Sikhs around the world commemorated the 37th anniversary of “Khalistan’s Declaration of Independence” on 29 April this year. The declaration was made in 1986 after the Sikh nation decided it was the only solution to resist the ongoing exploitation and looting of Punjab’s resources, the denial and deconstruction of the Sikh identity and the Indian state’s genocidal campaign to wipe out the Sikh Nation.
This sentiment was manifested in the resolutions passed by the Sarbat Khalsa on 26 January 1986, when the congregation of over 500,000 Sikhs unanimously declared that the Sikh Nation would struggle to remove the chains of slavery from their necks. Earlier, Connecticut General Assembly offers its sincerest congratulations to the World Sikh Parliament in recognition of the 36th anniversary of the declaration of Sikh Independence. Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannu urged Sikhs to commemorate 29 April as Khalistan declaration day in solidarity with the arrest of renowned Khalistani leader ‘Waris Punjab De’ chief Amritpal Singh. Amritpal Singh openly supports the cause of independent Khalistan. He is a staunch follower of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, who started the Khalistan Movement in 1982 and was killed in Operation Blue Star in 1984 by the Indian Army. The Sikhs have not forgotten the atrocities done by Indian government against them in the past. There has been voting among Sikh community across the globe especially in Europe and North America for the establishment of Khalistan. Now Sikhs are looking forward to get independence from India and they want to maintain their own identity by having their own separate home land.
Pannu has promised to liberate Punjab through ballot and not bullet while reminding the faith of former Punjab CM and late Prime Minister of India Indra Gandhi. SFJ is organizing a referendum across the globe to get the opinion and support of the Sikh diaspora for an independent Sikh state, Khalistan. Recently, a referendum was held in some cities of Canada, the US, UK, and Australia, where the turnout was phenomenal. The Sikh diaspora refers to Indian Punjab as Indian Occupied Khalistan. Last year, on 29th May, famous Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala was reportedly murdered by RAW for airing his voice for Sikh rights and propagating for Khalistan. The rise of Hindutva, Sangh Parivar and atrocities against Sikhs have led to the revival of the Khalistan movement. The current situation can create another 1984-like situation, the consequences of which will be disastrous for the so-called secular India.