DALJĪT SIṄGH (d. 1937), one of the passengers on board the S. S. Komagata Maru, was born at the village of Kauṇī, now in Farīdkoṭ district. He passed his matriculation examination and became assistant editor on the Pañjābī Bhaiṇ, a journal sponsored by Sikh Kanyā Mahāvidyālaya, Fīrozpur, to promote the cause of women's education. At the age of 21, he left the Punjab to seek avenues for further education abroad. In Hong Kong, he met Bābā Gurdit Siṅgh, then negotiating the chartering of the S. S. Komagata Maru to take Indians to Canada after the country had passed new and stricter immigration laws. Daljīt Siṅgh became Bābā Gurdit Siṅgh's secretary and made the voyage with him to Vancouver where he carried on an extensive correspondence with the immigration authorities bent on expelling the ship from the harbour. In the melee at Budge Budge, near Calcutta, where the Komagata Maru passengers were fired upon, Bābā Gurdit Siṅgh and Daljīt Siṅgh were among those who escaped unhurt. Daljīt Siṅgh, avoiding arrest, went to Amritsar where he assumed the name of Rāi Siṅgh. He came in contact with Master Tārā Siṅgh and joined the staff of the Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee. He was arrested in the Akālī conspiracy case on the charge of having designs to establish Sikh rāj in the Punjab, and jailed for three years. He was released in September of 1926, along with Master Tārā Siṅgh, Gopāl Siṅgh Qaumī, Sohan Siṅgh Josh, and others. In the 1930's he served as manager of the Gurdwārā at Muktsar.

         Daljīt Siṅgh, later Rāi Siṅgh, died on 8 December 1937.


  1. Josh, Sohan Singh, Tragedy of Komagata Maru. Delhi, 1975
  2. Johnston, Hugh, The Voyage of the Komagata Maru. Oxford (Delhi), 1979

Sohan Siṅgh Josh