Mota Singh, Bhai
One of the Nankana Sahib martyrs (1902-1921)
Was the son of Bhai Hari Singh and Mai Thakari, Ramdasia Sikhs, weavers by profession, originally of Bassi village in Hoshiarpur district, who had migrated for better living to Chakk No. 18 Bahoru in Sheikh upura district (now in Pakistan). Mota Singh was born on 15 Poh 1959 Bk/28 December 1902 in his mother’s village Thandhevala in Firozpur district. As he grew up, he learnt enough Gurmukhi to be able to read the Sikh granth fluently. He took the Khalsa pahul and inspired his parents to have the Guru Granth Sahib in their own home where members of the Khalsa Baradari (an association of Sikhs belonging to the so-called lower castes) began to assemble to listen to gurbani recited and explained by him. He was drawn into the Gurdwara Reform movement and had himself registered as an Akali volunteer. On 19 February 1921, he was all dressed up and ready to go to bring home his bride when the call was received for the liberation of Gurdwara Janam Asthan. He joined the Dharovah group in the same dress and fell a martyr the following morning in the reckless shooting in the compound of the Gurdwara Janam Asthan.