Radical Sikh organisation Dal Khalsa has urged French President Francois Hollande to impress upon the Indian leadership to “explore possibilities of amending the Constitution to give Indians of various regional identities the right to self-determination.”
The organisation has also urged Hollande to allow Sikhs in France to wear the turban.
In an e-mail to the French ambassador to India, Dal Khalsa leaders said the Republic Day, to attend which Hollande had come to India, was “a day of deceit” for the Sikhs and other minority groups of the country. They said the Indian leadership had failed to uphold the basic tenets of the Constitution.
“Sikhs are being denied the right to self-determination, for which they are struggling for decades,” the Dal Khalsa leader said.
Welcoming Hollande to Chandigarh, the radical Sikh leaders said there was a “crying need” to reopen the historic Sikh-French relationship.
“Your visit to India is directed at discussing the nuclear cooperation, terror and climate change, as reported in the media, but sidelining human and constitutional rights would be wrong,” they told Hollande through the email to the ambassador.
“Sikhs and other ethnic minorities have always banked upon the support of Western powers, including the France. Ignoring their concerns will be a huge mistake.”