The Sikh Coalition

According to their website, Sikh Coalition was established in 2001 immediately after hate attacks on Sikhs in the US in the aftermath of 9/11. The are a volunteer organisation but receives funds from billionaires and foundations such George Soros’s Open Society Foundation and via NEO Philanthropy funded by Pierre Omidyar’s Luminate, Gates FOundation, CIA’s Ford Foundation. It has advocated for separatism of Punjab from India, a Sikh homeland called Khalistan.

Sikh Coalition is headed by Anisha Singh, Executive Director. Before joining Sikh Coalition, Anish Singh was the Policy Attorney and Project Manager with United Sikhs, another Khalistani group. Open Society Fellowship winner, Simran Jeet Singh is a Senior Fellow at Sikh Coalition.

The Sikh Coalition presents Sikhism as a monolithic, distinct, independent religion – like Abrahamic man-made religions disregarding the Sikhs Gurus worship of Hindu Gods and Goddesses like Devi and Lakshmi.

The Sikh Coalition regularly gets funds from George Soros’s Open Society Foundations. George Soros very famously said that the has set aside a fund of USD 1 billion to tackle the spread of nationalism.

George Soros also very famously said

Nationalism, far from being reversed, made further headway. The biggest and most frightening setback came in India, where a democratically elected Narendra Modi is creating a Hindu nationalist state, imposing punitive measures on Kashmir – a semi-autonomous Muslim region, and threatening to deprive millions of Muslims of their citizenship

George Soros at World Economic Forum at Davos 2020

In 2023, The Sikh Coalition came out in support of Khalistani fugitive Amritpal Singh Sandhu. Amritpal Singh had said that despite having an Indian passport he doesn’t consider himself Indian citizen and that “The idea of Khalistan is so pure, it’s idea is the raj of Khalistan”. Amritpal also said “Sikhs have their aspirations and Hindus have theirs, while they [Hindus] can freely talk about theirs, we can’t. So, I firmly believe that the Khalistan movement can’t be stopped from flourishing”.

In 2023 Seattle anti-caste discrimination bill brought in by radical communist Council member Kshama Iyengar Sawant, The Sikh Coalition joined anti-Hindu forces to pass the bill. The Sikh Coalition has also supported California caste discrimination bill brought in by Afghan Senator Aisha Wahab.

In 2022, The Sikh Coalition introduced a resolution at New Jersey Senate to commemorate and condemn “India’s state-sponsored violence of 1984 against Sikhs as genocide”. The contents of the bill is problematic. As per Justice Nanavati Commission Enquiry on anti-Sikh riots victims in Delhi was 2,146 persons and 586 persons were said to have been killed in other parts of the country during that period. The resolution of The Sikh Coalition states a number at 30,000 and gives no evidence how they arrived at that figure. The second issue with the resolution is that Indian states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Jharkand, Chhattisgarh, Telangana Tripura are mentioned where violence against Sikhs took place. There is no record of violence against Sikhs in those states while Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Uttarakhand didn’t exist as separate states in 1984.

Since 2021, The Sikh Coalition has been recommending India be placed under ‘Countries of Particular Concern’ for being “engaged in or tolerated systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom.” They also claim Sikhs are being persecuted in India even though India has had a Sikh Prime Minister, President, Governors, Chief Ministers, Cabinet Ministers, Army Chiefs, doctors, engineers, lawyers, sports team captains, actors, singers, etc.

The also claim India’s anti cow slaughter law, anti-conversion laws, laws to restrict interfaith marriage with the sole purpose to convert are “undermine freedom of religion or belief; they also contribute to a climate of hate, intolerance, and fear.”

The Sikh Coalition also protested against India’s Farmers Bill and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

The Sikh Coalition termed India’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which accelerates citizenship for Hindus, Sikhs and Christians facing persecution on religious grounds in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, as “discriminatory” and added “in conjunction with the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC) requiring residents to provide proof of citizenship, risks subjecting Muslims and others to statelessness, deportation, and prolonged detention.”

While India has been evacuating and resettling persecuted Sikhs from Afghanistan, The Sikh Coalition rumoured that Sikhs fleeing violence in Afghanistan are “facing the same”at an increased risk” of the same violence in India.

Though The Sikh Coalition have protested against the Farmers Bill calling it “unfair”, nowhere what specifically about the Farmers Bill they are against. Ina thread psoted on their Twitter handle, The Sikh Coalition said they lobbied with policymakers and press in the United States to “encourage coverage of this historic movement”.

Further in the above post, The Sikh Coalition repeat that 3 farm laws are discriminatory and should be repealed but again, no mention of what specifically in the bills that they find it discriminatory or unfair. They further say that India government is repressing the farmers and are facing violence from the government.

In a 2021 twitter post, The Sikh Coalition stated that the 1984 Operation Blue Star against Khalistani terrorists was a “coordinated operation to decimate the community” even though in 2004 Indian had it’s first Sikh Prime Minister.

The Sikh Coalition has opposed the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A by Indian government in Kashmir. In another twitter post, they said “Tensions in Kashmir continue to escalate w/ ongoing reports of media blackouts, lockdowns, & troops patrolling the streets. There are serious concerns about these conditions mirroring those imposed by the Indian govt in aftermath of 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms.”

Below are some of their social media posts.