Pathankot Attack: Sikh Activist Exposes Deep Rooted Conspiracy to Malign Minorities

File Photo: Bhai Bagicha Singh
File Photo: Bhai Bagicha Singh

PATIALA, Punjab—In a video shared through Facebook, Sikh activist Bhai Bagicha Singh Waraich has alleged a deep rooted conspiracy behind the attack on air base of the Indian Air Force in Pathankot. Bhai Bagicha Singh has expressed suspicion that the alleged terrorists depicted in this staged encounter may have been the abducted innocent youth of Jammu & Kashmir province.  Expressing concern over the Pathankot attack, he has said that the same might happen with the Sikh youth in the coming days.

“I have great sympathy with the jawans martyred during the attack, however, [they may have] been victims of dirty politics that took the life of Hemant Karkare,” he said on Facebook.

He has advised the Sikh youth to remain careful in upcoming days as the masterminds of these agencies might try to entrap them to defame Sikh community. He has advised the Sikh youth to not to answer the calls from unknown numbers as this had remained the only tactic of Intelligence agencies to entrap Sikh youth.

In his video, Bhai Bagicha Singh states that beside Indian Intelligence agencies, the RSS has erected its own network of spy agencies to sledgehammer the dignity of minorities.  He added that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the RSS was using the government as well as its own resources to defame minorities by labeling them as terrorists.

He further torpedoes the blames leveled by Indian government on the Babbar Khalsa for backing the Pathankot ‘terror’ attack.  In his video, Bhai Bagicha Singh compares Pathankot attacks with Dinanagar incident and states that during the previous attack, same claims were laid, however later refuted by Inspector General (Border Zone) Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh deployed in Pathankot border belt. It is notable here that the IG had publicly claimed after the Dinanagar attack that no infiltration from the Pathankot border belt.

Suspecting Sukhbir Badal’s understanding with these highly chalked out drama of terror attacks, Bhai Bagicha Singh states that the Dinanagar attack took place amidst peak of Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa’s struggle and now the Pathankot attack has taken place during the SGPC crisis.

Bhai Bagicha Singh is a political and humanitarian activist.  He has served time as a political prisoner, and very recently, he traveled to Napal along with Sikh humanitarian groups to assist after the devastating earth quake in 2015.  He is now actively doing humanitarian work throughout Punjab and leading programs to raise religious awareness.


  1. Panjab situation is terrible but it cannot be said to be unpredicted. Whilst we remain part of the union we will remain under attack, whilst we regard ourselves as a nation we will remain incompatible with the Indian state. 

    Changes in political leadership will not be able to overturn this fact. India is and was a colonial construct, this is something the Indian establishment are acutely aware of, which is why they are at pains to construct a homogenous Indian identity, nothing can be allowed to stand in the way of this, certainly not a tiny minority community.

    The architects of the ‘Hindu nation’ project view the Sikhs as a problem to be overcome. We can either adopt a new Hindutva inspired identity which sees us as part and parcel of the wider Hindu tradition or we can perish.I genuinely believe that either solution works equally well for them.

    The arrest of two GurSikhs in connection with the desecration of SGGS last year was a master stroke on the part of the Indians. Hearing the news was like a punch in the gut. 

    The Indians used two international phone calls as the basis for the charges. They contended that the two Sikhs were motivated by offers of money and the plan had Pakistani origins, aim being to upset the communal harmony of Panjab. 

    One very obvious question that comes to mind – whenever these religiously focused attacks take place in Panjab it is exclusively the Sikhs religious sentiments and symbols that are attacked, why should this be the case? 

    Given that this was one of around 15 attacks on Sikh places of worship over a huge area in a six day period, do they contend the two Sikhs are responsible for all the attacks? 

    If the ISI wanted to forment communal strife in Panjab would it have not been more effective for them to attack a Hindu religious target? Further to this, since they were employing Sikhs to commit the crimes, would they not be logically more likely to attack a Hindu target rather than their own? It goes without saying that any such attacks on any faith are rightly condemned by Sikhs and are entirely against Gurmat.

    We must not forget that even though the whole story of Sikhs being responsible is a complete fabrication, it achieved a number of objectives;

    injection of doubt amongst Sikhs to prevent a consensus forming which could have united most Sikhs in a common cause. 

    Defamed Sikhs on the international stage, sadly the mere accusation is enough to allow western governments to side step the issue.

    Allowed them once more to raise the spectre of ISI involvement, guaranteed to strike a chord with most Indians and unfortunately some Sikhs too. 

    Removed the onus on the state to investigate the real culprits, and their organisations, who are in fact state actors.

    I hate to use the word strategy because it seems to endow undeserved respectability but this ‘strategy’ proves that the nation state of India has no moral compass whatsoever, that there is no depth to which they will not fall in order to achieve their aims. 

    This is not because they are more inherently evil than others but because they can justify any and all actions as being for the greater good of India or their Hindu rashtra, depending on the individuals leanings. 

    This is an important point, whether the individual is a religious Hindutva zealot or a staunch Indian secularist, preservation of the mother land – ‘Bharat Mata’ supersedes all other concerns.

    Sikhs do not believe that the ends justify the means but the Indians do adopt such thinking.
    It is critical we understand this. Growing up in the west we are conditioned to accept authority and we see governments as largely benign, we apply the same measures to India but they are not applicable.

    The reason we seem so powerless at this time is because we are unable to collectively identify our enemy. The enemy is not another community or people of a different faith. 

    Our enemy is the structure/system we call India. It is said that hate is a negative emotion. 
    I think that there are certain things we should hate, we should hate tyranny and injustice as example, and we should hate those structures that inspire and support it. In short we should hate the nation state of India, whose ultimate aim with regard to Sikhs, is the complete destruction of our Guru given identity.

    We need to reject at every opportunity the Indian nation and to make it clear to all that we aspire to leave the union. After all, we chose to join, we can choose to leave.

    We no longer need to make the case to Indians, we should in fact turn the question to the naysayers – ‘Why should Sikhs be denied the fundamental human right to self-determination’?

    Our goal should be to build a spirit of resistance to all India stands for, we should deny its symbols and refuse to take part in anything that associates us with that state. We should teach Sikh children their contemporary history, encouraging them to reject association with India.

    In short Sikhs should view the nation state of India with the same degree of hostility that Palestinians have for the state of Israel. This is not about encouraging hate amongst people, many Jews are anti-Israel/anti-zionist and there are many Indians who are very disillusioned with the Indian state. To be clear we hate the system not the people.

    It strikes me that had the June 1984 attack on Sri Harmandir Sahib, led to the burning of Indian tricolours in every Gurudwara car park, every year for the past 31, we would not be in this calamitous situation.

    United in resistance we would have by now raised a generation of Sikh activists with the zeal of those from an oppressed nation. Instead we have created a generation that is confused and frustrated, unable to distinguish truth from lies. We have even adopted the labels foisted upon us by our oppressors – moderate, extremist, Khalistani, loaded terms that are simply divisive, as was their intention.

    Many of the youth are unwittingly acting as pawns of Indian policy by drawing distinctions between 1978/Bluestar/Pogroms/Woodrose/Prisoner Sangarsch/dera attacks/cult recruitment/economic disenfranchisement/environmental crisis/drug epidemic/current beadbi situation, when in fact they are all fronts in the same ongoing war.

    The pervasiveness of the Indian anti-Sikh independence propaganda is shocking. Seems as though many recoil in horror at the suggestion of Khalistan whilst simultaneously protesting the treatment of Sikhs by the Indian state! 

    How have a once sovereign people become so convinced that they do not have the right to be sovereign?

    The whole situation is pretty bleak but the real tragedy of the Sikh situation is that most still don’t realise they are subject to a war against them. 

    • ‘I tell you just be a nationalist and anti terrorist’ was exactly the exhortation used by the Britishers to the peoples of India during the independence struggle. In their estimation Bhagat Singh was a terrorist which vividly demonstrates that one man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter.
      ‘Nationalists’ always cause calamity for their countries and suffering of their fellow citizens. I prefer to be a patriot which means in a democracy holding the Sarkar to account against the ideals of the country. The cynical jingoistic accusation that another citizen is ‘anti national’ whenever they say anything to criticise (a right every person has in a free society) is just a means of intimidation to silence democratic dissent. I may not like what you have to say RSS Harinder but as a Sikh I will defend your right to say it and equally my right to utterly repudiate and expose your ill conceived views. If you feel threatened by that you need to ask whether your beliefs actually have validity if they cannot withstand scrutiny.

    • Whatever nation? For me that would be the Sikh nation. By your measure that would mean I should be anti those that have terrorised my nation, namely the nation state of India. Great, good to know ‘all will be OK..’.

  2. On the Sikh Channel one of the leading presenters, has already some days ago, said that the killed individuals were ‘terrorists’ and the police officers who died in the incident were ‘shaheeds’ for India. The Sikh Channel presenter was entirely and totally regurgitating the standard flash propaganda of the Indian state, which is invariably full of holes and lies. This attitude of reproducing and regurgitating misinformation, without scrutiny and probing or analysis, is extremely telling of a channel which on the one hand projects itself as a lead voice for the oppressed Sikh nation. Interesting stuff in the entire mix, of changing and confusing positions, by various sources within the Sikh nation as aswell as without the Sikh nation. Thank you to the few and far between solid Sikh hearts and consciences, which dare to speak the truth and whole truth, without gain or favour, and let the truth stand on its own two feet and fly freely in the world.

  3. Very worrying and deeply suspicious development when you consider how conveniently it has happened at the same time that Makkar’s / Badal’s decision to reject the decision of the Sarbat Khalsa and ‘fire’ the Panj Pyare. They may be looking to use this kind of thing as a pretext to ‘restore law and order and national security’ in the Punjab with all the draconian measures that our own RSS ‘Harinder’ favours if there is continued support for the Panj Pyare from the Sikh masses. We look like we are going backwards and the old, tried and tested methods of defaming the Sikhs and claiming they are violent militants in order to wrestle them into submission by brutalising violence. The RSS policy is clear – if they cannot puppet master Badal / SGPC they will create a state of terror in the Punjab under which Sikhs can be arbitrarily arrested and killed in supposed confrontations with their bastions of peace and order – the Punjab Police – to bring the Sikh masses to heel with fear and intimidation; this atmosphere of sustained artificial terror will help the RSS backed Akali Badal in the run up to the Punjab elections. I pray to Waheguru that sense will prevail in those who actually care about human dignity and life. Watch this space.


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