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Debate on Anand Marriage Act, Sikh Personal Law & Sikh Identity [Qaumi Masle Ep. 1]

This is video recording of talk show on "Anand Marriage Act, Sikh Personal Law & Sikh Identity" hosted by Sikh Siyasat.

Punjab Govt. plans to table Sikh Marriages registration bill in Vidhan Sabha

As per media reports the Punjab government has lined up about 14 bills that are set to be presented during the Vidhan Sabha session beginning on Thursday.

The Sikh Marriage Bill 2015 | blog by Gurtej Singh (IAS)

The story of the Sikh Marriage Bill, which crossed the decisive milestone today, began in 2007 at about this time. President Parvez Musharraf of Pakistan had called the elections.

SGPC to seek registration of Sikh marriages under Anand Marriage Act 1909

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president Avatar Singh Makkar said that the SGPC will seek implementation of provisions providing for registration of Sikh marriage under the Anand Marriage Act.

States including Punjab and Delhi, failed to facilitate registeration of Sikh marriages under Anand Marriage Act, reveals RTI

Information gathered by Advocate Navkiran Singh, a senior lawyer of Punjab and Haryana High Court, reveals that the Punjab government has not implemented the provision for registration of Sikh marriages under the Anand Marriage Act, 1909.

Haryana notifies registration of Sikh marriages under the Anand Marriage Act

Chandigarh/ Haryana (May 08, 2014): As per information the Sikh couples in Haryana will now be able to get their marriages registered under the the Anand Marriage Act 1909 instead of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 as the Haryana government on yesterday (on May 07) said it has notified the Anand Marriage Registration Act, 2014 for the registration of marriages of Sikh couples under the Act in the state.

Supreme Court of India issued notice to Centre on “Sikh Identity” petition

New Delhi/Chandigarh (October 26, 2012): It is learnt the Supreme Court of India has issued notice to the Centre (Government of India) to file its response within 6 weeks on a petition raising plea for “separate and distinct” Sikh identity in “personal laws” viz laws relating to marriage and divorce, succession, adoption and maintenance and guardianship.

Truth about amendment to Anand Marriage Act – Achievement for Sikhs or fraud with Sikhs

Since Baisakhi Day i.e. April 13, 2012, the newspapers headlines have triggered a major debate on the Anand Marriage Act. There had been a rigorous issuance of statements from all around on the subject but most of the utterances are without the proper knowledge of the law relating the crucial subject. It seems that majority of the statements are laced in political colour. As there is a saying `little knowledge is dangerous thing’, similarly without the proper knowledge of the law, big statements have been issued that 'with implementation of Anand Marriage Act', `Sikhs has won a major victory’.

Recent amendment to Anand Marriage Act – achievement for the Sikhs or fraud with the Sikhs?

Ludhiana, Punjab (May 28, 2012): Whereas, many circles of Sikh diaspora and Badal Dal leaders are busy in hailing the "success" in getting Anand Marriage Act, 1909 amended in the Indian Parliament, Sikh academicians and scholars have taken strong exception to the generalized view in this matter and have termed the recent amendment as a “fraud” with the Sikhs.

India – Amendment of Anand Marriage Act passed – Too little & too late

New Delhi, India (May 22, 2012): Indian Parliament's lower house, Lok Sabha, today passed the Anand Marriage Amendment Bill, 2012. The bill was passed by Rajya Sabha yesterday. This bill was aimed at inserting a provision for registration of Sikh marriages under Anand Marriage Act, 1909.

Indian Parliament’s Rajya Sabha clears registration clause for Anand Marraige Act, 1909; Bill expected to be introduced in Lok Sabha today

New Delhi, India (May 21, 2012): Indian Parliament's upper house, called Rajya Sabha, passed the bill aimed at amending Anand Marriage Act, 1909 in order to insert a registration clause in the Act. The bill is expected to be introduced to lower house, called Lok Sabha, today.

Draft of “the Sikh Marraige Act, 2012” prepared by Sirdar Gurtej Singh

Ludhiana, Punjab (May 18, 2012): A draft of Sikh Marriage Act was sent to various Members of Indian Parliament by Sirdar Gurtej Singh. The text of draft is available on his blog. This draft is reproduced in verbatim as follows, for the knowledge of readers/visitors of Sikh Siyasat.

Sikhs need their own marriage act and personal law

Jalandhar, Punjab (May 16, 2012): Dal Khalsa favours separate marriage act and personal law for Sikhs on the pattern of Muslims having their own in India. Party spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh in a statement said its fact that that amendments being made in the Anand Marriage Act-1909 was unsatisfactory and insufficient. Since long, the Sikhs have been struggling to get constitutional recognition as a separate religion and quam. But ironically the successive Union governments including the SAD’s alliance partner BJP, has always ridiculed this very fundamental right of the community.

Indian cabinet clears proposal to introduce ammendment bill just to provide for registration of Sikh marraiges u/1909 Act

New Delhi, India (April 12, 2012): According to a press release issued on the website of Press Information Bureau, Government of India (PIB-GOI) the Cabinet of Government of India has cleared a proposal to introduce an amendment bill in Parliament to amend the Anand marriage Act, 1909.

‘Indian leadership united in denying Sikhs of their separate identity and fundamental rights’

We, the Sikhs, over the years, have been facing the challenges posed by the strident anti-Sikh lobby and more specifically by the Hindutva elements questioning our unique and distinct identity. The Sikhs have expressed their concern and agony on the issue to all successive governments in the past but none has come forward to correct the constitutional wrong.

Sikh Marriage Act – “SFJ” Submitted Memorandum to UN Seeking Intervention

New York, USA (August 31, 2011): Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) approached United Nations by submitting Memorandum to Honorable Heiner Bielefeldt, UN "Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief" demanding UN's immediate intervention to impress upon Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government to amend article 25 of the Indian Constitution to restore the independent status of Sikhism.

AISSF asks Sikhs to say “No to Hindu Marriage Act”

Amritsar (August 30, 2011): All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) accused the Government of India of usurping the identity of Sikhs by denying their demand for Anand Marriage Act. The Government’s action of forcing Sikhs to register their marriages under Hindu Marriage Act is in violation of “equal rights” provided under Articles 14 and 15 of the Constitution of India. AISSF announced that it will file a constitutional petition before the Supreme Court of India challenging the Government’s refusal to pass Anand Marriage Act.

Rejection of Anand Marriage Act: The constitutional discrimination against Sikhs continues

Amritsar (August 30, 2011): Dal Khalsa slams the Union government for rejecting the proposal to implement the provisions of Anand Marriage Act, lying defunct since the India adopted the present Constitution in 1950.