Never forget the 1984 Sikh Genocide.
The 1984 Sikh Genocide, in which thousands of innocent Sikh men, women, and children were brutally attacked and murdered across India, was one of the darkest chapters in modern Indian history.
The attacks were not spontaneous but systematically orchestrated and carried out under the guidance of members of the ruling Congress Party of India.
It is for that reason we are deeply disappointed that both Prime Minister Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford did not commemorate the 1984 Sikh Genocide with statements.
The 1984 Sikh Genocide matters to Sikh Canadians and human rights activists around the world, including India.
Canada can play an important role in achieving truth and reconciliation for the victims of the 1984 Sikh genocide by encouraging India to prosecute those responsible.
Canada has not been shy in calling out human rights violations in other parts of the world, something that we Canadians are incredibly proud of.
We fail to understand why Prime Minister Trudeau was able to issue a statement in 2014 but has not done so since becoming Prime Minister.
Similarly, the Ontario Legislature recognized the 1984 Sikh Genocide through a motion that was supported by the PC Party just last year. It is disappointing that neither Premier Ford nor any member of his caucus issued a statement to mark this tragic event.
The silence from our leaders on the Sikh Genocide is deafening, and Sikh Canadians are watching.
Jaskaran Singh Sandhu