He was a true believer in equal rights for animals and served them, mostly stray cattle, throughout his life, without government assistance and away from the limelight. Baba Pala Singh, who passed away on Tuesday, has left behind a herd of 6,000 stray animals, mostly cows and bulls. Also known as Gaiyan-wala Baba, he was in his 50s.
Baba Pala, who belonged to Tarna Dal, a faction of Nahings (Sikh marshal army) with headquarters on the outskirts of Amritsar town, mostly stayed at Baba Bakala town, 40 km from Amritsar. He also ran a small hospital for stray animals there.
Joga Singh, a young leader of Tarna Dal, said Baba Pala had a very clear understanding about animals. “He believed we humans cannot deprive them of their rights. So, he would never turn his herd away in case it is grazing in someone’s personal property.”
People would come to him and leave their unwanted cows and other animals in herd. It would not only solve the problem of stray animals, but also save them from slaughterhouses. Tarna Dal is still to decide who will take the responsibility of the herd left behind by Baba Pala.