Dewan Bahadur SP Singh is the unheard hero of Pakistan. He isn’t just the last nail in the coffin but owns the whole process of the partition of Punjab.
In this life of illusion and quasi-illusion, the person of solid virtues who can be admired for something more substantial than his well-knownness often proves to be the unsung hero. –
Daniel J. Boorstin
The same goes with our legend S.P. Singh. Let’s get in-depth with his profile!
You’re probably thinking from where he belonged, right? Well, he is from a Christian background who resided in Pasroor, Sialkot, Punjab. He was born on April 26, 1893. His ancestry vested in Bihar from father’s side and Punjabi mother with the Bangladeshi touch from grandmother’s side. In this conglomeration, he ended up marrying a woman from UP.
For further continuation of his studies, he moved to Lahore where he got admission to the University of Punjab.
Contribution for Pakistan
He isn’t just the linchpin in the making of Pakistan after the British withdrawal but he did some other services as well. After his education from the Punjab University, he served as a registrar there and put all his energy into introducing metric examination systems and intermediate level degrees to the education system.
He was elected in the Punjab Assembly in 1937 and rose as a staunch supporter of the Pakistan Movement and Quaid’s vision.
He got noticed when he opposed the 3 June Plan by Mountbatten for the partition of Punjab. He stood firmly in front of the leader of the militant Sikh Akali Dal Party, Master Tara Singh when he threatened the members of Punjab assemble with their weaponry.
They shout out loud that those would vote in the favour of the union of Pakistan will be killed. At that time two Christians with S.P. Singha confronted those armed men and made history proud when the credentials of 88 for remaining with India and 91 for joining with Pakistan got announced.
In this Great Tragedy of the Partition Christian leaders along with Singha recorded the statement that for the demarcation of the boundaries the Christian strata should be termed as Muslim population. That’s how he worked day and night for the inclusion of some parts of Punjab in Pakistan.
For sure you’re thinking that what led him to so much struggle? Well, you’re right! He did this as he was saddened due to the miserable plight of Christian in united India. There they have no graveyards in the town or villages and are facing social exclusion on drinking water from the wells. In that scenario, he believed that Muslim society is more secular yet open to other religious communities. In his foreseeable future, he assumed that Pakistan is a better place for Christians instead of India
He becomes the foremost speaker of the new west Punjab assembly after partition. But unfortunately, due to the objective resolution 1949, he has to step down from his stature due to his religion.
Due to his diehard efforts, the British Colonial government awarded him the title of “Dewan Bahadur in 1939. This award acknowledged his valuable services and is referred to as the highest honors.
Govt of Pakistan reward towards services
Former president Mamnoon Hussain thanked and remembers him as Pakistan’s unforgettable hero who rendered himself the for the creation of Pakistan in his capacity as an Assembly speaker. President in the Aiwan-e-Sadr inaugurates a postage stamp to recognize the services of S.P. Singha. In his speech, he said some thoughtful words:
“Minority communities are beautiful flowers of the bouquet that is Pakistan and all efforts will be taken for their safety and progress.”Preisdent of Pakistan: Mamnoon Hussain
After Singha’s demise, his family left Pakistan soon. He died on Oct. 22, 1949, and his grave is in the Christian graveyard, Jail Road, Lahore.