According to the on-line Academy of the Punjab of North America, Giani Kesar Singh was a freedom fighter and novelist who wrote approximately 25 historical novels in Punjabi, particularly related to the Ghadar Movement that fought for the independence of India.

The on-line site states he served as a Civil Administrator of the Indian National Army (from 1943 to 1945), as secretary to Shiromani Akali Dal (1948 to 1957) and as a guide at the Golden Temple for two years. After publishing 'Jangi Kaidi' (Prisoners of War), he was reputedly hailed as "the Leo Tolstoy of Punjabi literature."

Having worked for the Alberta government, Kesar Singh moved to Surrey, B.C. and later wrote Canadian Sikhs and the Komagata Maru Massacre (Surrey: Self-Published, 1989) in English. It was republished in a second edition in 1997.

He has also written a historical novel arising from the Komagata Maru Incident about a Sikh living in Vancouver during the second decade of the 20th century entitled Mewa Singh Lopoke. The protagonist was hanged in a Canadian jail on January 12, 1915; his day of martyrdom is celebrated all over Canada to this day.

Giani Singh Kesar died in Canada on September 21 at the age of 95.


Amar Shahid Mewa Singh Lopoke (Amritsar: Khalsa Bros, 1978). Punjabi.

Canadian Sikhs and the Komagata Maru Massacre (Surrey: Self-Published, 1989/1997)

[BCBW 2012] "Indo-Canadian" "Sikh"