SARDAR TARA SINGH was born in village Swabi West Punjab now in Pakistan. His father Sardar Partap Singh was a freedom fighter who migrated to Mumbai before the partition and took part in freedom struggle along with National leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Morarji Desai and others. Sardar Partap Singh was a very popular social worker and politician who was instrumental in settling the refugees from Pakistan mostly Punjabis/Sindhis in Mumbai.
Sardar Tara Singh took his early education from Guru Nanak High School, G.T.B. Nagar, Mumbai. Inspired from his father, Sardar Tara Singh became a social worker at a very young age. Later he joined politics to serve the masses on larger scale.
Sardar Tara Singh joined Bhartiya Janata Party in the year 1980 since its inception. He chose his area of work Bhandup where poor working class people lived in Slums and shanties without any proper civic amenities and developments. Sardar Tara Singh worked for the people of Bhandup day and night and solved their many civic problems with his efforts.
Sardar Tara Singh was elected to the post of Municipal Councilor from Bhandup in 1984 and retained his seat for almost 20 years. Sardar Tara Singh with his dedication and hard work transformed the entire Bhandup into a highly developed suburb of Mumbai in the capacity of Municipal Councilor of Bhandup. His popularity grew to such an extent that in his third election he alone defeated his 20 rivals from all the major parties, all of them lost their deposits and he won by the highest margin of votes in the entire city.
As a Corporator Sardar Tara Singh held many important posts in the BMC such as Chairman-Improvement Committee, Standing Committee, Health Department –Mayor in Council etc. He was BJP’s group leader in the BMC for five years.
Sardar Tara Singh received the ‘Best Corporator’ Award from then Hon. Governor of Maharashtra Sh. P.C. Alexander in recognition of his dedicated services as a Corporator.
In BMC Sardar Tara Singh always raised his voice against corruption, unearthed and exposed many big scandals. The media gave wide coverage to the exposures and he was known as crusader against corruption in the BMC.
He was always the voice of the people in the BMC. The NGO, AGNI flew 221 Black Balloons in Bandra once to protest against 221 Corporators of the BMC. AGNI flew one White Balloon and that was for Sardar Tara Singh the only corporator with clean-white spotless image in the BMC-the man of the masses.
He also got an award and certificate from Bombay Suburban Muslim Federation for dedication to the cause of unity and peace.
Sardar Tara Singh became MLA from Mulund Assembly Constituency in 1999 with a thumping majority of votes (35000) defeating his nearest rival congress candidate. In his first term as MLA Mulund, Sardar Tara Singh completed crores of rupees development works for the people of Mulund Assembly Constituency from his MLA fund. Sardar Tara Singh became household name because of his relentless work for the people.
Sardar Tara Singh created history by winning Mulund Assembly seat again in 2004 on BJP ticket with huge margin of votes, as in the past forty years no sitting MLA had won this seat for second term. In the last four years Sardar Tara Singh has completed many big tasks which no other MLA could initiate in the past.
Sardar Tara Singh gave a huge Ganpati Visarjan Talav fully developed in the Mulund East on Eastern Express Highway to the cheers of lacs of Mulund east residents. A five acre Morya Udyan, a beautiful garden with jogging tracks is under development adjacent to the Talav. Another landmark task to his credit is a huge garden at Yogi Hills which he could secure from the clutches of land shark builders for the people of Mulund west.
The people of Mulund East especially of the MHADA colony were facing acute problem of accidents at Eastern Express Highway as a result many precious lives of the citizens were lost. Sardar Tara Singh was instrumental in constructing a Mini Fly over on the Highway in order to prevent frequent accidents. Apart from this now two skywalks to connect Mulund East and West for the pedestraints has already been commenced and will be completed within six months with the efoorts of Sardar Tara Singh. The most important task which Sardar Tara Singh has commenced and completed in Mulund East recetnly is a huge Ganpati Visarjan Talav and a beautiful Garden around it which will benefit lacs of devotees and citizens of Mulund. There are many more projects and proposals in the pipeline to be initiated for the benefit of the people of Mulund in near future.
Apart from his social and political activities Sardar Tara Singh is a deep religious man and involved in many religious events. He is equally involved in art and cultural activities. Every year he organizes several such functions such as Baisakhi, Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s Martyrdom day and Kirtan Samagam etc.
Sardar Tara Singh is the President of Panchayati Gurudwara Bhai Joga Singh. Here meals to the poor people are being provided free of cost for the last many years. Medicines and injections to the poor patients are being distributed free of charge. Needy students get their books and fees from the Gurudwara.
Sardar Tara Singh is the President of the Sardar Tara Singh Manav Seva Trust. Under its auspices Langar (free food) is being provided to the poor people daily in the afternoon in Bhandup continuously for the last seven years. Hundreds of poor people every day take their food in the Langar. Free Eye Camps, Blood donation camps, Medical Camps are also being organized under its auspices in Mulund – Bhandup areas. The tree plantation programmes are also being organized time to time under the auspices of Sardar Tara Singh Manav Seva Trust. The huge Yogi Hills garden in Mulund west is being maintained by the Manav Seva Trust.
Sardar Tara Singh has contributed a lot in the field of education also. He was instrumental in starting an Educational Complex near Shivaji Talao Bhandup by donating land for the purpose. At present many educational institutions like Parag Vidyalaya, Sahyadri Vidyalaya, Malyali School, Guru Nanak School including a B.Ed. College are functioning here. Sardar Tara Singh himself has got his own Education Society under its auspices; S.P.S. Janata Vidyalaya is being run in the same Complex.
Sardar Tara Singh led many agitations to protest against increase in the fair of S.T. Buses and rise in prices of Ration at Ration Shops. He has also led an agitation against Cow killings in Mumbai. He had been to Jail many a times in connection with different agitations and processions. His biggest and longest agitations were against load shedding in Mulund and Bhandup.
Sardar Tara Singh was awarded a prestigious award ‘Shane-Kaum’ (which means he is the prestige of the community to which he belongs) by a social and cultural organization known as Versova Punjabi Association, Mumbai.