Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Palbinder K. Shergill Of B.C. Supreme Court Becomes 1st Turbaned Sikh Judge In Canada

By any standards, Palbinder Kaur Shergill is an accomplished woman: a trial lawyer with her own firm and a mother of three who speaks three languages (on her way to four).
Last week, Shergill was appointed to the B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster, becoming the first turbaned judge in Canada.
"It's ... especially inspiring given that she's a woman and mostly the turban is associated with Sikh men," Balpreet Singh of the World Sikh Organization told CBC News.

with thanks : huffingtonpostCA : LINK : for detailed news.

Man's Racist Snapchat Story Targets Sleeping Sikh On Plane Flight

Sleeping on a plane is hard enough. It’s worse when a fellow passenger mocks you on Snapchat the whole time and suggests you’re a terrorist.
That’s what a Sikh worshipper en route to Indianapolis had to endure last week. Screenshots of the posts are sparking outrage on Twitter.
The prejudiced posts were made by an unidentified man, but were captured for posterity by Dr. Simran Jeet Singh, an assistant professor in the religion department at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
with thanks : huffingtonpost : LINK : for detailed news story

British Sikh couple take legal action after being advised not to adopt

A British Sikh couple say they were told by an adoption agency not to apply as only white babies were in need.
Sandeep and Reena Mander say they were told they were unlikely to succeed as the only children in need were white
A British Sikh couple are bringing a legal case, claiming they were advised by an adoption agency not to apply because of their “cultural heritage”.
Sandeep and Reena Mander said they had wanted to adopt a child of any ethnic background.
But they were told that, as only white children were in need, white British or European applicants would be given preference, meaning they were unlikely to be selected.
Instead, the Berkshire-based couple allege, they were advised to try to adopt from India – a country with which they have no close links.
“Giving an adopted child – no matter what race – the security of a loving home was all we wanted to do,” Sandeep Mander said.
“What we didn’t expect was a refusal for us to even apply for adoption, not because of our incapability to adopt, but because our cultural heritage was defined as ‘Indian/Pakistani’,” he told the Times.
with thanks : theguardian : LINK : for detailed news

Asean India meet

Asean India meet and Keynote address by EAM Sushma Swaraj with delegates from USA, Canada, Vietnam, Burma, Laos, Nigeria etc.












Thursday, June 8, 2017

DSGMC file a case before NHRC against Capt. Amrinder Singh, in connection of the murder of 21 young Sikh who had surrendered themselves



 In his biography Capt. Amrinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab had stated that 21 young Sikhs who had surrendered and a case of murder has been registered by the Police, after which the sensational case has been politicalised. 

President DSGMC S. Manjit Singh G.K. and S. Manjinder Singh Sirsa, General Secretary have stated that Capt. Amrinder Singh has hand in murdering the innocent 21 young Sikhs and in this matter they have announced in today's Press Conference that they will file a case in National Human Rights Commission against Capt. Amrinder Singh.  In fact, after his biography Capt. Amrinder Singh tweeted on his tweeter Account on 17th May, 2017 that the former Prime Minister Chandrashekhar have deceived him in the matter of surrender of 21 innocent young Sikhs.

G.K. stated that during the year 1980-90 the Sikh Community again and again complained about the practice of murdering young Sikhs by the Police Administration on the recommendation of Punjab Govt., on the basis of terrorism, Capt. Amrinder had proved right this. G.K. had stated that in Punjab during terrorism innocent Sikhs were killed in three ways.  In which the false cases against sikh youths were filed and they were killed in fake encounters by pulling them out from their houses to end the Sikhism.



G.K. also stated that no doubt Capt. Amrinder singh by submitting his confession he had got himself relieved but yet it is to be seen how he will be able to get the grieved families of Sikhs compensated.  While taking a reference to the submission of Mr. Amrinder's confession G.K. had appealed to the judiciary to  suite  a case against the culprits failing which DSGMC will be first to sue Capt. Amrinder Singh by themselves.


G.K. said what was the necessity to offer a bouquet to former DGP K.P.S. Gill by Capt. Amrinder Singh after taking oath as Chief Minister-Punjab.  G.K. said that there were also allegations against KPS Gill of killing Sikhs by fake encounters.  By offering bouquet to KPS Gill what Capt. Amrinder Singh wants to tell the people? Meeting KPS Gill and to shower crocodile tears for innocent killings of Sikhs, is it logical? G.K. also said that they will approach Prime Minister regarding filing a case against Capt. Amrinder Singh as well as will approach the Central Government to have CBI investigation for Police encounters took place in 1990.


Sirsa Said that Capt. Amrinder's silence for 25 years is not sufficient to prove him not guilty, because he himself was Chief Minister from 2002-2007.  At the same time as a MP/MLA his silence through all the Parliament sessions/meetings has created suspense.  Since Capt. Amrinder Singh himself has condemned the massacre of Sikhs in Punjab, it is his moral duty to lodge the FIR against the culprits.   As Capt. Amrinder Singh is the Chief Minister he will be able to apprehend the culprits by his own Police team easily. Sirsa had also demanded that Capt. Amrinder Singh be made a witness in filing the case against the Police Officials in Punjab for the killing of innocent 21 Sikh youths by making public their names and the year of incidents.  


With Thanks

Media DSGMC

Sunday, June 4, 2017

London terror attack: Sikhs offer refuge, help at Gurudwaras

London
London was on Saturday hit by a second terror attack in almost three months when a van drove into people on London Bridge which was immediately followed by a stabbing spree in the nearby Borough market. (UPDATES)
Thousands of people flooded the popular market but were stuck as police cordoned off the area, many unable to get home with nearby subway stations shut. However, locals were quick to offer assistance, including Sikhs who posted information about refuge at nearby Gurudwaras on social media.
Phaldip Singh, who describes himself as an entrepreneur and youth activist, tweeted that the Sikh temples were open to provide food and shelter for those affected.
with thanks : Hindustan Times : LINK : for detailed news

Nihang teaches yoga and life management skills

AMRITSAR: The sight of a man in a Nihang's robes may be unexpected at the beaches of Maldives. But Dr Kamalroop Singh, a Ph.D in Sikh studies from the UK, adds to the idyll of this retreat by teaching yoga, pranayam and de-stressing techniques to tourists who swarm the place. Not only do tourists get their dose of relaxation, they are also familiarised with the teachings of the Sikh gurus. All this is done with a scientific angle that make his arguments all the more persuasive.



"I wanted to do sewa, so, after researching Western academic material on stress, I created a system to tackle modern day stress based on scientific findings and yoga," said. According to him, his work is based on the work of Dr Benson, who coined the famous 'relaxation response' to the fight or flight instinct that produces stress. Singh swears by the efficacy of his techniques, which include guided relax ation, stretches, deep breathing, meditation, maintaining balance and composure. Singh said the crux of his teaching is the art of going with the flow.Guru Nanak Dev, he said, exhorted humanity to remain within "hukum."




"If we look at this from a religious viewpoint, it means following the divine will or going with the flow. When we go against the current of life, we get stressed. We must be in the moment and move with the current. That is what I teach my students through yoga, pranayam and mantras," he explained.

with thanks : Times of India : LINK : for detailed news.


Sikhs in France want Modi to take up turban issue


AMRITSAR: Sikhs in France have urged PM Narendra Modi to take up the turban issue with French President Emmanuel Macron during his visit to the country.



"Despite a very long battle, Sikh students are not allowed to wear turban or 'patka' in schools. Sikhs can't do government jobs wearing turbans, which has come up as a major obstacle in the growth of community," said Iqbal Singh Bhatti, general secretary of Dastar Action Committee, France, while talking to TOI over phone from Paris on Saturday.

with thanks : Times of India : LINK : for detailed news

Saturday, June 3, 2017

POLITICAL FAR-SIGHTED VENTURE - HOUSE OF CARDS : SEASON 5, EPISODE 1

Frank Underwood is coming to India with the television premiere of House Of Cards Season 5 on Saturday, 3rd June, 5 PM onwards, only on Zee Café!



As the nomenclature suggests, House of Cards is a concrete homecoming of political terror which is further unravelled in the season 5 Episode 1 of the series. The hypocrisy of the protagonist is highlighted with his non conformist attitude. You must view the upcoming series of the  “Home Coming of Terror”, on Z Café. Must watch to view an epitome of political drama which comprehends political philosophy, with the sole aim of gaining power & strength. The series does not actually depict Donald Trump, but the desires & aspirations of the Actor in the series, exactly matches with him.

In this political series, a journalist is killed, while Frank and Claire Underwood, try their best to convert the attack to their advantage. It begins with a direct telecast, where Claire is saying, “You have nothing to be Afraid of. We are here to protect you”.  She continues, “There’s a lot of noise out there, a noisy press that’s choosing to dwell on the past instead of what’s happening right now,” But as soon as the camera zooms, it reveals that it was the recording of an election telecast.

The scene moves to the American Congress, where a senate wants a debate on the actions of the President and his declaration of war on terror. But the reply he gets from the Frank was, " I don't care. I don't care of your investigative committees". He continues, “ I am on my way to the funeral of an American patriot. A good man. A husband. A father who was beheaded on American soil. And this chamber chooses to debate me".

The flamboyancy of Frank seems captivating the genre of the thoughts of the general public who is being outwitted very deceptively. It exhibits the President of the United States of America, with no regard to the political values. Frank tries to overcome the growing popularity of his Republican rival Will Conway, and manipulates the situation, by waging a war against the terrorist organization ICO / ISIS, with the sole aim of creating fear in the general public so that he could retain his presidency in the coming elections.

His working style is starkly opportunistic,  corresponding with that of Donald Trump, the President of United States of America. He absolutely capitalizes the issue of the insecurity of the people in the hands of the terrorists, manipulating the entire mindset of the masses, just to regain his popularity as well to retain his seat. The show is all set to engross the viewers by its spectacular gripping plots.

Frank Underwood is coming to India with the television premiere of House Of Cards Season 5 on Saturday, 3rd June, 5 PM onwards, only on Zee Café! You can view more details about the new series at  https://www.facebook.com/ZeeCafe. #HOConZCafe

Sunday, May 28, 2017

In various discussions on TV channels : B S Vohra




Yogi’s security staff ask Sikh to remove turban

Shahira Naim
Tribune News Service
Lucknow, May 27
A local Sikh at Yogi Aditayanath’s “Janata Darbar”at Gorkahpur was today asked to remove his turban before meeting the Chief Minister. The incident occurred on the second day of the CM’s two-day visit to his constituency.
Tejpal Singh, a resident of Dharamshala Market area, was waiting for the Chief Minister at his Gorakhnath Temple ashram. He was asked by security personnel to remove his kirpan. Tejpal reluctantly did so after putting up some resistance. Then as he was about to clear the security cordon, he was told to remove his turban too.
Taken aback, Tejpal refused to oblige and there was a commotion. Others waiting to meet the CM came to Tejpal’s rescue and the security staff had to give in.
Tejpal complained against the security staff to the CM, who reportedly instructed his personal secretary to reprimand the officials.
“My family has been visiting the Gorakhnath Temple ashram for generations. Even when Yogi was MP, I had visited him on several occasions. This is the first time that I have been humiliated in this manner,” a dejected Tejpal said.

with thanks : Tribune : LINK : for detailed news.

A gift for generations to come

Sarika Sharma
Historian Gurinder Singh Mann is building, in New York, a repository of texts and artefacts related to Sikhism
For the last 30 years, Prof Gurinder Singh Mann has been working in the trenches — he has straddled villages, towns and countries to gather Sikh texts. He has made night trips to Pinjore on several puranmaashis to copy manuscripts that none in the family that owned them could decipher. He clicked 32 rolls of film in four hours at a Patna gurdwara. He has scanned and handwritten thousands of pages that are a matter of faith for most, but treasure trove for a historian. And now, Professor Mann is giving it all away. The texts and artefacts he has collected over the last three decades are now part of a repository in New York.
“The idea is to make Gurmukhi manuscripts available to people who can’t get their hands on them,” says Mann, who recently retired as Kapany Professor of Sikh Studies from UC Santa Barbara after 15 years and has now set up the Global Institute of Sikh Studies. The idea is also to set out on a fresh exploration of fundamental issues in a globalised world.
“During the period I was contemplating retirement, I had long conversations with people who I had been associated with and who had a long experience in university-level education and history of community organisation and development. We all acknowledged that the Sikh community continued to face severe religiopolitical challenges, whether in Punjab, in India or around the globe and something needed to be done,” says Professor Mann, who was visiting Punjab earlier this month.
He realised there was a need for radical reorientation of the prevailing academic discourses within Sikh studies regarding fundamental issues such as founding of the community, Sikh beliefs and practices, social structures and political aspirations, etc.
“Nothing seems to have changed since the mid-1960s. It is as if we are living in the shadow of a Mcleod [W Hew Mcleod (1932-2009) was a New Zealander and a prominent scholar of Sikhism] with the same distorted narratives being uncritically re-hashed,” he says.
He says the narrative of Sikh history that has dominated scholarly work was built on the assumption that Guru Nanak’s concerns were primarily spiritual, and the development of Sikh institutions, rituals and ceremonies was seen to have taken place under the guidance of the later gurus. 
“Given the new focus on Baba Nanak’s founding of Kartarpur (West Punjab), and activities such as the compilation of a sacred text recorded in a new script, three daily prayers, local authority within distant Sikh congregation, and even the practice of pilgrimage to Kartarpur that the Sikhs undertook, provide us a different understanding of his mission, which later expanded under the guidance of the later Sikh gurus,” he points.
He points out that the situation had also changed in another way: Sikhs are now living in a globalised world and their aspirations need to be understood in this changed framework. “As a concerned Sikh scholar, I felt I owed it to the Sikh community to play a small part in creating a revised narrative of their early history and current opportunities and challenges,” he says.
The GISS thus aims to act as a resource centre where one can have access to physical as well as digital resources on important manuscripts, early Sikh art and artefacts as well as original archival materials relating to Sikh migration experience overseas. Acting as a repository of Sikh heritage at one location, researchers will have instant access to a variety of early sources of Sikh history.
Professor Mann’s decades of relentless research aside, there is a lot that is building up the archive at GISS. Texts from private collections, universities and museums are being photographed. Families of early migrants to the US are sharing old letters, photographs. And amid this, sometimes, springs up a surprise.
with thanks : Tribune India : LINK : for detailed news report. MUST READ

6, including sarpanch, arrested for assaulting Rajasthan Sikhs

Yash Goyal
Jaipur, May 28
Rajasthan Police have so far arrested six men, including the sarpanch of Chainpura village in Ajmer district, for allegedly thrashing and assaulting four Sikh ‘sewadars’ last month.
Meanwhile, the Rajasthan State Commission for Minorities has summoned the victims, the accused and the Ajmer SP on June 2 in Jaipur.  
One of the victims Harpal Singh of Khairtal in Alwar district filed an FIR on Saturday with the Nasirabad Sadar police station against at least six persons under various Sections of the IPC, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) N Ravindra Kumar Reddy told The Tribune on Sunday. 
The accused, including sarpanch Ramdev Singh, were booked under the Sections 295 A and 298 (hurting religious sentiments), 143, 341, 323, the ADG said.
A few other persons of Chainpura village were also being interrogated. 
Five other arrested are Shravan Singh Rawat, Raju Singh Rawat, Bhanwar Singh Rawat, Manna Singh Rawat, and Vijay Singh Rawat.
Four ‘sewadars’ — Nirmal Singh, Kuldeep Singh, Harpal Singh, and Malkiat Singh (two from Khairtal in Alwar, and two from Haridwar) — were thrashed by residents of Chainpura on April 24 when they had gone to collect donations.
Allegedly mistaken as thief or kidnappers, they were beaten up and a video of the incident went viral on social media on May 25.
State Minority Commission Chairman Jasbeer Singh said he has summoned all parties; victims, accused and a senior cop from Ajmer district for personal appearance on June 2.
The commission would probe the case independently and submit its report to the Centre and the chief minister at the earliest, Singh said.
with thanks : Tribune : LINK : for detailed news.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Sikh Kirpan and Italy: Religious freedom or a threat to security?

Photo: jasleen_kaur @ Flickr
The Italian Supreme Court has recently ruled against a Sikh migrant carrying a ceremonial knife in public. News of this are travelling all around the world, raising serious questions about respect, freedom of religion and the relationship between law and religion.
According to the Italian media, the specific case concerns a Sikh man’s appeal against a court’s decision that ordered him to pay a £1,700 fine because he left his house armed with a 20 centimetre-long knife.
The specific knife is a religious symbol of Sikhism and is called the Kirpan. Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh Guru/spiritual master of the religion, gave a religious commandment in 1699 ordering Sikhs to wear five articles of faith at all times: the Kirpan,Kesh (uncut hair), Kangha (a wooden comb for the hair), Kara (an iron bracelet) and Kachera (100 per cent cotton tie-able undergarment).
Despite, the defendant’s religious arguments, the court ruled that he, as an immigrant, must ensure that his beliefs are legally compatible with those of his host country: “Multi-ethnic society is a necessity, public safety is an asset to be protected.”
On 24 October 2006, Denmark was the first country in the world to ban the wearing of the Kirpan. In Belgium in 2009, it was declared that carrying a Kirpan was regarded as “carrying a freely obtainable weapon without any legal reason”, overturning a €550 fine.
On the other hard, in 1994, it was held in the US that Sikh students in public schools have the right to wear the Kirpan. It is also allowed in most public places in Canada, including the federal parliamentary building and school premises as long as it is sealed and secured on the person.
In England, possession of the Kirpan without valid reason in a public place is illegal. However, the defendant could invoke the defence of carrying it for “religious reasons”. It should be highlighted that while all kinds of weapons were prohibited at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, the Kirpan was allowed.
with thanks : MANCUNION : LINK : for detailed report

Attackers Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison For Hate Crime Against Sikh Man

Two Texas men were sentenced to three years in prison on Thursday for beating and cutting the hair of a Sikh man in Richmond, California last year.
Maan Singh Khalsa, 42, appeared before Judge Patricia Scanlon to recount the Sept. 25 attack.
Khalsa, a Sikh American father and IT specialist of South Asian descent, pulled up to a red light as he was driving home on the night of the attack. A white Ford F-150 with five people inside pulled up next to him and the passengers started throwing beer cans at his car, authorities said.
Khalsa drove off and called 911, but the truck followed him. When he stopped at another red light, Chase Little, 31, and Colton Leblanc, 25, got out of the truck, approached Khalsa’s car, and repeatedly punched his face through his open window.
Khalsa pleaded with his attackers, he recalled in Thursday’s hearing, saying: “There is a misunderstanding; I am your brother.”
with thanks : huffingtonpost : LINK : for detailed news.

Friday, May 12, 2017

GURUDWARA GIAN GODRI - Sarna


14 ਮਈ ਨੂੰ ਗਿਆਨ ਗੋਦੜੀ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰੇ ਸਬੰਧੀ ਅਰਦਾਸ, ਅਸਲੀ ਸਥਾਨ ਤੇ ਉਸਾਰੇ ਜਾਣ ਦੀ ਕੀਤੀ ਜਾਵੇ- ਸਰਨਾ

ਨਵੀ ਦਿੱਲੀ 12 ਮਈ () ਸ੍ਰ ਪਰਮਜੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਸਰਨਾ ਪ੍ਰੁਧਾਨ ਸ਼੍ਰੋਮਣੀ ਅਕਾਲੀ ਦਲ ਦਿੱਲੀ ਨੇ ਗੁਰੂਦੁਆਰਾ ਗਿਆਨ ਗੋਦੜੀ ਦੀ ਬਹਾਲੀ ਲਈ ਮੰਗ ਕਰਦਿਆ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ 14 ਮਈ ਨੂੰ ਜਿਥੇ ਜਿਥੇ ਵੀ ਸਿੱਖ ਸੰਗਤਾਂ ਗੁਰੂ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਅੱਗੇ ਗੁਰੂਦੁਆਰੇ ਦੀ ਮੁੜ ਉਸਾਰੀ ਪਾਠ ਕਰਨਗੀਆ ਉਥੇ ਅਰਦਾਸ ਵਾਲੇ ਅਰਦਾਸੀਆ ਸਿੰਘ ਅਸਲੀ ਜਗ•ਾ ਤੇ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰੇ ਦੀ ਉਸਾਰੀ ਕਰਨ ਦੀ ਅਰਦਾਸ ਨੂੰ ਯਕੀਨੀ ਬਣਾਏ।
           
ਜਾਰੀ ਇੱਕ ਬਿਆਨ ਰਾਹੀ ਸ੍ਰ  ਪਰਮਜੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਸਰਨਾ ਨੇ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਗਿਆਨ ਗੋਦੜੀ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਦੀਆ ਧਾਰਮਿਕ ਭਾਵਨਾਵਾਂ ਨਾਲ ਜੁੜਿਆ ਹੋਇਆ ਧਾਰਮਿਕ ਮਾਮਲਾ ਹੈ ਤੇ ਕਿਸੇ ਨੂੰ ਵੀ ਇਸ ਮਾਮਲੇ ਤੇ ਸਿਆਸਤ ਨਹੀ ਕਰਨ ਦਿੱਤੀ ਜਾਵੇਗੀ ਕਿਉਕਿ ਕੁਝ ਲੋਕ ਸਿਆਸਤ ਕਰਕੇ ਆਪਣਾ ਹਲਵਾ ਮੰਡਾ ਇਸ ਮੁੱਦੇ ਦੀ ਗਰਮਾਹਟ ਤੇ ਸੇਕਣਾ ਚਾਹੁੰਦੇ ਹਨ ਜਿਹਨਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਰੋਕਿਆ ਜਾਣਾ ਬਹੁਤ ਜਰੂਰੀ ਹੈ। ਉਹਨਾਂ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਕਰੀਬ 500 ਸਾਲ ਪੁਰਾਣਾ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਕਦੋ ਢਾਹਿਆ ਗਿਆ ਇਸ ਮਾਮਲੇ ਵਿੱਚ ਪੈਣ ਦੀ ਲੋੜ ਨਹੀ ਸਗੋ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰੇ ਦੀ ਉਸਾਰੀ ਲਈ ਠੋਸ ਤੇ ਨਿਸ਼ਕਾਮ ਯਤਨ ਕਰਨ ਦੀ ਲੋੜ ਹੈ। ਉਹਨਾਂ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਦਿੱਲੀ ਸਿੱਖ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਪ੍ਰਬੰਧਕ ਕਮੇਟੀ ਤੇ ਸ਼੍ਰੋਮਣੀ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਪ੍ਰਬੰਧਕ ਕਮੇਟੀ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰੇ ਦੇ ਸਥਾਨ ਨੂੰ ਤਬਦੀਲ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਲੁਕਵੇਂ ਢੰਗ ਨਾਲ ਯਤਨ ਕਰ ਰਹੀਆ ਹਨ ਕਿਉਕਿ ਉਤਰਾਖੰਡ ਵਿੱਚ ਉਹਨਾਂ ਦੇ ਭਾਈਵਾਲਾਂ ਭਾਜਪਾ ਦੀ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਹੈ ਤੇ ਭਾਈਵਾਲ ਦਾ ਪੱਖ ਵੀ ਪੂਰਣਾ ਇਹਨਾਂ ਦੀ ਮਜਬੂਰੀ ਤਾਂ ਹੋ ਸਕਦੀ ਹੈ ਪਰ ਸਿੱਖ ਪੰਥ ਦੀ ਕੋਈ ਮਜਬੂਰੀ ਨਹੀ ਹੈ ਅਤੇ ਸੰਗਤਾਂ ਅਸਲੀ ਸਥਾਨ ਤੇ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਉਸਾਰਨਗੀਆ। ਉਹਨਾਂ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਬਾਦਲ ਮਾਰਕਾ ਇਹਨਾਂ ਦੋਵਾਂ ਕਮੇਟੀਆ ਦੇ ਕੁਝ ਸਾਥੀ ਦੂਸਰੀ ਜਗ•ਾ ਤੇ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰੇ ਦੀ ਉਸਾਰੀ ਲਈ ਹਰਿਦੁਆਰ ਵਿਖੇ ਪਿਛਲੇ ਕਰੀਬ 220 ਦਿਨਾਂ ਤੋ ਧਰਨਾ ਲਗਾ ਕੇ ਬੈਠੇ ਹਨ ਪਰ ਸਿੱਖ ਸੰਗਤਾਂ ਉਹਨਾਂ ਦੀ ਰਾਜਨੀਤੀ ਤੋ ਵਾਕਫ ਹਨ ਅਤੇ ਉਹਨਾਂ ਦੇ ਛਲਾਵੇ ਵਿੱਚ ਨਹੀ ਆਉਣਗੀਆ। ਉਹਨਾਂ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਜੇਕਰ ਬਾਬਰੀ ਮਸਜਿਦ ਢਾਹ ਕੇ ਉਸ ਜਗ•ਾ ਰਾਮ ਮੰਦਰ ਬਣਾਉਣ ਲਈ ਯਤਨ ਕੀਤੇ ਜਾ ਰਹੇ ਹਨ ਤਾਂ ਫਿਰ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਦਾ ਗੁਰੂਦੁਆਰਾ ਉਸ ਜਗ•ਾ ਤੇ ਕਿਉ ਨਹੀ ਬਣਾਇਆ ਜਾ ਸਕਦਾ। ਉਹਨਾਂ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਸ਼੍ਰੋਮਣੀ ਅਕਾਲੀ ਦਲ ਦਿੱਲੀ ਅਸਲੀ ਥਾਂ ਤੇ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਬਣਾਉਣ ਦੀ ਹਮਾਇਤ ਕਰਦਾ ਹੈ ਤੇ ਲੋੜ ਪੈਣ ਤੇ ਸੰਘਰਸ਼ ਕਰਨ ਤੋ ਵੀ ਪਿੱਛੇ ਨਹੀ ਹੱਟੇਗਾ। ਉਹਨਾਂ ਸਿੱਖ ਸੰਗਤਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਅਕਾਲ ਤਖਤ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਵੱਲੋ 14 ਮਈ ਨੂੰ ਹਰ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰੇ, ਹਰ ਘਰ ਵਿੱਚ ਜਪੂਜੀ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਦੇ ਪਾਠ ਕਰਕੇ ਅਰਦਾਸ ਕਰਨ ਦੇ ਦਿੱਤੇ ਗਏ ਆਦੇਸ਼ ਦੀ ਹਮਾਇਤ ਕਰਦਿਆ ਕਿਹਾ  ਕਿ ਇਸ ਸਮੇਂ ਅਰਦਾਸੀਏ ਸਿੰਘ ਆਪਣੀ ਜ਼ਮੀਰ ਦੀ ਅਵਾਜ਼ ਤੇ ਅਸਲੀ ਸਥਾਨ ਤੇ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਉਸਾਰੇ ਜਾਣ ਦੀ ਗੁਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਅੱਗੇ ਜੋਦੜੀ ਕਰਕੇ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਦੀਆ ਧਾਰਮਿਕ ਭਾਵਨਾਵਾਂ ਦੀ ਕਦਰ ਕਰਨ। 

PR 12.5.2017

GURUDWARA GIAN GODRI - Sirsa

MANJINDER SINGH SIRSA URGES SIKH SANGAT TO PARTICIPATE IN RECITATION OF JAP JI SAHIB AND ARDAAS FOR GURUDWARA GIAN GODRI ON MAY 14TH
          
New Delhi, May 12: The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) General Secretary Mr. Manjinder Singh Sirsa today urged the sikh sangat of Delhi particularly young generation to whole heartdly participate in programme of recitation of Jap ji Sahib followed by Ardaas on May 14th, 2017 at 9.00 at Gurdwara Bangla Sahib.
          
In a statement released here today, S. Sirsa said that Sri Akal Takht Sahib has issued directions for recitation of Jap ji Sahib followed by Ardaas to support efforts on reclaiming land and reconstruction of historic Gurdwara Gian Godri Sahib where first sikh Guru Guru Nanak Dev Ji had visited on Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar, Uttrakhand. He said that feelings of Sikhs residing in every part of the world are linked to this historical place but everybody is concern over the fact that this Gurdwara which is place visited by Guru Nanak Dev Ji was demolished in 1979 and Sikhs were not allowed to reconstruct it.  He said that this is very emotive and serious issue for sikh community and representative bodies of Sikhs Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandhak Committee (SGPC) and Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management committee (DSGMC) have jointly initiated efforts to get back the land and reconstruct it. He said that it is also proud moment for Sikhs as Sri Akal Takht Sahib has directly taken over the command for this cause on the request of both the institutions.
          
Mr. Sirsa urged the sikh sangat particularly young generation to whole heartly support and participate in this movement to reconstruct Gurdwara Gian Godri Sahib. He said that this will also provide young generation to become aware of our glorious heritage and sikh history.


PR dt 12.5.17

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

'SikhsIndia' will support the US campaign - WE ARE SIKHS

'SikhsIndia' will support the US campaign - WE ARE SIKHS. Please feel free to share with us any material related to the campaign for uploading on SikhsIndia. 



We are also starting a similar campaign from India, supporting the cause i.e. to raise awareness about Indians & Sikhs in USA, against the racial as well hate crimes there.

Friday, April 28, 2017

'SikhsIndia' supports the USA campaign " We Are Sikhs "

Why American Sikhs Think They Need A Publicity Campaign

A screenshot from a video about the Sikh community that is part of a large awareness campaign. The project was funded entirely by grass-roots donations. The campaign's ads will air nationally.
Nearly 60 percent of Americans admit knowing nothing at all about Sikhs. That lack of knowledge comes at a deadly cost. In the wake of recent incidents from the 2012 Oak Creek Massacre to a shooting of a Sikh man in Washington this March, the Sikh community is taking a more vocal stand against hate.
This month, the National Sikh Campaign, an advocacy group led by former political strategists, launched a $1.3 million awareness campaign, "We are Sikhs." Funded entirely by grass-roots donations, the campaign's ads will air nationally on CNN and Fox News as well as on TV channels in central California — home to nearly 50 percent of the Sikh American population — and online.
The ad, which aims to tackle misperceptions of Sikhism, shows Sikh men and women speaking about how values of their faith — tolerance, religious freedom and gender equality — align with American values. According to Gurwin Singh Ahuja, the executive director of the National Sikh Campaign, "These are core values of the United States, yet we're often perceived as anti-American or as religious extremists. Our community is hurt by bigotry and ignorance, which is, in many ways, compounded by our own silence. To change these perceptions, I felt we had an obligation to share our stories with our neighbors."
Some young Sikhs like Sabrina Rangi, a medical student at Michigan State, are optimistic about the potential impact of the campaign. "I think after years of struggling to find the right words, this campaign is getting it right," says Rangi. "This initiative embodies everything that Sikhism represents, especially its emphasis on shared values and equality. I see this practiced in the gurdwara, where all of the participants sit together on the floor, beneath our holy book, to symbolize that regardless of gender, race or social standing, we are all one."
with thanks : WNPR : LINK : for detailed news report

Thursday, April 27, 2017

" We Are Sikh " campaign educates others on what it means to be Sikh and American

An American Sikh advocacy group is hoping to change perceptions of the group with a $1.3 million commercial campaign.
On April 14, the National Sikh Campaign launched commercials to run on Fox News and CNN for about one month to help educate Americans about the Sikh faith and challenge misconceptions about their turbans. They have also aired commercials in Fresno, California, a city that holds one of the largest Sikh populations in the United States, and a frequent target for hate crimes since 9/11.
"We teach our kids the American values go hand in hand with the Sikh values."Source: We Are Sikh/YouTube
"We launched our ads on April 14, on Vaisakhi, which is a special day for Sikhs," Rajwant Singh, co-founder and senior adviser to the National Sikh Campaign, said in a phone interview. "[Vaisakhi] is a day when the turban and beard became our symbols — a mandatory part of our identity in 1699. Now, we are celebrating our identity to let the rest of America know who we are."
The campaign organizers said they hope the "We Are Sikh" commercials clear up misconceptions about their image and faith, and prove to the public that Sikh values are in line with American values. One ad, titled "Proud," features a family talking about signing up their son for Boy Scouts and describing their pride in being Sikh and American. Another ad, titled "Neighbors," features a diverse group of Sikh Americans discussing their love of Game of ThronesStar Wars and Spongebob Squarepants.
"I've seen every episode of Spongebob, because that's what my daughters like to watch."Source: We Are SIkh/YouTube


with thanks : mic.com : LINK : for detailed news report by :  

British Sikh Barrister Jasvir Singh Receives Order Of The British Empire From Prince William


LONDON:  A British Sikh barrister has received the prestigious Order of the British Empire (OBE) from Prince William for his services to the community at London's Buckingham Palace.

British Sikh Barrister Jasvir Singh Receives Order Of The British Empire From Prince William

Jasvir Singh, the founding chair of City Sikhs, received Officer of the Most Excellent OBE from Prince William, the second in line to the British throne who often steps in for Queen Elizabeth II at investiture ceremonies where such medals are officially conferred.

"It was a humbling experience. I met many inspiring people, including scientists, artists, Paralympians, and various members of the Armed Forces and the Police, and found out about their remarkable achievements," Singh said in a statement after the ceremony last week.



"I also spoke to Prince William and commended him for the work he and his brother, Prince Harry, are doing to help remove the stigma of mental health problems," he added.

City Sikhs is among a number of Sikh organisations in Britain and claims a membership of 6,000 members. It says it is involved with several important projects, including the 'Grand Trunk Project' which is led by the 'Faiths Forum for London' and is looking to foster better relationships between communities of South Asian heritage in towns and cities throughout the country.


with thanks : NDTV : LINK : for detailed news.