November 22, 2013 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Hoshiarpur, Punjab (November 22, 2013): Joining issue with Indian Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde for objecting to Sikh activists using social media to propagate Khalistan ideology, the Dal Khalsa asked him to explain what was wrong in doing so.
Party spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh, who was in town to attend the meeting of party workers said the statement by Shinde targeting Sikh youth was meant to terrorize Punjab Hindus and polarize the society in view of impending elections to Parliament.
He pointed out that aspiring for Khalistan through peaceful and political means was neither illegal nor anti-national. He said Supreme Court and High Court in numerous cases have given the ruling that raising the Khalistan issue through peaceful as well as democratic means, was not offence.
He said by directing the state DGP to keep tab on twitter and facebook users, the Home Minister has paved the way for witch-hunting of the Sikhs. The tirade by Home Minister reflects as if Central govt was contemplating to put censorship on social network and deny the Sikhs their right to expression and hold independent belief”.
He slammed Shinde for blaming Sikh youth for vitiating the atmosphere of the state. “The Indian government has never tried to redress the vexed issues of Punjab that led to militancy in Punjab. Rather the state has always found police solution to Punjab problem, which was otherwise political in nature, he said.
He said to mark the occasion of martyrdom day of Ninth Master Guru Teg Bahadaur Sahib, their group was holding a Conference on Nov 24 at Hoshiarpur on “Martyrs and Our responsibilities” . He said Panthic personalities would shed light on concept and spirit of martyrdom in Sikhism.
Others who were present in the meeting were SYP head Ranvir Singh, Paramjit Singh, Manjit Singh, Noblejeet Singh, Gurvinder Singh, Gurdeep Singh Kalkat and Gurpreet Singh.
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