Ranbir Singh

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General Shriman Rajrajeshwar Maharajadhiraj Sri Sir Ranbir Singhji, Indar Mahindar Bahadur, Sipar-i-Sultanat, Mushir-i-Khas-i-Kaiser-i-Hind GCSI, CIE, Kaiser-i-Hind (August 1830–12 September 1885) was the son of Maharaja Gulab Singh, Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir and head of the Jamwal Rajput clan.

The trans-Himalayan territories of Gilgit, Astore, Hunza-Nagar were conquered and made part of Jammu and Kashmir in his time. He was noted as a great scholar of classical Persian, and was also learned in Pashtu, Sanskrit and English.

Singh's Reign

Following the death of his father, Shri Ranbir Singh ascended the throne of Jammu and Kashmir . The new Maharaja was popular with his people. The state made some considerable progress during his reign. Reorganisation of the state administration was the first to engage his attention. Three separate departments dealing with the revenue, civil and military affairs were established . To make justice cheaper and efficient, regular Courts of Justice were set up, uniform laws were framed and a new State Panel Code, Shri Ranbir Dandh Bidhi, was issued." The people could air their grievances and seek redress at the Maharaja's public Darbars as well.

In order to encourage trade and industry, the system of taxation was overhauled and means of transport and communication were improved. Thus while tax on the shawl manufacturers was reduced, a number of imports were altogether abolished . About fifty thousand rupees was spent on...
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