The Asian Age – Man lynched by villagers in Haryana over suspicion of cattle theft

Police have filed a case against three brothers, who were involved in the incident, and arrested one among them.

Behrola – Haryana – India, 04 August 2018. In another incident of lynching and mob violence, a man’s hands and legs were tied and he was beaten to death by villagers over suspicion of cattle theft in Behrola village of Haryana. The incident took place on the intervening night of August 2 and 3.

Two people accompanying the victim fled away from the spot.

The body of the victim has been sent for post-mortem.

According to news agency ANI, case has been filed against three brothers who were involved in the beating. One among the three have been arrested.

http://www.asianage.com/india/crime/040818/man-lynched-by-villagers-in-haryana-over-suspicion-of-cattle-theft.html

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The Tribune – Akali Dal to help dispel ally BJP’s ‘communal’ tag

Will highlight achievements of Modi government

Ravi S Singh, Tribune News Service

New Delhi – India, 12 August 2018. Taking upon the responsibility of its ally, the BJP, in Punjab, the SAD will work to dispel the “communal” tag of its ally to blunt opposition parties’ campaign against it, keeping in view the 2019 General Election.

A top SAD leader said it would be party’s well-thought-out strategy to blunt campaign of the opposition parties, especially the Congress, against the BJP in the state. The party has brainstormed in the matter, and has been discussed at the leadership of both allies.

Besides, the SAD has identified other core issues related to the achievement of the Narendra Modi government which it will highlight among masses. The bouquet of issues will be expanded during run-up to the elections, though.

“The opposition parties’ campaign against the BJP is driven on the charge that it adheres to sectarian Hindutva ideology and hence is exclusive in its policies and approach.

In Punjab they are issueless to take on the NDA government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” the leader said, adding that they hurl accusation of communalism to shore up their own “false sense” of secularism.

He added, “The SAD, being the founding member of NDA and one of the oldest allies of the BJP, is in a credible situation to blunt the charges of the Congress and its allies, and other opponents of the BJP.”

The NDA government’s pro farmers and agriculture sector initiatives for their holistic development will be among other core issues that will be brought into focus by SAD during its public programmes.

The increase of MSP of agriculture produce and Pradhan Mantri Krishi Seenchai Yojana (PMKSY) among other policy intervention will be showcased.

All these will be contextualised with the failed promises on farm loan waiver by the present Congress government in Punjab, and “apathy” towards farming community and agriculture sector during 10 years of the UPA rule.

The government’s initiatives on the economic front streamlining the financial sector, especially the institution to inject transparency in administration which has scaled up ease of doing business, will be other issues highlighted by it among public. The policies have resulted in high level of FDI inflow, the leader said.

The SAD is also appreciative of government’s policies catering to the NRIs, including easing procedural requirement with regard to their travel.

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/akali-dal-to-help-dispel-ally-bjp-s-communal-tag/636513.html

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Scroll.In – UK: Indian diaspora groups hold rally to counter pro-Khalistan public meeting in London

More than 2,000 people took part in an event at Trafalgar Square in support of an independent Sikh nation.

London – UK, 13 August 2018. A pro-India rally was organised at London’s Trafalgar Square on Sunday in response to a rally organised by secessionists calling for a referendum on an independent Sikh nation, The Hindu Business Line reported.

Indian diaspora groups organised the “We Stand With India” and “Love My India” events to counter the pro-Khalistan “London Declaration for a Referendum 2020”, which was attended by more than 2,000 pro-Khalistan supporters from across the United Kingdom and Europe.

The United States-based group Sikhs for Justice organised the event.

At the pro-Khalistan event, demonstrators chanted “Khalistan Zindabad” and waved flags. Lord Nazir Ahmed, a non-affiliated member of the House of Lords, spoke at the rally.

“I believe in Khalistan for my Sikh brothers and sisters,” said Ahmed, who had organised an anti-India rally outside the Indian High Commission on Republic Day earlier this year.

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, and Labour Party legislator Matt Western too voiced their support.

Sikh separatist leader Jaswant Singh Thekedar, however, condemned the rally, claiming it was Pakistan-backed propaganda, ANI reported. He accused Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, who was one of the organisers, of being a Pakistani stooge.

Meanwhile, at the pro-India rally, supporters waved the Indian Tricolour, waved placards saying “India Jai Ho” and “Vande Mataram”, and played dhols (drums) in an attempt to drown out the speeches of the pro-Khalistan supporters, PTI reported.

“Indian Sikhs do not want this Referendum 2020, they do not even know what this Referendum is about, who is organising and why,” said Navdeep Singh, one of the organisers.

“UK-India relations are strained at the moment and these omissions will not help,” said Kuldeep Shekhawat, president of the Overseas Friends of the BJP’s chapter in the United Kingdom.

The pro-India rally was not about numbers but sending across the message that the diaspora stood for a united India “whatever happens”, The Hindu Business Line quoted him as saying.

A large posse of police personnel was present at the venue to keep the two groups apart.

The British government had refused to ban the campaign and the demonstration despite India’s objections. Last month, the Ministry of External Affairs issued a demarche notice to the United Kingdom against the proposed meeting. The British High Commission then issued a statement condemning the event.

On Friday, the British High Commission in India said people in the United Kingdom have the right to protest as long as they act within the law.

https://scroll.in/latest/890219/uk-indian-diaspora-groups-hold-rally-to-counter-pro-khalistan-public-meeting-in-london

The Hindu – Ahead of ‘Khalistan rally’ in London, India announces Guru Nanak celebration

New Delhi move is seen as counter to the march in London

Kallol Bhattacherjee

New Delhi – India, 12 August 2018. Hours ahead of the pro-Khalistan rally in London, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced on Sunday that all Indian diplomatic missions would celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of the founder of Sikh faith Guru Nanak. The move is seen as a counter to the rally.

Last month, India issued a demarche over the ‘Khalistani rally’, intended to drum up support for and awareness of a non-binding referendum on a Sikh homeland in 2020.

Right to gather

The British government, however, said people had a right to gather and express their views, provided they did so within the law. The London rally is being organised by Sikhs for Justice, a USA-based group, though UK groups indicated they would participate too.

The pro-Khalistan Sikh Federation U.K. said “some members” would be attending the event, while Dal Khalsa UK urged people to join the rally. The organisers received clearance from the London Mayor’s office during the weekend.

“We will take the message of Guru Nanak to the world. His message of sharing the fruits of good deeds with all is the right teaching in this era when I, me, myself is the dominating idea. The Guru visited many places and so did Baba Farid.

The message of One God taught by Guru Nanak is similar to the Indian teaching in the Shastras,” said Ms. Swaraj in her remarks delivered at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas where she was the Chief Guest at a Sikh religious event organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

Indian diplomatic and cultural missions across the world will organise prayers and festivities to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.

The Minister did not refer to the London event in her speech but highlighted the inclusive elements of Sikhism. “We want to convey to the world that the Guru Granth Sahib is the best representative of the Indian understanding of multiple versions of truth.

Guru Granth Sahib is the only holy book in the world which apart from the ten gurus of Sikh faith also contains messages (banis) of other learned saints and great souls (belonging to other faiths),” said Ms. Swaraj highlighting the inclusivist nature of the Sikh faith.

Shabads of six of the ten Gurus are included in the Guru Granth Sahib, together with shabads of Bhagats and Pirs with similar teachings as the Sikh Gurus.
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