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Brampton Council Affirms Support For Its Residents Affected By India’s New Agriculture Laws

At its October 14th meeting, Brampton City Council unanimously passed a motion to support and stand in solidarity with Brampton residents and their families who have been adversely affected by farming bills recently passed in India. The motion was moved by Regional Councillor Gurpreet Singh Dhillon and seconded by Regional Councillor Martin Medeiros.

Right-Wing Think Tank Accused of Demonizing Sikh-Canadians Also Works to Send Canadian Oil to India

What does a controversial report authored by a retired CBC journalist have to do with a right-wing think tank that promotes trade with India and a global consulting firm run by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper?

WSO Canada Welcomes Return of Sikh RCMP Officers to Operational Duties

WSO President says, “We are glad that bearded Sikh RCMP officers will be able to return to operational duties like Sikh officers in every other police force across Canada. The affected Sikh RCMP officers were feeling disheartened that this situation had dragged out for six months and this will be a relief to them".

Gurdwaras in Ontario Reaffirm Akal Takhat Hukamnama Forbidding Anand Karaj Ceremonies in Banquet Facilities, Golf Courses and Hotel Resorts

The Ontario Gurdwaras Committee (OGC) and Ontario Sikhs and Gurudwara Council (OSGC) are deeply disturbed by recent reports of Anand Karaj ceremonies taking place in Banquet Facilities, Golf Courses and Hotel Resorts.

MLI Report Parrots Indian Narratives on Khalistan: World Sikh Organisation

The World Sikh Organization of Canada joins calls for the retraction of the report entitled “Khalistan: a Project of Pakistan”, published by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. The report is authored by controversial, retired CBC journalist, Terry Milewski and includes an introduction by former politician, Ujjal Dosanjh, and former Conservative staffer, Shuvaloy Majumdar.

OGC Statement on Ongoing Attempts to Malign the Sikh Sangarsh for Khalistan

On September 9, 2020 Canada based Macdonald-Laurier Institute released a paper titled "Khalistan: A Project of Pakistan" by Terry Milewski. BC Gurdwaras Council and Ontario Gurdwaras Committee has issued a statement in response to this paper, terming it as part of Indian state's propaganda against the Sikh Sangarsh.

Macdonald-Laurier Institute’ Paper on Khalistan Contains Conclusory Statements & Allegations Without Substantiation: Scholars [Open Letter]

On September 9, 2020 Canada based Macdonald-Laurier Institute released a paper titled "Khalistan: A Project of Pakistan" by Terry Milewski. A number of scholars have responded to this paper and said that it "contains a litany of conclusory statements and allegations without any substantiation".

SikhRI Launches ‘The Guru Granth Sahib Project’ (TGGSP) Website

The Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI) has announced the first official release of The Guru Granth Sahib Project (TGGSP) website (app.gurugranthsahib.io) on September 1 to coincide with the First Prakash Purab (Illumination day) of then known Adi Granth in 1604. The project seeks to make a timeless treasure-house accessible for today's seekers, scholars, and techies to connect with the Sabad-Wisdom. 

India Orders Attachment of Immovable Properties of Gurpatwant Singh Pannun and Hardeep Singh Nijjar under UAPA

The Government of India (GoI) has ordered attachment of immovable properties of Gurpatwant Singh Pannun and Hardeep Singh Nijjar under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

No Indian Propaganda in Gurdwaras: Sikhs in Germany Tell Indian Consulate Official

A senior official in Indian Consulate in Germany was questioned by Sikhs during his visit to Gurdwara Sahib in Tubingen. Indian official was questioned about registration of cases against Sikh youth in Punjab under draconian UAPA law.

India’s R&AW Agent Goes on Trial in Germany for Spying on Sikhs and Kashmiris

An Indian citizen is accused of spying on Sikh and Kashmiri communities in Germany for New Delhi's secret services went on trial in Frankfurt on Tuesday. The suspect, identified as 54-year-old Balvir Singh, is accused of working for the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India's foreign intelligence agency, from at least January 2015.

Canadian City of Burnaby Proclaims September 6 As “Jaswant Singh Khalra Day”

Recognising the humanitarian contribution of Shaheed Jaswant Singh Khalra Canada's city of Burnaby has issued a proclamation declaring September 6 as "Jaswant Singh Khalra Day. Shaheed Jaswant Singh Khalra had unearthed the truth of so-termed unclaimed and unidentified dead bodies in Punjab. He had revealed that how Sikhs were being extrajudicially killed in cold blood by Indian forces in fake encounter, and how Indian state's police and other forces were secretly cremating their dead bodies as 'unclaimed and unidentified' dead bodies. Shaheed Jaswant Singh Khalra was himself subjected to enforced disappearance by Indian state' police and was secretly killed. On 6 September 1995, he was abducted by the Indian state's police from outside of his house in Amritsar.

Pro-India Elements Under Investigation For Threatening Sikh Activists with Guns in Brampton

At least eight persons are under investigation by Canadian police for threatening Sikh activists with a hand gun on August 15. The incident kept under the carpet so far by the police and media, took place at a plaza in Brampton city where Sikh activists were gathering to board transport for joining a protest outside Indian Consulate's office in Toronto.

Enforcing Silence: India’s War on Sikh Social Media – A Report by World Sikh Organization

The World Sikh Organisation (WSO) of Canada has released a report on the crackdown on Sikh social media by Indian authorities. The report entitled “Enforcing Silence: India’s War on Sikh Social Media” examines recent developments and offers suggestions to social media platforms with respect to Sikh content.

Sikh Body Releases Report on Indian Crackdown on Sikh Social Media

The World Sikh Organization of Canada has released a report on the crackdown on Sikh social media by Indian authorities. The report entitled “Enforcing Silence: India’s War on Sikh Social Media” examines recent developments and offers suggestions to social media platforms with respect to Sikh content.

After Claiming Self-Credit for ‘Abolishing’ Black List, BJP Govt. Lists 9 Sikhs As ‘Terrorists’

In 1980s-90s the Indian state created so-called black list of Sikhs, adding names of diaspora Sikh activists in it in a whole-sale manner. The issue had been a cause of concern in the past decade as a number of cases surfaced where the abuse this extra-judicial mechanism was clearly established.

Jagtar Singh Jaggi’s Bail Plea Dismissed in Amit Arora Case

NIA special court here today dismissed bail application moved by arrested Scottish citizen Jagtar Singh Johal alia Jaggi in a case pertaining to alleged attack on Amit Arora. Jagtar Singh Johal's counsel Advocate Jaspal Singh Manjhpur said that the NIA special court has dismissed the bail plea. "Bail application is dismissed but we are waiting for detailed order", he told Sikh Siyasat News (SSN).

Kite Fights: New Report says Regional Proxy Wars and Hindu Nationalist Agenda Linked to Massacre of Sikhs in Kabul

The March 25, 2020 massacre of Sikhs at Gurdwara Har Rai Sahib in Kabul, Afghanistan sent shockwaves through the global Sikh community, yet the violence was not the only shocking thing about the vicious attack.

Ontario Sikhs calls for resignation of PDSB’s Director of Education Amidst Systemic Anti-Black Racism

The Ontario Gurdwaras Committee (OGC) said in a written statement (copy available with Sikh Siyasat News) that it is gravely concerned about the recent findings from the Ministry of Education’s Review and subsequent independent investigation regarding the continued acts of systemic racism and anti-Black racism in the Peel District School Board (PDSB).

Sikh Group urges British PM to tackle Modi on India’s purported Self Determination ‘Opt-out’

On the 36th anniversary of the infamous Indian army attack on the Sikh nation’s spiritual and temporal seats of authority in Amritsar in June 1984, the World Sikh Parliament has written to the UK’s prime minister calling on him to take his Indian counterpart to task over the issue that has defined the Indo-Sikh conflict over recent decades – India’s unlawful denial of the right of self-determination in the Sikh homeland. The British government’s responsibilities as the former colonial power, the imperative of upholding international law and the need to disavow the foolish complicity of the then Thatcher government, provide sufficient reason to act, according to the global Sikh body.

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