They are, without any exception, the most insolent and worthless race of people in all India. They are religious fanatics, and acknowledge no ruler and no laws but their own; think nothing of
robbery, or even murder, should they happen to be in the humour for it. They move about constantly, armed to the teeth, and it is not an unconmion thing to see them riding about with a drawn sword in each hand, two more in their belt, a matchlock at their back, and three of four pair of quoits fastened round their turbans.
Sir Lepel Griffin, Ranjit Singh