Sardar Bahadur Dr. Raghbir Singh Dugal

 

Sardar Bahadur Doctor Raghbir Singh Dugal

portrait of Doctor Raghbir Singh Dugal

RAGHBIR SINGH DUGAL (1897-1957), a medical practitioner and leader of the Sikh community in Burma, was born in 1897, the son of Sobha Singh, at the village of Sayyid Kasran, in Rawalpindi district, India, which is now in Pakistan. He had his early education at his village in Rawalpindi, and in 1911 accompanied his elder brother S. Kartar Singh Dugal to Rangoon where he qualified as a physician. Along with his medical practice, Raghbir Singh took a great deal of interest in social work and became president of the Sikh temple at Rangoon and secretary of the Sikh Educational Committee of Burma. In December 1927, he was elected president of the Khalsa Diwan, Burma.

He had been a Councillor of the Rangoon Municipal Corporation for a number of years and in 1932 became youngest mayor of Rangoon the first Indian to be elected to the office. Dr Dugal also brought out a medical journal from Rangoon. He was a fellow of the Rangoon University as well as a member of the Burma Medical Council. He was honored with the title of Sardar Bahadur by the Government of India for his services in the cause of eradication of tuberculosis and leprosy.

During World War II when Burma was invaded by the Japanese, Dr Dugal was co-opted a member of the executive council of the empire government set up at Shimla in India. Dr Dugal was the author of Essentials of Sikhism, Philosophy of Guru Nanak and Divine Baba. He died on 20 January 1957 at New Delhi while on a visit to India.

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A list of achievements by Dr R. S. Dugal during his lifetime.

Achievements

  • President of All Burma Indian Congress
  • President of the Indian Education Society, Burma
  • Secretary of All Burma Tuberculosis and Leprosy Association
  • Member of Executive committee of all Burma Red cross Association
  • Founder president of Guru Nanak Free Dispensary & Eye Hostpital, Rangoon, Burma
  • Founder of the Burma Medical Journal
  • a City-father of the Rangoon Corporation
  • the only non-Muslim member of Iran club, which changed its constitution to enlist him as a member
  • President of Burma Chief Khalsa Diwan
  • President of Khalsa School and Gurudwara Rangoon
  • Chairman of Rangoon Citizens Unemployment Committee

Awards

  • “Jamal Gold Medal” for Surgery, April 1918
  • “Lim Chin Tsong Gold Medal” for Medicine, April 1918
  • First in Motor cycle racing with gold medal

 

Titles

  • Mayor of Rangoon in 1932, the first Indian and the youngest, member to have that distinguished position.
  • Awarded the title of Sardar Bahadur, for his useful work as a member of T.B. and Leprosy Association