Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Delhi's first religious multimedia museum - 'Baba Baghel Singh Sikh Heritage Multimedia Museum' – is becoming a popular attraction not only for the Sikh community but also for people from other religions.
The museum, located inside Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, has been named after Baba Baghel Singh, a brave Sikh soldier, who played a significant role in defending Sikhism. He conquered the Red Fort in Delhi in 1783 and established seven historic gurdwaras in Delhi.
The force behind the ideas was International President of World Punjabi Organisation (WPO), Vikramjit Singh Sahney. Sahney conceptualised and started the museum in the memory of his father, late Gurucharan Singh Sahney.
with thanks : IAMIN : LINK : for detailed news report.
Controversial Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim's yet-to-be-released film Messenger of God (MSG) has kicked off a controversy even before its release.
Various Sikh organisations are up in arms against the dera chief's debut film MSG which is slated for a January 16 release .
All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) on Sunday said that it will soon move the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking a ban on the film. AISSF president Karnail Singh Peermohammad said even the film's teaser is controversial as it shows the dera chief challenging people (Sikhs) with his dialogue "Jo hamse takrayega" (who will try to confront me).
LONDON: An Indian origin 110-year-old man will be celebrating his 111th Christmas in 2014.
Nazer Singh, who was born in Punjab and had not heard of Christmas until he moved to England in 1965, said that since he came to England he takes pride in receiving gifts and giving presents, but he is running out of items to ask for, the Daily Express reported.
The ex-labourer, who lives with the 61-year-old son Chain in Sunderland, is planning to spend the day with family, won't be seeing all his nine children, 34 grandchildren and 63 great-grandchildren.
Chain said that they always get warm clothes and whisky for Singh, who is the 3rd oldest man in the world after two 111-year-old Japanese men, Sakari Momoi and Yasutaro Koide.
with thanks : Times of India : LINK
Friday, December 19, 2014
with thanks : actionnews : LINK
VISHAVJIT SINGH, THE SIKH CAPTAIN AMERICA, WAS FEATURED IN A RECENT FACEBOOK AD, BUT MANY RESPONDED WITH HATEFUL COMMENTS. HIS REACTION WAS BEAUTIFUL.
Facebook has regularly been releasing advertisements called “Facebook Tips.” They are generally around 27 seconds long, and explain to you how to have a better Facebook experience. Vishavjit Singh, the star of a recent ad, just happens to be a Sikh American. In the video, he discusses how your likes affect your timeline. However, Facebook users rarely miss a moment to bash on something, releasing their steady stream of hateful references.
with thanks : world religion news : LINK : for detailed report.
Ruchika M Khanna
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, December 17
Indicating that the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is going back to its Panthic agenda, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said that the Sikhs had a separate identity that must be preserved.
He said the SAD would ask the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government in Haryana to repeal the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee Act enacted by the earlier Hooda government.
Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, SAD Member of Parliament, has moved a private member’s Bill in the Rajya Sabha, seeking an amendment to Article 25 (b) of the Constitution which clubs the Sikhs with Hindus.
This is the third such attempt, but the timing is significant. With the RSS reportedly making inroads in Punjab villages, amid speculation that the BJP may go it alone in the next Assembly elections, the SAD is looking at consolidating the Sikh vote bank.
with thanks : Tribune : LINK : for detailed news.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Shilanayaas of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha Vishva Vidyalay in East Delhi by HRD Minister Smriti Jubin Israni. Pic with thanks from : Jivan Rastogi
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Sunday, December 7, 2014
When Vancouver’s Tommy Castelli — a recovering heroin addict who’s been clean for eight months and suffers from liver disease — ran out of money waiting for his December disability cheque to arrive, he turned to social media in a desperate search for a “free bite to eat.”
And while Reddit is often known for its trolls and cruel anonymous commenters, Castelli was greeted with a surprising response — generosity and a lesson in the values of Sikhism.
“I am hungry and have no money. I’ll save you the sad story, anyone know where I can either get a free bite to eat or food to cook today, I haven’t eaten in two days,” Castelli posted to the Reddit Vancouver board earlier this week.
“I live off a very small amount of money,” Castelli, who lives in an SRO in downtown Vancouver, told Vancouver Desi on Friday, clarifying that he wasn’t asking for money, but rather a safe place to find a free meal to tide him over until his next payment came in. “For the most part, people have been incredibly generous.”
“People gave me helpful advice and I was really moved.”
Some Redditors privately messaged Castelli and dropped off groceries, homemade meals and even meal tickets to a local community centre.
“It (also) started a really great conversation about Sikhism,” Castelli said.
One Reddit user pointed out that Castelli can “always have dinner at one (of) the Sikh temples,” and shared a link to a directory.
Another user further commented, expanding on the Sikh concept of ‘langar,” which is the kitchen found at all gurdwaras where free meals are served to visitors.
“Never forget this, every single Sikh temple in the world will welcome you with open arms (and) offer you free food without any sort of judgment,” the user wrote. “You will be welcomed there for free food, free of judgment, even if you came there every day for every meal. Nothing will be asked of you in return.”
with thanks : vancouverdesi : LINK : for detailed news.
Young Australian blogger Karan Kaur is treading a fine line between her Punjabi morals and her love of fashion.
with thanks : Zee News : LINK
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Shawn Singh Tucker and Baljit “Bally” Kaur Lehal walked together side-by-side around the Guru Granth Sahib during their marriage ceremony in Atlanta, GA :visual indication of Egalitarianism in Sikhism
Someone would call this act unusual. Some would call it controversial while others might call it awesome. Regardless of one’s opinion, the bride-and-groom walking side by side around the Guru Granth Sahib (as opposed to the more common groom in front of the bride) is definitely an unconventional act.The couple thought about To do their Anand Karaj in this way so it would embody the Sikh spirit of equality more visibly.
“As a kid, when I watched my cousin sister get married, it didn’t make sense to me that the bride walked behind the groom,” said Shawn. “I wondered ‘If men and women are equal in Sikhi, like my parents keep telling me, why is it this way?’ From then on, I knew I wanted to try something different.”
“In Sikhi, marriage is one of the biggest public statements that you make. Sadly, in our society men always come before women; men are central and public. But in Sikhi, we are supposed to be equal so, it really bothered me that our most sacred religious ceremony put the man first,” said Shawn. “Plus, I’ve told all my non-Sikh friends that equality is a core Sikh value so if they were to see me walking in front, it would be really hypocritical. It would make no sense.”
“I agreed with what Shawn was saying,” said Bally. “I was really supportive of his thoughts. Many people said we couldn’t do it side-by-side because it’s against tradition, but doing something simply because ‘it’s tradition’ doesn’t make sense. You need to know the logic behind it.”
Bally added, “We never got anywhere by following the rules. Guru Nanak broke every norm and questioned everything. That’s how Sikhi came about, by challenging the status quo. So, why should we stop now? Why shouldn’t we question things that don’t make sense?”