REVISITING ZORAWAR SINGH CAMPAIGN IN TIBET – 1841

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This research paper examines the composition of the armed forces who accompanied General Zorawar Singh in his most celebrated but ill-fated campaign to Tibet in 1841. The common held view is that he was accompanied by Dogra & Ladakhi troops. I have used Tibetan and contemporary British sources to draw a bit different conclusion. I am thankful to Sardar Amardeep Singh of ‘Lost Heritage – The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan’ fame who in 2013 produced a picturesque article on Zorawar Singh and introduced everyone to the Tibetan source on this daring campaign. His article provided the inspiration to research further on the subject.

 

Introduction

Gen-Zorawar-Singh (38K)The Jammu & Kashmir Rifles, an infantry regiment of Indian army celebrates 15th April every year as Zorawar Day to commemorate birth and success of the legendary commander who is considered as an architect of this regiment. The fore runner of the regiment was raised…

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