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Rwanda Indicts French Generals For 1994 Genocide (by: Thomas C. Mountain)

by: Thomas C. Mountain Late in 2016 the Rwandan Government indicted several senior French Army Generals for crimes against humanity including genocide for their role in ...

A View from Britain on The Rise of Hate Crimes Against Minorities

Since the 9/11 attacks in New York, visible minorities have experienced a rise in racial harassment and hate crimes. There have, for example, been numerous ...

From funerals to freedom for Kashmir: undoing the Great Indian Democracy

What is the difference between a funeral and a demonstration? In Kashmir, there is none. As the killing of 30 civilian protestors by the armed forces of the state in the last two days shows, in Kashmir, every funeral is a demonstration and every demonstration is a funeral.

Badal raises issue of ‘Sikh black list’; Digging the past may not serve any purpose: Kuldip Nayar

Kuldip Nayar is known for his anti-Sikh rhetoric. Nayar, a Hindu ideologue, who pretends himself to be secular and 'friend' of Sikhs has always used his pen and imago to harm Sikh interests and serve the Indian state's desires. His recent article about “black-list of Sikhs” is currently in discussion. The write-up is being reproduced below for the information of readers of Sikh Siyasat News.

Maharani Jind Kaur – the woman who terrified the British Empire

On 1 August 1863, shortly after 6:15 in the evening, a frail and partially-blind queen who had spent much of her life raging against the British Empire, died in her bed on the top floor of a Kensington townhouse.

OP-ED: Does Gandhi really belong in Parliament Square?

Gandhi remains a deeply ambiguous figure: a fervent Hindu who advocated religious harmony; a believer in the caste system who deplored "untouchability"; and an anti-colonialist who was willing to compromise with the British empire. This renders him open to appropriation by different interests, some progressive, some retrograde. But we should not allow a statue in Parliament Square to blandly entrench a historical amnesia and diminish a venal and violent present.

OP-ED: Tough going for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab

Basically, the Aam Aadmi Party (APP) is the product of Anna Hazare’s movement that began in September 2011 in Delhi against raging corruption during the second inning of the UPA government at the Centre.

Ten Thousand Pairs of Shoes

Thirty years have passed since journalists were cut off from Punjab, and Punjab from the world. In June of each year, Sikhs throng to gurudwaras to observe one of the most significant of their religious holidays. On this day, when even the less observant find their way to gurudwaras, the Indian Army attacked Darbar Sahib—the Golden Temple, the Sikh Vatican —and dozens of other gurudwaras across the state.

“Operation Blue Star” – The clash of Civilizations

30 years on- the wounds are still simmering; the pain is still deep embedded in the minds and hearts of the Sikhs. The injustices of that period are still haunting Sikh psyche. The idea of ‘Forgetting as survival mechanism’ unleashed by Indian state is still pricking the Sikh soul.

Whistleblower Exposes India’s Murderous Cops (a short review of The Last Killing documentary)

Manak decided to speak out and inform his superiors of the alleged killings—an act that led to his own detainment and, reportedly, his torture. After keeping him in illegal detention for 42 days, the Punjab police filed legal cases against him, accusing him of carrying an unlicensed weapon, theft, and firing on a police party with intent to kill—all false charges, Manak says. He was released on bail and promptly filed a lawsuit in October 1994 against his colleagues, accusing them of torturing and murdering 10 individuals.

OP-Ed: AAP’s Punjab success – by Avtar Singh

It is Punjab again. The state which sacrificed most to secure the independence of India is regularly in the labour pains of real change. After the crushing assaults from Indian state it is bouncing back again and again to show its guts and strength. The aspiration of real rule is not dying down in Punjab despite the political and social terrorism unleashed by the ruling elite.

OP-Ed: Punjabis Shun Modi, Flock To AAP

At historically crucial junctures, Punjab has shown the audacity to differ with the Indian mainstream. This is what goes to explain the phenomenal victory of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab which, otherwise, drew blank from other parts of the country, also in Delhi where it had emerged as a political force with Arun Kejriwal as Chief Minister only six months ago.

OP-ED – Hindu Supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party comes to power in India

Hindu supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won a landslide victory for Indian parliament election. BJP is set to win in 283 seats, eight more than the required half way mark in 543 member House. With its allies, the tally of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is expected to go up to 335.

Movie Review: Dolda Punjab – a short film with a strong message

PunjabUp Films has come up with second short movie titled: “Dolda Punjab”. The banner had previously produced “Kaur – a true identity” that had remained runner-up in “SikhNet Youth Online Film Festival” in 2013.

Indian Media’s Role during Sikh upsurge of 1980-90s in Punjab Questioned

Journalists and historians gathered to discuss latest book on the role of media during Sikh agitation observed that the policies that the ruling Congress Party at the Centre pursued in early 1980s had disastrous results in Punjab.

Remembering Professor Gurbhagat Singh

Professor Gurbhagat Singh who recently passed away after a debilitating stroke was a genius, not born but self-made. He used to be the first to arrive in the Punjabi University Library and myself the last to leave. When in Patiala, we used to meet every day. Once in two months or so he will come to my carrel and we will have tea together.

US: Young Sikhs in Maryland fight bias with diplomacy in the classroom

One recent afternoon, two dozen teenagers stayed late at Hoover Middle School in Potomac, Md., for a presentation on Jewish culture. They tasted matzoh brittle, spun dreidels, colored Purim masks and watched a video of a rabbi blowing a ram’s horn.

Celebrating and remembering Sikh history at Khalsa Day Parade

THIS year more people than ever are expected to attend the popular Khalsa Day Parade organized by Dashmesh Darbar Gurdwara in Surrey, the largest of its kind in North America, on April 19.

Punjabi singers, who praised Badal govt in tv advertisements, now change their tune

Chandigarh/ Punjab (April 16, 2014): Under fire from their fans, popular Punjabi singers Gippy Grewal, Diljit Dosanjh, Harbhajan Mann and Jazzy B have either given an explanation or apologised on their Facebook accounts for appearing in video-tapes to campaign for the ruling SAD [Badal]. The Tribune had brought the matter to the fore yesterday.

Harbhajan Mann, Jazzy B, Diljit Dosanjh, Gippey Grewal face wrath of netizens for supporting/ praising Badal Dal led Punjab Govt.

Chandigarh/ Punjab (April 15, 2014): As you surf Punjabi television channels these days, you find singer-actor Harbhajan Mann telling viewers in his mellifluous voice, “Kuch saal pehlon tak, Punjab ch bilji sirf badlaan ton hi garajdi si. Par pichley panj saalan ch Badal sarkar ney bijli di aisi lishk khilaari hai ki gali-gali, pind-pind lishk reha hai.

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