Jagjit Singh Chauhan: The British Agent Behind The Khalistan Separatist Movement in India


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