Babu Karam Singh Bal

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Babu Karam Singh Bal
Personal details
Born c. 1927
Sathiala, Punjab, India
Died October 7, 1992(1992-10-07)
Jalandhar, Punjab, India
Nationality Indian
Political party Shiromani Akali Dal
Spouse(s) Bibi Sawinder Kaur
Occupation Sarpanch/Politician (various other jobs)

Babu Karam Singh Bal (Punjabi: ਬਾਬੂ ਕਰਮ ਸਿੰਘ ਬੱਲ) (c. 1927 – 7 October 1992) was a Sikh Sarpanch for Sathiala. He was also a politician for the Shiromani Akali Dal party and in addition, the manager of Gurdwara Baba Bakala Sahib (SGPC), a position he held for 38 years.

Babu Karam Singh Bal also was the Chairman for Sathiala College. He also had many other posts, such as being head of various types of committees.

Personal life[edit]

Karam Singh Bal was born in Sathiala around 1927. He had three brothers and two sisters, out of which he was the third youngest.

Although Babu Karam Singh Bal was born in Sathiala, he eventually moved to Baba Bakala because he became the manager at the Gurdwara there.

Babu Karam Singh Bal had a wide range of hobbies such as reading books and he always read the daily newspaper. Babu Karam Singh also enjoyed playing chess. Most importantly, Babu Karam Singh Bal had a great passion for music (mainly Ghazals) and for writing poetry.

Education[edit]

Babu Karam Singh went to college in Lahore because the partition of India had not yet taken place. He never went on to stay there in the long term. Babu Karam Singh Bal never went to university, because at the time there were no nearby universities to study in.

Politics[edit]

Babu Karam Singh Bal was a member of the Shiromani Akali Dal Party.

In the 1980s, Babu Karam Singh Bal was offered a seat in the government for being an MLA for the Beas constituency, but he never went on to be in the elections.

In the political world, Babu Karam Singh Bal had many companions such as Parkash Singh Badal, Gurcharan Singh Tohra and Jiwan Singh Umranangal.

Philanthropy[edit]

Babu Karam Singh was also known for doing much charity work for the local area. He gave many jobless people places to work. He also paid for the education of children whose parents could not afford to do so. He was a keen philanthropist.

Memorial[edit]

In memory of Babu Karam Singh Bal, a pillar has been built on Bathala Road in Sathiala. It is built where his ashes lie, and is also where his funeral took place in 1992.