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January 24, 2014 | By

Amritsar, Punjab (January 24, 2014): Setting the agenda for the next government, the Dal Khalsa said whoever will be the face – Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal or somebody else, the constitutional and executive wrongs done to the Sikhs must be corrected.

A hoarding displayed during protest demonstration at Amritsar on January 24, 2014

A hoarding displayed during protest demonstration at Amritsar on January 24, 2014

Pro-independence Sikh body also called upon the Sikhs and Punjabis to stay away from 26 January celebrations till constitutional justice is done to the Sikhs to their fullest satisfaction.

Activists of Dal Khalsa in association with Akali Dal Panch Pardani and Damdami Taksal staged peaceful sit-in at busiest bridge to protest against what it called “Constitutional Wrongs”.

Hundreds of activists mostly youngsters holding black flags and placards & banners distributed leaflets to passer-bys. They were protesting against the denial of Sikh Personal law and right to self-determination beside continued loot of river waters. The demonstrators demanded end to impunity enjoyed by security forces and grant of right to self-determination.

A view of protest demonstration at Amritsar (January 24, 2014)

Speaking at the site of protest, party head H S Dhami said Indian polity must understand and accept that Sikhs were a distinct people and they were not sword arm of Hindus, as wrongly propagated by likes of Sangh Brotherhood. Rejecting the dominance of New Delhi, he said Sikh allegiance towards the Akal Takht and doctrine of Sikhism is total.

He said while we talk of progress and development in Punjab, we need to ask why Indian state, in flagrant violation of International Riparian principles has taken full control of Punjab waters.

Reflecting upon the years gone by on the eve of the Republic day of India, Damdami Taksal head Baba Harnam Singh Khalsa said the state has severely maltreated Sikh, robbed them of their identity and foisted Hindu laws on them.

Looking ahead, party spokesman Kanwar Pal Singh said we watch with abated breath as to what the Hindu extremist leader Modi would do. He said “Modi will have to tell his masters in Nagpur (read RSS) that: Sikhism is a separate religion. They deserve their own personal law. Punjab should have full say on its waters”.

Dal Khalsa leaders reiterated that the only long term solution to the impasse between India and the Sikhs was the grant and implementation of the right to self-determination.

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Advocate Harpal Singh Cheema said the present Constitution permits implementation of draconian laws that were used to suppress & silence legitimate political activism.  R P Singh chief spokesperson of Akand Kirtani Jatha blamed that constitutional provisions continue to haunt the Sikhs.

Harping on broken promises made by Gandhi and Nehru, Satnam Singh Paonta Sahib said the history of the Sikhs with the Republic of India is a book stained with much Sikh blood and tears.

The recent threat of eviction of Sikh farmers in Gujarat is a classic example of Indian discrimination and double-standards faced by Sikhs in this country, said Ranvir Singh and Sarbjit Singh Ghuman.

Bhai Mohkam Singh, SYP head Noblejeet Singh and Akali Dal Panch Pardhani secretary general Bhai Mandhir Singh also spoke.

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