Kartar Singh Jhabbar

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Kartar Singh Jhabbar
Born 1874
Jhabbar, Punjab (British India)
Died 20 November 1962
Habri, kaithal district, Punjab (India)
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Khalsa Updeshak Mahavidyala
Occupation Religious preacher
Known for key figure in the Akali movement
Religion Sikhism
Parents Teja Singh

Kartar Singh Jhabbar (1874-20 November 1962) was a Sikh leader known for his role in the Gurdwara Reform Movement of the 1920s.

Kartar Singh was born to Teja Singh in the Jhabbar village of Sheikhupura District in Punjab (British India). His grandfather Mangal Singh was in the service of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.[1] He received religious education (1906-09) at the Khalsa Updeshak Mahavidyala, a training institution for Sikh preachers at Garjakh.[2]

In 1909, Kartar Singh became a preacher and later joined the Singh Sabha Movement. In 1919, he was arrested for anti-Government protests following the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. He was awarded a sentence in the Andaman jail, but was later released after the announcement of the royal clemency.[1]

In the 1920s, Kartar Singh led the Gurdwara Reform Movement, which aimed at transferring the control of Sikh gurdwaras from traditional clergy (Udasi mahants) and Government-appointed managers to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC). In 1920, a jatha (volunteer group) led by him seized the control of the Babe di Ber gurdwara in Sialkot.[3] He also played an important role in the SGPC's takeover of the Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple), the holiest shrine of the Sikhs. He further helped the Akalis seize the control of Gurdwara Panja Sahib (Hasan Abdal, November 1920), Gurdwara Sacha Sauda (Chuhar Kana, December 1920), Gurdwara Sri Tarn Taran Sahib (January 1921) and Gurdwara Guru ka Bagh (near Amritsar, January 1921).[citation needed]

In 1921, Kartar Singh was arrested for protesting against the Nankana massacre, and again in 1924 for taking part in various Akali movement demonstrations. He was released in December 1928. He continued to be involved in several religious and political activities on a lesser scale.[citation needed]

After the partition of India in 1947, Kartar Singh migrated to Habri village (in present-day Karnal district of Haryana), where he died in 1962.[4]


  1. ^ a b S. S. Shashi, ed. (1996). Encyclopaedia Indica: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh. Anmol Publications. p. 241. ISBN 978-81-7041-859-7. 
  2. ^ Sher Singh Sher (1982). Glimpses of Sikhism and Sikhs. Metropolitan. OCLC 11550235. 
  3. ^ Mohinder Singh (1988). The Akali struggle: a retrospect (Volume 1). Atlantic. p. 20. OCLC 59911558. 
  4. ^ M. L. Peace (1968). S. Kartar Singh Jhabbar, the spearhead of the Akali movement. Peace and Rattan Kaur. OCLC 1676116.