GANESHĀ SIṄGH, BHĀĪ (d. 1888), assistant chief secretary of the Khālsā Dīwān, initially called Siṅgh Sabhā General, which was established in 1880 to co-ordinate the activities of the Siṅgh Sabhās at Lahore and Amritsar, was employed in the Amritsar municipal committee as a sarishtādār or clerk. When the Khālsā Dīwān was reorganized in 1883, Bhāī Ganeshā Siṅgh was named one of the two chief secretaries, the second being the better known Bhāī Gurmukh Siṅgh. With the split in the Khālsā Dīwān in 1885, whereas Bhāī Gurmukh Siṅgh left to establish a separate body at Lahore, Bhāī Ganeshā Siṅgh continued as chief secretary of the Amritsar Dīwān. The constitution, adopted by this Dīwān at its Dīvālī session of 1887, provided for two houses --- Mahān Khaṇḍ, the upper section comprising Sikh aristrocracy, and Samān Khaṇḍ, the lower section, representing the common people. Bhāī Ganeshā Siṅgh was nominated secretary of the Samān Khaṇḍ as well as of the executive committee appointed to carry out official business subject to "confirmation of its proceedings by the Mahān Khaṇḍ as and when it met." Bhāī Ganeshā Siṅgh, however, soon resigned, probably for health reasons. He died at Gujrāṅwālā on 11 March 1888 after a long illness.


    Jagjīt Siṅgh, Siṅgh Sabhā Lahir. Ludhiana, 1974

Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)