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Bedi, Sir Khem Singh [Khem Singh Bedi Baba] (1832–1905), religious leader and social reformer, was born on 21 February 1832 in the village of Kallar, the Punjab, India, the second son of Baba Atar Singh Bedi (d. 1839), holy man and landowner. The family was descended from ...

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Jind Kaur (1817–1863), maharani and regent of Lahore, was born in 1817 in the village of Chhahar, Sialkot district, Punjab (now in Pakistan), the eldest child of the three daughters and two sons of Manna Singh Aulakh, a Sikh of the Jat...

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Mahinder Singh Pujji (1918–2010) by Pearl Freeman, 1940 by kind permission of the Pujji family; PA Photos

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Pujji, Mahinder Singh (1918–2010), fighter pilot, was born on 14 August 1918 in Simla, India, into a middle-class Sikh family, the fourth son among the eight children of Sardar Sohan Singh Pujji (d. 1971), eventually a senior government officer in the Indian department of education and health...

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Sagar, Gyani Sundar Singh (1917–1996), Sikh scholar and campaigner for Sikh rights, was born on 3 June 1917 in the village of Ghalotian Kalan, Sialkot district, Punjab, India, the second child of Sardar Panna Singh, a Bhat Sikh, and his wife, Veeran Dai...

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Sarabha, Kartar Singh (1896–1915), Indian revolutionary and political activist, was born on 24 May 1896 in the village of Sarabha, Ludhiana district, Punjab, India, the only son of Sardar Mangal Singh, a Sikh farmer, and his wife, Sahib Kaur. After the birth of his sister, ...

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Singh, Baldev [known as Baldev Singh Chokar] (1902–1961), industrialist and politician, was born on 11 July 1902 in the village of Dummna, Punjab, India, the son of Inder Singh Chokar, government official and businessman. After his early education in Ambala, Baldev Singh...

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Singh, Bhagat [known as Bhagat Singh Sandhu] (1907–1931), revolutionary and writer, was born in the village of Banga, Punjab, India (now in Pakistan) on 27 September 1907, the second of the four sons and three daughters of Kishan Singh Sandhu, a farmer and political activist, and his wife, ...

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Sir Bhupinder Singh (1891–1938) by Vandyk, 1911 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Singh, Sir Bhupinder (1891–1938), maharaja of Patiala, was born on 12 October 1891 in the city of Patiala, Punjab, India, the eldest son of Maharaja Rajinder Singh (1872–1900), and his first wife, who died in 1897. Upon the death of his father in November 1900 he succeeded to the throne of the largest Sikh-ruled state in ...