SPECIAL: Indian Government’s involvement in Air India Bombing?

OTTAWA, Canada—In the 27 years since the Air India bombing, the Canadian Sikh community has been put under a microscope by the media who have effectively molded the Sikh community’s image into that of terrorists and extremists.  However, there has always been evidence pointing to the Indian government’s involvement in the bombing of a plane belonging to their own national airline.

In 1989, Zuhair Kashmeri & Brian McAndrew published “Soft Target,” a book detailing efforts by the Indian government to infiltrate and discredit the Khalistani movement in Canada, including evidence of involvement with the Air India bombing.  The book was banned by the Indian government.

David Kilgour, a former Canadian MP also published a book “Betrayal” with the following encounter:

“As Paszkowski was returning to his hotel, his mind was full of what he had just heard. He was to blow up a plane and cause people to die. He started to pull all the threads together. He remembered Maduck stressing the government of Canada’s troubles with its Sikh community and that it would be useful to discredit Canadian Sikhs generally. The Air India catastrophe off Ireland, which had killed more than 300 passengers, mostly Canadians, had occurred the previous year. Would this simultaneously do a large favour for the government of India and subdue the Canadian Sikh community as the prime suspects in the Air India crash? It seemed very clear that high-ranking people in these countries and probably others were involved.

The governments of Canada, India, and Italy, or perhaps rogue branches of each, acting in concert, had decided on this preposterous mission and recruited agents like himself to help carry it out. There was no concern for human life; only political objectives mattered. There were two Sikhs in the group, but who knew their real identity or from which side they really came? There were many other unknown factors to know about the mission, but Paszkowski was certain he wanted none of it.”

This past weekend, the Ottawa Citizen, published the following story with quotes from Canadian intelligence officials:

CSIS and the RCMP knew trouble was brewing among Sikhs in the Vancouver area, says Lavigne, and they had telephone intercepts from Indian diplomats living in Ottawa that proved the Indian government had successfully infiltrated the Sikh community.

“To those who would say that the possibility of Indian government officials being involved in Air India is ridiculous, I would say simply that the Service (CSIS) did possess evidence of that very thing. At the time, in 1984-85, External Affairs were very keen on encouraging commerce between Canada and India, so nothing could interfere with those efforts. However, because the Major Commission was prohibited from investigating possible Indian involvement, there is no mention of this in the final report.”

Security and intelligence expert Michel Juneau-Katsuya, who worked with Lavigne on the investigation, confirms that CSIS knew that Indian diplomats had infiltrated Sikh radicals, and might have been frustrated at the federal government’s reluctance to accept Canada was harbouring such a potentially violent enemy.

“But did they cross the line, provoke an incident to get Canada’s cooperation?” he says. “We don’t know.”

Canadian Sikhs deserve answers to why the Canadian government has been so hesitant to investigate the extent of the Indian government’s involvement in the Air India bombing.


  1. Indian Govt. had planned the Air India tragedy to project the Sikh community as terrorists. CSIS had intercepted communication between Indian Diplomats and their Secret agents pretending to be Sikh terrorists. Couple of Indian Diplomats were asked to leave Canada for their connections with the so called terrorists. One of such secret agent according to Vancouver newspaper article was Talwinder Singh Parmar the main accused of Air India tragedy. According to the newspaper, Parmer was being financed by State Bank of India, Bank owned by Indian Govt. Parmar was later on killed by Indian Govt. after arresting him, rather than handing him over to Canadian investigators. Because the Indian Govt. never wanted the truth to come out. Another point investigators and media has always ignored that some Diplomats and family members made last minute cancellations from those flights. What did they knew and why they made those last minute cancellations ? Unfortunately due to business reasons Canadian Govt. didn’t let the whole truth become public that Indian Govt. had planned the Air India Tragedy just to discredit the Sikh community and project them as terrorists. So that Sikhs can’t get sympathy of the Western Politicians and Media for Thousands of innocent Sikhs killed in 1984 Sikh Genocide in India. The Govt. that can kill thousands of innocent persons for their political benefits, that kind of Govt. can easily kill hundreds of innocent persons in Air India tragedy to make their point that Sikhs are terrorists.

  2. Internet and facebook has given freedom to many little minions, esspecially among Sikh groups, who are little educated and spreading all sorts of lies about the sikh religion.These little HITLERS thinking flicking the little pages of the facebook gives them power like HITLER.They dont have the guts or manners as many of them posses Pendu mentality to debate intellectually!

    • Oh, defender of faith, you are really educated aren’t you? “esspecially” is spelled “especially” and “posses” is “possess”. Time to go back to kindergarten

  3. The next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as a lot as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to learn, however I really thought youd have one thing fascinating to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you possibly can fix if you happen to werent too busy on the lookout for attention.


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