‘Under the shadow of Constitution and Tri-colour flag hundreds of Sikhs have been killed extra-judicially’
Mansa: Terming Jan 26 as black republic day, the Dal Khalsa has asked religious minorities and struggling nationalities to observe India’s republic day as day of ‘deceit and assimilation’.
Addressing the press conference, party president H S Cheema said their group would hold a protest rally against constitutional wrongs, discrimination and denials on January 26 at Mansa. “Our activists will hold protest by waving black flags to mark the day as black republic day,” the statement reads.
He said the last 68 years have been tumultuous years of denial, torture, destruction, vandalism and death. He added that in the present inclusive and pluralistic world order, it was time for the Indian state to undo the injustice done to its minorities through the Constitution, various laws and regulations and the use of police, paramilitary and army.
Accompanied by party vice-president Hardeep Singh Mehraj and general secretary Paramjit Singh Tanda, Cheema blamed the Indian state for being undemocratic and hypocritical, unwilling to engage in talks to evolve a wholesome and pluralistic resolution of the discord between India and Kashmir, Punjab, Nagaland, Assam.
Dal Khalsa leaders gave a call to masses to boycott official functions of Republic Day across the state in protest. While the government machinery celebrates this day, our appeal to the masses was to stay away from celebrations and reflect on the history of the dark shadow which this constitution of India has brought over to Punjab over the past 68 years.
Explaining as to why their group was against India’s republic day, he said the distinct identity of Sikhs was being subsumed under Article 25 (b) (2), under the shadow of Constitution and tricolour hundreds of Sikhs have been killed extra-judicially, Punjab river waters were being looted by subverting the Constitution, denial of justice to 1984 massacres, trampling of Sikh rights and unequal rules for Sikh detainees.
He said Akali Dal and other Sikh groups have been seeking amendments to the Constitution to undo Constitutional wrongs since last four decades, but ironically Indian rulers refuse to listen. “For Sikhs, there are no reasons to celebrate this day”.
They said the history of this region with the Republic of India was a book stained with much blood and tears of Sikhs.
Taking strong exception to the demand of Indian government made to the UK government to ban ‘Sikh Federation UK’, he said the move shows New Delhi’s frustration and desperation. Nailing the bluff of Indian external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar that they take no cognizance of fringe elements which spread hate against Indian officials, Cheema said seeking ban on SF(UK) clearly shows that the reported move to ban the activities of Indian diplomats in abroad gurdwaras in UK, Canada and the United States has hit the right target.
(With inputs from CNS)