LONDON - The international Sikh community has ridiculed the Indian Home Ministers call for Sikhs to shun the demand for Khalistan. P Chidambarams statement, made during his visit to Indian-occupied Punjab last week, outlined his terms for ending Indias infamous 'blacklisting of Sikhs who have been denied entry to India due to their support for the creation of a sovereign Sikh state in the Sikh homeland. Amrik Singh Sahota, OBE (Council of Khalistan), Amrik Singh Gill (Sikh Fede-ration,UK), Manmohan Singh Khalsa (Dal Khalsa) and major Diaspora-based Sikh nationalist organisations have unequivocally told the Indian Government that they will pursue, in accordance with international law, their struggle for independence until Khalistan is liberated. They said no true Sikh will ever compromise on their national birthright, which is irrevocably part of Sikh aspirations and which is supported by right of self-determination. India can keep its blacklist they said, as it served only to expose Indias unwillingness to allow democratic politics to succeed in Punjab. They warned that the Sikhs will in fact maintain international pressure to pursue their own blacklist of Indian politicians and security personnel. They plan to bring those on the list to justice before an international criminal court, to answer for the genocide and other crimes against humanity perpetrated against the Sikhs over recent decades. They pointed out that Mr Chidambaram himself ironically features on that list, due to his involvement with the Rajiv Gandhi Government under which some 20,000 Sikhs were massacred in Delhi in just three days in November 1984. None of those who led or directed the murderous mobs during that genocide have been punished by the Indian judicial system to date. The Sikh leaders joined with their brethren in Punjab who have castigated Chidam-barams somewhat inelegant posturing by pointing out that his statement falls squarely at odds with the position taken by Indias own Supreme Court, which has ruled that the demand for Khalistan is not illegal. On what basis therefore does the Government suppress the legitimate political demand for Khalistan in a so-called democratic country? Time and time again the Government has used sedition cases to intimidate Sikh leaders who campaign for Khalistan, only for the courts to dismiss those actions. Equally, India has refused to fall in to line with the formal request of the United Nations to withdraw its unlawful 'reservation against the right of self-determination under Article 1 of the 1966 Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. India claimed, on signing up to that Covenant, that the right does not apply to the nations held captive within its borders and the Sikh leaders say that is the direct cause of the bloody conflicts in Punjab, Kashmir, Nagalim, Assam, Manipur, Bodoland and elsewhere. They opined that India needs to wake up to the ground realities facing it in these conflict zones, recognise the rights of these aspirant nations and embrace genuine democratic principles. In practical terms that meant abandoning its policies of systematic human rights abuses, permitting the UN to conduct plebiscites on the future political status of those disputed territories and respecting the outcomes. The Sikhs leaders said Chidambaram would be wise to do his homework, not least by checking with his own Supreme Court, before making foolish interventions in Punjab.