Subject: Expel Indian High Commissioner to UK for Inciting Hate and Violence Against British Sikhs and Muslims
The Right Honourable Jeremy Hunt MP
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Sub: Expel Mrs. Ruchi Ghanashyam, High Commissioner of India to UK for Inciting Hate and Violence Against British Sikhs and Muslims
My name is __________.
I am writing to you regarding an urgent and pressing matter which warrants your immediate attention and appropriate action.
On March 9th in London, India's High Commission orchestrated to disrupt the peaceful and lawful demonstration of British Sikhs and Muslims by sending miscreants who raised hateful slogans against Sikhs and Muslims to provoke violence.
A group of British Sikhs and Muslims gathered outside Indian High Commission to protest against the increased persecution of Sikhs and Muslims in India.
After Pulwama incident, Kashmiri Muslims throughout India are being hounded, attacked and persecuted throughout India. See: https://www.ndtv.com/blog/attacks-on-kashmiris-after-pulwama-have-undone-years-of-hard-work-1997806
In the case of Sikhs, three young Sikhs have been awarded "life sentence" in India for merely carrying printed material propagating the creating of Khalistan, an independent Sikh homeland in the region of Punjab currently held by India. See: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ludhiana/3-sikh-youths-get-life-term-for-waging-war-against-state/articleshow/67876157.cms
While demonstrators were raising slogans highlighting injustice and discrimination with Sikhs and Muslims in India and in support of Khalistan, in an attempt to disrupt the peaceful and lawful protest rally, Indian High Commission in London sent several individuals who were raising hateful and provocative slogan "dastar (Sikh Turban) of slaves" and carrying offensive posters in which "420" was written with "Sikh Turban"
Honorable Secretary, Turban of "dastar" is an integral part of Sikh religious identity and the number 420 denotes to the section of Indian Penal Code which deals with "cheating, dishonesty and fraud". Calling something 420 is to imply that it is a "cheat" or "fraud". There could be hardly anything more disturbing, hurtful and provocative to Sikh sentiments than calling the "dastar" (Sikhs Turban) as "420".
The miscreants sent by Indian High Commission when countered by the participants of the Sikh-Muslim rally ran and hid in their safe house - the High Commission of India, in the plane sight of the police and everyone around.
Mr. Secretary, sending miscreants by the High Commission of India is a serious violation in many ways.
First and foremost, it infringed upon the right of UK Citizens to peacefully assemble, gather and demonstrate on any issue. By targeting the Muslims and Sikh turban (dastar), the action of Indian High Commission also provoked hate, violence and discrimination against British Sikhs and Muslims on the basis of religion.
Last but not least, the March 9 actions of Indian High Commission also violated the provisions of Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961 which governs the conduct of diplomats, foreign officials and diplomatic missions. Article 41.1 of the Convention provides that it is the duty of every diplomat "to respect the laws and regulations of the receiving State. They also have a duty not to interfere in the internal affairs of that State". Thus, the March 9th action of Indian High Commission was clearly a violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961.
Article 9 of the Vienna Convention provides that a host state may at any time "notify the sending State that the head of the mission or any member of the diplomatic staff of the mission is persona non grata".
I urge the United Kingdom to declare Mrs Ruchi Ghanashyam, High Commissioner of India to UK as "persona non grata" and expel her for inciting hate and violence against British Sikhs and Muslims.