Jagjit Singh Chauhan: Profile of a British agent
EIR had the opportunity to talk recently in Europe with Dr. Jagjit Singh Chauhan, the self-appointed “leader” of the Khalistan movement. Chauhan operates out of London, but spends most of his time traveling in Europe and North America propagandizing and raising funds on behalf of the Khalistan separatist movement. Although he is very murky about his doings, particularly during the past decade, what he does admit to is revealing.
The picture that emerges is not of a “leader” of a mass political movement of Indians of the Sikh religious minority, but of an agent of a network of intelligence operations which eventually traces back to the British Secret Intelligence Service, the mother of all separatist movements in India since the days of the British Raj.
Chauhan talked to EIR just after returning to London from Vienna. There are no Sikhs in Vienna he was meeting there with the Socialist International. He described the previous secretary-general of the Socialist International for ten years as an “old friend” and said that the Khalistan movement “should be brought into the main orbit of the international socialist movement.” Among Chauhan’s friends in the socialist international he told EIR, is George Fernandes. Fernandes is the Indian socialist whose underground terrorist activities against the Gandhi government in the early 1970s where illegally financed by the socialist international on the orders of Willy Brandt, who was backing a destabilization of the Indian government at that time. Chauhan also claimed to have recently met Socialist International-linked AFL·CIO head Lane Kirkland in the United States.
Chauhan also told EIR of his links to another asset of British intelligence – the Zionist movement. He revealed that while in the United States recently he met with the President of the American Jewish Congress. On a visit to Canada, he met with Zionist groups there.
The geopolitics of separatism
Chauhan’s “friends” in London have also given him some geopolitical “ideas,” about which he freely talks. Chauhan proclaims that his goal is to redraw the map of the South Asian subcontinent, shifting the national boundaries of India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh into a loose confederation known as the “United States of South Asia,” creating Khalistan in the process.
He backs separatist movements inside India, like the northeast ill tribe terrorist agitation of the Nagas and Mizos (armed and backed by China) and similar separatist movements of the Baluchis and Pathans inside Pakistan.
Chauhan says that a United States of South Asia is necessary because centralized government is not “natural,” primarily because the people are not “evolved enough,” The “natural ecology” of the people can be preserved with the establishment of the new system, applying the oligarchic canton model of Switzerland, he says.
Chauhan, not surprisingly, is also an advocate of “appropriate technologies,” that is, the preservation of labor intensive agricultural and industrial production on the excuse that development of capital intensive technology doesn’t fit the “natural ecology.” According to Chauhan, “the unnatural conglomeration of cultures” in India today “has to be rectified,” in other words, the central India government must be destroyed.
Chauhan’s assertion that the United States of South Asia would fit into a new “Third Bloc” echoes the Third Force concept now guiding British designs against the two superpowers. The bloc could include South Asia, China, France, Germany and Britain, an idea, Chauhan says, he has discussed with his friends in the Socialist International.
Chauhan’s loyalty to London apparently knows no bounds. In a recent issue of his Khalistan News, Chauhan supported the British war against Argentina in the South Atlantic. One question about his activities remains perplexing: when does Chauhan, in his many travels to the outposts of British intelligence across the globe, have time to talk to Sikhs?
Published by EIR on July 27, 1982