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Friday, April 9, 2010

NYC Sikhs protest appearance of Indian minister they blame for Sikh Massa...


Justice is the most important element of a society, indeed peace and prosperity are the outcomes of justice in any given society.


We have to learn to see things in terms of human lives and not color them with ethnicity, religion, race,  language or culture. We have to learn to see every Indian as Indian, and loss of one life should be treated as though it is the loss of everyone in the kutumbukum (Universe of Family). When someone is murdered, a group is massacred or the weak is oppressed, we all have to stand up together. Each one of us must do our part without keeping score on others.


The Sikh Massacres in Delhi, the purging of the Pandits from Kashmir, Burning of Godhra train, massacre of Muslims in Gujarat and the harassment of Christians in Orissa  in Independent India must be treated in terms of a few bad Indians against the innocent many. We should see the long-term value in not blaming the victims, not to blame Christians, Muslims, Hindus or other, but blame the individuals behind it for the sake of creating good societies. By placing the blame on the culprits and instigators, we can restore justice and faith in governance, if we blame the religion, nothing happens as you cannot hang the religion, you cannot bury the religion or kill it; for God's sake it is intangible. No religion instigates one to do wrong and WE SHOULD NOT VALIDATE THE CLAIMS TO BLAME GROUPS OR RELIGIONS for the acts of the individuals as it does not produce any good.


The Holocaust and Genocides event that we held in January this year (www.HolocaustandGenocides.com) mentioned these atrocities relating to independent India along with all other atrocities. I am glad the Pain the Sikh community is being addressed now.


Here are two pieces shared by the South Asian Journalists Association and Khalid Azam, both are published stories.


What are your solutions – without blaming any group or religion?


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NYC Sikhs protest appearance of Indian minister they blame for Sikh Massacre


 Associated Press Writer

> April 8 2010, 10:27 AM EDT
> NEW YORK (AP) — Several dozen Sikhs on Thursday protested a 
> speech by an Indian minister who they say instigated mob riots in 
> their country in 1984 that left more than 3,000 dead, most of them 
> Sikhs.

84 riots: US court summons Kamal

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New York: A US federal district court has summoned road transport and highways minister Kamal Nath for his alleged role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots based on a case filed by a Sikh outfit.

     In the civil case filed under the Alien Torts Claims Act, the petitioners sought compensatory and punitive damages for several allegations, including crimes against humanity, degrading treatment and wrongful killing. 

     Nath, who is incidentally here on a visit, said he was “surprised and appalled’’ as the case has been filed 25 years after the anti-Sikh riots in India.

    I really have no clue about it. I don’t have a basis and I don’t know the authenticity. I don’t know the validity. It was for the first time that I saw it,’’ Nath said. He has been served a notice and has to respond within 21 days, failing which the court will give a default judgment on the matter.

    â€œA piece of paper was given to me. I will have to see what the piece of paper is all about,’’ he said. Nath stressed that he had never been charged in any court. “Nobody has ever charged me in India. But if the US charges me 25 years later for something that has happened in India... well it just reflects on the authenticity,’’ he said.

    For the last 25 years I wasn't involved...suddenly in 2010 I get involved...There was nobody who stood up and said that he was a victim or that I was in any way connected. So I’m surprised and appalled.’’

    The case was filed by two Sikhs, Jasbir Singh and Mahinder Singh, on behalf of New York-based organisation Sikhs for Justice.

    Their attorney Gurpatwant Pannun claimed Jasbir lost 24 members of his family and Mahinder, who was two years-old then, lost his father.

    In India it is impossible to hold human rights violators,’’ Pannun said. The Sikh group said that they are acting now because they have given up hope for action to be taken in India. “We waited for all these years because commissions were being set up...there was hope but because of his position Kamal Nath has successfully avoided justice for 25 years,  said Pannun.  AGENCIES


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