Subject: Officially Commemorate November 1st as "Sikh Genocide Remembrance Day" in the memory of the victims of 1984 Anti-Sikh Violence in India
Dear Member of the Congress:
Sub: Officially Commemorate November 1st as "Sikh Genocide Remembrance Day" in the memory of the victims of 1984 Anti-Sikh Violence in India
My name is XYZ. I am writing to support the campaign of human rights advocacy group "Sikhs For Justice" (SFJ) calling upon the government of the United States of America to commemorate November 1st as "Sikh Genocide Remembrance Day" in the memory of victims of 1984 anti-Sikh violence in India.
1. November 2018 marks the 34th year of anti-Sikh genocidal violence carried out across India with complete impunity and with the clear intent to the destroy the Sikh community.
2. In the aftermath of Indira Gandhi's assassination on October 31, 1984, organized and systematic violence was unleashed against the Sikh people throughout India at the behest of the Congress party which is currently headed by Rahul Gandhi. The violence was planned with the active participation of prominent Indian politicians and carried out with the connivance of police and administration.
3. The violence against Sikhs continued unabated for several days in more than 100 cities across India resulting in over 30,000 Sikhs killed; thousands of women raped; hundreds of Gurdwaras (Sikh Temples) burnt, more than 300,000 Sikhs displaced and over 3 million affected.
4. For decades Indian government attempted to cover the gravity, scale and nature of the anti-Sikh violence of 1984 by calling it as "anti-Sikh riots of Delhi", despite clear and overwhelming evidence of the violence against Sikhs being India-wide, planned, systematic, deliberate and intentional.
5. In 2011, mass Grave of Sikhs in village Hondh-Chillar, state of Haryana was unearthed which was followed by discovery of similar startling new evidence containing mass graves, ruined villages, burnt Gurudwaras and other traces of Sikh population annihilated during November 1984 in the sates of Haryana, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.
6. Under Article 2 of the U.N. Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide 1948, genocide is defined as "attack with an intent to destroy in whole or in part, a religious or ethnic community".
7. Millions of Sikhs around the world commemorate November as a month when Sikh people were subjected to genocidal attacks in India, therefore, proclaiming November 1st as "Sikh Genocide Remembrance Day" is a just demand of the Sikh community which is widely being honored by the communities around the world.
8. On June 01, 2018, the US State of Connecticut passed the Public Act 18-60 proclaiming the November 1st of each year to be "Sikh Genocide Remembrance Day". In addition, Province of Ontario, Canada, US State of California and scores of other cities in the United States have passed the resolutions recognizing November 1984 anti-Sikh violence as "Genocide".
I join SFJ in calling upon the Government of the United States of America to Commemorate November 01 as "Sikh Genocide Remembrance Day" in the memory of victims of November 1984 anti-Sikh violence as it will be an important step for healing the wounds of 1984 victims and will also deter the future genocide