has recommended review cases against NRI Sikhs during Punjab turmoil
NEW DELHI, Oct. 11, 2008
For bringing Non-resident Indian (NRI) Sikhs back into the mainstream
of the country, the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has
asked for review of the cases.
The cases lodged against the community members for supporting extremist
groups in the eighties during the terrorism period in Punjab.
In a report sent to the Union government, the NCM has recommended
“their cases should be reviewed favourably on individual basis
if their antecedents are good and they are not involved in any anti-national
It noted that some of the Sikh migrants joined the terrorist groups
and terrorist camps after Operation Blue Star and anti-Sikh riots
in 1984. They were exploited and used against the Indian government,
As the government of India has put names of such people in the
blacklist, they are unable to get Indian visa and passports. “Now
they have realised their faults and want to come back to India,
in the main stream,” the NCW said. The NCM prepared the report
after holding meetings with the Sikh community members at different
places in UK. It said many of the blacklisted NRI Sikhs are willing
to come to India but they are not doing so fearing arrest.
The NCM has also recommended that Indian Embassies in UK, Canada,
Australia, Germany, France and other European countries abroad should
have a closer relationship with Sikhs, where their population is
in large numbers.
“Our High Commissi-oners should also propagate the true picture
of the government of India and its secular credentials. There are
many misgivings among other minorities there regarding the Indian
government’s minority welfare measures,” it said.
The Commission recommended to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs
that the problem of Afghan National of Indian origin should be dealt
in a most sympathetic manner and if necessary in relaxation of the
provision of the foreigners act. Govt. of India may give amnesty
to all of them in so far as Passports and other documents are concerned.
The Afghan Hindu, Sikhs welfare society, C-128, Greater Kailash-I,
New Delhi may be considered as representative organization of Afghan
refugees of Indian Origin and they may be authorized to authenticate
the names of all the refugees.
- The Commission recommended to the Govt. of Himachal Pradesh
(i) adequate arrangement for facilitating teaching of Punjabi
language at Paonta Sahib.
(ii) to take proper measures to safeguard the Sardar Sobha
Singh Art Gallery at Andretta near Palan Pur and make it a Tourist