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I must have been destined to do this work as I was always wondering about “ meaning of life” in my letters, to my erudite uncle, from sea, having lost my noble father early in a ghastly tragedy, after having stood by his side in all his struggle of regaining the squandered property in my abode of eighteen generations, (not known to me then and neither suffering yet from any supercilious sense of elitism, first dose of which was administered by Sri Parmeshwar Dwivedi on major Banks Road in Lucknow , reading my Bhrigu-Sanhita, with uncanny accuracy about the past, of which even my highly intelligent uncle was not aware). Secondly a retired (D.J.) gentleman (Mr. Srivastava- I think) frequenting our table in Lucknow Coffee House was a casual but renowned for accurate palm reading told me of accomplishing a big thing connecting the past with the future in my life Thirdly Raja Banaras’ astrologer told me when I was struggling for survival in mid seventies that my standard of living will be the highest ever in the family’s history.
This was before I was forced to resign, fed-up with my uncle’s (in fact my mother was the one who did it within six month’s of my father’s demise) selling the Kaithi property, time and again. I visited Kaithi once after the first Sale Deed on being updated by a cousin of my father after I gave him four hundred rupees as as a help (was a big sum in 1967)Then there was another effort of selling spree and I resigned my handsome job in the Merchant Marine. And then while visiting Shiv Ratri Mela in my imported ‘Ford’ on sighting the ruins of Chandravati Fort of Doman Dev I asked about his time from my otherwise very well read and informed uncle. He said it must have been 2000 to 2500 years ago. So that was that – the level of information about the Raghuvanshi settlers in Varanasi, sacked from Ayodhya.
And the person telling me was born in the house of the eldest brother of Doman Dev, who lived in Chandrawati only fifteen generations away. That was jolting and something had to be done about it. So I found my family’s genealogical table, prepared in around 1840 and a book of Banshi Kavi, about the last king of Ayodhya, forced to give- up his Kingdom and migrate to his father-in-laws domain in Varanasi. According to Banshi Kavi, he married the King’s daughter, later, while leading the life of a hermit. But if the theory of massacre of five leading Hindu Kings by syed sallar Jung alias ghazi mian is correct, then Raja Banar must have been killed already by him before Maharaj Nain Dev of Ayodhya came to Varanasi , fleeing from Ayodhya on the thought of the approaching terror, which should have been around 1032 A.D. in the reign of Masud Ghazni son of Mahmud Ghazni during their 26 years rule. Syed sallar Jung Ghazi Main was a nephew of Masud Ghazni and a grandson of Mahmud Ghazni. He has left widows in Varanasi and maidens waiting to marry him every year, and is feted in Bahraich district where Raja Suheldeo tackled him in a decisive battle in the Suhelawa forest. Strange are the ways of national integration that both Muslim and Hindus pay yearly homage on his ‘Mazar’, the man who decided to eliminate five principal Hindu rulers to establish Islam and Islamic rule.He was a man of Allah and a prophet of God .He died Surprisingly young – At a tender age of eighteen. Much research can be done on this burning light of Islamic phenomena, by historians and Hindu institutions, separating history from legend.
However if one goes by the legend of Ghazi Mian massacring the Mathura King and Raja Bannar the last Gaharwar ruler of Varanasi, the dates given by Banshi Kavi the court Bard’s descendant come with Maharaj Nain Dev from Ayodhya vary by about a hundred years. But Banshi Kavi who used to come and stay with us when my great grand-father was alive, has complained that the conspiring Chaubeys of Niyar- deeh had thrown all his papers and genealogical tables in river Gomti and he had prepared everything from his memory and that is why quite incomplete. Surprisingly, my great grandfather did not give him our own genealogical table down from Sees Chand Maharaj to update to couple of generations more. Although it is doubtful that either of the two understood the baithaua-Urdu Script of Sees Chand’s table. It took a couple of moths to get hold of an old Muharrir by name of Sagar Singh to come to our village for couple of Sundays to be able to decipher our table for us to know that indeed this village was settled by Sees Chand son of Madan Chand Judeo, who was the eldest son of First Raghuvanshi visitor to Kaithi who come to worship on the banks of river Ganges for several years: by name of Rai Chan Singh Judeo eldest son of first Rai of Katehar Rai Khemraj Singh, eldest son of Baba Pukar Rai of Niyardeeh.
Niyardeeh on the banks of Gomit was for long the seat of one branch of Raghuvanshies, i.e. of Katehar; while Ganesh Rai settled Dobhi in Jaunpur and one of the sons of Shalhe Kunwar, only son of Maharaj Nain Deo went away to Kashmir. Dr. Karan Singh of Kashmir had promised to me long ago to give me his own genealogical table kept away somewhere in some place near Srinagar, for completing the table of descendants of the Raghuvansi Kings of Ayodhya in the aftermath of sacking of Ayodhya by Ghazi Mian and of leaving Ayodhya preemptorily; giving it away to purohits the Pandeys (although now the Raja is a Mishra, whom I met in Delhi at my nephew’s place over a lunch). Present Raja of Ayodhya Sri. Mishra should be a good source and their history can be traced and tallied by that of Banshi Kavi’s ancestors, who left with the last Raghuvanshi king for Varanasi
Law of primogeniture was abolished by Bhagwan Ram himself, not that it was universally accepted afterwards or was acceptable to most others than Raghuvanshies. He did it mostly to appease his own three brothers, giving Taxila area to Bharat (it was his descendants who faced Alexander the great) Mathura to Shatrughan and close by Lucknow to Laxman. That was a large chunk of Pargiter's ten democracies of the invading Aryans. Despite this, kings rose and ruled in Ayodhya, sometimes deserted and re-invigorated by supreme Vaishnav kings like Vikramaditya in Kalidas’s Raghuvansh Mahakavya” and other works and treatise. Doman Dev was one such person with much wealth at his command (through legendry paras stone or whatever) that he usurped the estate of Sees Chand come down to him from his grand father Rai Chan Singh Judeo granted to him by a Delhi or a Jaunpur king for his valour. Sees chand confronted his famous cousin as the folklore goes on the border of Kaithi Rajwari in the riverine- Tari, and held Doman Deo’s horse to stop the boisterous and strong prince for having given away the “Pargana Bayalasi” in Jaunpur to Bais Rajputs, what was rightfully his estate being the eldest grandson of Rai Chan Singh Judeo. There was some sort of rapprochement between the two cousins and Doman Dev is said to have reassured his elder cousin (or is it possible that Doman Dev was senior of the two in age at least?) never to look towards 2292 Bighas of Kaithi, even after being appointed a Raja of sorts by Emperor Sher Shah himself on return from his Bengal expedition around 1545 (dates can be corrected to accuracy by reference to history Books).
In fact Sher Shah Suri, the king Emperor held a court on his return from Bengal expedition to make reproaches to Doman Dev, his erstwhile master (1501-1515) for the insolence of his commander-in-chief in sacking the fort of Chandravati and chasing away Doman Dev to Laxmangarh, for refusing to provide Arms and Ammunitions, men and material needed for Bengal expedition of Sher Shah, after his great conquest of Ahmedabad (Gujrat) there was an incident in the Temple of Markandey Mahadeo, where the commander-in-chief met Doman Deo of the Raghuvanshy clan, which gave time for Doman Deo of the Raghuvanshy clan, to flee across the Ganges. Some stupid soldiers started chipping away on the Idol of the ruling deity (it can be seen even today as one enters to pray on the western edge of the Shivlinga. Then a storm of Bees invaded the temple’s sanctum sanctorum and attacked the soldiers and drove them to their grave in a field of plots (now in my possession) called Jinwa and their leader found a grave nearby called “Saeed Baba ki Mazar”. Meanwhile Doman Deo made his getaway to Laxmangarh, while the Sher Shah’s troops attacked and sacked Chandrawati. Sher Shah made amends for his commander in- Chief’s insolence on his return from the successful Bengal expedition by holding a Darbar to honour Doman Dev the Raghuvanshi settler in Varanasi. Doman Dev found further ascendancy to his ruling career, there onwards. One Mr. Ram Chandra Srivastava Director Archaeological Survey, who visited the temple of “Sabha Baba” (to be maintained by the occupant of (Sees Chand’s house) and found statues and figurines of the eleventh century, there) told me that Sri Rudra Dutt Singh of Senapur (a friend of U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Macnmara) had located a ‘Sanad’ issued by Sher Shah at that time in Cornell University (near New York, U.S.A.) granting freedom from cess on Cultivation to Doman Dev and as leader of all (subject to denial by Dobhi Sect far away in Jaunpur) the Raghuvnshies (of Katehar and descendants of Baba Pukar Rai of Niyar – all the twelve of them, spread around). That is when Doman Dev found true ascendancy over his elders and senior houses, viz. Sees Chand Judeo of Kaithi, allowing him 2292 Bighas as free lease, and was emboldened to grant away paragon Bayalisi to Bais Rajputs on his visit to Sher Shah’s court in Delhi. He usurped the rights of Sees Chand with impunity. And the confrontation between the two cousins in Kaithi’s riverine belt (Tari) must have occurred after Doman Dev having bequeathed the inheritance of Sees Chand, in Delhi, to his own needy sisters married to rebellious Basis Rajputs imprisoned by Sher Shah and released on Doman Dev’s pleadings and assurance of good conduct by way of engagement in agriculture away from arms and ammunitions, in Jaunpur.
1) Rai Khemraj Singh 2) Satan Rai 3) Chitau Baba 4) Niyayi baba
1) Rai Chan Singh Judeo 2) Rai Veerbhan 3) Rai Uday Chand Singh
Madan Chand Judeo Uga Thakurajee
Sees Chand Judeo 1) Tara Chand 2) Raja Doman Dev
(Kaithi) (Employer of Sher Shah) (Between 1501-1515)
built original Sees Chand Mansion ( as a youngman).
Around 1492 AD- on Rai Chan Singh Estate
Latest rebuilding 1932 (in the times of Bharat Singh)
House in use and in order Needing restoration for
Posterity & Raghuvanshy’s (History)
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“ Syed salar Masood Ghazi Mian” grand son of Mahmood Ghazni and nephew (sister’s son) of Masud Ghazni, born 405 Hizri or 1016 A.D. Returned from Ghazni at the age of 16 for promotion of religion to India. He came via Multan and Delhi to dozens of districts if western U.P. (including Mathura to Ghazipur and Benares. He is supposed to have been crucified or killed at the age of 16 (else where it is 18) in 420 Hizri in Baharaich (killed by suheldeo in suhelawa forest) on his way to Ayodhya to kill the Hindu king there. There is a symbolic cepeej nj p³esÿ ceeme kesÀ ÒeLece jefJeJeej keÀes ³eneb cesuee ueielee nw~ ³eneb yeekeÀe³eoe FvekeÀer Meeoer keÀe Dee³eespeve neslee nw~ yeejele Yeer Deeleer nw~ efkeÀvleg þerkeÀ mece³e Hej J³e³eOeeve Heæ[ peeves kesÀ keÀejCe Meeoer Deieues meeue kesÀ efue³es ìue peeleer nw~(in hindi) symbolic mazar in salarpura, Varanasi with malik Afzal Alvi- from Rajghat to Chaukaghat. He was also killed during spreading of Islam. Because of Alvi- the Mohalla known as Alyipura- later Alyeepur ( DeueF&Hegj ) lots of Mallahs & Khewats were made Muslims-
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But By the sword!
At one time I thought that on the impending attack of the killers of Raja Bannar of Kashi (Gaharwar) the Raghuvanshi ‘king of Ayodhya must have taken the flight from Ayodhya- but the dates differ by about one hundred years, except that there must not have been any king in Benares in 1207 to offer his daughter’s hands to Maharaj Nain Deo (Bindumati) when he gave away Dobhi and Katehar to the Raghuvanshi King in dowry.
However, as Ghazi Main perished in “Suhelwa” forest and Malik Afzal Alvi in Rajghat, may be Banar was not the king slain by Ghazi Mian and it could have been one of his fore- fathers and the dynasty continued, yet, in Varanasi- because it was Harish Chandra who was the last Gaharwar king in eastern U.P. (lost on the border of U.P. and Bihar) and Banar and Raghuvanshi king’s dynasties did survive past Ghazi Mian’s slaughter and only the Mathura Hindu dynasty was eliminated by him (Ghazi Mian).
Grant of Bayalasi to Rai Chan Singh Judeo (Now Read –on in The book-------).
Synopsis of Part Two
Raghuvanshies in Benaras
History of Benares region is important since the prehistoric days itself, but in the middle ages as well, as the five districts Varanasi, that is Banaras,Jaunpur,Ghazipur,INCLUDING Ballia and Mirzapur formed the Ninety-four Parganas of the Avadh and was virtually a ‘Suba’ .[that is close to a province] ,under various invaders, administrators and rulers from the eleventh century onwards. In fact it’s prominence had outshone that of the Suba of Allahabad – created by Akbar,as it was like a buffer estate or region of comfort between the Nabobs of Bengal and of Avadh in Faizabad and later in Lucknow.It’s reason for becoming a perpetual battle-field was due to the SHARQI –empire in Jaunpur-a big thorn in the primacy of Dilli.
Synopsis of Part Two
“Also Includes the tale of the 1857 – uprising martyr Jaipal singh son of Shivratan singh of the first House of Katehar - - - - - Which please read on in the book.”
Synopsis of Part Three
Includes a translation of “Raghuvansh – Mahakavya “ by the great Sanskrit poet Kalidas describing from Raghu – the first World – conqueror, to many generations of the Raghuvanshies till Agni varna ,which must be read by all Raghuvanshies ,if not by others.
Synopsis of Part Four
The story of Jaipal singh is dwelt upon in greater detail ,owing particularly as the whole country is gratefully remembering the martyrs Of the 1857-uprising ,this year – 2007-being the 150th year since 1857.
So you are invited to read on the story of Jaipal singh a 1857 martyr as told by Some one born in the same house from where he left to fight the Brits and the John Company (E.I.C) and never to return.
Around the end of the twelfth century A.D., it became abundantly clear that living in Ayodhya wouldn’t be of any use for the descendants of Raghu – the first world conqueror – as per the great poet of Sanskrit, Kalidas, and of Sri Ram Chgandra, destroyer of the great demon of Shri Lanka-Ravana, to continue their existence there, and their great benefactor came in the form of the villainous Jai Chandra, the perpetuator of the Muslim on-slaught on his nephew and abductor of his daughter Sanyukta, the mighty warrioer Prithviraj Chauhan. Come to think of it, there could be no one in a better position to comprehend the outcome and future of the Indian Sub-Continent after his nexus with Muhammad Ghori, and as he was the ruler of all three Kannauj, Kashi and Ayodhya, he arranged for the displacement of the last Raghuvanshy king Nain Deo from Ayodhya to Varanasi in the thick jungle of pargana katehar, sixteen miles away from the township, where the sway of the invading Afgans and Mughals was eminent any time. Suitably he arranged for the betrothal of his grand-niece with Nain Deo. A bard had accompanied Nain Deo from Ayodhya to Varanasi and his descendant Banshi Kavi recorded the births and deaths of the descendent of his erstwhile king in the form of a booklet which has recorded till Sees Chand the descendant of the king, five hundred years ago. And it was a pure chance that a genealogical table prepared in 1840 or so has been returned by the man who took it way by the force of habit and found it of no use written in “Baithauwa Urdu” undecipherable even by the Urdu-reading gentry on its final translation and recognizing the name of great – grand father’s father, it could be established that indeed it was the House of Sees chand where we were born, and that it was also the 1st House of Katehar. Then by the process of reverse progression, beginning with last first born at the turn of the last century, it was possible to ascertain the years of the Raghuvanshy settlement in Kaithi and the year of the construction of the present day ‘Sees Chand Mansion’ lived in now for nearly twenty one generations without a break, which could have come once when the head of the 1st House entered in the plot to capture Warren Hastings in Varanasi, headed by Raja Chait Singh with assembled force of local Zamindars of 34000 strong, next when Jaipal Singh joined the force of Kunwar Singh of Arrah and attacked the John Company (E.I.C) at Azamgarh, and thirdly on, poisoning of three successive generations in eight years time, culminating on 28.06.1952. But yet the ‘Sees Chand Mansion’ survived. However, it seems it is true now to relegate it to past and history as it’s successor and memorial to the man who settled Kaithi ‘Rai Chan Singh Judeo’ in 1485 and a reminder of it in the new millennium is ready to hosue the tablet of the geneology of the ‘Sees Chand Mansion’ which ought to be restored for posterity and handed over to the Archaelogical Survey of India and UNESCO’s Heritage Preservation.
S. P. Singh (Varanasi) on 06.12.2006
M/s. Ambika Soni
Hon’ble Minister for Culture & Tourism,
Government of India,New Delhi - 11001
Re.: Monuments connected with 1857 Uprising.
Ref.: Rajya Sabha question of M.P. Sri Mahendra Mohan assured of your goodselves interest, as well as seeking State Govts. Co-Operation towards the said movement maintenance and of providing basic amenities for tourists.
Respected Madam,
I am lagging behind, owing to my sailing schedules, in completing the mention of the 1857 martyr in my own family viz. Jaipal Singh grand-father of my great grand father Bharat Singh of Kaithi, Pargana Katehar, in my book “Plebeins who would be Kings”, which I consider putting on the internet, as its publication on its own may not happen in three or four years. People may like to grill me on authenticity on the website which I can reply as and when, in the year 2007 itself.
2. In fact, I have already read a paper in 43rd History Congress in Kurukshetra University in Dec. 1982 entitled – “the role of not so - small cultivators of Eastern U.P. in the nationalist movement of 1857 (the first war of independence)
the first known oppressive measures of Queen Victoria’s Government (in India) against the local leader of 1857 mutiny / rebellion.
The above paper details the participation of Jaipal Singh of Kaithi (Katehar) alongside Veer Senani Kunwar Singh of Arrah in 1857 in Azamgarh etc., from where they were repulsed by the British forces.
3. The fact was kept under covers by Mahayogi Bharat Singh between 1857-58 and 6th Dec. 1944 when he died, and the whole world nearly forgot about his genealogical table, while three generations were poisoned in quick succession between 1944-52, and virtual migration of the main family took place to Nainital, when Rai saheb Ram Rup Singh of the first family of Katehar Raghuvanshies decided to settles his sons and nephews in Nainital, the undersigned rebelled and went back to Kaithi, where he found the family treasure in the form of the genealogical table of the 1st House of the Raghuvanshies of Katehar, as far back as at the turn of the fourteenth to fifteenth century and had the ‘Sazara’ or the genealogical table repaired by the State Archeological Survey, which was required for donation to the Govt.s’ archives - copies of Ltrs. And table enclosed.
4. My book deals in details as to why Mahayogi Bharat Singh thought it necessary to keep such important document under covers. Briefly to save his Zamindari in 1882-83, settlement of landed property and next, 1924 onwards to save the Civil Service achievement of his grand-son, who would have been dismissed on disclosure of the name of his great, great grand father, the rebellion of 1857 Vir Jaipal Singh (who was renamed in revenue papers after his son Ram Sunder Singh was reported as “Makhbudul Khaber” (whereabouts not known), for saving, himself the disgrace of lying about the name of his father). Although his son, the great Mahayogi Bharat Singh, felt no qualms in eschewing the mention of his grand-father Jaipal Singh and instead named his great grand father (Shiv Ratan Sing) as ‘Dada’ instead of Baba (both can be used for grand father, but Dada quite often, in Eastern U.P. is great grand father) on page 130 of Kankata Panda’s account of Raghuvanshies of Katehar (annexure 3-a) visiting for Pind-dan in Gaya.
5. Although I close the account of the ‘Plebeians’ on 28.06.1952, when my father died of poisoning and the entire family shifted to Manakapur House in Nanital, I did return to refurbish and renovate the “Sees Chand Mansion” and it was revived after a gap of twenty years, and became one of he oldest known living edifices any where, in a new version (1933) of the old double story Kutchha with brick supported walls on the outside, where the unknown martyr of 1857 Jaipal Singh was born around 1800 and who left this house at the age of 57 so to join Kunwar Singh in order to show courage to dismiss the presence of the John Company and white skinned invaders on our sacred land, as our self styled masters. The house is well lived in and has about 10 Biswas open land on east and south (Where I want to raise the ‘Hall of Fame of Katehar Raghuvanshies”), with wide berth between the pucca road and the house, on its western side including Sahan and Chabutara (Set back for the House itself)
6. The eastern Bada or courtyard can be turned into guest-rooms for providing basic amenities for the tourists from world-over, who would like to see the abode of an unknown martyr (and made known through insight in revenue papers and genealogical table and Panda’s Bahi in Gaya) and a house giving shelter to 21 generations of the first family of Raghuvanshies of Katehar.
The State Archeological Survey Deptt., the Divisional Commissioner of Varanasi, along with his subordinates, the officer of the Deptt. Of Tourisum, can visit and summon myself for queries and confirmations of my tale and assertions about the martyrdom of Jaipal Singh, papers for which I am submitting to the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh for his orders and your advise.
Thanking you,
Yours obediently,
(Suresh Pratap Singh)
Charter Engineer (London)
Marine Chief Engineer,
R.M. House.
N-16/132-B, Vinayaka
Kamachha, Varanasi – 221010.
Phone : 0542 –2361159
Cell: 09935398306
“ Picturisation of Jaipal Singh’s Martyrdom in 1857”

I have completed a book on the first House of Katehar, where the 1857 martyr Jaipal Singh from the “House of Sees Chand” has found a mention, once again, after a paper was read in the 43rd History congress of 1982, on the process of locating his sacrifice for the country, which was kept under covers by his own grand-son the sage and mahayogi Bharat Singh, for reasons enumerated in a letter to Ms. Ambica Soni, Minister of Culture in G.O.I. on 6/12/06 and 25.12.06 briefly (enclosed) and detailed in the book called the “plebeians who would be kings”, the story of the Raghuvanshi kings of Ayodhays, shifted to Katehar and DOBHI by the overlord of Kashi, Kannauj and Ayodhya at the end of twelvth century, the well-know historical figure Jaichandra- the adversary of mighty Prithviraj Chauhan and the abductor of his daughter Sanyukta. He simply married-off his grnand-neice, Bindumati, daughter of Raja Banar of Banaras and tucked- (King Naindeo)-away to safety- the enfeebled descendants of Raghu and Bhagwan Ram, in deep jungles of pargana Katehar lying sixteen miles north-east of the town, to save them from being slain by zehadies like GHZZI MIAN (SAIYAD SALAR).
Although a junior Cousin had Sher-Shah Suri in his stable for fifteen years from 1501 to 1515 (ICHR PAPER, 1979,Mumbai “Sher Shah in the Court of Doman Deo”), the senior most House of Sees Chand lived frugali and unnoticed, except for their genealogical table found in 1978 and when women sang songs naming the ancestors at the birth of my son, it was found that one name was suppressed and removed from Revenue Records and even from the’ Bahi’ of Gaya’s pandas that of Jaipal Singh and then I could establish as to why it was so. Because he was a ‘Baghi’ of 1857, along with a cousin in the same village and that could have meant demolition of zamindari rights of his descendants in 1882-84 settlement of the house of Sees Chand as well as sacking of his great grand-son from the Civil Services of Britishraj, much later.
Now I have written about him and just thought that it would be a good idea and timely so, for you to act as Jaipal Singh who left Kaithi to join Veer Senani Kunwar Singh at the age of 57, perhaps owing to the strong personality of his daughter-in-law, the dowager princes Hansa Kunwar, who could be potrayed by equally beautiful Aishwarya Rai and the “Mukhboobul khaber” – zamindar of Kaithi, Ram Sunder Singh, father of the sage Bharat Singh, by your handsome son. Please to peruse , for detailed information and with the request to kindly give my suggestion ,a thought at your end and oblige.
With Regards and Looking forward to hearing from Mr.Bachchan, well in time
Yours truly,
(Suresh Pratap Singh)
Spaghetti Navi Mumbai
E- 4, 6/23, Sector 15

Sri Amitabh Bachchan ji
Juhu- Tara Road
MUMBAI- 400049
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43rd History congress
Topic: The role of “ not –so- small” Cultivators of eastern U.P. in the nationalist movement of 1857..etc.
By S. P. Singh Esq.
A new light was thrown on the above topic on inspecting the ‘Bahi’ of Gaya’s’ Pandas during the 42nd. History congress in the Magadh University. Zamindars of eastern U.P. had suffered at the hands of British administration immediately after the so-called “Mutiny “, which was not at all of the sepoys entirely. Those who participated in the first war of independence no doubt lost their lives, often incognito, and their sons had to leave home on one pretext or another for the purpose of being declared “Makhbudul khaber” at the time of record- operations and settlement of land, so that the black -listed names of their forebearers do not come to light and their own children do not suffer on account of the nationalist zeal in their family. Infact that was a common feeling among many well to do cultivators and village-gentry on the western bank of the Ganges, while on the eastern bank the landed gentry was fully loyalist.
An account of one such family is being traced with the help of their family record and revenue papers in the Collectorate Varanasi,which are on the verge of being weeded out at the expiry of 100 years stipulated period. The same may be transferred to the archives with the help of ICHR and a study of the then administration may be looked into by the researchers.
(S.P.Singh Esq.)
B-21/74 A,Kamachha
Dated :- 08-10-1982

‘Sees chand Mansion’
1st House of the first family of Katehar estd. 1485 Village & Post : Kaithi (Markandey)
P.S. : chaubeypur, Dustt. Varbasu. PIN: 221116.
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Dear Reader/ on –looker,
Very soon we will be celebrating 150 th anniversary of the 1857 uprising against the tyranny of the John Company and its aftermath. While the Mughul empire totally disintegrated, small zamindars evaded annihilation by hiding the existence of the mutineers/ rebellions amongst themselves, in order to survive with the art of living peaceably for the sake of zamindari rights for their children and entry in Civil Services created by British for their grand children, and very wise men also chose to ignore the sacrifice of their grand –fathers, in order to simply survive. It was not virtuous to nurture and cherish the dead, the plebeian riff-raff who were the driving force of the rebellion, as they ignited the fire which engulfed thousands of innocent families. Like the British philosopher Jeremy Bentham, their ideal was security and not liberty. “Wars and best to read of, but peace and calms are better to endure.”
I had read a paper on the topic of one such rebellious Raghuvanshi Rajput of Katehar, by name of Jaipal Singh, in the ICHR meet of 1982 and have requeated for a re-read (although at a short notice )the same in 2006 ICHR-proceedings, on the ground of its topical nature in 2007.
2. I have also written to Govt. of India and U.P.C.M. on 6.12.06 to take-up the martyrdom, of Jaipal Singh, in 1857/58 mutiny, alongside kunwar Singh of Aarrah, and facilitate visitors from around the world to come and see the house of Jaipal Singh, for which I am ready to provide all basic amenities as required by Ms. Ambica Soni in her recent reply to a question by sri Mahendra Mohan of S.P. in Rajya Sabha (with whatever little help, assistance, guidance and recognition from the State Govt. as required by the Center)
3. I am releasing the said paper read by me in 1982 with annexures as proof and the geneological table of the 1st House of Katehar, to which the said martyr belonged and figures in the table.
4. there are letters of Central Govt. (AST) and State Govt. about the authenticity of the subject matter and my approach to the topic for last 25 years.
One and all is welcome to raise queries on my e. mail identity (spsinghnavy. hotmail. com.) and is welcome for a glimpse of the House of martyr Jaipal Singh.
Awaiting to hear from you.
Yours truly,
(Suresh Pratap Singh)
R.M.House N.16/132-B, Vinayka, Kamachha,
Cell – 0993539836
Phone : 0542-2361159
Paper to be read at Kurekshetra in the 43rd History Congress
By ,MR.:- S.P.Singh
The role of “not –so –small” Cultivators of eastern the nationslist movement of 1857 (the first war of Independence
The first known oppressive measures of Queen Victoria’s Government (in India) against the looal leaders of 1857 mitiny/ rebellion
For this topic to be understood properly, we must study four annexure in Hindi, which are copied from original urdu or from Bahi’s as such in kathiawadi script
Annexure one is the Genealogical table of the Raghuvansies of Katehar in the last seven generations
Annexure two it the copy Revenue Records in Varanasi collectorate showing the entries of 1883 in the name of Ram Sunder Singh.of village Kaithi pargana Katehar.
Annexure three (a) is the copy of the records maintained by the Raghuvansies Panda in Gaya, on page 130, which mention the name of the great grandfather of Babu Bharat Singh of Katehar Raj, but omits the name of his grandfather. Whereas,
Annexure 3 (b) is the copy of page 142 mentioning the name of the grandfather of his son but not that of the great grandfather, as was done by himself (Babu Bharat Singh ) on page 130. The name of the grand father of Babu Bharat Singh of Kateher is the main clue of our story. What was the name of grand father of Babu Bharat Singh.? Annexure one shows it to be Jaipal Singh,and so it is sung by bards and women at various functions like marriages and birth of a child. But then why does it show it to be Parshotam Singh in the Revenue Records of 1883, and while father of Babu Bharat Singh in still alilve (i.e.Ram Sunder Singh)the name of both himself and his brother are entered in the Jild Bandobast, along with the name of his father and grandfather (which is different to the one shown in the Genealogical table).
Furthermore, Babu Bharat Singh takes greatest care of not mentioning the name of his grandfather either as Parshotam Singh or as Jaipal Singh against the norms of Gaya and uses the word “dada”(-------) in place of generally used the word Baba (for grand father), as also used by his own son twenty years later ‘dada ‘(-------) is a peculiar word. It is used for uncle and sometimes for father (amongst the Taluqdars of Avadh) not to be confused with ‘data’ of Rajasthan princely houses )and sometime for elder brother, but also for great grand father, specially when grandfather ’Baba ‘ is alive along with ‘Dada’ (great grandfather). But it is often misunderstood food ‘Baba’ or grandfather. The same subterfuge is utilized by Babu Bharat Singh of Kaithi (Katehar)in not mentioning the name of his grandfather.
We do not want to bring the controversy of 1840 as no copies of record operation of 1840 are being produced. But it may be understood that in 1840 the name of Jaipal Singh is to be found. Then why suddenly his name becomes such a taboo or enigma in 1883 and afterwards. Actually, there are two names in Kaithi records which are found changed after the mutiny of 1857, one is of course of Jaipal Singh and another on is of “Chhayyi-Gharana, “ Who were distant cousins. His five brothers are Dhavakkal Singh, Pargas Singh, Bhairon Singh, Shiv Awatar Singh and Shiv Jalim Singh, but his name is removed from the ‘Sazara’ (Genealogical table) prepared in 1860, although later on his changed name is entered in the Revenue Records of 1883 and his descendants are still enjoying his property. These two men were marked-out by the new administration after the company raj which utilized various oppressive measures to suppress the spirit of rebellion on the western banks of Ganges. Veer Sarvarkar has recorded that ten to twenty people were hanged by the tallest trees once the mutiny was quelled. All the guns , swords and Jhals etc. were dumped in wells and hidden in ‘ parnalas’ of village homes. Twenty gun barrels were found when the old house of Babu Bharat Singh , grandson of 1857- rebellion Jaipal Singh was demolished in 1930 for rebuilding on the same spot. of. There is a well in Kaithi-kot which should be dug out to examine the remains of 1858 dumpings of Raghuvansies arms.
It is a little known fact that the newly installed Government of Queen Victoria confiscated the landed property of the suspects of 1857 rebellion. However, it is difficult to say how rebellious was Babu Jaipal Singh of Kaithi or his unnamed cousin. There is a story perhaps exaggerated that he had joined Kunwar Singh of Arrah and never returned to Kaithi afterwards.
Strangely enough their family bard is also silent on the matter.
Record operations of village Kaithi in 1883 has recorded Babu Ram Sunder Singh shown as “Makhbudul khabar” or having left home which must have necessitated for his two sons names to be entered along with his own as he was not declared deceased. And opportunity was provided for his fathers name to be changed. The fact is that Babu Ram Sunder Singh left home as an ascetic and is renowned to have lived a very long life, having visited Kaithi at the death of his son, for a brief moment
The fact remains that the zamindari rights of the land in district Varanasi of some suspected families came under active consideration of the new Birtish Government either local, Viceregal or from the Whitehall that people fled giving their sons an opportunity to rehabilitate themselves and not suffer for the sins of their fathers.
A deep study in the test case presented here can throw more light on the exact attitude of the then administration. The revenue records between two settlements of 1840 and 1841-84 and official files kept in archives can be of great help and should be preserved before they are indiscriminately weeded out after the usual hundred years period. That particular period is of great significance to the first war of independence and the History congress or ICHR may take proper steps in that direction similarly the Bahi’s of Gayas pandas are fast deteriorating by damp atmosphere of their keepers houses and they may also be preserved for posterity by effects made by any such body.
Annexure- one.
Genealogical table of the Reghuvansies of Katehar
Raghav Rai -(L. 1726)
Janak Rai –(L. 1751)
Shiv Shanker Shiv Ghulam Shiv Sahay Shiv Ratan Singh -à (L.1776)
Singh. Singh. Singh Jaipal Singh -à(L.1801)
Ram Sunder Singhà(L. 1826)
(L.1851) _____ Eharat Singh Govardhan Singh
( L.1876) _____Raj kumar Singh. Ramdhari Singh
(L. 1901) ______ Ram Rup Singh.
Re- issued : 23/12/06.
Annuxue –2
Copy Settlement village Kaithi , Mahaal Gang- Barar, pargana Katehar, dist. Banaras year 1883.
No. of entry
Name Cultivators
Ram Sunder Singh

- - 90


So of chlh.vayed (khud kast)Ram Sunder Singh
Son of Parshotam Singh & Bharat Singh and Gowardhn singh sons of Ram sundar singh with equal shares and one share of widows Ganga Kunwar wife of Late Shiv Ram Singh one share, caste Kshatriya, co Parceners owners culhivating persondly (khud kast






Annuxue –3 (A)
Copy of the register of Raghuvanshi- Kshatriya of Katehar Pargana, of kankata panda of GAYA.
On page 130 Babu Bharat Singh Father Ram Sunder Singh great grand father Shiv Ratan Singh Raghuvanshi Kshatriya, son: Raj kumar Singh, Village Kaithi of katehar
P.S. Chaubepur, post: Kaithi dist: varanasi: 14th Day of Ashwin (kwar), fashli 1337.
Sd. Bharat Singh
Annuxue –3 (B)
On page 142.
Raj kumar Singh , Father: Bharat Singh, grand father Ram Snder Singh Brother (Cousin) Ramdhari Singh, nephew: Chandrdeo Singh, Son: Ram Rup Singh,Rishabhdeo Singh.
Sd. Rajkumar Singh, by the pen in his own hand.
Date: 15 Ashwin , 1357 fasli.
Establish- 1st House of Katehar’s age
As per lodging in “ Sees chand Mansion”
Starting from official age certificate
Of Rai Saheb Ram Rup Singh (12.12.1901)
(with slight approximations for
convenience sake)
First born of sees chand Mansion

When 25 years old
Ram Rup Singh
1925 AD
Raj kumar Singh
1900 AD
Bharat Singh
1865 AD
Ram Sunder Singh
1835 AD
Jaipal Sinhg alias Puroshattam Singh
1810 AD
Shiv Ratan Singh
1785 AD

Chet Singh alias Janak Rai

Udit Singh
1735 AD

Ragho Rai
1710 AD

Nanhu Rai

Narsingh Bhan
1660 AD

Sri Kishun

Baddu Rai
1610 AD

Tusli Rai
1585 AD

Iss Chand
1560 AD

Sees Chand
1535 AD

Madan Chand
1510 AD

Rai Chan Singh Judeo
1485 AD

And then beyond, to establish veracity of the years recorded, by our Bard Banshi
Kavi, for Deokunwar coming to Deorayee in 1380 (7) and pukar Raj establishing hegemony of the 1st House of katehr at Neyar –deth in 1435.To include in place of (‘Bhaithaywa- clzdir) of the original geneow-gical-tahte (Kaithi-Sarora)
Ref . : ICHR/ CHRMN/6/79-80/26/
Date : March 11, 1980.
Dear Mr. Singh,
I received your letter regarding your proposal Raghuvansies in Benares- 1154 onwards. I would suggest that you should send your research project for the scrutiny of experts nominated by the Indian Council of Historical Research. The regular procedure is a as soon as a proposal is received the Chairman or the other members of the Council nominate one or two experts. Their recommendations are placed before the Research project committee and decision of the Research Project is final.
With regards,
Yours sincerely,
Mr. Sureshpratap Singh,
Sees Chand Mansion,
Village & Post- Kaithi,
Dist. : Varanasi (U.P.)
Dr. kashi prasad shrivastava, D.O. LTR No. 296/Four-1 Director u.p. Govt. Achhives
(State Director G.P. Govt. B- 44, Maharagar Extra Lakhanove
Abrchives Laknove Date: 1 june 1979.
Dear Shri Singh,
This is regarding your LR date 1.6.79 which is about the donation to the U.P. Govt. Archives of permanent care of Raghvanshi genealogical table that in which (------) it is to inform you that the said genealogical that will be kept in the local Arehive at Varanasai, which is under the supervision of this office
after proper repair of it for safe – keeping and will be made available to scholars at all times.
Truly yours
(kashi prasad shrivastav )
Shri suresh Pratap Singh
Village & Post : Kaith
Dist- Varanasi

Balui: Ahove ____________------------------------------------------------------
Balu with English tran script, which can he used in making software
U.P. Govertment Archives
B-44, Mahanagar Ext.
Shri, Suresh Pratap Singh
(public Servia)
Village & Post :- Kailthi
Dist:- Varanasi
Letter No. 79 / Nine-4 Date: 17. April 1980.
Dear Sir,
We have to inform with reference to your latter date 6.3.80. the ‘ KAITHI’-Genealogical table that ‘Sent by you has been only Repaired. Please to intimate as to on which address should at the Sent, that you are able to receive. The same in case you are coming personality , you can take the genealogical table from this office.
Yours truly,
(Shyam Narain Singh )


A book about the legends of Ikshawakus and history of Raghuvanshies from seven millennium B.C. to 28.06.1852 from Asthachakra Ayodhya to Kaithi-katehar, taking a clue from the Last Reghuvanshy King Maharaja Nain Deo’s bard Banshi Kavi, who traveled with him to Varanasi at the time of the abdicated king’s betrothal to the famous Gaharwar King Jaichand’s grand –niece Bindumati in Varanasi in 1212 A.D. ; AND THEREON ---- An application for the magnum opus’s copyrights has been submitted to the Registrar of COPYRIGHTS , to the Govt. of India, New Delhi-110001. on 15.11.2006, from Belapur, Navi Mumbai, by registered post with triplicate statement of Particulars and the fee paid vide postal order NO. 40F 751229, 40F 751228 AND 56E894907, with Receipt No:- RLA 6101, from Konkan Bhavan SO 400614.
The book also includes and mentions the unknown and unsung, and someone whose mention was deliberately suppressed by his descendants, the brave heart of the first House of Katehar Jaipal Singh, Who participated and died in the 1857-uprising against the British tyranny. We are honoured to make public the Valliant sacrifice of our great great great grand - father, with humble reverence for his love for the country, which is free today.
------------------------------------------ By S.P.Singh

1857- Highlight
“Sees Chand Mansion”
1st House of the first family of Katehar estd. 1485
Village & Post : Kaithi(Markandey)
P.S. : Chaubeypur,Distt. Varanasi. Pin 221116.

Very soon we will be celebrating 150th anniversary of 1857 uprising against the tyranny of the John Company and its aftermath. While the Mughul empire totally disintegrated , small Zamindars evaded annihilation by hiding the existence of the mutineers/rebellions amongst themselves , in order to survive with the art of living peaceably for the sake of Zamindari rights for their children and entry in Civil Services created by British for their grand children, and very wise men also chose to ignore the sacrifice of their grand –fathers ,in order to simply survive. It was not virtuous to nurture and cherish the dead, the plebeian riff-raff who were the driving force of the rebellion , as they ignited the fire which engulfed thousands of innocent families. Like the British philosopher Jeremy Bentham , their ideal was security and not liberty. ”Wars and storms are best to read of, but peace and calms are better to endure.”
1) I had read a paper on the topic of one such rebellious Raghuvanshi Rajput of Katehar, by name of Jaipal Singh, in the ICHR meet of 1982 and have requested for a re-read (although at a short notice) the same in 2006 ICHR-proceedings, on the ground of its topical nature in 2007.
2) I have also written to Govt. of India and U.P. C.M on 6.12.06 to take-up the martyrdom, of Jaipal Singh, in 1857 mutiny, alongside Kunwar Singh of Aarrah , and facilitate visitors from around the world to come and see the house of Jaipal Singh, for which I am ready to provide all basic amenities as required by Ms . Ambika Soni in her recent reply to a question by Sri Mahendra Mohan of S.P. in Rajya Sabha (with whatever little help, assistance, guidance and recognition from the State Govt. as required by the center.)
3) I am realeasing the said paper read by me in 1982 with annexures as proof and the genealogical table of the 1st house of Katehar, to which the said martyr belonged and figures in the table.
4) There are letters of Central Govt. (ASI) and State Govt. about the authenticity of the subject matter and my approach to the topic for last 25 years.
------------------------------------------------------By S.P Singh

About The Author
Sailor,Aviator,Seaman,Marine - Engineer & Chartered Engineer(London), Public Servant, Tenant and Cultivator in the alluvial 'Mahal of Kaithi' in a process of revising(and writing about it)Cornwallis and Jonathan Duncan,after being initiated by Rai Saheb Ram Rup Singh, in the eighties, proactive in making Ganga dredging successful and creating water- ways after twenty years, in 2000 AD. first born of the second son of the direct lineal descendant in the twentieth century of the first family of the first House of Kathear,coming down the line of the last Raghuvanshi king of Ayodhya-migrating to Varanasi in 1205 AD-thereby making an effort of recording obeisance to the survival of the family with the help of the book of the family bard and with the translation of the lost and found genealogical table.
Suresh Pratap Singh

Invitation to the function of the laying of memorial tablet in the honour of the martyrdom of Jaipal Singh S/O. Shiv Ratan Singh of the House of Sees Chand of the 1st family of the 1st House of the Raghuvanshies of Katehar in the 1857 struggle of the plebeians of the country for the outser of the ‘Goras’ of the east India 10 May 2007, being the 150th Anniversary of the 1st War of Independence.
Venue : Kaithi(Markandey),Katehar,Varnasi
At “Sees Chand Mansion”
Proposed inauguration by Dr. Karan singhji, M.P .(a distant cousin of the family) in the presence of invitees including Sri Amitabh Bachchan and family(who are duly invited to picturise the story of the said martyr) and Sri Amar Singh(whose father was a friend of the family) and who can percuade Sri Bachchan on our behalf and all the descendents of Baba Pukar rai of niyardeeh and of Sri Ganesh rai, his first Cousin from Dobhi, including of course of our famous cousin Doman Deo now mostly in Aaire(Ayar) and in other places too (vide news media as much as possible or else by word of mouth as like in 1857)
And Ms. Ambika Soni, The G.O.I. Minister of Culture, as per my two communications to her in December 2006 in this matter.
And Sri. Mulayam Singhji vide our request to him 08.12.2006, in his capacity as C.M. of the province, so also as our political ally in the early seventies, hence personally
And not to forget former C.M. Sri, Rajnath Singhji who started the Ganga dredging in Kaithi on my request on 23rd November 2000, and it will give us immense pleasure and honour to have him for the occasion.
And all and sundry who has a feeling towards our unknown martyr and their sacrifices and bravery for the country.
Your sincerely & truly,
R.S.V.P Suresh Pratap Singh
R.M.HOUSE, N-16/132B, Vinayaka
Kamachha, Varanasi 221010

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The R.M.House at Kamachha,Varanasi.

Rai Chan Singh to Rishabh Deo Singh memorial Trust at Kaithi and Varanasi.

In the event of my untimely death in a year or two,I am,sort of drawing-out a “Will and Testament” for the management of the acquisitions made through my personal efforts and my NRI earnings over last fifty years and invested by my able spouse ,wisely,creating a stir among near and dear ones,specially but sadly,so as to spell-out my intentions in a bold and clear message to all and sundry and which may be registered,duly.

At the outset of my venture to Kaithi,after only ten years sea-service,so as to stop the selling spree of the land,by the revered elders,little did I know ,for certain,that I was to go so deeply,in the random professies of Pd. Parmeshwar Dwevedi and the Coffee-house table-mate and a district judge Mr. Srivastava,that I am destined to explore the past of my ancestors,handing it on a platter to the coming generations.Guided profusely by my wife,I went to sea,across the Indian ocean and achieve a non-resident-Indian status for taxation purposes,my various companies opening my accounts in exotic sounding foreign banks,one after the other.I would accumulate dollars and stop sailing,till it was all exhausted,in constructing a massive house in Varanasi.Then, I would again head for the sea,to earn more.And then stop sailing again,for all the fifty years,till the ripe old age of seventy.I like to think of the World-conqueror Raja Raghu,who operated in the same manner,and gave away every thing till he was left with only earthen-bowls in his hands(see my translation of Kalidas in the” plebeians”).

I came to firm conclusion that it was Rai Chan Singh judeo,who was installed in Kaithi at the tender age of five,by his father,Rai Khem Raj Singh judeo in around 1485 AD.And his living quarters later became the first residential house of his grand-son Sees Chand ,in which we ,now ,reside,although having weathered a severe shock on 28th of june,1952,when my father Babu Rishabh Deo Singhji died of suspected poisoning,for the purpose of eliminating the first line of descent of the first house of the Raghuvansies of Katehar,from the ownership of large tracts of alluvial and dryland portions in the village,apportioned ceaselessly and carefully by the great sage of the family Bharat Singh,between 1882 and 1944. So as the story nearly came to end by designs of the unscrupulous and unrelenting,in 1952,with the demise of Rishabh deo Singh,except for my several concentrated efforts to reestablish in the Sees Chand Mansion,to the displeasure of all and sundry,I too am constrained in making a memorial-service,at that point of our stay in Kaithi,the Ayodhya of the Raghuvanshies of Katehar.

Jaipal Singh Hall of Fame of the 1st House of the Raghuvanshies of Katehar,at Kaithi.

I may or may not be able to do the above,as a certainty,so I designed a hall in my Varanasi residence at Vinayaka(N 16/132B),Kamachha,for housing the ancestors of Kaithi from Rai Chan Singhjudeo to Rishabh deo Singhji(1485-1952),and called the structure as R.M.House,viz.Raichan Singh to Rishabhdeo Singh”Memorial House.
After the demise of myself and my spouse(whose name has been used as the owner),the enigmatic problem of it’s upkeep will arise.So, I make all my children responsible for not only it’s upkeep and maintenance,but expansion and acquisition of appertant and adjoining properties,open to sale,by their full-fledged involvement in the memorial house,in way of allotting them all portions for their use(and as for as possible avoid subletting them,on a regular basis),for which they shall deposit Rs.100,000/-yearly,in advance,in the Funds created for running the Trust(the details of which shall be formulated by an advocate).There shall be a review of the annual rentals,every five years,so that about fifty lakhs shall be in the reserve for alterations and major repairs,if need be.In fifty years time,there should be two crores in the reserve and a total over-haul of the building can be undertaken,if need be.There is no reason why my children shall not follow in my footsteps in maintaining a property created as a memorial to their ancestors as well.At the same time,they are at liberty to opt out of the cumbersome responsibility,stated above,and shall just remain happy by only kindly guiding the Board of Trustees to carry-out their onerous task thoughtfully,where they will be honourable permanent invitees cum trustees(as the advocates finalise the issue).The responsibility will not be thrust upon anyone,it has to be shared willingly and faithfully,as for as my own children are concerned.

Incomplete as at 11.20PM on 24th of july,2009,at Spaghetti,Nevi- Mumbai-410210
Penned by Suresh Pratap Singh,himself.

Furthermore,on the 8th of August,2009.

A clarification for the children and the advocates of the Trust andthose involved in drawing the minutes of the Trust,intended by me about the R.M.House in Vinayaka,Varanasi,the nature of the intended possession without rancour and ill-will on anyones part,is to maintain harmony between brother and the two sisters and let no one feel deprived or given a special treatment by me or my wife,but always bearing in mind that it was raised to honour my ancestors for which duty I seem to have been born and not for making anyone rich or ambitious and over-possive just because I have fathered him or her.No squandering of my property shall be allowed by anyone,including my wife,in case she survives me,just because her name has been registered in goodwill and good faith and no child shall be permitted to hoodwink or bully her in making any will in anyones favour,as the final Will is hereby being made by the man who built the memorial by his own earnings,notwithstanding continuous encouragement,support and exhortation by the better half, but she is hereby,being stopped from making any of her own will except for canceling any part of my will on account of ill-will or misbehaviour by any one of the beneficiaries or their descendants and children.No one ,not even me can stop her from being the master of the ceremonies and all actions so long she is alive.
More later.Suresh Pratap Singh at Navi Mumbai on 8.08.09

Jaipal Singh Hall of Fame

7.08.09 at Spaghetti,Kharghar, Navi-Mumbai.

Need to raise a memorial hall in the memory of the great martyr of 1857 war of independence,in my life time,which may be only a short distance away or even forty years away,who knows?
I propose building it on the exclusive property in my name,adjacent to the Sees Chand Mansion,in which both myself and Jaipal Singh had the privilege of being born,a hundred and forty years apart.
This could be of the same width as of the Sees Chand Mansion,which could be called it’s length and it’s width could be adjusted in the Bailva of yester-years,with three feet corridor left on the south and north sides ,surrounded by a thin wall supported in-between by piling driven pillars seven feet apart,the over-head space to be covered by some ingenius device,so as to allow the air to pass but thieves and intruders to hold.
All along the southern boundary of neighbors,our own piled supported srut should have a 3inches wall(owing to steep rise in the brick-prices,and there after a wind tunnel three feet wide all along,turning left at the juncture of Babu Baldeo Singh’s bakhari,till in line with the southern wall of Sees Chand Mansion,unless hard –pressed for a few more feet in Rishabh Deo Singh’s bada,adjacent to the hata(compound )of Babu Baldeo Singh,now in possession of Munna and Laddoo.A room and a kitchen would be built for the purpose of catering to the demands of the tourists visiting to see the Jaipal Singh memorial Hall of the 1st house of the Raghuvanshies of Katehar dedicated to Baba Pukar Rai and his eldest son Rai Khemraj singh’s foray in Kaithi in order to install his eldest son Rai Chan Singhjudeo,as a five year old youngster in Kaithi,on the spot where his grandson built a permanent abode,while his father Madan Chand and Grand-fatherstarted living in his newly acquired jagirdari of Pargana Bayaleesi in distt. Jaunpur.Madan Chand may have traveled to Kaithi,once in a while,however the credit for the present house goes to Sees Chand,built at the turn of the fourteenth century into fifteenth.It seems I was born to tell the Raghuvanshies all about it,through the charts and genealogy tales of Banshi Kavi,our bard’s descendant since we left Ayodhya around 1194AD. In a way it is a great historical monument,but as these are not the days to talk about all that ,so we will stick to 1857-martyr Jaipal Singh and the memorial hall built in the commemoration of his martyrdom.
I dare say I have failed in my latest bid to emulate my world conquering ancestor Raghu Maharaj,in going around the world like him when the ex-chequer is devoid of requisite wealth.Hence my programme shall be executed with limited means and most simply devoid of ostentation of any sort except for the future’s security arrangements and security of future. I shall certainly abhor any help from any corner except from my own son,which may be done by pledging my Mumbai flatm,in lieu of his donation to my project dealing in the past,which is wont to my family,specially my own spouse,who is sitting pretty lording over the investment of my maximum collection of wealth from around the world,which has been desired by me to be converted into a memorial trust in the name of Rai Chan Singhjudeo to Babu Rishabh deo singhji,celeberating their uninturpted stay in the Sees Chand Mansion between 1465 and 28thof june 1952.Any one desireous of future use(after my wife and myself are no more) shall be made fully and sincerely responsible towards the up-keep of the so called R.M.House(short for RaiChan Singh to Rishabh deo Singh Memorial Houise),simply by paying in the Trust created already or to be created by the descendants of myself and my wife Savitri Devi Singh Raghuvanshi,for making certain that the edifice shall not fall apart for next 300 years in it’s originality and if necessary for building another memorial in the same names in the same place.Much will power will be required to wish to go and stay in that House built by me by my own earnings around the world and building operations supervised wholly by my good wife abovenamed.The working of the above trust is not a matter tom be discussed here.
So in case the good old Sees Chand Mansion becomes a heritage property,we shall be ready to move-on,while maintaining the old Mansion for the Archeological Survey of India.
It can be foreseen that with a flat in Mumbai and a Mansion in the Town ,hardly anyone would venture out like me in 1971 against the wishes of all in the family,again to stay put,despite my call in my Blog to all to return to Kaithi,even if waiting for the great holocaust.But I shall make arrangements,in the infra-structure like in Mumbai for thr future generations to invest and adopt beautifications and decorations in the interior and even the exterior.It will be my utter desire with the Architect to build and design to save from the excited and unruly youngsters of the locality to damage the window-panes,like they have been doing on the first floor rooms of the old Mansion,while enjoying our hospitality of playing cricket and volleyball in my back-yard.A wire –mesh to all glasses is a must as our stayis occasional and minimal of a day or two and we are not able to maintain a guard,over already a property which is costing us moolah.
In the western end a place to sit for visitors ought to be created since Thakur Ram Rup Singhji had allowed Kaka to convert Bharat Baba’s Baithaka into his temporary living quarters,we are devoid of a baithaka ourselves and I received visitors in my late father’s day room and even Thakur Ram Rup Singhji had wished for a Men’s baithaka whenever he visited Kaithi in the eighties,during the alluvial problems created by the river Gomti.So it can be created,by and by where our Anjahia bakhari used to be,facing north and another aisle facing east to gather sunlight earliest in the mornings as in my lifetime I do not wish to disturb the settings as created by the permission of my late uncle,although better alternatives can be worked-out.After all there are family members with erroneous notions that it was only his property.We are no trespassers we have come as legal heirs of my grand-father and I am beneficiary in sale-deeds also,which came to light in some legal wranglings for ten years over erroneous assumptions.I have entered the house of my birth after the expiry of three months notice to all the co-parceners,in 1971,after I returned from sea for the first time in fourteen years.Yet I have invited in some blog of mine for all coparceners to come and take charge of the Mansion and save it from falling-over,I have done it off and on,whenever any murmur has risen.But no body is interested in the upkeep,but only in the booty.While on the contrary,my devotion is satiated when some kith and kin visit their ancestral house,the ancestry of which they are not aware of.So I thought before I leave this world I shall endeavour to leave no bone of contention for the kith and kin to claim that it is only theirs and anyone else is an intruder.But for God’s sake let them be willing to undertake some burden of maintenance as well.One might argue,that as I live in it I shall maintain it.Good enough reason.But then since 1989,we are not living in it and we come here off and on and spend big some on redoing the faulty and leaky ceilings and mud-hatched brick walls with in-roads of water all round.This house belongs to the descendants of late Thakur Ram Rup Singhji and his own younger brother late Babu Rishabh Deo Singhji and all are wecome to come and stay but after my demise anyone before claiming it his own shall also come forward and do the necessary repairs at that time and undertake maintenance through-out with the guidance of an engineer and an architect (like I have been doing ) and be prepred to employ a watchman to ward-off many more claimants,like the after death period of my father,between 1952 and 1971.
Suresh Pratap Singh(Kaithi)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

When to start on the Hindi version of "the plebeians"


My dear HN,
You are one of the just four people,to whom I addressed on the ninety-third anniversary of my father’s birth.You are quie right and I had planned likewise,when I told you that I was going to get a wagon-R,after sailing for three months,before settling down in Kaithi,for good.But the Shipping Co. tried to get my services without remunerations,as they sent me on a ship,without handing me a copy of the Contract,playing on my truthful revealations of my future agenda,and they thought this foggy old chap is too hard-up and will join the ship anyway.There is so much corruption in the shipping business,that there was no redressal from the DGShipping ,POMMD,and the Shipping Master,who are placed here to look-after the interest of the seaman and the matter has gone up to the ministry.
Though I have sent my representations,by email , registered and courier mails,I have asked them to let me come and elucidate personally,for which I will be in Delhi,around the 27th and 28th of Aug.We can meet then,whenever you have some time.I will put-up at the New Delhi Railway Station’s Retiring rooms(thanks to Madhav Rao Scindia),as it would be convenient to go to the ministry(1,Sansad Marg),Ansari Street,Darayaganj(for publication of “the plebeians”) and meet Dr. Karan Singhji,for a “Foreword” to my book,which is pending for long.My phone on roaming will be 09935398306.
Hope to see you,with much longing to complete the Hindi version of “the plebeians”,where we will put-down details of each of our families,to our heart’s content,as you have mentioned in your email,howsoever much ,sometimes ,it being a risky affair to my self,letting the cat out of the bag , of the old forbidden past.
With best wishes to yourself and the family.
Suresh Pratap Singh of Kaithi,Katehar
At Navi Mumbai.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Birth anniversary of Babu Rishabh Deo Singhji,today.

Rishabh deo Singh born today,in 1917 at Kaithi,Katehar.

My father was born on the Krishna-janmasthami day at mid-night,coinciding with the birth of Lord Krishna,many centuries ago,as the second son of Thakur Raj kumar Singh and a grandson of Mahayogi Bharat Singh,in the House of Sees Chand,the grandson of Rai Chan Singh,who was established in Kaithi,at the tender age of five,by his father Rai Khem Raj Singh,the eldest son of Baba Pukar Rai of Niyar deeh Kot, in 1465AD.
There was a great commotion in the household,specially in the ladies quarters,of the Maha Yogi,as coinciding the birth of the new child with that of the Yogiraj Krishna,was held to be inauspicious as for as the life-line of the child born,simultaneously with that of the Kanahaiyya- NandLala, the Girdhar Gopal in the Janmashthami being announced tumultuously with conches and jingling of bells in the adjoining temples and houses of the other Thakurs of the village
The great astrologer,Pd.Satya Narain Pandey was sent for,with urgency from Bharat baba,who responded immediately,as he was held so dearly by the Mahayogi.The almanacs were duly consulted and what the naïve women feared was found to be true.Indeed,the newly born had a very short span of life,as the purpose of his birth was to produce progeny who would carry the lineage of Sees Chand and Rai Chan Singh for long and far and wide around the continent.Bharat baba was aghast and as the child was seen as a progenitor,he called him “Rishabh”,meaning a bull,then added “Deo”,which became the name of the first Tirthanker of the Jainees,situate nearby,next to the demolished mud-fortress of Doman Deo.
Rishabh Deo Singh fathered three sons and a daughter and died at the age of 35 in 1952 on 28th of june,in Varanasi,in all probability by poisoning.The other part of the sooth-saying is in progress,with bitterness amongst themselves,for doing away with the property,for the consolidation of which Rishabh Deo Singh gave his life,as exhorted by his elder brother,in his letters from Bareilly,for upholding the dignity of the most prominent house of Kaithi(his concept stopped at that)
Similar scenes had taken place at the time of the birth of the first born of Thakur Raj Kumar Singh on the 12th of Dec. 1901 ,after Satya Narain Pandit consulted the horoscope of the newly-born,then.Again women folk started to wail as he had his great grand-father’s fate in the end of his life ,i.e. Sanyas-ashram and total “Virakti ”, WHICH WAS ONLY PARTIALLY TRUE ,owing to my persuation of guiding me in order to overcome the utter disaster for the village,brought about by the the change of course of river Gomti on 7.9.1980,by which suddenly the village seemed to have lost 626.04acres of alluvial and most precious cultivable land of the village,overnight and all of us were bereft of livelihood.
Even Sri Bhanu Pratap Singh was born on the Krishna-Janmashthami day in 1917,but not like my father,where the time was exactly the same as that,reputedly of Lord Krishna.
This is a tribute to his father from his eldest son,burdened with the duties of honour and survival of the first house of the Raghuvanshies of Katehar,on the father’s birth anniversary,in 2009,to seek blessings and guidance,honesty of purpose and courage to carry-on regardless,aspiring and dreaming of the raj(as Dashrath-bo malhain would say) of Bharat baba,and yet facing the slings and arrows of the outrageous fortune and still facing the murderous streak of the elements that had done my father in,long long ago,as the fight in side the brotherhood of the Zamindari scions,continues unabated,just as described by the famous appointee of Lord Cornwallis,viz.Jonathan Duncan,the instrumentalist of the permanent settlement,upto Varanasi commissionerate,in1793,had described in his letters to the Board of Revenue at Calcutta and to the Governor General in Council.They are still going for the jugular,to retain old primacy,with the help of newly acquired wealth(buying the thana wholesale).
I hope to build “Jaipal Singh Hall of fame of the 1st House of the Raghuvanshies of Katehar”,before I too have my rendezvous with death,naturally or otherwise.In my considered opinion there was only one flaw in the exalted and short life of my father,viz. his early demise and I don’t want to follow suit,in that undoing,as there may not be another to complete my own and my late,lamented father’s mission.If Ram Rup Singh lived life akin to royalty,his younger brother was a nobility incarnate and I am , forever, proud of him and it is my honour to have been born as his son,and the eldest at that with the privilege of forever being in the mire,even for the good deeds done,off and on.I shall prod on ,nevertheless,thinking of my father.
His adoring son.
Suresh Pratap Singh
At Navi Mumbai
14th of August,2009.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

the Contents of the plebeians who would be kings

Contents and references of the plebeians who would be the kings”

Copyright No.:L(28065)/2007

Book I

1.How it all began –Sees Chand & Doman Deo establishing Kaithi and Chandravati.

2.Story of Syed Sallar Masood Ghazi Mian,grand-son of Mahmood Ghazni,1016 AD.

3.Loss of Ghazi mian to Raja Suheldeo in Bahraich,1034AD

4.Grant of Bayalassi pargana to Rai Chan Singhjudeo.

5.The return of Ram Sunder Singh,the last name in Kaithi Sazra

6.XLI session of the ICHR,in Mumbai and reference to the paper read there on “Sher Shah in the court of Doman Deo.

7.Deo Kunwar settles Deorayee in 1323 AD

8.How close were Sees Chand and Doman Deo.

9.Doman Deo’s ascendancy.

10. Status of the 1st House of Kaithi settlement after 15 generations & Bharat Singh.

11.Did Doman Deo’s horse really crossed the Ganges persued by Afgans?

12.The return of the prodigal son.

13.Grand designs of Raja Balwant Singh of Ramnagar.

14.Cornwallis sends Jonathan Duncan as Resident of Benares.

15.Pre-eminence of Bharat Singh

16. Collector Moss and Bharat Singh

Contents of Book II

1.Magnum Opus on the survival of the Sun dynasty of Ayodhya

2.Age verification of the 1st House of Katehar

3.Raghuvanshies of Benares.

4.First muslim governor of Benares

5.Firuz Tughlaq ,Ghiasuddin Tughlaq(1322) and the Raghuvanshies of Katehar.

6.Muhhad Shah Sharqi(1440-148)’Hussain Shah Sharqi and Bahlol Lodi and the Raghuvanshies extending their areas of influence in Sharqi kingdom.

7.Sikander Lodi(1488) restores Jaunpur Sultanate and befriends Raghuvanshies.

8.Hasan Shah father of Sher Shah receives jagir of Tanda,across the Ganges and befriends the Raghuvanshies of Kaithi.

9.Raghuvanshies maintain a cavalry and foot soldiers to maintain their freedom.

10.Saints ,Ramanand, Kabir,Ravidas,Guru Nanak live in religious harmony.

11.Defeat of Ibrahim Lodi(1526-at Panipat) allows Afgans to seize eastern provinces and Beneras,once again.

12.Humaun looses to Sher Shah in Chausa(1532)

13.Sher Shah captures Benares garrison(1538-39).

14.Then defeats Humayun in Kannauj(1540),Usman Khan made governor of Benares.

15.Traditions assert makes rent-free grant of Katehar to Raghuvanshies.

16.A mint in Benares,turning copper coins (1555).

17.Akbar the great in Beneras(1556).

18.Raja Todar Mal in Benares(1569)

19.Akabar comes again by waterways on way to Bengal campaign

20. Benares becomes a Sirkar,in the suba of Illahabad,created by Akbar.

21.Sant Tulsidas(1532-1623) composes Ramcharitmanas.

22.Revenue Collection and cultivated areas.
23.Shah Jahan orders casting down of temples of Benares.(1632).

24.Much action in Benares(1658)Slaiman defeats Shuja.

25.Aurangzeb destroys old Kirti Bisheshwar temple and builds Alamgir mosque.

26.Aurangzeb issues orders for demolition of Hindu temples including that of Kashi Vishwanath and Bindumadhav-and a mosque built on each site(1669).

27.Gaga Bhat of Benares summoned for Shivaji Maharaj’s coronation ceremony.(1674).

28.French traveler Tavernier visits Benares(1665).Later on Bernier,also French visits.

29.Sawai Jai Singh of Jaipur erects famous Observatory at Benares.

30.Farruk Siar murdered and Muhammad Shah,gives Sirkar of Benares to Murtaza Khan.

31.Murtaza Khan entrusts the management to Rustam Ali,for consideration of five lakhs.

32.Sadat Khan becomes Subedar of Avadh(1722) and Murtaza Khan leases his jagir to him for seven lakhs.Rustam Ali retains the charge till 1738.

33.Mansa Ram representing Rustam Ali before Safdar Jung secures the office of Nazim of Sirkars of Benares,Jaunpur and Chunar,in the nane of his son Balwant Singh.

34.Muhammad Shah issues a ‘Sanad’,after the death of Mansa Ram,conferring Rajaship on Balwant Singh.(1739).

35..Fresh settlement of new tenants ordered by Balwant Singh.(1759).

36.Time of great anxiety,for city of Benares(1752).

37.A havoc created in the city of Benares(1750).

38.Balwant Singh hastily retreats from battle of Buxor and a British Resident posted at Ramnagar,his headquarters in Benares.(1764).

Contents of Book III

1.Ikschawakus table in Ayodhya,prior to its last King’s migration to Benares,1194AD.

2.Kosala’s under Magadh.
3.Sungas sovereignity on Kosala.

4.The Guptas and Ayodhya

5.Rise of Maukharies and shift to Kannauj.

6.The beginning of Muslim invasions.

7.A need of convincing proof of solar races genuineness for the historians.

8.The Russian scholar’s views.

9.a translation of Kalidas’s “Raghuvansh-Mahakavya”(Chapters I to chapter VIII).

Contents of Book IV

1.Chapter VIII to chapterXIX of the mahakavya.

2.Ayodhya in the mediaeval period.

3.The Sultans of Delhi.

4.The Mughals.

5.The Nawabs(1720- 1856).

6.The Annexation of Ayodha and the struggle of 1857.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Preface to the Plebeians who would be kings

Preface to the “Plebeians”

“The plebeians who would be the kings”: copyright No.:L-28065/2007.

A Preface being an introduction to a book, gives an outline to the material, there-in and if that is so, then what I have called as Book I, is the proper Preface of my book, which however is very lengthy, so this piece is being added.

I have very romantically called this book or the explorations, there-in as something that I was destined to do, or was born for doing so. Someone reading my lines on the palm may declare so. But after seeing the mediocre outcome of the so-called a work of the destiny, does’nt impress even me. I would ,much rather, say that it has been a matter of chance that I was born in the 1st House of Katehar, about which, by now, every one had quite forgotten, through unceasing rigorous work of agriculture, through generations of a mean and miserly(saving stock of grain for three years against likely poor harvest, in dry-land farming) livelihood. And as the things were destined to happen , I lost my father at a very young age and was taken away to live in Nainital in suddenly an awesome comfort of good life. I turned from a topper to a mediocre second class student , but as destined, I got into the merchant-marine and went around the world many times over. I had the good sense of sending half the money home and called it a day at sea, owing to overwhelming sentiments for father and also for the mother-land, for reasons explained in the text akin to the Preface, and may be unduly so and in a fit of anguish, the way things were going.

However, even before things happened that made me talk of destiny, as if I was the chosen one to redeem the “Raghuvanshies of Katehar”, as if they would have perished otherwise, line, hook and sinker .I doubt any one is ever so thrilled among the country-cousins of Katehar, let alone those of Dobhi, who are insisting on a combined history of the two, notwithstanding the pargana of Sultanipur between the two of them and poles apart in the history and geography of the region I fear it may be berated amongst even amongst the closest of the cousins (simply for having done it). Another certainty is that only one copy would suffice for the entire village, which should come along unpaid for. So specially for the villages with the tag of the 1st house I am keeping something up my sleeve, that every one must buy at least the second edition or the Hindi version, which I intend calling; ”Katehar ke Raghuvanshi,ekal Hindu Samrat ,1194AD to 1793AD’ for the following reason,found in a book given to me by Rao Barauli.I quote:


Hindu Kings

The city was founded some three thousand years back .A detailed history of Kashi in chronological order is not traceable Only inscriptions on stone pillars and the existence of old temples and copper plates give us some rudimentary ideas about the line of kings that ruled Banaras .The city was under the sway of the kings of Kanauj for a considerable time. After the defeat of Raja Jai Chandra by the mussalman invaders one branch of the family fled eastward and set up and independent state. For many years the Gaharwar princes ruled banaras and afterwards they were compelled to retire to Kantit and Bana. The last in the line of the Gaharwar erected the old Rajput fort at Rajghat.The present Kantit family in Mirzapur claims its ancestry from this time.

The Kanauj kings did not penetrate in land and the country was held by Soeries,Bhars and other unsubdued tribes, who were independent throughout Avadh and the eastern districts. The district even today abounds with Bhars especially in Banaras tehsil.

Rajput colonization does not appear to have begun before the 12th or the13th centuries. This is the period popularly assigned to the establishment of the Raghubansi power. One Deo Kunwar came from Ayodhya ,the ancient seat of Raghubansis and married the daughter of Raja Banar, obtaining as dowry the Taluqa of Niar.The Raghubansis are the only Rajputs in the district who seemed to have acquired a position of independence.The Raghubansis claim descent from one Doman Deo,ninth in the direct descent from Deo Kunwar, who lived during the regime of Sikander Lodi and held Katehar as a rent-free tenure.” Unquote;

So even the history that speaks of us has Princess Bindumati married off to Deo Kunwar.Which in our bard’s story is married to the last King of Ayodhya, Nain deo. whose son was Salhe Kunwar, who fathered None Rao and Nangayee Rao While None Rao went away to Kashmir, Nangayee Rao fathered Deo Kunwar, who settled Deorayee in 1380AD.His great grand-father married the daughter of Raja Banar, sometime after 1194AD,after Jai Chandra shifted him to Rajghat in Varanasi or Banaras.Again,Doman Deo is said in the above description as the ninth in the descent from Deo Kunwar.Whereas factually, after Deo Kunwar,it was Birhaj Rai,then Pukar Rai,then Rai Khemraj Singh,then Udai Chand,then Ugaa Thakurayee,whose second son was Doman Deo who comes out to be seventh in line.
Doman Deo was contemporary of Sikander Lodi and even Sher Shah Suri(who had worked in his stable as a runaway in between 1501 to 1515)) upto 1545AD,i.e. three hundred and fifty years after the Raghuvanshies migrated from Ayodhya, and its odd that all Raghuvanshies claim descent from Doman Deo.So one purpose of this exercise is also for the purpose of correction of records in such haphazard descriptions as much as in some old Govt. Gazeteers, and bring for public viewing the correct order of the lineage,and specially for our suspicious cousins in Jaunpur,calling all Katehar cousins not only descendants of Doman Deo,but also of his Ahir consort(in jest).For the records sake Doman Deo fathered five sons from that lady,called,Jalho Mokal,Amba,Chan and Bariyasan Singh.Doman Deo’s other son was Kalyan Shah, whose son Ayirran Shah built the Ayar Kot ,near Varanasi, whose eleventh descent Pratap Narain Singh was adopted by maharaja of Vijayanagaram in Andhra Pradesh and Vijjy etc. were his descent and came to Chandravati ,near Kaithi to claim their share.

Our family bard Banshi Kavi made a record by his memory as a lot of preserved genealogy was thrown in the river Gomti,over some dispute between them, by the descendants of the Chaubeys who came from Ayodhya,accompanying Nain Deo,the last King of Ayodhya.He has done a remarkable work,but his mixing-up of Anno-Domini and Vikram Samvat is quite perplexing at times.

I have taken the benchmark of my own uncles birthdate from the Civil List and gone backwards,allotting a generous twenty-five years as an average to each of my long-living ancestors,eg.130(Ram Sunder Singh),110(Bharat Singh),96(Ram Rup Singh).instead of ASI’s meager 19 and a half years as an average for each generation,as Director Monuments Sri Soundarajan used for calculating Ayodhya’s age as per their excavations and comparing the same with my own table till Ikshawaku son of Manu and Satrupa,who established Ayodhya.Mr. Soundarajan was highly impressed and wrote to me twice, seeking information about the direct lineal descendants of the Raghuyvanshy dynasty of Ayodhya i.e. us.

I have to indeed mention the genealogical table come to my possession,also by chance and good wishes of the village-folk towards the family which had me moving with an invigorating zeal towards what the retired district judge had predicted about me,years ago,in the Lucknow Coffee House,to Thakur Ram Rup Singhji,on reading my palm.I traveled to Gaya and met our family panda(the record-keeper) and checked on the entries of my ancestors about the mystery of the 1857 martyr,Jaipal Singh,about which I read a paper in ICHR session of Kurukshetra and put in the website called , www.1857-amartyramong and the same will be annexed in the book under consideration.There is another paper I should speak about which I read in the ICHR session of Mumbai,was “SherShah in the court of Doman Deo”.Although the great meandering catastrophy of the river Gomti in 1980,pulled me away from my preoccupation of the Raghuvanshies.

Again,it was the 150th anniversary of the martyrdom of Jaipal Singh that brought me back to get active in the cause of the book.I hope I will not keep my cousins and others waiting for too long,as I have decided to do it on my own,entirely,no body being attracted by my website or the blog.

I hope I am able to keep your attention glued to my story-telling in vernacular English,which I thought was fine for merchant marine globe-trotting,but realized its vagary starting on this project.And the requirement of my country cousins of the same book to be written in Hindi has also become my compulsion,so bless me to complete the Hindi version ,soonest ,but not so soon so as to stop you from buying this one,in the meanwhile,because that will not be an out and out translation.So please do not miss out the fantacy of the plebeians at your service.

Suresh Pratap Singh
Navi Mumbai

Thursday, May 14, 2009

return to Kaithi,eventually.

All return to Kaithi,owing to just discovered it’s far-reaching significance,till the doom’day,if there is ever going to be one.
The triangular area coming between an imaginary triangle formed by drawing of a line from the Rajwari -railway bridge over river Gomti to the east of Doman Deo’s demolished mud-fortress and passing on the south-west of the temple of the first Tirthanker’s(Rishabdeo) temple or perhaps even his birthplace in Chandravati upto the Holy Ganges and joining this imaginary line to the new and the original confluence(at the time of Markandey Rishi) of the Gomti with the Ganges and from there back to the Rajwari rail bridge , is found to be of great significance vis-à-vis the onslaught of the imminent “Pralaya” or the doom’s day of the Bible ,as this is being equated to the Noah’s Arc at the time of the last holocaust by the floods of fury to end the world’s existence ,which as the Bible says ,saved a pair of all the species of the flora and fauna and the humanity of course to start another day and another cycle of the World-order.
So all people belonging to Kaithi return to your home-land and stand-by your home-stead and whatever bit of property is remaining in your name, there build a tenement over it for your ownself and who knows for many of your kith and kin and dear and close relatives and friends over the period .So, all the big shots of Kaithi, becoming multi-millionaires else-where ,come back to Kaithi and I can hardly oodle enough of Harry Belafonte’s –“Come back, Eliza, come back, girl – to solid honchos and prim and proper guys, but I do mean as much as Harry singing for his beloved, who had left for the Americas and had dumped him in the West Indies So don’t dump Kaithi and I have warned you,timely and it is all for your own good.
Please don’t insinuate that I am preaching but not practicing from Navi Mumbai, also away from danger-zone locally. I am here only for a short while, trying to find ways and means to publish your story with it’s imminent historicity. And no sooner I succeed, I will scoot for spending my last year or so as some have predicted or last forty years as others have pacified my hurt of dying so young to spend in the place of my birth in the House of Sees Chand built on Rai Chan Singh’s original premises.
I think I shall build a new abode for myself ,as I am getting so much used to living in brand new houses and leave the glorious and raisond’etre’ of my coming to this world to all the very many co-parceners so very keen about the share but none towards it’s upkeep( which is only my duty ,as the only one to have been born in the new version of the Mansion).It may not be necessary to spell-out the necessity of continued up-keep and maintenance by those desirous of a share in the pie(surely after putting forward their claim’s veracity in everyway),or else I shall continue to do so with whatever diminishing returns at my disposal .However , my above call shall work as magic potion to all and sundry. And I do want my burden of carrying forward my late father’s obligations to be over, before August 2011(seemingly the ominous date so far, although I shall try hard not to let that happen, by keeping good health and so on—and shall beat both Bharat Baba and Ram Sunder baba at the time-count).
So, all of you,once again,I shout out loud and clear to “fly by her side and never let her go.” Come to Kaithi and Come back soon.

Yours Lovingly for ever.
Suresh Pratap Singh, at Mumbai.15th of May,2009.

book to be in four parts or not?

My book is already in four parts and is called as Book I, book II, book III and book IV, each of about 125 pages or so, and a total of 500 pages.
Book I deals with the intended attack on Ayodhya in 1026AD by Syed Sallar Jung Ghazi Mian, grand-son of Mahmud Ghazni,and his slaying by a Bhar Raja Suheldeo to save King Veeram Deo of the Raghuvanshies.
Then the decision of the then sovereign Jaichand of shifting the last Raghuvanshy King of Ayodhya Nain Deo to the forest fortressed Katehar in Varanasi and marrying him with his grand-neice Bindumati, whose children we are all,the Raghuvanshiesof today.
After the fall of the Gaharwars dynasty,it was the turn of the Raghuvanshies of Katehar to attain the status of “Hindu Kings”,as for as the history books go,but we remained tillers of the soil, notwithstanding 400 horse’s cavalry and 5000 foot soldiers at our disposal to maintain our status as “independent land-owners” for 600 years till 1793AD.
Somehow,we attained the benediction of Ghiasuddin Tuglaq (1321AD), Sikander Lodi and finally Sher Shah Suri(1545AD),who did not seek any cess from us either.
Book II, deals with the famous Permanent Settlement of Lord Cornwallis(1789-1793) and all the intricacies of revenue law and matters, drawing from my own experience in 626.04acres of our alluvial-riverine land gone on the other side of river Gomti in 1980.
BookIII,is a lucid translation of Raghuvansh-Mahakavya by Kalidas,describing the journey of the first world-conqueror, Raghu, the great grand father of Ram.
BookIV,is about Ayodhya’s transit through 1194 to the 1st war of independence fought thro Awadh to Aarrah and the exploits of Veer Senani Kunwar Singh-Tegva Bahadur, with whom my own ancestor Jaipal singh joined and died fighting.

Will it be a good idea to publish the book in four parts to make it light weight and more convenient to carry-about? Besides a smaller price-tag and selected customer preference, like many guys may never want to know anything about Duncan’s permanent settlement, except those concerned with it in the past, hence curious.

Please advise on the issue of multi-facet production of the book. Phone me, by and by, and send guidance by email. Thanks.

Suresh Pratap Singh, at Mumbai.15.05.09

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

About the author of the plebeians who would be kings

About the author of the book: the plebeians who would be kings.

Born in the house of Sees Chand, at the time when Adolf Hitler was occupying Gdansk in Poland and the Indian Empire of the British was about to disintegrate and the Congress Party of India was on the ascendancy , about to win freedom for the country , Gandhi had already acquired the stature of a deity and everyone had a Congress revolutionary in the family , his own father being arrested for burning the Kaiser Hind aerodrome, built on his own mangroves and land, training young American fliers for the war, his one uncle being arrested for Congress agitations and activities in and around Azamgarh ,and a brother-in-law for refusing to pay in the War-fund kitty of the ruling British class ,and mother’s maternal-uncle for Quit-India movement in Varanasi. The name of his first cousin changed from Bhagat Singh to Virendra Pratap. Born to the rural middle-class affluence ,acquired over regular tilling of soil for frugal subsistence over five hundred years and twenty-two generations of the men of grit and resolve to have claimed their entire possession as “independent land-owners ”,recognizing none as their over-lords or even as sovereigns since their migration from Ayodhya in or around 1194 AD, till 1793.

The most amazing factor of his life is to have been born in the same family, where the Bhrigu-sanhita- mentioned Mahayogi Bharat Singh presided, as the 110 years old sage till 6th of December 1944.However that saw the end of the golden-era of the 1st House of Katehar and by 28.06.1952,three days prior to Zamindari-abolition in United-Provinces or Uttar Pradesh and every thing seem to have evaporated in the thin air over-night. He was but an impressionable young lad of twelve .The Sees Chand Mansion was totally deserted and forlorn ,people took away any thing and every thing they could lay their hands on, there was no one to stop them. By and by the heavy teek doors and almirahs were unhinged and removed after a roomful of teek-slabs had been gradually removed from the house. Huge wooden boxes were shifted away. One such box carried the 1st House genealogical table, which took people by surprise as it was not decipherable. So the word went around of such a find, which was handed-over to him by a stroke of good luck and people’s well-wishes for the family after the return of the prodigal son.

The riddle of the large sheet of high-class Italian art paper supported by cotton-mesh at the back took much of the time and curiosity of the author till a clerk in the Varanasi courts solved it in a couple of Sundays riddle-solving session. This was like a Pandora’s box and a thrilling mystery-book which set the tone of the book to be written by him. The author by now had concluded his ten-year long sea-career and got around to Indian Council of Historical Research and read four papers, mainly based on the knowledge gained from his abovementioned Pandora’s box, aided by the tales of the family bard since shifting from Ayodhya in around 1194AD.

However, the urge to complete the history of migration from Ayodhya to Varanasi and Jaunpur was nipped in the bud, by the horrendous deeds of the river Gomti in 1979 and 1980,on 7th of September, when the author’s village lost 626.04acres of riverine land in one big shifting to south- detour of the river. This and the head of the 1st House of Katehar,Rai Saheb Thakur Ram Rup Singh kept the author busy, from dawn to past midnight(preparing notes to face from the smallest to the highest revenue officials of the State, legally and morally and desperately to claim what was theirs) for next ten years, till the time the author’s spouse rebelled(owing to the needs of the growing family and the prime source of livelihood having gone on the other side of river Gomti) and she very forcefully and resolutely, packed the author, once more , back to sea.

With good sea-wages the priorities changed overnight with improved living conditions and a certain amount of both sloth and indolence setting –in , however starting work on a new mansion in the city(dedicated to the memories of the survival in his last residence: the glorious Sees Chand Mansion in the village, since 1485 till 28.06.1952,by his ancestor Rai Chan Singhjudeo to his own father Babu Rishabh Deo Singhji-aptly calling it the R.M..House) being erected on the insistence of the spouse, and the historicity in mind in altogether a different prospective, the relegated back-ground bringing-out in the open and to city-lights

However the relegated realization of the over-bearing importance of the edifice still holding-on it’s own and standing-by as a reminder of the past history dawned-upon once more, on the occasion of the last rites of the author’s mother in 2005.It came like an awakening of dulled senses and it seemed to the author that he was born only for the purpose of recording the art of survival and passing their time, incognito, also for the sake of survival of the Raghuvanshies migrated from Ayodhya in the thick forests of Katehar,particularly and to hand -over the knowledge to the new generations, of today, for inculcating a sense of pride and humility ,so as not to forget that the Raghuvanshies are born to help the humanity,even today, the Kaliyuga.

It is a different matter that in a book-form,it would throw light on many things, unrecorded hitherto by the historians,like the Raghuvanshies of Katehar holding parganas of Katehar,Sultanipur,Barah,Mahaich and Narwan in Varanasi(plus Chandauli,now) as independent land-owners for nearly six hundred years, so much so that historians refer to them as Hindu Kings,after the fall of the Gaharwars.And that from Ghiasuddin Tughlaq in 1321 to Sikander Lodi to Sher Shah Suri in 1545 could’nt object to their style of functioning(mainly of not paying any revenue cess) or do any thing about their haughty arrogance.

The author took to solitary living in his Mumbai-flat to translate the greatest Sanskrit poet Kaldas’s description of his famous ancestor Raghu,the first ever world-conqueror,as in his quest for realization of his dream to write a Magnum Opus on Ayodhya’s glory from seven millennium BC to 1194AD,when the Raghuvanshies ,more or less,fled from there,or were removed by their benefactor Jai Chand,the then the sovereign of Ayodhya,as well as of Kashi(Varanasi) and Kannauj,as well,of course.That task will take him to Kolkata’s Central Library,in the near future.

The Permanent Settlement of Lord Cornwallis and Jonathan Duncan has found a detailed description owing to his proximity with an authority on revenue matters and an advisor to many ministers in the government of the State, and the author’s own uncle, guiding him and tutoring him, like a stern head-master for days, before sending him to argue-out his case, and of the village, of course, from deputy secretary upto the Secretary ,himself and insisted on getting an order for the same, or else to stay-on in Lucknow,till a copy of the order was in his hands. The officials argued, relentlessly, but obliged most graciously ,after being convinced of the author’s arguments.

That may have made him very stubborn, in defence of his own arguments.

A Hall of Fame of the Raghuvanshies of Katehar is his latest fad,other than a Hall of Fame of the First House of Katehar ,and now he is stationed in Mumbai to go back to sea ,to earn for the same purpose but his detractors are up in arms against him and are throwing their spanners in the works all the time.But he is pressing -on regardlesly and resolutely as in the days when he was facing a battery of revenue officials from the Secretariat to the Board of
Revenue as well as locally, from the Divisional Commissioner to the Qanungo.

So before the book goes to print,dear readers of his blog(just search for Raghuvanshies on google blog search and you will get two on the subject)do read his blog and help him do, what he is trying to do ,for you.