By now you already realize that Shanghai has tumultuous past. Well – that was the inevitable outcome once the small treaty port ‘decided’ to open its ‘door’ to – pretty much – anyone who dared to visit. Plus, it was split into foreign enclaves, each with their own judicial, economic and political laws, and postal systems. Chaos guaranteed. Yet – the International Settlement’s administrative body – the Shanghai Municipal Council – was unstoppable in providing security measures. Their major goal : tame the disordered traffic intersections. Therefore, in line with the British policy of Divide and Rule which had met with resounding success in British India, the SMC recruited Sikhs (North Indian policemen, mainly from the then-British Indian state of Punjab) to patrol its traffic from 1884-1885. And that’s how small, but thriving Indian community appeared in Shanghai.