Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Emmy Awards 2010: how Archie Panjabi was told not to pursue her dreams

An actress whose Sikh relatives told her not to pursue her dreams because they were too “lowly” has become the only major British success at the 2010 Emmy Awards.

On an otherwise disappointing night for British talent, Archie Panjabi won the best supporting actress award for her role as the straight-talking private detective Kalinda Sharma in the US drama The Good Wife.

The 38-year-old, who made her name in the British hit films East is East and Bend it Like Beckham, appeared elated as she accepted the prestigious US television award.

She said: "When I started in the business in England, just getting a job was a dream. And to receive an Emmy now is just beyond my wildest dreams.”

Panjabi, whose family emigrated to London from India before she was born, is among only a handful of Sikh performers ever to have won an Emmy.

But she has told how her strict family were less than supportive when she announced her aspiration to become an actress because the profession is considered “lowly” by many traditional Indian communities.

“We did have a few arguments because I wanted to go to drama school,” she said previously.

with thanks : telegraph.co.uk : link in headline above for detailed news.


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New heritage spot offers lighting wonders for CWG visitors

New Delhi, Aug 31 (PTI) Tourists have one more place to visit during the upcoming Commonwealth Games -- the newly constructed Guru Tegh Bahadur Memorial.The soon-to-be inaugurated memorial, a tribute to the ninth Sikh guru Tegh Bahadur and spread out on more than 10 acres on GT road of the Delhi-Haryana border is illuminated with special lighting effects.The Guru's holy teachings has been inscribed on ten rock stands with lighting where colours of the lights change every minute. The main attraction is the tallest central pylon in steel fabrication with changing lights which is visible even from a distance.The base of the monument is shaped like the petals of a flower. The four arch monoliths in the landscaped garden with the preachings of the guru uses coloured lights that are of religious, cultural and historical significance."The very tip of the structure is illuminated in brilliant white light representing the brilliant thinking of the guru. The body of the central structure has a mix of blue and amber while the petals on the base are lit from below creating a warm white glow," says Indraneel Goswami, General Manager, Lighting Application Services Philips, which is creative advisor to the DTTDC.The two layered lighting with a soft wash topped with scallops of light makes the green grass come alive at night and the special soft impact lighting is designed to add to the longevity of the monument, says Goswami.The memorial whose foundation stone was laid by Congress President Sonia Gandhi and been constructed by the Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation, is scheduled to be inaugurated in September, a month before the Commonwealth Games."The monument is a fitting tribute to Guru Tegh Bahadur Singh. It is especially beautiful during the night when it is lit up and I haven't seen any such memorial from Kolkata to the Wagah border," Paramjit Singh, Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Managing Committee told PTI.Originally called Tyag Mal the guru was renamed Tegh Bahadur after his gallant displays of sword fighting in the wars against the Mughal forces.He built the city of Anandpur Sahib, and was responsible for saving the Kashmiri Pandits, who were being persecuted by the Mughals. The guru was martyred in Delhi by Emperor Aurangzeb.

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SGPC gives nod to print Guru Granth Sahib in foreign countries

AMRITSAR: Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president Avtar Singh has decided to allow printing of the holy Guru Granth Sahib and other Gurmat literature in foreign countries.

He said efforts were on to identify suitable land in the USA and Canada for setting up publishing centres and run them as per the Rehat Maryada (Sikh code of conduct).

The five Sikh high priests had in one of their edicts prohibited printing of the Guru Granth Sahib and other scriptures by any organisation other than the SGPC. Hence, the SGPC sends the Guru Granth Sahib and Gurmat literature to the Sikh Sangat abroad by air and sea.

However, maintaining of Maryada during travel was an arduous task, which is why the SGPC has decided to set up publishing centres overseas.

Avtar Singh also said that earnest efforts would be made to extend support to the Sikh community in the Kashmir valley living in a state of trepidation.

with thanks : Punjabnewsline


Monday, August 30, 2010

What is Dharam ?

Centuries ago, there was a Gurukul where a number of students used to be taught by an old and experienced teacher. The teacher used to teach them many subjects like Sanskrit, Ganit, and amongst others one subject would be 'Dharam'. After years of teaching, it was time to send them home. So, he finally took a written test of all subjects except the subject 'Dharam'.

After passing, all students were going back to their homes, and wondering all the way, why the teacher did not take a test for the subject 'Dharam'. One of them even said "Guruji always told us that Dharam is the base of a human life and without it a man can not succeed in any form of life. But still, he didn't even care to mention it while we left"

As they were moving, they noticed a lot of cactus thorns lying on the road. The students carefully crossed the hurdle, and proceeded for their homes. One of them stopped by, and started collecting the thorns into his bag. On being prompted by his colleagues, he said "We were fortunate to see these thorns and saved ourselves, but what if somebody doesn't see them and gets hurt. My conscious does not allow me to avoid this potential danger to some passerby. I am not going unless I remove all these thorns, no matter how much time it takes!" On this, the teacher emerged from behind the tree, where he was hiding.

The students were surprised to find that the teacher was following them all the way. The teacher said "Yes, I was listening to your conversation, as to why I did not take your test for the subject 'Dharam'. Actually, Dharam is not something to say or listen, it's of no use if you do not practically implement it in your life. I had intentionally spread these thorns in your way, and the one boy proved that he has actually understood the lessons of Dharam. Dharam is indeed to pluck thorns from others way or to sacrifice oneself to make someone's life better. If you do not respect/love other living beings, or try to create hurdles in someone's path, you are far from understanding what 'Dharam' is !"

We are so fortunate that Guru Sahib has always taught us to respect other beings/other faiths. Not just by Hukam, Guru Sahib has lead by example. See the Shaheedi of Guru Arjun Dev ji, Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib ji and the sacrifices of Guru Gobind Singh Ji and various Sikhs from time to time. These are stories of selfless service to the society. That is what Sikhism stands for !

with thanks : Shabad Vichar


A Sikh Temple Where All May Eat, and Pitch In

AMRITSAR, India — The groaning, clattering machines never stop, transforming 12 tons of whole wheat flour every day into nearly a quarter-million discs of flatbread called roti. These purpose-built contraptions, each 20 feet long, extrude the dough, roll it flat, then send it down a gas-fired conveyor belt, spitting out a never-ending stream of hot, floppy, perfectly round bread.

Soupy lentils, three and a third tons of them, bubble away in vast cauldrons, stirred by bearded, barefoot men wielding wooden spoons the size of canoe paddles. The pungent, savory bite wafting through the air comes from 1,700 pounds of onions and 132 pounds of garlic, sprinkled with 330 pounds of fiery red chilies.

It is lunchtime at what may be the world’s largest free eatery, the langar, or community kitchen at this city’s glimmering Golden Temple, the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion. Everything is ready for the big rush. Thousands of volunteers have scrubbed the floors, chopped onions, shelled peas and peeled garlic. At least 40,000 metal plates, bowls and spoons have been washed, stacked and are ready to go.

Anyone can eat for free here, and many, many people do. On a weekday, about 80,000 come. On weekends, almost twice as many people visit. Each visitor gets a wholesome vegetarian meal, served by volunteers who embody India’s religious and ethnic mosaic.

with thanks : nytimes : link in headline above for detailed news.





Sunday, August 29, 2010

Police recover missing Sikh girl of Baramulla from Srinagar

Srinagar, Aug. 29 (ANI): A joint team of Baramulla and Srinagar police has found out a missing Sikh girl of Baramulla from a Srinagar locality.

The girl (name withheld), who had allegedly been kidnapped recently, was traced out by the joint police team on Saturday.

On August 24, a missing report was lodged in police station Baramulla that a Sikh girl was missing.

with thanks : thaindian : link in headline for detailed news.


Saturday, August 28, 2010

1984 riots: Delhi Police shielded Sajjan Kumar, says CBI to Supreme Court


New Delhi, Aug 27 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday told the Supreme Court that the special anti-riots cell of the Delhi Police had conducted 'sham investigations and farce prosecutions' to apparently shield senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in connection with his role in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case in which six persons were killed.

The investigating agency an affidavit urged the apex court to vacate the stay it granted on Kumar's trial in August 13 after the former Member of Parliament challenged his prosecution.

The CBI pleaded that the stay 'seriously prejudiced' the prosecution against the Congress leader.

An apex court Bench comprising Justice P Sathasivam and Justice B S Chauhan while taking on record the affidavit - posted to September 7 the final hearing of the CBI's plea to prosecute Kumar for the Delhi Cantonment riots.

The Delhi High Court had on August 20 rejected a plea to stay the trial of Sajjan Kumar in connection with his role in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

Kumar has two cases registered against him, one of which, a case involving the death of five persons in the Delhi Cantonment area, has been stayed.

The Delhi High Court had on July 19 dismissed Kumar's petition challenging a trial court's order to frame charges against him in the case.n the order, Justice Vipin Sanghi questioned the motive of the Delhi Police in cancelling the First Information Report against Sajjan Kumar when the CBI was still probing the matter.

Justice Sanghi directed the trial court to hold the proceedings against him expeditiously in the anti-Sikh riots cases.

The trial court had on July 7 framed charges against him in another case in connection with the riot case.

with thanks : news.yahoo.com : link in headline for detailed story.


Friday, August 27, 2010

Fire destroys Abbotsford Sikh temple

An Abbotsford Sikh temple destroyed by fire early this morning (Thursday) has a history that dates back to the 1940s, when it was a small prairie chapel.

The blaze, which occurred at 31957 Townshipline Road on Matsqui Prairie, has been deemed suspicious by investigators with the Abbotsford Police and Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service (AFRS).

Area resident Doug Rennie, 82, who still lives on the same dairy farm on which he was born and raised, said he was surprised to see the destruction.

with thanks : bclocalnews : link in headline for detailed news.


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Thursday, August 26, 2010

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Solar power for Sri Harmandir Sahib complex

Amritsar, August 22-Solar energy is all set to be tapped for the supply of power to the Golden Temple Complex.In a pilot project, the Punjab Energy Development Authority (PEDA) is in the process of installing a water heater of 4,000 l capacity and a 18 KV solar power station for the utilisation of hot water in Guru Ram Das langar building and for the generation of power for the Golden Temple Complex.

“The water heater and solar power generation projects are likely to get completed in the first week of October. The capacity of the projects will subsequently be increased in a phased manner as per the requirement,” said PEDA Chairman Bhai Manjit Singh and SGPC secretary Dalmegh Singh Khatra.

While the solar water heater work had been accorded to Chandigarh-based Solar Synergy, the solar power generation project would be set up by Delhi-based Punj Allied Company.

with thanks : sikhsangat





2 Sikhs in Afghan poll fray, want to be first elected non-Muslims

Election campaign posters plaster Kabul’s traffic circles these days but one face stands out. Of a Sikh. But he is not the only Sikh candidate in the fray — there is another, a woman.

Pritpal Singh Pal and Anarkali Kaur Honaryar are running for positions in Afghanistan’s Wolesi Jirga, the 250-seat lower house of parliament, elections for which are scheduled on September 18.

If they win, they will become the first democratically elected non-Muslim parliamentarians in the country — Afghan Hindus and Sikhs have held parliamentary positions before through nomination.

Both are Independent candidates from the Kabul province and are up against Mohammad Mohaqiq and Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, former Mujahideen commanders who are now established politicians.

“I want to serve people regardless of religion. I’m an Afghan,” says 44-year-old Pal, a native of the Pashtun-majority province of Paktia where his parents were also born.

With thanks : Indian Express : Link in headline above for detailed news.


Saturday, August 21, 2010

CBI given time to file reply in '84 riots case against Tytler

A Delhi court on Saturday allowed the CBI two months' time to file a detailed reply to an application filed by a victim for certain documents relied upon by the probe agency in giving clean chit to former Union Minister Jagdish Tytler in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. Additional Sessions Judge V K Khanna granted the request of CBI prosecutor Sanjay Kumar for being given two months' time to prepare the reply on the plea of Lakhwinder Kaur.

"There is no provision in the Criminal Procedure Code for supplying the documents sought by the applicant," Kumar claimed.

His contention that a similar application of Kaur was dismissed by the lower court was strongly objected to by senior counsel HS Phoolka who claimed the plea was allowed.

with thanks : Hindustan times : link in headline for detailed news.


Tearful reunion for truck driver's family

KOLKATA: Family members of truck driver Gurjant singh reached the city in the early hours of Friday. Flanked by a battery of men from the Sikh community, the 40-year-old truck driver's elder brother, Veer Singh, and maternal uncle Kaur singh headed first to Calcutta high court and then to CID headquarters Bhabani Bhavan later in the afternoon.

It was, however, a long wait for the family members before they could meet Gurjant. Veer was allowed to meet his brother only after being interrogated by CID sleuths. When they finally met, the bothers broke down over a hug. The silence was finally broken when Veer mustered up the courage to ask how Gurjant was doing. Gurjant broke into tears again after hearing about his parents and children from Veer."My brother said that he was being treated well at Bhabani Bhavan. But he is worried about our parents, his children and wife. It was tough for me to see my brother in police custody. But I feel better after seeing him," said Veer.

with thanks ; source : Times of india : link in headline above for detailed news.


Friday, August 20, 2010

Sikhs in Kashmir Valley need not fear: Chidambaram

Home Minister P Chidambaram on Friday said Sikhs need not have fear in the Kashmir Valley, where some Sikh families have reportedly received anonymous letters from extremists asking them to either embrace Islam or leave. "We are aware of the so-called threat but there is nothing to fear. The chief minister (Omar Abdullah) has assured that the Sikh community will be given protection," Chidambaram said in the Rajya Sabha after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members voiced protest over the issue forcing a brief adjournment.

The home minister told the house that the central government has been in talks with the state government for ensuring the safety of Sikhs in the Valley.

"Let the house be assured that the state and centre are working together and Sikhs will be protected," Chidambaram said.

with thanks : Hindustan Times : link in headline for detailed news.


Beadbi of Guru Granth Sahib Saroop's in Delhi : SikhsIndia

This is really a shocking vid and was taken in very abnormal circumstances with shaking hands on viewing the condition of Guru Granth Sahib saroop's & Gutka's.


Sikh Bodies respond to beadbi of 2500 Saroops

Amritsar, August 19: After the recent Phoolka-Sarna controversy, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee head Avtar Singh Makkar (SGPC) and Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) chief Paramjit Singh Sarna are at loggerheads again. This time, they are crossing swords over “disrespect” shown to holy ‘Birs’ (the Saroops of Sri Guru Granth Sahib), ‘Gutkas’ (brief narrations of Gurbani) and other holy books in various gurdwaras and other places in Delhi.

Makkar said they had found hundreds of religious scriptures lying in pitiable conditions, with many “submerged in sewerage water”. SGPC officials had been asked to go to Delhi and bring the holy scriptures back to Goindwal Sahib for their last rites. “In Sikh tradition, the Birs and Gutkas are cremated. We have brought hundreds of them to Goindwal.

Sarnas were approached for the same by many but they showed no respect, which amounts to blasphemy,” said Makkar, adding that now they would cremate the books with full honours.

According to SGPC officials, the religious books and holy scriptures were collected from Delhi with the help of local religious leader Baba Phuman Singh at Dera Karam Singh. “We have been told that many Sikhs had approached the DSGMC but Sarna and his brother Harvinder Singh Sarna did not even hear the complaints,” said a top SGPC office-bearer.

Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh took a strong stand and supported Makkar. “The SGPC has every right to see if any disrespect is being shown to the holy books. It did the right thing by bringing the books here to cremate them in an appropriate manner,” he said.

He added that Baba Gurinder Singh at Goindwal had been entrusted with the task of cremating the scriptures. “It is a matter of concern that the Sarna brothers had shown disregard to the matter. We have received complaints against them and those are under consideration,” said the jathedar who discussed the matter in a hurriedly called meeting on Tuesday.

with thanks : SikhSangat

PLZ NOTE, we had shown pics of these Saroops of Guru Granth Sahib ji in our earlier posts.


SGPC poll irregularities: report sought

Kapurthala (Pun), Aug 19 (PTI) Gurdwara Elections Chief Commissioner H S Brar has sought a report from Kapurthala district administration on the alleged irregularities in enrollment of non-Sikh voters for upcoming Shiromani Gurudwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC) polls.

Deputy Commissioner Raj Kamal Chaudhary today said Brar sought the report from the administration, regarding charges of irregularities in enrollment of 'Patit' Sikh voters at Begowal and Bhadas villages falling under the Bholath assembly constituency, within two days. Chaudhry said he has directed Bholath SDM Ranjit Kaur, the revising authority, to conduct door-to-door survey and submit the report immediately for forwarding it to the Sikh Gurudwara Election Commission.

with thanks : IBN Live : link in headline for detailed story.


Embrace Islam or leave Valley, Sikhs threatened

SRINAGAR: Sikhs in the Kashnir valley have received anonymous letters from Islamic militants asking them to either embrace Islam and join the protests against civilian killings or pack up and leave the Valley. The 60,000-strong Sikh community is the single largest minority group in the Valley.

An organisation of Kashmiri Sikhs said that several community members have received these letters. "Community members have received unsigned letters at various places," said All Party Sikh Coordination Committee (ASCC) coordinator Jagmohan Singh Raina. He said the community has decided to stay put and fight these "evil designs" at a meeting in Srinagar on Thursday.

with thanks : Times of India : link in headline for detailed story.


Delhi HC refuses to stay trial against Sajjan Kumar in riots case

The Delhi High Court today refused to stay the trial against senior Congress leader and former MP Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case in which six persons were killed.

Justice A. K. Pathak declined the plea of Kumar, against whom the charges of murder and rioting were framed by a lower court, to immediately stay the trial till his petition challenging framing of charges is decided by the court.

Refusing the plea of the politician to stay the criminal proceedings for his alleged involvement in riots in Sultanpuri Area, the court issued notice on his petition to CBI and asked the probe agency to file its reply by September 16 when the case will be further taken up for hearing.

with thanks : HINDU : link in headline for detailed news.


Thursday, August 19, 2010

First stone laid for new Sikh temple

Members of Manchester's Sikh community witnessed the laying of the first foundation stones at the proposed site for the new Sri Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara, Education and Cultural Centre in Whalley Range.

Labelled as a future iconic land mark for Manchester, over 700 people attended the special ceremony including the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Mark Hackett and other dignitaries, where a vegetarian breakfast, langar was served.

The members of the Sri Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara have raised £1.1m towards the £2m project.

The completion of the new building is due on 14 March 2011 with the Grand opening ceremony coinciding with the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi in April.

More details of work in progress and options to make any contributions can be found on the website www.manchestergurdwara.co.uk

with thanks : menmedia : link in headline above.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Man who ‘attempted’ to kill Mamata is a poor Sangrur trucker

Mauran (Sangrur), August 17

Their world came crashing down on August 9 when Gurjant Singh’s truck hit a car in Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee’s convoy in West Bengal’s East Midnapore district.

Apart from praying for Gurjant’s well-being, there is very little his wife, three children and elderly parents can do. Every day is a struggle on Gurjant’s monthly salary of Rs 2,500. Besides the small sum, the family holds five bighas land and depends on what they can grow on it. The 40-year-old, who has been driving for 17 years, once owned a truck but had to sell it off.

“We don’t even have money to go to West Bengal let alone pursuing the matter legally,” says Gurjant’s wife Gurbans Kaur. The trucker’s 85-year-old hearing-impaired father Harneek Singh sits quietly outside the family’s one-room house, a prayer on his lips.

As the newsteam entered the sleepy Mauran village on Dirbah Road in Sangrur today afternoon, almost the entire village gathered around it in anticipation of some good news on the Gurjant front. The moment they got to know that their “visitors” were journalists, hope instantly gave way to disappointment. Gurjant’s 75-year-old mother Surjit Kaur couldn’t hold back her tears.

“My son is illiterate. He doesn’t even know the Prime Minister’s name. How can he conspire to eliminate the Railway Minister?” she cries, pleading Gurjant’s innocence. “The West Bengal police should come here and see Gurjant’s home. Then they will know whether he can commit a crime…” her voice trails off.

The news of Gurjant’s arrest has left his three children — daughters Parwinder Kaur (15) and Kirandeep Kaur (12) and son Jatinder Singh (9) — in deep shock. All of them have stopped going to the village school.

Gurjant’s elder brother and immediate neighbour Veer Singh blames the family’s misfortune on West Bengal politics. “The accident occurred because of the truck’s brake failure but my brother got dragged into the mess,” he says.

On August 9, Gurjant Singh’s truck had hit a car in Mamata’s convoy at Kolaghat Bridge in East Midnapore as she was returning to Kolkata from a rally in Lalgarh. Gurjant was arrested and initially booked for rash driving but let off on August 11. Immediately after, he was charged with conspiracy and attempting to murder Mamata and re-arrested. He is in 12-day police remand.

The entire village vouches for Gurjant’s innocence. “He is innocent. All his life, he has never even had an spat with anyone,” says a group of villagers that has gathered around The Tribune team. One of them, Navpreet Singh, is more vocal. “How come the West Bengal police charged him without coming to our village for investigations? We don’t know what is happening to Gurjant in jail there…” he says.

with thanks : SIKHSANGAT


Sikh Temple in Texas faces razing following a court ruling

HOUSTON: A newly-built Gurdwara in Austin may soon be razed or moved following a Texas appellate-court ruling that it violated zoning laws, resulting in an outcry from members of the community.

The temple was completed in April to replace a mobile home that the congregation of about 60 families in central Texas had been using as a place of worship since 2003.

But, the congregation says it was unaware of the subdivision’s restricting covenants stating that only single-family dwellings can be built on the lot and that they must be used as housing.

The group purchased the 2.75-acre property where the new temple sits in 2003 in a subdivision of the Austin suburb of Bee Cave and set up the makeshift temple in the 1,200- square-foot mobile home, which was already on the property.

Two years later, the congregation started plans to build a temple on the property and obtained all necessary permits from the city, said Harnek Bains, president of the Austin congregation.

Sikh organisation Austin Gurdwara Sahib said it cost $350,000 to build the temple, and it paid $100,000 for the land.

The court ruling has resulted in an outcry from members of the religious group, some of whom claim discrimination is at the heart of the case.

“There is a great amount of grief that a religious house of worship is being destroyed,” said Amardeep Singh, director of programmes at the National Sikh Coalition, a civil-rights organisation.

Bains said the congregation faced no opposition until 2008, when the Bolliers moved into the neighbourhood and filed suit while the temple was under construction.

“We were shocked and stunned,” Bains said. The Bolliers said in a statement: “We did not bring this suit until AGS violated the single-family dwelling restriction by beginning construction of a large, pre-fabricated aluminum commercial building on its lot”.

The dispute began when a couple, John and Leslie Bollier, living in the neighbourhood filed a lawsuit on the grounds that the temple violated the subdivision’s rules restricting construction to single-family dwellings.

The trial-court judge sided with the Sikh group in March 2009, saying while it was in violation of the subdivision’s covenants, the Bolliers were barred from seeking court action on use of the property in large part due to the expiration of a statute of limitations that requires citizens to file suit within four years of an alleged violation.

with thanks : sikhsangat.org


Akshay Kumar - comments awaited

On the release of Singh is King, Akshay Kumar had promised to DSGMC that he will no more show the sikhs in a bad form. But if it is true, Akshay Kumar is again coming as a Turbaned sikh with clean shaven looks in his forthcoming, Nikhil Advani’s ‘Patiala House’.

Now what we can expect from DSGMC as well SGPC which has directed to make a censor Board for all such issues. Can't they request to the producers & directors of such movies to not to play with the sentiments of the Sikh community.

Your most valued comments are being awaited on the issue.


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Protests after assailants cut Sikh trader’s hair

New Delhi Sikhs took the streets in Vikaspuri area of West Delhi on Monday after a man from the community alleged that he was assaulted and his hair and beard shorn by four unidentified men in Nihal Vihar.

Police said the men came to Manjeet Singh's mobile phone shop at about 9 am for a recharge coupon. "There was an argument between Singh and the four men and one of them hit Singh after which he fell unconscious. When he woke up, Singh found his hair and beard shorn," said a senior police officer.

Singh (30) informed his relatives about the matter and a police complaint was lodged in Nihal Vihar. Meanwhile, some Sikhs blocked the Outer Ring Road near Vikaspuri to lodge their protest. "The protesters deflated tyres of two DTC low-floor buses and the brought traffic to a standstill for around half an hour," the police said. The protest was called off after senior police officers assured the protesters that the accused would be nabbed soon. A similar protest was reported from Tilak Nagar too.

with thanks : source : ExpressIndia : link in headline for more details.


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Monday, August 16, 2010

Centre removes 23 ex-Khalistani militants' names from blacklist

NEW DELHI: Acting on Punjab government's recommendation, the Centre has finally deleted names of 23 former Khalistani militants -- all foreign nationals -- from the Centre's list of blacklisted Sikh radicals as they are "not involved in any serious criminals cases and anti-India activities". Consequently, these 23 persons will now be able to get Indian visa and travel to any parts of India without any restriction. Consequently, these 23 persons will now be able to get Indian visa and travel to any parts of India without any restriction.

with thanks : source : Times of India : Link in headline above for detailed news.


Ontario Gurdwara To Set Up First Ever Multimedia Sikh Museum In Canada

MISSISSAUGA – After yearlong frantic planning, Ontario Khalsa Darbar is moving ahead with setting up Canada’s first of its kind Multimedia Sikh Museum in Mississauga. The museum is being set up under volunteer support of Baba Sewa Singh Chairman Kar Sewa Khadur Sahib-India. The hi-tech brain behind the museum is Surrey resident Dr Raghbir Singh Bains, a Canadian Sikh and author of the Encyclopaedia of Sikhism.

Both the sponsor and producer have offered to set up the latest technology and put up programmed content in the museum without getting any remuneration. However, it will especially be for use of OKD in the Gurdwara premises or the Sikh Resource Center to be constructed in the near future by the committee of the said Gurdwara. There will be no entry fees for visitors and free guides would be made available for help. The Ontario Khalsa Darbar Gurdwara Mississauga is one of the largest Sikh Gurdwara in North America that attracts thousands of followers, visitors and student groups of all faiths every day.

The first of its kind Multimedia Sikh Museum in the world on robotic and touch screen technology was set up by Dr Raghbir Singh Bains at Khadur Sahib during 500th anniversary of the ‘Parkash Gurpurv’ of Guru Angad Dev Ji on April 16, 2004 in India. Similarly, the second such museum was set up at Jalandhar in Punjab during 2008.

with thanks : thelinkpaper : link in headline for detailed news.


Friday, August 13, 2010

1984 anti-Sikh riots case: Supreme Court stays trial against Sajjan Kumar

In a reprieve for Sajjan Kumar, the Supreme Court on Friday stayed trial proceedings against the Congress leader facing murder and other charges in connection with the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases.

A bench of Justices P. Sathasivam and B.S. Chauhan also issued notice to the CBI on Mr. Kumar’s appeal challenging his prosecution.

The High Court had on July 19 refused to quash various charges including that of murder against him, saying the delay in prosecution has apparently benefited him.

Mr. Kumar, a former Outer Delhi MP, is facing prosecution in two cases in which he has been accused of inciting a mob against Sikh community in the aftermath of Gandhi’s assassination on October 31, 1984.

“The interest of justice requires that the offences allegedly committed by accused persons are expeditiously tried to preserve the rule of law in the society,” the High Court had said while directing the trial court to hold the proceedings against him expeditiously in the riots cases.

With thanks : source : The Hindu : Link in headline above for detailed news.


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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Guru Granth Sahib Saroop's & Gutka's were found floating in a basement - 3

Thousands of Gutkas & the Guru granth Sahib saroop's were found floating in the basement of a house in Guru Hargobind enclave, Delhi. Later, these holy books were removed from the said house and hundreds of sikhs started doing the cleaning sewa at Dera baba Karam singh ji Gurdwara in Rasheed market. Few of the pics are being published here though my hands were shivering while clicking.


Guru Granth Sahib Saroop's & Gutkas were found floating in a basement - 2

Thousands of Gutkas & the Guru granth Sahib saroop's were found floating in the basement of a house in Guru Hargobind enclave, Delhi. Later, these holy books were removed from the said house and hundreds of sikhs started doing the cleaning sewa at Dera baba Karam singh ji Gurdwara in Rasheed market. Few of the pics are being published here though my hands were shivering while clicking.


Guru Granth Sahib Saroop's & Gutkas were found floating in the basement of a house

Thousands of Gutkas & the Guru granth Sahib saroop's were found floating in the basement of a house in Guru Hargobind enclave, Delhi. Later, these holy books were removed from the said house and hundreds of sikhs started doing the cleaning sewa at Dera baba Karam singh ji Gurdwara in Rasheed market. Few of the pics are being published here though my handswere shivering while clicking.

Sorry for the quality of pics as my hands were shivering were clicking.


HC Notice On Sehajdhari Sikhs

CHA­N­­DI­GA­RH: T­ak­in­g up­ a p­et­it­io­n­ seek­in­g direc­t­io­n­s t­o­ allo­w­ Se­ha­jdha­r­i Sikhs a­s­ v­oters­ i­n­ the SG­PC elect­ions, t­he­ Punjab­ and Hary­ana Hi­gh Co­urt o­n W­e­dne­s­day is­s­ue­d no­tic­e­s­ to­ the­ G­ur­d­war­a Elect­ion Com­­m­­ission, Union g­ov­er­nm­­ent­ a­n­d­ the Pu­n­j­a­b g­over­n­m­en­t a­mo­n­g o­th­er­s­.

Th­e petitio­n­er­ h­a­s­ ch­a­l­l­en­ged a­men­dmen­ts­ to­ S­ectio­n­ 49 a­n­d S­ectio­n­ 92 o­f­ th­e Sikh­ Gu­rdwara Act, 1925, w­hereb­y Sehajd­hari Sil­chs are n­ot­ b­ein­g­ con­sid­ered­ as “Sikhs”. “Sehajd­hari Sikhs are t­hose p­erson­s, w­ho t­houg­h n­ot­ b­orn­ in­ S­ik­h­ fa­milies­, fo­­llo­­w the r­elig­io­­n fo­­r­ all intents­ and­ pur­po­­s­es­,” r­ead­s­ petitio­­n.

The petitio­­n filed­ b­y­ Hans­ R­aj thr­o­­ug­h ad­v­o­­cates­ Mans­ur­ Ali and­ H.S­. D­eo­­l hig­hlig­hted­ that in 2002 s­pecial v­o­­ting­ r­ig­hts­ wer­e g­iv­en to­­ S­ehajd­har­i S­ik­hs­ b­y­ the r­es­po­­nd­ents­, the s­ame clear­ly­ s­ho­­wed­ that S­ehajd­har­i S­ilchs­ wer­e r­eco­­g­nis­ed­ as­ S­ik­hs­.

“It is­ s­ur­pr­is­ing­ as­ to­­ ho­­w till 2003 S­ehajd­har­i S­ik­hs­ wer­e co­­ns­id­er­ed­ S­ik­hs­, and­ at pr­es­ent the r­es­po­­nd­ents­ ar­e r­es­tr­aining­ the d­efinitio­­n o­­f S­ik­hs­ b­y­ o­­us­ting­ S­ehajd­har­i S­ik­hs­,” the petitio­­n s­aid­.

with thanks : punjab news : link in headline above for the detailed story.


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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sri Akal Takht Sahib directs SGPC to form ‘censor board’

Amritsar, Punjab: To prevent eruption of controversies over books and films based on the Sikh religion, gurbani, history and culture, the five Sikh high priests have directed the SGPC to constitute a “censor board” comprising Sikh scholars to examine and clear books and films before their formal release.

“The SGPC has been asked to constitute a censor board. Any book, published material and films related to the Sikhism, history and culture will have to be subjected to examination by the board before their release. This is being to done to avoid any controversies in the future,” said Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh.

The five Sikh high priests, led by Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh, have also asked the SGPC to divide Punjab into three regions-Majha, Malwa and Doaba-to spread message of Sikh Gurus and that of “Gurbani” in a better way.

The Dharam Parchar Committee of the SGPC will distribute published material like books on the Sikh religion among Sikhs through Akhand Kirtani Jatha head Baldev Singh and other Sikh religious preachers.

The three regions, according to Giani Gurbachan Singh, will also have SGPC-operated missions on lines of the similar institutions operating in Jammu. “The Sikh high priests will also visit these regions from time to time,” said Giani Gurbachan Singh.

The idea to set-up an SGPC-operated “censor board” came up for discussion among the Sikh high priests after a recent controversy of the publication of two books “Gian Sarovar”- an encyclopedia for primary classes in Punjab-and “Balu De Wal”.

SAD (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Maan had raised objections over the books following which Director-General (School Education) Krishan Kumar had tendered an apology.

The Akal Takht Jathedar had accepted the apology and had asked the Sikh sangat to consider the issue “as closed”.

with thanks : source : SikhSangat.org


Monday, August 9, 2010

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Sajid Khan is on the back foot. The actor-filmmaker, who recently courted controversy on the show India’s Got Talent, has now apologised for hurting the sentiments of the Sikh community. Sajid, who judges the show, had said that a Gatka (a martial arts dance form of the Sikhs) performance was too violent since it had a five - year - old using a sword.

with thanks ; source : Hindustan times : link in headline for detailed news.


Sunday, August 8, 2010

Floods damage historic gurdwara Pathar Sahib

CHANDIGARH: The sheets of water which devastated Leh town and its outskirts also considerably damaged one of the Sikhs' holy shrine, Pathar Sahib.

with thanks : source : Times of india : link in headline for detailed news.


Sarnas appear before Akal Takht, panel set up on Phoolka charges


Amritsar, Aug 8 – The Sikh high priests Saturday formed a five-member committee to look into a controversy involving 1984 anti-Sikh riots victims’ lawyer H.S. Phoolka and the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Paramjit Singh Sarna and his brother.

The committee was set up after Sarna and his brother appeared before the Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of Sikhs, here Saturday and submitted a written reply before the Sikh high priests to support their allegations against Phoolka.

The Sarna brothers, Paramjit and Harvinder, were summoned by the Sikh high priests last month following a complaint by Phoolka, lawyer of 1984 anti-Sikh riots victims, saying that he was humiliated by them at a meeting in Delhi recently.

The Sarna brothers were asked to explain their stand on the controversy over Phoolka.

The lawyer later told reporters that the allegations against him by the Sarna brothers were a ‘deep-rooted conspiracy’ by the Congress leaders to save those party leaders who were behind the killing of thousands of innocent Sikhs in New Delhi November 1984 in the aftermath of the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her two Sikh bodyguards Oct 31, 1984.

Phoolka, who spearheaded a 26-year-long battle for justice to victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, had last month offered to quit as lawyer of riot victims’ families after Sarna leveled allegations against him for ‘having received crores of rupees for personal benefit’.

with thanks : indiatalkies : link in headline for detailed news


Saturday, August 7, 2010

1984 anti-Sikh riots affected take out protest march in Amritsar


A group of 1984 anti-Sikh riots affected staged a protest march in the holy city of Amritsar on Friday against Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government and Delhi Gurdwara Management committee (DSGMC).

The forum named-Danga Peedit Welfare Association-took out a march from Bhai Gurdas Hall to Akal Takht here.

with thanks : source : SIFY : Link in headline above for detailed news.


’84 Sikh riots case: US court issues default certificate against Congress leader Kamal Nath

The minister failed to respond to summons to him on a plea by Sikh group.

A new York district court on Thursday issued a certificate of default declaring that Union Minister for Roadways Kamal Nath has failed to respond to the summons issued by the court earlier on April 6. This was stated by Gurpatwant S Pannun, legal advisor of Sikhs for Justice, an organisation which has filed the case against Nath.

Pannun said: “The US court issued a certificate of default against Indian Minister Kamal Nath because despite publicly acknowledging to have received the court summons on April 6, he ignored the summons and decided not to contest the allegation of leading the mobs that killed Sikhs in 1984. The certificate of default paves the way for the US court to grant all reliefs requested by Sikhs for Justice, a US-based non-profit national human rights advocacy group in their complaint.”

with thanks : source : Indian Express : link in headline above for detailed news.


Friday, August 6, 2010

Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji message to NASA —-Beat you to it….

There have been claims that an English translation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji finds itself at home at NASA and that the NASA scientist turn to Guru Ji for inspiration. NASA has been quiet on this issue and there is no information available if any of the claims are true. Search of the internet did not yield much result about the connection between the two but did lead to an interesting discovery about Sikhs. Some Sikhs feel that somehow having confirmation that Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji does have a place in NASA, would make Sikhism superior to other religions. This connection that has popped up between NASA and Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is not there to fill Sikhs with false pride. It is not for us to run around trying to confirm it, so we can brag about it. This connection is yet another reminder for all Sikhs what a priceless treasure Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is for anyone that is willing to listen. NASA wastes millions of dollars trying to answer questions Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji answers for frees for anybody that is willing to listen with an open mind and an open heart. Some of those questions are: “How vast is the universe?” “How was it created?” “How will it end?”

In Jap Ji Sahib Ji we read every morning “There are planets, solar systems and galaxies. If one speaks of them, there is no limit, no end. There are worlds upon worlds of His Creation. As He commands, so they exist. He watches over all, and contemplating the creation, He rejoices. Nanak says, to describe this is as hard as steel!” While NASA is busy trying to find out the vastness of the universe, Guru Ji reminds us daily. Every time NASA finds a new planet or makes any new discoveries, Sikhs shouldn’t be shocked because Guru Ji already told us that there is no limit. Sikhs should be shocked if NASA ever claims; they have discovered everything there is to discover. Even then just wait a few years and they’ll run into something new. Why do we need NASA to confirm the importance of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and the message it sends to the Sikhs daily, when daily Guru Ji confirms the existence of NASA?

Before NASA or anyone else could even begin to explain how the universe came into play, Guru Ji explained it to the Sikhs. “From this primal void, came the moon, the sun and the earth….From this primal void, the earth and the Akaashic Ethers were created….From this primal void, came the four sources of creation, and the power of speech….They were created from the void, and they will merge into the void…..” Science to date struggles to figure out how and why universe was created but it does agree that everything was created out a void of some sorts (the big bang theory). But Every theory that is explored they run into the same questions; why and how? Guru Ji agrees with Science that for the longest time there was nothing and that the universe grew out of that nothingness. But unlike science Guru Ji does not create doubts on anything He tells the Sikhs with confidence this is how things are; “There was darkness for countless years. There was neither earth nor sky; there was only His Will. There was neither day nor night, neither sun nor moon. He (God) was in deep meditation. There was nothing except Himself.”. How can NASA confirm the importance of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, when NASA itself can’t confirm how the universe was created?

NASA does not know how it was created and it does not know how it will end but Guru Ji tells his Sikhs everything. “Night and day, and the stars in the sky shall vanish. The sun and the moon shall vanish. The mountains, the earth, the water and the air shall pass away. Only the Word of the Holy Saint shall endure.” So long before science was there to warn us that we were going to run out of our natural resources, Guru Ji warned us. There have been theories in the past about the Sun cooling down and the brightness of it vanishing, science is still not so sure about it. At the rate we our polluting the earth, it won’t be long till we run out of drinkable water and clean air to breath. Guru Ji told us everything science is telling us, only Guru Ji told us hundreds of years before anyone could even begin imagining it. When the world ends, will it matter if NASA had confirmed the importance of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji?

No one can confirm the importance of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji by turning to it for inspiration. It is useless to even think about NASA turning to Guru Ji. Instead we should think about why, why if it doesn’t matter, this came up? Waheguru Ji didn’t bring this topic to light to raise the Sikhs above everyone else. He brought it to give us a slap in the face and wake us up. To open our eyes to the priceless treasure we have in the form of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Guru Ji answers many questions NASA can’t and yet we listen more carefully to NASA then Guru Ji. This is a reminder to all Sikhs, turn to Guru Granth Sahib Ji and you’ll never need to look elsewhere or need any confirmation.

Harminder Kaur

with thanks : sikhsangat.org


Thursday, August 5, 2010

Punjab Gatka Associaiton seeks apology from Colors TV for hurting Sikh sentiments

CHANDIGARH: The Gatka Federation of India (Regd.) (GFI) and Punjab Gatka Association (Regd.) (PGA) have urged the Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh to take strict action in the ouster of seven year-old Sikh child Manpreet Singh of Tarn Taran from reality show India's Got Talent on Colors TV and debarring him from demonstrating Gatka, an Indian martial art.

In a press release GFI General Secretary H.S Grewal and PGA Joint Secretary Jagmohanjit Singh Wednesday said that Judge Sajid Khan's reaction on the TV show had hurt the sentiments of Sikhs and Gatka sportspersons by terming it violent for his age. They added that Gatka, a traditional martial art, an Indian Art of self defence, was introduced to India around 4 thousand years ago by the Aryans and is the mother of all martial arts. "It is an art by which one becomes extremely graceful and brings dignity, divinity, grace and self defence." Association adds.

with thanks : source : PunjabNewsLine : link in headline above for detailed news.


Not aware of any threat from Sikh militants to CWG: Sukhbir

Jalandhar, Aug 4 (PTI) Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today said he was not aware of any threat from Sikh militants to the Commonwealth Games to be held in the national capital in October. There has been an exchange of inputs between intelligence agencies of Punjab and the Centre on terrorists' activities, but "I am not aware of any threat from Sikh militants to the Commonwealth Games," Sukhbir told reporters here after a private function.

with thanks : source : IBNLIVE : link in headline above for detailed news.


Reality show judge angers Sikh groups in Punjab

The exit of a seven-year-old participant from the India's Got Talent reality show after judge Sajid Khan commmented that the martial arts dance form he performed was too violent has angererd Sikh groups in Punjab.

'Gatka' , a traditional martial arts dance form of the Nihang sect of the Sikh religion, bodies are objecting to the ouster of Manpreet Singh of Tarn Taran from the reality show that runs on Colours TV and debarred him from demonstrating the routine.

with thanks : source : SIFY : Link in headline above for detailed story.


Monday, August 2, 2010

Sikhs Leave an Indelible Mark in Smithsonian’s Annual Folklife Festival 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. - For the first time in 44 years of Smithsonian’s annual Folklife Festival history Sikh community from greater Washington Metropolitan area participated in various activities over ten day period. The Folklife festival is conducted by the Smithsonian Institution every year and this year it was from June 24th until July 5th. Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, an active Sikh Gurdwara organization based in Rockville, Maryland, led the Sikh participation in the festival. The Sikhs had a large role to play in displaying their heritage, identity, tradition, and culture as part of the presentations on Asian Pacific Americans, one of three major themes chosen for this year in addition to Mexico and Smithsonian Workforce.

The opening night concert featured high energy song and dance in the form of Bhangra and Giddha. It featured over 60 participants.

July 1 saw the Sikh team performing the entire day. It started with an introduction on Fox TV. Different team leaders were selected by GGSF coordinators to showcase the Sikh community’s presence in America.

There was Gurbani Kirtan, turban tying, henna tattoos, trying on Punjabi clothes, and having visitors get their names written in Gurmukhi calligraphy, teaching Gurmukhi language, and of course Punjabi cooking. At the family activities tent several turbaned Sikh youth men and women tirelessly wrapped turbans and helped people try Punjabi clothing.

with thanks : source : India journal : link in headline above for detailed story.


Two kids drown in holy pond in Punjab

Two children drowned in the holy pond of Gurudwara (Sikh shrine) Kaulsar in this Punjab city, police said Monday.

Sonu, 9, and Sanju, 11, had come to take a dip in the pond with a group of friends Sunday evening.

'Sonu slipped into the sarovar (holy pond) and to save him Sanju also jumped in. Both of them drowned,' Lakhbir Singh, investigating the case, told IANS.

'After a prolonged search operation, police divers have fished out the bodies, which were handed over to the family members,' he said.

with thanks : source : SIFY : link in headline above for detailed news.


Sunday, August 1, 2010

Amritsar: 15kg of RDX, sub machine gun seized

Amritsar: Punjab police on Saturday recovered 15 kg of RDX 3 detonators, a sub-machine gun along with its cartridges following the interrogation of an arrested terrorist of Sikh separatist outfit Babbar Khalsa International (BKI).

The special operation cell of Punjab police's intelligence wing also recovered one magazine of AK 47 rifle, 100 cartridges of AK 47 and 3 packets fuse wire.

Officials of the cell said the lead about the arms and ammunition was given by BKI terrorist Pal Singh, a French national, who was arrested on July 28, during his interrogation.

with thanks : source : NDTV : link in headline above for the detailed news.


Sikh history radiates through light-&-sound show

CHANDIGARH: The glory of Sikh history, which depicted the sacrifices made by warriors during Mughal rule, radiated through a light-and-sound show at Punjab Kala Bhawan on Saturday. The two-and-a-half-hour play, ‘Singh Soorme’, produced and directed by Jarnail Singh Gogi in association with Panj Pani Rang Manch, was composed by Sharanjit Singh and Satpal Singh Joshila.

Gogi said he staged the play to promote Sikh history, espeially among youths. Though the era might be different, the evils prevalent in society have only changed their faces and not characteristics. So, these have to be dealt with in a tougher way even today.

with thanks : source : Times of India : link in headline above for the detailed news.