News:Government has removed the names of 312 Sikh foreign nationals from the local adverse lists commonly known as ‘Black Lists’.
About Black list:
- Black list is maintained by Indian Embassies in different countries and posts abroad.
- It contains a list of Indian-origin people who have taken asylum i.e right to international protection in this other country abroad under plea of alleged persecution in India.
- Those who are in the list are denied visa services by Indian missions and posts in respective country.
Why were Sikhs blacklisted?
- The Operation Blue Star in 1984 involved Army action at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab.
- Many Sikhs protested the Army action and were alleged to be involved in anti-national activities.Subsequently they sought political asylum in foreign countries.
- Indian intelligence agencies gave a list containing their names to all Indian embassies and high commissions.Consequently,these individuals were blacklisted.