GYANI SUNDER SINGH ” SAGAR , A GREAT PERFORMER OF BHAT SIKH SANGAT :
There is a difference between doing a work and doing an excellent work to remain forever in the minds of the community & society at large. Gyani ji, as he was popularly known and addressed, match that honour. Born in 1917 at GALOTIAN (now in Pakistan), he was good at studies and always understood the value of it. He passed his GYANI examination from Punjab University, which earned him the honour of “GYANI”. Ever since his childhood, he was always keen to be useful to the society in one way or the other. Gyani ji visited UK for a couple of times and finally settled down there in 1949. He continued as a quite useful member of the community. Due to religious bent of mind, he was always respected and admired. It may be mentioned here that he was instrumental in the establishment of country’s postwar first Sikh Temple (Gurduwara) .While having shifted to Manchester,he proved quite resourceful in the establishment of three more Sikh Gurduwaras in the city. In 1959, Gyaniji took up the issue for the right of Sikhs to wear turbans while on duty on Manchester’s buses. Even though it took several years to succeed, thanks to the good understanding of the sentiments of the Sikh community by the concerned authorities, TURBANS were allowed to Sikhs while working on buses in November, 1966. To Gyaniji, it was the victory for the people of Manchester. He always believed in the fact that any improvement in the treatment of Sikhs, would not only benefit them but will also enrich the society at large. There was yet another issue requiring attention of this gentleman. According to Crash Helmet Act operative from June 01/1973, Sikhs were prohibited from riding motorcycles wearing only their turbans on their heads. Gyani ji voiced against this unjust ban and even went to jail during his campaign against crash helmets. Thanks to the good intention of Gyani ji, the law eventually changed on 15th of November,1976. Bhat sikhs community in particular and the Sikhs community in general will always remember the great services of Gyani Sunder Singh Sagar.