The Asian Age – Communal politics may create many Hafiz Saeeds among Hindus: Dalit leader

Prakash Ambedkar says that the new order, in the name of religion, that is coming into existence is like Hitler-shahi (Hitler’s rule).

Bhopal-Madhya Pradesh-India, 6 January 2018. The politics of religion, if not checked, could give rise to “many Hafiz Saeeds” among Hindus, Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar said on Friday.

“The politics of religion can become uncontrollable if it is not checked and it can give rise to many Hafiz Saeeds among the Hindus,” he said, referring to the Pakistan-based co-founder of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.

“This new order, in the name of religion, that is coming into existence is like Hitler-shahi (Hitler’s rule),” Ambedkar said, addressing the gathering at a programme, organised to mark the birth anniversary of former Satna MP, late Sukhlal Kushwaha.

Referring to the recent violence in Maharashtra over the 200th anniversary celebrations of the battle of Bhima- Koregaon, Ambedkar, who had subsequently called for a bandh which brought life in Mumbai and elsewhere in the state to a halt, said, “People belonging to Hindutva organisations attacked those from the backward classes.

We are demanding that the (Maharashtra) government arrest those who were involved, but the government appears to be helpless. It is the government’s responsibility to act and if not checked immediately, it (violence against Dalits) may spread to the other states.”

He urged the backward class communities to recognise their electoral strength and vote only for backward class, Dalit and tribal candidates, so that they could control the reins of power.

Referring to the BJP-led government at the Centre, Ambedkar said, “If it comes to power again, even the right to speak, which we are enjoying now, will be taken away. Therefore, we have to fight to save this right and the Constitution.”

The former MP, who is the grandson of Dalit icon B R Ambedkar, urged the Congress to declare backward class leader and the president of the party’s Madhya Pradesh unit, Arun Yadav, its chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming state Assembly election.

“If the Congress fails to do so, we will have to choose our own way,” he said.

Arun Yadav and former JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav were also present at the meeting.

http://www.asianage.com/india/politics/060118/politics-of-religion-will-give-rise-to-many-hafiz-saeeds-among-hindus-prakash-ambedkar.html

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Sikh24.com – Subjugated Indian Community Raises Awareness of Sant Bhindranwale’s Ideology in Maharashtra

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Pune-Maharashtra-India, 6 January 2018. In an attempt to create awareness among non-Punjabi Indian communities, Hindi version of literature about great Sikh of 20th century Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and Sikh struggle was promoted at a massive rally organized by the BAMCEF at Pune (Maharashtra).

BAMCEF is an organization of “low-caste” employees which represents oppressed and exploited communities in Indian society. Its full form is “The All India Backward and Minority Communities Employees Federation”.

This massive rally was organized by the BAMCEF on January 1, 2018 to commemorate bicentenary anniversary of “Battle of Koregaon” fought on January 1, 1818 between the British East India Company and the Peshwa faction of the Maratha Confederacy, at Koregaon Bhima.

BAMCEF invited prominent Sikh leader S Simranjit Singh Mann to the function. Sikh24 was told that S Simranjit Singh Mann was invited specially by the BAMCEF National President Waman Meshram.

The BAMCEF leadership also vowed to promote positive literature about Sant Bhindranwale in its every program and boycott the negative preachment by Maharashtra government against Sant Bhindranwale.

BAMCEF is an organization of educated employees which represents oppressed and exploited communities in Indian society. Its full form is “The All India Backward (SC/ST/OBC) and Minority Communities Employees Federation” (Registered).

The term backward got its significance from the Indian Constitution, which divides the oppressed and exploited Indians into categories on the basis of their backwardness, namely: Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Other Backward Classes (OBC) and Minority Communities.

http://www.sikh24.com/2018/01/06/subjugated-indian-community-raises-awareness-of-sant-bhindranwales-ideology-in-maharashtra/#.WlB1jzdG3IU

Gent-Sint-Pieters – Brussel Zuid – Heverlee

Gent-Sint-Pieters
29 November 2016

Diesel Unit to Geraardsbergen

11:o5  Zottegem / Geraardsbergen

Brussel Zuid – Bruxelles Midi
Due to 37 minute delay of the 11:27 to Leuven I took the 11:56 to Eupen via Leuven

Heverlee Broekstraat for Parcum Museum

Heverlee Broekstraat
Railway viaduct for Leuven – Ottignies service

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The Hindu – India dismisses threat from UK Sikh group

Outfit proposed a “worldwide ban” on officials visiting gurdwaras

Vidya Ram

London-UK, 5 January 2018. India has dismissed a warning from a UK Sikh group, that it would encourage diaspora gurdwaras to ban Indian officials from visiting them. Terming the statement a ‘knee jerk reaction’, officials said it reflected the group’s fears of the strengthening relation between Indian authorities and Sikh diaspora globally.

“The announcement is a sign of fear,” said Deputy High Commissioner to London Dinesh Patnaik after the Sikh Federation UK accused Indian authorities of interfering in Sikh institutions and affairs and proposed a “worldwide ban” on Indian government officials from visiting gurudwaras in the diaspora.

The Sikh Federation (UK) said it believed up to 70 gurudwaras in the UK were ready to participate in the ban and that the number could rise to 100, with around 300 organisations outside India potentially involved.

“In Germany in recent years we have seen the authorities to their credit collect evidence, make arrests and prosecute agents reporting to Indian government officials on Sikhs who are German citizens,” said Bhai Amrik Singh, Chair of the Sikh Federation (UK).

Johal case

“The latest tactic by the Indian authorities of targeting Sikhs from the diaspora when they visit the Sikh homeland as demonstrated by the case of British citizen Jagtar Singh Johal has broken the camel’s back,” he said.

The group has been running a campaign over the arrest of Mr Johal, who was detained in Jalandhar last year, and is accused of involvement in “targeted killings” in Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Khanna.

The group has accused Indian authorities of torture and has been lobbying Members of Parliament to put pressure on the British government and Indian authorities.

On Friday, the group accused Indian agents of acting in Britain, suggesting attempts to interfere in matters of the Sikh community in the UK.

“We will keep up the pressure for the arrest and prosecution of these agents, but in the meantime the gurdwara ban is a way of mitigating the problems being created by Indian officials for Sikhs in the diaspora,” said the group.

Not the majority

Mr Patnaik said the High Commission was confident that the organisation’s position did not reflect that of the vast majority of Sikhs in Britain who were positive about the strengthening links between the community and Indian authorities.

“We’ve had a hugely positive reaction to our efforts to engage with the community as has been the case with all Indian diaspora communities,” he said. “Most of them want a peaceful and successful relationship, and don’t want the relationship to be held hostage to issues of the past”.

He added that the arrest and detention of Mr Johal had followed due legal process. “This is a knee jerk reaction on behalf of the Sikh Federation UK. If they were confident about their position they wouldn’t have needed a ban. We are sure the community will rise up and let them know that this is not acceptable.

The thing Sikhs are most identified with are as protectors of India. And seeing this group try to change that is something we are very unhappy about. We will continue to engage with the community”.

Sikhs should fight against injustice and oppression, that is why relations between the Hindutva government and the Sikhs are not good !
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http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-dismisses-threat-from-uk-sikh-group/article22378507.ece

Dawn – $2bn in military transfers on the line after US suspends aid

Washington DC-USA, 6 January 2018. US President Donald Trump’s decision to freeze aid to Pakistan could affect almost two billion dollars’ worth of assistance, a senior administration official said on Friday, substantially more than first thought.

After an announcement designed to force Pakistan’s military and intelligence apparatus to cut support for the Taliban and other Islamist groups, the official said that both US military assistance and Afghanistan coalition funding to Islamabad could be suspended.

It is “approximately two billion worth of equipment and coalition support funding that is in play,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

After more than a decade of simmering US anger at links between Islamabad and the Taliban and the Haqqani network, a Taliban affiliate, President Donald Trump is trying to draw a line in the sand.

On the hook is almost $1bn of US military equipment that has allowed Pakistan access to advanced military technology, but also funding that is meant to pay Pakistan for helping get US and NATO material into Afghanistan.

Analysts believe the United States is highly unlikely to freeze all that funding, which totals $1.9bn, according to the source.

US officials have already indicated that there could be “exemptions” for programs deemed vital to US national security, likely including cash for keeping Pakistan’s nuclear weapons safe.

But nevertheless, the total figure of $1.9bn is much higher than first indicated and is a signal of Washington’s seriousness.

The senior administration official said “all options are on the table” when it comes to further moves, including stripping Pakistan of its status as a “major non-NATO ally” or calling in vital IMF loans.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1381012/2bn-in-military-transfers-on-the-line-after-us-suspends-aid