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There were no other attractive destinations to go to in the region. As it is, North America had erected barriers against Indian immigration. Of course some Sikhs returned to India but others must have settled in Brazil. What do we know of them and their subsequent generations, needs detailed investigation? A case study of Wagner Singh is given below.
Wagner Sansara Singh
The author had been pursuing various contacts to get information on old immigrants but without success. But persistence paid and it was possible to locate an old immigrant’s grand son. Wagner’s grand father, Sansara Singh is registered as an immigrant arriving in January, 1927 at Santos port. Unfortunately Wagner knows hardly anything about Sikhs but was emotionally moved to meet with a turbaned Sikh. The author was presented several gifts including the watch he was wearing! In an interview on 2nd Sept. 05, Wagner mentioned that his grand father came along three others, Ram Singh, Ratan Singh and Watan Singh. Wagner feels that there are several more old Sikh immigrants in Brazil but he has no details. Wagner Singh's grandfather Sansara ( probably Sansar) Singh was born on 20th March1902 in village Casado (pronounced: Delado) to Bogovani Singh (possibly Bhagwan Singh) and Aracor Singh (possibly Ar Kaur). Sansar Singh kept wearing turban (white) till his death when he was buried and not cremated. Initially Sansar worked with the British Railways in Sao Paulo. He moved up country to Olympia.

3 where he decided to start his own grocery retailing. Wagner remembers him as somewhat subdued at all times. Sansar made no effort to teach Punjabi to his children but used to pray frequently. He was a vegetarian. The grand children remember him as a very loving and caring person. Sansar married twice, first to Judia and then to Waleska Venzel Caramento and had two sons from Waleska, Walter Sansar Singh and Sansar Singh Jr. Sansar Jr. looked like a Brazilian but Walter looked more like Indian.

Walter(now dead) married Iracema Bafero, a Brazilian (presently 77yrs old). They had seven children. Wagner was the second born. Wagner’s father Walter Sansara Singh joined a bank as clerk and rose to become the manager. He used to tell his children about the importance of honesty, and exhorted them to do the right things.He used to stress that all things are ours and not mine individually. Walter financed his brother's education, which helped the latter become a teacher, and finally the Headmaster of a School. Walter was somewhat of an intellectual but his wife was not very literate.

Wagner was born on 18th August 1956 at Socotta, where he went to High School. He did not complete his college graduation as he had to take over family responsibilities because of his elder brother’s death. Wagner joined a bank in Sao Paolo and worked for ten years.....

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Article Published in The Sikh Review - February 2005 - No. 626
 
 
 
 
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