I recently came across a post which said that the globally HIT Ardaas combo, Aman Khatkar and Rana Ranbir, have announced yet another film together and this one will be based on the life of Shaheed Bhai Mewa Singh.
When I asked Aman Khatkar about this news, he replied with a noddy, "Yes Ji" and that's when the news stood officially confirmed!
Bhai Mewa Singh Ji arrived in Canada at a time when racism against non white immigrants was at its peak. a time when thousands of new Punjabi Sikh immigrants were coming to Canada looking for greener pastures and a better life. Like many Sikh pioneers, Bhai Mewa Singh was employed in the lumber industry and worked at Fraser mills.
As a newcomer to Canada his experience was less than welcoming. Local newspapers portrayed the early Sikh immigrants in a negative fashion. The new Sikhs were refused rental accommodations and were not allowed to purchase food by local grocers. No social organizations endeavored to help the Sikhs.
For Bhai Mewa Singh the turning came on September 15th, 1915 when he witnessed a man named Bela (who worked as an informant for the Canadian immigration department) enter the Gurdwara on West Second Avenue, and shoot two devout Sikhs: Bhai Bhag Singh and Bhai Battan Singh. Bhai Mewa Singh like many Sikhs was devastated by this event.
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Photo from 1915 Funeral of Canadian Sikh Shaheed Bhai Mewa Singh[/caption]
In his historical statement to the court Bhai Mewa Singh Ji said:
"My religion does not teach me to bear enmity with anybody, nor had I any enmity with Mr. Hopkinson. He was oppressing poor people very much. I, being a staunch Sikh, could no longer bear to see the wrong done both to my countrymen and the Dominion of Canada. This is what led me to take Hopkinson’s life and sacrifice my own life. And I, performing the duty of a true Sikh and remembering the name of God, will proceed towards the scaffold with the same amount of pleasure as a hungry baby goes towards his mother."