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Honouring Those Who Honour India
Shaheed Sardar Nanak Singh
"India's diversity is like the colours of a rainbow.
Its charm and beauty would be diminished, if one were removed,”.

Shaheed Nanak Singh

Shaheed Sardar Nanak Singh was born on 11th September 1903, in Rawalpindi, now in Pakistan. He was born to Dr Wazir Singh and his wife, Jeevan Kaur. Shaheed Nanak Singh, BSc (Hons) L.L.B, was a prominent Sikh leader of West Punjab, Vice President Bar Association, General Secretary Akali Jatha, Multan, President Post & Telegraph Union, Multan, Vice President Communal Harmony.

He delivered his last public speech on 4th March 1947, at Kup Mandi, Multan City, along with Dr Saifudin Kichlew, President, Punjab and stressed the need of getting independence as a united India. The next day, he was martyred at 43 whilst saving 600 students from D.A.V College, Multan. The students had taken out a peaceful procession against the division of India but got caught in communal riots. He managed to save the students but lost his own life for Hindu Muslim unity in India. He left a young widow of 35 years and eight young children, the oldest being only 14 years old.

Shaheed Nanak Singh was a well-known figure of West Punjab, now in Pakistan. He dedicated his entire life to India's freedom, communal harmony, and unity. He opposed the partition of India based on religion as he could foretell the consequences of religious disharmony. He warned the then Muslim leaders not to cut and run and fall for the British Divide & Rule policy, which had turned into Divide & Run. He pleaded with the Muslim leaders that after Independence, India would be a secular and democratic country with one person, one vote, and as a result, together, we would make our destiny. He warned that if we went our separate ways, we would have nothing in common and would become rivals and as a result, would never experience peace in the area.

Shaheed Nanak Singh was a dynamic Police Inspector with The British Police and received 29 Gold Commendations Certificates for his excellent discharge of duty. He threw away his illustrious Police career when he was ordered to open fire on unarmed peaceful freedom lovers in Sargodha, now in Pakistan. He refused to obey his superior's immoral orders as he declined to be part of another incident similar to that of Jalianwala Bagh.

As punishment, he was posted to Dera Gazi Khan, a tribal area on the North-West Frontier. Having been disillusioned by the British authorities, he resigned from the police force and started a legal practice in Multan. He was a successful and well-respected advocate in the area. He took up cases to defend prisoners of the Indian National Army (Azad Hind Fauj.) Started by Shubash Chander Bose and General Mohan Singh. No other solicitor would dare take on such cases for fear of reprisals by the British Authorities.

Shaheed Nanak Singh dedicated his entire life to India's peace, integrity, and unity, and he sacrificed his life for the same principles. His portrait hangs in the Golden Temple in Amritsar, and also Punjab Govt. has named a road after him and erected his statue on the road.

Jai Hind.

A Biography of Shaheed Nanak Singh.
Shaheed Nanak Singh could foretell the consequences of religious disharmony and breaking up India in the name of religion.

“India’s diversity is like the colours of a rainbow, its charm and beauty will diminish if one were to be removed”. Nanak Singh.

A Biography of Shaheed Nanak Singh’s widow, Harbans Kaur.
An epic struggle of a young, 35 year old widow who lost her country, ancestral home and husband due to the breakup of India.

Her journey to bring up eight young children single-handedly through immense difficulties and her rising from a life of a destitute in a refugee camp to becoming the Proudest Indian Mother.

Don't Breakup India
Mother of Broken India
DON'T BREAK UP INDIA
Mother of Broken India
 
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Mother of Broken India
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The Twelfth Shaheed Sardar Nanak Singh Memorial Lecture organised by Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur National Integration Chair, Punjabi University, Patiala on 29th January 2020. The keynote speaker was Prof. Joginder Singh, from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India. The theme was Communal harmony and Toleration: A Recurring Message in History.

In this lecture, the book - Partition of Punjab (Essays in the honour of Shaheed Sardar Nanak Singh) was launched. Everyone has enjoyed the Lecture and book.


Eleventh Annual Shaheed Nanak Singh memorial Lecture
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Press Release

"India's diversity is like the colours of a rainbow. Its charm and beauty would be diminished, if one were removed,”.
- Shaheed Nanak Singh.

The Shaheed Nanak Singh Foundation Memorial Lecture 2017 was delivered by the Honourable Vice President of India, His Excellency Shri Hamid Ansari and was held at the Vice President’s House on the 20th July 2017.

This lecture was a milestone event with the Foundation receiving the great honour of an endorsement from the Honourable Vice President of India H.E Shri Hamid Ansari. The subject was ‘The Legacy of Freedom Fighters’ and was attended by several distinguished guests. To name a few - Shri Mahashay Dharmpal (proprietor of MDH Spices), Shri K V Reddy (MP), Shri Vijay Jolly (senior BJP spokesperson and former MLA), Shri Tarlochan Singh (former MP), Brigadier S.S Sahni (retd.), Shri Rajkumar Gupta (Action) and Advocate Manoj Chauhan. The trustees Gp Capt DV Arora and CA Alok Goel were also present along with Shri Nayaz Qazi, special advisor to Smt Salma Ansari and Dr Rami Ranger CBE.

The Vice President, provided the edifice for the expansion of the Shaheed Nanak Singh Foundation’s vision and mission. The welcome address was delivered by the youngest son of the Shaheed who is also the founder and Chairman of the Shaheed Nanak Singh Foundation. Dr Rami Ranger CBE welcomed his honoured guest and his wife, Smt. Salma Ansari and said that he was most humbled that the Honourable Vice President had accepted to deliver the lecture and mentioned how even today religious tolerance for social cohesion was a prerequisite for civil society.

Dr Rami Ranger CBE, spoke of the Foundation’s ‘principal mission’ which was the unity of India and also to honour those who honour India. The Foundation also honours all those who work for religious tolerance in India.

The Honourable Vice President H.E Shri Hamid Ansari is one of India’s most erudite, experienced and knowledgeable individuals and he provided an insightful reminder of the sacrifices made for the motherland ‘India’ and its people by freedom fighters. The lecture on the “Legacy of Freedom Fighters’ was met with a resounding applause and an opportunity for reflection by the guests. His humbling words encapsulated both Shaheed Nanak Singh and the Foundation that had been setup in his memory; the Vice President said “Shaheed Nanak Singh Foundation has done yeoman service to the cause of preserving and recalling the memory of a brave freedom fighter and an exceptional human being. Shaheed Nanak Singh was a prominent leader during the independence movement, he not only agitated for freedom but also worked for maintaining communal harmony in the face of the divide and rule policy of the British. He ardently opposed the partition of Indian and his life holds valuable lessons for contemporary India. The legacy of Shaheed Nanak Singh is part of the legacy of the brave and inspiring men and women who fought to make India free". (click here to view Vice president’s speech ).

The vote of thanks was given by Advocate Manoj Chauhan who said that today was a proud day and everyone at the Foundation was humbled with the greatness of the Vice President and his words of wisdom delivered through the lecture. Special thanks were given to his wife, Smt. Salma Ansari for all the help and support to the Foundation and to Dr Rami Ranger CBE, for his vision, passion and commitment to India. In closing he thanked all the guests and the office of the Vice President for their undivided support, guidance and assistance in the organisation of the Memorial Lecture.

Shaheed Nanak Singh stood for India’s unity in 1947 and paid the ultimate price, his life, for opposing the division of India on the basis of religion. He advocated that we must always consider ourselves to be first and foremost Indians and then choose to follow a religion for our peace of mind.

He believed that the unity of India must come first for our own strength and development as a nation. Regrettably, he was assassinated whilst trying to save 600 students of DAV School, Multan, who had taken out a procession against the division of India but got caught up in communal riots. Nanak Singh whilst saving the students, which he did, was killed by religious fanatics who could not understand his vision of a united India free from rivalry.

The Shaheed Nanak Singh Foundation advocates that we must learn from the past to build on our future and as a result, each year a lecture is delivered by a prominent Indian to promote his vision of unity, harmony and religious tolerance for a better India.

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Dr Rami Ranger CBE, Chairman of the Foundation felicitating and
welcoming H.E Shri Hamid Ansari, Hon. Vice President of India.
Ms. Neha Berlia felicitating and welcoming Smt. Salma Ansari
Shri Alok Goel felicitating and welcoming
Brigadier Saranjeet Singh Sahani
Group Captain D.V Arora felicitating and
welcoming Shri Tarlochan Singh
Shri Sandeep Singh felicitating and
welcoming Dr Rami Ranger CBE, Chairman of the Foundation
Advocate Manoj Chauhan delivering vote of thanks
Honourable Vice President of India, H. E. Shri Hamid Ansari
delivering the keynote lecture
Mahashay Dharmpal ji MDH and Guests at the event.
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Sushma Swaraj
Don't Break up India, a biography of Shaheed Nanak Singh being
presented to Hon. Sushma Swaraj, Minister for External Affairs, India.
Don’t Break up India, a biography of Shaheed Nanak Singh being
presented to Hon. Rajnath Singh
, Home Minister of India.
(Picture from Left to Right : Mr Vijay Jolly, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Hon. Rajnath Singh, Home Minister of India and Dr Rami Ranger CBE)
Don’t Break up India, a biography of Shaheed Nanak Singh being
presented to Hon. Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India.

Book Serialisation in the publication "The Press International"

The Shaheed Nanak Singh Foundation
Unveiling of a statue of Shaheed Nanak Singh by the Vice Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University Prof. Dr. Jairup Singh in Amritsar on 26th January 2007

SNS Marg
Shaheed Nanak Singh Marg, Amritsar.

Tenth Annual Shaheed Nanak Singh memorial Lecture
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