The Sikhs representative organization, Dal Khalsa, has called upon the community to boycott Indian Independence Day celebrations and do not recite “Indian National Anthem” as according to the organization these verses do not represent the independent stature of the Sikh community.
Dal Khalsa spokesman, Kanwar Pal Singh addressing a press conference gave a call for boycott of celebrations as there was no reason for Sikhs to celebrate August 15, the India’s Independence Day. He said the Dal Khalsa declared that the independence of Punjab was the only solution for its people to protect their distinct identity, its natural resources, social-political interests, fulfill rightful aspirations and move forward without any outside domination and fear.
He expressed concern about Punjab and declared that Punjabis were socially, ethically, culturally and political different from Indians. He said on August 15 while Indians celebrate their freedom, Sikhs will observe it as a Black Day.
He said the rulers of the country were worried about the protection of cow, but ironically they treated human beings especially dalits and minorities in an inhumane way.
He said the Kashmir and Punjab problems both were cases of the broken promises. Indian leadership has betrayed and ditched both the communities, he added.
Prominent amongst those who were present included Amrik Singh Issru, Jasbir Singh Khandur, Jagjit Singh Khosa and Paramjit Singh Tanda.