Criminalizing Dissent: Repression of Sikhs in Indian-Occupied Punjab

The state’s vicious military operations violently eliminated Sikh political activists, guerrillas, and their families from political discourse with impunity in the early 1990s and continues to enforce its erasure with the omnipresence of state violence. It is crucial that the recent wave of repression in the past year is understood in this context of a political conflict between two political entities rather than misrepresented as a problem of terrorism and extremism, or conversely as individual human rights issues that can be resolved through the Indian judicial system.

Sikhs, as a sovereign people, continue to resist and build institutions of sovereign self-governance and will continue to do so in multiple arenas outside the terms and conditions that the state tries to impose. As long as the Indian state continues to repress the right to self-determination and restricts the political space necessary to advocate for Khalistan, the Sikh panth will resolutely continue its movement towards sovereignty by any means necessary.

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National Sikh Youth Federation Press Office

20th June 2018, Southall U.K.