Amarpal Singh Sidhu , a UK based Military Historian was moderator of a session on ‘’Two Battles For Survival – Ferozshah 1848 and Chillianwala 1849’’ on the concluding day of the Military Literature Festival that was organised from December 7 to December 9 at Lake Club in Chandigarh. Amarpal Singh came here all the way from London to attend the Military Literature Festival. Amarpal worked as a software engineer for over 20 years and later took over to writing doing in-depth research in the Military History of the Punjab and Sikhs. In an interaction after the session with the Sikh Historian from UK Amarpal Singh, sharing brief introduction about him, he asserts ‘I specialise in 19th century ‘warfare’ the Anglo- Sikh war. He said he is busy writing on ‘Indian mutiny 1957’ and first war of Independence these days. Amarpal Singh said he was also invited here for the festival last year and his experience was quite nice. Answering to a question he said he had worked with software industry as a software engineer and then in the management but his interest was always in Military History from the early age of 10. He said his keen interest in the area stirred him to decide at one point of time that he has to jump from his normal job to pursue his inbred love towards knowing, reading and scripting Military History. In an interesting assertion, Amarpal Singh said it’s not that one could opt for becoming a historian when one grows older. He said one has to start early as lots of research work, travelling, zest towards the subject is needed for a full time historian.Telling about his ancestral connection in India, he said his family belongs to Kaunke village in Jagraon but he migrated to UK when he was just 6 years old. It is been good 50 years now but the real home is here in India. Speaking about his work, he said he wrote his first book ‘The First Anglo-Sikh War’ about 7 years ago and that was released in UK and here in India by ‘Harper Collins’ Publishers. The second book ‘The Second Anglo- Sikh War’ came out around one and a half years ago in 2016, again by the same publishers, he added. He said his first book is
based on the issues after the death of Maharaja Ranjit Singh upto the treaty of Amritsar and that was the one British defeated Sikh Army, unfortunately there was lots of treachery, the state did not have the right leadership and lot other issues, but it ended up with the British having the resident in Lahore and almost controlling the place, he added. He further said his other book ‘The Second A nglo-Sikh War’, the war in Multan and conducted by Sher Singh. He said he has also collected good detail on the life of Maharaja Dalip Singh as he was taken to UK.
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