Wednesday, February 1, 2023

India outcries over US State recognizing April 29 as ‘Sikh Declaration of I-Day’

CHANDIGARH: Various official and non-official quarters of India have taken a strong notice of historic step of USA’s State of Connecticut General Assembly, wherein it has recognized April 29 as “Sikh Genocide Remembrance day” and “Sikh Declaration of Independence-Day”.

With this step, cause of founding “Khalistan” by separating Punjab from Indian Union has got recognition by a legislative assembly of a country. And the country is considered as world power on the globe. This has invited sharp reaction from India.

On the anniversary of Khalistan Declaration Day, a citation was issued by State Senator Cathy Osten which was co-sponsored by several other State Senators and State Representatives.

Citation reads as “Be it hereby known to all that The Connecticut General Assembly offers its sincerest congratulations to The World Sikh Parliament In recognition of the 36th anniversary of the declaration of Sikh independence. We join with you, your friends and family in commemorating the historic resolution passed on April 29th, 1986 by a collective Sikh nation gathering known as “Sarbat Khalsa”, at Sikh political center “Akal Takhat” situated in the holy city of Amritsar, Punjab.”

It was read outside Norwich City Hall where Mayor Peter Nystrom and Norwich City Council Members Swaranjit Singh Khalsa and Derell Wilson were also present. The City of Norwich also proclaimed April 29 as “Sikh Declaration of Independence Day” and gave Proclamation to Sikh community.

Sarbat Khalsa-appointed Akal Takht Jathedar, Jagtar Singh Hawara’s message was also read on the occasion.

Himmat Singh, Coordinator of World Sikh Parliament said “City of Norwich and State of Connecticut have been wonderful community partners and always gave a platform to Sikhs to share their sentiments and struggles”.

Dr. Amarjit Singh, Spokesman of World Sikh Parliament, highlighted the fact that Indian govt. pushed Sikhs to this point that they had to pass this resolution and declare their will to be independent.

Swaranjit Singh Khalsa member Norwich City Council, maintained that Punjab is a transnational region and still seeks its independence under United Nations guidelines.

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy’s special message was read at this occasion. Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz also sent her best wishes to Sikh community which was read by City of Norwich representatives.

Large number of guests and leaders attended this Friday event including all Connecticut Gurudwara Representatives and local Sikh Organizations. Many other Sikh leaders came and shared their sentiments.

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