Sikhism, with over 30 million followers, is the world's 5th largest religion.
On January 26, 1950 Constitution of India was enforced without the consent of Sikhs who refused to sign it because Explanation II to Article 25(b) of the Constitution labels “Sikhs” as “Hindus”.
January 26, 2015 marks the 65th year of Sikhs' struggle for right to self-determination, for which Sikhs have been subjected to “Genocide" with impunity, starting from:
- June 1984, Military action against Golden Temple;
- November 1984, Organized killing of over 30,000 Sikhs; and
- 1984-98, Extra-judicial killing of over 100,000 Sikhs.
President Obama: Question PM Modi "WHY Indian constitution labels "Sikhs" as Hindus?" and raise the issues of “Sikh Genocide”; and “Sikhs’ Right to Self-determination”.
Response to Petition
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During his recent trip to India, the President discussed the importance of religious freedom and tolerance in India on January 27 during his speech at Siri Fort in New Delhi. President Obama underscored that India's success depended on the nation not being "splintered along the lines of religious faith." The President welcomed Prime Minister Modi's February 17 condemnation of religious-based violent acts, and his assurance that his government will give equal respect to all religions.
As the President said in his January 27 speech, "In both our countries, in India and in America, our diversity is our strength." We are committed to working with India to reaffirm this principle not just within our own countries but around the world.