Dal Khalsa statement on police crackdown: State suppressing democratic protest undemocratically

From: Harjinder Singh <harjindersingh@comcast.net>
To: mrs kaur <sikhagenda2@yahoo.co.uk>
Sent: Sunday, 1 March 2015

Amritsar – Dal Khalsa today came down heavily on Punjab government for crackdown on members of Committee for the release of political prisoners for lending support to the cause of Bapu Surat Singh, who is on fast unto death since Jan 16 seeking the release of prisoners who have completed their prison term.

In a hard hitting statement, party head H S Dhami lambasted the Akali led government for arresting Surat Singh and force-feeding him.

“The state has violated and crushed his right to protest”. Taking a jibe at the police version, he said how come a person of 83 year old who is on hunger strike from last 42 days and held captive illegally at civil hospital, Ludhiana since 8 February becomes a threat to peace”.

He took strong notice of and repeatedly raiding the houses of Kanwar Pal Singh and Harpal Singh Cheema causing harassment to their families. “The motive of the police was to suppress the peaceful campaign aimed for release of prisoners with iron fist”.

Referring to the press conference of the DGP on prisoners issues, he said the Punjab was still a police state where writ of police runs unabatedly.

“The manner in which police chief spells-out government’s policies and positions on political issues leave no one in doubt that ‘Home Minister has assigned all his powers and role to the DGP’.

He said the DGP’s version on status of prisoners and Bapu Surat Singh’s hunger strike was misleading. He said there’s deliberate attempt by the police to create confusion on list and status of prisoners”.

To drive his point home, he said the Panthic delegation that met Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at his residence on February 16 held detailed discussion on all the aspects related to release of prisoners and apprised him about the objective and cause for which Surat Singh was observing the fast”.

“Ironically, once again the state has attempted to find police solution to the political problem by labelling it as law and order problem”.

The Tribune – Hola Mohalla kicks off, Congress unlikely to hold conference

Other parties, including AAP, to organise their rallies on March 5

Tribune News Service

Kiratpur Sahib, 1 March 2015. After facing defeat in the civic body elections in Punjab, the Congress is unlikely to hold a political conference at Hola Mohalla this year.

The first phase of the six-day festival started with akhand path at Gurdwara Patalpuri here today.

Thousands of devotees paid obeisance at the gurdwara and bhog of the path will be performed on March 3. Following this, the venue of the festival will be shifted to Anandpur Sahib on March 4.

A senior Congress leader in Ropar said the party workers were demoralised after the defeat in the civic elections.

Beleaguered with factionalism and after suffering such a humiliating defeat, the party had no major issue to take up during the conference, he said.

“Under such circumstances, neither the high command told the local leaders to prepare for the event nor did the local workers show any enthusiasm,” he said.

This would be the second consecutive year when the Congress has decided against holding the conference at Hola Mohalla. Last year, the party had dropped the idea after a boycott call by a faction headed by district Congress chief Harbhag Singh Saini.

The Akali Dal, Aam Aadmi Party and the SAD (Amritsar) would organise their political conferences on March 5. Most of the senior leaders of these parties are likely to participate in the rallies.

Akali Dal MLA from Ropar and Education Minister Daljeet Singh Cheema has been holding meetings of party workers to maximise the participation in the party’s conference.

Cheema said besides Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, Punjab BJP president Kamal Sharma and SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar, several leaders from the SAD-BJP alliance would participate in the event.

Kamal Kishore, AAP district in charge, said apart from the four party MPs from Punjab, senior leaders from Delhi were likely to reach for the conference. A display of martial arts during a procession by Nihangs would mark the conclusion of the festival on March 6.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/hola-mohalla-kicks-off-cong-unlikely-to-hold-conference/48682.html

Launch of Sikh Manifesto – Havelock Road Singh Sabha, Southall

31 January 2015

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Sardar Gurmukh Singh

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Listening with full attention
Committee room full to capacity

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Two rows of chairs and still people standing

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This is was it is all about !

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Dawn – Conglomerate vows to resist action against seminaries

Staff Reporter

Lahore, 2 March 2015. The Ittehadul Tanzeemat-i-Madaris, an umbrella organisation of the five Wifaqs (federations) of religious schools, has decided to strongly resist the government measures against madressahs and reject all “unconstitutional” steps of the rulers who, it alleged, are pursuing the agenda of the imperial powers.

The decision was taken at a meeting held at Mansoora, Jamaat-i-Islami’s headquarters, here on Sunday.

The body sought an urgent meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to remove the misgivings regarding madressahs and religious scholars on this score. They also called for stopping the arrests of ulema and immediate release of those already in custody.

Know more: JI to protect mosques, seminaries

The decisions were announced by the heads of the five Wifaqs at a joint press conference after their meeting. They said Pakistan was an Islamic state and the Constitution did not allow any anti-Islam activity. But, they alleged, the government was bent upon advancing the designs of the US and the West against Islam.

Maulana Abdul Malik, Mufti Munibur Rahman, Qari Hanif Jullandhry, Yasin Zafar and Syed Kazim Naqvi were among those who spoke. They said nobody objected to the madressahs’ registration but the government was neither registering these institutions nor had it named the seminaries allegedly involved in terrorism.

They said an anti-Islam agenda was being pursued through harassment and arrests of the ulema and the ban on the use of loudspeakers of mosques.

Mufti Munib said the government was deliberately pushing the country towards turmoil and chaos. He said that after the Peshawar tragedy, the ulema and religious circles had fully supported the National Action Plan against terrorism including the military courts although they had reservations due to the inclusion of the words “religion and sects” in the plan.

Know more: Madressahs offer support in action against institutions behind Peshawar carnage

He said the negative effects of the 21st amendment had become evident by now. He said terrorism was of different forms and shapes, however, only the madressahs were being targeted. He said that on one hand, the government was bemoaning the huge losses caused by the Islamabad sit-in and on the other, it was opening a new front against the religious forces in the country.

Mufti Munib said their talks with the government were also going on and they had already held talks with the federal secretaries of religious affairs, education and interior but the crackdown on the seminaries was not suspended even for a single day.

He said they had called upon the interior minister to make public names of the madressahs and individuals involved in unconstitutional activities so that the nation could know those involved in terrorism and assured that they would not defend such elements.

“The survival and defence of the state is the collective responsibility of all and we stand shoulder to shoulder with the government in this regard and will not defend any act of tyranny, lawlessness and terrorism.”

He said they had written to the prime minister, the Punjab chief minister and heads of agencies but received no reply from any quarter. He said monitoring of the seminaries had been going on since Musharraf era. Allegations had been levelled against madressahs for the last 18 years but no evidence had been produced.

He cautioned that if they were not given reply on time, they would be compelled to stage protest.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1166848/conglomerate-vows-to-resist-action-against-seminaries

The Statesman – Another Hindu temple vandalised in US

2015_2$largeimg28_Feb_2015_181429657 The Bothell Hindu Temple in the Seattle Metropolitan area,
which was vandalized on 15 February

Los Angeles, 28 February 2015. A Hindu temple in the US has been vandalised with several windows broken and the word “fear” painted on its wall, the second such incident in America’s Washington state this month.

Vandals used bricks to break several windows and then painted the word “fear” on the wall of the Kent Hindu Temple late Thursday night.

Members who came to worship last night were greeted by shards of broken glass after vandals targeted the building.

Regular visitors at the temple said they were not sure if they were targeted for their faith or if neighbourhood teens were just causing trouble, local KOMO-TV reported.

Both the FBI and Kent police have been informed about the incident.

This is the second such incident in recent days in the Washington state.

In the earlier incident on February 15, unidentified miscreants sprayed swastika and painted “Get Out” on one of the walls of the Bothell Hindu Temple in the Seattle Metropolitan area.

Executive Director of the Washington state chapter of Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Arsalan Bukahari said many of these acts of aggression target smaller religious groups that some “bigots” think are Muslim.

“Because they choose to target certain places, we have a hunch that it might be biased motivated,” Bukahari was quoted as saying by the television station.

The Kent temple does not have any security cameras and information on the vandals remains elusive.

http://www.thestatesman.com/news/world/another-hindu-temple-vandalised-in-us/50347.html#V8k3AzcUF6Bof1ad.99

Sikh24.com – Pakistani Sikhs Pay Tribute to Babbar Akalis; Pray For Release of Sikh Political Prisoners

Sikh24 Editors

Nankana Sahib, Pakistan, 1 March 2015. Sikh Sangat of Sri Nankana Sahib organized a special function to pay tribute to the martyrdom of S. Kishan Singh Garhgaj (founder of Babbar Akali Lehar) and his companions, who happily accepted the path to sacrifice their lives by getting executed on 27 February of 1926.

Hazoori Ragi Bhai Sant Singh acquainted the devotees by singing divine scripts of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Giani Janam Singh explained the history of Babbar Akali Lehar and said that current Akali Leadership of Eastern Punjab have forgotten the sacrifices of their ancestors.

Pakistan Sikhs Take Firm Stand on Release of Sikh Political Prisoners Giani Janam Singh said that “expecting the release of Sikh detainees from Akali Government in eastern Punjab is like expecting milk from a bull.” Referring to Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa and his supporteres, he added, “Sikhs who struggle for the release of Sikh detainees are being continuously harassed by the so-called Akali Government.”

Referring to the common saying that nobody can kill a Sikh beside God or a traitor Sikh, he said that count of traitors in the Sikh Community has risen to an abnormal level. He said that even the media persons of Punjab are being targeted by the Akali Government.

He said that on the occasion on 100th Anniversary of Sri Nankana Sahib, when the historians will go through this tenure of Akali Dal, they will be helpless in elaborating it as the “Journey of Akali Dal from Gallantness to Traitorship’.

He said that we are blessed in Pakistan that we are observing the martyrdom of traditional Akalis in Sri Nankana Sahib. He said that all Sikhs across the world pray for their longing for seva of Nankana Sahib twice a day. Referring the famous lines of a poet, Giani Janam Singh said that “power of a community lies in its martyrs, not in count.”

He said that today we are paying tribute to the Akali workers who were executed on February 27, 1926. Jathedar Kishan Singh Garhgaj, Babu Singh Shoti Harion, Bhai Dilip Singh Dhamian, Bhai Karam Singh Haripur, Bhai Nand Singh Ghurhial and Bhai Dharam Singh Hayatpur were the ones who sacrificed their lives for the cause of Sikh nation.

It is notable that Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee is constructing a martyrdom place in memory of Shaheed Bhai Dilip Singh and Shaheed Bhai Waryam Singh. Foundation stone of a library in memory of these Singhs is also being laid, which will provide information about Sikh history to the future generations.

Paying tribute to the sacrifices of these martyrs, Chairman of Punjabi Sikh Sangat S. Gopal Singh Chawla said that S. Kishan Singh Garhgaj had said in his last lecture that we are blessed that we are standing in queue of those freedom fighters who are being executed for the freedom of our nation. He said in his lecture that we are happier than our enemy as we are about to fulfill our promises towards our nation.

Pakistan Sikh Leaders Talk About The Lives of Babbar Akalis Gurmastak Singh Khalsa and Paramjit Singh presented poems to Sikh Sangat. Bhai Prem Singh served the role of stage secretary. Former President of Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhik Committee S. Bishan Singh said that we should make efforts to organize functions to mark the martyrdom of our martyrs as these functions inject the new generation with spirit of sacrifice.

Paying homage to the martyrs of Sri Nankana Sahib, he said that S. Kishan Singh Garhgaj and his companions sacrificed their lives following the path enlightened by Fifth Guru Arjan Dev Ji. It is notable that these martyrs had performed Nitnem jointly in morning of February 27, 1927, before their execution.

These leaders said that the light of one almighty lord was notable on the faces of these martyrs. “The six brave fighters stood on the execution ground like they were being photographed before challenging death. All this made the jail superintendent emotional and S. Kishan Singh Garhgaj said while addressing him that you are weeping because you have experienced the slavery of state and our faces are laughing because the light of freedom is glowing inside us.”

After the function, Sikh Sangat performed ardas for the high spirit of Sikh Panth and for the release of Sikh political prisoners. The devotees lighted candles in the memory of Akali Babbars in the martyrdom places of Shaheed Bhai Lachhman Singh and Shaheed Bhai Wariam Singh.

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http://www.sikh24.com/2015/03/01/pakistani-sikhs-pay-tribute-to-babbar-akalis-pray-for-release-of-sikh-political-prisoners/#.VPK4vOESQsA

Launch of Sikh Manifesto – Havelock Road Singh Sabha, Southall

31 January 2015

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Havelock Road Singh Sabha – Committee Room
As the meeting went on more people arrived

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Havelock Road Singh Sabha – Committee Room

Soon we ran out of chairs

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Havelock Road Singh Sabha – Committee Room
Bhai Amrik Singh, Parmjit Singh Dhanda

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Havelock Road Singh Sabha – Committee Room

Bhai Amrik Singh, Parmjit Singh Dhanda, Jaswinder Singh

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The Hindu – Mufti Sayeed takes oath as J&K Chief Minister

BJP’s Nirmal Singh sworn in as deputy CM

Jammu, 1 March 2015. Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Sunday took oath as the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir in a ceremony that was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party leaders L K Advani, M M Joshi and Amit Shah.

The alliance, which has been termed by Mr. Sayeed as meeting of “North Pole and South Pole”, saw senior BJP leader Nirmal Singh being sworn in as a Minister, a historic day for the saffron party in the State as it became part of the government for the first time. He will be the Deputy Chief Minister of the PDP-BJP alliance government.

Separatist-turned mainstream politician Sajjad Lone also took oath as a Minister in the Mufti Sayeed government.

This is the second time Mr Sayeed will be heading a coalition government. In 2002, he led a PDP-Congress alliance and was Chief Minister for three years.

Among others who took oath as Ministers were Abdul Rehman Veeri, Haseeb Drabu, Naeem Akhtar, Basharat Bukhari (all PDP), Lal Singh, Chander Prakash, Sukhnandan Chowdhury and Bali Bhagat (BJP). Priya Sethi (BJP) and Aasiya Naqqash (PDP) were the two women legislators taking oath as Ministers.

BJP and PDP, which have been in negotiations for nearly two months now, have ironed out all the differences over contentious issues including Article 370, Armed Forces Special Powers Act, resettlement of West Pakistan Refugees and holding talks with Pakistan and separatist leaders of the state.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/mufti-sayeed-takes-oath-as-jk-chief-minister/article6948272.ece

544. The Man in Blue – Simran – Meditation – Thinking about

I have written about meditation before and made a YouTube video in which I meditated and explained the meaning of the words of the meditation.

The first word I meditated upon was ‘Vahiguru’, followed by ‘Ik Ongkár, Sat Nám, Kartá Purkh, Nirbhau, Nirvair, Akál Murat, Ajuni, Saibhang, Gurprasád. Finally I sang a short passage from the Jáp Sahib : Gubinde, Mukande, Udáre, Apáre; Hariang, Kariang, Nirnáme, Akáme.

Although these meditations are by different authors, and have slightly different ‘positions’ in the Sikh tradition, they are all about qualities, aspects of God.

Words like God, Allah, Har or Prabh all mean the same: God. They are generic words for God. Words like Vahiguru, Gobinde, the Merciful or the Allmighty represent different qualities of God. Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Sikhi are monotheistic traditions, they all believe in the One, but they all use words that describe qualities of God. God is One, but She/He has many aspects.

If you were to know and understand all the words used in the different spiritual traditions to describe aspects of God, you might begin to understand something of the greatness of God.

Nám simran, meditation on Nám, remembering Nám, is about getting nearer to God by understanding and repeating words that try to describe aspects of God.

Vahiguru
Wonderful bringer of light into darkness
Ik Ongkar – Satnám – Kartá Purkh – Nirbhau – Nirvair – Akál Murat – Ájuni – Saibhang – Gurprasád
One Omnipresent, All-powerful – True Name – Creator Being – Without Fear – Without Enmity – Undying – Does not die, is not born – No Needs – Guru’s Blessing

Gobinde – Mukande – Udare – Apare;
World Sustainer – Liberator – Keeps Giving – Without Limit.
Hariang, Kariang, Nirname, Akame.
Destroyer – Creator – Without Name – Without Lust.

Simran, Meditation, thinking about God is not a question of saying certain words as often as possible, as fast as possible. Slowly saying a word, in a loving manner, tasting the sweetness of God on your tongue is what I try to do. It is essential to understand what you hear, Guru tells us again and again that we should do vichár.

Nám, godly essence, is in all the shabads of the Guru Granth Sahib. Reading, listening to, trying to understand the shabads and applying what you learned, is also meditation. Think about God with everything you do and you will be honest, you will share and you will see God in all, without which you will not see God at all. It is that simple and that complicated. But it works, results guaranteed!

The Tribune – Five acquitted in Rulda Singh murder case; Rashtriya Sikh Sangat chief was attacked outside his house in Patiala in 2009

Gagan K Teja, Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 27. The court of Additional Sessions Judge N S Gill today acquitted five persons accused of killing Rashtriya Sikh Sangat president Rulda Singh in 2009.

But hearing against two other accused in the case, Jagtar Singh Tara and another Khalistan Tigers Force terrorist Ramandeep Singh Goldy, is pending.

The acquitted are Darshan Singh Makaropur, Jagmohan Singh, Daljeet Singh, Gurjant Singh and Amarjeet Singh.

Rulda Singh was shot at outside his residence in Patiala on July 28, 2009. He was rushed to the local Rajindra Hospital and from there to the PGIMER, Chandigarh, where he died on August 15, 2009.

The police registered a case against unidentified persons on July 29, 2009. It initially arrested four persons, but later let them go. Later in September 2009, the police arrested Darshan Singh Makaropur, Jagmohan Singh, Daljeet Sing, Gurjant Singh and Amarjeet Singh from different places.

The police claimed that two persons who had opened fire at Rulda Singh had come from the UK and had escaped after the murder. Five persons had facilitated their stay in India, provided them arms and informed them of Rulda Singh’s daily schedule. They had helped the assassins target the Rashtriya Sikh Sangat leader.

The police claimed that these five persons were paid by the assassins for their role.

Two persons were arrested in the UK after the Indian government took up the matter with the British authorities. Thereafter, a three-member UK police team visited India in 2010 and met one of the accused, Jagmohan Singh, in the Patiala jail. At least 100 witnesses were summoned by the court and the statements of 55 recorded. Arguments in the case had begun in February, 2015.

Darshan Singh and Gurjant Singh’s counsel Barjinder Singh Sodhi claimed that the police had failed to prove their involvement in Rulda Singh’s murder.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/5-acquitted-in-rulda-singh-murder-case/47722.html

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