BAPU SANT SINGH PARDESI, A REAL GEM OF THE BHAT SIKH SANGAT WHO WAS UNDOUBTEDLY A FRIEND, PHILOSOPHER AND GUIDE :
We are indeed fortunate in having many great men and women in our community, who have contributed significantly to make the Bhat Sikh Sangat, a progressive and proud community. Bapu Sant Singh Pardesi, as he was dearly and out of respect,mostly addressed to,had left no stone unturned to change the destiny of Bhat Sikh Community. Born in 1899 at village DHARIWAL, Tehsil NAREWAL in district SIALKOT, now in Pakistan, he had parents namely Mahant Chetan Dass and Mata Raj Kaur. His father and grandfather, had good social status in and around Dhariwal village in addition to a sound financial position. Sant Singh Pardesi was lucky enough to have such a healthy atmosphere during his childhood. He was always seen taking good interest in all important social and religious activities. He had great faith in God and regularly visited Gurduwara Sahib, for listening Kirtan and Gurbani. In addition, he also took active interest in attending other functions such as PANTHAK MEETS , SOCIAL REFORM based get-together functions,etc. He stayed and worked there in England and returned to his native village where he started taking on hand his further plans to complete his mission.
It may be worth mentioning here that Pardesi Sahib was the first person, out of Dhariwal Sangat, who had visited United Kingdom. He then prepared a group of 18 persons, mostly close relatives and friends, from Dhariwal village, ready to visit England for better living .It needs great courage and sacrifice to promote financial position of the community. So in order to complete his mission, he made all expenses needed for the visit of the said group, out of his personal pocket. It was just the start. He continued to perform one activity or the other, to make Khalsa Panth and Bhat Sikh Sangat, proud. In fact, the whole family was rendering valuable services to the community, in one way or the other. His brothers : Patel Sahib, Sardar Singh, Hazara Singh “Sathi”, who hardly need any introduction, commands great respect of Bhat Sangat for their laudable community welfare activities. Pardesi Sahib was not only a beloved Bapu of Bhat Sikh Sangat but was also very popular amongst the national and international leaders such as Pt. Nehru, the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Krishna Menon, Panth Rattan Master Tara Singh, Sant Fateh Singh, to mention but a few. Pardesi Sahib was instrumental in making best legal efforts to save Sardar Udham Singh Azad, from death sentence, but unfortunately, he did not succeed. Out of great regard, the turban of Shaeed Udham Singh Azad, was handed over to Pardesi Sahib, which is still a proud possession of the family. Bapu Sant Singh Pardesi served Bhupindra Dharamshala (Gurduwara ) for a long time. He played a pivotal role in establishing first Sikh Gurduwara Sahib, in Manchester. With the untiring help of other trustees, he used to visit many cities in UK to collect funds so that construction work relating to Gurduwara premises, could be completed. At the family front, we may mention here that his sons namely S/shri Baikunth Singh Hamdard, Karnail Singh Pardesi, Barjinder Pal Singh and Sukhdev Singh, also made the entire Bhat Sikh Sangat proud due to their valuable contributions, to solve many vital issues of our community. Last but not the least, Dr. Harnam Singh Talib, a well known name in our community, who was the son-in-law of Bapu Pardesi Sahib, always kept him in the highest esteem and treated Pardesi Sahib as his real mentor and spirtual Guru.
Bhat Sikhs Sangat salute the invaluable services of Bapu Sant Singh Pardesi and would always follow spirit with which he had served the Community.