Sardar Attar Singh Majithia was the commander and civilian officer under Maharaja Ranjit Singh. He was the adopted son of Uttam Singh Majithia, and, in 1809, was appointed governor of Rawalpindi and its dependencies.
He held an estate worth Rs. 28,000 at Sayyid Kasrari.
Raja Surat singh Majithia
The only son of Sardar Attar Singh, Raja Surat Singh became the sole inheritor of the great Majithia family. He was handed over the command of border areas of Peshawar & Naushera by the Khalsa Raj as Governor. He was brought up under the supervision of his brave and the courageous father Sardar Attar Singh. Due to his lofty character and his religiously following the Sikh ideals, heSon of Sardar Atar Singh Majithia, he was a soldier, commander and notable Sardar of the Sikh Darbar. Surat Singh was commandant of the Sikh battalion posted at Peshawar during the first Anglo Sikh war.
Surat Singh Majithia played a prominent role in events leading to the Sikh national rising against the British in 1848. He commanded 2,000 men in the division sent under Sher Singh Atarivala to Multan to quell Diwan Mul Raj`s revolt.
In September 1848, he as well as Sher Singh`s troops joined the rebels. Many disbanded Sikh soldiers, religious leaders and laymen joined the standard of revolt. Mul Raj`s troops deserted and rallied round him. He moved northwards, plundered Chiniot and Jhang and fought the British at Sadullapur, Chelianvala and Gujrat along with Sher Singh`s force which had swelled to 12,000 men and 28 guns. At Sadullapur, 6 km from the town of Ramnagar, at a principal ford on the River Jehlum, the Sikhs nullified General Thackwell`s manoeuvre against their flank and safely crossed the river to join Chatar Singh’s force.
He retuned back to his village Majitha in the year 1861. He was appointed an honorary magistrate and was invested with civil and judicial powers. In 1877, the titles of ‘Raja’ and ‘Companionship of the Star of India’ were conferred upon him. He died in 1881 at Majitha.
was admired by the Sikh Panth. Like his father he was known as a fearless and loyal General of Khalsa Raj. He too participated in many campaigns of Khalsa Raj vigorously. According to Sir Lepel Griffin the author of ‘The Panjab Chiefs’ “Raja Surat Singh was solely responsible to initiate the second war with Britishers. He went barefoot carrying the holy Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji on his head and went across western parts of Punjab to motivate masses to rise against the English for their freedom. For this he was confined to Benaras jail and his property was confiscated”.
As per the directive no. 11 of 8th January 1857 issued by the resident, Sardar Surat Singh Majithia was amongst the 99 chief Sardars and front-liners who were accounted amongst the proclaimed critics of British regime. Scared of the political activities of Sardar Majithia, the British regime with the motive of imposing a check on his activities gave Sardar Majithia the Jageer of Sarai state in the Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh in lieu of Dhani state of Majithia family which had been confiscated by British. However despite best efforts by British rulers, the authorities could never isolate the highly respected Majithia family from Majitha. In fact the ties of Majithia family with Majitha and its people grew even more stronger. In year 1881 Sardar Surat Singh Majithia left for the heavenly abode.
Sardar Sundar singh Majithia
The son of General Surat Singh, Sardar Sundar Singh Majithia, also had tremendous impact on the early 20th century Punjab. He was a main force in the Sikh revivalist movement and was one of the founders of the "Chief Khalsa Diwan Society". Amongst his accomplishments can be counted the establishment of the Khalsa College, Amritsar and the founding of the Punjab and Sind Bank. He was knighted by the British - thus often referred to as Sir Sundar Singh Majithia.
Sir Sundar Singh Majithia was born 17th February 1872 at Majithia, a village 18 kms northeast of Amritsar. After completing his schooling from Government School, Amritsar, he joined Aitchison College, Lahore before finally joining Government College, Lahore to pass the intermediate (undergraduate) examination.
A secretary of Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Amritsar from 1894, Sir Sundar Singh Majithia became a member of the governing council of the Khalsa College, Amritsar in 1895 and later remained the secretary of the college council from 1902 to 1912 and president of the council as well as of the college managing committee from 1920 till his death in 1941.
He was the founder member of the Chief Khalsa Diwan, which was established in October 1902. He took a leading part in the founding of the Sikh Educational Conference in 1908 and presided at its annual sessions in 1911, 1924 and 1935. He was nominated a member of the Viceroy's Legislative Council in 1909 and elected the first president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee on the 16th November 1920.
He was elected to the Punjab Legislative Assembly from Batala constituency. Sardar Sundar Singh Majithia was knighted in 1926. The Punjab University later conferred him with Doctor of Oriental Learning in the same year.
Sardar Surjit singh Majithia
Sardar Surjit Singh Majithia was a ranking politician, parliamentarian and diplomat. Besides, he filled several leadership roles in the social and political spheres of life. Highly alert and agile, Sardar Surjit Singh Majithia was a cricketer of considerable repute.
He was educated at the Khalsa College at Amritsar His father, Sardar Sundar Singh Majithia, who had been a member of the Imperial Council and subsequently a cabinet minister in the Punjab government was a leading figure in the Sikh awakening at the beginning of the twentieth century. He was the son of Raja Surat Singh who had suffered detention at the hands of the British upon the occupation of the Punjab by them.
Sardar Surjit Singh Majithia was born on 8 August 1912. He was married into the old family of the Wazirs of the princely state of Nabha. His father was keen that his children grow up as true Sikhs, faithful to their religious tenets and customs and Sardar Singh Majithia did not disappoint him.
Fresh from his college, Sardar Surjit Singh Majithia entered the Indian Air Force and reached the rank of Squadron Leader. Taking out his discharge from the Air Force, he became a member of the Central Legislative Assembly in 1945.
From 1947 to 1949 he was India's ambassador to the neighbouring country of Nepal. He participated in elections to the first Lok Sabha in 1952 and won comfortably. He won his parliamentary seat again in 1957 as well as in 1962. From 1952 to 1962 he served as India's deputy defense minister.
He was President of the Wrestling Federation of India from 1964 to 1976 and President, Cricket Control Board of India from 1956 to 1958. He became the first President of the Yachting Association of India when it was established in 1960. In 1944 he became President of Khalsa College, Amritsar. He continued in the office for upwards of three decades.
Sardar Satyajit singh Majithia
Satyajit Singh Majithia was born in 1938, Amritsar, Punjab. He is the eldest of four sons. Before Partition, Mr. Majithia spent his childhood between his family homes in Amritsar and Shimla, and school in Lahore. When Partition happened, he was studying in Aitchison College in Lahore.
After Aitchison College in Lahore, Mr. Majithia attended Sacred Heart School in Amritsar. He later went to Welham and Doon school in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. He went to college at Loughborough College in London in 1957.
When he returned in 1959, he moved to Sardar Nagar, near Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh to manage his 100-year-old family business of sugar farming and distilleries. In 1962, he was offered a full-fledged commissioned position within the Indian Air Force. As much as he wanted to, he could not join the Air Force full-time due to his commitments towards his family’s business operations in Gorakhpur.
In 1965, he established a foundry in Ludhiana. He managed it for about a year and then returned to his family’s business in Gorakhpur in 1966. An ex-commercial pilot, he started flying in 1959 and has around five decades experience operating General Aviation executive aircraft. He is the founder of Saraya Aviation, a part of the Saraya Group of industries, which was incorporated in 1992 and is one of the oldest existing air taxi services in India.
He became the president of Khalsa college charitable society, Amritsar in the year 2004.