September 21, 2013 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Amritsar, Punjab (September 21, 2013): While summarily rejecting the move engineered by Shiromani Akali Dal to facilitate the return of hardliner Sikhs living abroad, the Dal Khalsa in Punjab has made it clear that homecoming had never been a big issue for Sikhs in exile.
Lambasting Badals for sponsoring the visit of 10-member DSGMC delegation led by its president Manjit Singh GK to UK to “influence the diehard Sikhs”, Dal Khalsa chief H.S.Dhami said, “the silence of guns and electoral success of Badal does not indicate that Sikh masses have abandoned the goal of Khalistan.”
He said the delegation has met people associated with Damdami Taksal, Dal Khalsa, Akand Kirtani Jatha, Sikh Federation beside others. All these organizations are based in Punjab and their leadership is very much active on ground. He wondered what was the fun in reaching out to “separatists in UK”, when their leadership can be contacted in Punjab.
Taking a jibe at Badals, he said they had taken up the very sensitive issue with non-serious approach , hence reducing it to mere PR exercise. “Badals have attempted to play to the gallery, trying to leave false impression that “they care for abroad Sikhs”.
He expressed strong objection to the statement of DSGMC head who had sought amnesty for exiled Sikhs. Sikhs living in exile don’t need amnesty from the government as they had done no wrong, said he.
The Dal Khalsa, which has been striving for Punjab’s sovereignty through political and peaceful means for the past 15 years, said, “their UK chapter representative Manmohan Singh has respectfully but firmly told the visiting delegation that ‘the desire for independence in Sikh Diaspora remains widespread and irrepressible.”
Senior Dal Khalsa functionary Kanwarpal Singh said, “instead of thinking in terms of rehabilitating the Khalistanis, the Indian government should focus on resolving all vexed issues that gave birth to militancy in the state in early 80’s.” Both the leaders demanded that the Indian state must open dialogue with pro-independence Sikh groups, as that’s the only recourse to find lasting solution to Punjab problem.
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