Retaliating a group of Sikhs who organised a pro-Khalistan event with demonstrators chanting “Khalistan Zindabad” and waving flags, people of Indian origin on Sunday held a protest at London against the ‘Referendum 2020’.
The group organised a “We Stand With India” and “Love My India” event, a protest against the separatist rally, on ‘London Declaration on Referendum 2020’ by the Sikhs for Justice (SJF), a separatist Sikh organisation.
Speaking to The DNA India, The Former chairman of Sardar Patel Memorial Society, UK, Praveen Patel said, “We’re living in this country and they are talking about free Khalistan in India. We believe that this has been organised in conjunction with the ISI in Pakistan and Khalistanis in Canada.”
UK: People of Indian origin, living in the United Kingdom, protest against Referendum 2020 in London. pic.twitter.com/GQCfvhe2AD
— ANI (@ANI) August 12, 2018
Lord Nazir Ahmed, who organized an anti-India rally outside the Indian High Commission on Republic Day earlier this year is also a non-affiliated member of the House of Lords said, “I believe in Khalistan for my Sikh brothers and sisters,” speaking to The Hindu Business Line.
Kuldeep Shekhawat, president of the Overseas Friends of BJP (UK) also attended the rally and mentioned that it was only to send a message that India is united no matter what happens.
The rally took place at Trafalgar Square on Sunday, with supporters waving the Indian tricolour, and placards saying “India Jai Ho” and “Vande Mataram.”
“No Sikh in India has sympathy for this as Sikhs are loyal Indians. They’ve made more sacrifices for India than any other community,” SAD leader Naresh Gujral, said.
“It’s an attempt by ISI to foment trouble in Punjab. It is financed by ISI. Pak and ISI have been trying hard for a long time to create problems in Punjab. They failed in Kashmir and want to move the stage to Punjab,” he added.
With growing concerns between the Indian Ministry of External Affairs and the British Government, the latter said, people have freedom of protest and expression in the UK, and they would not encourage any violence or hatred amongst any group.
Referendum 2020 can NOT be stopped!!! pic.twitter.com/aKCs5RIWTV
— Sikhs For Justice (@sikhsforjustice) August 12, 2018
With two groups wanting the opposite things, The Indian MEA and the British Government now should look at the consequences that might come in future because of the tension that has been created. We don’t know who is behind the incident and what will happen next. Right now, all we should know is that whoever is in a pro-Khalistan movement or on the other side, they should not forget the fact that they are Indians and we should be united rather than forming groups within ourselves.