Global Sikh Council hails ‘1984 Sikh Genocide’ motion by Ontario lawmakers

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| Statement | 11 April 2017 | Asia Samachar |

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GLOBAL SIKH COUNCIL HAILS “1984 SIKH GENOCIDE” MOTION ONTARIO, CANADA

Date, 10th April 2017

Global Sikh Council thanks the Lawmakers of Ontario Province, Canada for the legislation passed in the Assembly recognizing the 1984 Sikh Riots in India as “Sikh Genocide”. This is something the successive Indian Governments have been trying to keep hidden for years.

Lady Dr. Mrs. Kanwaljit Kaur-Singh President of the Global Sikh Council (GSC) lauded the Liberal MPP Mrs. Harinder Kaur Mahli of Brampton Springdale for bringing this motion No. 46 which was passed by 34 to 5 in Legislative assembly of Ontario.

Canada India Foundation tried to block the motion. In a strongly worded letter written to the Ontario’s Premier Kathleen Wynne, the foundation warned of serious implications if this motion is passed.

GSC is surprised, to the reaction of Ministry External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay who said “We reject this misguided motion which is based on a limited understanding of India, its constitution, society, rule of law and the judicial process”.

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In fact the MEA spokesman’s statement is opposite to the actions of his Master and those made by senior Indian Ministers of the present Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) Government in power. The present Home Affairs minister Mr. Rajnath Singh, publicly pronounced November 1984 of massacre of Sikhs as “genocide” at a function while distributing cheques of compensation in Tilak Vihar, on December 2014 where many of the victims of the massacres continue to reside.

On January 28, 2014 BJP Spokesperson Mr. Prakash Javdekar had admitted that “1984 was genocide and pre-planned, it was executed by the then ruling government” Javdekar is now the union minister for Human Resources Development.

Despite aforesaid confessions by Mr. Rajnath Singh, one of the most senior cabinet minister and Prakash Javedekar erstwhile spokesperson India’s ruling party (BJP), the Indian state does not admit the fact of Sikh Genocide 1984 and as usual indulged into its regular “denial” tactics.

It is worth mentioning, that in year 2013, Sushma Swaraj, now minister of External Affairs and Rajnath Singh attended the foundation-stone laying ceremony for the “November 1984 Sikh Genocide Memorial at Gurdawara Rakab Ganj in Delhi.

Lady Singh said we Sikhs also recognize the important work done by Jagmeet Singh NDP Deputy Leader for having raised this November 1984 Sikh Genocide in the Ontario Legislature last year in June 2016. Although official reports record the killings of nearly 3,000 Sikhs, unofficial estimates are much higher. Here Lady Singh quoted, Barbara Crossette, a former New York Times bureau chief in New Delhi, who wrote in a report for World Policy Journal: “Almost as many Sikhs died in a few days in India in 1984 than all the deaths and disappearances in Chile during the 17-year military rule of General Augusto Pinochet between 1973 and 1990.”

For more than three decades the Indian media and the ruling class categorize the November 1984 Sikh Genocide by using the term as “1984 ant-Sikh Riots”.

Survivors of 1984 Genocide and the Sikhs world wide say, they got some justice not from the Indian Government but from the Lawmakers of Ontario Province, Canada who have recognized that it was “1984 Genocide”.

Global Sikh Council urges Indian Government to follow the example set by Ontario Province and formally declare the mass killings of Sikhs in 1984 as “genocide” and take appropriate action against those responsible.

 

Gurdeep Singh Kundan

Secretary Global Sikh Council

Tel. +41 79 352 4159

Email: gskundan1@yahoo.com

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