Article by Harjap Singh Aujla
Rural Lahorias and Sialkotias were the first to migrate to India. According to Gurbachan Singh Bajwa, the then Rehabilitation Minister of Punjab, the Sialkotias crossed the border at Dera Baba Nanak, Pathankot and Wagah/Attari.
Most of the rural Sialkotias were settled in nearby Batala tehsil of Gurdaspur. Others were placed in Gurdaspur, Ajnala, Bholath, Kapurthala and Dasuya tehsils. They have maintained their language and culture, and influenced the local language and culture as well. Actor Gurpreet Ghuggi's ancestors came from Sialkot.
The rural Lahorias crossed throughout the Lahore/Amritsar border in Amritsar and Ganda Singhwala/Hussainiwala border in Ferozepore. Amritsar had no space for them. Some of them were settled in Ajnala, a few in Tarn Taran; a lot more were settled in Sultanpur Lodhi and Kapurthala tehsils. A majority of them were settled in Ferozepore district, Ferozepore tehsil, Zeera, Guru Har Sahai, Muktsar and Moga tehsils. Most of them are still maintaining their culture.
The urban Sialkotias were rehabilitated mostly in Batala, Kapurthala and Jalandhar. Since they were rehabilitated in place of the Muslim population that was in majority in Jalandhar city, what earlier used to be Doabi Punjabi is no longer the language of urban Jalandhar anymore. Now they speak what used to be Central Punjabi with a Sialkoti touch.