KARAM SIṄGH, BHĀĪ (1891-1921), one of the Nankāṇā Sāhib martyrs, was born on 5 Assū 1948 Bk/19 September 1891, the son of Bhāī Hākam Siṅgh and Māī Kisso of Lahuke village in Amritsar district. The family had migrated to the Lower Chenāb Canal Colony and settled in Chakk 75 Lahuke in 1895. Karam Siṅgh learnt to read Gurmukhī in the village gurdwārā. He took the pāhul of the Khālsā at the age of 15 and engaged himself in agriculture. In 1913 he enlisted in the 47th Sikh Battalion. After some time his elder brother Sādhū Siṅgh died, and as he came on leave to attend the obsequies, he, under pressure from his family and other relatives, married his brother's widow, Bībī Harnām Kaur, by the custom of chādar andāzī i.e, by tying the conjugal knot. In 1915 he resigned from the army and returned to his village. As the Gurdwārā Reform movement got under way, he registered his name as a volunteer with the jathā of Bhāī Lachhmaṇ Siṅgh. And when the final call came on 19 February 1921, he along with some others from his village marched to Nankāṇā Sāhib, and fell a martyr outside the walled compound of Gurdwārā Janam Asthān, the following morning.

         Bhāī Karam Siṅgh was survived by his mother, wife and four minor children. The Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee settled upon the family a pension of Rs 240 per annum and discharged the small debt it had incurred.



    Shamsher, Gurbakhsh Siṅgh, Shahīdī Jīvan. Nankana Sahib, 1938

Gurcharan Siṅgh Giānī