Friday, June 11, 2010

Canada / India / Delhi Massacre

Sikh MP's Motion on 1984 Riots Divides Indo-Canadians
Sify News, June 10, 2010
"Two Canadian MPs, including Punjab-born Sukh Dhaliwal, gave a notice to table a petition in the nation's parliament Wednesday asking the Canadian government to recognize the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in India as an act of genocide. But because of urgent government matters, the petition could be not [sic] tabled Wednesday. Andrew Kania, who represents the Punjabi-dominant Brampton West constituency on the outskirts of Toronto, has joined Dhaliwal in moving the petition in the House. Dhaliwal, who moved to Canada in 1984, represents another Sikh-dominant constituency of Newton-North Delta on the outskirts of Vancouver. Both the MPs, who belong to the opposition Liberal Party, say the petition has been signed by 10,000 people even as their party boss Michael Ignatieff has condemned the move.
Four other MPs, including Indo-Canadian Navdeep Bains and Gurbax Malhi, are also reportedly supporting the petition. 'The failure of successive Indian governments to bring to justice those responsible for mass revenge attacks on Sikhs after the assassination of prime minister Indira Gandhi 25 years ago is a severe blot on India's legal system and democracy,' the Globe and Mail newspaper quoted Bains as saying. The petition drew angry reaction from many quarters. 'What happened to innocent Sikhs in 1984 was tragic event for which no guilty should be spared and we have been told that the Indian government is taking steps. But the petition is a mischievous and divisive step by these individuals who want to harm the Indo-Canadian community. The petition is only to promote their own agenda,' said Indo-Canadian leader and parliamentary secretary Deepak Obhrai. ... The Canada India Foundation (CIF), which is an advocacy group for better India-Canada relations, also condemned the petition as 'calculated to inflame anti-India sentiments among the Sikh community.' [...]"

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