Portrait of Sikh Martyr Sant Bhindranwale Installed by City of Norwich,Connecticut
American Sikh Community unveiled United States first “1984 Sikh Genocide Memorial” in Connecticut.
– State of Connecticut Condemned Indian Army Attack on Sikhs Spiritual and Political Center In Sikh Homeland Punjab, while Commemorating 35th year of “June 1984 Sikh Massacre” and “Nov 1984 Sikh Genocide”.
June 1st 2019
Sikh Community of Connecticut along with City and State officials unveiled America’s First “1984 Sikh Genocide Memorial” has been placed in Otis Library, located at 261 Main St ,Norwich CT 06360, on June 1st 2019 at 1:00pm.
Many Sikh Scholars,Leaders and Political figures came to attend unveiling ceremony of the “1984 Sikh Genocide Memorial” which had a plaque to condemned Indian Army pre-planned Military strike on Darbar Sahib in June 1984 and November 1984 Sikh Genocide.
Huge Painting of Sikh Martyr “Sant Jarnail Singh Khalsa Bhindrawale” was placed on top of 1984 Sikh Genocide Memorial plaque to honor all Sikh Soldiers, who fought to protect Sikh places of worship and save rights of Sikh Homeland Punjab and people of punjab.
The Plaque reads:
“1984 Sikh Genocide Memorial
Remember and honor the Sikhs in 1984 genocide.
In memory of the thousands of Sikh men, women and children who lost their lives & loved ones in June 1984.
The Indian army carried out a preplanned attack on Sri Harmander Sahib (holiest place for the Sikhs) this was followed immediately by operation Woodrose and again in November with a state-sponsored genocidal campaign against Sikhs All Across India.
May ‘Chardi Kaleh” ( everlasting optimism) reverberate through us, as we Stand against hatred, ignorance and intolerance.
“Freedom from slavery is achieved only when a person realises that he would rather prefer death, than be enslaved ” – Sant Jarnail Singh Khalsa Bindranwale
Sikhs of Connecticut”
As we know June 2019 marked the 35th Commemoration of the Invasion of Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple), and 36 Other Gurudwaras all over India, by the Indian Army, who took the lives of thousands of Sikh Worshipers, on one of their Holiest days during the year. This year also marks the 35th Commemoration of the November 1984 Sikh Genocide.
In The Sikhs of Punjab book, Joyce Pettigrew the author, alleges that the army conducted the operation to “suppress the culture, and political will, of a people”.
Swaranjit Singh Khalsa, President of Sikh Sewak Society International USA said “Our Motive is to bring to light the right narrative which has been suppressed for many many years, and also to educate fellow Americans on what happened to Sikhs in 1984, and why Sikhs decided to choose America as their home”.
Khalsa said “I think It is a great step to make a 1984 Sikh Genocide Memorial, as it will make the community feel safer living here. It makes a statement that Connecticut understands the pain of the Sikh Nation and stand in solidarity with Sikh Community ”.
The Mayor of Norwich, Peter Nystrom also read the proclamtion and Declared June 1st as “Sikh Memorial Day” and Month of June as “Sikh Memorial Month”..
Connecticut States Newly Elected Governor declared the Month of June as “Sikh Memorial Month” and also mentioned that 80% of the Sikh Population lives In Indian Occupied Punjab, and they want to exercise their right for self determination under United Nation Guidelines.
The Connecticut General assembly also passed a resolution to declare June 1st as “Sikh Memorial Day” and the Month of June as “Sikh Memorial Month” to recognize Sikh Martyrs who gave their lives to protect Sikh places of worship and people who were killed during June 1984 Sikh Massacre and November 1984 Sikh Genocide.
Connecticut State Comptroller Kevin Lembo also sent a citation to show his support for the Sikh Nation. He also recognized Sikh Martyrs who gave their lives defending Darbar Sahib, while the Indian Army attacked the Sikhs holiest shrine.
Congressman Joe Courtney also sent his warm wishes to Sikh community in Recognition for 1984 Sikh Genocide Memorial by City of Norwich.
Community leaders from various faith traditions also participated and showed their solidarity with Sikh Nation and cause of Sikh freedom.
Sikhs of Connecticut also released proposed flag of punjab which was installed in downtown Norwich to recognize Sikh Homeland Punjab.