The Statesman – Democracy and rights in Myanmar need support

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New Delhi – India, 13 May 2021. The immediate and spontaneous response to the army in Myanmar clamping down on democracy and preventing clear winners in elections from taking up their democratic positions was one of fierce anger against the army and support for the democracy movement.

To this day this remains the dominant view for all supporters of democracy and this writer of course would like to associate himself strongly with this group and reemphasize his strong support for the democracy movement.

At the same time, however, some more complicating views have been emerging and as senior, respected and experienced observers have also been associated with such views, these deserve attention.

One view seems to have been partly prompted by the reality that despite its clear assault on democracy, the Myanmar army has not been isolated at all.

It seems to still enjoy the confidence of China and perhaps Russia as well. Most of its Asian neighbours appear agreeable to continue to have working relations with the army regime, even though they make some routine statements in support of democracy.

On the other hand, more support for the democracy movement appears to be coming from western sources. This has prompted comparisons with some other movements in countries which while claiming to stand for democracy were also exposed for their close linkages to the West, especially the US.

If this assessment of the democracy movement in Myanmar is accepted then some spontaneous, honest and sincere support for the Myanmar democracy movement will suffer and diminish. – J K Rowling Donates Six Figures to Khalsa Aid’s Covid Relief Work

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13 May 2021. The Volant Charitable Trust, founded by J K Rowling, has donated a hefty sum towards Khalsa Aid’s Covid-19 relief work in India. Khalsa Aid shared this update earlier today on Twitter, saying that it had received a six-figure grant from The Volant Charitable Trust.

Either organisation has not yet disclosed the exact amount. However, this grant has provided as part of The Volant Charitable Trust’s Covid-19 Response Fund, which has provided funds in seven figures to international charities such as the British Red Cross, the Disasters Emergency Committee, United Way and Operation USA in helping the short-term impact on the frontline of this pandemic.

Khalsa Aid is one of the leading organisations providing Covid-19 related relief in India, one of the countries hit the hardest in the recent months during the pandemic.

Khalsa Aid has received international applause for its tireless efforts in providing relief essentials to those in dire need.

DNA – Afghan envoy Farid thanks Sikh NGO for relief for refugees, pays homage to V G Kalra

Afghan Ambassador to India Farid Mamundzay had sought support through social media for Afghan refugees amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In what is a symbol of strong people-to-people linkages, a Sikh NGO Sarbat Da Bhala Charitable Trust extended support after the Afghan Ambassador to India Farid Mamundzay reached out on social media for Afghan refugees amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NGO sent the first tranche of relief which includes wheat, sugar, oil, and other essential food items that will benefit 4000 Afghan refugee families in the city amid the pandemic.

Speaking to our Principal Diplomatic Correspondent, Sidhant Sibal, Envoy Mamundzay said he is “grateful for the support provided by the host community, the Indian community, both in New Delhi and elsewhere.”

The envoy also paid homage to India’s Consul General in Afghan city Mazar-e-Sharif Vinesh Kalra who died due to COVID. He said CG Kalra was a “patriot, a very noble diplomat” who represented “India with great passion.

Question: Your reaction to the reach out by Indian Sikh NGO for the Afghan refugees by providing them relief amid the covid crisis?

Farid Mamundzay: Afghan Refugees have received support from Sarbat Da Bhala Charitable Trust in Amritsar and it comes at a time when this community was suffering from the crisis as a result of the pandemic.

They required food, medical and relief assistance. Dr Oberoi (Managing Trustee of Sarbat Da Bhala Charitable Trust) came forward fulfilling our request that he would help us with the required food supply, required medical and humanitarian assistance.

So prior to the day just before Eid, in giving this relief support to this community, brings a lot of joy and smiles back to their lives. The support will be there for 3 months. We are grateful for the support provided by the host community, the Indian community, both in New Delhi and elsewhere.

Question: What is the situation in Afghanistan when it comes to COVID-19?

Farid Mamundzay: We are seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases across the country in major cities like Jalalabad, Kabul, Kandahar, Mazar E Sharif but it is by no comparison what we have in India, thankfully.

We hope that we would learn from the first surge in Afghanistan and we would be able to manage the crisis to the limit possible. So far there have been many cases that have recovered in recent days.

A number of deaths across the country and we are looking at all possible options to see if we can minimize the infection rate and deal with this deadly variant.

Question: India’s Consul General in Afghan city Mazar-e-Sharif Vinesh Kalra passed away due to covid. The Afghan foreign ministry issued a statement paying tributes to him.

Farid Mamundzay: C G Kalra was very patriotic, a very noble diplomat who served with great dignity in the city of Mazar E Sharif in the province of Balkh. He represented India with great passion. He helped deepen the ties between our countries.

He would be dearly missed, we lost a great friend but since covid knows no border, no caste, no religion. This has a negative impact on everybody and sadly we lost a beautiful soul.

First Post – Former Delhi MLA Jarnail Singh passes away; Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia pay tribute

Jarnail Singh was suspended from AAP in August last year over a post in which he was allegedly disrespecting Hindu Gods on Facebook.

New Delhi – India, 14 May 2021. Former Delhi MLA Jairnal Singh passed away on Friday morning. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member was an MLA representing Delhi’s Rajouri Garden constituency from 2015 till 2017.

According to a report in The Tribune, the former AAP MLA passed away due to COVID-19 induced complications after undergoing intensive care treatment at a Delhi hospital for nine days.

“Deeply saddened by the untimely demise of former Delhi MLA Sh Jarnail Singh ji.

May God bless his soul. He will always be fondly remembered for his contributions to society,” Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.

Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia remembered Singh as someone who fought for justice for the victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

“The news about the demise of Jarnail Singh, a former colleague in Delhi Assembly is extremely sad. A voice which fought for justice for the victims of 1984 genocide has left us,” he said in a tweet in Hindi.

Singh was suspended from AAP in August last year over a post in which he was allegedly disrespecting Hindu Gods on Facebook. He had later deleted the post claiming it was his son who had put the post from his phone.

“Aam Aadmi Party is a secular party and has no place in the party of anyone who disrespects any religion. The Sikh community is also very sad with his statement because such misfortune against any community is also against the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji (sic),” the AAP had said in a statement.

Singh resigned as the Rajouri Garden MLA in 2017 to contest the Punjab Assembly elections against former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Singh was also in the news in 2009 for throwing a shoe at the then Union Minister P Chidambaram during a press conference.

In April 2009, Singh, a journalist with a national daily then, had hurled a shoe at Chidambaram, who was then the Home Minister, in protest against his remarks on the clean chit to Congress leaders in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

The News – Eid ul Fitr 2021 to be observed on Thursday in Pakistan after Ruet-e-Hilal Committee sights Shawwal moon

Islamabad – Pakistan, 13 May 2021. The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee (RHC) announced Wednesday Eid ul Fitr would be observed on Thursday, 13 May in Pakistan after the Shawwal moon was sighted today.

The development came after a meeting took place in Islamabad at the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony with RHC Chairman Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad in the chair.

The testimonies were received from Chaman, Pasni, Killa Saifullah, Peshawar, Mirpurkhas, and several other areas, Maulana Azad said during the post-meeting press conference.

Members from the central and zonal committees were in attendance and the RHC made the decision based on testimonies from different parts of the country.

Officials from the meteorological department, Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), and the Ministry of Science and Technology also attended the meeting.

The zonal committees of Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Kohat, Quetta, and Sukkur had earlier ended their meeting after they could not sight the Shawwal moon.

The meetings of the zonal committees took place at their respective headquarters.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department had said that the crescent moon will be visible when it is 20 hours and 40 minutes old.

Peshawar Meteorological Department had also said the moon is not likely to be sighted today due to cloudy weather. Similarly, the Quetta Meteorological Department said that the Shawwal moon is unlikely to appear in Balochistan.

Azad had earlier stated his resolve to ensure that Eid is celebrated on the same day throughout Pakistan.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department had said that the crescent moon will be visible when it is 20 hours and 40 minutes old.

Earlier, the Meteorological Department had said that Pakistan would observe Eid-ul-Fitr on Friday, as there was “no chance” of citing the Shawwal moon on May 12, Wednesday.

Peshawar’s unofficial Ruet-e-Hilal Committee has announced that it has sighted the Shawwal moon, claiming that it had received 189 testimonies from across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in this regard.

The committee said Eid would be celebrated tomorrow.

Mufti Shahab Uddin Popalzai said the zonal committee had been made aware of the testimonies.

Meanwhile, the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee in India said it had not received any testimony of the Shawwal moon being sighted, therefore, Eid would be observed on May 14 — Friday.

‘No chances’: Fawad

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, in his statement on the matter, had earlier said the moon’s age at the moment is 13 hours and 42 minutes.

The minister had said there were “no chances of sighting the [Eid] moon today”.

He added that people who wished to celebrate Eid with Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan should just say so.

“Ending the holy month on a lie is not a wise thing to do.”

Earlier, the Meteorological Department had said that Pakistan would observe Eid-ul-Fitr on Friday, as there was “no chance” of citing the Shawwal moon on May 12, Wednesday.

The Tribune – USA-based NRI donates 1K oxygen concentrators

Abohar – Panjab – India, 12 May 2021. The district hospital in Hanumangarh, 60 km from here, that witnessed a protest on last Sunday due to non-availability of oxygen, has received 100 oxygen concentrators and installed 30 of them immediately.

USA-based NRI Pritpal Singh Sidhu, who belongs to Dhaban village near Sangria, has donated 1,000 concentrators.

“We decided to arrange 1,000 oxygen concentrators of which 335 were earmarked for Hanumangarh and the rest were presented to NGO Khalsa Aid and the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee.

At least 235 have been dispatched to the Community Health Centres and Primary Health Centres as pandemic was spreading in rural areas,” said Simarjit Kaur, Sidhu’s mother and Dhaban village sarpanch.

The News – 170-year-old paintings of Hungarian painter on display

After restoration and preservation of 170-year old paintings of Hungarian painter August Schoffet have been put on display at Sikh Gallery, Lahore Fort.

Lahore – Panjab – Pakistan, 13 May 2021. This task was completed by Archeology Directorate and Tourism Department in collaboration with Hungarian Embassy and Walled City Lahore Authority (WCLA).

Paintings of Hungarian artist August Schoefft, who visited Lahore between 1841 and 1842, displayed in Princess Bamba Gallery at Lahore Fort.

According to historical accounts, Schoefft belonged to a family of artists. The street where he was born in 1809 is still known as ‘Képíró Utca’/Artists’.

In November 1841, Schoefft arrived at the court of Maharaja Sher Singh, the openly anglophile successor of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

Schoefft completed a number of paintings for Sher Singh which he left behind in the royal Tosha Khana or treasury. Schoefft took away with him sketches of personalities he encountered in Lahore.

These paintings finally returned to Lahore when Princess Bamba Sutherland (Duleep Singh’s daughter) settled in Model Town, where she died in 1957. The government of Pakistan bought the collection from her legatee Pir Karim Bukhsh Supra.

Since then they had been languishing in the Sikh Gallery. Secretary Tourism and Archaeology Department (TAD) Ehsan Bhutta said “For the last two years, through the concern of then Hungarian ambassador Istvan Szabo and his wife Emilia, the paintings are being preserved and displayed”. – Amid criticism, the Centre prohibits photography, video recording at Central Vista project site

The Centre has continued construction work in Delhi during a lockdown, even as a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic rages across the country.

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New Delhi – India, 13 May 2021. The Central Public Works Department has prohibited photography and video recording at the Central Vista construction work near India Gate in Delhi amid criticism over the project, reported PTI.

Signboards reading “no photography” and “no video recording” have been put up at the site.

The Central Vista project is an initiative of the Narendra Modi government. It aims to redevelop a 3.2-km stretch called the Central Vista that lies at the heart of Lutyens Delhi built by the British in the 1930s.

It involves tearing down and rebuilding several government buildings, including iconic landmarks, and constructing a new Parliament at a total cost of Rs 20,000 crore.

The construction of the prime minister and vice president’s residences is likely to be over by 2022.

The Centre has faced criticism for continuing with construction work for the project amid a lockdown in Delhi, even as a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic rages across the country.

The construction at the site in Delhi has been deemed an “essential service”, meaning work continues even during the lockdown.

India has reported more than 3 lakh cases a day every day for the past three weeks, since April 22. On Thursday, India registered 3,62,727 new coronavirus cases, taking the tally in the country to 2,37,03,665 since the pandemic broke out in January last year. With 4,120 deaths, the toll climbed to 2,58,317.

On Wednesday, leaders of 12 Opposition parties wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking him to suspend the Central Vista project and instead divert the money to buy oxygen and vaccines, supplies of which are running dangerously low.

As many as 65 civil society groups and environmental organisations on Wednesday also appealed to the Centre to halt the project.

“All the unnecessary expenditures, including the construction of lavish Central Vista, must be halted and all available resources must be diverted to urgent Covid response,” said a statement issued by Vikalp Sangam, one of the organisations.

The full focus of economic activities in the name of development from now on must be on human and environmental health and well-being, it said.

“While the central and state governments have necessary resources to carry these out, and must be held accountable for them, civil society groups and bodies of local self-governance in villages and cities must also put full efforts into making these possible,” the statement added.

‘The Centre’ means the government of the Union of India, which at this moment means Modi/Shah

Pieter Friedrich – Twitter Gives Millions to “Welfare Wing” of India’s RSS Paramilitary

Sewa International gets $ 2.5 million despite ties to militant Hindu nationalist group

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who on 10 May 2021 announced a $2.5 million donation to Sewa International, must have missed journalist Neha Dixit’s viral tweet, published a week earlier, urging Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) not to support the controversial nonprofit organization because “they work as the welfare wing of RSS.”

As COVID-19 ravages India, Sewa International recently announced its plan to raise $10 million for medical equipment to support the country’s struggle against the virus.

Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the paramilitary which gave birth to the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, faces scathing international criticism for his regime’s apparent indifference to and outrageous mishandling of the COVID crisis.

Yet, just weeks after Modi’s regime ordered Twitter to censor tweets critical of his pandemic policy, the social media giant now, ironically, plans to pour millions into the coffers of an RSS-BJP affiliate which has been accused of funneling international funding to “racist and anti-Muslim” groups in India.

“I am satisfied that Sewa International is a front for controversial militant Hindu organisations,” said British Lord Adam Patel in August 2002. As a patron of the nonprofit, Patel had helped it raise relief funds for victims of a 2001 earthquake in Gujarat.

Yet he resigned in disgust, “I very much regret ever having been part of this racist organisation,” he declared — after an earthquake of a different nature shook Gujarat immediately after Modi became chief minister of the state in February 2002.

The 2002 Gujarat Pogrom left thousands of Muslims dead. The RSS-BJP, reported Human Rights Watch, were “the groups most directly responsible” for the violence.

The RSS, explained UK human rights outfit Awaaz South Asia Watch, follows a “supremacist ideology called Hindutva” which was “formed in the 1920s and 1930s,” was “influenced by Fascism and Nazism,” and teaches that India should be an “exclusive Hindu nation-state.”

In a 2004 exposé, Awaaz claimed that Sewa International’s “main purpose is to raise funds for and support a distinct family of organizations associated with the extremist RSS.”

Madhukar Deoras, third chief of the RSS, founded Sewa Bharati in 1989 as a service  - or welfare were “the groups most directly responsible” – wing of the paramilitary. Sewa International was subsequently launched, states the nonprofit’s website, “to engage the Indian Diaspora (NRI) worldwide.”

The US branch  –  the recipient of Twitter’s largesse –  was registered in 2003 to, it says, to serve as part of the “larger movement that started in India in 1989” under Deoras.

“Rashtriya Sewa Bhar[a]ti and Sewa International both are part of the same non-profit organisation affiliated to RSS,” explained right-wing Indian media outlet OpIndia in May 2021.

“While Rashtriya Sewa Bhar[a]ti operates nationally, Sewa International has volunteers working both in the US and India, coordinating the work of raising funds.”

According to Awaaz, both organizations “are dedicated to building a Hindu nation based on Hindu extremist ideas, glorifying the RSS, recruiting for the RSS and expanding RSS physical and ideological training cells (shakhas) in India.”

Sewa International, reported historians Walter Andersen and Shridhar Damle, is “managed mainly” by “activists” of the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS), the international wing of the RSS.

Outside of India, the nonprofit is chaired by Ramesh Bhutada. An industrialist based in Houston, Texas, Bhutada also serves as vice-president of HSS-USA and has worked closely with Overseas Friends of the BJP USA (OFBJP-USA) — the American wing of the BJP, which is now registered as a foreign agent — to help get Modi elected in 2014.

Sewa International’s board also includes HSS Global Coordinator Saumitra Gokhale. In 1995, while in India, Gokhale reportedly served as a pracharak (full-time officer) of the RSS.

In 2012, he and Bhutada helped host RSS’s Suresh Joshi — who recently retired as the paramilitary’s second-in-command — on a six-week tour of HSS shakhas in the US.

“For our activities outside of Bharat [India], the source of inspiration remains the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh,” he later said at a presentation in California.

In July 2020, Gokhale gave the concluding remarks at a Sewa International conference where Arun Kankani was announced as the nonprofit’s new president.

Kankani — an employee of Bhutada’s Star Pipe Products — has a long track record of involvement with the RSS-affiliated family of organizations known as the Sangh Parivar.

In 2010, for instance, he joined a Houston delegation to attend an HSS-RSS summit in India; in 2019, he keynoted an HSS conference in Houston.

When Kankani became president of Sewa International, the nonprofit suggested it was because he had proved his worth serving as head of operations for the team that organized the September 2019 “Howdy Modi” mega-reception in Houston.

Bhutada and several members of his close family also took a leading role in organizing the controversial event, as did Sewa International (Houston) President Gitesh Desai.

In January 2014, Desai introduced Bhutada at an OFBJP-USA event organized to support Modi’s election. “To make a strong India, Narendra Modi and the BJP are the right vehicles,” said Bhutada.

Detailing plans to organize up to 10,000 volunteers in the US to campaign for Modi, he described how he was coordinating closely with BJP in India.

One of those volunteers was Desai himself, who joined a team of so-called “volunteers turned political warriors” to travel from Texas to India to serve as boots on the ground for Modi. In parting remarks to the political warriors, Bhutada told them it was “the moment to pay our debt to our motherland.”

After Modi won in May 2014, Bhutada argued that his “upbringing in the culture of RSS is an asset” and praised his “RSS training” as the reason for his success.

When Modi won re-election in May 2019, Bhutada and Desai both spoke in his honor at a victory party in Houston. “There is no leader better than Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji with vision and mission to lead India in the 21st century,” declared Desai.

Sewa’s leadership — aside from Desai, Kankani, Gokhale, and Bhutada — also includes at least a half-dozen directors and advisors who are apparently either HSS executives in the US or long-time activists with the RSS in India or both.

Advisor Yashwant Pathak is a former RSS pracharak who has been described as a joint coordinator for HSS. Honorary board member Radheshyam Dwivedi, who reportedly joined the RSS in 1947, is a former president of HSS-USA.

Both Pathak and Dwivedi have regularly spoken at RSS summits alongside senior Sangh Parivar leadership. Manohar Shinde, a director, has been described as “an RSS-trained man who was one of the founders of the HSS” and reportedly maintains close ties to the BJP regime in India.

Sewa International’s sentiments towards the Hindu supremacist paramilitary are no secret.

Its sympathies were further exposed when, in 2017, the nonprofit opened its annual report with a glowing commemoration of the late RSS pracharak K Suryanarayan Rao.

Praising the 70-year veteran of the RSS (who died in November 2016) as “a visionary,” the report explained that Rao was both inspired by the vision of first RSS chief, KB Hedgewar, as well as “deeply influenced by the ideological, philosophical and spiritual stance” of second RSS chief, MS Golwalkar.

The RSS’s “cardinal principle,” Rao once said, is the belief that India is a Hindu Rashtra (nation). “It is our life breath,” he proclaimed. “RSS is convinced that only when every person in this country realises that he is after all part and parcel of this Hindu Rashtra, this nation can progress, standing up as one man.”

Rao’s vision mirrored Golwalkar’s. The vision Golwalkar spoke of, however, explicitly included an India where minorities were stripped of citizenship if they refused to glorify it as a Hindu nation.
Golwalkar, the longest-serving and most notorious of the six chiefs the RSS has had to date, was inspired and influenced by Hitler’s Germany and Mussolini’s Italy.

Describing non-Hindus in India as “threats,” “foreign,” and even traitorous, he suggested they should be stripped of citizenship. Praising Hitler’s “purging” of the Jews as “race pride manifested at its highest,” he concluded that the Nazi dictator’s racial policy was a “good lesson” from which to profit.

Nearly 100 years after the RSS’s founding in 1925, its political wing, the BJP, is now attempting to weather a public relations crisis alongside the raging healthcare crisis; yet the RSS-BJP, no stranger to controversy, refuses to miss the chance to turn the situation to its advantage even as COVID tears across India.

In March 2020, India’s first lockdown extinguished the pressure of mounting protests against the regime’s Citizenship Amendment Act; now, as the regime loses control of the virus, it has diverted growing international pressure away from the ongoing farmers protest.

Meanwhile, as local administrations empower the RSS by partnering with it for COVID relief efforts, the paramilitary’s members have gotten special passes and sometimes even police powers.

Furthermore, when Sewa International gets showcased as a role model relief organization, the Sangh Parivar as a whole reaps huge public relations dividends — especially as the organization is granted global legitimacy in the form of, for example, a multi-million dollar donation from Twitter.

As Twitter offers millions to Sewa International despite its links to a violent, Hindu nationalist, and literally Nazi-inspired paramilitary, humanitarians everywhere can only hope that Jack Dorsey might be persuaded to listen to reason and reconsider financing the welfare wing of the RSS.

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Pieter Friedrich is a freelance journalist specializing in analysis of South Asian affairs. He is the author of Sikh Caucus: Siege in Delhi, Surrender in Washington and Saffron Fascists: India’s Hindu Nationalist Rulers as well as co-author of Captivating the Simple-Hearted: A Struggle for Human Dignity in the Indian Subcontinent.

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Amritsar – Panjab – India, 11 May 2021. After Ravi Singh Khalsa, a number of other prominent Sikhs have asked Manjinder Singh Sirsa to return the donation

Criticizing the Manjinder Singh Sirsa led DSGMC leadership for praising Amitabh Bachchan, one of the 1984 Sikh genocide victims, Bibi Nirpreet Kaur has said that the ruling DSGMC leadership has proved that it doesn’t have any interest in availing justice to the victims of the 1984 Sikh genocide.

Notably, DSGMC president Manjinder Singh Sirsa had highly hailed Amitabh Bachchan for contributing INR 20 million to Covid Care Centre opened by the Sikhs at Bhai Lakhi Shah Wanjara Hall of Gurdwara Rakabganj Sahib.

Bibi Nirpreet Kaur has written a letter to the SGPC appointed Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh asking him to summon Manjinder Singh Sirsa for praising Amitabh Bachchan because he is accused of instigating mobs against Sikhs during the 1984 Sikh genocide.

She has recalled that Bibi Jagdish Kaur had also presented proofs about Amitabh Bachchan’s role in the 1984 Sikh genocide to the Akal Takht.

“The DSGMC has hurt Sikh sentiments by accepting a donation from such a tainted personality who played a key role in massacring innocent Sikhs during the 1984 Sikh genocide,” she said.

Meanwhile it is learned that scores of the 1984 Sikh genocide victims led by Babu Singh Dukhia visited the DSGMC office on 10 May to ask DSGMC leadership for returning the INR 20 million donated by Amitabh Bachchan for Covid Care Centre.

“Had Amitabh Bachchan been interested in the Covid Care Centre, he would have contributed INR 20 million silently, but the way his contribution has been highlighted, all it seems preplanned and fabricated,” said Babu Singh.