ĪSHAR SIṄGH, BHĀĪ (1888-1921), one of the Nankāṇā Sāhib martyrs, was born at Rūpovālī in Gurdāspur district on 13 Sāvan 1945 BK/27 July 1888, the elder son of Bhāī Vadhāvā Siṅgh and Māī Lachhmī. Around 1906, the family migrated to Chakk No. 33 Dhārovālī in Sheikhupurā district in search of a better living. At Dhārovālī contact with Lachhmaṇ Siṅgh, who was a devout Sikh, changed the course of his life. He started to learn reading and writing Gurmukhī and went through the Khālsā rites of pāhul. He journeyed with him to the Nankāṇā Sāhib and was in his jathā of Akālī reformers which was massacred to a man on the fateful morning of 20 February 1921. See NANKĀṆĀ SĀHIB MASSACRE. The Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee settled upon his widow a pension of Rs 11.5 per month and paid Rs 410 in lump sum to discharge the family debt.
Gurcharan Siṅgh Giānī