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USA Sikhs Aren't India's Property — India Must Apologize for Burning American Flag

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Join us to say: "USA Sikhs are not Indian property - hands off our flag!" Tell the Indian government: "Hands off the USA!"

After the horrific murder of six Sikhs at Oak Creek Wisconsin Sikh Gurdwara on August 5, activists supposedly from Indian political party Shiromani Akali Del (SAD) bizarrely responded on August 6 by burning American flags in New Delhi.

Indian Foreign Minister S. M. Krishna blamed America for the attack, saying: "The U.S. government will have to take a comprehensive look at this kind of tendency which certainly is not going to bring credit to the United States of America." Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said: "The government of India must get more actively and vigorously involved in getting the U.S. administration to address the issue in right earnest."

Why do Krishna and Badal holler about the deaths of six Sikhs in the USA but make not a peep over the systematic mass extermination of at least 25,000 innocent Sikhs in Punjab between 1984 and 1994? Why do they sit silent while Kamal Nath, who led a homicidal mob during the 1984 Pogrom in New Delhi, remains India's Urban Development Cabinet Minister? Why does Badal back Sumedh Saini as Punjab Director General of Police despite Saini's gruesome career of torturing and killing Sikhs?

Was this flag-burning spontaneous? Or was it staged by the Indian government like other crimes such as the 2001 Chittisinghpura Massacre, the 2007 Samjhauta Express bombing, and the 1982 Cow Head Incident?

The intent of this atrocity is very clearly to create more strife among different American communities. India's Akali cohorts, who've aligned with Hindu extremists in the BJP, want to provoke widespread American anger against the Sikhs to further endanger Sikh-Americans. The rabble-rousing Indian government is trying to pit one American against another to divide the USA along caste lines in the tradition of the Brahmin rulers of India. We will not let that happen!

Sikhs and all who stand in solidarity with them say, "USA Sikhs are not Indian property - hands off our flag!" Sikhs are part of America and America is part of Sikhs. If you're against America, you're against Sikhs. American flag burning is sad, stupid, and not Sikh! If India truly has sympathy for the memories of Wisconsin Sikhs Satwant Singh Kaleka, Prakash Singh, Sita Singh, Ranjit Singh, Suveg Singh, and Paramjit Kaur, then it will listen to us.

We demand:

1) An immediate investigation of the mysterious thugs who burned the American flag in New Delhi;

2) An immediate apology by India and its puppet government in Punjab to the USA's Sikh community;

3) Immediate prosecution of Kamal Nath and of Badal's Butcher, Sumedh Saini, for crimes against the Sikhs involving the torture and murder of thousands.

We also humbly request:

1) The Obama Administration take swift action to investigate attempts to use the mischievous flag-burning incident to create more civil strife in the USA;

2) The U.S. State Department demand an official apology by India to the Sikh-American community;

3) The U.S. Congress take up and press this issue and particularly seek prosecution of Kamal Nath and Sumedh Saini.

Sikh-Americans settled in the USA in 1912 because they wanted freedom. At the time, the Indian subcontinent was occupied by the British Empire. The community grew by leaps and bounds in the 1970s-1990s when the Indian government targeted Sikhs for extermination. To escape tyranny in Punjab, hundreds of thousands made their new home in the United States of America.

Sikhs share the principles which the American Revolution was based. Sikh and American values meet in an undying devotion to individual liberty, freedom of speech and religion, the right to self-defense, defense of the innocent and oppressed, and the importance of hard work, self-reliance, and personal responsibility. Sikhs cherish liberty and Sikh-Americans commit their loyalty to it.

Real Sikhs stand proudly for true justice and liberty. Please join us!

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