Based On Sikh Shahadat, May 2004
Translated By Balpreet Singh
Shaheed Bhai Master Sukhwinder Singh Babbar was born on April 8, 1955 in village
Daabaa(n)vala, Batala, District Gurdaspur. His father was Sardar Bakhshish
Singh and mother Jageer Kaur. Master jee had 4 brothers and one sister.
Master jee first studied in village Aliwal and then went to Bering College
Batala where he graduated and then went on to study at CPID Mohali. After
graduating he took a job as a teacher in Kadeeaa(n). He began to be called
"Master" after this point.
Master ji, along with his worldly studies also read a lot of Gurbani. He
began to do the sangat of Sant Jarnail Singh ji Bhindranwale and after
finishing his work at the school, used to go do sangat with Sant ji. While
teaching at the school, he also began to participate in the Dharam Yudh
The events of June 1984 broke Master ji's heart. He was so badly hurt that
he resigned from his job and began to fight to protect the glory of the
Sikhs and he never looked back again.
The Movement & Dasvandh
The police began to daily make raids at Master ji's home but he was never
captured. Master ji went underground and joined Babbar Khalsa and became an
active member. Master ji was of a very sweet nature and took pleasure in
helping the needy and helpless. He would constantly be repeating Gurbani. He
was very wise and knowledgeable as well. Master ji was soon appointed the
Jathedar of the Majha area. Master ji used to encourage all those in the
movement to certainly take their dasvandh out. After every six months Master
ji would go home and take the dasvandh from the crops his family had grown.
Master ji's younger brother Rajvinder Singh once said, "our Dasvandh is
already taken out because we're almost homeless and can not even plant our
crops on time." Master ji replied, "If Vahiguru did not even give us this
much, what would we have done? Taking out dasvandh helps in profit, not
Master ji was firm on his principles and was a true soldier. He told
everyone in the Jathebandee to take out their dasvandh and consider it their
Once, Master ji went on a long trip on his bike to get RS100 in dasvandh
from a Singh. A Singh in the Jatha asked Master ji why he took such pains
to go get such a small amount. Master ji replied, "it was that Singh's
faith that he wanted to do seva and so his RS 100 is to me like a hundred
thousand. On top of that, that Singh will be more attached to us now and if
he was giving the dasvandh with such happiness, how could we refuse?" Master
ji served the Jathebandee with full commitment and soon he was chosen to be
in the seven member High Command of Babbar Khalsa.
Premonition Of Shaheedi
On the night of March 21, 1987, Master ji came home at 12am and was given
some fruit to eat. He looked at the watch and said that it was 12 and thus
Amrit Vela and he would not eat now. He got up to leave again but called the
entire family together first. He said that he had a very important request
he sad, "A Singh can be captured or a Singh can also be martyred. If a Singh
is captured, don't go after him and if he is martyred, don't weep. Just read
as much Bani as you can. Finally, when a Singh is martyred, people often
give their families money to honour them. I don't want you to even touch any
After saying this, he left for his destination. No family member could say
anything further to him and the entire night they wondered what the meaning
was of all this.
On March 23, 1987, two days later, the family received news that Master
Sukhwinder Singh Babbar had been captured. After countless tries, the family
could not get any further information. The police simply said they had not
caught him. Soon after, the Jathebandee commemorated his Shaheedi.