According to press reports, the Indian government has “concerns” about the creation of the American Sikh Congressional Caucus, such that it has “warned” the U.S. government about its very existence. These concerns appear to be grounded in the suspicion that the caucus is a front for an effectively defunct for a separate Sikh homeland called “Khalistan.” The concerns are without merit, and the caucus itself stands firmly on bedrock American principles and traditions.
Chandigarh, Punjab/India (January 12, 2013): As per recent media reports visiting Canadian Minister Jason Kenney told reporters in Chandigarh that Sikhs in Canada raising their voice peacefully for separate Sikh state named “Khalisthan” out of India, will not be asked to leave Canada.
Mansa, Punjab (December 31, 2012): As per media reports the Mansa police arrested five persons on December 31, 2012 for allegedly pasting Pro-Khalistan posters. As per police such pro-Khalistan posters were also containing “seditious material” spreading hatred among religious communities.
According to a report released by Public Safety Canada, “words such as “radical”, “radicalization”, “extremist”, “terrorist” and “terrorism” are used interchangeably by some and differentiated by others. The abundance of terms is confusing and can be misleading…Any assessment of an individual’s risk for violent extremism should be sensitive to the meaning of these terms, their differentiation from each other, and the intent of the violence.” [...]
I am writing to you about your request to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to “suppress the voice of Khalistan” and to “keep an eye on Sikh extremists.” This is a shameful statement for any official of a democratic nation to make. Prime Minister Harper was right to remind you of the right to free speech that is a cornerstone of every democracy. [...]
Ludhiana/Bangalore, India (November 08, 2012): According to media reports the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who is on a visit to India and has received complaints about political activities of Sikhs in Canada concerning the political rights of Sikhs in India, said on November 08, 2012 that “he won’t interfere with the political rights of Canadian Sikhs who advocate a separate state in India — even though his government firmly opposes the idea”.
Mohali, Punjab (November 03, 2012): Khalistan ideologue Dr. Sohan Singh passed away on October 31, 2012 at the age of 98. He was cremated in Mohali on November 01, 2012. Dr. Sohan Singh died of old age after a brief illness and He is Survived by four sons.
Chandigarh, Punjab/India (October 02, 2012): Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday (October 01, 2012) quashed the sedition charges against 21 leaders and activists of the Dal Khalsa who were booked in June 2005 for raising slogans in favour of ‘Khalistan’ on the eve of anniversary of army attack on Sri Darbar Sahib also called Operation Bluestar.
Jalandhar/Punjab (October 01, 2012): Certain media sections have reported that a British national Jaswant Singh Ajad has been arrested by Punjab police. Police has alleged that he was financing pro-Khalistan groups.
Ottawa/Canada (September 18, 2012): In a press release sent to Sikh Siyasat Indian Overseas Congress (ICO) Canada leader Vikram Bajwa has tried to invoke Canadian Taxation laws to justify his demand for removal of Khalistan insignias from Sikh Gurudwara Sahibs in Canada.
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