Bhai Ghanaiya Ji

In 1863, the greatest voluntary organization in the world was founded as a result of his ideas. Additionally, it planted the seeds for the International Humanitarian Law, which now governs all types of armed confrontations and wars.Throughout the course of human civilization, the Red Cross has upheld its noble objective on numerous occasions. There have been similar events where people also showed the Red Cross spirit in India. One such widely famous tale concerns Punjab's Bhai Ghanaiya.

About 200 years before the Red Cross was founded, Bhai Ghanaiya Ji, a follower of Guru Gobind Singh, one of the most revered Sikh Gurus, pioneered the ideas of providing medical assistance, drinking water, and protection to all people without distinction.The founder of the Sikh Sevapanthi or Addanshahi sect was Bhai Ghanaiya Ji or Bhai Kanhaiya Ji. He was born in a Dhamman Khatri family in the Sialkot District village of Sodhara, close to Wazirabad (now in Pakistan). His father was a prosperous trader, just like Dunant.

Since he was a little child, Bhai had a religious outlook. He left his house and set off in pursuit of spiritualism with sadhus (saints) and ascetics. His search came to an end when he met Guru Tegh Bahadur, the 10th Guru of the Sikhs (1621–75), and consented to his initiation. His life's work was to help the suffering people without making any distinctions based on race, creed, or nationality. He displayed it by living his regular life.

He was given the duty of bringing water to the injured Sikh soldiers at the battle of Anandpur Sahib (Punjab, India). Guru Gobind Singh handed this mission to him. Nevertheless, he faithfully carried out his duty without creating a distinction between Sikhs and non-Sikhs.

Some troops reported to Guru Gobind Singh about how Bhai Ghanaiya Ji also cared for the dead enemy soldiers and gave them water. Bhai Ghanaiya was called before Guru Gobind Singh, who interrogated him over the grievance. He kindly responded, "Graceful Lord, you taught me the lesson of humanity, universal brotherhood, impartiality, equality, love, peace and serving the suffering humanity without discrimination on the basis of caste, creed, race, or colour." As a result, I only see you when I witness misery among others. I did the same by providing water to the enemy forces.

The Guru, happy with the response, blessed him and assured Ghanaiya that she had correctly absorbed his message. Guru then gave him some medicine to apply to the wounds of troops who had died in battle.