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Findings of UK Sikh Survey 2016 Released: Implications For UK-India Relations

November 26, 2016 | By

London: A written release by Sikh Federation UK states that the findings from the UK Sikh Survey 2016, the largest and most comprehensive ever Sikh survey in the UK with over 4,500 respondents were released on November 25, 2016.

The statement further states that [t]he Sikh Network developed and managed the UK Sikh Survey and produced the findings report released today. There are many important messages in the report around the unique British Sikh identity; discrimination, hate crime and grooming; education, employment and contribution to society and political activism and representation.

“UK politicians have this morning all received a copy of the report before the formal university launch in the West Midlands by academics involved in analysing the results of the survey”, reads the statement.

[File Photo used for representational purpose only]

[File Photo used for representational purpose only]

According to the Sikh Federation UK: [t]here are potentially also serious implications for UK-India relations. By all unofficial accounts the recent visit by Theresa May to India was a disaster as she absolutely refused to shift on the issue of visas irrespective of the impact on future trade. The last section of the findings report for the survey looking at the relevance to Sikh Manifesto issues has some worrying statistics for India that will not be lost on UK politicians. Apart from 19 out of 20 Sikhs rejecting being described as ‘Indian’ or ‘Asian’ the responses to the last three sections of the Sikh Manifesto reproduced below will worry Indian Government officials:

Section 8 – Independent public inquiry into UK Government action in the lead up to and after the 1984 Sikh Genocide

  • Independent public inquiry into the actions of the UK Government in the lead up to and after the June and November 1984 Sikh Genocide, including restrictions imposed on British Sikhs following pressure by India
  • 92% think there should be an independent public inquiry to establish the full facts about UK Government involvement in the attack on Sri Harmandir Sahib in 1984
  • 92% think the independent public inquiry should also cover actions the UK Government has taken against the Sikh community at the request of India from raising its voice of concern
  • 85% believe the UK Government has been influenced by the India Government in its unfair treatment of Sikh political and religious activists?

Section 9 – UN-led inquiry into the 1984 Sikh Genocide

  • UK Government recognition of the events of June and November 1984 as Sikh Genocide and backing for a UN-led inquiry into the atrocities committed by the Indian authorities.
  • More than 97% have no or limited confidence in promises by the Modi led Indian government to prosecute those involved in the Sikh Genocide in 1984 or the Badal led Punjab Government to prosecute police officers involved in torture and fake encounters.
  • 93% think the UK Government should support a UN-led inquiry into the 1984 Sikh Genocide

Section 10 – Application of self determination to the Sikhs

  • UK Government recognition and support for the application of self determination to the Sikhs.
  • 92% of Sikhs are owner occupiers the highest for any group in the UK
  • 98% believe that every Sikh has the right to determine their own future as a basic human right
  • 89% think the UK Government has a historic and moral responsibility towards Sikhs and their right to self determination

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