September 14, 2014 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Derby, UK: Karnail Singh Peermohammad led All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) held a function at Guru Arjan Dev Ji Gurdwara, Derby, UK on 13 Sept. to mark the 70th it’s foundation day.
A release by AISSF reads:
Recalling the glorious contribution of the All India Sikh Students Federation, in the service of the Sikh nation, since the establishment of the organisation 70 years ago
Saluting the sacrifices of all the martyrs of the Sikh struggle since the India’s ‘undeclared’ war launched on the Sikhs in 1984, including the heroism of Bhai Amrik Singh, President of AISSF and all others who upheld the valiant tradition of the Sikhs to resist injustice and aggression
Pursuing the goal of freedom laid down by the Sikh nation at the Sarbat Khalsa gathering at Sri Akal Takht Sahib on 26 January 1986 and calling on the Sikh diaspora to directly engage with civil society and political processes in Punjab, as well as the institutions of the Sikh nation, to help secure justice, freedom and prosperity for its people
RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:-
1. We congratulate the Scottish nation in securing the forthcoming referendum on their independence and call on the international community to assist the Sikh nation, so that it too is afforded the same opportunity in its homeland in Punjab. The Sikhs have suffered genocide at the hands of the Indian state and can only see a secure future for their people and territory by securing freedom via the exercise of their right of self-determination. They desire to achieve freedom by peaceful and democratic means, in accordance with international law. Given the shameful role of the UK government in assisting Indian aggression in 1984, it should now take a leading role to promote a resolution in Punjab, based on the same formula it has adopted in Scotland.
2. We demand that the Indian central government and the Punjab state government release all Sikh prisoners who are being held in the context of the Indo – Sikh armed conflict which the Indian state initiated with the full scale military attack in June 1984. In accordance with the standards of civilised nations, India must release all political prisoners and prisoners of war, following the cessation of the armed conflict. Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana, Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara, Professor Devinderpal Singh Bhullar as well as all other detainees must be released unconditionally. It is time to unconditionally release, not hang Sikh political prisoners in India.
3. We call on the United Nations to establish criminal tribunals to hold to account the perpetrators of genocide against the Sikhs in India. The 30th anniversary of the genocide of November 1984 will be tragically commemorated amid the silence of the Indian courts – none of the government or security officials that directed that massacre have been punished, whilst survivors and witnesses continue to be intimidated by the state.
4. We demand that India stops the illegal appropriation of Punjab’s precious water resources. River waters are, under international and Indian law, the riparian property of Punjab alone. Since 1947, Punjab’s waters have been stolen and the new BJP Government’s core policy of interlinking rivers will mean further theft of a resource that Punjab’s economy and people are dependent on. India must reimburse to Punjab’s economy the full cost of all water stolen from the state since 1947.
5. We call on civil society and political groupings in Punjab to take the lead in exposing the criminal nexus and cowardice of the political class, which has drowned the state in a sea of narcotics and smothered the very dignity of the common man with endemic corruption and subservience to the diktats of an anti-Sikh and anti-Punjab central government. The people of Punjab must eject these political parasites who have no interest in the Punjab or its people. We will extend support to those who will undertake this task, to bring about good governance, ethical leadership and ultimately freedom and dignity in Punjab.
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