Bhai Jaswant Singh Khalra, a peaceful human rights lawyer gathered information of the innocent Sikh youth who were killed unlawfully by the Indian government and highlighted the injustice of India, internationally.
The Indian government were so scared by this humble man they directly threatened Bhai Jaswant Singh Khalra to either stop the great sewa he was doing or else he would also join the long list of the Singhs that had been made to disappear (by the police). Bhai Sahib remained fearless and continued to expose the Indian government.
The Indian security forces abducted Bhai Sahib from outside his house. Bhai Jaswant Singh Khalra was kidnapped on 6th September 1995 and taken to Chhabal police station of Amritsar district. The Indian security forces tortured and murdered Bhai Sahib, his body was then thrown into the Harike canal. Kuldip Singh, a special police officer and prime witness in the sensational Khalra disappearance case revealed the truth of the kidnap and murder of Bhai Jaswant Singh Khalra.
The entire operation was carried out under orders from SSP Ajit Singh Sandhu, supervised by Deputy Superintendent of Police Jaspal Singh. Ajit Singh Sandhu had later committed suicide.
Bhai Jaswant Singh Khalra had been collecting information on extra-judicial killings by the police, as a result was and kept under illegal police custody despite an order to the contrary by the Supreme Court of India.
Kuldip Singh narrated the scene before Khalra was killed:
"He was made to stand, thrashed and pushed onto the ground. His legs were stretched apart, more than 180 degrees. Seven policemen kicked him in the abdomen and chest. Save me. Please give me some water, he cried. As I was about to fetch some water, I heard two shots. I ran back into the room and found him bleeding profusely. He had stopped breathing."
Speeches: When Jaswant Singh Khalra traveled to Canada to display the proof he had against the Indian Government revealing their hand behind the mass killings of thousands of innocent Sikhs, he delivered many speeches across the nation. One of his most memorable and heart touching speeches consists of this fable:
"There is an old tale about when the sun was first settling. As her distance narrowed to the horizon, the light on earth was diminishing. This made way for darkness to creep over the land. The people were afraid that when the sun would finally set, darkness would be permanent. No one would see anything, 'what will happen to us?' they said. People were fearful with the sun completely set, darkness to show his strength and put his foot over the earth.
Far, far, far in across the land somewhere, in a small hut, a little lantern lifted its wick; it said 'I challenge the darkness.' If not everything, but my small corner I will not let the darkness settle itself around me. With this wick's example many other little lanterns in other small huts lifted their wicks to the darkness and people were shocked that so many little lanterns illuminated the mask of darkness from taking over the earth so that they could now see.
Now I believe that today when darkness, with all its strength thrusts itself over the truth, if not anything else I will say 'Ankhila Punjab' is the light that will challenge it and I pray to the Guru who identifies with Truth to keep this light lit." - Shaheed (Martyr) Jaswant Singh Khalra
These speeches of Bhai Jaswant Singh Khalra are a valuable part of Sikh History.
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Truly inspirational and moving - Bhai Jaswant Singh Khalra's last speech.
Translation of part of Bhai Jaswant Singh Khalra's last speech.
News report & re-enactment of Bhai Jaswant Singh Khalra's disappearance.
Bhai Jaswant Singh Khalra - Ottawa Speech (1995) Part 1.
Bhai Jaswant Singh Khalra - Ottawa Speech (1995) Part 2.
Bhai Jaswant Singh Khalra's Speech at Gurudwara in Austria 1995
A Tribute to Bhai Jaswant Singh Khalra.
Bibi Navkiran Kaur (Dec 2011), daughter of Bhai Jaswant Singh Khalra.
Janmeet Singh Khalra (2013), son of Bhai Jaswant Singh Khalra.
A Documentary on Disappearances in Punjab.
Gurmat Gyan (Knowledge)
Other Gurbani Contributors