New Jersey Senate passes resolution recognizing 1984 Sikh genocide

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January 11, 2022 | By the Sikh Siyasat Office

New Jersey, United States: The New Jersey Senate passed a resolution recognizing the fact of the “Sikh Genocide of 1984”. Senate Resolution Number 142 was introduced to the Senate by Senator Stephen M. Sweeney on January 6, 2022. It was passed by voice vote on January 10, 2022. The resolution condemns the anti-Sikh violence of November 1984 in India as a “Genocide”.

It should be noted that similar resolutions have been adopted by authorities in the states of California, Connecticut and Pennsylvania in the United States. The Delhi State Assembly in India also passed a motion recognizing the 1984 Sikh genocide. The Ontario provincial parliament also passed a motion recognizing the 1984 anti-Sikh violence in India. was “genocide”.

A copy of resolution (adopted by the New Jersey Senate) and introduction declaration (which was released when the resolution was presented to the Senate), reads as follows:


SENATE RESOLUTION No. 142

NEW JERSEY STATE
219th PARLIAMENT

INTRODUCED JANUARY 6, 2022

Sponsored by:
Senator STEPHEN M. SWEENEY
District 3 (Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem)

SYNOPSIS
Condemns the November 1984 anti-Sikh violence in India as genocide.

CURRENT VERSION OF THE TEXT
As presented.

A Senate resolution condemning the November 1984 anti-Sikh violence in India as genocide.

Whereas the Sikh community, originally from Punjab, India, and began immigrating to the United States over 100 years ago, has played an important role in the development of the United States and New Jersey; and

Whereas Sikhism is the fifth largest religion in the world with nearly 30 million adherents, of which approximately 1,000,000 are in the United States; and

Whereas the Sikh genocide began on November 1, 1984, after the assassination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in the territory of the capital Delhi and in the states of Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Orissa, Jammu and Kashmir, Chhattisgarh, Tripura, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Maharashtra; and

Whereas the Sikh genocide lasted three days and more than 30,000 Sikhs were brutally murdered while being chased into their homes, where they were torn to pieces and burned alive; and

Whereas, on April 16, 2015, the California State Assembly unanimously adopted Simultaneous Assembly Resolution 34, which recognized the systematic and organized killings of Sikhs by the Indian government in Delhi and commemorated those who lost their lives in the 1984 Sikh genocide; and

Whereas, on October 17, 2018, the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania unanimously adopted House Resolution HR-1160 declaring the anti-Sikh violence of November 1984 to be genocide; and

Whereas eyewitnesses, journalists and human rights activists have gathered evidence showing that the government and law enforcement officials organized, participated and failed to intervene to prevent killings by direct and indirect means; and

Whereas, as recently as 2011, mass graves were discovered in the villages of Hondh Chillar and Pataudi in Haryana, and many more will continue to be discovered in the future with government officials Indian and police flout impunity; and

Whereas the ‘Widows Colony’, the Tilak Vihar neighborhood of New Delhi, is still home to thousands of Sikh women, who were forced to endure mass rape and witness the hacking, arson and murder of their husbands, fathers and sons, and who always demand justice against the guilty; and

Whereas many survivors of the Sikh genocide eventually immigrated to the United States and established large Sikh communities in places such as Fresno, Yuba City, Stockton, Fremont, Glenrock, Pine Hill, Carteret, New York City and Philadelphia, between other places; and

Whereas the Sikh community in the United States and New Jersey have recovered from the material damage of the genocide as they continue to keep the memory of those killed alive and will never forget the Sikh genocide; and

Whereas, the recognition of the state sponsored violence that targeted Sikhs across India in 1984 is an important and historic step towards justice, accountability and reconciliation, which should set an example for other governments ; so now,

Be it resolved by the New Jersey State Senate:

1. The New Jersey Senate condemns the November 1984 anti-Sikh violence in India as genocide.

2. Copies of this resolution, as filed with the Secretary of State, are transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to the President and Vice President of the United States, Majority and Minority leaders of the United States Senate. United, to the President and Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives, and each elected member of Congress of that state.


DECLARATION

This Senate resolution condemns the anti-Sikh violence of November 1984 in India as genocide.

The Sikh community, originally from Punjab, India, began immigrating to the United States over 100 years ago and have played an important role in the development of the United States and New Jersey.

The Sikh genocide began on November 1, 1984, after the assassination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. The Sikh genocide lasted for three days and over 30,000 Sikhs were brutally murdered while being chased from their homes. The ‘Widows Colony’, the Tilak Vihar neighborhood of New Delhi, is still home to thousands of Sikh women, who were forced to endure mass rape and witness the murder of their husbands, fathers and sons, and who always seek justice against the perpetrators. .

Eyewitnesses, journalists and human rights activists gathered evidence showing government and law enforcement officials organized, participated and failed to intervene to prevent killings by means direct and indirect.

Many survivors of the Sikh genocide eventually immigrated to the United States and established large Sikh communities in places such as Fresno, Yuba City, Stockton, Fremont, Glenrock, Pine Hill, Carteret, New York and Philadelphia. The Sikh community in the United States and New Jersey have recovered from the material damage of the genocide as they continue to keep the memory of those killed alive and will never forget the Sikh genocide.

This resolution recognizes and condemns the state sponsored violence that targeted Sikhs across India in 1984, an important and historic step towards justice, accountability and reconciliation, which should set an example for other governments.













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