GURMAT TRACT SOCIETY, dedicated to propagating Sikh religion and history, was founded at Lahore in 1925 by Giānī Kartār Siṅgh Piūkh, who changed his pen name from "Piūkh" to "Hitkārī" in 1929. It published low-priced monthly tracts in Punjabi, in Gurmukhī script, for distribution among the Sikh masses. The themes usually were the lives of the Gurūs, Sikh teachings, Sikh shrines and persons of importance in Sikh history. The Society planned to publish books and pamphlets in Urdu and Hindi as well. The first tract in the series was Ātmak Shaktī de Sachche Shahanshāh, which was published in November of 1925 to mark the Birth anniversary of Gurū Nānak.
Giānī Kartār Siṅgh was able to maintain a regular flow of a tract a month for over twelve years. About 40 per cent of them were from his own pen. Among other contributors to the series were Bhāī Mohan Siṅgh Vaid, Giānī Khazān Siṅgh, Sant Sampūran Siṅgh, Soḍhī Tejā Siṅgh, Charan Siṅgh Shahīd, Giānī Ṭhākur Siṅgh, Giānī Lāl Siṅgh Samundarī, Nihāl Siṅgh Advocate, Balwant Siṅgh Chatrath, Raghbīr Siṅgh Bīr, Fīroz Dīn Sharaf, Bībī Harnām Kaur of Nābhā and Giānī Kartār Siṅgh's own young daughter, Amrit Kaur, the famous latter-day Amritā Prītam. Mehar Siṅgh Chāwlā and Nihāl Siṅgh provided financial support. The Society also started, from May 1932, a monthly magazine, Gurmat, in which its tracts were serialized. The publications of the Gurmat Tract Society, in simple Punjabi, created new popular readership for the language, thus helping to disseminate widely information about Sikh religion and history.