As on today, this family has 33 surviving members. This family as on today added 5 engineers to the roll of engineers of village Guljana namely Awadhesh Sharma, the two IITian brothers Dhananjay and Sanjay Sharma both sons of Shri Baleshwar Sharma, Vijay and Ajay Sharma, sons of Shri Suresh Singh and Awadh Singh respectively.
This family is renowned, notorious as well as memorable in more ways than one which is outlined at Bhardwaj 2 in the family tree. This family is renowned in more than one way. It has given two Matriculates to the village even during the British Raj. First one was late Bal Govind Singh – the great grandfather of Shri Braj Bhushan Sharma and the second was Brahm Deo Singh who fell prey to drugs whose descendants have a great history of exceptional resilience and determinationof fighting the odds and recovering the lost glory.
Shivgovind Singh, the elder son of Kanhai singh purchased Zamindari (right to receive/collect land revenues from the raiyats- the cultivators of land) as a subletee and became rich. He had two sons – Raghunandan Singh alias Bade Babu (died issueless) and Parmanand Singh who studied in Gurukul in Hririkesh as per Vaidik Ashramanushasan and had gained exceptionally great physical strength so as to stop a motor car from moving ahead(although today it is a trick display), breaking a steel chain, letting a Jeep cross over his chest(again a trick). He is also known to have killed a tiger with a lota ( a metal pot to carry water) when he was returning from the morning call in the jungle in the Gurukul days. Shivgovind Singh (Mokhtar Saheb) and his elder son Raghunandan singh had a tiff and differences in a land dispute with his cousins Rachheya Singh on the one hand and the sons of Rup Mangal Sinh ie Brahmdeo singh, Ramdeo Singh, Sahdeo Singh and sons of Nanhu Singh ie Harkishun Singh and Manoranjan Singh on the other. Due to three sons of Teja Singh ie Jhari Singh, Hajari Singh and Kanhai Singh, he (Shivgovind Singh) was only entitled to 1/3th of the property which was accordingly decreed by the District Court, Gaya. In the appeal at High court, they (Mokhtar Saheb & Bade Babu) are alleged to have manipulated and won the entire property by getting the opponents sharesauctioned and purchased it themselves on a dirt cheap rates and forcibly evicted the opponent families, (family members of Rup Mangal Singh and Nanhu Singh) from the village also. They all went to their Nanihals/sasurals for survival and were forced to lead a wretched and precarious life. However, their situation improved with coming in of the canals in their area and their fortunes grew by leaps and bounds. They managed to rebounce back to Guljana and today they are one of the richest and most prosperous families of Guljana. The inheritors and progeny of Shivgovind Singh(Mokhtar Saheb) are turning from riches to rags. However, Suresh Singh(now late) and his sons learnt lessons from this unpleasant history ,rescheduling their goals in life andresumed their journey to progress realizing the value of honest hard labour in life. I wish them all success in their endeavour. On the other hand, all four sons of Paras Nath Singh(Late), a World War II veteran are today metro based and placed on very respectable assignments and have very humanely supported their cousins during their (cousin’s) hard days. That is how the wheels of fortunes move!!!
Ramadhin Singh(Bhardwaj 3). This family is very new so far as Guljana entrants are concerned. Progeny of
Ramadhin Singh ie, Ramautar Singh and Kailash Singh could not grow beyond their sons. Mathura Singh could not get married because of poverty and his brother Raj Shekhar Singh died young leaving behind a widow. The property was inherited by their Bhanja (sister’s son) - Bhuneshwar Singh from vill Nimsar who is a Bisnoba bhumihar. Sons of Kailash Singh namely Arjun Singh and Balli Singh (both unmarried) died and the landed property whatever was left, was inherited by their bhanja who does not stay at Guljana. The most amusing thing to note in this family is that the existing progeny of Ramautar Singh who are only fourth in the table of ascendancy do not know the name and details of their great grandfather and the place they came from to Guljana.!!
The name of the father of Bulak Singh is not known to the third generation of inheritors. Amarender Sharma does not know the name of his fourth ascendants (his Nana’s grand father) whose hard earned property he has inherited, deserting his parental village Ikkil and pouncing on his maternal(Mama’s) property. This third generation of inheritor does not also know as to which place his Mama and Nana came from to settle down in village Guljana.
A SAD NOTE OF OBSERVATION.
While writing and compiling this small piece of Guljana’s history, I have come to this sad and painful realisation that whosever’s property has vested to a non family inheritors like Bhanjas(Bhaginas) these classes of inheritors have not bothered to keep the donors history in tact and in high esteem!!! Just look at the instance of Bhuneshar singh (Nimsar). Amarender Sharma (Ikkil) and Athrab 2(Girdhar/Jivdhar Singh) – the name of the father of the four brothers of Girdhar Singh in not known to their 4th generation though they came to their Nanihal for their survival!!!