Who is behind Sikh Council decision to ban Indian officials

    The IS Times Newsdesk

The IS Times was tagged to an SBS Punjabi news item whereby the Supreme Council of Sikh Council of Australia issued a statement banning Indian officials from Sikh temples from using Sikh platforms for officials functions.

In a joint statement on Sunday, 20 Gurudwaras and 15 different Sikh organisations have announced a ban on “government activities” by the representatives of the Indian government in the Gurudwaras and Sikh events. This is ostensibly an anti-India move. Though several people have condemned the move on the social media, it is highly regrettable that having no truck with Indian Government officials would see them permanently stationed in Australia without any Indian visa or OCI cards.

Full SBS report can be seen at https://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/punjabi/en/article/2018/01/30/sikh-temples-australia-ban-indian-officials

In November last year, the Indian High Commissioner Dr. AM Gondane was heckled outside a Melbourne Gurudwara that turned out to be a mudslinging match and nothing more. Some pointed out that reportedly it’s some divisive forces or elements at work who do not want to see India united while some even alleged that the statement comes at the behest of Pakistan ISI. This is a serious matter and Government of India should intervene or ban such divisive people from entering India so that they do not create any problem for the Government.

The Indian High Commission in Canberra rejected the allegations.

“Indian officials outreach to all communities, associations, groups of Indian origin. There is no question of meddling in their affairs,” an official at the Indian High Commission told SBS Punjabi.  “Invitations received by Mission/ Posts are respected and reciprocated.”

The SBS report further says that it is also banning organisations like the Rashtriya Swyamswak Sangh (RSS), Shiv Sena and Vishva Hindu Parishad.

The question comes to mind is that is the move by Sikh bodies triggered by the Hindu Council trying to intrude into the official R-Day function at the Consulate General office in Sydney for showing no respect for a national event?

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Ashok Kumar is an accomplished journalist with over 38 years of experience in the profession in various capacities. He was a sub-editor in Patriot and later Chief Sub-editor in The Hindustan Times, New Delhi. He has several published articles and reports in Patriot and HT. Published reports in The Blacktown Sun in Sydney. He had also been a tutor in journalism in the University of Western Sydney. He is currently Editor at The Indian Sub-continent Times, Sydney.

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