LONDON, UK—Earlier today, a Sikh activist named Jagmeet Singh disrupted a live show in protest against lack of media coverage of the incidents in Punjab. Jagmeet Singh, a well renowned Sikh activist and a preacher born in the UK, held that international media was not covering the growing brutalities on the Sikhs who have continued protesting since past week due to cases of sacrileges of Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh scripture, in Punjab.
Jagmeet Singh was invited to speak at Sunday Morning Live show on BBC about interfaith marriages. However as the show began, he obstructed cameras and raised his voice against media blackout in Punjab. “I have to say Sikhs are being killed in Punjab and nobody is reporting it. Please report it.”
After the host Sian Williams removed Jagmeet Singh from the show, Basics of Sikhi posted –
“So disappointed by the BBC’s treatment of Jagmeet Singh on Sunday Morning Live this morning. The presenter shut down Singh and repeatedly belittled him for bringing up the issue of violence against Sikhs in Punjab.”
After the incident, a wave of tweets were seen on Twitter in support of Jagmeet Singh. Sikh Youth all over the country expressed anger over no media coverage in Punjab where 4 Sikhs have died in a week. The hashtag #JagmeetSingh was used widely by Sikhs all over the UK in support of the youth who was kicked out of the debate.
Jagjit Singh, another renowned Sikh speaker from Bradford, UK, posted in support of Jagmeet Singh –
Although some may criticize his actions as inappropriate, personally what I see is a Singh with Panthik dard making a valid point.
Another youth blamed BBC for ignoring the plight of Sikh community in Punjab.