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Pro-Khalistani organizations have recently urged the incoming U.K. government, anticipated to be led by Labour leader Keir Starmer, to back a controversial “Sikh Manifesto.” This manifesto, which has been the subject of significant criticism, includes statements on geopolitics and hate crimes that have sparked debate among political candidates and the public.

The manifesto outlines ten demands, most notably advocating for the “application of self-determination to the Sikhs.” This phrase is widely interpreted as support for the ongoing campaign for a Sikh ethnostate in the Punjab region, spanning parts of India and Pakistan.

One of the manifesto’s most controversial points is its call for the U.K. Government to challenge India’s stance at the United Nations. Specifically, it demands that the U.K. joins other countries in pressing India to withdraw its “reservation” regarding territorial integrity, arguing that the principle of self-determination should apply to people within India.

Support for the manifesto has led to backlash against several General Election candidates. Critics argue that endorsing the document equates to supporting divisive and contentious geopolitical positions, which could strain international relations, particularly between the U.K. and India.

The Labour Party, under Keir Starmer’s leadership, is now facing pressure to clarify its stance on the manifesto and the broader issue of Sikh self-determination. This development comes at a critical time as the party prepares for the upcoming General Election, with its position on such issues likely to influence voter perception and support.

The manifesto’s demands, if supported by the U.K. Government, could have significant diplomatic implications. Challenging India’s territorial integrity at the UN could lead to heightened tensions between the two nations, impacting trade, political cooperation, and the Indian diaspora in the U.K.