Times Now had reported this, a day before yesterday but interestingly it has removed the page reporting this news:
“The agitation by farmers has been infiltrated by pro-Khalistan elements. According to intelligence reports, the ISI, the Pakistani military intelligence agency, has given Rs 5 crore to the German chapter of the Babbar Khalsa International to pass on to cause trouble. The money was handed over to Babbar Khalsa chief Wadhwawa Singh and KCF chief Paramjit Singh Panjwar.
It isn’t just the ISI. Santokh Singh Lalli and Swaranjit Singh Gotra, both in Italy, and both pro-Khalistani, have raised 200,000 British pounds. Joginder Singh Bassi in Canada has raised and forwarded about Rs 3 crore.
In Britain, the British Organisation of Sikh Students, Kulwant Singh Dhesi, the President of the British Sikh Council and Tarsem Singh Deol, the general secretary of the British Sikh Council, have raised funds. They, sources said, have links with the Khalistan Tiger Force and Sikhs for Justice (SFJ).
So, the money is coming from Britain, the United States, Germany, Italy, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It is coming through hawala, cash couriers, MTSS platforms like Western Union and crowdfunding. It is sometimes going through the Sikh radical units and it is to provide logistic support.
The SFJ, based in the United States, has, of course, been very vocal. They have offered $250,000 to people for raising the Khalistan flag at the India Gate. And $1,000 for raising the Khalistan flag at the Singhu border. For people writing slogans opposing the farmer laws, there are large sums. Rs 10,000 has been offered for each trolley reaching the Singhu border. Any damage to a tractor or trolley will be handsomely compensated.
Online platforms have also been used to raise funds, sources said. There have been 34 fundraising campaigns on gofundme.com and they, collectively, have raised Rs 2.4 crore. There have been 13 Facebook campaigns and Rs 52 lakh raised. Otherwise, money is coming through, violating the FCRA regulations.”
This is on expected lines. We knew that these protesters are here on payment. But that is not the question. The question is why Times Now removed this news from it’s web site after it announced on live TV and pasted it there.
The above extract is present at irdw.org at present and may disappear hence it is pasted above.
The protesting farmers have called for Bharat Bund or lock down India today. Later they scaled it down to 4 hours from 11 AM to 03.00 PM. Apparently it has failed except where State Government has encouraged gangsters to force the shut down of shops. Why they did it? Doing something for the sake of doing?
As per reports a Minister in the Government was asking the shops to shut down, in Jaipur, Rajasthan. In Punjab, Petrol Pumps have been closed till 5.00 PM. Seeing their utter foolishness, it appears the credit of there being BJP Government in the Centre in 2019 goes to these people and they have determined that they will not let go of this government in 2024.
The so called ‘farmer’s agitation’ was called as apolitical. But now every party in opposition is supporting it. Kejriwal’s Party MLA’s are distributing food etc. to the protesters. These very farmers were agitating in Punjab for last two months and operation of the Railway had to be shut down resulting in total halt of business activity and revenue of State Government. Thereafter Chief Minister some how managed to relocate them to Delhi.
BJP got a vote share of 9.63% in the general elections last year. In 1998, BJP got 11.67% vote share and party won all three seats it contested. Party repeated similar performance by getting all three seats it contested in 2004 by polling 10.48% votes. Even in 2009, vote share was 10.06% when Navjot Singh Sidhu won Amritsar as BJP candidate. In other words, BJP was a small party in Punjab.
Akali Dal, ex-ally of BJP and Congress Party are two established parties in Punjab. Kejriwal’s AAP is a new entrant in Punjab which has allied with Khalistani supporters and allegedly financed by them.
The Sikhs are a religious minority in India but they make up just over 57% of the population in the small northern state of Punjab. The BJP was an ally of the Akali Dal in Punjab, but it is keen to come to power on its own in the state. Since last many years BJP is trying to win over those leaders who are angry with the Akali Dal, apart from running an ambitious enrolment drive for the state as a whole.
The seed of Khalistan was sowed by Max Arthur Macaulliff a british civil servant who after retirement converted to sikhism and translated the holy scriptures in an abrahamik manner intolrant to other religions. (The Sikh Religion: Its Gurus, Sacred Writings and Authors in 1909) He even added a prophecy that Sikhs would help British to continue to rule India. See page xix of volume 1 of above book. See: