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Lachhman Singh’s oldest daughter Surinder has now interest
overseas through her daughter Harpreet’s marriage in
1989 to an IITian in Houston, thereby starting another immigrant
chain. The only exception is Lachhman’s younger daughter
Kuldeep Hundal, whose two children have not migrated overseas.
Probably there was no strong motivation to do so. Same is
the story of Lachhman Singh’s youngest son, Manmohan,
who had considerable overseas exposure through Merchant Navy
but preferred to stay in India. Their elder son is settled
in India but plays golf mostly abroad and the younger one
is working in the Gulf countries.
Their have been major changes amongst Lachhman Singh’s
nephews and nieces (our first cousins) many of whom are now
abroad. The story starts with Sidhu clan where youngest daughter
Gurmeet’s husband, Dr.Dhillon, emigrated in steps from
PAU, Ludhiana to USA. She sponsored two of her brothers to
USA for better prospects. Her other brother’s widow
is in Canada. Only one sister and a brother remain in India.
Lachhman Singh’s other sister married to a Chatha have
a daughter in Canada while the two sons remain in India having
inherited valuable agricultural land which has now been urbanized.
From Lachhman Singh’s wife Dhanwant Kaur’s side
all three of the brothers are abroad but a sister remains
There is the case of reverse migration. Mila, a Bulgarian,
has migrated to India where she is living in Bombay with Gurtaj,
son of Swarn and Livleen and grand son of Sardar Lachhman
Singh. This is a migration for love or marriage or more likely
REASONS LEADING UP TO MIGRATION
Migration is a very personal issue and no two cases are the
same in terms of factors leading up to the decision to leave
Punjab/India. However there seem to be some criteria which
become evident. A major variable is the time horizon. In later
years migration became easier and more importantly there was
the comfort of increasing numbers of fellow migrants. Initial
spear-heading by an immigrant, is soon followed by others
so that family presence gets increased and in many cases gets
skewed in favor of overseas compared to India.....