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September 5, 2013

The Legacy of Jaswant Singh Khalra: Join the discussion on Twitter

"There is a fable that when the Sun was setting for the first time, … light was decreasing … and the signs of Darkness were appearing … Darkness set its foot on the Earth, but it is said — far away, in some hut, one little Lamp lifted his head. It proclaimed, 'I challenge the Darkness. If nothing else, then at least around myself, I will not let it settle. Around myself I will establish Light.'"

— Jaswant Singh Khalra, April 1995

(Pleasanton, CA)

Image of Jaswant Singh Khalra

September 6, 2013 marks the 18th anniversary of the day Punjab police abducted human rights defender S. Jaswant Singh Khalra for his work in uncovering thousands of disappearances, unlawful killings, and secret cremations of Sikhs perpetrated by the Punjab police. Police tortured Khalra for weeks before the Director General of Police KPS Gill gave the order to kill him.

Today, Khalra Mission Organisation (@Khalramission) and Ensaaf (@ensaaf) launch a three-day social media campaign to share the legacy of Jaswant S. Khalra and highlight Punjab human rights issues.

How will you honor the legacy of Jaswant S. Khalra? Share your story on Twitter with the hashtag #khalralegacy.

Khalra highlighted the importance of the international community in his last international speech: “The highest court of all is the people’s court. And we want to go to the people's court on a worldwide level.”

So today, we ask you: How will you honor the legacy of Jaswant S. Khalra? Share your story on Twitter with the hashtag #khalralegacy.

We at Ensaaf continue to be inspired by Jaswant S. Khalra’s courage and fearless quest for truth. For us, it is those qualities that mark his legacy. With his sacrifice, he ensured that the issue of disappearances and unlawful killings in Punjab would not die—his sacrifice continues to give life to the struggle for justice. Join us in this discussion, and in the fight to achieve justice and end impunity for human rights violations in Punjab.