My father, Makhan Singh (1913-1973) shall always be remembered in Kenya for his long struggle against the evil exploitation of man by man. He can rightly be called the father of labour movement in Kenya. And since the labour movement was closely interwoven with the political movement in the colonial period, my father was also a great Nationalist. He was amongst the first ones to use the slogan 'Uhuru sasa", meaning "Freedom Now", in his famous speech on May Day 1950, just a few days before his arrest and long detention by the Colonial Government in remote parts of Kenya, for almost eleven years.

Born on 27th December, 1913, in the village of Gharjakh, Distt. Gujranwala (now Pakistan), my father spent his early years in utter poverty and very difficult circumstances.

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