March 14, 2023 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Amritsar: To present Punjab’s viewpoint on social, economic, education, agriculture, human rights and political aspects before G20 nations, the Dal Khalsa will hold Punjab Summit in Amritsar on March 19 coinciding with G20 summit in Amritsar from 15th to 17th and then 19th and 20th March.
Earlier the organisation has written letters to heads of missions of all 19 countries in Delhi prior to their delegates visit to Amritsar.
Representatives from various Sikh organisations, institutions and farmers groups beside personalities and subject experts will be invited as a speakers in the summit, said party spokesman Paramjit Singh Mand at a press briefing at party office here today.
Party senior leader Kanwar Pal Singh said the people of Punjab have many issues with New Delhi. India has a lot to answer. During its presidency, Indian government is trying to present goody-goody picture before the world, which in reality is contrary to ground situation. There is a grim picture that warrants the attention of the international community. All claims of democracy and justice fell flat when it comes to Sikhs and other oppressed people.
He said we are at receiving end and we had no other option left to us other than to approach the international community for support and intervention. He said in the light of our discussions and deliberations and in the larger interest of Panth and Punjab, the document will be prepared to be sent to G-20 nations after the conclusion of summit for their consideration.
Mand said the topics outlined for deliberations includes: Indian State meddling in Sikh religious affairs, Colonial/imperialist rule of India in Punjab, Disrespect and violations of Human Rights of Struggling nationalities, indigenous people and minorities, Present day Indian Government influenced under Hindutva ideology saffronizing the educational system and imposing one language, one culture on the religious and ethnic minorities, State’s injustice and discrimination to political prisoners, State engineering immigrant influx to change demography of Punjab, Impact of State policies on agricultural economies of the farming community, Opening of the Wagah border for trade and contribution for agriculture goods in a time of global food crisis, Role of the smuggler-politician-police nexus in flourishing drug menace, State portraying the struggle for the right to self-determination as a law-and-order problem and refusing to acknowledge it as a political conflicts thirsting for political resolutions, In violation of riparian principle , the continued loot of natural resources especially river waters, Blackmailing or arm twisting of media to toe State’s line and thinking, snooping over social media, banning and disabling social media accounts of groups and individuals.
We have no issues with our guests from world over and they are most welcomed. It’s our role and responsibility to tell them that while peace and progress goes hand in hand, peace follows with justice and equity. Peace can’t be established where state repression and injustice is order of the day, said general secretary Paramjit Singh Tanda.
The summit will be restricted to selective representatives.
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