Monday, March 31, 2014
Sunday, March 30, 2014
अमेरिका के एक रैपर ने एक वेबसाइट पर सिख व्यक्ति वाली तस्वीर पोस्ट करके नस्लभेदी टिप्पणी की, हालांकि विवाद बढ़ता देख उसने तस्वीर हटा ली.
हिप हॉप समूह ‘स्लॉटरहाउस’ के सदस्य जो बडेन ने पिछले सप्ताह फोटो एवं वीडियो शेयरिंग वेबसाइट इंस्टाग्राम पर तस्वीर पोस्ट की थी. इसमें एक सिख व्यक्ति को हवाई अड्डे की सुरक्षा जांच की कतार में खड़े दिखाया गया था.
पोस्ट करने वाले शख्स ने फोटो के नीचे टिप्पणी की जिसमें उस व्यक्ति के आतंकवादी होने का संकेत दिया गया था. इसको लेकर ऑनलाइन विवाद खड़ा हो गया. सिख कोएलिशन नामक संगठन ने इसको लेकर चिंता जताई. बाद में रैपर ने इस पोस्ट को इंस्टाग्राम के अपने पेज से हटा दिया.
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"WE COVER OUR HAIR NOT OUR BRAINS" PRITTY KAUR GO FOR IT !
ਬੈਲਜੀਅਮ 29 ਮਾਰਚ (ਹਰਚਰਨ ਸਿੰਘ ਢਿਲ੍ਹੋ) ਯੂਰਪ ਦੀ ਧਰਤੀ ਤੇ ਸਿ¤ਖਾਂ ਦੇ ਧਾਰਮਿਕ ਚਿੰਨਾ ਦਾ ਮਸਲਾ ਭਾਵੇ ਹਲ ਨਹੀ ਹੋ ਰਿਹਾ, ਪਰ ਸਿ¤ਖ ਜਦੋਜਹਿਦ ਕਰਦੇ ਰਹਿੰਦੇ ਹਨ ,ਅਜ ਬੈਲਜੀਅਮ ਦੀ ਰਾਜਧਾਨੀ ਬਰੁਸਲ ਵਿਚ ਫਲਾਮਿਸ਼ ਪਾਰਲੀਮੈਟ ਵਿਚ ਸਭ ਧਰਮਾ ਦੇ ਲੋਕਾ ਵਲੋ ਆਪੋ ਆਪਣਾ ਹ¤ਕ ਦਰਸਾਉਣ ਜਾ ਧਰਮ ਉਤੇ ਹੋ ਰਹੇ ਜੁਲਮ ਦੀ ਦਾਸਤਾ ਦ¤ਸਣ ਲਈ ਅਹਿਮ ਇਕਠ ਹੋਇਆ ਇਸ ਮੀਟਿੰਗ ਵਿਚ 55 ਕੁ ਦੇਸ਼ਾ ਦੇ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਨੇ ਹਿਸਾ ਲਿਆ ਟੋਟਲ ਲੋਕਾ ਦੀ ਗਿਣਤੀ 400 ਦੇ ਕਰੀਬ ਸੀ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਸਿ¤ਖਾ ਵਲੋ ਦਾਸ ਅਤੇ ਪ੍ਰੀਤੀ ਕੌਰ ਸਨ , ਪ੍ਰੀਤੀ ਨੇ ਆਪਣੇ ਕੁਝ ਮਿੰਟਾ ਦੇ ਭਾਸ਼ਣ ਵਿਚ ਸਿ¤ਖਾਂ ਦੇ ਧਾਰਮਿਕ ਚਿੰਨਾ ਅਤੇ ਸਕੂਲਾ ਵਿਚ ਦਸਤਾਰ ਤੇ ਆ ਰਹੀਆਂ ਦਰਪੇਸ਼ ਮੁਸ਼ਕਲਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਬੜੈ ਜੋਸ਼ ਨਾਲ ਅਵਾਜ ਉਠਾਈ ਕਿ ਜਦ ਅਸੀ ਸਿਖ ਇਸ ਦੇਸ਼ ਲਈ ਕੁਰਬਾਨੀਆਂ ਦਿੰਦੇ ਹਾਂ ਕਾਰੋਬਾਰਾ ਦਾ ਟੈਕਸ ਬਲਾਸਟਿੰਗ ਤਾਰਦੇ ਹਾ ਬੈਲਜ ਕਮਿਉਨਿਟੀ ਦੀ ਹਰ ਸੰਭਵ ਮਦਦ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਾ ਤਾ ਸਾਨੂੰ ਆਪਣੇ ਧਾਰਮਿਕ ਚਿੰਨ ਦਸਤਾਰ ਤੇ ਪਾਬੰਦੀ ਕਿਉ ? ਤਾ ਸਾਰੇ ਲੋਕਾ ਨੇ ਭਰਵੇ ਹੰਗਾਰੇ ਵਿਚ ਤਾੜੀਆਂ ਮਾਰਕੇ ਸੁਆਗਤ ਕੀਤਾ, ਪ੍ਰੀਤੀ ਕੌਰ ਜੋ ਆਉਣ ਵਾਲੇ ਸਮੇ ਦੀਆਂ ਬੈਲਜੀਅਮ ਚੋਣਾ ਵਿਚ ਹਿਸਾ ਲੈ ਰਹੀ ਹੈ , ਸਾਨੂੰ ਮਾਣ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਸਿਖ ਬਚੇ ਇਥੌ ਦੀ ਪੜਾਈ ਕਰਕੇ ਗੌਰਮਿੰਟ ਦੇ ਸਰਗਰਮ ਕੰਮਾ ਵਿਚ ਹਿਸਾ ਲੈ ਕੇ ਕਾਨੂੰਨ ਮੁਤਾਬਕ ਆਪਣੇ ਹਕਾਂ ਦੀ ਅਵਾਜ ਉਠਾ ਰਹੇ ਹਨ, ਭਾਵੇ ਇੰਡੀਆਂ ਵਿਚ ਸਾਡੀ ਅਵਾਜ ਦਬਾਈ ਜਾ ਰਹੀ ਹੈ, ਸਾਡਾ ਸਿ¤ਖ ਧਰਮ ਰਜਿਸਟਰ ਨਹੀ ਸਿ¤ਖ ਮੈਰਿਜ ਐਕਟ ਨਹੀ , ਇਥੋ ਤ¤ਕ ਕਿ ਦਸਤਾਰ ਵੀ ਸੁਰ¤ਖਿਅਤ ਨਹੀ ਹੈ, ਕਾਨੂੰਨੀ ਹ¤ਕਾਂ ਦੀ ਮੰਗ ਲਈ ਮੁਜਾਹਰਾ ਜਾਂ ਇਕ¤ਠ ਕਰ ਵੀ ਲਈਏ ਤਾ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਪੁਲੀਸ ਦੀਆਂ ਡਾਂਗਾ ਨਾਲ ਪੂੜੈ ਸੇਕ ਦਿ¤ਤੇ ਜਾਂਦੇ ਹਨ ਅਤੇ ਨੰਨੀਆਂ ਛਾਵਾਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਗੁ¤ਤਾ ਤੋ ਫੜ ਕੇ ਭਵਾਟਲੀਆਂ ਦਿ¤ਤੀਆਂ ਜਾਂਦੀਆਂ ਹਨ,ਪਰ ਇਥੈ ਯੁਰਪ ਵਿਚ ਅਸੀ ਸ਼ਾਤ ਮਈ ਤਰੀਕੇ ਨਾਲ ਅਵਾਜ ਉਠਾ ਸਕਦੇ ਹਾ ਅਤੇ ਸੁਣਵਾਈ ਵੀ ਹੂੰਦੀ ਹੈ, ਕਾਂਸ਼ ਮਹਾਨ ਭਾਰਤ ਵੀ ਐਸਾ ਹੂੰਦਾ !
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Pritty Kaur go for it!
The European Parliament Election of 2014 in Belgium scheduled to be held on 25 May 2014.
One of the candidates for the federal parliament in the province of Limburg is a Young Female Sikh candidate: Miss Pritty Kaur. She is a candidate for the Socialist Party (Sp.a ) and is of Sikh heritage. In the year 2000 she moved to Sint -Truiden in Limburg ,Belgium with her family at the age of eleven.
Pritty Kaur was also a candidate for the Socialist Party in Municipal Elections in Sint - Truiden held on October 14, 2012 and received 988 preference votes. During this legislative period (1st January 2013 - December 31, 2018), Pritty has a seat in the municipal council of Sint-Truiden and will be the the first Sikh Counselor in Belgium.With 39.726 inhabitants (on 1 January 2012),Sint-Truiden, in terms of the number of inhabitants, is the 4th largest city in the province of Limburg and in the terms of surface even the largest city.
Ludwig Vandenhoven who is currently a representative of the province of Limburg and is honorary representative-of-the-people and was mayor of Sint-Truiden for 18 years (from 1 January 1995 to 31 December 2012); says,"My faith in Pritty is enormous"
“She is the personification of someone who has integrated well in Belgium .Pritty has succeeded in maintaining her native culture and in embracing the culture of Belgium. She knows how to reconcile both cultures perfectly while maintaining a balance between her eastern and western values.. In short, she is an example to the current integration policy and it is entirely at her own merit".
"I motivated Pritty Kaur to come forward and contest in the local municipal elections of 2012 and now in the federal elections of May 25, 2014, because a list of candidates should reflect the population. Pritty is an ideal person to represent the migrant population in general and the Sikh community in particular in the Belgian Parliament (Chamber of Deputies). Pritty can convince voters because of her dynamic charismatic personality, input and her persistence”.
Pritty’s slogan which was used in the local elections, ‘No integration without communication’, will be even more relevant in the coming parliamentary elections.”
Those who want to help Pritty’s campaign can do so by word of mouth, by hanging posters, placing signs, distributing flyers and convincing family members, friends, neighbours and acquaintances to vote for her and canvassing through their face book profile also. They can send an e-mail to her email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Help and support Pritty in her campaign to become a member of the Belgian Parliament!
Sunday, March 23, 2014
The Uganda postal service Posta Uganda has commemorated 100 years of Sikh presence in the country by issuing four postage stamps releasing a book titled 'The Human Rights of Women in Sikhism', by Justice AS Choudry, in a function held at Resort Beach Hotel, Entebbe, recently.
The four stamps depicted the gurdwara on Sikh Road, Kampala; the Khanda, the Nishan Sahib and the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
This is the first time that a country has issued four triangular stamps in recognition of the contribution of the Sikh community.
The stamps were released jointly by Posta Uganda and invited members of the Sikh community, with high court judge Lady Justice Catherine Bagumeriere as the chief guest.
Chief of Posta Uganda Emmanuel Okurt said the triangular stamps would market Uganda to Asians.
Justice Choudry said, "I am thrilled and humbled to see these stamps, as they mark our existence in Uganda over the last 100 years, and recognise the contribution of our forefathers, who were the pillars of the economic and social development of Uganda, which we enjoy today." He has also edited the Sikh Centenary Magazine.
Pastor Bosco Odiro said the Sikh history and contribution should be reflected in the curriculum of school history books.
In reply, Lady Justice Catherine described the Sikhs as a "meek, humble and peaceful" community, which has existed alongside Ugandans without any conflict, adding that their character should be emulated by all foreigners in Uganda. She assured the audience that she would present the concern raised by Pastor Bosco to the ministry of education.
The names of nearly 40 people were announced as winners of the Sikh Centenary Gold medals, which would be awarded at a function at the end of this year.
Participants included Gurmel Singh, secretary general of the UK Sikh Council, and Baldev Singh Bains, a member of the Sikh Council.
The Sikhs came to East Africa in the 1880s as soldiers who offered skilled and semi-skilled labour at a time when the region had no infrastructure, and curbed Kabaka's mutiny in 1899.
with thanks : Hindustan Times : LINK
Friday, March 21, 2014
Sikhs are from South Asia, wear turbans and have beards, but they want others to know they are not Muslim. They are often prime targets for bias crimes.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Amritsar, Mar 16 (PTI) Police have arrested eight accused in connection with an incident in which a Sikh youth was allegedly beaten up by people of a community protesting over a religious issue near Hall Bazaar here, police said today.
Police Commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh told reporters here that a case under various sections of IPC, including an attempt to murder, was registered against the accused.
with thanks : PTI : LINK
Sunday, March 16, 2014
The Congress in Punjab has lodged a complaint to the state Election Commission about its decision to allow the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal organise a "political conference" in Anandpur Sahib on March 16.
PCC president Pratap Singh Bajwa, in his complaint to Chief Electoral Officer V. K. Singh on March 10, had asked the CEO to ban the conference as it violates the model code of conduct. Bajwa said the conference venue is close to the famous gurdwara where lakhs of Sikh devotees pay a visit during Hola Mohalla.
A week-long fair, Hola Mohalla usually takes place mid-March beginning on the first day of Sikh New Year. Bajwa contended that the venue, where the Akali Dal is organising the conference on March 16, is the property of the Akali-dominated Shiromani gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC).
Acting on the Congress' complaint, Singh had asked the Deputy Commissioner, Roopnagar, to submit a report on the issue. Sources said the Deputy Commissioner, in his report, has informed Singh that the rally venue is not part of the gurdwara complex, but a part of the SGPC. The report also said that political rallies were also held previously during Hola Mohalla and elections.
"The rally ground is not part of gurdwara complex, but is owned by the SGPC. Rallies were organised at the same venue during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. Hence, the permission to organise a rally can be given," the Deputy Commissioner said in its report.
Meanwhile, former chief minister Amarinder Singh accused the CEO of favouring the ruling Akali Dal and not taking any action on the complaints filed by the Congress and other parties. "He should quit his job if he has no moral courage to respond to the ever-increasing pile of complaints," Amarinder has said.
with thanks : India Today : LINK
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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Vadodara: Joy of 21-year-old Vir Singh, abandoned by his father, knew no bounds when he reunited with his paternal uncle after a gap of about 20 years here.
Vir, the youngest of the three siblings, was left at children's remand home 'Balgokulam' here by his father Biyant Singh when he was about one-and-a-half years old, since his mother had passed away and his father was finding it difficult to take care of him.
Thereafter, his father went to Chandigarh along with his two elder sons and never got in touch with the remand home.
After Vir turned 18, the remand home's rules did not permit him to stay there any further, superintendent of Balgokulam, Seemaben Yadav said.
However, being kind to him, the authorities employed him as a guard.
"He was not entitled to stay in the Balgokulam after attaining the age of 18 years. So, we decided to employ him as a duty guard here as he had no place to go," Yadav said.
In the meantime, Vir's uncle Santok Singh Tonk, a resident of Khodiyarnagar locality on Waghodiya road here, last week referred to his neighbour about his elder brother Biyant, who had died some time back, and his missing sons.
The neighbour then told him about a youth at the children's remand home, following which Santok Singh and his wife met Yadav claiming that they were Vir's uncle and aunt.
Santok produced old family photographs and documents to establish the relationship to the remand home authorities, when they asked him to prove his relationship.
Finally, after the verification, Vir met his uncle and aunt yesterday and was overjoyed meeting his family members.
"I am very excited and delighted over meeting my uncle and aunty after a gap of 20 years and feel there is someone who are my close relatives and family members. I am sorry to learn about the death of my parents and missing elder brothers," Vir told a news agency today.
"Though I am a Sikh, I do not know my mother tongue Punjabi, which I have started learning now," he said, adding that he will not give up his job as guard in Balgokulam, which took care of him all these years.