Open Letter to Mayor of OakCreek
TheHonorable Steven Scaffidi
Mayor of OakCreek
8422 S.Griffin Ave.
Oak Creek,WI 53154
On behalf ofthe 28 million strong Sikh Nation and over 700,000 Sikhs in the United States,I am writing to thank you for the valiant efforts of the Oak Creek PoliceDepartment in trying to stop the murders at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. Those efforts prevented the massacre from being even worse than it was. I know it is a terrible tragedy for the City of Oak Creek, as well asthe Sikh community worldwide. We areoffended by the Indian government’s criticism of our country, blaming alleged“failed policies and a growing trend of violent incidents against religiousminorities” for the massacre. It is not the policy of this country thatgave rise to it; this terrible act is the act of one disturbed individual. We look forward to the day when events like this massacre in Milwaukee,the burning of a mosque in Missouri, and the movie theatre murders in Coloradowill no longer happen. To blame America for the violence, especiallygiven India’s record, is outrageous.
We are alsodisturbed by the burning of the American flag outside the U.S. Embassy in NewDelhi. This act should offend all Americans. This act creates avery bad impression of Sikhs. Either the persons who did that are verystupid or they are agents of the Indian government, which has killed Sikhs andother minorities by the tens of thousands.
FormerMember of Parliament Simranjit Singh Mann reports that more than a millionSikhs have been murdered by the Indian regime since 1982. The Indian governmenthas murdered more than 300,000 Christians since 1948, almost 100,000 Muslims inKashmir since 1988, 2,000 to 5,000 Muslims in Gujarat, and tens of thousands ofAssamese, Bodos, Manipuris, Tamils, Dalits, and others. The IndianSupreme Court called the Indian government’s murders of Sikhs “worse thana genocide.” The Movement Against State Repression (MASR)states that 52,268 Sikhs are being held as political prisoners in India withoutcharge or trial. In addition, a report by Amnesty International statesthat “tens of thousands” of minorities are being held as political prisoners.
In the wakeof these terrible events, we grieve together and pray for each other. Thank you again for your city’s efforts.
Dr. GurmitSingh Aulakh
ParmjitSingh Sekhon (Dakha)