Sikhs For Justice – a Sikh advocacy group based in US is gearing up for a peaceful demonstration against the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his first official visit to Canada.
Modi will be visiting the country from April 14-16. On the final day of his tour he will be going to the Ross Street Sikh temple and Laxminarayan Hindu temple in Surrey.
Tejinder Kaur of SFJ said on Wednesday that they will be holding a rally at the Ross Street Sikh temple to register their protest against Modi whose government was responsible for the “genocide” of Muslims in Gujarat in 2002. ”It’s wrong on part of the gurdwara authorities to welcome someone like him. It goes against the tenets of Sikhism that forbids repression.” She is expecting to rope in the support of the members of other minority communities, including Christians and Muslims.
SFJ has been organizing demonstrations against visiting politicians belonging to the Congress party and Akali Dal as well. It had previously petitioned for recognizing the anti Sikh violence of 1984 as “genocide” in the US and Canadian parliaments.
The Hindu temple event in Surrey is being hosted by Hindu Sikh Forum – whose representatives also travelled to US to welcome Modi last year. The Overseas Friends of the BJP (OFBJP) is all excited to see their “beloved leader” visiting Vancouver for the first time. While responding to the planned protests against Modi, the OFBJP Vice President Praveen Goel said that in a democratic society every individual or a group has a liberty to protest.