Didar Singh Bains, aka ‘Peach King’, passes away at 83 | Ludhiana News

JALANDHAR: One of the most successful and prominent Sikhs abroad, Didar Singh Bains (83), known as ‘Peach King‘ for being the largest peach farmer in California and one of the biggest in the world, passed away.
Hailing from Nangal Khurd village near Mahilpur in Hoshiarpur district, Bains had started as a basic labourer in the US, where had reached in 1958 with eight dollars in his pocket and a few words of English in his vocabulary. Bains wrote an enviable story – first as a farmer who owned a personal plane to reach his farms spread across distant areas and then in non-farm businesses also.
He expanded his farms to Canada also. He was the best known Punjabi-American in Yuba City and among the most known in US and globally. He was equally known for philanthropy and proactive participation in Sikh community projects where he took different initiatives. He remained in the leadership role as a farmer, as a businessman, and in community initiatives, including philanthropy.
According to a family tribute authored by daughter Diljit Bains, Didar also earned the title of ‘Immigration Machine’ in the Sikh community as he not just helped many families to reach US, but also to help them settle in different economic or professional activities.
He was one of the founders of World Sikh Organisation, which was formed after the cataclysmic events of 1984 (Operation Blue Star and then massacre of Sikhs in Delhi and at other places). In 1985, he became founding chairman of World Kabbadi Federation and was also involved with the World Sikh Council.
As Bains had also protested against events of 1984, his name was also entered in the black list, like of hundreds of others from his community. However, 13 years later when Parkash Singh Badal took over as chief minister in 1997, Bains was invited to Punjab as state guest of the Punjab government.

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