohan has held important positions in both Govt & Private organisations as a Senior professional & as an Engineer & possess close to four decades accomplished experience. As an aeronautical engineer, he ensured accident incident free flying. As leader of indian team during early 1990s, he had successfully ensured smooth induction of Chukar III PTA with Indian navy as well as conduct of operational training. As an aeronautical engineer, he was instrumental in establishing major aircraft maintenance & repair facilities. He is a QMS, EMS & HSE consultant. He provides consultancy to business organisations for implimentation of the requirements of ISO 45001 OH & S, ISO 14001 EMS & ISO 9001 QMS, AS 9100, AS9120 Aero Space Standards. He is a qualified ISO 9001 QMS, ISO 14001 EMS, ISO 45001 OH & S Lead Auditor (CQI/IRCA recognised certification courses) & HSE Consultant. He is a qualified Zed Master Trainer & Zed Assessor. He has thorough knowledge of six sigma quality concepts & has also been awarded industry 4, certificate from the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation Knowledge Hub Training Platform  He is a Trainer, a Counselor, an Advisor and a Competent professional of cross functional exposures. He has successfully implimented requirements of various international management system standards in several organizations. He is a dedicated technocrat with expertise in Quality Assurance & Quality Control, Facility Management, General Administration, Marketing, Security, Training, Administration etc. He is a graduate mechanical engineer with specialization in aeronautical engineering. He is always eager to be involved in imparting training, implementing new ideas and improving existing processes by utilizing his vast experience.