Pran Sukh Yadav

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Pran Sukh Yadav
Freedom Struggle of 1857
Born 1802
Died 1888[1]
Nihalpura, Neemrana, Rajasthan
Service/branch Sikh Empire flag.jpgSikh Khalsa Army
Years of service 1819-1888
Rank Commander

Pran Sukh Yadav (1802–1888) was an extraordinary military commander of his time.[2] He a revolutionary of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and as a close friend of Hari Singh Nalwa and famous Punjab ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh.[3][4]

In his early career he trained Sikh Khalsa Army. After the death of Maharaja Ranjit Singh he fought in both the First and Second Anglo-Sikh Wars, due to his extreme hatred towards Britishers after the defeat of Sikhs he started giving military training to the farmers of Alwar, Rewari, Narnaul, Ahirwal and Mahendragarh region.[5]


Pran Sukh Yadav descendants include the Royal family of Rao Jai Dayal Yadav, Village Nihalpura, Neemrana.[citation needed] One of his great grandsons, Dev Vrat Yadav is an Eminent Lawyer of Rajasthan High Court in Jaipur.[citation needed] After merging the princely state in Independent India, Rao Jai Dayal Yadav developed the Ahirwal area and played an important role in bringing western education facilities to the grassroots level.[citation needed]

Revolt of 1857[edit]

In the revolt of 1857, Rao Tula Ram and Rao Jaitsi Singh (descendent of Rao Ajaypal Singh of Narnaul) along with Pran Sukh Yadav fought with the British Army at Nasibpur and then went to Russia to seek military help but died on the way.[6]

On knowing about the mutiny in Erinpura Regiment, Pran Sukh Yadav made contact with the commanders of Jodhpur legion and considered it as an appropriate time to fight with British Army at Narnaul. He was a great military strategist and fought valiantly and was the one who killed Col Gerrard with his Minie rifle, which was his favourite rifle, he missed his first shot, while aiming at Gerrard from the opposite bank of the rivulet where battle was going on, but quickly reloaded the rifle and again shot at Gerrard, who was the only person in redcoat as rest of his men were in khakee, this time he got his shot right and thus killed Gerrard at Narnaul.[citation needed] Although, Indians lost the battle and he along with other leaders went into hiding for nearly next two-three years but again came back and settled at his native village Nihalpura,[7] now in Alwar District of Rajasthan,[8] and became a follower of Arya Samaj in his last years.[9][10][11]

Pran Sukh Yadav fought with British Army at Nasibpur during revolt of 1857.[12][13]

See also[edit]


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  11. ^ Jawaharlal Nehru University, Centre for Historical Studies (1997). Studies in History Vol 13. New Delhi: Sage. Retrieved 11 July 2016. 
  12. ^ M.K. Singh (2009). Encyclopaedia Of Indian War Of Independence (1857-1947) (Set Of 19 Vols.). Anmol Publications Pvt. Ltd,. p. 80. ISBN 9788126137459. 
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