Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Descendant of Ranjit Singh’s French general visits Ropar treaty site

- HT Correspond­ent letterschd@hindustant­imes.com

RUPNAGAR: Henri Allard, deputy mayor of Saint-Tropez coastal town in France and direct descendant of French general Jean-Francois Allard who served in the army of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, on Monday visited the site here where the Sikh empire founder had met British governor general Lord William Bentinck for the historic treaty of October 26, 1831.

Accompanie­d by his wife, Joisnne, and Young Farmers Associatio­n president Jagdeep Singh Cheema, Allard said he was pleased to be at the place and proud that one of his forefather­s had been a general in the army of and legendary warrior who had built the first Sikh empire. “In France, we intend to install the statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh at Saint-Tropez, birthplace of his general, as a mark of respect to the great king,” he added.

General Allard, along with Italian generan Ventura had contribute­d to the modernisat­ion of the Maharaja’s Khalsa military and raising of Fauj-iKhas, the “elite brigade”. The French deputy mayor said his meeting with Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had been fruitful and he had invited the CM to unveil the statue in France. “There is a big scope of cooperatio­n between Rupnagar and Saint-Tropez, both rich in history,” Allard suggested.

Earlier, his wife and he received a war m welcome on arriving here. Municipal council president Paramjit Singh Makkar; former Rotary Internatio­nal district governor Dr RS Parmar; Punjab and Sind Bank manager Inderpal Singh Chadha; municipal council executive officer Manjinder Singh; and municipal councillor Gurmukh Singh Saini were present.

Later, Allard also paid obeisance at Takht Keshgarh Sahib, one of the five Sikh temporal seats, in Anandpur Sahib.

 ?? HT PHOTO ?? Henri Allard, deputy mayor of Saint-Tropez (France), had met CM Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday.
HT PHOTO Henri Allard, deputy mayor of Saint-Tropez (France), had met CM Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday.

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