Edition: First Edition

Year of Publication:2017


Pages:388 pp

Price in India: ₹ 1,500/-

This is evidence both of ….. exceptional passion and hard labour in the collection of material and a fair amount of felicity in the writing of this text. A significant contribution ….. relates to the inclusion of rare photographs. posters, newspaper items, maps and code language used, that enhance the quality of this publication. This is a distinctive plus point. The chapter on Afghanistan is easily the most comprehensive that I have read so far. I have benefitted from the reading of this text.

Harish K. Puri
Retd. Professor of Political Science, GND University, Amritsar
Foremost authority and author of many books and articles on Ghadar Party

Shaheed Bhagat Singh wrote about Dr. Mathra Singh in one of his writings:

Farishtey bhi hon fidaa jin par, yeh woh insaan hain

On whom even the angels fall in love, that is the kind of man he is

Outstanding effort, groundbreaking research.

Naunihal Singh
Trustee, Ghadar Party Martyrs Memorial
Desh Bhagat Yadgar

About the Book

A hundred years ago, a young man of 34 years age, Dr. Mathra Singh, was sentenced to death by the British at Lahore Central Jail for waging war against the colonizers, bringing to an end a short but brilliant war of independence that was violent in nature and ruthlessly suppressed by the British. Starting from San Francisco where the Ghadar Party was formed it spanned the globe in its reach, taking advantage of the First World War that had just begun, and having global alliances with ‘enemies of enemy’ at the time, Germany, Ireland, and Japan. Dr. Mathra Singh joined the Ghadar Party in San Francisco in 1914, was sent to Hongkong and Shanghai for spreading nationalism and quest for freedom and came back to India as a member of the core team of revolutionaries, being in-charge of bomb making.

Traitors and approvers ultimately resulted in failure of the rebellion, following which Dr. Mathra Singh successfully escaped to Afghanistan where he teamed up again with other Indian freedom fighters and continued the fight for independence. On such missions, he went to Russia for seeking help from Tsar Nicholas II with a letter written on gold plate. He also planned to go to Japan via China to continue the fight but was caught, brought back to India and tried under the famous Lahore Conspiracy Case. He was awarded the death penalty and achieved martyrdom on 27 March 1917.



1. Dr. Mathra Singh – Before Ghadar

Early Days
Shanghai, China
Sikh Gurdwaras in Shanghai
Back to San Francisco
Immigration to USA/Canada
The Fight Back and Awakening
Formation of Ghadar Party

2. Komagata Maru

The Ship
White Canada
The Charter
The Showdown at Vancouver
Journey Back – Hardship and Humiliation
Budge Budge Ghat – The Final Face-Off

3. Ghadar

India of 1914
Amritsar 1914
October 1914
Supply of Arms
November 1914
December 1914
January 1915
February 1915
Seeds of Betrayal
Buildup to a Revolution
Betrayal and a Failed Rebellion
A Daring Escape

4. Escape to Afghanistan

Relief, Imprisonment and Release
The Berlin Committee
Turko German Mission to Kabul
Afghan Negotiations
Provisional Government of India in Exile
Approaching Russia for Help
Mission to Tashkent
Mission to Japan and Arrest
To Mashhad, Quetta and Finally Lahore

5. Lahore Case and Martyrdom

Third Supplementary Lahore Conspiracy Case
Prosecution Witnesses
Statement of Accused Mathra Singh (Q&A)
Written Statement of Accused
Charge Sheet
The Last Roar of the Lion
Final Farewell

6. Labh Singh’s Story

Losing Family
Amritsar – A New Beginning
Dark clouds of Partition
Fruitless Efforts For Justice From Government

7. Understanding Ghadar

Nationalism on Foreign Shores
Forging Relations With ‘Enemies of Enemy’
Understanding Failure
Great Game and Ghadar
Ghadar and India’s Freedom Struggle
Alternate History
Filtered History – Does a Nation Remember?

8. Annexure – Inheritance

The Premise
Panjab – The Land of Five Rivers
Oral History
Written History
Maharaja Ranjit Singh – Sarkar Khalsaji
Picking up the Sword Again
Chakwal and Dhudial in Jehlum District

9. Bibliography

10. Index
Author’s Tribute
About the Author