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NDP MPP Jagmeet Singh’s statement on November 1984

November 6, 2013 | By

QUEEN’S PARK – I rise to I extend my sympathies on the 29th anniversary of the November 1984 Sikh Genocide that targeted Sikh men, women and children in New Delhi and many other parts of India.

What makes the November 1984 Sikh Genocide so fundamentally heinous was that under the guise of communal Hindu-Sikh conflict, it was democratically elected officials from the Congress Party of India, who actually facilitated these attacks.

These attempts to create disharmony are simply unacceptable.

That is why, we must remember and thank members of the Hindu, Muslim, Christian and other communities, who at grave risk to themselves, provided protection and refuge to their Sikh brothers and sisters.

Former Chief Justice of the Indian Supreme Court, author of the Nanavati Commission Report stated that the killing of Sikhs was planned and organized. Human rights organization have also reported that the voter lists were used to identify and target Sikh businesses and homes, and that children were found beheaded in the aftermath of those horrendous days.

As we reflect and remember these atrocities, let us categorically denounce a world where democratic tools are so severely undermined, that voter lists become tools of genocide.

In the path to reconciliation we must continue to pursue truth and justice. And we must prioritize the victims as they heal from these traumatic events.

These are the obligations of a democratic state to its citizens.

Lest we forget.

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