KHALISTAN Paper Money,
1980-82 Donation Receipts, Note Issues




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Founder &  President:
Dr.Jagjit Singh Chauhan
5.1980 - 4.4.2007

Secretary General:
Balbir Singh Sandhu
5.1980 >

KHALISTAN "Banknotes", 1980-82 Issues

The Republic of Khalistan

History: Secession or Independence of a Sikh State, movement activities 1971 -90's

Bank of Khalistan - First Issue
Signed by Khalistan Governor

N.1, P.UNL  5 Dollars ND(1980's) 
N.3, P.UNL  10 Dollars ND(1980's)
N.5, P.UNL  20 Dollars 1982 Images Needed
N.7, P.UNL  50 Dollars ND(1980's)

Bank of Khalistan - Second Issue
Signed by Dal Khalistan Int'l Chairman

N.9, P.UNL  50 Dollars ND(2001?)
N.11, P.UNL  100 Dollars ND(2001?)


Khalistan issues are not official banknotes. The 5 and 10 Dollars were donation receipts. The other notes were apparently printed as possible currency and later used for promotion purposes.

The movement was most popular in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1971, the movement could collect millions of dollars of funding. Today, it is seen on a smaller scale. There are claims that the movement supports young people financially, if they join militant groups fighting to get a Sikh homeland. Most of this funding comes from Sikh supporters outside the current state of India.

On April 12, 1980, Jagjit Singh Chauhan, a prominent supporter of the movement, met with Indira Gandhi. After the meeting, he declared that he had formed the National Council Of Khalistan, at Anandpur Sahib. He said he was the President of this movement, and Balbir Singh Sandhu was its Secretary General. In May 1980, Chauhan travelled to London and announced the formation of Khalistan. A similar announcement was made by Sandhu, in Amritsar. Sandhu also released stamps and currency of Khalistan. Some people said, the Indian authorities in Amritsar and elsewhere should not have been inactive and that this was a planned political move by the Indian National Congress.

Important events and issues
In the 1980s, some supporters of the movement responded to oppression with violence. The Indian Army reciprocated the violence. In one such incident, the Indian Army forced their way into the Harmandir Sahib, also known as the Golden Temple. The Indian Government was criticised for how they handled the operation, which resulted in deaths to both parties, and damage to the Temple. Many Sikhs say that the Indian Government desecrated the holiest Sikh shrine. Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her two Sikh bodyguards, and many thousands of Sikhs were massacred in the following riots. In January 1986, the Golden Temple was occupied by militants of the All India Sikh Students Federation and Damdami Taksal On 26 January 1986, the gathering passed a resolution (gurmattā) favouring the creation of Khalistan. The people in favor of Khalistan said it should become a Sikh-majority state. Those opposed to the idea said the state would probably become a theocracy.

The Constitution of India says it is forbidden to make new states which are independent of India. This is known as "secession". Different groups in favor of Khalistan fought an insurgency against the government of India. Indian security forces suppressed this insurgency in the early 1990s. Since then, little has been done inside Punjab to get a Sikh state, but certain organisations in favor of Khalistan, such as Dal Khalsa (International) are still active outside India

People in the US who supported the idea of Khalistan include Dan Burton, Jesse Helms and Edolphus Towns Other people who sympathise are Eric Lubbock, fourth Baron Avebury and Lord Nazir Ahmed.

 Source: Wikipedia


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Khalistan Movement

Dr.Jagjit Singh Chauhan