Below is the video that was shown in Divaan on Sunday 18th May 2014
This Sunday (18th May) at Gurdwara Guru Nank Dev Ji, Bradford, there will a video of Shaheed Jaswant Singh Khalra's last speech at 11:30 which was recorded in Canada in 1995.
Shaheed Jaswant Singh Khalra was a Sikh human rights activist who was murdered in the custody of the Punjab police after the Sikh Genocide in India. Jaswant Singh Khalra's grandfather Harnam Singh was an activist in the Ghadar movement for the independence of India.
Jaswant Singh Khalra was a bank director in the city of Amritsar in Punjab during the militancy. Following Operation Blue Star, the assassination of Indira Gandhi, and the 1984 Anti-Sikh Genocide, police were empowered to detain suspects for any reason, ostensibly as suspected terrorists. Police were accused of killing unarmed suspects in staged shootouts and burning thousands of dead bodies to cover up the murders.
While searching for some colleagues who went missing, Jaswant Singh Khalra discovered files from the municipal corporation of the city of Amritsar which contained the names, age, address of those who had been killed and later burned by the Police.Further research revealed other cases in 3 other districts in Punjab, increasing the list by thousands.
Like a true brave Gursikh Shaheed Jaswant Singh Khalra armed with concrete evidence challenged the authorities to get justice for those that had perished in the 1984 Sikh Genocide, this pursuit for justice lead to his arrest by the Punjab Police and disappearance.
We would urge Sangat Ji to come and watch this video and there will be an opportunity to discuss the 1984 Sikh Genocide and the contents of this speech in a Q&A session in the Gurdwara library at 13:30.
Below are a few links giving additional information on Shaheed Jaswant Singh Khalra.