Maharaja Ranjit Singh
Maharaja Ranjit Singh is the founder of the Sikh Empire that reigned the northwest Indian subcontinent in the early half of the 19th century. He was crowned as the Â“Maharaja of PunjabÂ” in his early 20s. During the height of his reign, his territories extended from the Khyber Pass in the northwest to the Sutlej River in the east and from the Kashmir region at the northern limit to the Thar Desert.
India and Pakistan recently indulged in a diplomatic spat after a nine-foot-tall bronze equestrian statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh was vandalized in Lahore Fort. Maharaja captured Lahore 1799 after he was invited to rule the city by its elites.