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Call to Action: NDP Makes Historical Statement On Sikh Genocide

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In the past few days human rights activists and the members of the Sikh community have all taken a moment to reflect, remember and recognize the 1984 Sikh Genocide – when Sikhs across India were mercilessly and systematicaly massacred by state organized, mobs.

In the political world, activists and community members have knocked on the doors of Political Parties, MPs and MPPs, and demanded, asked and pleaded for their elected officials to advocate for justice.

We have heard from many who have responded including:

  • Jim Cariganis (Liberal MP);
  • Sheila Copps (Liberal)
  • Parm Gill (Conservative MP);
  • Jasbir Sandhu (NDP MP);
  • Jinny Sims (NDP MP);
  • And, Jagmeet Singh (NDP MPP)

But the precedent has been set by the Ontario NDP and it’s leader Andrea Horwath.

On November 3rd, 2011 the Ontario NDP became the first political party to explicitly acknowledge the events of November 1984 as a “Genocide”

We urgently ask that every community activist and member of the Sikh community IMMEDIATELY contact the Ontario NDP offices and express their explicit support for this tremendous work.

The Ontario NDP offices can be contacted at 416-325-8300. Our goal is to promote as many thank you calls into the office by 5:00pm this Friday November 4th.

Please leave a message or call again if you are unable to get through!

Spread the word!

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Source: JagmeetSingh.ca

NDP Statement Regarding November 1st 1984

The ONDP stands in solidarity with the Sikh Community in remembering the November 1984 Sikh Genocide.  From October 31 to November 4th 1984 thousands of Sikhs were killed across India. Hundreds of Sikh homes and businesses were burned.  Sikhs places of prayers or Gurudwaras were attacked and destroyed.  Members of the Sikh community were targeted and killed based solely on their religious identity.  The Sikh community continues to experience trauma from the events of November 1984.  We stand with the Sikh community’s call for justice and recognition of their loss.  Recognition of harm suffered is the first step to healing and reconciliation.

Jagmeet Singh, MPP Bramalea-Gore-Malton made a presentation to the ONDP Caucus on the anniversary of the Sikh Genocide yesterday.

The ONDP is committed to human rights across the province and the country and continue to work with all communities in creating a better world.

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Marla DiCandia
Director of Tour and Outreach
Ontario New Democrats

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29 Comments

  1. Manohar Singh Bal November 3, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Thanks to the Ontario NDP. We should continue to work with all other individuals and all other political parties. A Right Cause Never Fails. We will get justice. We must continue to work and seek justice.

  2. Jaspreet November 3, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Thank you SO much NDP! We need justice for the 1984, and you are on our way to getting it ! :)

  3. Harjeet November 3, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Looks like the courage of Jack Layton is living strong in the NDP

  4. MISS KAUR November 4, 2011 at 1:04 am

    “Recognition of harm suffered is the first step to healing and reconciliation.”

    I totally agree with this statement, for so long I have been trying to remind Sikhs of the countless victims who are still suffering and who have not gained any justice.

    It is now time to educate people, first we must educate our own community, this needs to be all over the newspapers. We need to unite to make sure such violent atrocities stop happening in lawless India, we need to put pressure on India to change, and to get rid of corruption.

    Many second and third generation Sikhs are still unaware about the Sikh genocide. Many newcomer Sikhs simply want to forget about the truth because they have lost HOPE in India. We must make our voices heard to all. For all the people reading this, please show this on your Facebook page so others can read about the Sikh genocide. Awareness and recognition are the first key steps!

    We must always hope for a better life, a life where people can live in peace and mass murderers do not sit in Indian parliament!

    Thank-You Sikhs for Justice, the NDP, Jagmeet Singh, the Sikhs who showed up to this protest in Ottawa and all other people involved!

    Never GIVE UP!

  5. MISS KAUR November 4, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Wow, I just noticed Parm Gill’s name on the list, I am sure that in his heart he knows that this was a genocide, he understands India and the problems Sikhs face, even though he might not be outspoken about it.

    Anyways, I am also sure he learned from Ruby Dhalla’s mistakes. Gill represents a riding in Brampton with a huge Sikh population so its about time at least SOMEONE is not shying away. Congratulations Parm Gill for joining the cause!

  6. MISS KAUR November 4, 2011 at 1:12 am

    KEEP SHARING THIS, CURRENTLY 119 IS NOT ENOUGH, AIM FOR AT LEAST 1000 SHARES!

    come on i know there are so many FACEBOOK users out there!!

    share share share SHARE the news

    SPREAD the word and the news to the whole world

  7. Rasleen November 4, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    We really appreciate NDP for expressing solidarity with our Sikh community which is still facing the trauma of the genocide!

  8. Jatha bhindra November 4, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Thanks a lot NDP .Every sikh wants justice for
    Sikh genocine 1984

  9. activistsingh November 4, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    jagmeet singh rocks !! thank u NDP .check out param gills speech …basically he said nothing .

  10. Arvinder November 4, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Sorry, but I have to take a different perspective on this. It’s funny how the Federal NDP (who has jurisdiction) never recognized this issue, even with Jack Layton at the helm. But the Ontario NDP party who has NO jurisdiction over the issue is willing to make this statement. I’m sorry to put cold water on this, but I think this is more of the same. The Ontario NDP is just playing the community, because they know they would never have to take any actionable measures on this issue.

    So symbolically is it great that they recognized it? Absolutely yes!

    Did they do it for the right reasons, because they care enough about the community? I highly doubt it.

    Sorry guys, just my opinion. And yes I voted for them.

  11. Arvinder November 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    I wish the parties would stop playing politics with the issue.

  12. Mr Singh November 4, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Arvinder I agree with you on some things, the lives of the innocent people killed in the genocide is being used as votes…

    too many people are making statements and speeches that really mean nothing.. only to excite some people and gain votes.

    Parm gills speech meant nothing really… just stating facts that everybody knew..so he can tell people in the community I said this and that in parliment. didnt read the petition and didnt speak to the people who made the trip to Ottawa.

    Sheila copps if she wasnt running for leadership wouldnt have said anything..

    I havnt heard anything from Jasbir Sandu or Jinny sims why is their name mentioned maybe because they are NDP..

    I am not critizing.. i like some of the work Sikh Activist does, i even wrote to the people mentioned above to Thank them for speaking about it. But I think we shouldnt be too Pro NDP, where it mattered in the Federal level nobody spoke up but the Provincial level they made a statement which wasnt even signed from their leader. There is only one candidate i would support in NDP..

    There was lots of Liberal bashing on here at the last election im not a liberal so i thought it was funny but it was 2 liberals that spoke about the petition last year and this year nobody… this is why i am saying no Party is with us on this Issue it is just a couple of candidates…

  13. Mr Singh November 4, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Also you spelt Jim Karygiannis name wrong

  14. Mr Singh November 4, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    But good job in making the issue much more known at the provincial and federal level….

  15. Sukhdeep Singh Dhaliwal November 4, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    This is the result of hard work and optimism that the community exhibited in the face of extreme odds. This is also just the beginning. We need more folks like Jagmit Singh who fearlessly carry the torch of truth! Thank you to the NDP- a party that reflects Sikh sentiments!

  16. Harjit Singh November 5, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Thanks a lot NDP .Every sikh wants justice for
    Sikh genocine 1984

  17. J.S.Dhaliwal November 5, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    NDP With Us . We Go With NDP

  18. Daljeet singh November 6, 2011 at 1:47 am

    thank you NDP and JAGMEET SINGH JI

  19. MISS KAUR November 6, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Just out of curisosity, how many people who write on this blog are from overseas, England, US or India?

    Sikh activist network should not only be a voice for sikhs here in canada, but all over the world so i am just wondering if the messages are spreading

    to the people of punjab, please add the sikh activist network group to your facebook

  20. MISS KAUR November 6, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    the younger punjabis are the ones who need the most education because i have seen so many international students in toronto and brampton and no offense, but they seem really dumb and “indianized” and what i mean by that is that all they know is cricket, bollywood, hindi songs, crappy bhangra songs, how to be corny, etc. etc.,

    Where are the smart kids?

    Where are the kids who know something about their history?

    where are the kids who can actually read and write in punjabi and speak punjabi in a proper way not mixed with so many english words?

    where are the kids who are not only smart in punjabi, but understand the western world, who understand what a democracy really is, who understand world history, who understand colonialism?

    i am afraid the people of india have been dumbed down to the max, at least here in Canada we have alternative media and can always use the internet to see different sides of a story, in india, people are still far behind

  21. Sikh Achievers November 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    1984!! Every year, this topic become hot during end of october and first week of november and we talk and talk about what happend during 1984 and how the culprits are stil roaming free. But then, it finishes just there and only to be taken up the next year in very much the say mechanical way.

  22. MISS KAUR November 14, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Sikh Achievers….I agree with you…

    the biggest issue is the Indian Government and the Hindu majority’s DENIAL OF discrimination, DENIAL of the truth. For Sikhs, the Sikh Nation and the Religion, no one cares about “US,” the situation in Punjab is so horrible that ordinary Punjabis do not want to discuss the truth, the real history, the pain and suffering. Many of them have become “nationalized” or “Indianized.” For the victims, the pain will never go away especially when you live in a very barbaric, undemocratic, corrupt, Upper-Caste Hindu Hegemonic country like INDIA. At lease here in Canada we reflect on what happened, do you know what BJP controlled BADAL and HIS RAT OF A SON did? They celebrated on the Sikh genocide day, they had a kabadi tournament plus invited half-naked girls and sharukh khan to dance and entertain the masses. This is the BS real SIKHS have to put up with everyday in INDIA, what a nice slap in the face, they try to bring us down psychologically, in the 80s and 90s, most suffering was physical and psychological, now their mostly concentrated on changing our minds, making us weaker, and letting drugs freely flow in Punjab, they are redefining what it means to be punjabi, sikh, etc.

    CAPITALISM + CORRUPTION + CASTE SYSTEM = UNCONTROLLABLE SOCIETY

    THE THREE BIG C’S for why INDIA is out of CONTROL

    and when I say CORRUPTION, I MEAN EXTREME CORRUPTION LIKE THE GOVENMENT KILLING 20 000 SIKHS and never getting punished. Well who polices the police? Who governs the government? When you are attacked by the STATE it is very difficult to obtain justice. If we don’t talk about it then who would? At least Sikhs for Justice is taking legal actions about KAMAL NATH AND AMITABH BACHAN, the two evil men who have gotten away in this barbaric country called India

  23. MISS KAUR November 14, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    i forgot to mention the many hundreds and perhaps thousands of FAKE GURUS in Punjab..including one of the biggest cults, the radhaswami…they have built huge complexes and are beginning to gain control over institutions such as hospitals, and you want to know something interesting? when people get admitted to the hospital, they FAVOUR radhaswamis and give them “better” care, what kind of a hospital is that. the land where sikhs originate from is the land where they face the most discrimination

  24. MISS KAUR November 14, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    also, many youth are afraid to even speak out against the genocide, there are thousands of “Sikh” youth here in Canada, so far this has over 300 likes on Facebook, i want to see this number increase to over 1000 because this is a very serious issue so people please help spread the word, create awareness, start becoming smart and use the media as a tool because the indian government is already doing this, one day when i have time i will go over all the crap they are creating on youtube and the ANI news channel network that continues to spread propaganda

    yes you “bastards” probably think a lot of people don’t notice but MISS KAUR can read your minds you stupid losers from india

    a couple of days ago some hindutva fatso tried to take take off a sikh mans turban who was being escorted by several police officers, not only did the security fail to protect him, but the media quickly started telling lies that the SIKH WAS SLAPPED when clearly the sikh man slapped the fat hindutva supporter, so even when evidence is in front of your eyes, the indian media lies and twists stories as if we’re all some 4-year-old kids who would believe anything they say or show on TV

  25. MISS KAUR November 15, 2011 at 5:39 pm
  26. J.S.Dhaliwal November 18, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Thank you SO much NDP

  27. DK November 25, 2011 at 4:53 am

    I am sure India’s hindu majority would be happy to acknowledge the genocide when “Sikh activists” acknowledge the cold blooded murder of thousands of hindus and sikhs by sikh terrorists in the 70s, 80s and 90s.

    Wake up to reality, listen to both sides, and if you really are this passionate about his, GO TO INDIA and fight for your “state”

  28. MISS KAUR November 26, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    DK people like you have commented so many times on this blog that it is getting quite boring to reply to the same old rhetoric. Your comparing genocide and the acts of a few individuals (and btw thousands of Hindus killed? Your just exaggerating)

    AND indira gandhi wanted to make this into a hindu-sikh issue, which is what she achieved because hindus can easily believe any propaganda then still cry about it many years later…also, when hindus died, the state responded by killing sikhs and giving the hindu family money and protection, as well as recognition and front page news

    i am sure sikhs in india will feel more welcomes when the MAJORITY hindu admit to being hegemonic and oppressive, especially the brahmins, who think they are morally superior than “other” indians. this is the ideology of the hindutva.

  29. Yollz December 3, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    I was surfing the web and came acorss this news article that further illustrates the double standard of Indian Government and that of its opposition as well. On one hand they claim to be democratic and secular and at the same time they want people of other beliefs (non Hindus) to sing the praises of some deity (here Mother India) in the name of patriotism I just thought that readers might be interested in reading this news article.Chardi Kala .

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