During the commemoration of Babasaheb Ambedkar’s 127th birth anniversary at world’s body headquarters, a group of Sikhs protested against the atrocities committed against minority communities.
India’s Permanent Mission to UN organized a special event titled ‘Leaving no One Behind’ at the UN yesterday to celebrate Ambedkar’s 127th birth anniversary. Achim Steiner, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator delivered the keynote address at the event.
When Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin, India’s permanent representative to UN began his opening remarks at the event, a group of Sikhs stood up in the conference room and held up posters that read ‘Minorities Under Threat’ and ‘Never Forget 84’ alongside of Babri Masjid and The Golden Temple in Amritsar.
Akbaruddin remained unaffected and continued to deliver his speech. There were about 15 Sikhs in the room. They all had tied black bands on their turbans and stood silently for the entire duration of Akbaruddin’s remarks.
As soon as Akbaruddin concluded his speech, the group left the conference. Outside the room, UN Police and security personnel assembled and questioned the Sikhs, inspecting their posters and inquired whether they had valid passes to UN or nor.
The Sikhs, belonging to Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar USA and Youth Akali Dal Amritsar USA, told the security that they were protesting silently and peacefully.
One of the protesters, Sabjeet Singh of the Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar USA told PTI that Ambedkar’s vision was to ensure equality for all communities, minorities and Dalits and he had enshrined this in the Indian Constitution.
But the BJP government that has come to power in India wants to build a Hindu nation. They are committing atrocities against Sikhs, Christians, Muslims, Dalits. We are here to peacefully convey the message on behalf of all the minority communities in India that Ambedkar’s vision of equality remains unfulfilled,” he said.