Indian ambassador: 'Hearts bleed' after Sikh deaths

India's ambassador to the United States on Sunday mourned the killings of Sikhs at a temple in Wisconsin.


Afp August 06, 2012

WISCONSIN: India's ambassador to the United States on Sunday mourned the killings of Sikhs at a temple in Wisconsin, praising the community as showing the best qualities of Indian Americans.

"Our hearts bleed for the precious and innocent lives lost in Oak Creek," a suburb of Milwaukee, Indian Ambassador Nirupama Rao wrote on Twitter.

"This is a very tragic time for our community. We must remain calm," she said.

"The Sikhs are among the best Indian Americans -- patriotic, law-abiding, industrious, generous and giving. I grieve with them today," she said.

Rao said she received telephone calls from John Brennan, the anti-terrorism adviser to President Barack Obama, and Wendy Sherman, the number three at the State Department, to condemn the attacks.

In a modern twist to diplomacy, the Washington-based ambassador of India's historic rival Pakistan, Sherry Rahman, took to Twitter to voice sadness over the massacre.

The Indian embassy in Washington said in a statement that it was monitoring the incident, which left at least six people dead.

The embassy said that it was in touch with the White House's National Security Council and that a diplomat had been sent to the scene.

Sikhism originates in India. While the gunman was not immediately identified, the US Sikh community -- estimated at 500,000-700,000 strong -- has faced attacks in the past by assailants who mistakenly believe they are Muslim.

COMMENTS (20)

G. Din | 8 years ago | Reply

@Lala Gee: to Dr. Priyanka "Every body knows who has the real power, and by making a Sikh figurative head, who even cannot dispense justice to his own nation and punish those who committed the most horrendous genocide of modern times, who you are trying too fool." No Sikh, proud of being called so, would ever be figurative. Any one who willingly opts to become figurative is no Sikh. Growing a beard and wearing a turban does not make one a Sikh. The same "Sikh" whom you are referring to was shown black flags on his rare visit to Golden Temple by the "Real Sikhs". For your information, Sikhs do not consider themselves a nation. They have sacrificed for their nation, India, whenever called upon to do so. Remember, it was Ist Patiala Sikhs that routed and chased you out of Kashmir in 1947! Those who committed that admittedly horrendous genocide of innocent Sikhs in 1984 are going through the Indian legal process. The murderers in your country are showered with rose petals, astoundingly by the very ones who are charged with upholding the law. Next time you decide to mouth off recklessly, first make sure you are not vulnerable to the same charges.

Lala Gee | 8 years ago | Reply

@Dr Priyanka:

"Koyi faayda nahi references dene ka. We love our sikh brothers and sisters. They can rule over India."

I thought being a doctor you would have some conscience and feel remorse and would offer some apology on personal level but perhaps it is too much to expect from an Indian. Every body knows who has the real power, and by making a Sikh figurative head, who even cannot dispense justice to his own nation and punish those who committed the most horrendous genocide of modern times, who you are trying too fool.

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