STATEMENT ISSUED BY SARKARYAVAH MA. SURESH (BHAYYA) JOSHI CONDEMNING THEKILLING OF INNOCENT SIKHS AT A GURUDWARA IN THE U.S.
8 August 2012
It came as a rude shock to millions of peace-loving citizens of the world, especially the countless millions of Indians that several innocent Sikhs were massacred and several more injured in the mindless shoot out outside a Gurudwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, US. We strongly condemn this heinous crime. It demonstrates the abominable tendencies of racism and violence still prevalent in some sections of the American society and the ignorance about great humanistic precepts of Sikhism.
Our heart goes out for the innocent Sikhs, including women, elderly and children. We pray to the Vaheguru to offer peace to the departed and quick relief to the injured. We offer condolences to the families of the deceased.
We urge our Government to talk to the counterparts in US to ensure that proper education about the great teachings of religions from Bharat like Sikhism etc. are imparted widely to the American society as the hoary common heritage of the humanity so that such acts of vendetta borne out of misinformed prejudices and hatred are not repeated.