Founded by Ram Singh, the Namdhari aim was to oppose the sometimes oppressive British forces and presence in India in order to promote freedom for the entire nation of India. Ram Singh’s devotion to such a cause came as a result of seeing the destruction of Punjab following its annexation by the British from 1849-1853. Prior to the beginnings of the First Indian War for Independence in 1857, Ram Singh had called for a meeting at his local village in the district of Ludhiana. What made Ram Singh’s moral and religious speech so significant, was not so much the rhetoric, but rather the audience whom he spoke in front of. Comprising of local villagers consisting of those from different castes, those from all different career positions, and even the so-called “untouchables,” Ram Singh recognized the power that these classes had in the Indian struggle for freedom. Once the Namdhari’s role as patriotic freedom fighters had been established, there were a number of incidents where their roles became predominant. From the period of 1857-1947, certain individuals and incidents proved to be key in the freedom movement. For example, Ram Singh and eleven of his followers were arrested in January 1872 because of their advocating of anti-British sentiments. Other Namdharis such as Baba Gurcharan Singh were also arrested on suspicions that they were working as spies for the Russians. Such unwarranted arrests upon the Namdharis were common and tragically even resulted in the deaths of some of these patriots.