A Lesson from Baba Manochahal….


Bhai Sukhwinder Singh Sangha was a Lt General of Bhindranwala Tigers Force of Khalistan, under the command of Baba Gurbachan Singh Manochahal but due to some issues, misunderstandings and Punjab police hired black cats, both Jhujaru Singhs split up and another fraction of Bhindranwala Tigers Force of Khalistan under the command of Bhai Sukhwinder Sigh Sangha. Baba Manochahal told Bhai Sangha that if he ever needed anything then just ask.

After this something happened, the Lt General of Bhindranwale Tigers Force of Khalistan Sangha group, Bhai Lakhwinder Singh Mand and another 3 Jhujaru Singhs were walking from Dhotian village to Warana village. As they walked, they left a trail with their footsteps. Baba Manochahal and another Jhujaru Singh by the name of Pehlwan, were watching this from tree nearby. As the BTFK Sangha group walked past Baba Manochahal they did not notice who was watching them. Baba Manochahal shouted, “Hands up!” The 4 Jhujaru Singhs put their hands in the air. “Put your weapons down!” Baba Manochahal shouted again. The Jhujaru Singhs of BTFK Sangha group then put their weapons on the ground. Pehlwan then picked up the weapons and handed them over to Baba Manochahal. The unarmed Jhujaru Singhs weren’t aware of what was to happen next.

After having the weapons in his possession, Baba Manochahal looked at the Jhujaru Singhs in anger and said, “How many times have I told you to walk properly? Your leaving trail after you. They (police) can easily track you and fire at you, kill you. I’ve taken your weapons to show you.” Like this Baba Manochahal said many things to the unarmed Jhujaru Singhs in anger. In the end Baba Manochahal gave the weapons back to Jhujaru Singhs and said his Fateh.

After this episode with Bhai Lakhwinder Singh Mand, Baba Manochahal went about his way like a Faqir. But Bhai Lakhwinder Singh Mand took this as an insult and to get his own back he complained about Baba Manochahal to Bhai Sukhwinder Singh Sangha. Bhai Sangha was well educated and told his Lt General to calm down and said, “Ok then, you do what Baba Manochahal did to you.” Soon as Bhai Lakhwinder Singh Mand got this permission, he started to track Baba Manochahal.

So, one day Bhai Lakhwinder Singh Mand and his fellow Jhujaru Singhs tracked Baba Manochahal, who was with on of his fellow Jhujaru Singhs. In the same manner, BTFK Sangha group surrounded Baba Manochahal and shouted, “Put your weapons on the ground!” Baba Manochahal replied, “I will not give up my weapon, if you want to shoot me then you sure can.” Bhai Mand only wanted the weapons in his possession to get his own back but Baba Manochahal was adamant that he wasn’t going to give up his weapons. After sometime of debating, Baba Manochahal started walking towards Bhai Mand. As Baba Manochahal got closer to Bhai Mand, he saw that Sangha group’s attitude changed. Bhai Mand said, “Baba Ji, we want to take revenge for that day you unarmed us. Only once give us your weapon, then may take it back straight away.”

“No, at no cost will I give up my weapon.” Baba Manochahal said as he came and stood right in front of Bhai Mand. Baba Manochahal saw that Bhai Mand was unhappy, he put his arm over Bhai Mand’s shoulder and laughingly said, “Here Mand, you want my weapon? Here have it.” Then Baba Manochahal gave his weapon to Bhai Mand. A smile came on Bhai Mand’s face and then he gave Baba Manochahal’s weapons back.

This type of maturity was a part of Baba Manochahal’s life, that even most awkward moments amongst Jhujaru Singhs can turn into an atmosphere of happiness. This story was told to us by one of the Jhujaru Singhs from Bhai Lakhwinder Singh Mand’s group and was present at both incidents.

Khalsa Fatehnama – February 2008