The national flag of India was set on fire by pro-Khalistan group, Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) just across the road from the Indian embassy in Washington DC.
70th Republic Day celebrations were hosted by the Indian Embassy on January 26 where Ambassador Harsh Shringla hoisted the Indian Tricolour at the embassy.
The Indian government sources called the demonstration by SFJ – a flop show as it was attended by about 15-20 people.
They were totally outnumbered by enthusiastic, flag waving, and patriotic Indians.
In a joint statement issued by Kamaljit Singh Soni, President along with Jesse Singh, Chairman of Sikhs of America, said, “The Sikhs of America condemns and denounces in the strongest terms the planned burning of the Indian flag on the occasion of India’s Republic Day outside the Indian embassy in Washington DC. Sikhs reside and have businesses not only all over India but also boast a global presence. Such theatrical protests like flag burning are detrimental to the peace-loving and harmony enhancing Sikh community everywhere.”
“We urge Sikhs for Justice to have a dialogue with the Indian government regarding any issues and desist from such petty actions,” the statement added.
An official said that a record and unprecedented turnout of around 800 in a very small space.