The Hush Post: Holding the Indian government responsible for the June 1984 military entry in Sri Harmandar Sahib (Golden Temple) 34 years ago, ninety six (96) gurdwaras in the United States have resolved to ban the entry of Indian officials. The claim was made by the umbrella organisations of Sikh gurdwaras in the US — the Sikh Coordination Committee East Coast (SCCEC) and American Gurdwara Parbanhak Committee (APGC).The announcement has been made with support of US-based group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ).
The resolution was read out by Himmat Singh, coordinator of SCCEC, before a Sikh gathering at a gurdwara in Richmond Hill, New York last week. “Indian government officials and any person or persons representing the interests of the Indian government, shall not be allowed to enter the US gurdwaras or to participate in any religious programmes,” the resolution reads. The ban will apply to nagar kirtans and other religious processions as well.
The resolution further says that they hold the Indian government responsible for the June 1984 military invasion of Sri Harmandar Sahib (Golden Temple) and 40 other gurdwaras, among other things.
The move comes days after 14 gurdwaras in Ontario, Canada, banned the entry of Indian diplomatic officials. The UK-based Sikh Federation has also proposed a similar ban. They, however, later clarified that Indian officials could visit the gurdwaras in their personal capacity.