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New Indian govt should look into visa problem of Sikhs in US

PTI  Washington, June 18, 2014
First Published: 00:10 IST(18/6/2014) | Last Updated: 00:16 IST(18/6/2014)

India's new government should look into the issue of denial of visas to Sikhs who took political asylum in the US at the peak of militancy and in the aftermath of the 1984 riots, according to a top Sikh leader.

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Manjit Singh GK, president of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) and a leader of the Shiromani Akali Dal, which is part of the ruling NDA coalition at the Centre, told members of the Sikh community in the US that the new government was serious in resolving the issue.

"The Indian government needs to have a second look at the issue, which was a creation of the previous Congress regime. I am sure New Delhi will address the issue to the satisfaction of the large Sikh community in the US," Singh, who was here on a visit, told PTI.

Singh, who visited New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC, said this is one of the major issues of concern for the Sikh community in the US.

At a community reception for Singh, hosted by Jasdip Jesse Singh, chairman of Maryland Governor's Commission on South Asian Affairs, he was presented with a memorandum seeking a corridor from India into Pakistan till Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, 5 km from the border.

At another reception held in Rockville, Singh said promoting education and excellence should be the top priority of the community in India and abroad.

"A focused attention on the agenda of guiding our youth in the field of education will set the community on the path of a brighter future. Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee is committed to having this as our primary mission besides spreading the message of Guru Nanak. We are making sure that our students in the institutions run by the DSGMC get quality education and they aim for high positions," he said.

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