As Khalistani elements plan to take advantage of the farmers’ protests in India to create chaos, Khalistan-sympathetic MPs in Western countries, particularly those from the UK and Canada, are attacking India on the diplomatic front Are supporting them.
One such name that is questioning the Government of India is British MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi alias Tan Dhesi. He recently tweeted a tweet on 11 February on a campaign he had run and said – “More than 100,000, incredibly all 650 # UK constituencies (3K + from Sko), signed online petition”; Involved in 100+ MPs writing to PM. Given the arrest of journalists and activists such as #NodeepKaur, the Parliament debate on the planet on #FarmersProtest-time protest needs ASAP. “
Earlier, the Sikh Federation UK had launched a signature campaign urging the UK government to put pressure on the Indian government over farmers’ protests. In fact, it was a single sub-set of his multi-pronged attack on India.
However, leaders who talk about ideas of civil liberties and independent principles are themselves facing charges of promoting hatred towards some communities in Britain. Some sources have claimed that Dhesi is not only promoting anti-India rhetoric, but his actions suggest that he has also been an anti-Semitic campaigner in Britain.
In September 2019, he pressured the British PM to apologize for his centuries-old remarks on Muslim women wearing burqas. Johnson, in turn, did as an eye-opener, as he responded to Dhesi – “What we are hearing so far from anywhere in the Labor Party is an apology for the anti-Semitism virus.” There is no sign that is now heavy in their ranks. I would like to hear that. I would like to listen with respect. Gentleman (Tan Dhesi). “
Over the next week, Dhesi refused to support Jewish lawmakers Evan Lewis and Ian Austin – MPs from a Holocaust survivor family who were critical of the poor handling of anti-Semitism by Labor Party leaders.
Raising the issue of anti-Semitism with Dhesi’s attack on the British PM, comparing the indifference of the two MPs, The Times of Israel commented – “They were being mocked loudly and by the same Labor Party was rejected …”
In addition, Dhesi shares a strong bond with Afzal Khan, a Labor MP of Pakistani origin, who is believed to have a deep hatred for Jews. Both are reportedly promoting anti-Semitism within the Labor Party.
A closer look at his parliamentary record and analysis of the statements he makes suggest that he has, for a long time, been emphasizing an anti-Jewish statement. Dhesi also moved an ‘Early Day Motion’ against the ‘Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights’ to the British Parliament on 22 March 2019, urging the UK government and European allies to oppose the new US government position The Golan as the territory of Israel demanded the House of Commons “in addition to asking the House to make several other anti-Israel commitments.
One could argue that these statements and actions could be simple policy decisions taken by an MP based on his political preferences and decisions. However, an analysis of ‘The Register of Members’ Interest, which “provides information about any financial interest that a member has, or any benefit that he or she receives, which other people reasonably own May consider influencing actions or words. ” A Member of Parliament ”, presents an eye-opening fact.
The register mentions that Dhesi received aid from the Medical Assistance Organization for Palestinians (MAP) in August 2018 as part of a sponsored visit to the West Bank and Israel. However this may appear as part of a general lobbying or advocacy campaign, which is confusing to MPs.
In 2017, the MP representing Slough also attacked the current Home Secretary Preeti Patel for her support of Israel, and while sharing an article she tweeted – “Preity Patel wanted to send aid money to Israel’s military, some 10 confirmation does not do.”
The tweet is similar to the baseless rhetoric promoted by Dhesi in the House of Commons on 3 February 2021 that “Britain’s weapons can be used to suppress peasant protests in India.”
A geopolitical expert working on the Arab region argued that this could very well be seen as Dhesi’s tacit support for the Israeli BDS (boycott, disinvestment and sanctions) movement. The world is well aware of Pakistan’s hatred towards the Jewish community and has also emerged as the epicenter of the BDS campaign in recent times. Eminent scholars such as Clifford Smith, director of the Madhya Pradesh Forum’s Washington Project, have realized that efforts are being made by Pakistan to expand the scope of the BDS campaign and target Kashmir as well as India.
“Therefore, it cannot be a completely irrational argument that Dhesi’s anti-Israel stance, as well as India’s fruitless attacks on Kashmir and Khalistan, could be triggered by the Pakistani ISI”, the expert said.
On the lines of statements made on Israel and parliamentary interventions, Tan Dhesi continues to attack India in a similar pattern. Through an intervention in the House of Commons on 3 March, titled “Recent Violence in India”, he selectively tried to demonstrate that only minorities were targeted in the CAA-related unrest and the Government of India. Accused of persecuting the minorities.
Similarly, through another significant contribution made on 27 November 2018, he sought to pressurize the Government of India for the release of Khalistani terrorist Jagtar Singh Johal from the British Government.
Analysis of the questions asked by Dhesi states that his main objective is to curse India. Recently, reiterating his commitment to save terrorist Johal, he asked the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office a question, “Is there an assessment as to whether Jagtar Singh Johal has been subjected to torture during his detention in India?” ” Dhesi has repeated this question many times in the House of Commons since the early days of his tenure.
However, critics began to question Dhesi’s intentions directly, as the International Trade Secretary of India had asked the Government of India a question on 3 February 2021. In the question titled ‘Arms Trade: India’, he asked the UK Government – is the Government taking over to ensure that no weapons or weapons manufactured by Britain are exported to India, where such weapons are used in that country This can be done in suppressing the protests of farmers running in the state. “
A legislative researcher argued that on rare occasions, only MPs ask such bizarre questions. If they do, then there is definitely something wrong going on and one can understand that a strong lobby has been made behind such intervention. “In countries such as India and the UK, where parliamentary standing committees as well as shadow ministers also play a major role of guard of the ministries, Pakistan is likely to push Indian and Indian trade deals through pushing Dhesi into its campaign. Jeopardizes military interests of. Britain cannot be dismissed. He said similar efforts are being made through Khalistanis based in the US and Canada.
Dhesi has asked at least half a dozen questions on the ongoing peasant protests in India and is trying to pressurize the Secretary of State to attack the Indian government. In addition, he has asked more than two dozen questions attacking India, which are precisely focused on Punjab. His actions and words show that he is not only supporting Pakistan on the Khalistani agenda, but in an attempt to please his Pakistani friends, he went to the extent of attacking India on a sensitive issue like Kashmir. He also praised an article published on 5 August 2020 in The Guardian. Local leaders argue that Dhesi is doing equally serious damage to the British democratic establishment by politicizing the places of worship and promoting extremism in the community. According to media reports, the administration of Gurudwara Shri Singh Sabha, a powerful Khalistani center in Slough, has promoted the candidature of Tanmanjit Singh Dhesi. Earlier, he addressed community members in the halls of places of worship that display the huge Khalistan banner. Local peace activists as well as community members have been expressing concern over the failure of the UK Charity Commission to take action on these incidents.
Dhesi is not a new Khalistani sympathizer and has been calculated to create a negative image of India in Britain. He has been very close to the Sikh Federation UK – the new incarnation of the accused militant organization International Sikh Youth Federation (ISFF). Similarly, he has been a strong supporter of ISI-funded campaign end referendum-2020 ‘and in 2011a, he participated in the end referendum-2020’ rally organized by Justice (SFJ) and its leader and extremist organization Sikhs against ISI. Made sharp attacks against. Proxy Gurpatwant Singh Pannoon.
However, much remains to be done against the hatred propagated by Dhesi. Analysis of population data reveals an interesting picture. According to UK government data from 2011 census data, the Muslim population in the slu represented by Dhesi constituted 23.3% and Sikhs constituted 10.6% of the total population, compared to a meager 1.1%, Hindus, 0.5% Buddhists. In, and 0.1% Jewish. In addition, the break-up of the data suggests that the Muslim population is dominated by Muslims of Pakistani origin, who constitute 17.74% of the total population, among whom the ISI holds a strong hold.
The region represented by Dhesi has a strong concentration of Muslim and Sikh populations as the average population of Muslims in England and Wales is 4.8% and Sikhs constitute about 0.8% of the total population.
Polsters believe it is easy for a candidate to endorse the endorsement of a vote bank that accounts for one-quarter of the total vote share by promoting anti-India rhetoric and anti-Semitism. Also, pro-Khalistani supporters are always ready to support the candidature of some Sikh Khalistani element, making victory easy for Tanmanjit Singh Dhesi. Unfortunately, without seeing Dhesi’s shamelessness and indulging in vote bank politics, some Indians are caught in the Khalistani trap and are relying on the publicity they have made. The results are now coming to the fore as the above meeting held on 9 February was also attended by an Indian who made serious anti-India comments on the dais.
In the course of our research, we were unable to detect interventions undertaken with equal intensity on the atrocities of minorities in Pakistan or Pakistani Punjab. To appease his Pakistani constituents, Dhesi has maintained an abominable silence on the plight of Sikhs and Hindu massacres in Pakistan and minorities like Shias, Hazars, Balochs, Ahmadiyas etc. in the country.
Dhesi’s selective outrage, attacking groups and groups from other countries, spoke of other serious developments that show that Tanmanjit Singh Dhesi’s politics is not of principles, but of his Pakistani original vote bank.
Some nationalist activists in Punjab have also demanded the Indian government to impose sanctions against it. Earlier, a similar demand was made by Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to ban Khalistani elements based outside Canada. In addition, the Government of India will take up the issue with the UK Government and ensure that Indian citizens assisting these elements are identified and prosecuted. It should come up with a plan to counter Khalistani propaganda extensively.