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Thoughts on “The Enemies Within”

Ex-DGP Kanwarpal Gill aka KPS Gill appears to have found a new hobby post retirement. In his book titled “Punjab – The Enemies Within” which he co-authored with Sadhavi Khosla, he weaves a web of lies and provides completely contrary and distorted representations of actual facts.

The 47-page chapter penned by Gill is dominated by biased views of every big or small event that occurred during his times. Gill is surely on Delhi’s side and those who were part of the militant movement would disagree with the statements being made in the book. Gill also says that the Dal Khalsa, under Gajinder Singh tried to float a joint platform with the militants of Kashmir in 1997-98.

Gill has failed to get his facts right. Apart from many other gaps, Gill harps on the longest permanent presence of Council of Khalistan in Pakistan represented by Balbir Singh Sandhu – the secretary general of the organization. According to Gill, Jagtar Singh Tara, the assassin of Punjab CM Beant Singh lives in Lahore whereas the fact is that Punjab Police arrested him from Thailand in June 2015 and brought him back. He is lodged in Chandigarh jail since the last twenty-two months.  All this shows is that his publication is without ground work, verification and historical correctness. 

Not known for being truthful, Gill in his detailed account of Punjab’s militancy era has indulged in massive self-praise and patted his own back. Mirroring the New Delhi mindset whom he represented fully as the “Subedar of India” in Punjab, he viewed and handled the Punjab problem as a law and order problem. For him, like for the government of India, Sikh aspirations never existed, nor do they exist even now. Gill like many others has linked Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale’s emergence on the political canvass of Punjab as a Congress mischief, merely aimed at undermining the political base of Akali Dal.

Throughout his writing, Gill refuses to recognize the indigenous character of the Sikh struggle.

Strongly contesting and challenging Gill’s portrayal of Khalistani ideology and vision, as the Talibanized version of Sikhism, it must be categorically said that the struggle for freedom of Punjab is fulfillment of a quest for Sikh sovereignty. Historically, it is the culmination of regaining Sikh self-rule lost in 1849. Like many writers of the past, the author has also failed to see and understand this historical perspective. 

The authors of the book have looked for enemies within the state of Punjab and miserably failed to identify them, rather, they have made enemies out of the very people within the community through the action of their words.

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