Chandigarh: Expressing serious concern and anguish at the reported abuse of another Sikh in the United States, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday urged the Indian government to take up the issue of security of Indians in America with the Trump administration on priority.
The Chief Minister told the White House that there was no place for such intolerance in a democracy, and the Trump government should take stringent steps to check such incidents.
“Shocked as another Sikh abused in the US, no place for such intolerance in a democracy @WhiteHouse @realDonaldTrump,” Captain Amarinder tweeted his request to US President. He followed it up with another tweet, saying: “Indians, Sikhs in US are not feeling safe, please take up their security with @realDonaldTrump on priority @narendramodi ji @SushmaSwaraj ji.”
The Chief Minister, who has been seriously concerned over the frequent racial assaults and abuse of Sikhs living in America in recent months, said later in a statement that the governments in both the US and India needed to address the issue urgently.
Urging the Indian government to discuss the matter of security of Indians, and Sikhs in particular, with the US government, the Chief Minister said the two countries needed to collaborate to ensure the safety of the Indians through all possible measures.
Captain Amarinder stressed the need for sensitizing the people of the US on the Sikh cultural identity and their contribution to global economic development and progress. With many of the racist attacks traced to mistaken identity, as a result of Sikhs being taken to be Muslim fundamentalists, it is important that awareness about Sikh identity be created among the Americans by the Trump government, he added.
The Chief Minister called upon US President Donald Trump to be sensitive to the concerns of India in this matter as the two countries were the world’s leading democracies, which needed to work together to promote the value of equality and tolerance.