Today in Sikh History : 16th April
Sikhs captured Lahore and issued their own coins.
Sikhs attack Shahdara Patpat, Delhi.
Invassion of Delhi by the Khalsa Forces.
The passing away of Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh Ji.
Bhai RANDHIR SINGH Ji (1878-1961) indoctrinated thousands of people with the GurSikhism religion and GurSikh way of life through his ideal living, preachings, and kirtan. He was a stalwart of the Ghadr movement who was and galoed for a long term of imprisonment under section 121 (a) of the Indian Penal Code in the Second Lahore Conspiracy Case. He called himself as the first prisoner of the Akali movement who fought for the Sikh right to lead life in the jail as prescribed by the Guru himself. He was arrested on May 9, 1915 for participating in an unsuccessful attempt to attack Ferozepur Fort on November 27, 1914 and released on Oct. 4, 1930. Others like Baba Nidhan Singh of Chugha of Ferozepur, Udham Singh of Kasel and Baba Wasakha Singh of Dadher, district Amritsar were of that tribe of adventourous heros who combined religious fervour with radical politics and defied death with supreme scorn and courage. Sardar Bhagat Singh Shaheed was so influenced by Bhai Sahib’s life in the Central Jail, Lahore (where both of them were confined) that he started wearing long hair/beard and adopted GurSikh way of life.
-Ref. The Illustrated History of the Sikhs (1947-78), by Gur Rattan Pal Singh
Babbar Akali Movement, A Historical Survey, by Gurcharan Singh, Aman Publications, 1993.