GYANI RATTAN SINGH “SHAAD “, A REAL RATTAN OF OUR COMMUNITY, WHO DEDICATED HIS WHOLE LIFE TO SERVE THE BEST INTERESTS OF BHAT SIKH SANGAT:
We feel highly proud and inspired of great men and women of Bhat Sikh Community, who had made the community proud and worked hard for its continued progress in all fields of life. Gyani Rattan Singh “Shaad “, truely fits in that catagory. Due to great qualities, he paved the way to make our community, really a dynamic and progressive. Born on July 17, 1914 at Guwal Mandi, Lahore (now in Pakistan), he had parents having religious bent of mind and an urge for community welfare activities. This left great impact on the children in the family. Shaad Sahib always showed keen interest in the social and community welfare activities and had many plans of reformative nature. He valued most the need of education and always wanted the community men and women, to accept this fact. He had a great passion in the Punjabi Literature and utilized spare time in reading books of noted writers.Shaad Sahib qualified Gyani Examination from the Punjab University and had a deep concern for the chardikala of Bhat Sikh Sangat. He was a borne poet so he used to produce poems of great eminence. It may not be out of place to mention that Shaad Sahib was a man with strong convictions and firm determination.He made up his mind towards community welfare services right when he was a young lad. So he was all set to utilize his energy in serving the best interest of our community.He was a widely travelled man, having visited Middle East, Eden, France, Itlay and Germany.
It was in the year 1936, he arrived in the United Kingdom (UK) where he decided to settle down, permanently. During that period, there was only one centre name Khalsa Jatha Bhupindra Gurduwara where religious and social activities were performed. He took great interest in the management and upkeep of the said Gurduwara, which turned out tobe a well known place to visit. He was made the President of the said Gurduwara in recognition to his dedication to the GURU GHAR and for promoting all-round chardikala of the Bhat Sikh Sangat. Shaad Sahib had inbuilt qualities of a great leader, a writer of great understandings, a poet and a noted journalist. He remained as the member of India League as also the proud convenor of Changa Bhatra Naujwan Sabha(UK). Also served as the President of Bristol Indian Association including the Bristol ‘s Sikh Community Council. He played an important role in promoting the Mahankosh Andolan. Last but not the least, he had served as the Editor and Chief Editor of various community magazines including SIKH SANDESH & SANGAT SAMACHAR.
Shaad Sahib also produced a book entitled “History of Krantik Lehar of Sangat Bhatra”, which continue to serve as a great reference book concerning Bhat Sikh Sangat.He had also to his credit a poetry collection namely “Vilkade Arman”. The community salute him for his invaluable contributions towards projection of good image of Bhat Sikh Sangat.