We must not go astray in our commitment to the implementation of universal and inveterate human rights, rights not only for those persecuted minorities who are increasingly taking recourse in arguments which ground them, but for the tragic story of a couple who went so far as to honour their love for one another despite their disparate creeds and despite the dangers that regressive people in their isolated communities are viciously willing to pose.
Whilst the British Government has been immobilised by indecision, and confusion about its strategic response to the winter floods, Somerset has been left to drown. Large parts of the UK have been submerged under flood waters for months. No. 10 has failed to act as people in the region watch helplessly as their homes, businesses, cattle and crop become subsumed by contaminated water.
The news that an elder from the community has passed away is apart from the deep immediate sorrow an event that causes many to look on the future with some trepidation. Death in this context is so much more than just the passing of an individual. It represents the severing of a link to times and sacrifices that are all too distant for many second, generation immigrants.
It was between the 31st October and 3rd November in 1984, that Sikhs in Delhi and other various parts of India were systematically targeted and massacred on a large scale. According to the even most conservative estimates, 8,000 Sikhs were killed over the four-day period, out of which 3,000 were in the capital city alone.