An old aged man of 82 years named Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa is grappling with the government for 76 days for the release of Sikh Detainees who have already served their life sentences.
Members of Sikh Students Federation (Mehta) have reportedly filed a court case against the makers and actors of Nanak Shah Fakir movie. Mehta Federation had also staged statewide protest against Nanak Shah Fakir film on March 25.
A community update by the Sikh Coalition says: [f]or the third year in a row, members of the U.S. Congress plan to introduce a resolution honouring the Sikh community’s celebration of Vaisakhi.
Earlier employment laws had exempted turban wearers from the requirement to wear a safety helmet on construction sites. But the exemption did not apply to less hazardous environments, such as factories and warehouses.
The movie, Nanak Shah Fakir, has courted yet another controversy after write-director Sartaj Singh Pannu moved the Delhi High Court against producers Harinder Singh Sikka and Oscar winning sound artiste Resul Pookutty. It is notable that Harinder Sikka had been maintaining that he had directed the movie with "eternal grace", and maintaining that it was result of that “eternal grace” that a person like him, who know nothing about photography or the filmmaking had made this movie.
PUCL Punjab-Haryana has expressed deep concern over the health and well being of Sh. Surat Singh Khalsa who has been on a fast unto death for the last 68 days, and the indifferent and insensitive response of the Punjab government.
The World Sikh Organization of Canada has expressed serious concerns over the measures proposed in the Government of Canada's Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015 in submissions to the House of Common's Standing Committee on Public Safety.
Dal Khalsa has asserted that the film ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’ produced by Harinder Singh Sikka has the evil potential to challenge and subvert the fundamental belief system of the Sikhs, hence it cannot be allowed to be released.
A Sikh man was beaten up in a suspected racial attack in the British city of Birmingham and police have launched an investigation after the sickening video of the assault emerged on the internet, reports Times of India (TOI).
The Sikh Manifesto has already achieved so much, not least increased awareness by Sikhs, non-Sikhs and politicians across the political spectrum of Sikh demands. The Conservative-led government and opposition politicians have already taken certain positive actions and made specific pledges with the Sikh vote in mind.
"Three years have past … our son was shot dead by the police … but there is no justice. It seems as if they do not wan to impart justice in this case…”, said S. Gurcharanjit Singh, father of Shaheed Jaspal Singh Gurdaspur who was killed in police firing at Gurdaspur on 29 March, 2015.
The FBI’s new training manual contains a section to distinguish between anti-Arab, Anti-Hindu, Anti-Muslim, and Anti-Sikh hate crimes. This includes special considerations to be taken by the law enforcement when working with victims from these communities.
Sikh intellectual and author S. Ajmer Singh has expressed shock, grief and concern over the things that unfolded in the March 28 National Council (NC) meeting of the Aam Aadmi Party. It is notable that Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha were ousted from NC of Aam Aadmi Party during this meeting, that was also marred by thrashing of some members.
The Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) National Council (NC) meeting witnessed violence after Manish Sisodhia moved a resolution to oust Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, Ajit Jha and Anand Kumar from Aam Aadmi Party's National Council for alleged anti-party activities.
Professor Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha have done… (uses abusive word here) for the past four days. We may not be capable enough, but we are clean and honest. They (Bhushan, Yadav, Kumar and Jha) are idiots. They tried their best to defeat us. I accepted all their demands. They asked me to bring the party in the ambit of RTI, I accepted the proposal. Now, they are accusing me of indulging in a bargain. Had they been associated with other parties, they would have been kicked on their back and thrown out. Umesh, I do not want to talk about this anymore...
Sikh Siyasat's Editor Parmjeet Singh talked to Sikh intellectual S. Ajmer Singh about internal rift of the Aam Aadmi Party at central level, it's impact on Punjab unit of Aam Aadmi Party and sentiments of general public in Punjab, AAP's prospects in upcoming Punjab Assembly polls 2017 and the current state of Sikh politics in Punjab.
Criticizing Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) and Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) for demanding subsidy on cooking gas used for preparing Langar at Darbar Sahib (Amritsar), Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar (Mann) president S. Simranjeet Singh Mann said that the SGPC has hurt the honour of the Sikh nation at the behest of SAD (B) and CM Badal.
"Terming the contribution of Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan to the party and its ideology as vast, Ms. Patkar defended the two leaders, recalling their participation in people’s movement and the campaign against corruption", The Hindu reports.
Party principles were compromised in the selection process and I do not see any logic in blaming people who legitimately called foul, a foul. I do not see any logic in shunting out people who are asking for the implementation of the very principles that the AAP was founded upon.
While the Punjab Assembly has unanimously adopted a resolution recommending to the centre to seek apology from the Canadian government for the tragic incident that is known in history as the Komagata Maru tragedy in which 19 Punjabi's were killed at Budge Budge ghat of Calcutta, the Dal Khalsa has questioned the Akali government as to why it was silent on infamous army assault against Darbar Sahib in June 1984.
Hindutva fountain-head Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has put Punjab on radar, as RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is now camping at Doraha, near Ludhiana in a five-day training camp of the Sangh is being held. RSS claims that it had so far succeeded only in its 20 per cent expansion plan in rural areas of the state. RSS state co-convener Brig. Jagdish Gagneja (retd) said it was set to form its shakhas in all villages of Punjab.
Notwithstanding several pious pronouncements and official fiats, the Akali Dal led government failed enforce Punjabi in government offices, obviously under pressure from ultra Hindu nationalist party, BJP which is bent upon making Punjab suba a bi-lingual state .
Less than a week time is left for the Aam Aadmi Party's India level council meeting, but warring camps of the AAP did not find any ground to reconcile. According to media reports the ongoing negotiations between the two warring camps within Delhi ruling party are on the verge of collapse as neither side is willing to budge on critical issues.
Booker prize winning writer Arundhati Roy called Mohan Das Gandhi as the ‘first corporate agent of this country.’ Roy, author of the acclaimed novel ‘God of Small Things’ further said ‘it was one of the greatest falsehood in this country to worship him (Gandhi) who wrote horrible things about Dalit, women and poor.’
The Sikhs are a tiny minority constituting 2 per cent of India’s 1200 million people. But they have a spectacular and distinct historical contribution to the social, economic and political fields. Since the beginning of 18th century the Sikhs played a pivotal role in moulding the Indian subcontinent that reached to its present shape.
The modern Hindi speaker uses the words Manava and Purusha somewhat interchangeably- both mean ‘man’ or ‘human’ to us. Yet this was not always so. The Rig Veda and other Hindu scriptures talk of two distinct tribes- the tribe of Manu and the tribe of Puru (or Pururava, who was Puru’s ancestor).
They first came to avenge the Love Jihad.
I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Muslim.
Then they came for the Ghar Wapasi.
I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t Christian.
Then they came for the saffronization of Sikhs.
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Sikh. [...]