Condemning the reported vandalism of a gurdwara in Canada’s Calagry city, Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday urged the Modi government to come out with a comprehensive policy for the protection of Sikhs living abroad, along with their religious and other properties.
Expressing concern over the increasing incidence of intolerance against Sikhs globally, Amarinder said it reflected the gross failure of the Indian government to protect the Sikhs living in other countries. The government, he said, had not only failed to raise the issue at the proper global forums but also did not have a strong internal policy to ensure the protection of Sikhs despite the spike in such incidents since the 9/11 New York attacks.
It was imperative to take immediate steps at an official level to restore the faith of the Sikhs abroad in the Indian government, said Captain, referring to the serious erosion of confidence in the community as a result of such incidents of hatred and sacrilege.
He urged the central government to take up the latest incident with the Canadian government on priority basis and ensure that the culprits are brought to book and awarded exemplary punishment to act as a deterrent to similar acts of destruction of religious properties in the future.
The message needs to go out that the Sikh community living abroad is not alone and has the full backing of the Indian government, and in fact the entire nation, Captain said.