13 March 2008

Kashmir Singh - And Khalid Mehmood

I have been reading the Pakistani blogs today. There is much bitterness that Kashmir Singh was returned alive and well, while the exchanged prisoner from India, Khalid Mehmood, was just a tortured corpse. I do not blame them. Are the Pakistanis just now learning what we Sikhs have been very much aware of, especially since 1984. The Indian government acts in a cruel, heartless manner. I send my sympathies to the family and friends of Khalid Mehmood.. Here is a post on the blog Ronin: Is this how the Indians return a favor? As a Sikh, I would, of course, answer with a resounding YES, thinking of the times we have saved the Hindus' behinds.

From The South Asian Post:

The spy returns home after 35 years in prison
Thu, March 13 2008
By Jaideep Sarin

Kashmir Singh and Paramjit Kaur

Marking the days in a dark cell, time may have stood still for Kashmir Singh — but life has moved on.

The former soldier who has just returned home after 35 years in a Pakistan prison is coming to terms not only with his children, now grown up, his wife, now wizened with age, but also his village of Nangal Choran in Punjab that he says excitedly has become like Paris.

From Pakistan to a ‘Paris’ in the Indian Punjab, Kashmir Singh, who was released last week after having been condemned to solitary confinement for 35 years as an Indian spy, is awkwardly dealing with the hordes of people around him — perhaps longing for a solitary moment to absorb the tumultuous turn his life has taken.

“Mera pind taan Paris ho gaya hai (My village has turned into Paris),” he says with child-like excitement while sitting in the comfort of his new-found freedom, family and friends in his village in Nangal Choran in Punjab’s Hoshiarpur district, 140 km from the capital Chandigarh.

When he left his village one Sunday in 1973 to enter Pakistan as a spy under the assumed name of Ibrahim, he never thought that he would be away for so long.

In the intervening years, his ‘kuchha’ (mud) home has been replaced by a four-room concrete and bricks structure. Two of his children, a son and a daughter, are now settled in Italy — thanks to the NRI exodus bandwagon in this Doaba belt of Punjab.

His son Amarjit arrived from Italy Thursday and has not corked his liquor bottle ever since to celebrate his father’s ‘rebirth.’ At times, under the influence of liquor, he says the media and others should leave, asking where they were in the last 35 years when the family was suffering. Other family members, including his physically challenged brother Shishpal, have to calm him down.

The balding but bearded Singh, who still does not sport a turban despite being a Sikh by religion, contradicts all theories that he converted to Islam to survive in Pakistan.
“I never converted to Islam. I don’t know from where all this is coming. Of course, as a spy, I went to Pakistan under a Muslim name and religion. That is all. On return, I wanted to wear a pant-shirt or a suit instead of the normal pathani-suit not to give an impression that I converted,” he clarifies.

Singh shed his Ibrahim name only this week when the Indian embassy in Islamabad prepared his travel documents by the name of Kashmir Singh. But the three-and-a-half decades have given him the language and accent used in Pakistan. His vocabulary is mostly Urdu-Punjabi. So hearing him address his wife as “begum” or saying things like “woh toh Allah ko pyara ho gaya” is not uncommon.


  1. Oh! What did india do with Pakistan... Indian Always cheat Other....

  2. Hi, Muhammud, and thanks for visiting.

    The government of India is a motley collection of perfidious criminals and thugs, murderers.

    I think returning a dead body in exchange for a live prisoner who may have been a spy is just their sick sense of humour at work.

  3. Mai...u cannot blame the entire India and Hindu for the riot of 1984 started by a few people....if that is the case then we can also blame the entire Sikh community for murdering Indira Gandhi by a few Sikh guys....

  4. I do not blame all Hindus; I do blame the government of India.

    Many Sikhs I know would be overjoyed to be able to claim CREDIT for aiding in the execution of Mrs. Gandhi. Her crimes against humanity, especially the Sikh people needed to be stopped. There was no other way to stop her.

    BTW, Satwant Singh and Beant Singh, her executioners, are honoured and beloved heroes and shaheeds, not "a few Sikh guys."



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