Take no cognizance of fringe elements that spread hate: MEA on Canada gurdwaras banning entry of Indian officials

In recent years, the Indian High Commission in Canada has been making attempts to improve ties with the Sikh diaspora there, which had been affected since Operation Blue Star in 1984.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 11, 2018 7:41 pm
Unaware about fringe elements that spread hate and disharmony: MEA on Gurudwara's banning entry of Indian officials  MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar addressing a press conference said in the December 26 meeting, the focus of talks between the two countries was cross-border terror. (Source: ANI photo)

In the wake of gurdwaras in Canada and US barring the entry of Indian officials, the Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said a majority of Sikhs around the world want better relations with India and insisted that New Delhi has taken no cognisance of fringe elements that spread hate and disharmony.

“Majority of Sikhs in Canada and other parts of the world share warm relations with India and they want better relations with India and their country of residence. We take no cognizance of fringe elements that spread hate and disharmony,” MEA was quoted as saying by ANI.

Days after 14 gurdwaras in Canada’s Ontario province imposed a ban on the entry of Indian government representatives, more gurdwara management committees in Canada and the US had followed suit and barred Indian officials, RSS and Shiv Sena members from entering gurudwaras under their control.

However, there will be no ban on any Indian official paying a personal visit to any gurdwara run by these committees.

An announcement in this regard was made on Sunday at New York’s Gurdwara Sikh Cultural Society right after a religious congregation organised to observe the death anniversary of Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh, who were given death penalties for killing former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. READ | 16 more gurdwaras in Canada, 96 in US ban entry of Indian officials

In recent years, the Indian High Commission in Canada has been making attempts to improve ties with the Sikh diaspora there, which had been affected after Operation Blue Star in 1984.

The latest development has come as a setback to these efforts. A series of meetings were held by these committees since December 9 before taking the final call.

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  1. Vish Subramanyam
    Jan 11, 2018 at 8:46 pm
    What an ungrateful act by these so called Sikh Organisations, who are a shame to their name. This act after PM Modi announced lifting all restrictions on visits to India, which were imposed on some after suspicions of anti-Indian activities.
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    1. Tharanath Akula
      Jan 11, 2018 at 7:26 pm
      They are no longer indian citizens and even if they return to india life will be miserable because of the new rules that prohibit them to get AAdhar card etc., Why do you want to disturb the tranquility they are now enjoying in the country of their adoption. So it looks that MEA has no other business and to get engaged they are meddling into the affairs of Sikhs abroad. MEA and the GOI should well be aware that trying to spread Ghar Wapsi will not work. you can visit as a guest and they have no objections but if you come with an agenda you will be brewing trouble. Just keep off.
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