The name Gupta is very
common in India. Guptas can be found in the Indian states of
Punjab, Jammu Kashmir, Himchal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.In
Punjab and Jammu Kashmir some Guptas have chosen to call
themselves Mahajans, which is a generic name of the
broader famiy to which Guptas belong..
This web site,
however, is devoted to the
that originally came from Chakroi, a small village in
the state of Jammu Kashmir in India. Chakroi is located very close
to the border of the Sialkot district of West Punjab, Pakistan. Being
on the border, Chakroi
greatly from India/Pakistan wars since India's independence in
1947, and is now virtually deserted.
At one time, Chakroi was a prosperous agricultural village.
The Gupta family who lived there for many generations were well
educated and most of them were employed in the government service.
For instance, Ram Chand Gupta, the starting point for the
purposes of this web site, was a village Patwari. He was
responsible for the distribution of irrigation water to the local farmers
and collection of taxes from them on behalf of the government of
the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
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Ram Chand (1878-1922) had three sons and seven daughters. The three sons
were: Munshi Ram, Mulkh Raj and Bishan Das. Of the seven
daughters only one survived. Her name is Gian Devi.
Unfortunately, Ram Chand
passed away when his eldest son Munshi Ram was barely 22 years
of age. It was Munshi Ram who took charge of the family and
brought up his brothers and
sisters after his father's death.
Ram Chand believed in
the importance of higher education and sent his eldest son
Munshi Ram to the Hewitt Civil Engineering College in Lucknow
from where he graduated in 1920. Later, continuing with this
tradition started by his father, Munshi Ram sent both of his
younger brothers to graduate from the same college.Thus it
became a family of Civil Engineers. Munshi Ram served with
Public Works Department while Mulkh Raj and Bishan Das spent all
of their working life with the Military Engineering Service of
the Indian Army.
They were all very successful in their respective careers.
Ram Chand was a man of principles and
was highly regarded by his peers in the community. He brought up his children extremely
well. He inculcated in them the family values of integrity, self-reliance and
compassion. Adherence to these values has helped his children and grand
children achieve success and happiness in their lives regardless
of in which part of the world they have decided to settle.
Ram Chand's all sons and
daughters, except for Gian Devi, are by
now deceased. Gian Devi currently lives with her son Vidya Sagar
in Amritsar, Punjab, India.
Ram Chand's grandchildren are doing well and are currently
settled all across the globe.
The future bodes really well for the Gupta family. It is
hoped that adherence to the family values of integrity,
self-reliance and compassion, left behind as a valuable
legacy by the elders, will continue to bring happiness and
prosperity to the current and future generations of the Gupta
This web site is maintained by
Gupta and Anupama Patel. Any additions, updates and suggestions for improvement
may be sent to either of them. The contact information is shown
on the Contact