Thursday, January 22, 2015

Memorandum to PM : Demand for Amendment in Constitution for Separate Identity to Sikhs

A delegation of Sikhs led by the president Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) Manjit Singh GK, today submitted a memorandum to Director of Prime Minister office shri. santosh vaidya  seeking amendment in the Constitution of India whereby Sikhs have been mentioned as Hindus.

In the memorandum submitted by the delegation, amendment was sought in Article 25(B) of the constitution so that Sikhism is treated as an independent religion.

The delegation also comprised Manjinder Singh Sirsa General Secretary of DSGMC, demanded removal of names of large number of Sikhs living in the foreign countries from the blacklist of MHA, because these Sikhs have gone to earn their livelihood have been blacklisted for no fault. “The third generations of these families are being stopped from entry to India of no fault. They want to visit their country, the places of their forefathers and religious places,” said GK demanding visas for the families of blacklisted Sikhs and removing their names from the list.

GK adds that Sikhs have played vital role in protecting borders of the country, fighting for nation’s freedom and have been playing key role in development of the country, but despite that their genuine demands were suppressed.
The delegation also demanded release of large number of Sikhs languishing in different jails in the country. “These prisoners are undergoing political sentences and the Government of India should give them a chance to join the mainstream,” demanded the memorandum submitted to the PM.

Citing examples from the history, GK said that there have been series of bloody civil wars in Ireland by Irish republican army (IRA) and those behind the war were allowed to join mainstream & number of Kashmiri militants have joined the mainstream and have even contested polls.

“Why Sikh prisoners can’t be given premature release when they have completed the mandatory jail sentence,” questioned GK, demanding a humane treatment for them.
Touching on the issue of 1984 anti-Sikh genocide, the memorandum demanded setting up of a special investigation team (SIT) for a through probe into the killing of thousands of innocent Sikhs all across the country. “So far we are awaiting justice, congress leader who perpetrated riots such as Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler, are roaming free, and were given facilities and positions in UPA rule. A large number of cases were either never registered or were closed without investigation,” informed the memorandum.

“We have big hopes from the Prime minister who is leading NDA government of which Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is also a part and we are sure demands of the Sikhs are fulfilled with most earnestness and in time bound manner,” said the memorandum.

Speaking about SAD led Punjab government in coalition with BJP, GK, said the state has been peaceful during SAD-BJP government, which has proved that government is working efficiently and the Sikhs are a peace loving, hardworking and development oriented community.

With Thanks : Media DSGMC

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