Ludhiana, Aug 15, CNS: Re-asserting that Sikhs want complete freedom from India, the Dal Khalsa on Indian Independence day staged a protest against the atrocities, political subjugation and denial of right to self determination in the last seven decades.
In a statement to CNS, the party claimed that hundreds of activists of Dal Khalsa along with representatives of various religio-political Sikh bodies held a two hour demonstration at Ludhiana bridge.
Observing Aug 15 as black day, they carried black flags, banners and placards. The demonstrators chanted the slogans ‘Sikhs want Azaadi from India’ and denounced Indian state for crushing the rights of Sikhs, Kashmiris and others oppressed people.
Addressing the gathering party head Harpal Singh Cheema said its 70 long years but nothing has changed. The litany of grouses, grievances and grudges of India against the Sikh people grow with every passing year, in fact with every passing day. The original promises and commitments are long forgotten by the Indian leadership.
On this day, we reiterate and emphasize our historical aspiration of self rule and self-determination, said Advocate Cheema.
Another leader H S Dhami said the flagrant manner in which desecration and vandalism of Guru Granth Sahib takes place and continues unabatedly, raises the pitch of our anger and angst uncontrollably.
Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said Sikhs and Kashmiris were not alone in this crisis of identity in India. Religious minorities, regional identities and the Dalits continue to be divested of their fundamental rights.
Significantly, the international community has been responding only in situations of armed struggle but maintaining a deafening silence about state violence. Unfortunately international forums unabashedly ignore the democratic and peaceful struggle of the Sikhs and Kashmirid turn a blind eye to the misery, pain and violation of their human rights.
Referring to the speech of the President on the eve of Indian Independence Day asking the govt to strictly stop the atrocities on minorities and Dalits, AISSF head Karnail Singh Peermohammad said such sermons were nothing but annual lip service of Indian leadership. Ironically, nothing changes on ground, said he.
The groups that participated in the demonstration includes Akhand Kirtani Jatha, Sikh Students Federation and Sikh Youth of Punjab. (CNS)
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