Sikhs from Punjab came to this city since the inception of the Steel City in the 1907. Earlier they were established nearby in Calcutta and Kharagpur. They were already associated with Patna, this being the birthplace of their last guru, Guru Govind Singh. In 1910-1920 decade the eminent Sikhs who took part in building up the Tata Steel were Inder Singh, Kundan Singh, Buta Singh, Dhanna Singh and some others. They displayed their mettle in service, trade and contract business. With the expansion of the city, Sikhs continued pouring in. They shared their responsibilities in almost all the walks of life. There are now about 80 thousand Sikhs settled in the city. 60% of them are in service and the rest are engaged in trade, contract, business etc. They have been good industrialists also. The first of them is Sardar Inder Singh who had come straight from Roorkee Engineering College around 1920 and after having served in the Tata Steel for some time, had started the Indian Steel & Wire Products (ISWP). He also established another JEMCO in succeeding years.
Long before the Adityapur Industrial Complex was planned by the Bihar Government, some of the Sikhs were running small and medium scale Industries in the city very successfully catering also to the needs of the Tata Steel and Telco. Chief of them are Pioneer Engineering, Hans Engineering, Sardul Auto Works etc.
There are about 22 Gurudwaras in the city. One central Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee looks after them. There are several schools also managed by them.
Sikh athletes and sportsmen of the city have almost always been participating in the nationals, Asians and Olympics bringing home Laurels. The national cyclists – Amar Singh and Gurudial Singh brothers and a few others have earned great names in cycling in the world.
In the Transport business also Sikh participation is about 65% in the city. They operate All India Services.
They have their activities in cultural and literacy fields also. A few of them have written good poems and stories in Urdu.
Thus the city of Jamshedpur presents a panorama of cosmopolitanism in culture, religion and race, from the very inception of its foundation as the premier steel town in the country. Because of the cross-section of Indian thought and culture, Jamshedpur occupied a singular place as it has imbibed the spirit of renaissance of the 19th century and so the living and culture of people of Jamshedpur crossed all narrow barriers and frontiers of class and caste. The city is the symbol of a miniature India where the unity in diversity, an age-old phrase in our history, is manifested truly in the life and culture of the people of Jamshedpur.