A heart-wrenching incident in New York City on October 19 has left a small village in India grieving for one of its own. Jasmer Singh, an elderly Sikh man who had left his hometown of Jahura in the Hoshiarpur district nearly three decades ago, met a tragic end following a minor car accident that led to a brutal assault.
Jasmer Singh, affectionately known as “Jasmer uncle” by his neighbors and friends, was eagerly anticipated to arrive in his native village on October 24 for his annual month-long visit. A humble farmer, he had made the life-altering decision to move to the United States, paving the way for his family to join him a few years later.
Recalling fond memories of Jasmer Singh, his next-door neighbor, Pushpinder, shared, “Jasmer uncle was a sociable person. Almost every year, he used to visit his home in the village, staying here for a month. During his stay in the village, he used to visit his near ones.”
The tragic incident that claimed Jasmer Singh’s life occurred while he was preparing for his return to Jahura. According to Pushpinder, Jasmer had gone to get medicines for his stay in the village when the unfortunate incident unfolded. It is a cruel twist of fate that he will never return to his beloved village, leaving his family and friends mourning his untimely demise.
Jasmer Singh’s family, who had migrated to the United States while their children were still in school, is left devastated by the loss of their beloved patriarch. He is survived by his wife, two sons, SS Multani and Sukhraj Singh, and his daughter, Kanwaljit Kaur. Multani, Jasmer’s eldest son, spoke of his father’s deep connection to his homeland and his annual visits that kept those bonds alive.
The tragedy that struck Jasmer Singh highlights the importance of fostering connections with one’s roots and the impact of senseless violence on innocent lives. As Jahura mourns the loss of one of its own, the global community is reminded of the need to promote understanding, tolerance, and compassion among people of diverse backgrounds.
The investigation into Jasmer Singh’s assault is ongoing, and authorities are diligently working to bring those responsible for this heinous act to justice. Meanwhile, his family and community in Jahura are left to grapple with the grief of losing a man who, despite living thousands of miles away, never forgot his roots and continued to find solace in the embrace of his village year after year.
As the world watches, the memory of Jasmer Singh will continue to serve as a reminder of the enduring ties that connect us all, transcending borders and cultures. His story emphasizes the importance of cherishing our shared humanity and standing together against acts of violence and hatred.