Sikhs around the world commemorated the 37th anniversary of “Khalistan’s Declaration of Independence” on 29 April this year. The declaration was made in 1986 after the Sikh nation decided it was the only solution to resist the ongoing exploitation and looting of Punjab’s resources, the denial and deconstruction of the Sikh identity and the Indian state’s genocidal campaign to wipe out the Sikh Nation.

This sentiment was manifested in the resolutions passed by the Sarbat Khalsa on 26 January 1986, when the congregation of over 500,000 Sikhs unanimously declared that the Sikh Nation would struggle to remove the chains of slavery from their necks. Earlier, Connecticut General Assembly offers its sincerest congratulations to the World Sikh Parliament in recognition of the 36th anniversary of the declaration of Sikh Independence. Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannu urged Sikhs to commemorate 29 April as Khalistan declaration day in solidarity with the arrest of renowned Khalistani leader ‘Waris Punjab De’ chief Amritpal Singh. Amritpal Singh openly sup­ports the cause of indepen­dent Khalistan. He is a staunch fol­lower of Jarnail Singh Bhin­dranwale, who started the Khalistan Movement in 1982 and was killed in Operation Blue Star in 1984 by the Indi­an Army. The Sikhs have not forgotten the atrocities done by Indian government against them in the past. There has been voting among Sikh community across the globe especially in Europe and North America for the establishment of Khalistan. Now Sikhs are looking forward to get independence from India and they want to maintain their own identity by having their own separate home land.

Pannu has promised to liberate Punjab through ballot and not bullet while reminding the faith of former Punjab CM and late Prime Minister of India Indra Gandhi. SFJ is organizing a referendum across the globe to get the opinion and support of the Sikh diaspora for an independent Sikh state, Khalistan. Recently, a referendum was held in some cities of Canada, the US, UK, and Australia, where the turnout was phenomenal. The Sikh diaspora refers to Indian Punjab as Indian Occupied Khalistan. Last year, on 29th  May, famous Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala was reportedly murdered by RAW for airing his voice for Sikh rights and propagating for Khalistan. The rise of Hindutva, Sangh Parivar and atrocities against Sikhs have led to the revival of the Khalistan movement. The current situation can create another 1984-like situation, the consequences of which will be disastrous for the so-called secular India.



Since India revoked the special status in 2019, the press freedom has deteriorated significantly, and journalists in IIOJK are continuously facing intimidation and fear. The Indian government has introduced the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and Public Safety Act (PSA) and is using these acts to silence the critical journalists. India at present stands 150 out of 180 in international press freedom ranking. In a podcast discussion, Anuradha Bhasin, executive editor of ‘The Kashmir Times’, says nothing is ‘normal’ in Jammu and Kashmir. Things are ‘normal’ on the surface in Kashmir, but there is fear among residents, says Anuradha Bhasin, Executive Editor of The Kashmir Times. In her book, Dismantling a State, the Untold Story of Article 370, Bhasin has written how people in Jammu and Kashmir were stunned at the decision. Journalists couldn’t write their stories because the government made it difficult for journalists to operate.

There was no internet and no landlines for a while — “just a few computers for over 100 journalists, and they had to file stories under surveillance.” While commenting on the revelations made by former Governor Satya Pal Malik to The Wire, she says there was speculation about an intelligence failure leading to the Pulwama attack, but that Malik had brought out an insider’s view. As for the charges of corruption against the Prime Minister, Bhasin said, “Modi government had said corruption was done by a few big families, but clearly it hasn’t stopped.”

“Controversial Propaganda Film ‘The Kashmir Files’ Snubbed at Filmfare Awards Ceremony”

The Indian propaganda movie ‘The Kashmir Files’ did not receive any awards during the Filmfare Awards, which is one of Bollywood’s top awards. Despite being nominated in multiple categories, including Best Actor In A Leading Role (Male), the film did not win any out of its seven nominations.

Actor Anupam Kher, who starred in ‘The Kashmir Files’ and was nominated for Best Actor In A Leading Role (Male), posted a cryptic tweet about ‘respect’ hours after the awards ceremony.

The film competed in multiple categories, including Best Film, Best Screenplay, and Best Director, but lost to other movies. Director Vivek Agnihotri, who wrote a long note calling Filmfare “unethical and anti-cinema awards,” created ‘The Kashmir Files’ as an attempt to create communal discord in India and Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir by distorting the presentation of the exodus of Hindu Pandits from the Kashmir Valley in the 1990s.


After the Poonch attack that killed five Indian military personnel, former Pakistani diplomat Abdul Basit suspects that India will carry out another surgical strike on Pakistan. In a video, Abdul Basit said: “Now people in Pakistan are talking about another surgical strike or air strike by India. I do not think that now they will do the same because they are holding the SCO meeting and the G20 presidency this year. I don’t see any misadventures from India until they hold presidencies. But next year, during elections, India may do this again. This may happen just before the elections in India.” “They are engaged in a legitimate struggle. If you are conducting a movement, you are targeting the military but not civilians, international law allows it.” German Investigative Journalist Elias Davidson in his book, “The Betrayal of India: Revisiting the 26/11 Evidence” highlighted that India has history of false flag operations from 1971 to till today. When India feels, it is not being able to cope up internal rift, Indians launch a false flag operation for political gains. India is trying to construct a narrative to declare Pakistan as a troublemaker in the region; however, by doing so the Indian government is itself jeopardizing the stability of the South Asian region to serve this purpose.


Eight former personnel of the Indian Navy arrested last year face stringent charges, including the death penalty for spying in Qatar.  These ex-Indian Navy men were sacked by their Qatari employers and they remain in solitary confinement in Doha since August last year. Their case will come up for the next hearing on 3rd May. The charges have also been framed against two Qataris, including former Oman Air Force officer Khamis Al-Ajmi, who is also the CEO of Dahra Global Technologies which had employed the Indian Navy personnel for a super-secret project to build Italian technology-based midget submarines with stealth characteristics.

Qatar’s Head of International Military Operations, Maj Gen Tariq Khalid Al-Obaidly, is the other Qatari national to be charged. The eight former Indian Navy personnel have been charged with spying for Israel with the Qatari authorities said to be in possession of electronic evidence in this regard. While working with Qatar Defense, Security and other Government agencies; the officers had access to classified data and were sharing the sensitive information to Qatar’s adversaries. Dahra Global Technologies had employed a large number of former Indian Navy personnel to work on the project. All of them have been informed that the company is closing down from May 31 and have been offered a severance package. Those charged Indian Navy personnel are Capt Navtej Singh Gill, Capt Birendra Kumar Verma, Capt Saurabh Vasisht, Cdr Amit Nagpal, Cdr Purnendu Tiwari, Cdr Sugunakar Pakala, Cdr Sanjeev Gupta, and Sailor Ragesh. 

Commander (Retired) Purnendu Tiwari (Naval Officer) played a key role in these activities and was actively involved in transferring data of leading Gulf Muslim country to Israel and India. The retired officer was honoured with ‘Pravasi Samman Award’ (Highest honored Overseas Indian Award) from Indian President Ram Nath Kovind in 2019.