Sikh-Americans Welcome Removal Of 225 Sikhs From Blacklist

Mr Jasdip Singh Jasse is the founder of Sikhs of America. (File Photo)
Mr Jasdip Singh Jasse is the founder of Sikhs of America. (File Photo)

WASHINGTON: Calling it a “step in the right direction”, Sikh-Americans have welcomed the Indian government’s decision of removing the names of 225 Sikhs from a blacklist.

“This is a step in the right direction and a promise fulfilled by the Modi government,” said Mr Jasdip Singh Jasse, founder of Sikhs of America, at a joint news conference with the Overseas Friends of BJP-USA, which was attended by leaders of Sikh American community.

Last year, a delegation of Sikh-Americans led by Mr Singh had submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he visited the Silicon Valley.

Mr Singh, along with a delegation of OFBJP-USA, had also submitted a similar memorandum to Home Minister Rajnath Singh last year.

Names of 225 Sikhs, chronicled in the government’s blacklist for their alleged involvement in subversive or anti-India activities, have been removed over the last four years.

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The pruning has been done in a list of 298 Sikhs which was prepared at different levels by security agencies since 1980s.

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