That's where I'd disagree. That's pie in the sky thinking; a slight yet hopeful detachment from reality. You don't pose a threat to a world power, albeit one on the wane, based on the implicit promise of a group's religious scriptures. The answer to your question is simple: we were naive and not ruthless enough, maybe out of our depth, too. When Nehru and Gandhi were hob-nobbing with the English elite and marketing their independence movements with the Oxbridge brigade, where were our equivalents making the case for Sikh autonomy and our unique identity? That's your answer.
A few questions.
So the bhagats didn't achieve mukti? and came back as the panj pyare and then got mukti ?
also, the panj pyare were South Asians (and men) in their previous lives and then got reincarnated as South Asians again?
what happens to Whites, Blacks, Chinese then etc ?