TORONTO, April 7, 2017 /CNW/ - Canada India Foundation strongly objects to and rejects the private members motion brought forward in the Ontario Legislature on Thursday by Harinder Malhi, a Liberal MPP from Brampton-Springdale. What happened in Delhi and elsewhere in India in November, 1984 was very sad and very unfortunate, but to call it Genocide is so far away from the truth and will only divide the community further.
Her motion – to reaffirm the values of justice, human rights and fairness – failed to recognize the reconciliation efforts being made for over three decades. As Harinder Takhar, MPP from Mississauga-Erindale and her own party colleague pointed out that former Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh, in 2005, has already tendered an apology, not just to Sikh community, but to the entire Indian nation. Mr. Takhar also pointed out that the present Narendra Modi government has constituted a special investigation team (SIT) under monitoring of Supreme Court of India to look into serious criminal cases of 1984 and the fact that the Chief Justice of India is a revered Sikh himself.
According to Ajit Someshwar, Chair of Canada India Foundation : " It's time Indo Canadians put Canada first, stop washing their dirty laundry from India here and not allow themselves to be used by the fundamentalists and vested interest groups. " Anil Shah, National Convenor of Canada India Foundation agrees : " it's time to unite, not divide ".
Punjabi community has made immense contributions to both India and Canada, including Ontario. Such ill-conceived and misguided political misadventures will neither stop India from marching ahead, nor be able to re-ignite the flames again. We can not re-write history, but we can certainly learn from it and work towards a better future for all. The efforts made by wise leaders in both countries to bring the two vibrant democracies together is in the mutual interest of both Canada and India and can not be held hostage to the incidents and events of the past. Pitting people against people, communities against communities and dividing us for short term political gains will no longer be accepted by people in either country.
Canada India Foundation is a registered, not for profit public policy organization, established in 2007 to enhance Canada-India bilateral relations and to promote deserving Indo-Canadians in the political processes of Canada.
SOURCE Canada India Foundation
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