Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the rise of the Sikh Empire in the 18th Century under Ranjit Singh, who unified the Sikh kingdoms as the Mughal Empire declined.


He became Maharaja of the Panjab at Lahore in 1801, capturing Amritsar the following year.

His empire flourished until 1839, after which a decade of unrest ended with the British annexation.

BBC: The Sikh Empire

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