BHAI RANDHIR SINGH JI (1878-1961)
Freedom Fighter, Reformer, Theologian,
and Hero of Lahore Conspiracy Case,
First Prisoner of Gurduara Reform Movement
In the first two decades of this century, when the cry of freedom was a distant dream, decadance and demoralization had corroded the foundations of religious, soil and political integrity of our people, Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh emerged as the most brilliant star of a new epoch, an apostle of the faith, who did not lecture or sermonize but poured his thoughts and experiences through stirring divine songs of Gurbanni; a reformer, who did not change society by precepts but by example; a revolutionary, who threw away pride and position of an upper class family and plunged into the most daring revolt against British Imperialism at a time when even radical politicans did not dare to raise their little finger for freedom and liberty.
No one who met Bhai Randhir Singh could ever forget his dynamic personality. He had a red glowing face with apostolic beard, a vast forhead, deepset burning eyes which reminded one of Buddha in trance. Nothing escaped the magic of his glance, which at times sparkled with irony or compassion, and other times lost itself in ecstasy plunging imperiously to the very depth of consiousness.
The matchless classical charm of his dress, his glittering sword, a quoit on his turban, gave him the historical appearance of the Kinght of Guru Gobind Singh who lived and died for Him.
For more than than fifteen years (May 1915 to October 1930) Bhai Randhir Singh Ji was imprisoned for his involvment in the Ghaddr (Freedom Revolt) movement. After suffering a terrible and torturous prison life, and upon his release, Bhai Sahib was bestowed with the great honours in the form of HukamNamas by all (then) four Takhats.
History will bear witness to the fact the bones and the blood of these real freedom fighters fertilized the arid soil of their country's political field. It is a pity that those who have reaped the fruits of their labors and those who wear the crown of gold, unearthed from the valley of death of these heroes, have deliberatly, consciously and callously forgotten those who carried the cross of freedom to the peak of liberty.
But history the greatest and ultimate judge will not forget them.
[Adapted from Dr. Trilochan Singh's Introductory Thesis in "Autobiography of Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh"]