Sikh24.com – UK Sangat Saddened as Woolwich Gurdwara Opens Party Hall

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Gurdwaras – Shepherd’s Bush Gurdwara, Royal Bourough of Kensington & Chelsea, London, UK

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Sardarji where is your Dastarji ?

Guru Nanak Darbar – Afghan Ekta
65 – 75 King Street
Southall, Middlesex UB2 4DQ

The Tribune – Saharanpur, UP, the warring points of view

No dispute over land, it belongs to Sikhs

Satwinder Singh, General member of Sri Guru Singh Sabha

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Produce evidence before administration

Nadeem Akhtar, Additional qazi

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The Asian Age – John Kerry praises Narendra Modi on eve of Delhi dialogue

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Belgium, 13 July 2014 – Alken Singh Sabha Gurdwara; Sunday Divan

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Langar – Nirmal Singh Nima, Hardial Singh Oreye

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Langar – Master Ranjit Singh, Harnek Singh, Kewal Singh

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Divan – Ladies site

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Mohinder Singh doing chaur seva

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Divan Hall – Men’s side

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The Tribune – On Eid, Saharanpur cloaked in curfew; In strife-torn city, Muslims find little joy, head back home after prayers at mosques, kids call it dullest ever

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Dawn – Only democracy can bring revolution in Pakistan: PM Nawaz

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Gurdwaras – Shepherd’s Bush Gurdwara, Royal Bourough of Kensington & Chelsea, London, UK

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Divan Hall – Kirtan by Naujawan

Central Gurdwara – Khalsa Jatha
62 Queensdale Road
Kensington & Chelsea
London W11 4SG

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Sikh24.com – SGPC Task Force Blocks Haryana Committee Members From Entering Akal Takht Sahib

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Amritsar Sahib, Punjab, 29 July 2014. Aggressive tactics of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) were in full display at the Harmandr Sahib on Monday as its security task force backed by Punjab police personnel blocked the entry of members of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC) to the Akal Takht.

The group led by HSGMC president Jagdish Singh Jhinda, who remains excommunicated from the Sikh Panth by the Takht over the separate Gurdwara panel, had came to pay obeisance as thanksgiving before taking charge. The SGPC’s contention was that excommunicated community members could not enter Sikhism’s temporal seat; it was disputed by some sections.

The SGPC is controlled by Punjab’s ruling Shiromani Akali Dal which, led by chief minister Parkash Badal, has been on a warpath against the HSGMC’s formation by the Congress government of Haryana. Both the SGPC and SAD have been terming the HSGMC’s formation as unconstitutional and a means to divide Sikhs.

Even though Jhinda, 10 members of the HSGMC executive, and five other supporters paid obeisance at Harmandar Sahib, they could not enter the Takht.

SGPC additional secretary Vijay Singh said Jhinda could not be allowed into the Akal Takht, “an institution which has excommunicated him and asked the Panth to boycott him politically, religiously and socially till he seeks pardon”.

Besides Jhinda, HSGPC senior vice-president Didar Singh Nalwi and Haryana finance minister Harmohinder Singh Chattha were excommunicated last week for their role in formation of the separate Gurdwara body. Nalwi was the only HSGMC executive member who could not come, due to health reasons while Chattha was not expected anyway.

Vijay Singh added, “We had orders that Jhinda must not be allowed to enter; but others were free to pay obeisance at the Takht.”

Haryana leaders remain calm, firm

Strategy employed by the SGPC was to form a human chain on the flight of steps to Akal Takht’s building. As soon as the HSGMC members emerged from the Harmandar Sahib and headed towards the Takht, SGPC task force and policemen in civil clothes joined hands to block the stairs leading to the first floor of the structure.

Neither Jhinda nor any of his supporters made any attempt to move towards the stairs or question SGPC officials. They bowed before the Takht while standing on the “parikarma.” They then sat down to recite prayers before moving on and paying obeisance at Thara Sahib, and the Bluestar memorial.

Thereafter they partook in food and washed utensils at the “langar” (community kitchen) before leaving, expressing satisfaction with the visit. Jhinda also appreciated friendly overtures of some SGPC officials towards his supporters.

Before departing, he made it clear that the HSGMC was here to stay. He said they would soon request the SGPC and the SAD to vacate the Gurdwaras of Haryana. He refused to comment on the Akal Takht’s directive calling for status qua on the Gurdwaras in Haryana.

Question over contention

Challenging the argument advanced by the SGPC to stop Haryana leaders, Akali Dal (Panch Pradhani) vice-president Baldev Singh Sirsa said, “An excommunicated Sikh cannot be barred from entering the Akal Takht. He can go inside and bow before Siri Guru Granth Sahib. However neither can he offer “parsad” inside nor ask anyone to perform “ardas” (prayers) for him.”

He pointed out that prior to 1984 there was a board inside the Takht which clearly stated that a Patit (apostate) Sikh and excommunicated ones could not offer “parsad”. Sirsa’s claims were backed by a couple of SGPC members, even though it was off the record.

Originally published by singhstation.net, commentary by Sikh24.com Editors.

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Belgium,12 July 2014 – Alken Singh Sabha Gurdwara

Saturday 12 July 2014

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Sunday 13 July 2014

Mohinder Singh Parivar

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Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

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Divan Hall – Women’s side

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Divan Hall – Men’s side

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Harnek Singh, Kewal Singh, Nirmal Singh (Nima)

Gurdwara Singh Sabha VZW
Steenweg 418
3570 Alken

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