In Indian Punjab, Sikh organizations including Shi-romani Akali Dal and Dal Khalsa have appealed to the people to hoist the Sikh flag instead of the Indian flag on the occasion of Indian Independence Day, on August 15.
The development comes in response to Narendra Modi-led fascist Indian government’s “Har Ghar Tiranga (hoisting of Indian flag on every house)” campaign from August 13 to August 15. The Sikh organizations say that Indian Minister Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demand for hoisting tricolor in every home is just arrogance and aggressive nation-alism.
Shiromani Akali Dal, Dal Khalsa and other or-ganizations appealed to the Sikh community to hoist the Nishan Sahib (the flag with the sacred symbol of Sikhs) instead of the Indian flag and insisted on showing their separate identity.
A Member of Indian Parliament from Punjab and Sikh leader Simranjit Singh Mann has also called for a boycott of the campaign to hoist the Indian flag at homes in Punjab. In a video message, he urged the Sikhs to hoist the Kesri flag at their homes on India’s Independence Day.—KMS