July 31st marks the martyrdom day of Bhai Gurjant Singh Budhsingh Wala, a great warrior son of the Khalsa Panth. Bhai Gurjant Singh stood strong in the fight for freedom after the 1984 Genocide against the Sikhs. His way of life inspired many to become Gursikhs and fight for their rights. To this very day, the name of Bhai Gurjant Singh resounds in the hearts of Sikhs living all over the world.
The following letter written by General Bhai Gurjant Singh Budhsinghwala to then Prime Minister of India, Chandar Shekhar, is being published to remember Bhai Sahib’s sacrifice for the Khalsa Panth.
The Prime Minister of India
Mr Chandar Shekhar Ji as being a Sikh and from a Panthik Jathebandi, we would like to inform you that this great nation of Sikhs have always fought steady against the evil government’s dirty tricks and we have continued the tradition of one Sikh being able to take on 125,000 enemies.
All Prime Ministers who have come before you and are alive know this bitter truth. The ex-governor of Punjab will be able to tell you his bitter experience, if you still don’t believe him then feel free to ask the senior and junior officers of Punjab police, CRP, BSF who will be able to provide you with the information, who have opened up interrogation centres that will give you goose-bumps. They will be able to tell you that there are many great warriors like Bhai Mati Das Ji, Bhai Sati Das Ji and Bhai Dyala Ji who are still alive in this day and age but the only difference is their names.
The Sikh youth are being cut up limb by limb, their bodies burned with iron rods, scalding their bodies in boiling hot water, having their nails removed with pliers, having their hair tied to the ceilings and having their scalps removed, according to Baba Deep Singh Ji’s tradition, they lay their lives on the line and fight on the battlefield. You can easily get all detailed information from the Punjab security forces and from the evil Punjab Police.
On the other hand, the priceless gems have faced a lot and are proud of the traditions started by our ancestors. For the current struggle that the Sikhs are facing, we have shown our respect by standing by the decision to attain Shaheedi for the Sikh religion. During the tough action in Operation Bluestar, you still couldn’t instill fear into the hearts of the Sikhs.
Mr Chandar Shekhar, you should fully understand that the Sikh Kaum has inherited their historical culture, and traditions from their ancestors. In our childhoods, during bedtime, we weren’t told stories about birds and crows or cops and robbers, instead we were told about our great and pure saints, our warriors and the history of our Guru Ji’s. Being in Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s lap, we grew up listening to the shabads from Gurbani. The rulers of this land are made from mud and have no soul. Their insides are empty. We do have love within us but sometimes we have to put a stone on our hearts and do what is right.
We are in love with hearing the history of our elders, but we also apply it to our own life. We experience the history for ourselves and make the world realise our presence. The cruel government, powered by a majority of evil men rose up, when they tried to finish the Sikhs—but now the minorities in every corner of this country have recognised their identity and their bravery. We have raised our weapons and stood against the lootings, killings and rapes done by the government. Your dirty tactics and your government that is built on lies will not last very long.
After the attack on Sri Harmandir Sahib, the Khalsa Panth has been deeply affected, our biggest challenge is to understand our own identity and to make it better. The government tried one tactic to destroy the truth of Gurbani and the experiences of the Khalsa, but we have seen and are aware of your cowardly tactics to erase us.
The truth is that sometimes Machiwara jungles, the foundations of Sirhand and the land of Mukhatsar, wake up the sleeping lions and leave them surrounded in riddles asking, “Guess what am I? and what are the intentions behind everything that has happened around us? What is your relation with Sri Harimandir Sahib and the turban you have on your head, do you still consider it your pride and honour? If this is pride and honour then what is the value of the Sikh sisters who have lost and are still losing their respect by these anti-Sikh yobs and what is the value of the innocent Sikhs who were killed in the genocide in Delhi, Meerat and Lucknow by these anti-Sikh yobs?”
Those who answer these questions, history loves them, the grace of God is blessed on them and they are shown the path to go ahead and continue their journey. The ones who aren’t able to answer these questions, those people never have the courage to stand up for themselves and raise their heads in respect.
These questions aren’t just ordinary questions, they only come with unique opportunities, but once a person understands the answer behind the question, then that person is never able to sleep again. If a person has a little bit of humanity, then that person loses their courage and is filled with the feelings of disappointment. The person is able to realise how true his pain is and how deep it is, when that person spends the nights of very hot June and July outside in the farms. The pain of the attack committed by your army on our beloved Sri Harimandir Sahib will never be felt by your heartless and Hindu government.
But the sights of the Khalsa are true and pure, the Khalsa’s eyes have realised that the Sikh nation needs a big change, they have fully understood their history and this is the reason that on the 26th of January 1986, the whole of Sarbat Khalsa was invited to Sri Akaal Takht Sahib and according to the Gurmat tradition an announcement was made that put us on the road to Khalistan. This path is not chosen by the Militant Singhs alone, it’s given to us by the Sarbat Khalsa, it is our duty to walk on that path and by walking on this path we will be graced with Guru Ji’s blessings.
Your way is different, you want to suppress people and don’t want them to stand up and voice themselves. You have different rules for Sikhs, different rules for Muslims and different rules for the Brahmins. The Brahmin has a right to disagree, for example the Babri Masjid. But if we do the same then we get shot with bullets, we get killed in fake encounters, our clothes get taken off, we are stripped from our 5 Kakkars are then interrogated and mercilessly tortured while being naked.
When a slave nation that has glory in their blood decides to stand up against injustice and walk with their head up high, that nation then achieves freedom. When 800 million (80 crore) people stand up against a nation that is small in numbers and tries to eliminate their historical existence, then it is righteous to pick up arms and fight back. In these circumstances you expect us not to ask UNO or other countries for help? Are we meant to sit around doing nothing and getting beaten up? With our turbans being taken off and someone’s innocent son being killed are we meant to live like nothing has happened? What would be the point of us even living? Why is it when we wish to keep good relations with our neighbouring countries or ask for Khalistan, that the Indian government isn’t able to tolerate it? We have borrowed the idea from yourselves of keeping good relations with your neighbouring countries.
The Indian government thought the militancy movement was just a handful of Sikhs but they realised the truth after. Besides the government cronies killing innocent Sikhs, they burnt and destroyed Sikh libraries, Sikh Gurdwaras and attacked our culture and history. Can you tell me the definition of what handful means? For the past 12 years thousands of singhs have been made Shaheed, thousands of Singhs are falsely accused and have no cases registered against them, thousands of Singhs are behind bars, thousands are on the battlefield and these thousands are supported by millions.
If we are just a handful of people then why is it that our voices are reaching the American Congress? Why is it that the human rights organisations don’t see our nation as a handful of people? Why is it that for the past 10 years the Indian government has been appealing to 800 million Indians to unite against us and what is the reason behind why the whole of India hasn’t been able to finish off a handful of Militant Singhs? Not taking this further, I think it would be appropriate to tell you that from the birth of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji until this day, the Sikh nation has faced all types of injustice and we have fought back bravely. Just to give you an example, Baabbar’s grinding stones, Jahangir’s hot plate, Aurangzeb’s injustice circle, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji giving up his head and standing firm on his principles, Zakhriya Khan, Meer Manu and the English rule in which we contributed to freeing India. Your government can’t even compare an inch to that.
Be wise and think about the issues of the Sikh Nation, maybe then you’ll find the answer to your question about whether we can live with Hindustan or not?
The servant of the Guru Panth
Gurjant Singh Budhsinghwala
General Khalistan Liberation Force
Dr Pritam Singh Sekhon
Spokesman Khalistan Liberation Force