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British Sikhs Slam Call For Khalistan

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Various Indian organisations are planning a protest rally to counter the Khalistan demand at Trafalgar Square on August 12….reports Asian Lite News

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Westminster bridge, London. (File Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Prominent members of the Sikh community in Britain condemn the move to stage a rally in London seeking a referendum to create a separate Sikh state Khalistan.

Britain has rejected India’s demand seeking a ban on US-based pro-Khalistan group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ)’s plan to issue a ‘London Declaration’ for creating a separate Sikh state at Trafalgar Square on August 12. Various Indian organisations are planning a protest rally to counter the demand.

“A rally planned by unelected and self-appointed handful of Sikhs from around the world for Independence on August 12th 2018 in London is unwelcomed by the majority of Sikhs,” Dr Rami Ranger CBE, the most successful British-Asian businessman from the Sikh community said in a Tweet.

“These self-proclaimed leaders act as if they are greater visionaries than the Sikh Gurus and, in the process, are damaging the interests and respect for Sikhs across the world,” Dr Ranger, chairman of the Conservative Friends of India said.

Dr Rami Ranger CBE 

“The Sikh Gurus were above territorial claims and taught principles that crossed borders and cultures. We are proud of their efforts – it is because of their contribution that us Sikhs receive an unparalleled level of respect throughout India and abroad.”

Sikh Human Rights Group’s Jasdev Rai questioned the validity of the ‘referendum’.

“This appears to be a sketch better suited to a Punjabi comic drama,” said Rai. “A hocus-pocus referendum exercise is undermining the authority and status of Sri Akal Takht Sahib (the highest Sikh temporal seat).”
“It will be best for the organisers to rethink and sit with people, who have been part of the Sikh struggle since 1984 (anti-Sikh riots) and take advantage of the unconditional talks offered by the Narendra Modi government,” added Rai.

In another development, Sunday Times revealed that one of the key organisers of the event is a refugee accused of involvement in a political assassination in India.
The British newspaper said Paramjeet Singh Pamma, is wanted in Punjab for his alleged involvement in bombings in 2010 and for the killing of Mr Rulda Singh, the leader of Rashtriya Sikh Sanghat in 2009. Pamma, who was granted asylum in Britain in 2000, denies the “false charges.”

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A view of spectacularly lit Golden Temple on the eve of Diwali in Amritsar (Photo: IANS)