Columnist misses reasons for Vaisakhi uproar
Gurpreet Singh’s article is riddled with biases and fails to acknowledge counterpoints to the topic at hand [“Gurpreet Singh: Politicizing death row in Punjab and at the Surrey Vaisakhi parade”, web-only]. What is baffling about the piece is that Singh fails to understand how a cause alien to Canada would cause such an uproar.
In a world that is increasingly connected through advances in technology, it isn’t hard to understand how events in Palestine, Tibet, and Punjab have real social impacts on Canada’s diverse population. As a Canadian, I cannot justify institutionalized killing of a human being, and I applaud the attempts of those who take it upon themselves to protest the callousness of the act.
As an attendee of the Surrey Vaisakhi parade, I find it shameful that not once does the article mention the humanitarian fundraising at the event, nor the level of diversity that was present.
> Sukhraj Padda / Surrey