Amritsar, Punjab: Latest reports from Amritsar says that city witnessed complete shut down today. It is notable that the city police arrested up around 60 Sikh activists including All India Sikh Student Federation (AISSF) chief Karnail Singh Peer Mohammad, Sikh genocide survivor Bibi Jagdish Kaur while they were heading towards Amritsar railway station around 4:30 am.
London, UK: The genocidal pogroms against the Sikh people in India in November 1984 left thousands dead. In many of the outer areas of the capital, New Delhi, whole neighbourhoods were wiped out. Women were raped in large numbers. Senior politicians of the Congress (I) party led mobs, assisted by the police and administration.
Washington, DC: The U.S. Department of Justice has released a new Punjabi-language fact sheet to help Sikh American parents protect their children against school bullying.
New York/ New Delhi: US based human rights and advocacy group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) has criticized Indian government’s decision to give Rs 5 lakh each to the next of kin of the Sikh genocide 1984 victims, saying compensation cannot be a substitute to the prosecution of the perpetrators.
Chandigarh/ Punjab: Punjabi singer Harbhajan Mann has released a song dedicated to 30th anniversary of the Sikh Genocide 1984. In a brief shot before the song Harbhajan Mann said that the voices for justice will continue to be raised till the justice is delivered.
New Delhi, India: An official release by Amnesty International India received by the Sikh Siyasat News says: [o]ver 80,000 people across India have supported an Amnesty International India campaign calling for the Indian government to reopen all closed cases and re-investigate the massacre of over 3,000 Sikhs in the days following the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984.
Amritsar, Punjab: Latest news updates related to 1 November Punjab bandh call reveals that the Punjab police crackdown to defuse Punjab Bandh call has resulted in arrest of Karnail Singh Peermohmad (President, AISSF), Bibi Jagdish Kaur (victim, survivor and witness of Sikh genocide 1984) Bibi Majit Kaur (Head of Bhai Fauja Singh Trust) besides dozens other Sikh activists.
Amritsar, Punjab: The Punjab police has reportedly launched arrest drive to defuse Punjab Bandh call by AISSF and other Sikh bodies to protest against denial of justice to the victims of November 1984 Sikh Genocide. Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) sources revealed that the Punajb police has arrested Sikh activitsts and victims/ survivors of Sikh Genocide 1984 in wake of 1 November Punjab Bandh (Punjab Shut Down) call.
Amritsar, Punjab: An annual function at Gurdwara Jhanda Bunga Sahib, near Akal Takht Sahib, in Darbar Sahib complex marked 30th martyrdom day of Shaheed Beant Singh who had laid his life to punish Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi for her offensive against the Sikh nation.
Amritsar, Punjab: Troubles for Bollywood mega star Amitabh Bachchan grows further on Wednesday after All India Sikh Students Federation (Peermohammad) not only demanded to book a criminal case against the star for allegedly raising provocative slogan on October 31st , 1984 but also appealed to people to boycott his TV shows and films.
Amritsar, Punjab: Narendra Modi government’s calculated step to announce enhance compensation for 3325 victim families whole family members were killed in November 1984 massacre of Sikhs in Delhi, has failed to convince the Sikh community and the victims and survivors of the genocide.
New Delhi, India: While welcoming the Government of India's decision to give Rs five lakh each to next of kin of 3,325 victims of November 1984 Sikh carnage Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal demanded setting up of a Special Investigative Team (SIT) to ensure a thorough probe into the cases.
New Delhi, India: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has reportedly sought explanation from the BJP government for deciding on a fresh compensation for victims of anti-Sikh pogrom victims during the model code of conduct because of by-polls in the three assembly segments in Delhi.
New Delhi: The Central government of India today revealed the names of more than 600 Swiss Bank account holders who are reportedly holding the "black money". The government reportedly aubmitted a list of more than 600 black money account holders in a sealed envelope a day after the Supreme Court of India directed the Modi government to furnish the names of all individuals and entities in its possession who have accounts in overseas banks, legitimate or otherwise.
New Delhi, India: The Supreme Court of India today dismissed the plea of Nalini, who is undergoing life imprisonment in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, challenging the law mandating the Centre's approval for her release and that of six other convicts. "Sorry, we are not interested," a bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and justices M B Lokur and A K Sikri said.
Panchkula, Haryana: RSS-man Manohar Lal Khattar became Haryana's first chief minister from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as he took oath at a ceremony held at Panchkula on Sunday. Khattar is the 10th chief minister of the state, which was created November 1, 1966.
New Delhi, India: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvinder Kejriwal has said that “[p]re-poll communal violence is becoming a pattern”. He did not name any party but said that “vested political interests” were behind the incidents of “pre-poll” violence. He said so while answering a question posed by Rajdeep Sardesi to the Aam Aadmi Party in relation to incidents of recent clashes between Hindu and Muslim communities in Delhi's Tirlokpuri area.
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir state authorities today arrested pro-freedom Kashmiri leader Yasin Malik for leading a campaign to boycott assembly elections scheduled to be ...
Patiala, Punjab: Where as various Sikh bodies are urging people to support programs planned to mark 30th anniversary of Sikh genocide 1984, death row convict and Sikh prisoner Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana has opposed Nov. 01 Punjab Bandh call and Nov. 03 program to submit memorandum to the United Nations' office.
Jalandhar: Even as Punjab BJP is insisting on resolving the long-pending issue of Punjab in accordance with the Rajiv-Longowal accord, which includes transfer of Chandigarh to Punjab and looking into the blacklist of Sikhs, its alliance partner Shiromani Akali Dal now feels that the accord is no longer relevant.
New Delhi, India: A committee, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will choose the next Chief Commissioner for Gurdwara elections, slated to be held in September 2016.
Jalandhar, Punjab: Punjab BJP will be taking up the issue of "sympathetic and open minded review" of Black List of Sikhs with its central leadership and will pursue the issue further in its attempt to engage with the contentious issues of Punjab and Sikhs.
Amritsar, Punjab: Clashes between Hindus and Muslims are reported from India’s capital Delhi. The communal clashes reportedly began in Trilokpuri area on Friday (Oct. 24) ...
Chhattisgarh, India: Indian paramilitary force, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPC) has decided to screen Bollywood Movies for tribal people in areas under Naxalite/ Maoist influence. Reaching out to tribals in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district, CRPF has launched screening Hindi movies in Indian state's efforts to being people from the remote backward region to the (so-called) mainstream of India.
1984 remains one of the darkest years in modern Indian history. In June of that year, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi ordered a military assault on the most significant religious center for the Sikhs, Darbar Sahib (i.e., the Golden Temple) in Amritsar, Punjab. The attack killed thousands of civilians. On October 31, 1984, Mrs. Gandhi was assassinated by two of her Sikh bodyguards.
Sikhs throughout the globe will celebrate Divali on 23rd October. Divas/lamps will be lit - a jovial festival atmosphere will prevail. Sweets and samosas will be enjoyed - fireworks will set alight the moonless sky. But why do we really celebrate? Apart from the annual calendar significance, what does Divali mean for us, as Sikhs?
The truth is Kashmir is a disputed territory. Still when Haider opens, a blatant lie is told to the audience. Srinagar, India. 1995. Such a statement makes the film deeply political. Lines are drawn. A stand is taken that Srinagar is (integral) part of India. What kind of truth is then Bhardwaj telling us? Or is he just telling us a selected version of truth?