Our Founder Chairman Sardar Prehlad Singh Chandhok
Late Sardar Prehlad Singh Chandhok, the nonagenarian freedom fighter and well-known philanthropist, community leader and social thinker is the founder Chairman of the Guru Tegh Bahadur Public School Society and an eminent personality of Model Town, Delhi. Singularly responsible for the development and progress of the Institution over the last three decades, it is due to his farsightedness and dedication to the cause of education that the School today enjoys an enviable reputation of being a progressive institution providing affordable quality all round education to all sections of the society. Notably, this school has the lowest fee structure due to the noble vision of its Chairman, S. Prehlad Singh Chandhok who has steadfastly maintained over the years inspite of financial pressure that the fee structure should be kept well within the budget of the common man and hence should not be unduly increased. He continuously assured the community at large and the managing committee of the school that any budgetary constraints which arise will be personally resolved by him. The school has thus functioned smoothly over the years and progressed with time. Under his patronage, noble vision, dynamic leadership, and commitment to society the morale of the management, staff and students of the school remains at an all time high.
BRIEF LIFE SKETCH
The eldest child of a humble Sikh family, S. Prehlad Singh Chandhok was born in 1924 in Dhudial village of Jhelum district in pre-partition India (now in Pakistan). At the tender age of 12 he lost his father. Displaying responsibility and fortitude he assumed the mantle of the primary bread winner for his family. He is married to Sdn. Harbans Kaur ji and is blessed with three daughters and two sons.
A courageous nationalist at heart, he was strongly attracted to the freedom struggle at an early age. He was determined to take part in the fight for India’s independence wherever possible, inspired by the ideologies and sacrifice of Bhagat Singh and his colleagues. This young Sardar’s initiation as a freedom fighter took place when started with singing Loris of Shahed Bhagat Singh in the night gatherings and nukkads trying to keep fresh and alive the flames of his sacrifice in the hearts of his fellow villagers, he used to frequently get arrested with his friends in the night and released next morning, this marked his journey and march for the freedom of his country. He fearlessly agitated for abolishing of the unfair 1% Sales Tax on food grains imposed by the colonial British government, he was arrested and sent to jail for a short period. This unpleasant experience only served to further strengthen his selfless resolve. The nascent young fighter, with renewed determination, vigorously took part in the Khadi movement and was again sent to jail.
He emerged as a prominent Sikh leader and representative of the Sikh community in and outside Punjab. His advice and recommendations on various issues were valued by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Maharaja Patiala, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and many other national leaders. He was a very close associate and a dear friend of Giani Zail Singh and was in touch with him till his last day. His deep affection for him is visible and burns bright when he celebrates his birthday with his family members and friends at Raj Ghat and distributes langar every year
CONTRIBUTION TO THE COUNTRY
Pre – Independent India: Freedom Movement:
Determined to join the fight for India’s freedom, Sardar Prehlad Singh Chandhok was arrested and sent to jail many times in Rawalpindi for raising his voice against the suppressors of India’s freedom movement. On 18 May 1947 he was arrested by the colonial police, severely beaten up and tortured by making him lie down undressed on a slab of ice. Fortunately on 21 May 1947, escorted by the police he was able to reach the railway station and put in a train to Patiala (now in India) where he united with his 3 months old baby, wife and 100 years old grandmother who were put on the same train unknown to him.
General Elections : Independent Candidate:
In 1952 he fought elections as an Independent candidate.
Acting President of PEPSU Pradesh Congress Committee:
In 1953 he was appointed as the Acting-President of the PEPSU (Patiala & East Panjab States Union) Pradesh Congress Committe with Giani Zail Singh as the Vice-President.
Post – Independent India: Declared ‘State Out’:
PEPSU (Patiala and East Panjab States Union) state was formally inaugurated on 15 July 1948 by Sardār Patel, Deputy Prime Minister of India. Maharaja Yadavinder Siṅgh of Patiala took over as its Rajpramukh or governor. Maharaja Patiala later appointed his paternal uncle Gian Singh Rarerewala as the CM of PEPSU State. This was an unpopular move in the eyes of the public. Under the leadership of S. Prehlad Singh Chandhok the Congress workers protested against this unjust decision. The Maharaja considered this as a revolt and declared Sardar Prehlad Singh Chandhok as ‘State Out’. Undeterred, Sardar Prehlad Singh Chandhok and the Congress workers convinced Sardar Patel and Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru to restore law and order in PEPSU state which had gone out of hand. This resulted in an interim Government being formed by the Congress with Colonel Raghbir Singh as the Chief Minister of PEPSU State in 1951. This victory of justice marked upon him an impression of a determined, courageous and farsighted leader.
CONTRIBUTION TO THE SOCIETY:
CONTRIBUTION TO THE SIKHS OF DELHI:
. Chairman of the Guru Tegh Bahadur Public School Management Committee:
Sardar Prehlad Singh Chandhok, the nonagenarian freedom fighter and well-known philanthropist, community leader and social thinker is the founder Chairman of the Guru Tegh Bahadur Public School Society and an eminent personality of Model Town, Delhi. Singularly responsible for the development and progress of the Institution over the last three decades, it is due to his farsightedness and dedication to the cause of education that the School today enjoys an enviable reputation of being a progressive institution providing affordable quality all round education to all sections of the society. Notably, this school has the lowest fee structure due to the noble vision of its Chairman, S. Prehlad Singh Chandhok who has steadfastly maintained over the years inspite of financial pressure that the fee structure should be kept well within the budget of the common man and hence should not be unduly increased. He continuously assured the community at large and the managing committee of the school that any budgetary constraints which arise will be personally resolved by him. The school has thus functioned smoothly over the years and progressed with time. Under his patronage, noble vision, dynamic leadership, and commitment to society the morale of the management, staff and students of the school remains at an all time high.<br>The Foundation stone of the New School Building has been laid down by Panth Ratan Baba Harbans Singhji Kar Sewa Wale (Bangla Sahib) and will forever remain auspicious to the Society.
Enactment of Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Act 1971 :
S. Prehlad Singh Chandhok, Sant Fateh Singh and Bibi Nirlep Kaur were instrumental in the enactment and implementation of the said act which the Sikhs of entire Delhi enjoy as an independent status with no outside interference. This act was finally passed in parliament.
President – Delhi Motor Traders Association(DMTA) and Federation of All India Auto Spare Parts Dealers Association ( FIASPDA):
The DMTA is Asia’s biggest and oldest apex house of spare parts and accessories. Sardar Prehlad Singh Chandhok has been the President of DMTA since 1978-79 onwards till date the President of of FIASPDA for four terms (each term falling after 8 years by rotation). A philanthropic at heart, he ensured that these apex associations do not lag behind in contributing their mite to the upliftment and welfare of its members and of the down trodden people in society associated with it.
Sikhism Today a Perspective:
This book which attempts to interpret the teachings of Sikhism in a modern context was released by Former President Giani Zail Singh Ji in 1981, the preface of which was written by S. Prehlad Singh Chandhok.
World Sikh Council and other International Achievements:
He is the Chairman of the World Sikh Council since 1981 till date.
Visit to America with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi:
In 1983 Former Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi went together with S. Prehlad Singh Chandhok to America for Unity of Sikhism, where he interacted with various Sikh organisations and brought them under the fold of one thought process in the greater interest of Sikhs in the domestic and international society.
Head of Sikh delegation to S. Korea:
On May 3, 1995 the Surface Transport Ministry of the Government of India deputed S.Prehlad Singh Chandhok being an influential Sikh leader as head of the delegation to Seoul, Korea for the naming ceremony of H869, a merchant navy ship in the name of “GURU GOBIND SINGH”. This was jointly organised by The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. and Hyundai Corporation Hyundai Heavy Ind. Co., Ltd. (itinerary and photos duly attached).
Historic Meeting With Congress Leaders after 1984 Riots
In the year 1998 he held a historic meeting with Congress Chairperson Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Shri. Arjun Singh, Congress General Secretary, Shri. Ahmed Patel and Smt. Shiela Dikshit. In this meeting the Congress and Smt. Sonia Gandhi for the very first time after the communal riots of 1984 agreed to appear before the Sikhs in a huge gathering on the eve of Guru Nanak Dev ji’s birth anniversary in the FICI Auditorium on 10 November 1998, and convey their unhappiness and regret to the entire Sikhs of the nation for whatever happened in 1984 with the Sikh community, all under the Patronage of S. Prehlad Singh Chandhok. This achievement of his was flaunted high in the local and national news papers.
Thereafter, S. Prehlad Singh ji parleyed with the Congress for at least eight Sikhs who should be nominated for the assembly elections. He finally succeeded in attaining five seats for the Sikhs in the Vidhan Sabha elections in Delhi for the very first time. All the five seats subsequently came out victorious and sworn in as M.L.A.
President – Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Model Town, Delhi:
Prehlad Singh Chandhok remained President of Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Model Town, Delhi – 9 since 1981 till 2013, when he relinquished his post after 32 years of service to the local Sikh Sangat
. Life Chairman Founder – Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Public School Society:
S. Prehlad Singh Chandhok is the founder Chairman of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Public School Society since 1981.
Chairman – Dhudial Sr. Sec. School, Patiala:
S. Prehlad Singh Chandhok is also the Chairman of Dhudial Sr. Sec. School, Patiala, Punjab since the last 20 years.
President – Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Managing Committee:
S. Prehlad Singh Chandhok was elected the President of Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Managing Committee in the year 2002-2003. During his tenure he managed to implement and make many major scientific and organizational changes in the functioning of the Delhi Gurudwaras and its educational institutions for the modern Sikh society. One of his major achievements as the President of Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Managing Committee was the bringing up of the landmark multistorey Car Parking for the Sangat in Gurudwara Bangla Sahib that had remained an unresolved issue and a bone of contention in the eyes of all the Nanak Naam Leva’s since many years.
Highest Honour at Hazur Sahib:
S. Prehlad Singh Chandhok sowed the seeds of patriotism, nishkam sewa, charity, temperament and will to help all, irrespective of any cast or creed in his long life span that reaped the fruits of fame and success that he enjoys in the entire Sikh community of the world.<br>He was conferred one of the highest honours at Sachkhand Hazur Sahib, Nanded in the morning Dewan. He was decorated with a Royal Sacred Robe, a Sri Sahib, Siropa and was tied a Keseri Pagri in honour of his huge, unforgettable and tireless services to the Khalsa Panth. He was addressed as Baba Prehlad Singh Chandhok in the Ardas seeking the Guru’s blessing by the Jathedar Saab.
Before leaving Hazur Sahib S. Prehlad Singh Chandhok made an humble offering of Rs. 51 Lacs as Sewa to this Holy place.