CHANDIGARH, Punjab—Extending their solidarity with oppressed people and their cause, several Sikh organizations have decided to observe August 15 as Black Day and stage a protest across the state.
Dal Khalsa’s Kanwar Pal Singh said that Sikh activists will stage protests on Independence Day against police atrocities, political subjugation, Agri ordinances, and denial of rights including the right to self-determination to the people of Punjab in the last seven decades. He said the indiscriminate use of black laws like UAPA on Sikh activists and anti-CAA protesters has raised alarm bells among the minorities, who are already at the receiving end of the oppressor state.
He claimed that Dal Khalsa, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), and United Akali Dal, SGPC members Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, Karnail Singh Panjoli, activists of Rashtriya Muslim Morcha, Bahujan Kranti Morcha, Sikh Youth Federation Bhindrawale and Akal Federation will participate in the demonstration.
Kanwar Pal Singh told Sikh24 that activists carrying black flags and placards will hold a two-hour demonstration at 20 district headquarters. He clarified that their boycott of August 15 shouldn’t be construed as against the people but as against the fascist policies and discriminative attitude of the Modi Government.
“It has been 73 long years since India got freedom, but nothing has changed. The litany of grouses, grievances, and grudges of India against minorities grow with every passing year, in fact with every passing day. The original promises and commitments are long forgotten by the Indian leadership,” he maintained.
He said the flagrant manner in which desecration and vandalism of Guru Granth Sahib is taking place unabatedly makes Sikhs angry.
He added that Sikhs and Kashmiris were not alone in this crisis of identity in India. All the minorities, including the Dalits and Muslims, are also suffering.