Shiromani Akali Dal raise demand for Sikh regiment in the army of USA
Press Release by DSGMC
Delegation sought simpler immigration for Sikhs from around the globe, yet with caution
Washington / 14-7-2015 A high level delegation of Shiromani Akali Dal on tour to United States of America these days in a meeting with Ms. Eileen O’Connor, Deputy Assistant Secretary , Department of State at Washington had demanded to raise a Sikh regiment in the army of USA to recognize contribution of Sikh soldiers during World War II under Dwight D. Eisenhower who commander of allied forces of Europe and later became US president.
The delegation led by SAD’s president of Delhi Unit Manjit Singh GK also president of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) suggested the US authorities that this could be the best way to recognize the contribution of Sikhs who fought for peace in the world and the move would also solve the issue identity crisis which Sikhs are victims after 9/11 incident.
SAD delegation is on tour to US on directions of SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal also deputy CM of Punjab. The delegation visited different parts of US and held meetings with NRIs from Punjab and discussed achievements of Punjab government.
“ Sikhs are infact a hardworking community contributing towards the development of US in large ways as skilled and semi skilled workers, as software experts, entrepreneurs and businessmen” GK told Ms. Eileen O’Connor.
President of DSGMC demanded to ease out the immigration for Sikhs travelling to US from all corners of globe, yet with caution so that unscrupulous element defaming India and US are checked.
He apprehended that there is an illegal immigration racket going on that is portraying the beneficiaries as asylum seekers from India exploiting Sikh sentiments for their vested interests. GK demanded an inquiry by US government against these elements.
Raising the issue of identity crisis for Sikhs in US, DSGMC General Secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa requested the Department of State to adopt latest technologies , telefilms and social media for interfaith harmony and religious acceptance including introduction of Sikh history in schools. The delegation submitted a memorandum as well during the meeting which also citied for a cultural exchange between two side and cooperation in the field of healthcare and setting up of faith schools in US.
Eileen O’ Connor thanked the delegation for visiting the Department of State and said, “US appreciates the contribution of Sikhs and values for Sikh Religion and considering the same Sikhs have been allowed to be part of the military service with their full attire including turban and will also forward the request of setting up of Sikh regiment to the concerned authorities”.
The delegation also comprised Akali leaders , Avtar Singh Hit , Kulwant Singh Baath , Gurdev Singh Bhola , Chaman Singh , Harvinder Singh KP and Puneet Chandok.