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A Prosperous and Peaceful Village Life – Pre-Partition

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R P Bhatla

R P Bhatla is an AMIE (India) Engineer in Civil Engineering. He retired in 1994 as Deputy General Manager from Engineers India Ltd. He continued to work as General Manager, Triune Projects Ltd., General Manager Enron India, General Manager, PLL/Simon Carves India Ltd, and Advisor L&T Faridabad.

Editor's note: This is the first of several stories related to the life of the Bhatla family before and after the Partition of India in 1947.

In 1930, my father, Sakhir Chand, became the Kar Dar (estate manager) for Ahmadyar Khan. Mr Khan owned more than 500 acres of land in Kot Khan Village, in District Jhang in West Punjab, which became a part of Pakistan in 1947. Much of the land was by the side of the river Jhelum. It was fertile land, irrigated by the Persian water wheel, an ancient system of lifting water from open wells. My father's job involved a lot of running around to supervise everything that had happened on the estate. In addition, he had to co-ordinate all court cases related to the land and its owner. My father and his forefathers had earned and lived on this arrangement for more than a hundred years.

It was a good, comfortable living. My father's compensation was a percentage of the estate's production: grain produced, cattle feedstock, and fresh vegetables. There was a small cash payment also. Our place had about a hundred date trees, which gave us a variety of date fruit. The family had plenty of food and always some spare money. The three brothers together in one family with common income were doing well, and the joint family had accumulated plenty of gold & jewellery.

My grandparents had expired before my father got married. In 1931, when he was 35 years old, my father married Maya, daughter of Karam Chand Bhandula, who himself had been a Kar Dar of a rich Hindu zamindar family at Chella village in District Jhang for many years. Karam Chand's family was well to do.

Maya, my mother, was only 17 when she got married. But, soon after her marriage, my mother became the boss of the house with my father playing the second fiddle. She had no formal education but could easily read Hindi and Punjabi religious books. However, she could not write.

It was joint family with my father and Wazir Chand, his older brother and Bishan Dass, his younger brother. Wazir Chand was a primary school teacher, while Bishan Dass had a shop that sold cloth. My father's brothers were also hen pecked by their wives. Overall, the family life was peaceful. It was an ideal living situation with all cousin brothers and sisters (eight boys and three girls) playing, often joking, and running around.

Kot Khan village had a primary school up to Standard 6. The school had a large compound with a number of classrooms. Its main problem was that school did not have English. The emphasis was on mathematics and Urdu language. The firm foundation set for arithmetic at this school proved good for me over the years in high school and later. After Standard 6, you had to look for a new school with English language.

It appears unbelievable today that the Standard 4 final examination used to be held at another village, about 6 km away. Similarly, the Standard 6 final examination was also held at another school some distance away. The young students had to walk a long distance to appear for the test and tread back same day.

In Standard 6, when the final examination's date was approaching, the school used to arrange special classes in the school premises at night. The students were required to sleep at school. The school headmaster, Mr Elahi Bakhash, was a highly motivated teacher who used to keep track of his good students. One of his sons was also a teacher at the school.

When World War II ended in 1945, the school celebrated it and Ladoos distributed to all students, with a holiday the following day. People hoped that the end of the war would mean a return to normal life. For example, before the war, wheat was available at 5-7 kg per rupee. During the war, the price more than tripled to 1.5 kg per rupee.

I remember going with my family on foot or bicycles to village Chella, about 5 km away, to see Ramlila, which was regularly celebrated every year. There used to be a Mela at village Massan at Dusserah time, when all Hindus would get together every year, stay there for 3-4 days to perform any religious ceremononies. Massan, on the right bank of river Chenab, was famous for its temples. Even political parties would hold meetings at this location and state their viewpoints. On Baisakhi day (13th April) every year, most Hindus would go to river Jhelum, about 1.5 km away, to bathe in it.

Kabadi was a very popular game at Kot Khan. There would be matches between college going students and the local rustics. Another local game was Guli danda, which we played in the clean and hard ground east of village Kot Khan. Most of the boys participated in this game, which involved a lot of running around.

My tauji (father's older brother), Wazir Chand, died at a relatively young age s of about 46 years. He was remembered for his kind and generous approach as the oldest male member and head of the family. Soon after her husband's death, our taiji (tauji's wife) wanted the joint family to be divided, with each of the three brothers getting his due share. Her main concern was that she wanted to be sure that she would get and receive her ornaments and her share of the family's cash, which she wanted to invest in her sons' education. She had three sons. The oldest son was studying in DAV College, Lahore, and other two sons were studying in a high school at Adhiwal, which was half way between Jhang and Meghiana towns.

My taiji got the old house in which the joint family had lived. Two new identical houses were constructed side by side for my father and his younger brother, and we shifted to the new houses after the family split. We had a common compound in this newly constructed house. There were some tensions when the young boys would intrude into each other's space. The family ladies would often crib and argue, but I never observed any shouting by the men or the cousins. We had a very cordial relationship with our cousins throughout.

In those times, in our community, the girls were given education in temples, without any formal school education. This was the case for my sister in Kot Khan, though she did attend a formal school soon after Partition, and earned her Matric (Standard 10) degree.

Our relations with Muslims were generally peaceful. There were no untoward incidents except some theft of a cow or a buffalo. During World War II days there was some politics creeping in the village life. Some sort of compromise would be made as to who would become the village's Numberdar (senior officer).

Hindu and Muslim marriages were celebrated separately. However, a few selected persons were invited to Muslim marriages. Since we were close to the Khan family, we were always invited to their weddings. But, we never ate at their house because beef was served at their parties. Instead, we would be given dry food supplies, which we would cook separately at our home.

Muslims were generally not invited to Hindu weddings. However, the Hindu families would always deliver some gifts to the homes of their Muslim friends and acquaintances, as a token of mutual respect.

There was never any quarrel between Hindus and Muslims. Hindus would participate in the Muslims' religious discourses, which were in chaste Urdu but always secular in nature. These were held at least twice a year in open compounds, and attracted a large number of people who came to listen and participate.

At Kot Khan, the Bhatla community had constructed a Gurudwara and appointed a Granthi (a preacher), even though there were no Sikh families living there. The gurudwara was quite boisterous with weekly gatherings. There was also a Hindu temple with a Pujari for religious ceremonies. The Hindus would generally ask the Hindu pujari to select the date for a wedding or any other auspicious occasion. But for day-to-day religion, the Hindus of Kot Khan were more comfortable with Sikh scriptures.

My maternal grandparents belonged to Chella village, at a distance of 5 km. We often spent some days of our summer vacation there. Chella was a bigger village with a middle school. The next stop for education beyond Kot Khan was Chella. This village had a large Hindu population and was more prosperous with rich Hindus living there.

My maternal grandparents shifted from Chella to a village known as Chak Number 383, near a town called Toba Tek Singh, and opened a shop there. This was a predominantly Muslim area, with just a few Hindus who used to work as traders. I had shifted to their home for my Class 5 because the school there used to teach English, unlike the school in Kot Khan. I got admission in an Islamia high school at Kaloya near Toba Tek Singh. This school had predominantly Muslim students with only four or five Hindu students. I spent one year in this school 1946-47 but found no differences because of religion. The teachers were more interested in students based on their merit.

In 1947, when problems between Hindu, Muslim and Sikh communities started rising up, and peace hung in the balance, I was shifted back to my parents in Kot Khan. I had then sought admission in a school at Kot Shakir across the river Jhelum and stayed in the hostel there.

Things were going well for all the three families in 1947. There was enough money, and the families' sons were studying in English medium schools or DAV College, Lahore.

Then came the Partition of India. On a national level, it did make India independent. On a personal level, it destroyed our families' peaceful and prosperous lives.

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© R P Bhatla 2012

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Dev R. Chitkara   |2013-12-21
Dear Mr. R.P. Bhatia,
My family is from Chella. Iwas 9 years old when we moved
to New Delhi as refugees after a long journey that took us through some terrible
times including the murder of my Tauji amongst other issues.As I remember my
family history before partition parallels yours. My children would like me to
write down my family history covering my childhood years in Chella until I moved
to United States in 1962. My father was Amir Chand Chitkara who stayed to take
care of our farm while his older brothers, Mr. Karam Chand and Mr. Nathu Ram
were working in the railways. All three brothers had homes in Chella. We knew
other land owners- Katyals, who's son was in army and came with two army trucks
and rescued the Hidus. My other uncle was Nathu Ram. My cousin Ratan Lal
married a girl from a nearby village, I do not recall the name.
I wonder if our
families knew each other and if you would be able to help me with more
details.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
With Best Wishes and Regards,
Rakesh Budhiraja   |2018-01-25
In kot shakir jhang village,my forefather was landlord during 1947 but
afterwords my grandfather moves from here towards rohtak haryana with loss of
all the land and my grandmothers all gold ornaments
Hasham   |2018-04-30
Hi, i am also from jhang district but my city is shorkot city , i want to know
about hindu families who migrated from jhang so that i can ask them more about
hostorical and cultural activites of jhang district and i also want to make link

Thanks
Deepak Arora   |2019-01-21
Hi My father's family moved from Sadiq Nihang near ShorKot and Mother's
Family moved from Budhuana . My Father was 7 year old and is 78 year old now and
still has memories from his childhood. Going from Sadiq Nihang to Quaim Barwana
to watch Ramlila. And a pakki Nehar being built near by.
R P BHATLA   |2013-12-24
Dear Mr Chitkara,
I had my maternal grad father and his family belonged to
Chela and they knew every body including your family of
Chitkaras. Chela village had a very difficult time at the time of
partition as the residents had to run and hide for safety at number of
places including some families took to thick forest near river
Jehlam to save themselves. One Chitkara who was married to Bhatla girl
of my village Kot Khan had thrown his six daughters and his wife and self
in a deep water well to save their respect. Although the girl
survived, all other family members were drowned and died. The name of
Bhatla lady was Paro who lived a long life with her parents
and brothers with reat emotional torture throughout her long life.She
died several decades back.
Mr Shadi lal katyal who had joined Punjab
Police came with military trucks to save people from Chela and Kot
Khan.
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tariq mehmood   |2014-01-11
Hi Sir,
Do you know Shehkar Katyal from Mouza Talib Village from Chiniot
city?
They owned land in Mouza talib and were rich jagir dars, i have heard
about them from my family in Pakistan..want to locate or know about
them.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mouza_Talib

pl ease email the details on my
email address:
tariq729me@gmail.com
R P BHATLA   |2014-01-12
Sir,
I have no clue about Mr Shehkar Katyal of Mouza Talib village. thanks and
regards
shehzad mumtaz   |2016-11-05
DEar Mr Bathla,felt sorry to read your story,i am resident of jhang city,just
few miles from river chanab,chund bharwana is nearest,there is magnificient
temple situated in our city bazar named railbazar,but now in deteriorated
condition,i want to discuss more with you about pre partition jhang
my email id
is
shehzad.pharmacist@gmail.com
Abhay   |2015-02-05
Dear Mr bathla,
My grandparents too migrated fro jhang. My grandfather's name
was Sh. Ram Nath Dhall s/o Sh Bhola Ram. My maternal grandfather, Sh Wazir chand
sikka, was also from jhang but he worked in Tank.

Regards
Abhay
R P BHATLA   |2015-02-07
Thanks, there were number of sikka families in Jhang Meghiana town and some of
them used to visit our village to meet their relatives during summer holidays
which used to be season of dates at the village.
Charvi   |2015-08-06
Both my maternal and paternal granparents have migrated from jhang.

My nana
ji's name is ram swaroop gulati and dadu's name is bhagwan das virmani.
R P BHATLA   |2015-08-08
Dear sir, I have no comments on your query as we had no relation of this surname
although Gulati was a well known sub caste in Jhang Meghiana.
Ali   |2015-12-11
Welcome from jhang... the land of Love
Raza   |2015-08-16
Hello,
my parents migrated from Indian Punjab to Jhang city. They also suffered
heavily during the migration.
Did you every visit the Hindu Temple in Jhang
city, it was a beautiful temple, and i have a few photos of this temple if you
would like i can share it with you.
Vikas   |2016-08-06
Dear Raza,
Thanks for your offer. Please feel free to share the photographs
of the temples and city as a while.

My grand parents belonged to Jhang.my
email I'd is vikasgirotra@yahoo.co.in
VIPIN MALIK   |2017-03-28
Dear vikas--I want to know about yours parents--are they living in Rohtak--or
in punjabi bagh
VIPIN MALIK   |2017-03-28
all hindu tamples in jhang have become deserted not destroyed--govt of pakistan
have maintained well old structures--not allowing any body to stay there
Chetan gandhi   |2015-11-14
Dear all my grand parents shifted from jhang maghiana to India ,thier name were
Dr Nand lal gandhi & Mrs Vidyawati Gandhi along with my gr8 grand father hakim
Santlal Gandhi. I have no details about their history in jhang but if sum1 knew
them kindly let me know
R P BHATLA   |2015-11-18
NO KNOWLEDGE PLEASE
varun   |2018-01-05
Hello Bhatla Ji,

Please shar ur no or email address.
my grand mother told me
about MR wazir chand ( ur uncle) some time back.. would love to talk to you and
kno more about family and pre partition time.

Varun
katyal
+91-9711006846
varunkatyal@gmail.com
Anonymous   |2017-03-31
Dear Chetan Gandhi--Where you are living
in India at present--any member of
yours family above age 80 years will tell you all details
wajid khan   |2015-12-25
hello mr bhatla my name is wajid and i read all your story of kot khan and
migration it will sound great to you that i am also from kot khan i am bloch by
cast and now a days i am in london my wife is the great grand daughter of khan (
alyana )family. for whom your father is working for i hope you will reply me i
am writing you my email address please write to me
wajid khan   |2015-12-25
mr bhatla my email is wajidkb@gmail.com
R P BHATLA   |2015-12-31
Thanks,It is great to know that you are from Kot Khan and married to a grand
daughter of Khan. It will be interesting to know name of Khan whose grand
daughter you are married to.
anil   |2016-09-10
Do you know any family by name Krishna Sikka or a fialoke family there
Mahar saqib altaf khan alyana   |2016-11-07
Hi mr bhatla

My name is mahar saqib alaf khan altana. And m grandaon of Mahar
Allah bakhsh khan alyana. We hav our land on buth side of jahlum river in kot
khan and moza alyana the real basic town of alyana family.
Hope u know my
family my grand father was SHO. WE R CALLeD by the name of thanaydar waly
alyana.
ravikatyal   |2016-11-07
Dear shri Bhatla and others,
My father shri LABH CHANDKATYAL was from JHANG and
my grandfathers name was Sukhram Das. Problaly therewas a village or mohalla
katyala where they lived in. can you all confim if there was a village or
mahalla katyala in jhang somewhere. I am very keen to know the history of my
forefathers.
varun   |2018-01-05
Ravi ji please share ur phone no and email. would love to know more about
mohalla katyala..

varun katyal
+91-9711006846
varunkatyal@gmail.com
R P BHATLA   |2016-11-09
MR. Mahar saqib altaf khan alyana ,
The two khan families mentioned in my story
were also known as Alyanas and their land and jagir extended on both sides of
the river Jehlam. They were high profile khans and lived in village Kot Khan.In
fact the entire village property belonged to them only. I am not aware of any
place/town known as Alyana.Thanks for your interest in this story.
R P BHATLA   |2016-11-09
Mr Ravi Katyal,
No knowledge of the Mohalla Katyala. There were number of Katyal
families in nearby villages e.g Chella village ( Tehsil HQ), village Sajhowal
all within 5 km of village Kot khan. We had many relations with Kayal families
in these two villages.The most prominent and famous katyal family village in
Chella was Mr Nathan Katyal who had migrated to Hissar.In fact this family by
their vast influence had helped the safe evacuation of Hindu families to
India.
I am not aware of the names mentioned, probabely because I was two young
at the time of partition.
Lalit Kumar   |2017-04-03
Hi sir
My father and great grandfather were from Didhoyana, Jhang. My
grandfather's name was kanahiya Lal (chhachra). I wish if I could get
a chance to visit and see my ancestral homes and its surroundings.
Vipul sikka   |2017-04-25
My great grandfather name was Shri chanan Das Sikka. We have listen many stories
from my late grandfather bag want Lal sikka
Hassan Ahmad   |2017-06-02
Dear Sir,
I hope you will be fine with good health. I am Hassan Ahmad belong to
Awan family from Kot Khan District Jhang, Punjab (Pakistan). I am Chemical
Engineer by profession from the Village of Kot Khan.
Sir I have read your story
"A prosperous and Peaceful Village life - Pre-partition". I know Khan
family very well for whom you mentioned in your story.
Just let me introduce
briefly about my family, my Great grandfather were three brothers
1) Jan
Muhammad
2) Noor Muhammad
3) Ghulam Muhammad

My Great grandfather was Jan
Muhammad, who lived with his younger brother Ghulam Muhammad in Jhang Meghiana
and regularly visit Kot Khan, while the Baba Noor Muhammad thoroughly stayed in
Kot Khan.
My Grandfather name was Talib Hussain well known by his nick name
"Mian". So mostly people called him Mian Talib Hussain.
Ahmadyar Khan
was good friend of my Grandfather (Dada Abbu)
My Grandfather Mian Talib Hussain
was also Hakeem (Desi Doctor) of the village Kot Khan.
Khan Family have lot of
respect for my Grandfather.
Hakim Khan was also good friend of my Dada Abbu.

There are three son of my Grandfather; 1) Yar Muhammad
2) Dost Muhammad
3)
and my father Abid Hussain

I talked last day with my father (Abid Hussain)
regarding your whole stories. He knows your father and other family members very
well. He is very keen to know about you and other Members.
My father was in
class 5 and my uncle Dost Muhammad was in class 6 during partition of 1947. Kot
Khan school was lower middle school at that time.
My father told me that most
probably sir you or your brother was his class fellow. Sir kindly mention your
full name as well as your other brothers he will pick quickly. He told me in
response to your story that Elahi Bukhash was Headmaster of the school at that
time and his son as you mentioned in your story was also teacher. His son name
R P BHATLA   |2017-06-04
Thanks Mr Hassan for your comments on my story. I am fine and my name in Kot
khan school was Raj Pal. I passed 6th standard from kot khan school in 1946.As
far as I remember one Mr Dost Mohammad was my class fellow in 6th standard.
There was also one Raj Pal son of Munshi Chaman Lal who was in 5th standard
during 1947. There were many other Bhatla students in lower classes. Yes you are
very right that one very respected Hakimji was there in Kot Khan with his house
near Sunara Shop ( say few houses away) in the same street and Mr Dost Mohammad
also lived there.Kot Khan school was upto 6th standard without English as
subject. Mr Chaman Lal who was my fathers first cousin taught maths and was well
known for his teaching skills.
Yes Bahadur Sapra was there but I may not
remember details. One big Peepal tree almost 100 years old was there in the
centre of Kot Khan near Sapra houses. It was a symbol of old remembrances.It was
also said that this tree was once used by people for safety during heavy flood
from Jhelam river.

Please check Mr Iqbal Khan son of Mr Hakim Khan (Numberdar
of Kot Khan in 1947)who was studying at Lahore in 1947 and was class fellow/
Friend of My cousin Mr Bahadur Chand Bhatla Who was also studying at Lahore.
There are many other memories. Your father will also be knowing Mr Bahadur chand
Katyal from Sajholwal who was like brother/ fried of Hakim khan / Fateh Khan/
Inayat the three legendary khan brothers. He continued to stay on in Kot Khan
after 1947 with Khan family and later after about two years shifted to India.

Thanks
Hassan Ahmad   |2017-06-07
Yes I know Mr. Iqbal Khan very well. He was lawyer by profession and considered
to be one of the best lawyer of District Jhang. He was a through gentleman
indeed. Almost 15 years back he passed away in a tragic incident. He was
electrocution on rainy day.
My father remember Bahadur Chand Katyal. He mostly
visit Mr. Hakim Khan. Sir do you also know Muhammad Hayat Khan the son of Fateh
Khan and Qadir Khan & Masti Khan son of Ahmad Khan?
R P BHATLA   |2017-06-08
Yes, Mr Mohammad Hayat Khan S/o Fateh khan was well known young man of Kot
Khan.He had great fancy for horse riding. I do not remember Qadir Khan snd
Masti Khan nor Ahmad Khan. Mr Ahmadyar Khan had one son Mr Zulfkar Ali khan who
had helped us a lot during our stay in August 1947 at Kot khan. Mr. Haji Khan
(brother of Ahmadyar Khan)had one son. I am forgetting his name. Mr Haji khan a
thorough gentleman was the person in whose vast Compound the entire Bhatla
brotherhood had stayed for 8 to 9 days before moving to Refugee camp at Shah
Jeewana mandi and onward journey to India.
Hassan Ahmad   |2017-06-12
The name of Mr. Haji Khan son was Mr. Mumtaz Khan. He was a nice gentleman. Mr.
Mumtaz Khan also passed away. The other Khan for which I mentioned in my last
reply (Mr. Qadir Khan & Mr. Masti Khan), they were the grandson of Mr. Inayat
Khan. Mr. Inayat Khan son name was Mr. Ahmad Khan. Their Kar Dar was Bahadur and
Aasi Sapra.
Where are you staying sir in India?
Mr. Bahadur Chand Bhatla, the
class fellow of Mr. Iqbal Khan joined Ministry of Defense or worked somewhere
else for which you also mentioned in your story “Prosperity Return?
I shall
visit my village Kot Khan on this Eid-ul-Fitar (in the last week of June). If
you want to share more memories, I would recall there and same will discuss with
my Father.
R P BHATLA   |2017-06-15
Thanks for your information. Mr Bahadur Chand Bhatla friend of Iqbal Khan had
shifted to Canada way back in 1961 and died there about 3 or 4 years back.
Thanks and wish you all the best in Kot Khan.
Barbara Domir   |2017-06-14
My husband's entire family is from Jhang, and we would like to find out more
about them. They include family names of Dhall, Sikka, Katyal and Domir. We
particularly are interested in learning the origin of Domir, since it seems to
be uncommon. My father-in-law was Ram Lal (Malik) Domir, and my mother-in-law
was Sheela Sikka.
R P BHATLA   |2017-06-15
I do not have any information on the name - Domir although names like
Dhall,Sikka, Katyal and malik were common in Jhang area.
Thanks
K L Sikka   |2017-06-19
K L Sikka
85 years old now. Went from Jhang to Gojra during summer holidays of
1947. Migrated from Gojra to Jullunder and Delhi.Had relations with names like
Katyal Domir Dhall and Malik.
Sanjay Kakkar   |2018-01-09
Dear Bhatia Sir,

I am grandson of Master Ram Ditta Mal Kakar (Kakkar) from
Jhang district. My grandfather was from Kakinau and my grandmother was from
Shorkot (Malhotra). MY great grand father's name was Sh. Ladha Ram Kakar. Did yu
know any Kakar's from Kakinau? Or do you know anyone who can share details of
Kakinau village? My family moved to Amritsar and later moved to Rohtak in India
Hasham   |2018-04-30
I am hasham i am living in kaki nau shorkot city
You can contact me on my email
id hashamzahoor@yahoo.com
R P BHATLA   |2018-01-10
No comments as I have no knowledge of any Kakars or Kakinaur. Thanks for your
interest in my story.
Jatinder Sethi   |2018-01-10
this is just to add a little bit of history of a JHANG FAMILY of SETHIS.My
father Chaudhry Jai Ram Dass Sethi moved away from Jhang to L:yallpur to
practice law. Thats were i was born in 1931-(Just for comparison my eldest
brother was born in Lyallpur in 1913--the reverse of 1931!-)the youngest of six
brothers and two sisters, My fathereselder brother and youngere brother stayed
on in Jhang as there were big zamindar and were qualified Lawyers.The famous
grave of HEER was in our land. My fathers elder brother was Ram Ditta Mal.And
goes back further 5 generations to Shri Jhangi Ram and Bhawani Dass.Jhang
was,ion those days,known as NEW LAHORE.Well, now its Good Bye Jhang for all us
jhangis.
Hassan Ahmad   |2018-01-23
Dear Sir,

Good day.
I hope you will be fine and enjoying good health. I have
been there in Kot Khan, Jhang last month. I visited the place where your home
exist and " Shahn di Haveli" as well. The place is still occupied by
some local native villagers.
Sir I shall be more than happy to reply you if you
want to share and discuss anything related to your memories of Kot
Khan.

Regards,
Hassan Ahmad
R P BHATLA   |2018-01-27
Mr Hassan Ahmad, No further comments please
Vipulsikka13@gmail.com sikka   |2018-01-25
I am great grandson of
chanan das Sikka, he had seven sons, I am grand son of
the youngest bhagwant Lal sikka
R P BHATLA   |2018-01-27
No comments
R P BHATLA   |2018-01-27
NO COMMENTS PLEASE
Neeraj Sikka   |2018-04-03
Dear Mr Bhatla,
Your story reminded me of my Grand Father who was born in jhang
in 1900, Shiv Lal Sikka . After completing his studies got government job in
jhang municipality in the accounts department. During partition migrated to New
Delhi and got a job in Delhi Muncipality and a quarter in Lodhi Garden to stay.
He was married to Maya Devi Sikka who belonged to Meghana . His eldest son was
born in jhang only, Harbans Lal Sikka , my father, who was in 9th standard when
partition took place.
If anyone knows more about the forefathers; do share; it
will be highly appreciated.
Jitender   |2018-04-07
Is there any knowledge of kathiyan de basti in jhang district?
Deepak Arora   |2019-01-21
Hi Jitender
My G Father and his family moved from Basti Kathian near Sadiq
Nhang (Dist Shorkot). Let us try connecting. My email address is
Deepak.arora@dish.com

Regards

Deepak Arora
Raj chawla   |2019-01-20
Namaskar Bhatia ji
In Adhiwal there used to be Baba Bramh Das ji ki kutiya. Baba
baramh Das Ji's disciple was Baba Shiv Ram Das ji and Baba Shiv Ram Das jis
disciple was Swami Gurcharan Das ji who had served Jhang community during all
those partition crises and also thereafter..Can you pls through some light on
them as I am writing a book . Spiritual Biography of a true Saint.
Regards
Raj
Chawla
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M.Tariq   |2019-07-17
Wasu Astana, jhang is my hometown which is now in Atharahazari tehsil. There is
a Sharma shale in wasu along with a big mansion and the temple is now in our
possession
Mohan Katyal   |2019-09-08
Hello
My grandfather, Jagdish Chandra Katyal fled Jhang during 1947 when he was
around 10, His maternal house was in village Chella. He has told me stories that
when the tension was boiling up the local hindu and punjabi communities hid
themselves in a kind of 2-3 story building with all the supplies and would
through boiling oil, bricks and rock to the attackers.

I've mapped out the
KATYAL FAMILY TREE of my family till 7 generations behind me.
hit me up on
email if you want to know more.
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