May 7, 2013 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Toronto, Canada (May 07, 2013): It is learnt that more than eighty thousand Sikhs participated in Khalsa Sajna Nagar Kirtan that was held on May 05, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. The Nagar Kirtan started from Gurudwara Singh Sabha, Melton and concluded at Sikh Spiritual Centre, Rexdale.
A number of Canadian leaders and politicians also participated in this annual event, which is one of the major annual events being held in Toronto.
According to information available with Sikh Siyasat News, leaders of all three main political parties came to join this event and extended their wishes on Khalsa Sajna Day.
Prominent among the leaders who participated and extended their wishes to the Sikh Sangat were Sports Minister Mr. Bal Gosal (Conservative) who spoke on the behalf of Government of Canada and Prime Minister Stephen Harper; MP Mr. Param Gill (Conservative), MP Martin Singh, MPP Jagmeet Singh (NDP), Leader of NDP Ontario Andera Horwath also shared their greetings on this occasion.
Besides this Leader of NDP Mr. Thomas Mulcair and Leader of Ontario Conservative Mr. Tim Hudak sent their greetings on this occasion.
On this occasion S. Jagdeep Singh shared the message sent by Bhai Kulvir Singh Barapind and Bhai Daljit Singh of Akali Dal Panch Pardhani with Sikh Sangat.
Floats depicting major events of the Sikh history and floats carrying images and information about Sikh personalities & Sikh Shaheeds remained a source of attraction throughout the event. People showed special interest in floats on Professor Devender Pal Singh Bhullar, a Sikh political prisoner who is facing threats of imminent execution in India.
Various speakers including Canadian politicians raised concerns regarding ongoing human rights abuses against the Sikhs in India and hailed the legendary human rights work of S. Jaswant Singh Khalra, who was subjected to enforced disappearance in 1995 by the Punjab police as he had exposed the widespread and systematic practise of enforced disappearances and secret cremations that was carried out by Indian security forces, including Punjab police, in Punjab during 1980s-90s.
Issues like abolition of death penalty in India and release of Professor Devender Pal Singh Bhullar remained in focus throughout the event.
According to a report by radio program Manzil, a human rights body Sikhs for Justice obtained approximately thirty thousand signatures on a Sikh genocide petition to be presented to the appropriate organ of the Untied Nations in order to seek recognition to the fact of Sikh genocide 1984.
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