Monday, May 30, 2011

Parmjit Singh Sarna :Apeal To World Sikhs

Parmjit Singh Sarna(President of Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee): Briefing his stand & efforts to save Prof.Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar



Dr.Gurdeep Kaur
Associate Professor
Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College
Univewrsity of Delhi
Dev Nagar
New Delhi-110005

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Appeal to Sonia for clemency

JALANDHAR: Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee president Paramjit Singh Sarna has written to United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi to get Prof Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar's death sentence commuted by the government following rejection of his mercy petition by the President of India. 

In a letter to her, Sarna has argued that in the national interest, this will be a gesture of goodwill to the entire Sikh community. "Through this act of forgiveness, all sides can forgive and forget the unfortunate chapter of militancy in Punjab," he has said. 

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

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

First Hondh-Chillar Mass Grave & now another one in Jammu ?

First Hondh-Chillar Mass Grave & now another one in Jammu ? How many such mass graves exist in various parts of India ? It clearly shows that number of  sikhs killed during 1984 riots were much more than on records. May i request to all of the Shiromani Akali Dal's to look into it seriously.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Sikhism : Informative Books : Sikh Martial Art : Gatka by Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Gatka Master




























A MUST BUY Book for Every Gurudwara for its library. Written by Jathedar Gurcharan Singh ji Gatka master, it's a very informative book on Gatka. Jathedar ji is a member of DSGMC for the last many years & winner of many awards including Gold Medals.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sikh perspective on End of life issues










I am doing research on "Religion & End of life ethics" with Sikh perspective on End of life issues.This work will open courageous conversations & door & will contribute to the sikh society’s dialogue on death & dying.To pursue this ,I need to know the Sikh people's views around the world to prepare a well -researched paper.

In contemporary world, Religion plays an important role in shaping moral choices at the end of life.Today, pluralistic Indian society needs to rethink its antiquated/rigid views about death and dying to ensure that we do not let our loved ones,live the end of their lives without dignity and peace.

Please give your answers/opinions on the following Questionnaire which will further help me in reaching some conclusions.I am hoping for more substantive responses from believers as End-of-life decision-making is often expressed in religious contexts!

Questionnaire for research work:

Case 1 (initiating or continuing a curative or life-sustaining treatment)There exists a cancer treatment that may prolong life with a few weeks. This treatment has many negative side-effects. Should a physician opt for this treatment?

Case 2 (non-treatment decision)
An unconscious patient is artificially kept alive (ventilator, artificial nutrition and/or hydration). The patient is in an irreversible coma. Should the devices be switched off so that the patient dies? Who should decide about that?

Case 3 (refusal of treatment)
A physician has told his patient that chemo therapy may cure his cancer. The patient has the financial means to afford this treatment.Has the patient the right to refuse this treatment,even if he knows he will die soon if no treatment is administered?

Case 4 (pain control)
Do you feel that a person suffering unbearable pain, should be given pain medication even in those very exceptional cases in which this might have life shortening side effect?

Case 5 (palliative sedation)
A terminal patient is in severe pain. The physician is unable to treat the pain while the patient is in a conscious condition. Therefore, he decides to reduce the consciousness of the patient with sedative drugs to adequately relieve the pain. Is this a proper treatment?

Case 6 (voluntary euthanasia)
A terminal patient, having only a few more weeks to live, is in severe physical pain. The treating physician has been unable to adequately relieve his pain. The patient requests his life to be ended. Should the physician administer a lethal injection?

Case 7 (assisted suicide)
A terminal patient, having only a few more weeks to live, is in severe physical pain. The treating physician has been unable to adequately relieve his pain. The patient requests medicine to end his life. Should the physician provide drugs so that the patient can end his life?

Case 8 (non-voluntary euthanasia)
Since several months a patient has been in an irreversible coma, living without medical devices. Should the physician be allowed to administer a lethal injection to end the life of the patient?

Please mail your views on: gurdeepkaur04@hotmail.com

With thanks: This questionnaire is prepared by Prof.dr.Bert Broeckaert(Faculty of Theology,KU Leuven),who has been centrally involved at a policy level about palliative care and euthanasia in Belgium over the last few years.He has published several articles on comparative religious ethics, palliative care, euthanasia and end of life ethics.

Dr.Gurdeep Kaur
Associate Professor
Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College
University of Delhi
Dev Nagar
New Delhi-110005

Assistant U.S. Attorney General Tom Perez visit to Charlotte Gurudwara in North Carolina ,USA

UNITED SIKHS and the Sikh Gurudwara of Charlotte continue to collaborate with federal law enforcement agencies across North and South Carolina to highlight challenges faced by the Sikh community. On April 14, 2011, Sikh community members hosted Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez from the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division (DOJ/ CRD), U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins of the Western District of North Carolina, and other staff members from the DOJ for a discussion about the civil rights concerns of both the local and national Sikh community.
In light of the recent shooting and killing of two Sikh gentlemen in California -tragedies which are being investigated as hate crimes ,Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez indicated that his department was reviewing several hate crime incidents, land use, and discrimination cases and stated that, “Security concerns can be addressed while maintaining respect for liberties. We can and must do both.” He shared his own story of the importance of diversity in maintaining the fundamental values that make the U.S. an example for civil and human rights.
This visit to the Charlotte Gurudwara is testimony to the diligence with which the North Carolina community has reached out to lawmakers and government agencies in bringing attention to Sikh American civil rights concerns
Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez with Sikh community members outside of the Gurdwara
Sikh delegation with Department of Justice staff

Pushpinder Singh Addressing the Sangat
U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins

Dr. Surendrapal Singh, President of the Sikh Gurdwara of Charlotte said, “Although the Sikh faith is based on principals of equality and freedom more than 500 years ago, the very same Sikhs are facing issues related to civil rights in the 21st century"

Pushpinder Singh,UNITED SIKHS ICHRA,Coordinator for North Carolina said,“Civil Rights are the cornerstone of all modern nations".He highlighted several civil rights challenges faced by the Sikh community including:racial/religious profiling at airports, school bullying, workplace discrimination, and hate crimes.The collaboration between UNITED SIKHS and the DOJ to address many of these issues is highly appreciable as it would further helps in opening interdisciplinary dialogue to foster & facilitate relationships between government agencies and local Sikh communities.

This will certainly make a difference for Sikh community members across the Carolinas as well as across the nation.

Dr.Gurdeep Kaur
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College
University of Delhi
Dev Nagar
New Delhi-110005
INDIA

With thanks:UNITED SIKHS,JAF POB 7203, New York,NY 10116

Fort of triumph' fights for survival




















Patiala: Qila Mubarak, the only fort built by a Sikh ruler, has withstood many attacks in its over 200-year history but is today fighting a losing battle - against government apathy.

Its name means the 'fort of triumph', and it's a symbol of the courage and culture of the Sikhs.


Instead of letting in only the admiring tourist, the complex houses several government offices, including a forensic laboratory.


The foundation of the fort was laid by founder of Patiala dynasty Ala Singh in 1763. It was completed by his grandson and successor Maharaja Amar Singh, but historians differ over the exact year.


The Patiala chiefs, who opposed the Muslim rule as guerrilla fighters, founded a state in the 1760s. Ahmad Shah Abdali, the Afghan ruler after Nadir Shah, conferred the title Raja on Ala Singh.Built on level ground, which now stands in a crowded area right in the middle of Patiala town, 80km from Chandigarh, the fort is classified as a 'Nara Durg' - a citadel defended primarily by brave soldiers because it is not protected by any natural armour like mountains, forest or water body.


Initially built as a mud-fort, Qila Mubarak was later built with bricks. The fort housed the palace of the royal family of Patiala at one stage.


However, today, the fort complex houses offices of 10 government departments, a testimony to the shocking neglect by the authorities. Even the state forensic sciences department has its office and laboratory, where chemicals are used freely to conduct tests on human organs as part of criminal investigations, inside the Qila Mubarak complex.

with thanks : city journal

link above for detailed news.

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Tim Uppal Becomes Canada‘s First Turbaned Sikh-Canadian Cabinet Minister













Edmonton MP Tim Uppal becomes the first-ever turbaned Sikh to become a Federal Minister in a country other than India.
By R. Paul Dhillon With News Files
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed his party’s first turbaned Sikh-Canadian MP Tim Uppal to a bloated cabinet that also saw another Indo-Canadian newcomer from Toronto Bal Gosal make it to cabinet, showing that the Conservatives realize that they need to retain the powerful Indo-Canadian community vote for future elections.
The perennial loser when it comes to ministerial appointments Calgary MP Deepak Obhrai was again snubbed by Harper despite heavy lobbying by Obhrai and his supporters. It either shows that Obhrai is incompetent or Harper doesn‘t think much of the veteran MP to appoint him to cabinet.
Even though both Uppal, who has been given Minister of State for Democratic Reforms portfolio, and Gosal, who gets losing Vancouver Island MP Gary Lunnès old  Minister of State for Sports post, have been given junior portfolios but it shows that Conservative feel that they need more colour around the cabinet table to show that they can be as diverse as the Liberals who  have appointed a number of Indo-Canadian MP to cabinet, including the very first Indo-Canadian federal minister Herb Dhaliwal.
Tim Uppal becomes the first-ever turbaned Sikh to become a Federal Minister in a country other than India.
Uppal, who has been elected for the second time from Edmonton-Sherwood, earlier served on the standing committees for Health, Citizenship and Immigration. He also worked as senior adviser with the Conservative Party of Canada.
He has a long history of community involvement. He was named The Outstanding Young Edmontonian for 2005 by the Junior Chamber of Commerce . He was awarded an Alberta Centennial Medallion from the Government of Alberta.
He was a member of the Capital Health Community Council and the City of Edmonton Chief of Police Advisory Council. Uppal and his wife, Kiran, have one daughter.
First time MP Gosal, who defeated six-time MP Gurbax Singh Malhi from Bramalea-Gore-Malton and newcomer Jagmeet Singh of the New Democratic Party, has worked as a commercial insurance broker. He has been a member of the Peel Regional Police Services Board and Peel Children’s Aid Society and has served as a member of the Brampton Board of Trade Marketing Committee.
Gosal and his wife, Pawanjit, have three children and live in Brampton.
There was talk of four-time MP Nina Grewal, elected from Fleetwood-Port Kells with an impressive margin, and Parm Gill, who defeated glamour girl Ruby Dhalla (Liberal) in Brampton-Springdale, being made ministers but they were long shots as Grewal is not considered minister material and Gill will have to show that he is capable of being a minister. There wasn‘t many changes from Harper‘s old cabinet with one exception that of Government House leader John Baird becoming the country’s top diplomat as foreign affairs minister, replacing Lawrence Cannon, who was defeated in the May 2 election. Peter Van Loan takes over from Baird as government House leader.

with thanks : thelinkpaper : link above for detailed news.
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Friday, May 20, 2011

Sikh slain, wife wounded in Sacramanto

The turmoil of Balbir Singh Dhami's life in recent years could offer Sacramento police a glimpse into why he was gunned down on a North Laguna Creek street Thursday morning: a fugitive son accused of murder, allegations of aiding and abetting the son, and federal trafficking charges involving hundreds of thousands of dollars in cocaine.

Officers found Dhami and his wife in their Marla Way home after neighbors reported a burst of gunfire in the quiet, suburban tract.

Dhami, whose name was provided to the media by a friend, was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife, whose name also was not released, was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries, according to authorities.

By evening, police had not identified the gunman – who was described as a short, dark-skinned man in a yellow sweat shirt and driving a gold American-made car – nor had they determined a shooting motive.


with thanks : sacbee : link above for detailed news. 

Neighbours pleased as council orders Sikhs to shut temple


BULLDOZERS are set to move in at a Sikh temple which has been ordered to shut after lengthy protests from neighbours.
Oxford’s Sikh community claim they will be left ‘homeless’ after Oxford City Council decided they can no longer use the house in Marston as a temple.
Since 2006, Sikhs have been using 69 Cherwell Drive to hold weekly prayer meetings.
But they have now been ordered to stop using it as a place of worship with immediate effect.
City councillors decided they would not be allowed any more time to look for an alternative to the ‘unsuitable’ property and would have to stop using it for worship immediately.
The Sikh community has been looking for new premises since January 2009, when the city council refused an application for retrospective planning permission to change the use of the three-bedroom semi-detached house from a place of residence to a place of worship.

with thanks : oxfordtimes : link above for detailed news.

Vaisakhi 2011, Southhall, London 2/2




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Vaisakhi 2011, Southhall, London 1/2




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Vaisakhi 2011 Trafalgar Square, London



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Thursday, May 19, 2011

‘Probe Sikh shrine board’s land deals’

Some members of the Sikh community have accused the administrator of the second most important Sikh shrine in the world, the Nanded Takht (Sri Hajur Sahib), of financial irregularities and nepotism in the last seven years. PS Pasricha, the administrator, who is a former director general of Maharashtra Police , is alleged to have sold properties owned by the Nanded Takht at much lower prices.

Pasricha was made sole in-charge of the Takth board after the government dissolved a 15-member state-appointed board, of which he was chairman, in 2009.
Sher Singh Fauzi, former chairman of the Takht managing board and general secretary of the Nanded unit of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), alleged that Pasricha sold a board property in 2006 in Sion Koliwada for Rs45 lakh when the market price was Rs2.5 crore.
“Pasricha sold a vacant plot in Deglur town for Rs2 lakh against the market price of Rs25 lakh. A one-acre plot in Nanded was sold at Rs1 crore though it commanded a price tag of Rs25 crore.”
with thanks : Hindustan Times : link above for detailed news.

Gurdwara land: Sikhs protest against SGPC, GMADA in Mohali

The members of the Sikh community Wednesday staged a peaceful protest dharna against Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) and Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) in front of Gurdwara Amb Sahib in Phase VIII here. Led by the local SGPC member Hardeep Singh, the protesters, who were holding black flags to express their anguish over what they alleged “depriving” Gurdwara Amb Sahib of its own land, squatted on the side of a road dividing GMADA office and gurdwara.
Addressing the protesters, Hardeep Singh alleged that on the directions of SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar, the SGPC officials have already given consent to GMADA to create public parking on 2.86 acres of land belonging to Gurdwara Amb Sahib.

 with thanks : IndianExpress : link above for detailed news.

Two Sikhs become ministers in Canada

Two Sikhs were named to the new Canadian cabinet announced on Wednesday. In a major surprise for the million-strong Indo-Canadian community, first-time MP Bal Gosal from the Toronto constituency of Bramalea-Gore-Malton was made minister of state for sport by Prime Minister Stephen Harper whose  Conservative Party was returned to power with a majority in the May 2 elections.

A Sikh from Mukundpur village near Jalandhar, 50-year-old Gosal, who is an insurance broker by profession, had defeated Sikh stalwart and six-time MP Gurbax Malhi. Malhi himself had created history in 1993 by becoming the first Sikh turbaned MP in the western world.
Tim Uppal, a 37-year-old Canadian-born turbaned Sikh from Edmonton, was also made minister of state for democratic reform. This is Uppal's second term in the Canadian parliament.
with thanks : Hindustan Times : link above for detailed news.
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Monday, May 16, 2011

International Gatka Competition held at Sirhind, Punjab

Jathedar Gurcharan Singh ji Gatkamaster with his "Baba Deep Singh Ranjeet Akhara"  from  Krishna Nagar in East Delhi, won the first prize at the International Gatka Competition held at Sirhind, Punjab. He was awarded a Gold medal, a shield as well a Cheque of Rs. 1,25,000.





Sd. Paramjit Singh Sarna, President, DSGMC,  in a press conference on 16th may at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj sahib gifted him a Siri sahib with Saropa while applauding his efforts in various national & international competitions. Sd. Tarjeet Singh Nagi, Member DSGMC from Krishna Nagar / Geeta Colony area as well Sd. B S Vohra, President, East Delhi RWAs Joint Front  were also present on the occassion.

While congratulating Gatka master ji, through his SikhsIndia Blog, B S Vohra urged the kids to learn the Gatka from Ustad ji in the camp being held from today for a month.

BHAI HARBANS SINGH JI Jagadri Wale has passed away

Very Sad News : 


Sikh Panth de Mahan Keertani BHAI HARBANS SINGH JI 

Jagadri Wale has passed away on Friday at 3 AM. 


lets do Ardaas that Guru Maharaaj unhannu Apne Charna 

Vich

Niwaas Bakshan and Pariwaar Nu Bhana Manan Da Bal 

Bakshan.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

CISF bans Sikh staff from wearing kirpan at airport

AMRITSAR: Central Industrial Security Force has banned Sikh employees from wearing kirpans while performing duties at Sri Guru Ram Das International Airport. The force is entrusted with the task of airport security.

"Amritsar is one of the most sensitive international airports in the country and we can`t take chances with security here," said commandant of the force Sharad Kumar on Thursday.

He said Sikh employees were allowed to wear kirpans in airport terminal building and other places but not near aircraft.

The issue came to the fore after CISF prevented one Nirmal Singh from working near the aircraft with the kirpan.

Nirmal Singh, a baptized Sikh, lodged a complaint with Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee asking it to take notice of the issue of interfering with religious affairs of Sikhs.

 with thanks : Times of India : link above for DETAILED NEWS.

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Paramjit Singh Sarna's reply

Sikhs accused Pak body of desecrating Gurdwara

Lahore: The Evacuee Trust Property Board, the custodian of their religious places in Pakistan, has been accused by the Sikh community permitting cooking of prohibited meat in the holy Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Hassanabdal.

The Gurdwara in Hassanabdal is one of the holiest places for the Sikhs living in Pakistan and even in India.

"We want a FIR lodged against the ETPB over this matter," Sikh community leader Sardar Bishan Singh told the 'Express Tribune' daily newspaper.

Bishan accused the Evacuee Trust Property Board, the custodian of their religious places, of trying to ignore the issue rather than taking steps against those responsible.

"We demand that an FIR be lodged and the culprits who cooked meat in our Gurdwara be penalised," he said.

"Meat, eggs and tobacco are prohibited in Sikhism like pork is in Islam," he said.

"The caretaker, along with local Muslim staff, cooked meat in Gurdwara Panja Sahib on Sunday," said a member of Gurdwara Panja Sahib Sewadar Society Sardar Pretam Singh.

"It is unfortunate for Sikhs that custodians of their religious places, who are almost all Muslims, have been involved in violation of their faith," said Bishon Singh.

Pretam Singh added that he caught one staff member red-handed with meat in the Gurdwara's kitchen. 

with thanks : Zee News : link above for more detailed news.

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

BADAL HAILS VICTORY OF 8 PUNJABI MPS IN CANADA


Chandigarh May 04:-
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today felicitated the victory of eight candidates from Punjabi community in the recently held elections for the Canadian Parliament.
In a congratulatory message, Mr. Badal said that the victory of these MPs in Canada has once again proved that the Punjabis could achieve success in any field due to their rare qualities of hard work and honesty. He congratulated all these leaders who have emerged victorious in the elections and asserted that these Punjabi MPs would play a significant role in the overall development of their native state along with that of Canada. Mr. Badal also hoped that these newly elected MPs would efficiently raise the issues concerning the people of Punjab at an appropriate forum to attract the global attention, if needed.
Meanwhile, Mr. Badal also congratulated the Punjabis settled in Canada for reposing overwhelming response in the democratic process by taking part in recently concluded federal elections.
Pertinently in the recently held elections the representatives of Punjabi community including Param Gill, Deepak Obhrai, Davinder Shory, Nina Grewal, Jasbir Sandhu, Tim Uppal, Jinny Sims and Bal Gosal have emerged victorious. with thanks : SAD SikhsIndia www.sikhsindia.blogspot.com www.sohnijodi.com www.sikhsindia.in www.RWABhagidari.blogspot.com