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Winds From Punjab: Existential States for Farmers & Government Are High

The central government may, by hook or crook, ride out the current Punjab-based farmers’ agitation. But the underlying logic of the situation can sow the seeds of a long-term crisis. The existential stakes in this agitation for both the farmers and the government are high; but the possibility of a good faith material resolution of the problem is low. This has the makings of a perfect storm.

Changing International Geo-politics & Its Effects On Liberation Movements In South Asia

The current decade has seen one of the most drastic changes in the arena of politics, global trade (Capitalism) and international affairs. We have witnessed unprecedented rise in right wing politics across Europe, Latin America, North America and in the Indian Subcontinent. These political changes are followed with multiple business and trade alliances be it Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) and China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) by China, or Trans-Pacific Free Trade agreement led by USA (though the US under Trump pulled itself out but new Biden administration is expected to rejoin this).

Re­silience of Trump­ism and Frag­men­ta­tion of Amer­i­can Polity in Biden Pres­i­dency

This was the first elec­tion since 1992 when an in­cum­bent pres­i­dent failed to win re-elec­tion for a sec­ond term. With over 75 mil­lion votes, Biden re­ceived the most votes ever cast for a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, beat­ing Barack Oba­ma’s record of 69.5 mil­lion votes from 2008.

While Embracing Gallows, Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh Chanted ‘Jo Bole So Nihal’ Recalls Tihar’s Law Officer

In true Sikh tradition, prior to embracing the gallows , ‘Jo Bole So Nihal!’ was chanted recalls Tihar jailer Sunil Gupta in his book Black Warrant, co-authored with senior journalist Sunetra Chaudhury, which details the final minutes of the duo accused in the Indira Gandhi assassination case.

Blue Star Over Patiala: (Special Article by Mallika Kaur)

With India’s paramilitary in Amritsar for the 32nd anniversary of Indian Army's attack on Darbar Sahib and other Sikh Gurdwaras, survivors 200 km away challenge the prevailing narrative.

The Sikh Doctrine of Double Sovereignty – Relationship Between the Khalsa and the State

Guru Gobind Singh Ji's 52 Hukams issued at Nanded Sahib (commands) included “Sutantar Vicharna” (staying independent). Renowned Sikh scholar Sirdar Kapur Singh has explained “Sutantar Vicharna” in terms of the peculiar “Sikh Doctrine of Double Sovereignty”.

Kamala Harris and her history with Sikhs

When Senator Klobachar ‘stepped out’ of consideration for Vice President of the United States (given how she also played a role in not holding police accountable as a District Attorney), she mentioned that she wanted to see a woman of color become Vice President. Probably in a nod to California Senator Kamala Harris,

Despite Bigotry and Discrimination, Sikhs Continue to Fight for Dignity in US Politics

Presumptive Democratic Party nominee for the upcoming US elections, Joe Biden, in a tweet on 6 August paid homage to Sikh worshippers, who while praying at a Gurudwara (Sikh temple) in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, eight years ago, were killed by a white supremacist.

Staying Alive: Women Ecology and Development [Book Review]

This writing summarizes the views of Vandana Shiva that she has expressed in her book Staying Alive. It is a well written book on the basic issue of ecology. A beginner can learn a lot from this book about the actual situation of soil, water, green revolution etc. It also highlights some aspects of agriculture which can astonish a common reader easilyIn the book, Vandana Shiva tries to explore the relationship of nature/Women and developments/Science.

India’s ‘Modern-Day Fascism’ Under the International Scanner: Sikhs Applaud Robust Intervention

Recent interventions from noteworthy international voices have given Hindutva’s fanatical protagonists a timely reminder that, despite their domination of the political and security apparatus in India, they are bound by international standards that override their domestic hegemony.

Nation-State Serves Elite: Can ‘Hindu Rashtra’ be Different?

When coronavirus looming large, fifty big businessmen- wilful defaulters—got their Bank loans of Re 68607 crores written off. The indifference shown to distress faced by lakhs of trapped workers in urban areas has exposed the BJP rulers of their real character and style of their “democratic governance”.

SGPC No Longer a Representative Body of the Sikhs [Op-Ed]

Still Sikhs hope against hope that SGPC should not have honored P.S Umranagal, a police officer in Golden Temple complex who is known to have involved in fake-encounters and the Bargari beadbi.

Why Police Retaliate Rather Than Going by Law When Poor Are Involved?

Coronavirus like all other crises in past exposes that Indian democracy is being run by self-centered bureaucracy with police/security forces enjoying near holy status.

Singh Sabha Salutes Giani Ditt Singh On His Birth Anniversary

Today we salute Giani Ditt Singh on his birth anniversary. He fought against Brahmanical onslaught in the 19th century which attempted to convert Sikhism into a sect of Pan-Hinduism.

Does the glorification of army/police symbolises Indians’ slavish mentality?

A usual glorification of the army goes like this: that standing on night duty at borders soldiers protests the Indians sleeping cozily at their homes.

Is Indian Deep State Still Carrying the Colonial Overhang?

For the British colonials natives were subjects (gulaams not citizens). That is why the British never trusted natives and never took them into confidence in any decision during 200-year rule.

Invoking Kabul Attack on Sikh Gurdwara to Justify India’s CAA is Unjustified

This is in response to the write-up in 'The Tribune' by K N Pandita on CAA with reference to the horrific terror strike at a historic Gurdwara- Guru’s place- in Afghanistan, killing 25 innocent Sikh worshippers. The author seems to justify the controversial citizenship amendment legislation in the context of this attack.

Why Punjab Police DGP Dinkar Gupta Sees Social Media As A Major Challenge? [A Brief Analysis]

DGP Dinkar Gupta’s utterances against Kartarpur Sahib yatra had invited strong criticism from Sikh netizens i.e. Sikhs active over the internet or the social media. After extensive outrage DGP Gupta had to express regret over his remarks.

Looming Threat of Genocide in India

by: Pieter Friedrich* I Last month, a widowed Muslim woman in India was arrested and charged with sedition — that is, with inciting an insurrection. ...

Kartarpur Sahib Corridor: Sikh Soft Power

Ever since the inauguration of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, three months ago, in November 2019, it has drawn the attention of media and strategic analysts in South Asia, and outside the region, for different reasons.

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