A STRANGE ANECDOTE NEVER MENTIONED IN HISTORY BOOKS
CHAUDARY KHUDA BAKSH HONORARY MAGISTRATE AT LAHORE
Mughal legacy of his ancestors living in the Sheesh Mahal Lahore
An enormous amount of books were published in British times in Hindustan, about the nobility present here, and the felicitations of the Government of India to them. In 1937 we hear of a Chaudary Khuda Baksh in Lahore, who is a Zaildar, Jageerdar and Honorary Magistrate in Lahore. The official chronicles sing songs of their family and the family possessed SANADS from the great Mughals related to their importance in Lahore. The family was known as KATARBAND and had possessions in Lahore.
Nothing new here. So many people were blessed on same lines. But here is a stupendous information, unknown to historians. It is said that Emperor Shah Jahan was so pleased with the family, that he gave the SHEESH MAHAL in LAHORE FORT to them for living. It would have been a meaningless claim, but it appears in British records. And the most amazing thing us that they were in possession of Sheesh Mahal, till the Sikhs ousted them out. In retrospect they gave suitable havellis or residence to the Khuda Baksh family in other areas of Lahore. Katarband literally means KATAR, which is a strange Sword in itself. Either they were famous for manufacturing Katars or carrying them. Or something related to their bravery in defending others! Speciality of Katars in some way. There is a Katarband road in Lahore near Cantonment area. Probably research can establish other links. This is not that old. Indeed worth researching and indeed worth recording for the future.
In fact the issue is that our nation is in no ways worried about its legacy. Amassing wealth is the biggest name of the game. Unfortunately the legacy of the looters and plunderers is zero. And we know it.