The British Indians have responded with a digital ‘Diwali Van’ to the digital ‘Kashmir Van’ of protestors in London.
The Metropolitan Police upheld the restriction imposed under Section 12 of the Public Order Act 1986 against the October 27 protest and march. The protest was previously proposed to be held outside the Indian High Commission,
In order to minimise serious disruption to the community, the protestors used a bus to launch their Kashmir Digital Campaign.
In response to the campaign of the protestors, a group of British Indians sent a van with a Diwali message on it.
The campaign under the name of Diwali ‘Lights And Unites’ in their message to the press said, “We are a group of concerned British Indians who wish to spread the inclusive and universal message of Diwali which embodies cohesion, peace, and love among communities. This is particularly relevant today as many Pro-Pakistan groups will be using this day of peace, cohesion, and love to divide the British Asian community into religious lines by carrying out a protest on Diwali day. This choice of date for protests has upset many British Indians as it’s equivalent to an anti-Semitic protest on Hannukah or Yom Kippur.
Tahseen Gilani, UK President of JKLF, a leading pro-independence organisation in Jammu and Kashmir, an organisation associated with the protest said, “It’s not against any religious practice and by the way, 8 million people had been stopped to offer Eid prayers in August this year was it justifiable. Indian High Commission is not religious, so the protest is not against Hindus. It’s against the innocent killings in Kashmir.
Meanwhile, London mayor Sadiq Khan too had condemned the protest and had written to the home office and the Metropolitan Police to act.