(DSU News Bureau) UNESCO representative Kishore Rao responded to Sikh Council UK inquiry into whether UNESCO has received any application on Sri Harmandir Sahib being considered a heritage site.

In the letter, the British Sikh Council UK wrote to UNESCO, they specifically asked whether any consideration was taking place and whether any application was received.

Kishore Rao of UNESCO responded by stating “There is no consideration and no application.”

However, the letter written by Kishore Rao does mention that an application was submitted in 2004 and “is included in the tentative list since 2004.” The statement seems to imply that at a future time Sri Harmandir Sahib could still be considered by UNESCO. The correct action by UNESCO is a complete withdrawal of consideration.

Sikh worldwide have signed a petition asking UNESCO to withdraw consideration of Sri Harmandir Sahib as a UNESCO heritage site. The petition has received over 16,000 signatures and is being widely shared.

A further research into the matter reveals the Government of India did submit an application in 2004 and hasn’t withdrawn it. This can be accessed on the official UNESCO Site: Ministry of Environment of Forests, Government of India Application of Sri Harmandir Sahib as a Heritage site. 

Email exchange between British Sikh Council and UNESCO
Email exchange between British Sikh Council and UNESCO
Official letter by UNESCO
Official letter by UNESCO

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