Kite Fights: New Report Questions Motive for Kabul Gurdwara Massacre

Regional proxy wars and Hindu nationalist agenda linked to slaughter of Sikhs

(KABUL, June 16, 2020) The March 25, 2020 massacre of Sikh worshippers at Gurdwara Har Rai Sahib in Kabul, Afghanistan sent shockwaves through the global Sikh community, yet the violence was not the only shocking thing about the vicious attack.

“The slaughter of our Sikh brothers and sisters in Kabul can only be understood when we consider the proxy wars in the region and how the Hindu nationalist agenda benefits from the massacre,” says Bhajan Singh, co-author of Kite Fights: The Proxy Wars Behind the Kabul Gurdwara Massacre. “For far too long, the Indian State has pulled strings, played a game of smoke and mirrors, and created false flag attacks that harm its citizens and its neighbors. It’s time to confront the demons masquerading as caretakers of democracies, countries, and religious outfits.”

The local branch of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed credit for the massacre, which occurred weeks after the US struck a peace deal with the Taliban. Indian commentators described the deal as a “victory” for Pakistan. Although ISIS is at war with both Pakistan and the Taliban, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s regime swiftly blamed the Kabul massacre on the Pakistani government.

“Regime mouthpieces in New Delhi tried to spin the Kabul massacre as an attack on Indian interests,” says Kite Fights co-author Pieter Friedrich. “The reality is that the murder of those 25 Afghan Sikhs vastly benefited the Modi regime in a myriad of ways. The regime views Afghanistan as a ‘second front’ for a proxy war with Pakistan, they don’t want to see US troops withdraw, they want an excuse to put their own boots on the ground, they have an ideological devotion to swallowing up all the nations of South Asia and spitting out a Hindu supremacist super-state, they want to eradicate or assimilate all non-Hindu minorities, and they want to halt the flourishing friendship between the region’s Sikh and Muslim populations, especially in Kashmir.”

The last massacre targeting Sikhs was in Chittisinghpura, Kashmir in March 2000. Sikhs have long harbored suspicions that the Chittisinghpura massacre was a false flag staged by Hindu nationalist elements to derail regional peace efforts. “Closer analysis suggests that Hindu nationalist regimes in India are the only beneficiaries of these massacres,” states the report. “One ulterior motive in the Kabul massacre appears to be justification of the recent dismantling of Kashmiri statehood which was vehemently opposed by many Sikh groups. Another motive appears to be undermining strong Sikh support for Muslim-led protests in New Delhi.”

“As Hindutva forces outside of India work to normalize their agenda in the eyes of Western powers and Hindutva forces within India are working furiously to revive the goal of Akhand Bharat, Modi’s regime is actively attempting to exert hegemonic sway throughout South Asia,” the report also states. “Sikhs — like Christians, Muslims, and many other minorities throughout the whole region — are caught in the crossfire between state powers as they jostle for influence. That jostling often results in smoldering, treacherous, proxy warfare.”

“The paths of this world are littered with broken homes, tattered bodies, hungry souls, and misery,” says Bhajan Singh. “We hope this report offers insights that encourage people to take personal responsibility for demanding accountability from powerful vested interests who engineer their movements with the blood of the innocent. The Sikh diaspora, in particular, faces an opportunity to demand absolute truth and call for an exhaustive, transparent investigation of the Kabul massacre.”

Kite Fights is available to download as a free PDF via the Sikh Information Centre website or to purchase as a printed booklet via