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Sikh body to submit “Sikhs Are Not Hindus” Petition to U.S. Chargé d’Affaires for President Obama

December 31, 2014 | By

Chandigarh: Eyeing at the upcoming visit of US President, Federation (AISSF) in a month long campaign have collected more than 250,000 signatures on a petition urging Obama to raise the issues of Article 25(b) and 1984 Sikh Genocide with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A delegation of Federation headed by President Karnail Singh Peermohammad will submit “Sikhs are not Hindus” petition to Ms. Kathleen Stephens, the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires in India before January 26. Barack Obama will be the 1st American President to attend India’s Republic Day function as Chief Guest on January 26, 2015.

Karnail Singh Peermohammad and others addressing the press conference at Chandigarh

Karnail Singh Peermohammad and others addressing the press conference at Chandigarh

Giani Gurbachan Singh, Jathedar Sri Akal Takht Sahib emphasized that the “Amendment” of Article 25 (b) is must as it clubs Sikhs with Hindus and supported the petition to US President Obama. Justifying Obama’s intervention, Federation President stated that this is the first time a US President will be the guest of honor on January 26th and Obama must know that Indian constitution does not recognize Sikh religion. We want President Obama to take a stand for the Sikh community which has been denied religious identity by the Indian constitution for the past 65 years.

Reminding the US President that “January 26, 2015 marks the 65th year of Sikhs’ struggle for right to self-determination” the petition states that “Sikhs have been subjected to “Genocide” with impunity, starting from June 1984 Military action against Golden Temple; November 1984 organized killing of over 30,000 Sikhs and 1984-98 extra-judicial killing of over 100,000″.

US based “Sikhs For Justice” (SFJ) started an online White House Petition urging Obama to question PM Modi “WHY Indian constitution labels “Sikhs” as Hindus?” and raise the issues of “Sikh Genocide”; and “Sikhs’ Right to Self-determination”. Obama Administration responds to petitions which gather 100,000 online signatures within 30 days as per The White House Portal. With more than 121,000 online signatures the Right groups White house petition “Sikhs are not Hindus” qualifies for response from the Obama Administration.

In today’s press conference in Chandigarh Gurudwara Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Sector 34, SGPC member Bibi Harjinder Kaur ex Mayor Chandigarh, Naib Singh Dhaumajra ex president Singh Sangathan, Chandigarh Gurudwara Prabhadak Sangathan regst. Secretary general Amar Singh, Secretary S. Harjeet Singh Kairo, Retired Major Karnail Singh president sector 34 Gurudwara, Captain Ajaib Singh, S.Avtar Singh president sector 19 Gurudwara, Jagjeet Singh Kang president Shiromani Akali Dal Chandigarh unit, Advocate Mahinder Singh Bedi president sector 37 Gurudwara, Surjeet Singh Kohli President Sector 8 Gurudwara, Parmjeet Singh Gill President Gurudwara Sacha Dhan Mohali, Randheer Singh Cheema President Gurudwara sector 47, Iqbal Singh President Gurudwara Sector 41, Bhajan Singh Gill President Gurudwara Sector 42, Kesar Singh chairman Gurudwara sector 46 supported AISSF’s petition for amendment in Article 25B of Indian Constitution. They said Sikhism is different Religion and thus cannot be told as part of Hindu Religion. They also called for ban on film messenger of god so that peace can remain in Punjab and Also asked for release of Sikh Prisoners for which Bhai Gurbhaksh Singh Khalsa is on hunger strike since 48 days.

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