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Sikhs stage protest in UN on Ambedkar birth anniversary celebration

Press Trust of India  |  United Nations 

A group of Sikhs has protested against alleged atrocities perpetrated against minority communities in during the commemoration of Babasaheb Ambedkar's birth anniversary at the world body's headquarters.

to the UN had organised a special event titled Leaving No One Behind' at the UN yesterday to celebrate Ambedkar's birth anniversary. (UNDP) delivered the keynote address at the event.

As India's Permanent to the UN began his opening remarks at the event, a group of Sikhs stood up in the conference room and held up posters that read 'Minorities Under Threat' and 'Never Forget 84' alongside pictures of and the in

Akbaruddin remained unperturbed by the protest and continued to deliver his speech. The Sikhs, about 15 in number, had tied black bands on their turbans and they stood silently for the entire duration of Akbaruddin's remarks, holding up the posters for the attendees to see.

As soon as Akbaruddin concluded his remarks, the group left the conference room. Outside the room, UN police and security personnel assembled and questioned the Sikhs, inspecting their posters and inquired about whether they had permission and valid passes to enter the UN.

The Sikhs, belonging to the USA and Youth Akali Dal USA, told the security personnel that they were protesting silently and peacefully.

One of the protesters, of the Amritsar USA told that Ambedkar's vision was to ensure equality for all communities, minorities and Dalits and he had enshrined this in the Indian Constitution.

But the BJP government that has come to power in wants to build a Hindu nation. They are committing atrocities against Sikhs, Christians, Muslims, Dalits. We are here to peacefully convey the message on behalf of all the minority communities in that Ambedkar's vision of equality remains unfulfilled, he said.

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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 12:40 IST