The Telegraph – Sabarimala: ‘Women’s wall’ could play formative role in future politics

BJP-RSS efforts to subvert the law, evidently to create disorder so that the BJP can step in, should be firmly stopped.

The Editorial Board

Sabarimala – Kerala – India, 08 January 2019. Change may happen in spite of prejudice. Not that the taking over of the issue of temple entry by a political agenda in Kerala is a mark of change.

Yet one memorable event, which could become a formative element in Kerala’s, or the country’s history, emerged out of the resistance that followed the Supreme Court’s direction last September to lift the ban against the entry of women of reproductive age into the Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala.

That event was the amazing 385-mile long ‘wall’ created by women, between three-and-a-half million and five, — in order to take a pledge of gender equality on January 1.

It was not a spontaneous move, certainly, but the result of mobilization by the Communist Party of India (Marxist), which heads the state government.

Also, most important in the temple-entry context, not all the women supported the court’s directive or were interested in whether or not they would be allowed to see Ayyappa while they were still of reproductive age.
Yet what was striking was their conscious participation in a pledge of equality, many men too had turned out in support of their women, and the sense that what they did that day might make the way easier for their daughters.

This alone is the glimmer of change in an environment of renewed violence that has caused at least one death and more injuries, much property damage and targeted attacks on the houses of political leaders mostly by stone- and bomb-pelting mobs purporting to be the defenders of tradition.

The violence began with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and others calling a hartal after two women entered Ayyappa’s temple and the chief priest felt compelled to purify the holy space.

While the CPI(M)-led government accuses the RSS and the Bharatiya Janata Party for organizing the violence, and the Congress accuses the CPI(M) for failing to stop the BJP from doing so, certain issues demand attention.

One, the clash of religious faith and equality of rights should not be obscured by political chicanery but be resolved with fairness and diplomacy.

Two, the BJP-RSS’s efforts to subvert the law and blackmail the judicial process, evidently to create enough disorder so that the BJP can step in either as party or as government in the Centre, should be firmly stopped. Not just the state government, but all stakeholders in equality, freedom and the rule of law should collaborate in this. – Manjit Singh GK and two others booked for embezzling Rs 5.1 Million

Sikh24 Editors

New Delhi – India, 19 January 2019. In a case of embezzling Rupees 5.1 million from the DSGMC funds, a session court of Delhi reportedly dismissed the revision petition filed by the former general manager Harjeet Singh Subedar on January 9, who was also one of the accused in the financial irregularities case.

It may be recalled here that a Delhi based Court of Metropolitan Magistrate Vijeta Singh Rawat had ordered the Delhi police to register an FIR against the former DSGMC president Manjit Singh for embezzling foreign funds worth 1,00,000 Canadian dollars on December 13 last year.

Besides GK, the Court had also ordered the Police to indict the former general manager Harjit Singh Subedar and joint secretary Amarjit Singh Pappu in this FIR. The move had come in response to a petition moved by an independent DSGMC member Gurmeet Singh Shanty.

Later, the former general manager Harjeet Singh Subedar had challenged the Court’s direction while alleging that Shanty had submitted forged and fabricated documents of corruption against them. Even the ACP concerned had told the Court that further inquiry was needed to be conducted on account of certain new facts having been brought to the knowledge of the police.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the Delhi police today registered an FIR against Manjit Singh GK, Harjeet Singh Subedar and Amarjit Singh Pappu in the North avenue police station of Delhi.

Grote Kerk – Rond de Grote Kerk – Gravenstraat

Grote Kerk
25 December 2018

Tracks from Prinsengracht to Gravenstraat
These are used when the tunnel underneath Grote Marktstraat and Kalvermarkt is unavailable

Left tracks from Prinsengracht
Right tracks from Torenstraat

Turn left to temporary terminus of tram 1

Kerkplein – Tram 1 at temporary terminus

Tram 16 to Statenkwartier

Gravenstraat – Tram 1 and 16

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DNA India – Canadian Sikh separatist accused of terrorism appointed as gurdwara president

Surrey – British Columbia – Canada, 11 January 2019. A Canadian Sikh separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, who has been accused by India of running a terror camp in British Columbia has been elected unopposed to head the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in Surrey, which has one of the largest memberships in Canada.

Nijjar’s name was on the list of wanted persons that was handed over to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh during his trip to India in February 2018.

He was also briefly taken into custody by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in April 2018 before being released without any charges being filed.

Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s appointment reflects that Khalistani extremists are taking charge of gurudwaras in Canada and running the campaign for a separate Sikh country Khalistan.

This comes a month after Canada listed Khalistani extremism among the terror threats facing the country.

A 2018 Public Report on the Terrorism Threat to Canada has said that the country is facing threat from growing Khalistani extremism in the country.

In the reference to Khalistani extremism, the report stated, “Some individuals in Canada continue to support Sikh (Khalistani) extremist ideologies and movements.”

It mentioned that violent activities in support of Khalistan had “fallen since their height during the 1982-1993 period when individuals and groups conducted numerous terrorist attacks.”

People like CM Amarinder Singh are a confused lot, they reckon that everybody who is in favour of Khalistan is also a terrorist.
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The Hindu – Delhi HC refuses to quash FIR against CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana

New Delhi – India, 11 January 2019. The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to quash the FIR lodged against CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana on bribery allegations and vacated its interim order granting him protection against criminal proceedings.

Justice Najmi Waziri also refused to quash the FIR lodged against CBI Deputy Superintendent Devender Kumar and alleged middleman Manoj Prasad.

The judge said that permission for prior sanction to prosecute Mr. Asthana and Mr. Kumar was not required considering the facts of the case.

The court directed the CBI to complete the investigation against Mr. Asthana and others within 10 weeks. It further said that the allegation of “mala fide” raised against then CBI Director Alok Verma had not been made out.

Mr. Verma and Mr. Asthana were at loggerheads for several months and levelled charges of corruption against each other.

Mr. Asthana was booked on charges of criminal conspiracy, corruption and criminal misconduct under sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Hyderabad-based businessman Sathish Babu Sana, on whose complaint the FIR was lodged, had alleged having paid bribe to get relief in a case. Mr. Sana had also made allegations of corruption, extortion, high-handedness and serious malpractice against Mr. Asthana.