November 8, 2012 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh- Dal Khalsa has written a letter to UN secretary General Ban-ki-moon cataloguing the voices of Sikhs worldwide to mark the 1984 Holocaust week. Expressing the desire to see a peaceful and prosperous world, the organization’s secretary for Political Affairs Kanwar Pal has requested the UN to listen to the voice of the beleaguered Sikh community, particularly the voice of those Sikhs whose family and friends were brutally assaulted and killed in the mayhem of violence and genocidal attacks during the customized, thoroughly planned Holocaust of Nov 1984.
The letter has been sent through Director, United Nations Information Centre based in New Delhi.
“This year, Sikhs worldwide, from New Delhi to Canberra, from Jalandhar to Ottawa, while observing the Remembrance of the Holocaust have appealed vigorously for UN intervention”.
Taking a dig at the working of the UN, he said the world body has let down the Sikh people. Through its offices in Delhi, the UN was witness to the black days of November. However, to the best of their knowledge, there was no UN report about how the rights of men, women and children of the Sikh community were suspended when they were hounded like pariah dogs.
Undoubtedly, 28 years is a long period. However, he said the Jews have taught the world, that it was never too late to seek justice.
Dal Khalsa letter has urged the UN to investigate the role of then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Home Minister P V Narsima Rao, posthumously on the lines of Nuremberg trials held for Nazi leaders who had killed Jews.
Denouncing the Indian state of inaction and injustice, he said the UN cannot relinquish its responsibility and continue to pursue only soft issues. The particular impact on children of this devastation has been so huge that hundreds are today victims of drug abuse, many cannot afford education and far too many reel under below poverty line conditions.
The letter mentioned about Australian MP Warren Entsch of the Liberal Party, presenting a petition to the Australian Parliament on 1 November 2012, seeking the acceptance and recognition of the nomenclature “genocide” instead of “riots” as perpetuated by the Indian authorities. An international human rights body, ‘Sikhs for Justice’ has sought a similar decision by the United Nations and is working towards tabling of such a petition in the United Nations in the near future, reads the letter.
It had references of young Sikhs associated with ‘Sikh Youth of Punjab’ most of whom were born after 1984, holding spirited demonstration in Jalandhar and Students of Khalsa College & Delhi University stating that “We want the United Nations to probe the matter since the perpetrators–political leaders and tainted police officers have been inducted and promoted in their ranks, so there was no hope of justice within the country”.
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