Connecticut College Welcomed “1984 Sikh Genocide Memorial” removed by Otis Library.
1984 Sikh Genocide needs to be recognized at National Level –“World Sikh Parliament”
Nov 23rd 2019
Last Month due to Indian Govt. Interference and intense political pressure Otis library of Norwich had to make a difficult decision and remove Sikh historical artifacts and 1984 Sikh Genocide Memorial from library.
Sikh Genocide Memorial was first established in April 2019 by Otis library while Sikh community of Connecticut was commemorating 35th year of June 1984 Attack on Darbar Sahib(Sikh Holiest Shrine) by Indian Govt.
Memorial had Sikh Plaque to commemorate loss of life during 1984 Sikh Genocide along with Sikh Flag and Portrait of Sikh Martyr.
Sikhs held event on June 1st at Otis library to honors Sikh martyrs which was even recognized by City of Norwich and State of Connecticut in which City of Norwich Mayor Peter Nystrom and State Governor Ned Lamont declared June 1st as Sikh Memorial Day and Month of June as Sikh Memorial Month.
Khalsa said “History is History and sometimes you cannot have balanced approach specially explaining history of 1984 Sikh Genocide.Too Bad India didn’t like the truth and even tried to suppress Sikh voices in Connecticut”.
Along with placing the Sikh Genocide Memorial In Global Commons Connecticut College also gave opportunity to members of Sikh community to come and talk on Sikh Genocide.
Students excitement about learning on Sikh Genocide was well recognized as they spend a week to do their own research which they reveled during discussion session.
Discussion sessions took place for more than 1 hr and students asked various questions on topic of June 1984 Sikh Massacre and Nov 1984 Sikh Genocide.
Students also asked questions about Sikh Homeland Khalistan (Free Punjab) and how concept of Khalistan can help stabilize economy and peace in Punjab region of South Asia.
Sheetal Chhabria, a historian of South Asia and associate professor at Connecticut College Who’s own grandfather, who was Sikh, became Hindu in the 1980s because of the anti-Sikh climate in India helped arrange this event at college for students.
Singh Coordinator of World Sikh Parliament who was instrumental in putting ban on Indian diplomats coming to Gurudwara in official capacity also joined and applauded the efforts of Connecticut College for giving Sikhs this opportunity.
Harman Kaur the young Sikh who is studying in political science major and is also Assistant General Secretary of USA region of World Sikh Parliament was also present to answer any questions that students might have.
Sikh Community hope to get opportunity to educate their federal leaders so that they can acknowledge Sikh Genocide of 1984 at federal level just like they recognized Armenian Genocide.
Sikhs of Connecticut also started Media campaign all over Connecticut to create awareness about State of Connecticut recognizing Nov 1st as “Sikh Genocide Remembrance Day” with hope to educate fellow Americans.