Last Speech of Shaheed Bhai Jaswant Singh ji Khalra
“Feeling the warmth in the refuge of the Guru who identifies with Truth, O beloved of the Guru: Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh. (The khalsa belongs to the Waheguru and so too the victory.) There is a fable that when the sun was setting for the first time, as it was completing its journey, the light was decreasing. The light was decreasing and the signs of darkness were appearing. It was said, lamentation was rife amongst the people that the sun will set and darkness will spread. No one will be able to see anything. And what will happen to us? Everybody was worried. But the sun settled. To show its strength Darkness set its foot on the earth. But it is said- far away, in some hut, one little lamp lifted his head. It proclaimed “I challenged the darkness. if nothing else, then at least around myself I will not let it settle. Around myself, I will establish light.” And it is said, watching that one lamp, in other huts, other lamps arose. And the world was amazed that these lamps stopped darkness from expanding so that people could see.” I believe, today, when darkness is trying to overwhelm truth with full strength, then if nothing else, self-respecting Punjab, like a lamp, is challenging the darkness. And I pray to the Guru, who identifies with truth, to keep this light lit. I have come to this country(Canada) on a specific mission - it is a very small mission. You have chosen a large mission as today’s agenda (Sikh sovereignty), and mine is a very small part of it. Give me a small part of human rights. I have come to Canada to talk about a report. That report describes the story of the oppression of the past ten years. And when we started that report, we had before us a hundred reports, but there was one question to which none of those reports provided the answer. The question was: thousands of mothers await their sons even though some may know the oppressor has not spared their sons’ lives on this earth. But the mother's heart is such that even if sees her son’s dead body, she doesn’t accept that her son has left her. And those mothers who have not even seen their children’s dead bodies, they were asking us- at least find out, is our son alive or not? Those sisters’ brothers!! Those sisters were awaiting their brothers with rakhis in their hands. We stopped some of our sisters from leaving their homes (for marriage) because the boys to whom they were engaged the police picked them up and we don’t know what happened to them. It is our tradition that our daughter belongs to him but we don’t know if he will come or not. When we started this story we first collected statistics on how many sons, how many brothers, how many husbands and how many children disappeared. But when we
A mockery has been made of the law. Mockery has been made with the Sikh nation. And a mockery has been made of those people, who are not asking for anything other than a death certificate. Because we asked the High Court for information on the identity of dead bodies of our brothers., they (the judges) are telling us to only approach the court about those people for whom we already have information. This is the answer the Punjab and Haryana High Court gave us. If desired, we will go to the Supreme Court now. If desired, we will try another legal action. But the biggest court of all is the people’s court. And we want to go to the people’s court on a worldwide level and say to the world, “You have called us terrorists. You have called us communalists. But those whom you regarded as the redeemers of peace, those whom you called the prophets of democracy, recognize their reality and then tell us who is ultimately the terrorist and who is righteous?”
We can often say that we have suffered much oppression. But we have not had the practice or training of keeping a complete record of that oppression. About 50 thousand, about one million, we say all of that. The educated people of the world do not trust that. They want exact figures. And for that, I also say that you all should unite on this issue. This issue is not just the families’ issue. This is the Sikh nation’s issue, humanity’s issue. You should present this issue, in whatever way you can. Condemn that government, that machinery, that justice system, and tell the truth to people. Please, brothers, help us in this work. So, my brothers, pray to the Guru that we maintain our self-respect. We must safeguard the work for which we were created. And earn the pleasure of the Guru. We ask the Guru for everything. But afraid, we don’t ask the Guru for that one gift. The Guru has many gifts, but what is the greatest gift the Guru has? The greatest gift is not milk, it is not a son. And now the Guru does not even pass on the guruship to anyone. The Guru cannot make any saint a Guru now. When the Guru gave the Guruship to the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the Guru kept one special gift which any Sikh could invite. And after the time of the ten Gurus, Sikhs paid so much respect to that special gift. And that special gift, which the Guru possesses, is the gift of MARTYRDOM. Those who receive this gift, they don’t get to be Guru but after the Guru, they are the most respected people of our (Sikh) nation. I am not a political leader, who could give you some political line or pull a political anticfrom a forum of human rights platform, I will definitely say this to you that the Khalsa was inaugurated to protect the human rights, the human rights of the world. And if you cannot protect your own human rights, you will not be able to give any definition of the Khalsa in the world. I request you- please don’t just learn how to take from the Guru. Learn how to fulfil the instructions given to you by the Guru also. That will encompass everything. You will obtain all joys. With these remarks, join me in the victorious greetings...
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh. (The Khalsa belongs to the Waheguru and so too the victory).