Deputy High Commissioner Left Embarrassed In Live Discussion

The first guest on the show is a Jagdish Singh who is asked if he supports the ban against Indian Officials speaking in Gurdwara’s. The guest wants the officials to be open to debate and not appear for their own personal agenda. Jagdish Singh passionately says they are simply reacting to the oppression against Sikh’s and they are wanting the Indian state to be held accountable for their actions. The aim of the ban, in the views of this guest is to have an open dialogue with the officials of India.

The next guest caller claims the purpose of the ban is to break up India. He says the “divide and rule” method is being used to seperate Sikh’s from India and is being imposed by non-Indians. This issue is challenged by Jagdish Singh who releases facts about the rape rate and murder rate of India.

Dinesh Patnaik, the Deputy High Commissioner of India from London is brought onto the show for his views. Mr Patnaik says he has no problems of people being afraid of going to India and claims the Gurdwara is being used as a political tool. Dabinderjit Singh talks about Mr Patnaik using the Sikh guru’s as a tool to please the community and interfere in religious matters.

The Deputy High Commissioner moves onto the case of Jagtar Singh Johal. Mr Patnaik revealed Jagtar is in fact being charged on 7 accounts and later backtracks on his statement. Upon being questioned he reveals Jagtar “will be charged”and is adamant there is no way he will be released. The topic then soon changes to the rights of Jagtar and wild claims are made by the Deputy High Commissioner. The talks of torture are denied and yet no independent medical has been allowed. He also claims the judicial system of India is “fair” and there is no malice on their behalf. Dinesh later backtracks and says Jagtar has not been charged and will recieve a fair trial, if that is the method taken.

The next guest, Bichitar Singh reveals the words of Dinesh are false and he uses the words of the RSS idealogue. The topic of Jagtar Johal is brought back up and the case of Sultan Masih is highlighted in which numerous complaints were made about RSS threatening the pastor and all these compalints were ignored. Dinesh is then irate over a report by the Human Rights which claims India is the most unsafe place for activists. He then tries to deflect the issue back onto the Gurdwara ban and tries to deny talking about politics. The Deputy High Commissioner then asks the Sikh Federation UK of what they are afraid of by imposing this ban. This question is answered by Dabinderjit who related to the current situtation and how this has been a longstanding issue since the power of the BJP party.

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