Thursday, 13 March 2014

British Involvement in Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple) Attack - Our work




Leicester’s Sikh community were left in shock when news first broke of alleged British collusion in the bloody Amritsar Massacre, which involved an Indian army attack on the Sri Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple), the faiths holiest shrine, and 6th most visited place on the planet.

The following article written by, Dabinderjit Singh, for Politics.co.uk contextualises the issue: http://www.politics.co.uk/comment-analysis/2014/01/16/the-truth-behind-the-amritsar-massacre .
Lord Singh of Wimbledon recently secured a debate in the House of Lords on Monday 3rd March, which sought to discuss how relations could be improved with the Sikh community following publication of Government documents regarding British involvement in planning the attack.
Lord Singh had opened the debate with a deeply moving account. He stated, “the first week of June will marks the 30th anniversary of the Indian Government’s attack on the Golden Temple—the Vatican of the Sikhs. The attack was deliberately timed to coincide with the martyrdom anniversary of the temple’s founder Guru Arjan, when the huge complex would be full to overflowing with pilgrims.
Amandeep Rai, a spokesperson for the Leicestershire Sikh Alliance further added, “Following the inquiry by Sir Jeremy Heywood, prominent Sikh organisations unanimously concluded that the terms of reference and scope of the inquiry were to narrow.  
In this day and age of public mistrust in politics and dodgy dossiers, the community strongly feels that the full truth can only be illuminated through a public and independent judge led inquiry on the matter, especially when it surfaced that related documents were destroyed in 2009.
The community would like to thank Bishop of St Albans and Baron David Triesman for unequivocally calling for an independent public inquiry, both of whom were deputising on behalf of for The Right Reverend Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester, and Baron William Bach of Lutterworth respectively.
However, it’s unfortunate that the government gave no indications of an independent inquiry taking place or the possibility of one in the future. This stance will leave us in limbo and unable to move on from this dark chapter.”

Liaising with the Newspapers



Getting the message out on prominent TV channels - BBC1 Sunday Politics Show


Getting the message out on Radio - BBC Radio Leicester

                               http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3FYTWRLR20



Lobbying MP locally - Sangat petitioning in Gurdwara's


 
And lots more can be viewed at: www.sikhalliance.com/2012/04/media.html

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