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105TH CONGRESS – 1ST SESSION

H. CON. RES. #37

Expressing the sense of Congress that the Sikh Nation should be allowed to exercise the right of national self-determination in their homeland, Punjab, Khalistan.
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IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Mr. CONDIT of California, for himself and

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CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

Expressing the sense of Congress that the Sikh Nation should be allowed to exercise the right of national self-determination in their homeland, Punjab, Khalistan.

Whereas the Sikh Nation developed a national consciousness in the 17th century and established an independent and sovereign state in 1765;

Whereas the independent and sovereign Sikh state was recognized by other European and Asian states until conquest by the British in 1849;

Whereas the Sikh Nation was the last nation to fall to British conquest in the Indian subcontinent;

Whereas the Sikh Nation was denied resumption of its independent state when the British divided the their conquered territory between India and Pakistan;

Whereas no Sikh has ever signed, and therefore ever ratified, the Indian constitution;

Whereas the Sikh Nation reasserted the independence of its state, known as Khalistan, on October 7, 1987 and formed the Council of Khalistan naming Washington DC-based Dr. Gurmit Singh Aulakh as its President to serve as government pro tempore pending the end of Indian government occupation of Khalistan;

Whereas freedom is universally recognized as the birthright of all nations;

Whereas national self-determination is enshrined in Article 1 of the United Nations Charter;

Whereas an independent and sovereign Sikh homeland has been in the past and is now economically, militarily, and politically viable;

Whereas Khalistan remains under Indian occupation;

Whereas an independent and sovereign Khalistan will be a force for peace, leading India and Pakistan to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty;

Whereas an independent and sovereign Khalistan will serve as a buffer state between India and Pakistan;

Whereas the struggle to liberate Khalistan known as Shantmai Morcha is a peaceful and democratic one;

Whereas Sikhs are committed to the principles of freedom, justice, and democracy;

Whereas an independent and sovereign Sikh nation will help spread democracy and economic prosperity throughout all of South Asia;

Whereas an independent and sovereign Khalistan, nurtured by the Sikh tradition of democracy and justice, would be a natural ally of the United States;

and Whereas the struggle of the Sikh Nation to establish an independent Khalistan closely mirrors America’s struggle for independence and democracy:

Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring),

That it is the sense of the Congress that the Sikhs of Khalistan have the right to national self-determination in their homeland, Punjab, Khalistan;

and That it is the sense of Congress that a plebiscite should be held in Punjab, Khalistan on the question of independence, under international supervision, so that the Sikhs of Khalistan can determine their political future in a free and fair vote in accordance with international law.


Bipartisan Congressional Resolution Supports National Self-Determination in Khalistan

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 7 — Representatives Gary Condit (D-Cal.) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Cal.) yesterday introduced a bipartisan resolution, H. Con. Res. 37, “expressing the sense of the Congress that the Sikh nation should be allowed to exercise the right of national self-determination in their homeland, Punjab, Khalistan.” The resolution also states, “an internationally-supervised plebiscite should be held in Punjab, Khalistan, on the question of independence…so that the Sikhs of Khalistan can determine their political future in a free and fair vote in accordance with international law.”

The resolution is particularly well-timed in view of the recent letter from Vice President Al Gore in which he expressed concern about “the ongoing civil conflict in Khalistan.” That letter has met with “overwhelmingly positive” reaction throughout Punjab, Khalistan, according to Dr. Gurmit Singh Aulakh, President of the Council of Khalistan, who has spoken to all the major political leaders there. The Sikh Nation declared the independence of Khalistan on October 7, 1987, but Khalistan continues to be occupied by half a million Indian troops. The Council of Khalistan is the government pro tempore of Khalistan, leading the Sikh Nation’s peaceful struggle for independence.

The Sikh Nation ruled Punjab from 1710 to 1716. Then, after the genocide against the Sikh nation, Sikh rule was re-established in 1765, lasting until the British conquest of 1849. It was recognized by all the major powers of the world at the time. Since then the Sikh nation has been struggling to regain its sovereignty. No Sikh has ever signed the Indian constitution.

The resolution points out that “national self-determination is enshrined in Article 1 of the United Nations charter,” that “Khalistan remains under Indian occupation,” and that “the struggle to liberate Khalistan, known as Shantmai Morcha , is a peaceful and democratic one.”

“I thank these enlightened Congressmen for introducing this resolution,” said Dr. Aulakh. “They recognize that the principles of freedom are universal and that under a democratic cloak, India is violating these principles,” he said. “India claims that the struggle for a free Khalistan is over. If that is the case, why doesn’t ‘the world’s largest democracy’ hold a plebiscite there to decide the issue?”

India has murdered over 200,000 Sikhs from 1984 through 1993, according to the Punjab State Magistracy, which encompasses all the local judges in Punjab. Another 50,000 have been killed since then, according to the Punjab Human Rights Organization. Tens of thousands more are rotting in Indian jails without charge or trial, some since 1984.

“India’s repression merely highlights their desperation,” Dr. Aulakh noted. “They know that their brutal, oppressive, theocratic empire is doomed to fall apart, as many experts have predicted,” he added. “Note the offensive, almost violent, tone of India’s reaction to the Gore letter,” Dr. Aulakh said. “This just adds fuel to the fire of Khalistani independence. We look forward to celebrating the three hundredth anniversary of the Sikh Nation in 1999 in a sovereign, independent Khalistan.”

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