6 Resolution Recognizing the November 1984 Anti-Sikh Violence in India as “Genocide.”

Meeting Date: December 02, 2014

Agenda Item #6. Resolution Recognizing the November 1984 Anti-Sikh Violence in India as “Genocide.”

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STAFF REPORT

AGENDA ITEM: Resolution Recognizing the November 1984 Anti-Sikh Violence in India as "Genocide."

MEETING DATE: December 2, 2014

PREPARED BY: Jose Antonio Ramirez, City Manager

REVIEWED BY: Jose Antonio Ramirez, City Manager

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RECOMMENDATION:

That the City Council adopt Resolution No. 2014-_, recognizing the November 1984 Anti-Sikh Violence in India as "Genocide."

BACKGROUND/DISCUSSION:

Adoption of this resolution will recognize the intentional, deliberate and systematic killing of Sikhs in India during November 1984 as "Genocide" as defined under the laws of the U.N. Convention.

In the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination on October 31, the then ruling party of India, Indian National Congress a.k.a "Congress-I," organized and carried out, through its workers, supporters and sympathizers with the active connivance of the police and administration, violence against the Sikh population throughout the country, with the intent to destroy the Sikh community. The popular Indian film star Amitabh Bachchan, raised the slogan "blood for blood" calling for violence against Sikhs. His slogan was broadcast repeatedly over the state owned television and radio stations to instigate anti-Sikh violence.

The violence against the Sikhs continued unabated for several days in more than 100 cities across India resulting in over 30,000 Sikhs killed; thousands of women raped; hundreds of Gurudwaras (Sikh Temples) burnt and more than 300,000 Sikhs displaced.

The pattern of November 1984 Genocidal violence against Sikhs has been allowed to perpetuate itself and has now become a part of the Indian system.

U.N. Genocide Convention defines "attack with intent to destroy in whole or in part, a religious or ethnic community" to be Genocide.

FISCAL IMPACT:

None to the City.

ATTACHMENTS:

1. Resolution No. 2014-

RESOLUTION NO. 2014-

RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LIVINGSTON, CALIFORNIA TO RECOGNIZE THE NOVEMBER 1984 ANTI-SIKH VIOLENCE IN INDIA AS "GENOCIDE"

WHEREAS, The City of Livingston is in support of this resolution to recognize the intentional, deliberate and systematic killing of Sikhs in India during November 1984 as "Genocide" as defined under the laws of the UN Convention.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and City Council and find the following:

1. That Sikhism is the world’s 5th largest religion with more than 26 million followers.

2. That in the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination on October 31, the then ruling party of India, Indian National Congress a.k.a "Congress-I", organized and carried out, through its workers, supporters and sympathizers with the active connivance of the police and administration, violence against the Sikh population throughout the country, with the intent to destroy the Sikh community. The popular Indian film star Amitabh Bachchan, raised the slogan "blood for blood" calling for violence against Sikhs. His slogan was broadcast repeatedly over the state owned television and radio stations to instigate anti­ Sikh violence.

3. That the violence against the Sikhs continued unabated for several days in more than 100 cities across India resulting in over 30,000 Sikhs killed; thousands of women raped; hundreds of Gurudwaras (Sikh Temples) burnt and more than 300,000 Sikhs displaced.

4. That in 2011, mass Grave of Sikhs in village Hondh-Chillar, state of Haryana was unearthed which was followed by discovery of similar startling new evidence containing mass graves, ruined villages, burnt Gurudwaras and other traces of Sikh population annihilated during November 1984 in the sates of Haryana, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.

5. That since the perpetrators of the November 1984 Sikh Genocide were given impunity, in 2002 pogrom of Muslims was carried out in the state Gujarat under the leadership of the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi and in 2008 hundreds of Churches were burnt and Christians were killed in the state of Orissa.

6. That the pattern of November 1984 genocidal violence against Sikhs has been allowed to perpetuate itself and has now become the part of the Indian system.

7. U.N Genocide Convention defines "attack with an intent to destroy in whole or in part, a religious or ethnic community" to be Genocide.

The Mayor and City Council of the City of Livingston Declaration of Policy is as follows:

1. Recognize that November 1984 violence against Sikh lives, properties and places of worship throughout India, was carried out with intent to destroy the Sikh community and was thus "Genocide" as defined under the laws of the 1948 UN Genocide Convention.

Passed and adopted this 2nd day of December, 2014, by the following vote:

AYES:

NOES:

ABSENT:

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Rodrigo Espinoza, Mayor of the City of Livingston

ATTEST:

I, hereby certify that the foregoing resolution was regularly introduced, passed and adopted at a regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Livingston this 2nd day of December, 2014.

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Antonio Silva, City Clerk of the City of Livingston

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