WITH the information going public that the Special Air Service (SAS) of United Kingdom was involved in planning the invasion of Golden Temple in 1984, “Sikhs For Justice” (SFJ), an international human rights group with the support of Sikh groups across world, announced on Monday that the British Parliament should immediately pass a resolution that the action of then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of colluding with then-Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to attack the holiest Sikh shrine was wrong.
The demand to pass the resolution in the British Parliament is being supported by Sikh organizations from Punjab, the UK, the United States, Canada, Australia, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.
Attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal advisor to SFJ, noted that former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had said: “British people are highly indebted and obliged to Sikhs for a long time. I know that within this century we needed their help twice and they did help us very well. As a result of their timely help, we are today able to live with honor, dignity, and independence.”
Pannun added that unfortunately when the Sikh nation needed the United Kingdom’s help, Thatcher betrayed their interests and assisted Indira Gandhi in planning the invasion of Harmandir Sahib by the Indian army. The British Parliament must publicly acknowledge with a resolution that the assistance afforded to the Indians in 1984 and the participation of SAS Officers was wrong, he said.
According to Jatinder Singh Grewal, International Policy Director, SFJ, Canada, the participation of British forces in planning invasion of Golden Temple with the Indian army exposes Indira Gandhi’s nefarious design to suppress the voices of Sikh sovereignty by involving world powers.
SFJ announced that rallies will be held in the U.S., Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Australia, New Zealand in the month of February to mark the 30th year of the UK’s collusion with the Indian government to attack the Golden Temple and to push for a resolution in British Parliament declaring that Thatcher’s action was wrong.