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LEAKED: Is the Indian Consulate using visa application data to email Anti-Sikh propaganda?

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LEAKED: Is the Indian Consulate using visa application data to email Anti-Sikh propaganda?

The Sikh community in Canada, especially youth have been at the forefront of creating a peaceful movement to address human rights violations, with a focus on the Punjab region of India.  But, along with the struggle for human rights in the Sikh Diaspora is always a concern of a foreign hand attempting to damage and malign those that a shine a spotlight on the deepest and darkest secrets of human rights violators.

In recent months the Sikh Diaspora has seen a patterned response to their call for social justice.  First, denial of allegations, evidence and witness testimony, then when this has failed a recharge of the propaganda machine that attempts to equate  human rights and social justice activism to terrorism.

The Government of India has been a master of this propaganda but with a strong peaceful diaspora and vigilant monitoring by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International their repeated attempts to hide government involvement in genocide, corruption, extra-judicial killings, political arrests, detentions and torture have become more frequesntly exposed and their propaganda machine has hit a wall – until the latest development, that is.

In an email leaked by members of the corporate world, it appears as though the Consulate General of India  is now desperately infringing upon the privacy rights of Canadians in their attempt to spam the corporate world with unsubstantiated anti-Sikh propaganda via email.

How? Well, it is being alleged by some that the Consulate General of India, when taking applications for  Business Class Visa’s, requires all to provide a business card and/or personal information.  Members of the corporate world are concerned that this requirement is being used to collect data such as email addresses which are archived into a database and are then used to disseminate biased and unsubstantiated propaganda entitled “articles of interest”.

In one of the most recent spam emails, the Indian consulate has included an oddly placed article that deviates from the normal business, economic and financial news it regularly sends out. For example, in the October 10th, 2012 distribution of it’s email,  hundreds if not thousands of corporate executives and business women/men were sent an email alleging that Babbar Khalsa International (a banned terrorist group in Canada) was making a comeback in Canada by targeting Sikh youth.

The email further went on to claim that Babbar Khalsa cells were active and circulating fake footage of Massacre Bluestar.  Of course, their source for this information was none other than the Indian Intelligence Agencies, that regularly practice torture and have a substantiated history of interfering in the affairs of Sikh Canadians. (See testimony of foreign interference here)

What is concerning is that the email containining this purposely damaging information against Sikhs had its propaganda peice conveniently located as the first article in the email.

Irrelevant to their normal distribution and clearly targeted at  powerful corporate executives, its intentions appear to have been motivated by an attempt to malign the Sikh identity and create suspicion of young sikhs applying for jobs in the corporate world;  a clear attempt to curtail the progression of the Sikhs in Canadian society.   Further, the email offered no real ability to substantiate the claims and no indication where and if this footage existed, or if law enforcement agencies in other countries are/were concerned.

The release ironically, also comes at the heel of a strong democratic and peaceful town hall organized by the Sikh community, which challenged the Conservative Party of Canada’s Foreign Minister John Baird regarding his comments of “Sikh Terrorism” in Canada.  When asked to comment on Bairds remarks, all three parties agreed that there was no substantiated indication that such extremism was on the rise.

It is also important to note, such mailings have never included the thousands of news articles about various Hindutva Terrorism, the discovery of unmarked mass graves found in the Kashmir valley, or violent actions carried out by non-Sikh groups.

Here is an excerpt from the email sent by the Consulate General of India – Toronto:

 

LEAKED EMAIL

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From: “Consulate General of India – Toronto” <cgindia@cgitoronto.ca>
To: “Consulate General of India – Toronto” <cgindia@cgitoronto.ca>
Date: 10/10/2012 04:21 PM
Subject: Articles of interest - 10 Oct 12 – Pt.2

 


1)     Babbar Khalsa International plans comeback with ISI help, Rediff, 10 Oct 12
2)     India: Competitor, or source of future American growth?, Global Post, 3 Oct 12
3)     Panasonic to make India manufacturing hub; to start exports, Hindustan Times, 30 Sep 12
4)     India calling, Hindu, 29 Sep 12

 

 

Babbar Khalsa International plans comeback with ISI help

October 10, 2012 16:21 IST
After efforts to resurface in Punjab [ Images ] failed, the militant outfit is making efforts to indoctrinate India-origin youths from US, UK, Canada [ Images ] and Germany [ Images ]. Vicky Nanjappa reports.

T
here has been much talk about the ongoing efforts of terror outfits to revive militancy in Punjab, especially after the recent attack on Lieutenant General (retired) Kuldeep Singh Brar, the man who led Operation Blue Star [ Get Quote ] in 1984.

High alerts have been issued against two outfits — the Babbar Khalsa International and the Khalistan Commando — and the Intelligence Bureau officials say that they have been operating globally in a bid to revive themselves.

The movement launched by the BKI has found more sympathisers abroad as compared to India [ Images ]. The idea is to keep the movement afloat and what the BKI had realised that it needs to generate more funds in order to keep their operations going.

According to intelligence inputs, Wolverhampton and Birmingham in the United Kingdom are the main hubs of the BKI overseas. These cities have been acting as landing points for the terror funds, most of which are generated in Canada.

The last decade has seen a steep rise in the BKI sympathisers, especially after the outfit gave up on the use of violent method to collect ‘donations’.

The BKI may have given up the use of arms to collect terror funds, but a fact that cannot be overlooked is that a large part of its control rests with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence.

A team of ISI officials operates out of Wolverhampton, which looks into the international operations of Pakistan’s spy agency. The BKI has relied heavily on the ISI since it was driven out of Punjab.

Over the years, several reports by the Intelligence Bureau and the Punjab police have suggested that the BKI has taken the help of the ISI to re-group.

While the United Kingdom and Canada have active modules of the BKI, another one has been recently set up in Germany. This group sets targets and coordinates operations. The recent attack on Lt Gen Brar was planned in Germany and was later executed in UK, say sources.

The BKI, which is desperate for a revival, is using tactics used by most terror outfits — circulating the footage ofOperation Blue Star to gain sympathisers. They are trying to brainwash youths of Indian-origin born and bought up in Germany, United Kingdom, United States and Canada.A similar method was used by the ISI to indoctrinate youths and recruit them to the Lashkar-e-Tayiba [Images ].
Indian agencies however point out that several attempts by the BKI to revive its operations in Punjab have failed. They are not getting the required support from the locals, who are averse to violence. Hence, the BKI is testing its luck overseas, an Intelligence Bureau official pointed out. However, this too needs to be curbed as they could start creating trouble in other nations, he added.    
Vicky Nanjappa

 

 

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18 Comments

  1. Anonymous Sikh October 16, 2012 at 3:35 am

    This makes me sick to my stomach!! However, I am still not surprised. It just goes to show how desperate the Indian Government is getting to taint the image of the Sikh diaspora. Thanks for posting this Sikh Activist Network!

  2. Blix October 16, 2012 at 3:52 am

    I agree, this makes me nauseous. The Canadian authorities, corporate executives and all others need to be aware of this and ensure the personal data of Canadians is not being used to spread falsities against Sikh Canadians.

  3. baljinder October 16, 2012 at 4:00 am

    Indian government says that organizations like BKI don’t get support in india. [Admin Note: BKI is a banned terrorist organization in Canada]. Shame on indian govt for this deliberate anti sikh propaganda.

  4. Blix October 16, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Exactly, the first thing India does when it wants to frame someone is call them a Babbar Khalsa member when making arrests in Punjab, then they say it has no support. It is true, there is no support, Babbar Khalsa is banned and rejected by all peace loving Sikhs – these are fake charges on a non-existent group.

    Indian propaganda is filled with contradictions and fallacies, this article itself says Babbar Khalsa has no support in Punjab – a clear indication that these charges are fake.

  5. MISS KAUR October 16, 2012 at 5:41 am

    thanks for exposing the evil deeds of the indian intelligence….

    this should be translated into Punjabi and put into every Punjabi newspaper and talked about on every Punjabi radio show, but of course some of these media outlets are also sponsored by the indian intelligence such as the sidhuu guy on the radio and mr.basssi …but we know which ones are good and which newspapers are honest so lets spread this to the masses

  6. Singhsta October 16, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Wow…… this is messed up

  7. Baldev October 16, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    The more they push, the more we rise up……..

  8. UsMediaCanada October 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    This Is Indian Govt Attack On Canadians Sikh.

  9. UsMediaCanada October 17, 2012 at 12:18 am

    LEAKED: Toronto Indian Consulate using visa application http://youtu.be/BnOtYvqJ88Mdata for Anti-Sikh propaganda!

  10. TheKharkoo October 17, 2012 at 12:54 am

    The shows how the indian propaganda machine is working in OVERTIME!!!

  11. The Great Warrior October 19, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    We sikhs only look and behave like terrorists, but actually we are nice guys. Though 70% of us are also drug addicts.

  12. The Great Warrior October 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    We only kill innocents in the air, through suicide bombs and transistor bombs. We are sikhs, very brave people. We hate India but love any country outside India, even though we are regularly mistreated everywhere globally.
    Why ? We do not know. Because we are sikhs.

  13. Singhsta October 19, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    ^ “The Great Warrior” is a great example of how this propaganda works.

    Self-hate, unsubstantiated “proofs”, generalizations, violent commentary and hatred towards the Sikh community.

    Very unfortunate.

  14. MISS KAUR October 20, 2012 at 2:58 am

    The Great Warrior is pathetic

  15. akaldevsinghpanesar October 20, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    it is norm to get the bad name for any or every one. today in other part of the same dirt the kps is making the mockery of the attack on brar which is another set up to belittle the sacrifies of sikhs since time we were on the scene.the departure of americans from the asia shall open up many wounds and eventually what belonged to sikhs shall come back to sikhs the area we ruled before punjab was annexed and the deal of indiapakistan to take the land without any treaty other than british india act and lahore and amritsar treaties which are the bases of our free khalistan movement taken on by international communities world over.

  16. Anonymous October 20, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    that show Indian government hate Sikhism

  17. Cheetah singh October 20, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    come on man you (Sikh) need country that call KHAISTAN

  18. ramnik October 24, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    [please provide proof to back this claim, the BKI is a banned organization in many countries] following in panjab too but the think is known the struggle is peaceful and democratic keep it up and gud luck for the future

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