US Senator Recognized “Sikh Genocide Remembrance Day” Along with State Of Connecticut General Assembly and 8 Cities in Connecticut – Swaranjit Singh Khalsa
Nov 10th 2018
Sikhs of Connecticut Commemorated Sikh Genocide Remembrance Day in State Capitol Legislative Building Of Connecticut in which State Senator Cathy Osten and State Representative Kevin Ryan was Chief Guest.
As you know this year law was made in Connecticut General Assembly thru Senate Bill 489 to Commemorate Nov 1st every year as Sikh Genocide Remembrance Day.
Swaranjit Singh Khalsa President Sikh Sewak Society International USA and Member World Sikh Parliament said that “Despite of interference and false representation by Indian Consulate to Connecticut State Governor,State Senators and other elected officials We are here to commemorating 34th Anniversary Of Sikh Genocide with bright Blue and Orange color Turbans (Dastaar) and I respect the fact the our elected officials understand the pain of Sikh Community and stand in solidarity with Sikh Nation.
Khalsa said “It is very important to correct the history and tell the world that anti-Sikh violence by Indian State in 1984 was Genocide and was not the riots.
It was Sponsored by Govt. of India and Indian Elected officials were involved in that target killing of Sikhs in Delhi and rest of India.
Govt of India try to show world that it was Communal fight between Hindus and Sikhs but it was not.”
Not only State senator Cathy Osten and State Representative Kevin Gave Citation to Declare Sikh Genocide but U.S Senator Richard Blumenthal also gave Special Recognition Of Sikh Genocide Remembrance Day to show solidarity with Sikh Nation.
State Senator Toni Boucher And Mayor Of Norwich Peter Nystrom Presented Proclamation by City of Norwich and Proclamtion by Governor Of Connecticut.
In Statement of State Senator Cathy Osten
“I remember when we first started talking about the Genocide which happened in 1984 and quite frankly I was appalled.
But I did my research to make sure that….. and I would like to call up my college Kevin Ryan who is also here today… ..because I think it is something that is doomed to happen over and over if we don’t recognize it and thats something that I think is important for people to know.
I was talking a little bit earlier today and I received a letter. Its basically a form letter. They (India) crossed out the “going to” and put my name and its not a letter of great import from my perspective from India. And it said….as I have…I will just read the one paragraph that I think sort of shows the denial of what has happened. It says:”As I have explained before, the anti Sikh violence had its roots in years of terrorism perpetuated by Sikh terrorists and cannot be subject to selective analysis. The purpose of the people who persuaded you to support this State Resolution is to weaken the India Union through divisive policies and this you will agree that we cannot allow to succeed”.
And I do agree that we should never allow divisive politics to be the order of the day. BUT as in any case where genocide has happened , the perpetrators of that genocide say “it wasn’t me” and they often blame the victims saying that “it was what they (victims) did that brought this about”.
I would liken this to the Holocaust when the people said that “the Holocaust did not happen” and people today would still say “the Holocaust did not happen”, “those people did not really die”, “the death came was not real”. BUT they (the Holocaust) were real and this (Nov 1984 Sikh Genocide) was real.
And I would expect that the Government of India would recognize that and stand up and say “We made a mistake”. Its also true that the United States occasionally makes mistakes. And we also have to recognize when we do so, because in order to move forward you have to recognize what you did that was wrong, even if you were not the one who perpetuated it. But this is still being perpetuated and we need to stop it. And I am very proud to be here today.”
On this Occasion the Remarks Of Sikh Supreme Leader Jathedar Jagtar Singh Hawara was also read which was welcomed by Sikh Community with Slogans Of Khalistan Zindabad.
Dr.Amarjit Singh from Khalistan Affairs Center Washington DC was Key Note Speaker and Many other guest speakers followed him including Saud Anwar Mayor of South Windsor,Diana Daniel from NAACP ,Jerry Fisher from Jewish federation,Sukhwinder Singh Voice Of Khalsa TV, Guruninder Singh Dhaliwal from Sikh Coordination Committee East Coast ,Kuljit Singh Khalsa from Connecticut ,Parminder Pal Singh Khalsa President Sikh Sewak Society International India Unit,Hargurpreet Singh,Kanwaljit Singh,Kanwalpreet Singh Atwal ,Himmat Singh from World Sikh Association ,Jatinder Singh Khatra from Catreat Gurudwara Sahib NewJersey,Pawan Singh from Shiromani Akali dal Amritsar Virginia,Gurdev Singh Kang Commissioner Of Human Rights NewYork,Kuldeep Singh Dhillon President Of Gurudwara Sikh Cultural Society RichmondHill NewYork,Jathedar Bhagat Singh, Kulvinder Singh Teji from Chicago,
Baljinder Singh Doaba Sikh Association, Kirpal Singh Billing from NewYork,Simran Kaur From Connecticut ,Dr.Bakshish Singh council of Khalistan,Kartik Natrajan from Tamil Community.
Ronald Simpson from CHRO which is Connecticut Commission of Human Right and Opportunities also gave presentation.
Avtar Singh Pannu and Rana Ji from Sikhs for Justice share their views with fellow Americans As well.
Bhai Mahinder Singh from Windsor Gurudwara Sahib along with local young Sikhs sang Sikh National Anthem.
Jaspal Singh Manku Sikh Activist was also honored with Hari Singh Nalwa medal.
At the end Swaranjit Singh Khalsa Thanked everyone for coming and standing by truth.
Total of 8 Cities Recognized Sikh Genocide and Declared Nov 1st as Sikh Genocide Remembrance Day and Month Of November as Sikh Genocide Awareness Month.