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George Soros’s Open Society Foundation and Sikh Coalition are ‘Joined at the Hip’

I have stated it before and will state it again that the series of incidents of chaos in India post the Abrogation of Article 370 and Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 has the stamp of the global economic terrorist George Soros and Open Society Foundations.

Even the recent Farmers’ Protest in India which led to the dastardly attack on the Indian democracy on January 26th, 2021 at the Red Fort has the candid support of George Soros’ Open Society Foundation.

Amardeep Singh is the Co-Founder of the US-based NGO – Sikh Coalition. In fact he was appointed by President Barack Obama to his Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).

The Sikh Coalition according to its own website states that it is  a community-based organization that works towards the realization of civil and human rights for all people. 

Through the community, courtrooms, classrooms, and halls of Congress, we work to protect the constitutional right to practice your faith without fear. We strive to do this with integrity, selflessness, and the belief that our shared work holds a greater purpose.

Since 2014, Amardeep Singh has been working with Open Society Foundations as its Senior Program Officer. This is after he moved on from Sikh Coalition in September 2014, though he continues to remain Co-Founder.

Amardeep Singh and Sikh Coalition are important because they are playing a prominent role in the US raising support against the farm laws and for the farmers protests in India.

If you enter the Sikh Coalition website. You will be greeted with this message

“Supporting the #FarmersProtest

The #FarmersProtest affects the global Sikh population, and the Sikh Coalition stands with Sikhs across the United States and around the world in solidarity with those advocating for their rights, dignity, and justice. Contact your elected officials, propose a draft resolution, and take other action today.”

 

 

“Since the end of November 2020, protesters from the Indian states of Punjab, Haryana, and elsewhere have travelled to the outskirts of Delhi, India to protest three farm laws that will worsen the already harsh ecological and economic conditions in which they live. These farmers, seeking only to demonstrate peacefully and defend their livelihoods, were met first with dismissal–and then with violence and repression–from the Indian government.

This movement directly affects a majority of the global Sikh population, and the Sikh Coalition stands with Sikhs across the United States and around the world in solidarity with these farmers as they continue to advocate for their rights, dignity, and justice. Accordingly, the Sikh Coalition has undertaken several advocacy approaches to raising awareness and spurring action on this issue.

Tell your lawmakers in the U.S. Congress to show solidarity with farmers and condemn the Indian government’s response to the protest.

Reach out to your local, county, state, and federal government officials with our draft resolution language and ask them to stand with farmers.

Read the letters we’ve sent to the U.S. elected officials about this issue:

  • December 3, 2020 letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
  • December 3, 2020 letter to the House Foreign Affairs Committee
  • December 3, 2020 letter to the members of the American Sikh Congressional Caucus
  • January 21, 2021 letter to President Biden
  • January 27, 2021 follow-up letter to President Biden

Read the letters that U.S. elected officials have sent as a result of our and other Sikh organizations’ direct outreach efforts:

  • December 4, 2020 letter from Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA), and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) to Indian Ambassador Taranjit Sandhu
  • December 11, 2020 letter from Senator Robert Menendez to Indian Ambassador Taranjit Sandhu
  • December 23, 2020 letter from Congressman Donald Norcross (D-NJ), Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (D-PA), Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA), Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI), and Congressman David Trone (D-MD) to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
  • December 24, 2020 speech from Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI) on the floor of the House of Representatives (The Sikh Coalition applauds Seva4Everybody‘s work on this strong speech)
  • January 15, 2021 letter from Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) to Indian Ambassador Taranjit Sandhu

It also remains equally critical that this movement is covered by U.S. and international media without bias, and the Sikh Coalition is supporting efforts to amplify the protests through our media engagement work. Watch Executive Director Satjeet Kaur discuss the farmers’ protest with NowThis News on December 18, 2020″

This is followed up by a Resolution letter for Sikhs in America to present to their elected representatives in the US.

Sample #FarmersProtest Resolution

Here are some of the shocking points in the draft resolution that Sikh Coalition is circulating in the US

“WHEREAS, the Indian government and its intelligence services are ​suppressing and intimidating​ supporters and aid organizations through issuing indiscriminate and vague legal notices, auditing financials, and even arresting individuals on wrongful charges; and

WHEREAS, despite the fact that tech platforms like Twitter and Facebook have a responsibility to protect vulnerable journalists, human rights defenders, and the millions who use their platforms, and an obligation to allow communities to share their stories and histories, India’s government has engaged in a pattern of ​threatening and cajoling them​ to blatantly restrict free speech online; and

WHEREAS, farmers have the right to demonstrate peacefully and the ​<JURISDICTION> condemns any government brutality and failures to protect demonstrators from violence; and

WHEREAS, India is a signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and state party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights obligating the country to respect the rights to peaceful protest and food; and

WHEREAS, the Indian government must denounce and should not tolerate threats made against farmers by ​politicians​, ​nationalist leaders​, and ​the general public​ inciting violence and even ominous warnings of a ​repetition​ of the 1984​ anti-Sikh pogroms led by Indian government , as such threats can and have led to deadly violence against protestors during the course of other peaceful protests; and

WHEREAS, these laws set off protests across India, particularly in, but not limited to, in the states of Punjab and Haryana, and r​esulted in up to a million farmers protesting outside the capital city of New Delhi since November 2020; and

WHEREAS, peaceful protestors have been met with tear gas, water cannons, barricades, baton attacks, or other forms of violence by Indian police and government forces on multiple distinct occasions, including ​late November 2020​ and ​late January 2021​, where at least one protestor died and several hundred were injured; and

WHEREAS, at least one hundred protestors have died due to the harsh conditions under which they protest yet they remain resolute in peaceful demonstrations to repeal the laws on agricultural reform; and”

In the financial section of its website, Sikh Coalition clearly mentions Open Society Foundation of George Soros.

“In addition, each year the Sikh Coalition proudly receives multiple competitive grants from private, non-Sikh foundations, including Open Society Foundations, the Proteus Fund, New York Foundation, and Emergent Fund. Receipt of these grants is a result of the Coalition’s sound financial practices and consistency in delivering results.”

 

 

 

 

Sikh Coalition role came into the fore because of the Super Bowl Advertisement.

It was reported that this advertisement cost $10,000 since it was a regional commercial and Fresno-based Indian-American Raj Sodhi-Layne along with her two friends had initiated an online fundraiser to cover the cost of the regional ad on Feb. 5.

Fresno, Raj Sodhi-Layne, Valley Sikh Community. On her profile, Raj shared a news report that credited the ‘Valley Sikh Community’ for funding the expenses and one can see that she has used Sikh Institute Fresno as her location.

Interestingly, the Sikh Institute Fresno works in partnership with the Sikh Coalition.

Here is a copy of Sikh Coalition Letter sent to the US-President Joe Biden:

Biden-Letter-Farmers-Protest-01-21-21

“The farmers are planning for a tractor rally on January 26, India’s Republic Day, which organizers have guaranteed will be peaceful.

While the protests remain peaceful, the response from the Indian government and security forces has not. Attempts to squash the peaceful protests have included blockades, the destructionofroads,theuseofwatercannonsandteargas,andotherformsofviolence. The government’s violent response has escalated whenever additional citizens show support in their home states and attempt to join the protestors on the outskirts of Delhi. At present, the close to million protestors remain blocked out of their own capital by barbed wire and surrounded by armed paramilitary forces; as we approach the scheduled January 26 protest, the serious threats of use of force by the Indian government are dramatically increasing.

Moreover, the government and its intelligence services are suppressing and intimidating supporters and aid organizations through issuing indiscriminate and vague legal notices, auditing financials, and even arresting supporters on souped-up charges. This follows a pattern of the Modi government’s suppression of human rights of marginalized communities, which has also included financially paralyzing nonprofit organizations, exemplified when Amnesty International was forced to shut offices across India last year. Meanwhile, Indian media, which ranks 142nd on the global press freedom index, continues to attempt to falsely frame these protestors as extremists or terrorists, while the support for the farmers across the country and world swells.”

It is time for the Indian government to investigate the tentacles of Open Society Foundation and Sikh Coalition in India.

 

Savio Rodrigues

Savio Rodrigues Founder & Editor-in-Chief GoaChronicle.com
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