COUNCIL OF KHALISTAN vs. decomposing Hindu World under Jackboot of Italy & ISLAM.
Date: 27 Jun 2008
United Nations Human Rights Commission Geneva, Switzerland
Council of Khalistan
Friday, 20 June 2008
United Nations Human Rights Commission Geneva, Switzerland
Council of Khalistan
Remarks of Dr. Gurmit Singh Aulakh
President, Council of Khalistan
To the United Nations Human Rights Commission
June 12, 2008
Free Khalistan Is Essential for the Survival of the Sikh Nation
India Has Murdered Over 250,000 Sikhs Since 1984
Mr. Chairman and Respected Panel:
Thank you for inviting me to speak today about human-rights violations against minorities and oppressed peoples in India. This is a very unreported story. India is a major human rights violator. The human-rights situation in Punjab, Khalistan remains as bad as it ever was. As U. S. Representative Dana Rohrabacher has said, ?For the people of Jammu and Punjab and Kashmir, India might as well not be a democracy. For them, India might as well be Nazi Germany.?
Narinder Singh, a spokesman for the Golden Temple, told America?s National Public Radio in 1997, ?The Indian government, all the time they boast that they are democratic, that they are secular, but they have nothing to do with a democracy, nothing to do with a secularism. They just kill Sikhs just to please the majority.? Unfortunately, this situation still holds true today.
India is determined to destroy the Sikh Nation and the Sikh religion, both inside and outside India. They are determined to eliminate the pro-Khalistan Sikh leadership worldwide so they can continue to carry out their violent rule over the Sikhs and absorb the Sikh religion into Hinduism. The Indian government actively seeks to destroy the culture, language, religion, and heritage of the Sikhs and other minorities living within its artificial borders. This ethnic cleansing is the mark of a brutal tyranny. The Indian Supreme Court has said that the oppression of the Sikhs is ?worse than a genocide.?
There is no freedom for minorities in India.
More than a quarter of a million Sikhs have been murdered at the hands of the Indian government since 1984, according to figures compiled by the Punjab State. These figures were published in The Politics of Genocide by Inderjit Singh Jaijee. More than 300,000 Christians in Nagaland have met a similar fate. So have over 90,000 Kashmiri Muslims. In Gujarat, the government pre-planned a massacre of Muslims there that claimed 2,000 to 5,000 lives. Police were prevented from interfering. These facts show a striking resemblance to the November 1984 massacre of Sikhs in Delhi.
In addition, the Indian government has killed tens of thousands of Assamese, Bodos, Dalits, Manipuris, Tamils, and other minorities, including Christians and Muslims in the rest of the country. Over 52,000 Sikhs and tens of thousands of other minorities are being held as political prisoners. Why is a country that calls itself a democracy holding even a single political prisoner?
Just recently, seven bomb explosions in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, killed 65 people and injured over 200. India blames Bangladeshis, but there is a long history of Indian intelligence carrying out acts of this type themselves to set minorities against each other.
In 2006, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh acknowledged the Indian government?s record of abusing human rights when he apologized to the Sikh Nation for the November 1984 massacre in Delhi that killed over 20,000 Sikhs. This is the first time that India has acknowledged that it was responsible for these massacres, so this is a step forward. But the Prime Minister made no provision for compensating the families of the victims. Two years later we are still waiting for the Indian government to acknowledge its complicity in other such atrocities, such as the military attack on the Golden Temple, Sikhism?s most sacred shrine and the center and seat of Sikhism, which we commemorate this week, as well as the attack on an Air India airliner that killed 329 innocent people, the Gujarat massacre, the murders of priests and rapes of nuns, among many other incidents.
There is also evidence suggesting Indian government involvement in the bombing of the parliament building in New Delhi a few years ago. Among other things, no officials were killed. The only victims were low-caste people.
It is common practice for the police to arrest and torture the families of those whom they are investigating. For example, they might pick up someone?s father, mother, brother, and/or sister to try to intimidate the person into doing what they want.
Last year, India erected a statue of the late Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh, who presided over the killing of a majority of the 250,000-plus Sikhs who have been murdered. Former Member of Parliament Simranjit Singh Mann and Wassan Singh Zaffarwal were arrested for peacefully protesting the statue.
On September 21, 2007 in Amritsar, a Sikh woman named Lakhbir Kaur held a press conference, which was reported in the Tribune newspaper of Chandigarh, in which she stated that her brother, Kinder Singh, age 20, a truck driver, had been killed in a fake encounter by the police ?for no reason.? Kinder Singh was ?pulled out of a truck in Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh, and shot dead,? according to Colonel G.S. Sandhu, chairman of the Majha Ex-Servicemen Human Rights Front and Aapna Punjab, a non-governmental organization. Colonel Sandhu demanded a full investigation of the affair and that compensation for Kinder Singh?s killing be paid to his family.
The police claimed that Kinder Singh was Jaspal Singh, a ?militant? who had a price of Rs. 5 lakh on his head. But Jaspal Singh was sitting next to Lakhbir Kaur at her press conference. Yet police files show Jaspal Singh as having been killed by police. Unfortunately, this has been a common occurrence.
According to the February 17, 2004 issue of the Tribune of Chandigarh, a Sikh named Gurnihal Singh Pirzada, who was a high official of the Indian Administrative Service, was released from jail claiming that "his fundamental right to liberty was violated." He was arrested after allegedly being seen at a meeting of gathering of Punjab "dissidents." Sardar Pirzada denies attending such a meeting, but points out that it would not be illegal if he did.
In January 2005, 35 Sikhs were arrested simply for the act of raising the flag of Khalistan, the Sikh homeland that declared its independence on October 7, 1987, and making speeches. The same thing happened in June at the observance of the anniversary of the Golden Temple attack. Then these Sikhs were denied bail. Apparently, making speeches and raising a flag is now considered a crime in India. This happened despite the fact that the Indian courts have ruled that openly supporting Khalistan is not a crime. Yet India refuses to be bound by its own law.
Perhaps that is why the late General Narinder Singh said that ?Punjab is a police state.? In spite of this, the Jathedar of the Akal Takht, Sri Singh Sahib Joginder Singh Vedanti, publicly spoke out in support of freedom for Khalistan in April.
A few years ago, there was a case where Indian forces were caught red-handed trying to set fire to some Sikh homes in a village in Kashmir, hoping to set the Sikh and Muslim villagers against each other. Instead, the Sikh and Muslim people in the village worked together to stop the Indian forces. Another such case was the Chithisinghpora massacre, which two independent studies by human-rights groups and a report in the New York Times Magazine all concluded was carried out by Indian forces. Former President Clinton also said this in the introduction to Madeline Albright?s book. The people who carried out the massacre spoke Hindi and said ?Jai Hind,? which means ?Long live India.? The Gujarat massacre that I previously mentioned is another such case.
The Air India bombing of 1985 was another Indian intelligence operation. So is the murder of missionary Graham Staines and his young son by Hindus chanting ?Victory to Hannuman.? All of these events were carried out by Indian forces. India seeks to set minority against minority in order to keep us divided so it can rule all the minorities by force.
The Indian regime has illegally diverted Punjab?s river water to non-riparian states, forced farmers to buy supplies at greatly inflated prices and forced them to sell their crops at below-market prices, and undertaken the infiltration of Punjab with non-Punjabi Hindus.
Sikh farmers who bought land in Uttaranchal Pradesh have been expelled from that state and their land has been seized. Sikhs are not allowed to buy land in Rajasthan or Himachal Pradesh either, but anyone is allowed to buy land in Punjab. This treatment is in gross violation of these farmers? basic civil, political, economic, and human rights, especially after they worked for many years to transform barren lands into lush fields and productive farmland.
Minorities suffered for many years under a repressive law called the ?Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act? (TADA.) It was repealed in 1995, but many Sikhs and other minorities are being held without charge or trial under that act to this very day!
Two Sikhs in Canada were acquitted in march of involvement in the Air India bombing of 1985 despite the Indian government?s offer to pay a witness, Lal Singh, ?2 million dollars and settlement in a nice country? to testify falsely against them. By now, everyone knows that reporters Zuhair Kashmeri of the Toronto Globe and Mail and Brian McAndrew of the Toronto Star exposed the Indian government?s responsibility for that atrocity in their book Soft Target.
Many of the human-rights violations against the Sikh Nation are very familiar by now. The U.S. government reported that India paid over 41,000 cash bounties to police officers for killing Sikhs. One officer got a bounty for killing a three-year-old boy! The Indian newspaper Hitavada reported that the Indian government paid the late governor of Punjab, Surendra Nath, $1.5 billion to generate and support covert state terrorism in Punjab, Khalistan and in Kashmir.
Human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra exposed the Indian government?s secret cremation policy that has taken over 50,000 Sikh lives. These young Sikhs were arrested, tortured, murdered, and then declared ?unidentified? and secretly cremated. Their remains were never returned to their families. For exposing this, Mr. Khalra was arrested and killed in police custody and cremated and secretly disposed of. His body was never given to his family.
According to the Indian Express, Kuldip Singh told the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) that the brutal former Director General of Police, K.P.S. Gill, was involved in the Khalra kidnapping and murder. Kuldip Singh states that he was present when Gill met with Mr. Khalra just days before his death. Ajit Sandhu committed suicide when the Supreme Court of India ordered him indicted along with eight other officers for the Khalra kidnapping.
When Khalra and several police officers were riding back to the police station, according to Kuldip Singh, Satnam Singh, the SHO of the Chabal station, told Mr. Khalra that `if you agree to Gill, you will be spared.' The Coordination Committee for Disappearances in Punjab, a human-rights group from Punjab, has demanded that CBI file charges against Gill for his involvement in the abduction and murder of Mr. Khalra. Yet the Central Bureau of Investigation has thus far refused to investigate or prosecute Gill.
After Kuldip Singh's testimony but before it became public, the government filed false charges that Mr. Khalra's widow, Paramjit Kaur Khalra, tried to bribe Kuldip Singh. This was an effort to discredit Kuldip Singh's testimony and undermine Mrs. Khalra's case against the government. Even the Punjab DGP said that the matter was investigated by the crime branch, which found the case untenable. Kuldip Singh is now under the protection of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) because he fears liquidation by officials of the Punjab police.
The National Human Rights Commission has looked into the secret cremations, but has narrowed its efforts to merely establishing the identity of the individuals who were secretly cremated in three crematoria in the Amritsar district of Punjab alone. It has rejected cases from other districts and has ignored the intentional violations of human rights perpetrated by India?s security forces. For more than a decade, the commission has failed to independently investigate a single case and explicitly refuses to identify any responsible officials. This is only one of many cases in which the government refuses to hold anyone accountable. Such a policy only encourages more atrocities.
The human-rights organization Sikhs for Justice reports on the various commissions set up to investigate human-rights abuses. It is a shocking litany of cover-up and complicity in terrorism.
The Jain Banerjee Committee, headed by Justice M.L. Jain, former judge of the Delhi High Court, and Mr. A.K. Banerjee, a retired Inspector General of Police, recommended registration of cases against Sajjan Kumar, a former government official. Kumar?s co-accused, Brahmanand Gupta, filed a writ petition and obtained a stay against the committee. The high court in 1989 quashed the appointment of this committee.
The Narula Committee, appointed by the Madan Lal Khurana government in Delhi in 1993, recommended the registration of cases against Mr. Kumar, former Member of Parliament Jagdish Tytler, and H.K.L. Bhagat, all government officials implicated in atrocities such as the Delhi massacre of Sikhs in November 1984, among others. The Nanavati Commission, headed by retired Justice G.T. Nanavati, also recommended charges against Kumar, Tytler, and Bhagat for ?leading the mob to violence.? (At the same time, the state-run television and radio were exhorting the mobs to kill more Sikhs.) The Nanavati Commission also held police commissioner S.C. Tandon directly responsible for ?the 1984 State Sponsored Sikh Genocide.? However, the Nanavati Commission failed to state clearly the role of Tytler, Kumar, and Bhagat.
In 1985, the Dhillon Committee, headed by Sardar Gurdial Singh Dhillon, recommended that since all insurance companies are nationalized in India, the government should direct the companies to pay compensation to the businesses destroyed in the Delhi massacres. These claims were all denied. The Kapur Mittal Committee, which convened in 1987, recommended the dismissal of 30 of 72 police officers in connection with the Delhi Massacre. (It should be noted that Sikh police officers were locked in their barracks to prevent them from intervening.) To date, not a single police officer has faced any kind of charges in connection with the massacre.
Several years ago, the New York Post reported that a Sikh man who had been listed as having been killed in an encounter sued the Indian government to force them to declare them alive. Who was killed in place of this man? Why wasn?t he properly identified and why weren?t this person?s remains ever turned over to his family?
Kanwar Singh Dhami was a onetime ?militant? who was hauled out by former Punjab DGP K.P.S. Gill at a press conference. During his remarks, Dhami exposed the Indian government?s own involvement in the ?militancy.? Gill?s men had to forcibly stop Dhami from talking.
Some of the Indian government?s atrocities include the killings of 6 Sikhs in Kashmir in February, 2001; beheading of a Sikh in Kashmir in March, 2001; destruction of 6 Mosques in Kanpur, U P, and Bhilwara (Asind), Rajasthan.
In 1998, police picked up Kashmira Singh of the village of Khudal Kalan in Mansa district on the pretext of investigating a theft. They tortured him for 15 days by rolling logs over his legs, submerging him in a tub of water, cutting his thighs with a blade and stuffing red peppers into the wounds. Then the police claimed that Kashmira Singh had escaped from the police station and they arrested his elderly father and a minor brother. They, too, are being tortured. The villagers are afraid that Kashmira Singh was killed during the torture and that his body was disposed of as usual.
After Mohinder Singh?s son Jugraj Singh was killed in an alleged faked armed encounter between security forces and separatists in January 1995, he pursued numerous avenues of justice. He brought his case before the Punjab & Haryana High Court and the CBI Special Court, but no police officer was charged. A CBI investigation found that Jugraj Singh had been killed and cremated by the police. However, 11 years and a few inquiry reports later, the CBI court ended Mohinder Singh?s pursuit for accountability by dismissing his case in 2006.
Police official Swaran Singh Ghotna killed Sardar Gurdev Singh Kaunke, a Jathedar of the Akal Takht, and has never been brought to justice. The driver for Sikh religious leader Baba Charan Singh was killed when his legs were tied to two jeeps which then drove off in different directions, tearing him in half. Swaran Singh Ghotna is still walking around free while people who hoist the Sikh flag are charged and arrested.
It is very important to note that because bodies are not returned, and no valid death certificate is ever issued, there is no confirmation that Sikhs who are reportedly killed are actually dead. These Sikhs must be considered disappeared until they can be positively identified as being killed.
Even with more recent disappearances there is an additional alarming trend, police regularly deny picking up an individual in the first place thereby bypassing the judicial system altogether. Sikh families are left with the fear and frustration of having their loved ones very abduction denied.
The patterns of these abductions are virtually the same wherever they occur in Punjab, Khalistan. Sikhs are either arrested openly, or a special squad is dispatched which raids the person's residence in the middle of the night. The person is handcuffed and taken to normal police headquarters or special interrogation centers set up in the 80's for the sole purpose of torture. Police methods include:
Rolling heavy wooden or iron rods along the victim's thighs rupturing the muscles.
Electrical shocks in sensitive areas, including genitalia.
Rape if the victim is female.
Hanging the victim upside down or by the hands until consciousness is lost.
Beating at the bottom of the victim's feet with hard blunt wooden staffs, and thick leather cudgels.
Stretching the victim's limbs.
Inserting an iron bar in the rectum and heating it up electrically. This causes tremendous pain and damage, but shows no exterior evidence of torture.
As you know, a battery of Draconian laws were issued throughout the 80's which, in addition to the cash bounty system, give the security forces shoot-to-kill powers with immunity from prosecution. These laws also give security forces broad detention powers.
Prisoners have been routinely given electric shock, had heavy wooden rods rolled over their legs, and otherwise tortured. Other common methods of torture include electric shock, severe beatings, suspension by the feet or hands, spreading the legs apart, sexual molestation, and burning with heated objects.
On August 22, 2007 in Jalandhar, Dal Khalsa held a seminar and issued a 60-point charge sheet against the Indian regime for its ongoing repression against the Sikh Nation. It covers the history of the Sikh Nation?s relationship with India over the 60 years that India has been independent. In this report, they found that ?The last 60 years have been tumultuous years of denial, torment, torture, mayhem, destruction, vandalism and death.? They reported that ?Independent India has killed more of its citizens struggling for political rights than British India killed during its regime to perpetuate its rule. All nationalities annexed to India since 1947 are living a life of ignominy and suppression. Their religious ethos and cultural identity is on the verge of assimilation in the vast pantheon of Indianism.?
Dal Khalsa issued a charge sheet against the Indian government, containing 60 specific charges against the Indian government. I do not have time or space to include them all, but they are a litany of India?s suppression, abuse, and tyranny against the Sikh Nation. And yet, it does not cover all the abuses of the Sikh Nation by the Indian regime. Such a complete catalogue would go on for many more pages.
The report is on their website, www.dalkhalsa.com and comments on it, as well as much other material documenting India?s abuse of the Sikhs and other minorities, can be found on the Council of Khalistan?s website, www.khalistan.com. Also, the London Institute of South Asia is publishing a book that includes the report.
The Akali Government does not merely condone abductions and disappearances by Punjab security personnel, the Government actively shields such conduct from public scrutiny by reminding the world that the government is run by an indigenous Sikh party (the Akalis) and they therefore must be respectful of the human rights of their own people.
Yet the Chief Minister of Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal, refuses to let his government investigate these disappearances and mass cremations. He proudly boasts that his government has not taken action against any police officer.
Even women have not been spared. Many Sikh women were also the target of the bloodthirsty Indian Security forces. Sikh women were ruthlessly tortured, not only physically but also mentally. They were used as tools to force the surrender of Sikh men who were their relatives and also as a means of humiliating families. Rape is used as an interrogation tool in ?the world?s largest democracy.? A senior army official threatened that the soldiers would bring the Sikh women to their army camps, rape them, and ?breed a new race.?
The paramilitary forces use torture routinely. Political prisoners are subjected to brutal torture, in violation of several international agreements. This torture is justified in the name of national security and the ?territorial integrity? of India, a multinational state that is destined to fall apart like Austria-Hungary and the Soviet Union.
Every morning and evening, Sikhs recite the dohera (couplet) ?Raj Kare Ga Khalsa,? which means ?the Khalsa shall rule,? after Ardas (prayers.) We have done so since before the Sikhs established their own rule in the 1700s. In Punjab under the Akali Dal government, the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) recently banned this dohera from the Gurdwaras there. Sikhs worldwide continue to recite it; I call on the Sikhs in Punjab to continue doing so.
If Chief Minister Badal or SGPC chief Makkar comes out of Punjab to the West, they will be forced to recite this. How can they prohibit it in Punjab? This insult to the Sikh religion makes it very clear that Mr. Badal and his allies are in cahoots with the BJP and other fanatic Hindu organizations to destroy Sikhism and absorb it into Hinduism. What a shame for Badal and what a shame for the Akali Dal, which was supposed to be the party protecting Sikh rights and identity. They will go down in history as traitors to the Sikh Nation and willing accomplices in the ethnic cleansing of the Sikh Nation by militant Hindu nationalists. I appeal to the Akal Takht Jathedar, Joginder Singh Vedanti, to declare them Tankhaya and expel them from the Sikh religion.
What has happened to the Sikhs is bad enough. If it were the full extent of India?s terrorism and tyranny, that would be reason enough to condemn them. Unfortunately, Sikhs have not been the only victims.
Christians have suffered a wave of violence at the hands of India ever since Christmas 1998. There have been many reports of priests being murdered and nuns being raped. At least one nun was even made to drink her own urine. Christian churches have been burned. Christian schools and prayer halls have been attacked.
According to the Christian Post, such attacks are increasing. According to the Global Council of Indian Christians, the state of Karnataka alone has registered 87 such cases in 20 months. That is just one state.
There have been numerous attacks on Christian worship services in which people have been beaten. Many of these attacks have occurred inside homes in the places of worship of Christians while people were worshipping within the privacy of their homes and churches.
In one such case near the village of Barakhama, 415 of 450 homes belonging to Christians have been burned to the ground. The police, in many cases, refuse to either file FIRs or pursue the matter with seriousness. In many instances, cases have been booked against the victims.
Missionary Joseph Cooper was beaten so severely he had to spend a week in an Indian hospital ? after which the government kindly threw him out of the country. No one has been brought to justice for the beating of Joseph Cooper, and only one flunky has been brought to account for the Staines murder.
The Christian Post reported that in December 2005, three Christians were beaten up while distributing religious tracts. This parallels the legal problems that have beset Rajiv Singh Randhawa, the sole witness to the kidnapping of Jaswant Singh Khalra, who, among other things, has been arrested for trying to hand a piece of paper to the British Foreign Secretary.
After attacks on Christians on January 24, 2001, Father Dominic Immanuel went on record thanking Sikhs for protecting the Christians.
A few years ago, two church workers and a teenage boy were shot at while they prayed. The boy was injured. Two Christian missionaries were beaten with iron rods while they rode their bicycles home. A Christian cemetery in Port Blair was vandalized.
The violent, Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), which was founded in support of the Fascist movement, published a booklet detailing how to file false criminal cases against Christians and other religious minorities. The RSS objects to the presence of missionaries in India.
The police even broke up a Christian religious festival with gunfire!
Several states have enacted laws prohibiting conversions to any religion other than Hinduism. Under these laws, if one wanted to convert and take baptism, one was legally required to get permission from the government. This is a violation of the basic right of freedom of religion and freedom of association.
Kashmir is a killing field where over 700,000 Indian troops carry out murders, torture, and other atrocities on a regular basis with impunity. This is in addition to half a million troops stationed in Punjab? a pretty neat trick, since India says its army only numbers a little less than a million soldiers. India refuses to allow Amnesty International, the Red Cross, or other organizations to operate in these troubled areas.
A Dalit constable was stoned to death after he entered a temple on a rainy day. A Dalit girl was blinded by her teacher for drinking water out of the common pitcher. Dalits are treated as subhuman even though they are Hindu. Dalits are denied land and forced to work in horrible conditions. They are routinely abused by higher castes with impunity. Dalit girls are routinely sold into sex slavery.
Perhaps this is why Dalits in extremely large numbers are converting to Christianity, to Buddhism, to Sikhism, and to other religions that do not recognize the caste system. That, in turn, is helping to fuel the laws being passed throughout India that prohibit anyone from converting to any religion other than Hinduism.
Most Dalits live in extreme poverty. In India, half the population lives below the international poverty line and 40 percent live on less than two dollars per day.
According to former U.S. Representative Christopher Smith, ?India leads the world in its tolerance for sex-selection abortions and female infanticide.?
In 1948, India promised the people of Kashmir a plebiscite on their status. Kashmir was a majority-Muslim state that had a Hindu maharajah and yet he acceded to Indian rule despite the wishes of his people. On the other hand, Hyderabad, a majority Hindu state with a Muslim maharajah, was forced to accede to Indian rule when the army invaded. India promised a plebiscite on the status of Kashmir in 1948. Sixty years later, the Kashmiris are still waiting for the simple right to vote on their status.
At the time of India?s independence, the Sikhs were promised our own country, just as the Hindus received India and the Muslims received Pakistan. Sikhs made 80 percent of the sacrifices for India?s independence. The Sikhs actively participated in the Indian struggle for independence from the British. Although Sikhs were just 1.5 percent of the population, they gave over 80 percent of the sacrifices in that struggle. Of 2,125 Indians executed during the freedom struggle, more than 1,500 were Sikhs. Out of 2,645 exiled by the British, 2,147 were Sikhs. Yet as soon as India was independent, Home Minister Patel sent out a memo describing Sikhs as ?a criminal tribe? that had to be put under special watch.
Under the Indian Constitution, Sikhs are not even recognized as a religion. Article 25 of the Indian Constitution subjects Sikhs to laws written for Hindus. Sikh religious practices that contradict these rules cannot be carried out legally. Although India maintains that Sikhs are just a sect of Hinduism because Guru Nanak was born Hindu ? which is something like maintaining that Christians are just a sect of Judaism because Jesus was born Jewish ? India still treats the Sikhs as a minority and commits brutal atrocities against us.
Sikhs cannot register our marriages as Sikh marriages, a privilege accorded to other religious groups. Instead, we must register under the Hindu Marriage Act. Pakistan has enacted the Sikh Marriage Act and Sikhs can register their marriages under this act in Pakistan. What is taking ?the world?s largest democracy? so long to do the same?
India has never kept its promise of a free and fair vote, despite its claims to be the ?world?s largest democracy.? Never mind that voting would be the democratic way to settle the matter of Kashmir?s status; India can?t be bothered with a vote. That might undermine their drive for hegemony over all of South Asia.
A former Cabinet member was quoted as saying that Pakistan must be made part of India. Another was quoted as saying that everyone who lives in India must either be Hindu or be subservient to Hindus. Unfortunately, as I have shown in these remarks, this is the prevailing attitude of the Indian regime no matter who is in power. Democracies don?t commit genocide.
These acts are routinely carried out with impunity. As Brad Adams, Asia Director at Human Rights Watch, has said, ?Impunity in India has been rampant in Punjab, where security forces committed large-scale human rights violations without any accountability.? Last year, Human Rights Watch and ENSAAF issued a report on abuses in India. The report describes the impunity enjoyed by officials responsible for violations and the near total failure of India?s judicial and state institutions, from the National Human Rights Commission to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), to provide justice for victims? families.
This policy of imperialism, genocidal repression, and terrorism must not be supported by any decent nation. These are not the tactics of a secular democracy; they are the tactics of tyrants and terrorists.
Since 1993, India has also defended its human rights record by pointing to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC); a Commission set up under pressure by the international community. Like any effective organization, the NHRC cannot operate without power, resources and credibility. The NHRC has none of these attributes.
The NHRC has no power to directly investigate human rights violations and no jurisdiction over violations committed by the security and military forces. The NHRC has no power to prosecute violators or compensate victims. Also, there is a one-year statute of limitations based on when the crime was committed. Thus, you could only bring forth killings within a year after they allegedly occurred. Therefore, the vast majority of Sikh killings, disappearances, rape and other violations cannot even be brought before the NHRC!
Cases filed with the NHRC are often ignored by the NHRC itself, even when human rights activists file them. The co-producer of the video documentary `Disappearances in Punjab', Ram Narayan Kumar, Convenor of the Committee for Coordination on Disappearances, Punjab, was illegally detained at Delhi airport by the Indian security and intelligence personnel on January 19 and 20, 1997. This is what happens even to Hindu Indians if they speak out against the human-rights violations in India.
In addition to its domestic reign of terror against its minorities, India has a record of supporting terrorism against its neighbors. On January 2, 2002 Tony Blankley wrote in the Washington Times that India is sponsoring cross-border terrorism in the Pakistani province of Sindh.
Indian journalist Tavleen Singh has reported in India's leading newsmagazine, India Today, that the Indian government created the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), an organization that the U.S. government has identified as a ?terrorist organization.? According to Internet journalist Justin Raimondo, former Indian Defense Minister, George Fernandes, raised money and arms for the LTTE.
The only way that the minorities are going to escape this tyranny is by achieving their independence. But India refuses to allow a simple vote on the matter. Instead, it steps up the repression any time any of the 17 freedom movements within its border seems to be gaining ground.
It is important to continue to stand for freedom in South Asia. As President Bush has said, ?Freedom is the birthright of every man, woman, and child?, and as U.S. Representative Edolphus Towns has said in Congress more than once, ?the essence of democracy is the right to self-determination.? Without that you have nothing. Without self-determination, nations, peoples, and religions perish.
It is clear that as long as India continues to rule in Punjab, Khalistan, in Kashmir, Nagaland, and the other minority nations, the repression will continue. It will not let up due to India?s determination to wipe its minorities from the face of the Earth. Only by separating from India?s tyranny can anyone in South Asia expect to live in peace, freedom, security, prosperity, and dignity.
The only way to achieve lasting peace, freedom, security, prosperity, dignity, and stability in South Asia is to allow the people of Punjab, Khalistan, of Kashmir, Nagaland, Tamil Nadu, and all the nations seeking their freedom from India to have their independence. Until such time, the atrocities of the Indian government against these and other minorities will continue unabated. I urge you to use your influence and work for freedom and the full enjoyment of human rights by everyone in the subcontinent.
Thank you for opportunity to share this message with this august body.
Parmjit Singh Sekhon
Dal Khalsa Alliance
Last Updated ( Friday, 20 June 2008 )