- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 30, 1999

Sikhs got a bad rap in article on hijackers

We wish to inform you that the entire Sikh community of the Washington metropolitan area is offended and angered by your recent coverage of the hijacking of the Indian Airlines plane ("Hijackers pirate Indian jetliner," Dec. 25). Instead of finding the facts patiently and professionally, your paper has blamed Sikh militants for hijacking the plane, when the truth is to the contrary. It is a well-known fact that there was no involvement of the Sikhs in this incident, but the article was hasty in jumping to the faulty conclusion that Sikhs were to blame for this heinous act, which in turn has smeared the entire Sikh community.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;The article further added to this smear by saying "Militant Sikhs … have waged violent campaigns of assassinations and bombings against the Indian government in the last two decades." However, there is no mention of all the torture and genocide that has been carried out by the tyrannic Indian government against innocent Sikhs for the past 16 years. Despite all the pain, suffering, genocide and smearing at the hands of the Indian government and the media, Sikhs condemn any act of terrorism against the innocent and continue to work toward a peaceful solution for the liberation of the Sikh homeland of Khalistan.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;In reparation for this faulty coverage, which has smeared the peace-loving and law-abiding Sikh community of the Washington area and the United States, we demand an apology. We would like to continue to believe that The Washington Times is a paper that represents authentic and factual journalism and supports the values of democracy. Consider this a formal protest. The Sikh community is not going to sit quietly until this matter has been resolved.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;PARAMJIT SINGH AJRAWAT
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;Founder
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;The Antidefamation Sikh Council
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;Potomac
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;This letter was co-signed by 164 members of the Washington-area Sikh community.

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