Performing Kirtan

Sikhs in East Africa & Bhai Sahibs visit

Sikhs in Africa

Since the 1890s Sikhs from India migrated to East Africa during the British Colonial Rule. Many of the Sikhs were employed in building the railway lines between Kenya & Uganda. From 1900-1950s Sikh community of Kenya, Uganda & Tanzania was one of largest outside of India, they established themselves, built gurdwaras & Khalsa schools for the Sikh families. Baba Puran Singh 'Kericho wale' migrated to Kenya in 1916 & did a lot of Sikhi parchaar in Kenya until he moved to the UK in 1974 & founded the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (soho road). A Large number of Sikh families left East Africa during the 1950s due to civil unrest from the end of British colonial rule.

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Meeting of Two Blessed Souls


Bhai Rajinder Singh with Baba Thakur Singh Ji
ਦੋ ਗੁਰਮੁਖ ਰੂਹਾਂ ਭਾਈ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਭਾਈ ਰਜਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਜੀ (ਚੱਲਦਾ ਵਹੀਰ ਜੱਥਾ) ਅਤੇ ਸੰਤ ਬਾਬਾ ਠਾਕੁਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਜੀ ਭਿੰਡਰਾਂਵਾਲਿਆ ਦੇ ਪਹਿਲੀ ਵਾਲ ਮਿਲਾਪ ਦੇ ਯਾਦਗਾਰੀ ਪਲ.

Bhai Rajinder Singh had a very deep respect for all Gursikhs. The above photo taken in Malaysia in 1998, when Bhai Rajinder Singh found out that Baba Takhur Singh (Damdami Taksal) was also in Malaysia he requested to meet Baba Ji. When Bhai Sahib entered the room, Baba Ji was sitting on the manji, Baba Ji face instantly lit up & he was delighted to see Bhai Sahib. He instructed the singhs to bring a sheet where they could both sit together, but both of them showed such humility that no one sat on the sheet, they stayed on floor. When I interviewed singhs who were present that day, they told me "they had not seen Baba Ji this happy and talkative". Both of these blessed souls discussed gurmat, sikhi parchaar. Bhai Sahib also asked about Sant Baba Gurbachan Singh Bhindranwale & Sant Kartar Singh Ji. Baba Ji also sent a saropa &sunder gutka for my wedding in 1995 via Giani Pritam Singh (UK). They continued to meet on a number of occasions when Baba Ji travelled to Europe. 

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