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Posted at: Apr 21, 2017, 10:03 AM; last updated: Apr 21, 2017, 10:14 PM (IST)

Indo-Canadian body slams motion declaring ’84 riots as genocide

Indo-Canadian body slams motion declaring ’84 riots as genocide
The riots had followed Indira Gandhi's assassination. Tribune file

Toronto, April 21

The National Alliance of Indo-Canadians (NAIC) has called on the Members of Provincial Parliament (MPP) of the Ontario assembly to recall and modify the M-46 motion which characterised the 1984 anti-Sikh riots as a ‘genocide’.

“The NAIC calls upon the Ontario political leadership to recall and modify the motion M-46 by removing the inaccurate use of the word genocide,” the statement published in the Canada-based publication Weekly Voice reads.

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The Indo-Canadian alliance alleged that political attempts are being made ‘to create divisions within the community for electoral gains’.

The NAIC contended that the motion was passed without required research or consultation with the Global Affairs Canada department at the federal level as it involved foreign relations.

“While the NAIC condemns the painful and tragic politically-motivated anti-Sikh riots in 1984 in India, these cannot be categorised as genocide, as stated in the motion passed in the Ontario legislature,” it said.

“It was actually a cruel pogrom, a semi-spontaneous attack on a certain group of people, like those that occurred a century ago against Jews in Russia and elsewhere,” it added.

They pointed out that the matter was examined in depth by the Indian judicial system and has upheld the law of the land by delivering justice to the affected.

“From legal perspective, the 1984 anti-Sikh riots do not qualify for the use of word genocide. A significant effort at rehabilitation and reconciliation with those affected was successfully made in India,” it said.

The organisation said the M-46 motion flies in the face of ground realities in India where Sikhs form main stream society in all spheres of national life.

“India with its rich traditions of democracy is truly a friend of Canada and is amongst the tolerant and liberal countries, being the first multi-cultural or pluralistic society of the world that practises ‘Unity in Diversity’,” it said. ANI

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