Gulab Kaur: A Sikh Woman From The Philippines Who Fought For India’s Independence

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We are well aware that after a prolonged fight, India was freed from British domination. We continue to honor those who helped India gain her independence. However, we frequently forget about the brave individuals who sacrificed little to achieve India’s independence. Gulab Kaur is one such example.

As she withstood the government’s sedition law, the name of this freedom fighter is now known. Bibi Gulab Kaur was born in 1890 in the Punjabi village of Bakshiwala, in the Sangrur district. Very little is known about her life. This courageous daughter of Punjab chose a harsh life to free India instead of staying in the lovely Philippines. She even abandoned her husband to battle the British, always putting the needs of the nation before those of the family.

Leaders of the Punjab Ghadar Party were ultimately responsible for Bibi Kaur’s decision to join the struggle for Indian independence from British control. Her motivation came from the party’s leaders, Baba Hafiz Abdullah (Fajja), Baba Banta Singh, and Baba Harnam Singh.

Bibi joined the Ghadar Party while residing in Manila, a group started by Indian immigrants with the intention of freeing the Indian Subcontinent from British Rule. She strolled around with a press card while Bibi Kaur pretended to be a journalist. She also inspired people to join the Ghadar party by handing out independence literature and speaking motivationally to Indian ship passengers.

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Gulab Kaur joined the S.S. Korea batch along with roughly fifty other freedom-loving Ghadrites from the Philippines and sailed for India before shifting to the Tosha Maru at Singapore. After arriving in India, she and a few other revolutionaries were active in the villages of Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur, and Jallandhar to inspire the populace to participate in an armed uprising for the country’s independence. She was given a two-year prison term for seditious conduct in Lahore, British India, and now Pakistan. Gadar Di Dhee Gulaab Kaur, a novel about Gulab Kaur penned by S. Kesar Singh and released in 2014, is available.

Gulab Kaur chose to join the Punjabi resistance when he was forced to return to India by the Ghadar Party. She gave up her privileged life, nevertheless, when her husband made the decision to relocate to the United States. She suffered constant pain for two years until passing away in 1941 from a disease.

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