November 10, 2012 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Ludhiana, Punjab (November 09, 2102): It is learnt that Dr. Gurmeet Singh Aulakh of Council of Khalistan has written a letter to Indian Minister and Congress Party MP, Preneet Kaur in wake of her comments against Canadian Sikh Diaspora.
Recently, in a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Preneet Kaur had urged Canada to guard the activities of Canadian Sikhs who favor exercise of right of self-determination for the Sikh nation in India. Preneet Kaur had reportedly accused the Canadian Sikh diaspora for being “extremist”.
Following is the text of letter a copy of which was sent by Dr. Gurmeet Singh Aulakh to Sikh Siyasat News (SSN):
The Honorable Preneet Kaur
Minister of State for External Affairs
Moti Mehal, Patiala, Punjab, India
Dear Mrs. Preneet Kaur:
I am writing to you about your request to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to “suppress the voice of Khalistan” and to “keep an eye on Sikh extremists.” This is a shameful statement for any official of a democratic nation to make. Prime Minister Harper was right to remind you of the right to free speech that is a cornerstone of every democracy.
I am certain that you and your husband, Captain Amarinder Singh, pray every day “Raj Kare Ga Khalsa.” It means “the Khalsa shall rule.” That, in turn, means a free and sovereign Khalistan. Are you extremists? I would remind you that your husband resigned from Parliament after the attack on the Golden Temple, for which we salute him. And as Chief Minister, he saved Punjab river water. Is he an extremist who needs to be suppressed?
Former Akal Takht Jathedars Joginder Singh Vedanti, Bhai Ranjit Singh, and Professor Darshan Singh have all endorsed a free Khalsitan. Former Members of Parliament Simranjit Singh Mann and Atinder Pal Singh have openly supported it. Are they extremists who need to be suppressed?
In April 2011, Atinder Pal Singh was arrested while putting up campaign posters. If a former Member of Parliament can’t put up banners and hold a press conference without getting arrested, then where is freedom of speech? The Indian courts have ruled that advocating Khalistan is not a crime. Further, the Indian Supreme Court has ruled that membership in any organization is not a crime unless the person engages in a criminal act. In 2005, 35 Sikhs, including Sardar Mann, were arrested for marching and putting up the flag of Khalistan.
Your husband is the Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Legislative Assembly. Your statement cannot be helpful to his political career or to yours. His ability to return to the Chief Minister’s post depends on the very kind of free speech about which Prime Minister Harper reminded you. Real democracies don’t suppress speech; they counteract it with other speech. Your demand of Prime Minister Harper is shameful and undemocratic. The Sikh Nation will not forget.
Dr. Gurmit Singh Aulakh
Council of Khalistan.
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