India has termed the passage of a private member’s motion in the legislative assembly of Ontario as “misguided” since it extended official recognition to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots as a genocide in India.
The Private Member’s Motion inÂ the Legislative Assembly ofÂ Ontario was moved byÂ Harinder Malhi, a Member ofÂ the Provincial Parliament ofÂ the ruling Liberal Party ofÂ Ontario.
“We have noted the passage ofÂ a Private Member’s Motion inÂ the Legislative Assembly ofÂ Ontario onÂ April 6. We reject this misguided motion which is based onÂ a limited understanding ofÂ India, its constitution, society, ethos, rule ofÂ law and judicial process,” Ministry ofÂ External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay said on Saterday.
“Our views have been conveyed toÂ the Government and political leadership inÂ Canada,” he added.
â€‹The motion byÂ Harinder Malhi, an Indian-origin politician, read, “The Legislative Assembly ofÂ Ontario should reaffirm our commitment toÂ the values we cherishÂ â€” justice, human rights and fairnessÂ â€” and condemn all forms ofÂ communal violence, hatred, hostility, prejudice, racism and intolerance inÂ India and anywhere inÂ the world, including the 1984 genocide perpetrated againstÂ Sikhs throughoutÂ India, and call onÂ all sided toÂ embrace truth, justice and reconciliation.”Â
There was mass violence all overÂ India againstÂ Sikhs soon afterÂ the assassination ofÂ then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi byÂ her Sikhs bodyguards onÂ October 31, 1984.