Regretting that the present constitution of India denies minorities their rights including right to self-determination as recognized under International law, Dal Khalsa has decided to organize protest demonstration on Jan 26 at Zira town.A Dal Khalsa statement reads, “As India will observe its 68th republic day, Dal Khalsa has resolved to protest against the constitutional wrongs, denials and injustices.”Party’s spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh termed Jan 26 as a day of deceit and assimilation. “The Dal Khalsa and its allied groups mainly AISSF and SYP would stage a spirited protest against Constitutional denials and discrimination.”He said, “With the adoption of present Indian Constitution, the Indian State has foisted Hindu laws on the Sikh people.” He rued that under the present Constitution various draconian laws provide security forces a license to kill a person without being held accountable.He appealed the masses to stay away from official and non-official functions of Republic Day across the state in protest. “While the government machinery celebrates this day, our appeal to the masses was to stay away from celebrations and reflect on the history of the dark shadow which this Constitution has brought over to Punjab over the past 67 years.”
Asking Sikhs to observe 26th Jan as betrayal day, he said there was no reason for Sikhs to celebrate India’s republic day. “Rather it should be a day to pledge to reinforce our efforts to break the shackles of constitutional slavery.”He however made it clear that Sikhs do not have any enmity with India or its people but their fight is with the rulers and policy makers of this country who have betrayed the Sikhs and who are a main hurdle in granting right to self-determination to our people.Slamming the present dispensation, the Sikh organization has stated that Modi led government has become more intolerant towards minorities. Dal Khalsa leader slammed New Delhi, for its flagrant violation of international riparian principles while taking full control of Punjab’s river waters.He said whilst the mainstream political parties of Punjab have started electioneering for ensuing assembly polls scheduled for Feb 4, theirs group will hold a Convention on Indian Constitution, electoral system and right to self-determination on Jan 24 in Amritsar.