Another free medical camp was held at Mangolpur Kalan village, Delhi, on 18 December 2022 on specific request by the marble market labourer union in the vicinity. The tests included random Blood Glucose, HbA1c. These were conducted by a franchisee of Dr Lal Path Labs, a reputed diagnostic and laboratory service provider. The thrust was to create diabetes awareness among the economically weaker sections, especially women, in accordance with the WHO Diabetes mission.
Free medical camp was held at Jamun Park, Malviya Nagar, in Delhi on 14 December 2022 in a predominantly Muslim neighbourhood for labourers and their wives residing in the vicinity. The tests included random HbA1c and Cholesterol. These were conducted by a franchisee of Dr Lal Path Labs, a reputed diagnostic and laboratory service provider. The thrust was to create diabetes awareness among the economically weaker sections in accordance with the WHO Diabetes mission.
Free medical camp was held at Mangolpur Kalan village, Delhi, on 13 December 2022 for labourers, cycle rickshaw drivers, and women in the vicinity. The tests included TSH, HbA1c, and Cholesterol. These were conducted by a franchisee of Dr Lal Path Labs, a reputed diagnostic and laboratory service provider. The thrust was to create diabetes awareness among the economically weaker sections, especially women, in accordance with the WHO Diabetes mission.
Free medical camp was held at Chattarpur village in Delhi on 30 November 2022 for service providers and labourers in the vicinity. The tests included random Blood Glucose, HbA1c and Cholesterol. These were conducted by a franchisee of Dr Lal Path Labs, a reputed diagnostic and laboratory service provider. The thrust was to create diabetes awareness among the economically weaker sections in accordance with the WHO Diabetes mission.
In support of Project Transcend—a National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM) initiative—the Trust gave financial support to four LGBT individuals for a Make-Up and Nail Art Vocational Training Course. The training developed their skill and created livelihood opportunities for them. The Trust sponsored this training in order to transform the lives of the apprentices, encouraging their absorbtion into the mainstream of society and providing them with an honorable way of earning a livelihood. These individuals were currently earning their livelihood through begging and prostitution.
Our Trustee, Dr Mrs Preeti Nalwa, conducted a candle sale in order to raise money in support of the Mogya families residing around the Ranthambhore National Park, Rajasthan. It was our small contribution to Tiger Watch, an organisation dedicated to Save the Tiger mission.
NIMH-MSEC, a premier institution established in 1964 by the then Ministry of Social Welfare, Govt. of India, later under the National Institute for the mentally challenged, invited Dr Ms Vanit Nalwa to conduct a session 'Know Thyself' to support the professional growth of persons working as counsellors and facilitators with families of the differently abled.
Our Trustee, Dr Ms Vanit Nalwa, was invited to give a talk on Hari Singh Nalwa at the First Sikh History Congress organised by the Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, University of Delhi, from 5th-7th January, 2023. Read more...
The second book 'Ranjit Singh—Monarch Mystique, 1780-1839' provides the backdrop for Hari Singh Nalwa's exceptional achievements. It fills in the blanks for those not acquainted with the Sikh Empire.
Under Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the Sikh Kingdom, later an empire, was an independent country. Though his battlefield victories became the mainstay of innumerable political narratives of the Sikh Empire, many paradoxes of Ranjit Singh’s rule remain largely unexplored. Unlike other rulers of the day, he never wore a crown nor assigned any high-sounding title to himself, yet today, he is remembered as ‘Maharaja’ Ranjit Singh. Why? Baron von Charles Hügel, the famous Austria nnobleman, had observed, ‘Never perhaps was so large an empire founded by one man with so little criminality...’. How did Ranjit Singh achieve this? How did he maintain one of the largest armies in the Indian subcontinent?
Maharaja Ranjit Singh continues to be an enigma almost two centuries after his demise.
The Trust gave financial support to Foundation as assistance towards theSuppor 24 episode documentary series to be aired on You Tube (free of cost) documenting the travels of Guru Nanak. The documentary is in five languages—English, Hindi, Punjabi, Shahmukhi and Urdu.
The National Archives of India invited our Trustee, Dr. Ms. Vanit Nalwa, to deliver a lecture under their monthly lecture series programme. Dr. Nalwa detailed the journey that led her to foray from psychology to history.
Our Trustee, Vanit Nalwa, was invited by Lt Gen R.S. Sujlana, Commandant, Colonel of the Sikh Regiment, to participate in the preparation of the Illustrated History of the Sikh Regiment for publication.
During an interview with a correspondent regarding my work as a personal enrichment trainer, he asked me about my surname. As I began to narrate the story of how my ancestor, Sardar Hari Singh, acquired the cognomen ‘Nalwa’, I realised how little I knew about my ancestry. A couple of days following this interview came 11 September 2001. The events of that day changed the world order and sent everyone scurrying to locate Afghanistan on the nearest map.
I began my search for information on the ancestor who had spent a lifetime subduing the Afghans in the first half of the nineteenth century. I found Hari Singh’s contribution in consolidating the kingdom of the Sikhs chronicled in Persian, Urdu, Gurmukhi, English and even Marathi. The information, however, was fragmented and scattered. History is a faithful record of facts relating to events as they happened. My training as a scientist led me to those sources of information that best met this criterion. My endeavour was to rely on information recorded nearest to the time of occurrence of the relevant event. I have presented the information such that its source may be available to the reader.
In the first half of the nineteenth century, the British East India Company governed ‘Hindoostan’ from their headquarters at Fort William in Calcutta. ‘Sikh Affairs’ were under the charge of their ‘Foreign Department’. British agents stationed at Ludhiana, were deputed to keep an eye on the affairs of the Punjab. The National Archives of India, New Delhi, had in its collection detailed reports dispatched to the British Governor-General spanning the period of the Sikh Kingdom. The information incorporated in these records was truly phenomenal. A report by one such agent was used by the Secretary in the Persian Department of the East India Company to compile the first book on Maharaja Ranjit Singh, ruler of the Punjab. This book, published during Hari Singh’s lifetime, remained a ready reckoner for information on the Kingdom of the Sikhs.
Reports by the functionaries of the East India Company on spying missions—Charles Masson, Alexander Burnes and William Moorcroft—provided eye-witness accounts. Mohan Lal Kashmiri and Shahamat Ali, both employees of the East India Company, presented an even more knowledgeable Indo-British view. The British Gazetteers, compiled after the annexation of the Punjab, filled in many of the gaps.
Europeans travelling through Punjab— Godfrey Thomas Vigne, Reverend Joseph Wolff and Baron Charles von Hügel—rendered their personal, often unbiased, first-hand accounts of their meeting with Hari Singh Nalwa. Baron von Hügel was the most outstanding of the three. This German had taken part in the war against Napoleon and then travelled widely in Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia. The journal relating to his travels in South India, Punjab and Kashmir was translated from German into English and published under the patronage of the Honourable Court of Directors of the East India Company. Every ‘India man’ of consequence read his book. The British translator of his work referred to him as a ‘nobleman of high birth and great good sense’. Hügel’s observations were of interest because he did not entertain the prejudice of the English rulers of Hindustan or the bias of Muslim historians.
The most authentic indigenous source consulted was the five volumes of Sohan Lal Suri’s Lahore Court chronicle—a diary of events maintained contiguously with the rule of the Sikhs. There was a remarkable concordance between the court chronicle and the British reports. There were two other sources of information from within the Punjab that were consulted. The first was a compilation of letters written by a spy retained by the Deccan Peshwa at Ranjit Singh’s court. The second was an account rendered by young Amarnath before he gained employment with Ranjit Singh as the paymaster of the Irregular Cavalry.
Following Hari Singh Nalwa’s death, leading poets in the Punjab penned ballads in his memory. Besides supplementing information on the Sardar’s career, these works lent an invaluable insight into how he was viewed by the people of the Punjab. The family record of the Nalwas with the Pandas at Haridwar and Pehowa revealed much more than Hari Singh’s genealogy. During the course of the research, I discovered a rich collection of artistic renderings of Hari Singh with private collectors and museums world wide.
The National Museum invited Dr Ms Vanit Nalwa to present a paper titled 'Hari Singh Nalwa and Jammu Kashmir' at Kala Kendra, Jammu, as part of its 'Workshop cum Seminar on the Technique and Development of the Basholi and Jammu School of Paintings'. The National Museum, New Delhi, held the seminar in collaboration with the Directorate of Archives, Archaeology and Museums, Govt. of Jammu and Kashmir. The purpose of this seminar was to highlight the contribution of the Basohli and Jammu Schools in the historical perspective of Pahari Paintings.
HARI SINGH NALWA FOUNDATION TRUST was established as a Public Charitable Trust vide Trust Deed dated 3rd February 2006,registered before Sub registrar- V, New Delhi.
The Trust was established to commemorate the achievements of General Hari Singh Nalwa (1791-1837), the commander-in-chief of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s (1780-1839) empire (1799-1849). He put an end to invasions into the Indian sub-continent through the Khyber Pass that had continued unabated for eight hundred years, extending the boundary of the Sikh empire into Afghanistan.
Hari Singh Nalwa was not only an exemplary warrior but also an astute statesman with exceptional administrative skills. A large part of the region consolidated and single-handedly governed by him was called the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) under the British Raj and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by Pakistan. He built two planned cities, viz., Haripur in Hazara and Gujranwala. He conquered Kashmir from the Afghans in 1819 and was appointed the governor.
The Sikh Empire was predominantly inhabited by Muslims, while Hindus, Christians and Sikhs were in the minority, even more so in the territories governed by Nalwa. Hari Singh Nalwa endeavoured to maintain amity and peace so that all could benefit from his welfare policies. He encouraged female literacy among all communities by establishing schools for girls’ education.
Hari Singh Nalwa has left a legacy embodying an unwavering commitment to duty. He made generous charitable grants, and in keeping with his faith, he upheld and honoured values that encompassed the well-being of all communities.
Vanit Nalwa has a PhD in neuropsychology (1984) from the University of Delhi. She was awarded the Commonwealth Scholarship for post-doctoral research at the University of Oxford, U.K., in 1986. In 1991, she was given the Fulbright Scholarship to train at the National Institute of Mental Health, Maryland, Bethesda, U.S.A.
Vanit taught psychology at the University of Delhi and later worked as a life coach. Her articles have appeared in Indian and international scientific journals. She has authored two books on Sikh history. The first, “Hari Singh Nalwa—Champion of the Khalsaji (1791-1837),” was published in 2009, and a translated abridged version appeared in Punjabi in 2010. Both have been reprinted. Her second book, “Ranjit Singh—Monarch Mystique (1780-1839),” was published in 2022.
Vanit takes a keen interest in promoting scientific knowledge, heritage and culture.
Preeti Nalwa has a Ph.D. in history. She was awarded the Japan Foundation’s ‘Japanese-Language Program Fellowship’ and the ‘Japanese Studies Program Fellowship’. She was a non-resident ‘James A. Kelly Korea Fellow’ at the Pacific Forum, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A., and an Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS), Delhi. She trained at the Manohar Parrikar Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA) and has extensively written on Japan’s foreign and defense policy, East Asian security and the nuclear weapons issues. Currently, she is a guest faculty at the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi.
Preeti is the editor for the publications of the Trust.
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Contempt Petition in a Family Law Litigation, titled “Manpreet Singh Bhatia V/s Sumita Bhatia”, Cont. Cas(C) 347/2013, Hon’ble High Court of Delhi
Labour & Service Matter, titled “M/s Usha Fabs vs Presiding Officer, EPFAT Delhi & Anr.”, CWP 7680/2013 (O&M), Hon’ble P&H High Court
Service matter, titled “Mount Abu Education Society Vs. Anshu Sharma and Anr.”, W.P. (C) 3964/2011 & CM APPLs 8235-36/2011, Hon’ble High Court of Delhi
Experience in Family Law including the Dowry Prohibition Act, Protection of Women against DV Act, Legal Counselling, Child Custody, Women's Laws and provisions at work workplace &Live-in relationships etc. Criminal, Civil and Labour & Service Laws, Commercial Contracts, Appeals, Arbitrations, and Mediations in Hon'ble Delhi High Court & District Courts. Transfer Petition & SLP in Hon'ble Supreme Court of India. Matters pertaining to EOW & DDA. Currently also formed an LPO that provides legal support services to an Australian law firm based in Melbourne.
Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations
New Delhi Bar Association
Delhi Bar AssociationDelhi High Court Bar AssociationPunjab & Haryana High Court Bar Association
Empanelled as an Advocate on the panel of The High Court of Delhi (Middle Income Group) Legal Aid Society or DHCMILAS
Empanelled as an Advocate on the panel of The Delhi High Court Legal Services Committee or DHCLSC.
Empanelled as an Advocate on the panel of ESI for representation in The Hon’ble High Court of Delhi.
Legal Advisor, Hari Singh Nalwa Foundation Trust, New Delhi.
On the governing body of Dashmesh Public School, Naraina, New Delhi
Represented and counselled women in family matters; held camps in underprivileged areas in Naraina village and Tilak Vihar.
Photography - President of School of Fototechnik Edu. Soc. (2008-2011).
Coordinator and a counsellor with I.I.G.S. (NPO), an international organisation, from 2001-2010, which held spiritual camps for over 600 children every year.
Coordinated classes in English language and moral enrichment for the poor and the underprivileged.
Fierce Afghan hill-tribes lauched surprise attacks from inaccessible mountain recesses extensively found in the Sikh northwest frontier: Jas Atkinson, c. 1840. (Nalwa, V., 2009. Hari Singh Nalwa—Champion of the Khalsaji, New Delhi: Manohar, pp. 130-31).
Arithmetic on the Frontier
Twelve years after Hari Singh Nalwa's demise in the Battle of Jamrud (1837), the Sikh Empire was annexed by the British East India Company.
In 1886, Rudyard Kipling's poem, 'Arithmetic on the Frontier' was first published. It captures the British experience with the the Yusafzais and the Afridis in the northwest frontier—a region once under the governance of Hari Singh Nalwa, the Sikh general.
A great and glorious thing it is
To learn, for seven years or so,
The Lord knows what of that and this,
Ere reckoned fit to face the foe -
The flying bullet down the Pass,
That whistles clear: "All flesh is grass."
Three hundred pounds per annum spent
On making brain and body meeter
For all the murderous intent
Comprised in "villainous saltpetre".
And after?- Ask the Yusufzaies
What comes of all our 'ologies.
A scrimmage in a Border Station-
A canter down some dark defile
Two thousand pounds of education
Drops to a ten-rupee jezail.
The Crammer's boast, the Squadron's pride,
Shot like a rabbit in a ride!
No proposition Euclid wrote
No formulae the text-books know,
Will turn the bullet from your coat,
Or ward the tulwar's downward blow.
Strike hard who cares - shoot straight who can
The odds are on the cheaper man.
One sword-knot stolen from the camp
Will pay for all the school expenses
Of any Kurrum Valley scamp
Who knows no word of moods and tenses,
But, being blessed with perfect sight,
Picks off our messmates left and right.
With home-bred hordes the hillsides teem.
The troopships bring us one by one,
At vast expense of time and steam,
To slay Afridis where they run.
The "captives of our bow and spear"
Are cheap, alas! as we are dear.
Pass: refers to the Khyber Pass, the gateway from Central Asia into the Indian subcontinent
Yusufzaies and Afridis: tribes inhabiting the northwestern extent of the Sikh Empire—the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) of the British Raj
'Arjan Vailly', sung by Gurdarshan Dhuri from Ranbir Kapoor’s film Animal, is based on a popular folk tune and refers to Ranbir’s character named Arjun. It is being claimed that the song refers to the heroism of Sardar Arjun Singh Nalwa, the second son of Hari Singh Nalwa.
"One of Runjee's best officers, Huree Singh, Nulwa, was lately slain at Peshawur while gallantly fighting against the Affghans. Runjeet, like other princes, has his champion, or at least a person who may be called such...The champion is tall and athletic; on great occasions, he is armed to the teeth; even in ordinary, he is gorgeously dressed in the favorite colours of the Sikhs, green or yellow, with sword and shield; he stands before the Maharajah, and seems not a little proud of his office. His self-importance induces him to believe, that he must be known to every one. He has no great liking for the English, or indeed for any foreigners; but this appears to originate in the little intercourse he has held with strangers, for he is in other respects a shrewd, sensible man, though his appearance and manners are not prepossessing. He looks on the Maharajah as the greatest of monarchs, and for this he cannot be blamed."
(McGregor 1846:  249)
Dr W.L. McGregor, Surgeon Ist E.I. Infantry (East India Company), was sent to Lahore at the Maharaja's request after the latter suffered a paralytic stroke in 1835. While there, Dr McGregor saw Hari Singh Nalwa. The above is his account as narrated in the first volume of his two volume work titled "The History of the Sikhs".
I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'Ranjit Singh—Monarch Mystique' for its impeccable
scholarship and readability. The book spans 343 pages and has beautiful illustrations,
making it a visual delight. It vividly narrates the remarkable journey of Ranjit Singh,
from leading the Suckerchakia misl to becoming the Maharaja of the Sikh Empire. The
book delves into his formidable army, the magnificent Darbar, and the treasures of the
Toshakhana, which held unimaginable wealth, including historical artefacts like Guru
Gobind Singh's weapons and relics of the Prophet Mohammad. The chapter on the
celebrated diamond—the Kohinoor, traces its history till it found its place on the British
crown, is fascinating.
The author provides readers with a helpful timeline at the beginning of the book,
titled ‘Sikh Gurus and leaders and rulers in Delhi and Afghanistan’. Numerous maps, a
detailed index, a superb chronology, and a brief overview of Sikh and Ranjit Singh’s
family history in the Prologue enhance the reading experience.
Chandigarh, May 21- Haryana Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal Today Released Books Based On The Life Of Great Warriors Hari Singh Nalwa And Maharaja Ranjit Singh At PWD Rest House, Gurugram. Read more...
Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala’s second posthumous song Vaar released
Released on Gurpurb, Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev’s birth anniversary, the song celebrates Sikh valour of Hari Singh Nalwa, who commanded the army of Maharaja Ranjit Singh With more than 1.4 million views in just 37 minutes, slain Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala’s song Vaar, which lauds the bravery of Sikh general Hari Singh Nalwa, is trending on YouTube five months after his death.
National Archives launches its series with book on legendary Sikh commander
Published in The Tribune
Ravi S Singh
The National Archives of India under the Ministry of Culture on Friday launched its “Book Reading Series” titled ‘Archives Reads’ with a book on a legendary Commander-in-Chief of Sikh Khalsa Army of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
The first-day cover and postage stamp, issued in 2013 by the Department of Posts, India, honours Hari Singh Nalwa—champion of the Khalsaji. The commemorative stamp shows a battle-ready Nalwa in armour with a sword in his right hand and a shield in the other. The Jamrud Fort, to the left, originally christened Fatehgarh (Fort of Victory), appears as a ‘white ship in the ocean’. The vast open plain in the foreground was the stage for the Battle of Jamrud, the final engagement between the Sikhs and the Afghans on 30 April 1837, at which time this fort was under construction. It was completed at the Dussehra of 1837.
The month of May 2011 and the sleepy town of Abbottabad in the District of Hazara (now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan) have captured worldwide attention—both will go down in history as markers for the vindication of “War on terror”. Read more...
Kadam, a forum for social justice, invited our Trustee, Dr Ms Vanit Nalwa, to present a talk on Hari Singh Nalwa's legacy at the Seminar Hall, Punjab Book Centre, Chandigarh. The event was well-attended, and there was a lively discussion following the talk.
Descendant wins the first individual gold for India in the Olympics
Abhinav Bindra earned his place in sporting history on 11 August 2008 at the Beijing Olympics when he won India's first individual gold medal in the men's 10m air rifle event. Before this, he had won laurels at the World Championship, Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games.
Abhinav is the seventh-generation descendant of Hari Singh Nalwa on his mother's side.