Davichand, Dr. K.

Dr. K. Davichand (also Kesho Ram) was a Hindu from Pakote in Nabha State in Malwa region of Punjab who had spent time in Australia before coming to Canada in September 1905. He played a major role as a labour contractor in recruiting some of the earliest immigrants from Punjab. The men he recruited came from the Ferozepore and Ludhiana districts. Among them were his nephews, Udey Ram and Nabhi Ram Joshi and his father-in-law. Davichand was called doctor because he was a practitioner in herbal medicine. He was reputedly involved in Behari Lal Verma’s attempt to find a ship for passengers to Canada immediately prior to Gurdit’s Singh’s chartering of the Komagata Maru.

Sources. Struggle for Free Hindustan: Ghadr Directory, Punjab Section, 1915 (published Mehrauli, New Delhi: Gobind Sadan Institute for Advanced Studies in Comparative Religion, 1996); Hugh Johnston, “Patterns of Sikh Migration to Canada,” J.T. O’Connell et al eds., Sikh History and Religion in the Twentieth Century (South Asian Studies, University of Toronto, 1988, pp. 296-313; I.M. Muthanna, People of India in North America. Part First (Bangalore: Printed at Lutus Printers, 1975).