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.

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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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