Canadian Sikh Heritage | Baba Karam Singh
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Baba Karam Singh

On the road in front of the old Gurdwara where now a Gurdwara stands in the shape of a fort is the three and a half acre land which was earlier owned by Bhai Sunder Singh, Bhai Hari Singh and Bhai Karam Singh Babber from the village Daulatpur, District Nawan Shahr. Karam Singh and Hari Singh were real brothers. When Karam Singh left for India to participate in the Gadhar Movement he donated his share of this land to the Khalsa Diwan Society, Abbotsford. Karam Singh Babbar was one of the prominent leaders of the Babbar Akali Movement which was started in Doaba to gain Indian independence. He sacrificed his life in an encounter with the police in Bubeli on September 1, 1923.

Karam Singh Daulatpur was famously called ‘Editor’ because on August 22, 1922 he started a newspaper named the ‘Babbar Akali Duab.’ During the Babbar Akali Movement this newspaper was popular in public but was also discussed in the bureaucratic and other government circles. The foundation of the newspaper was based on the Gadhar party’s policy of armed revolution to get independence. The top of the front page of the newspaper had a very famous quote from Gurbani:-

“One is considered brave if he fights for some cause

Dies fighting for the same but never beats retreat.”

Bhai Karam Singh followed Gurbani and fought bravely to the last breath and to the last bullet. The ‘Babbar Akali Duab’ was printed by a printing press called the ‘’Udaru’’ (Flying press) because it had no permanent place and was always transferred from one place to another.