Nand Singh Sihra (c. 1888- )

Nand Singh Sihra was one of the delegates sent to London by the B.C. South Asian Community before the Komagata Maru. He was a Ramgharia (artisan caste) from Phillaur, Jullunder district, Punjab and a graduate of Khalsa College Amritsar and Bombay Technical Institute, who earned a BA in Britain between 1910 and 1912 before coming to California to study mechanical engineering. Along with H.E. Pandion and four other Indian students, he was awarded a Guru Gobind Singh scholarship (funded by Jawala Singh) to study at the University of California in 1912. In 1913 he accompanied Balwant Singh and Narain Singh in a three-man delegation  on behalf of Punjabis in Canada. The delegation saw Sir John Anderson, the colonial under-secretary in London on 14 May and then proceeded to India where they had audiences with Sir Michael O’Dwyer, the governor of Punjab and, on 18 August 1913, with the viceroy, Lord Hardinge. Nand Singh was present at Ghadr meetings in California in 1914 and 1915. He completed a PhD. at Marquette University in Milwaukee in 1924 and worked for a number of years as a representative of the Ford Motor Company.

Sources: The Ghadr Directory, 1934, Compiled by the Director, Intelligence Bureau, Home Department, Government of India (Published, Patiala: Punjabi University, 1997); A History Book of the Sikhs in Canada and California (Vancouver: Shiromani Akali Dal Association of Canada,1981); United Kingdom passenger lists.