Don’t Ignore Human, Political Rights for Commercial Interests: Dal Khalsa tells Hollande

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Dal Khalsa Punjab

Seeking his intervention to “uphold the liberty” of the Sikhs, Kashmiris and other struggling peoples, the Dal Khalsa Punjab Sunday urged the visiting French president Francois Hollande to impress upon the Indian leadership to “explore possibilities of amending India’s constitution” to give restless Indians of various nationalities and regional identities the Right to Self Determination.

Hours before the French President landed on Punjab soil to preside over the India’s Republic Day function in New Delhi on Jan 26, the Dal Khalsa shot off a memorandum to him informing that for the Sikhs and other minority peoples, “this was a day of deceit and assimilation” as Indian leadership “backed off from all its promises and subsumed their exclusive national identity and aspirations under the jackboots of Indian imperialism”.

The letter which Dal Khalsa addressed to French president, highlights that “since last 4 decades, Sikhs were struggling to regain Punjab’s sovereignty through Right to Self Determination”.

Welcoming him to Chandigarh the capital of Punjab, the organization stated that it’s their firm belief that in this day and age there is a crying need to reopen historic Sikh-French relationship.

Dal Khalsa communiqué addressed to French president was e-mailed to French Ambassador in India on Saturday afternoon. It was released to media here on Sunday, a statement issued by the premier Sikh organization said this afternoon.

Sharing their perspective on Indo-French ties and the status of Sikhs and other nationalities in the Indian sub-continent, the letter reads, “undoubtedly, the changing geo-political situation in South Asia and the emerging economic and commercial market of land of the millions –India has prompted a sea-change in the perspective of western powers on this country and its present leadership.”

Elaborating further, the Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said, “your visit to India is in direction to discuss nuclear cooperation, terror and climate change as reported in the media”.

The letter, however, mentions, “side lining human rights and political rights for commercial interests was a major cause of concern not only for Sikhs but all ethnic minorities that once banked upon the support of western powers including the France.”

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