Greece: Two Sikh Gurdwaras- Gurdwara Sri Dasmesh Singh Sabha and Bhagat Ravidas Darbar in Marathon, were attacked by gunfire in Greece. The attack reportedly took place on Sept. 21.
Mansa, Punjab: Sikh preacher and Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee member Baljit Singh Daduwal, who is facing four cases in four police stations of Punjab, was granted bail by Mansa additional sessions judge Rajkumar Garg on Sept. 18 in one of the cases -- registered under the Arms Act by the Mansa police.
Winnipeg: The World Sikh Organization of Canada has welcomed the opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights(CMHR). A statement by WSO says, the legal counsel of the WSO, Balpreet Singh attended the inauguration of CMHR on Sept. 19 on behalf of the organization.
SAS Nagar, Punjab: In a four page written statement submitted before a Punjab Police probe panel, Majha Ex-Servicemen Human Rights Front Chairman Colonel (retd.) G. S. Sandhu said that Punjab Police I.G. Paramraj Umaranangal was involved in fake encounters during 1990s.
New York, US (Sept. 18): As a formal US announcement about the upcoming talks between US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was recently made in Washington. Sikh groups in USA have responded by outlining their plans to picket the White House, where the two leaders will meet, to protest against the Indian leaders’ bid to marginalized religious minorities.
Ottawa, Canada: The Sikh Youth Federation (SYF) is going to host 'Sikh Awareness Day – Parliament Hill' on Wednesday September 24th, 2014. The purpose of this event is to showcase the Canadian-Sikh culture to Canadian's through meaningful, positive and fun engagement, at the same time eliminating stereotypical barriers.
Washington, USA: Two leading US lawmakers have expressed disappointment over the decision of FIBA to continue with its policy to ban players from wearing headgears in international matches, even though it allowed them to sport religious headgear as part of a "trial period" for two years.
Amritsar: A delegation of Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) that had gone to Jammu and Kashmir returned to Amritsar on Sept. 20 after taking stock of the flood-affected areas. The delegation, led by its general secretary Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, will now submit a report to SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar on the basis of which they will chalk out a strategy for relief work in the coming days.
Washington, DC: The Washington-based environmental organization, EcoSikh has released a statement on climate change from the Sikh perspective, the first of its kind from a Sikh organization. The statement outlines new actions Sikhs can take to strengthen their connection to the Sikh faith through environmentalism, and expand their political voice within their communities. This statement comes days before EcoSikh and various heads of state from all over the world will convene in New York City for the 2014 U.N. Climate Summit, on September 23.
London, UK: The National Sikh Convention is expected to attract 10,000 delegates over three days - making it the biggest party conference in the UK.
Washington, DC: A press release by EcoSikh says over 300 Sikhs joined to support the Sikh environmental action around the world led by the US based NGO in a gala which marked the 5 year anniversary of the organization.
Seville, Spain: The international basketball federation (FIBA) has decided to relax its ban on religious headcoverings in limited circumstances as part of a “trial period.” Sikh NGOs SALDEF and the Sikh Coalition have expressed concerns over the ruling saying that it falls short and leads to unequal playing field. US based NGOs have declared to follow-up with FIBA to understand exactly how the new rules will apply to Sikhs.
Hindutva fountainhead Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) has put Punjab on radar. In an unusual move RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is making frequent visits to Punjab.
Srinagar, Kashmir: Kashmir’s pro-independence leaders have seized on Scotland’s plebiscite on freedom to demand that India deliver its promise to allow a similar vote in the disputed territory. The referendum for Scotland’s independence is being held on Thursday.
New Delhi, India: During a joint press briefing visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping incidents may continue to occur at India-China border as the areas were not properly demarcated.
Rohtak, Haryana: Despite non-participation in Haryana Assembly elections, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) India level executive member Naveen Jaihind on Tuesday said the party, which polled nearly 5 lakh votes in the recent Lok Sabha polls in Haryana, would encourage electorate to show door to corrupt and turncoat politicians who are eyeing Vidhan Sabha through electoral politics.
New Delhi, India: The BJP suffered a major blow in the assembly byelections in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat, which it had swept in the Lok Sabha polls four months ago. The saffron party lost 13 of the 23 seats held by it.
Ladakh: The ongoing face-off between Indian and Chinese soldiers at Chumar area in Ladakh has intensified with the addition of more gun-toting troops, which are now strung across 2 km on an east-to-west axis on either side of the disputed Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Islamabad, Pakistan: Bilawal Bhutto, son of slain Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto today said that his Pakistan People's Party (PPP) would get back entire Kashmir from India. Bilawal, who is in his 20s, said so while addressing his party workers in Multan region in Punjab on Sept. 19.
New Delhi, India: The Chinese PLA soldiers reportedly left Chumar area of Ladakh after Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping meeting, but there are reports that Chinese soldiers today crossed into territory under Indian control again and stationed themselves on a hillock.
New Delhi/ Ladakh: A statement from India's Minister of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin says Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised the issue of Chinese incursions with the visiting Chinese President during their meeting Wednesday night.
Ladakh: Face-off between Chinese and Indian troops continues in Chumar sector of Ladakh as the flag meeting held to find a solution to the situation remained inconclusive.
New Delhi, India: India has expressed it's problems with “what's the problem” statement by Abdul Basit, High Commissioner of Pakistan for India. Pak High Commissioner yesterday said that “Hafiz Saeed is a Pakistani national, he is free to roam around. What’s the problem?”. He was responding to a media query on reports that Hafiz Saeed was roaming around freely in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Uttar Pradesh, India: Recent trends from Uttar Pradesh shows that Samajwadi Party could regain shine in the state, where byelections were held for 11 state assembly seats. As per latest trends the Samajwadi Party (SP) is leading at 9 seats, where as BJP was able to secure lead on just 2 seats.
The Badals are undergoing a crucial and sensitive political phase. The Sikh minority’s political space is getting unrepresented with the Akali Dal (Badal) becoming a Punjabi party. The Sikhs are awakening to an unbecoming situation where their religious institutions, grown in strong antipathy to the brahminism, are being controlled by a party which practically subscribes to and endorses the brahminical-RSS brand nationalism.
The sweeping electoral victory of the Hindu nationalist BJP under the leadership of Narendra Modi has been greeted worldwide with a mixture of euphoria and alarm. Euphoria by the neo-liberal economists and big business. Alarm by the national minorities in and democratic rights activists India. Pritam Singh reviews The Indian Ideology by Perry Anderson, a welcome book in giving a background to politics in India today.
The Moga conference of Akali Dal (Badal) in mid-1990s should viewed in this context where the Badals resolved to open the party to Punjabi Hindus. It meant the Dal ceased to be a party exclusively of the Sikh minority since its inception in 1920s. Since then, The Akali Dal became a ‘Punjabi party’ and vouched ‘unconditional support’ to the BJP parented by RSS, having an agenda of creating a “Hindu Rashtra”. For RSS, the Sikhs do not deserve to harp on ‘a separate IDENTITY as they constitute a sect of Hindus’.