chapter  Chapter 11
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Indian Saviours of the British

ByC.B. Singh Sheoran

The chief of biggest Native State in the cis-Sutlej territory, the Raja of Patiala, took a strongly pro-British stand, very unfortunate and traitorous. That State was not within the boundary of Haryana in 1857; simultaneously a not-bold chief of the biggest state in Haryana, the Nawab of Jhajjar, could not take a stand either according to the wishes of his subjects or otherwise due to his indecisiveness, and that was more unfortunate and disastrous. Had the Nawab sided with the British from the beginning he would have prevailed upon the rebels or would have been killed by his army at an early stage. Had he prevailed there was no question of the rebellion spreading through Haryana, and the bloodshed would have been avoided. Had he been killed, General Abdus Samad Khan would have assumed charge of the army and the Raja of Patiala could be neutralized to a great extent. Had the Nawab taken a clear stand against the British and in favour of Bahadur Shah Zafar, the Patiala Raja would have been shut into his own state; and the GT Road, which was the lifeline of the British administration, would have been blocked. But the historical fact is that the Nawab vacillated throughout, until the recapture of Delhi. So, in a way the Nawab of Jhajjar helped the British, but since his subjects broadly and openly sided with Bahadur Shah Zafar, he had to pay a penalty for their deeds. A ruler who does not care for the sentiments and aspirations of his subjects, should have met his end as the Nawab did.