Sunday, 8 March 2015

IAIF CONDEMNS RACIAL ATTACK ON THE SIKH BOY

PRESS RELEASE -- IAIF CONDEMNS RACIAL ATTACK ON THE SIKH BOY AND APPEALS TO AUTHORITIES
 PRESS RELEASE

INDIAN AMERICAN INTELLECTUALS FORUM (IAIF)

41-67 Judge Street, Suite 5P)

Elmhurst, N.Y. 11373

Tel: (718) 478-5735/(718)  271-0453

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IAIF CONDEMNS RACIAL ATTACK ON THE SIKH BOY AND APPEALS TO AUTHORITIES TO ENSURE  SAFETY  AND SECURITY OF OUR CHILDREN


On behalf of the Indian American Intellectuals Forum (IAIF) we express our disgust, shock, anguish and pain at the racial attack on a Sikh student in Georgia.  We deeply deplore such actions.

The shocking video of the Sikh boy seen sitting in what appears to be a school bus being racially abused and called “terrorist” by other students has gone viral all over the USA and created a sense of  fear and insecurity in the minds of all our Sikh children.

Moreover, this is not the first time that such type of racial and slanderous epithets have been thrown on our Sikh brothers.  According to our information so far more than 200 incidents of mistaken identity against Sikhs have taken place.

 Sikhs are being targeted and victimized  in this country because they are confused with Islamic terrorists because of their beards and turbans.  Most Americans do not know that Sikhism originated in India.  Sikh people in India have the reputation of being peace-loving, but also extremely brave, heroic and dignified people.  In the historical past several of the Sikh gurus gave up their lives and suffered inhuman torture by the Muslims because they spoke up on behalf of Hindus.  That is why we Hindus always remember the bravery and martial spirit of the Sikhs with great affection.  The relationship between Hindus and Sikh is akin to the two arms of one body.

It is a matter of great regret that because of their attire and beard, Sikhs are mistaken for cut-throat, radical Islamists.  In fact, Sikhs have nothing to do with Islam, Middle East or Iranian people.

Hence, we request the concerned authorities to take severe deterrent action against the perpetrators of such religious / racial hate crimes.  We ask the US government to restore the positive image of Sikh people as peaceful and law-abiding  citizens.

 Very truly yours

 Narain Kataria

President

 Arish Sahani

Vice President

Photo of : Narain Kataria

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