The Statesman – Sidhu, Chidambaram raise questions on air strike casualties

New Delhi – India, 04 March 2019. The Congress on Monday again demanded that the actual number of terrorists killed in the IAF air strike be revealed while accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of politicising the operation.

Congress leader and minister in the Punjab government Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday raised questions on the air strike and media reports that around 300 terrorists had been killed in the operation carried out on 26 February.

“300 terrorist dead, Yes or No? What was the purpose then? Were you uprooting terrorist or trees? Was it an election gimmick?” Sidhu wrote on Twitter.

“Deceit possesses our land in guise of fighting a foreign enemy. Stop politicising the army, it is as sacred as the state,” he added.

Gent Gurdwara – Gent-Sint-Pieters

Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara
17 February 2019

Gent Gurdwara – Kortrijksepoortstraat

The front door, which we share with the apartments upstairs

Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara
Kortrijksepoortstraat 49
B-9000 Gent – Oost-Vlaanderen

19 Fevruary 2019

IC Train to Kortrijk

Track 10 IC train to Kortrijk

P train to Gerardsbergen via Denderleeuw

Track 9 EMU to Gerardsbergen

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Man in Blue – Unjust conviction of three Sikh youths: Joint convention of leftist and Sikh organisations on 06 March

Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 03 March 2019. For the first time in Punjab, leftist organizations have decided to raise voice in favor of Sikhs against the double standards adopted by the Indian machinery towards Sikh community.

These organizations, in collaboration with Sikh outfits, are going to hold a convention in Chandigarh on March 6 to raise voice against the Nawanshehr Court’s verdict addressing life sentence to three Sikh youths just for possessing literature about Sikh warriors.

19 bodies working for Human rights and Constitutional rights have said that the verdict addressed by the Nawashehr Court has brought the Indian judiciary under suspicion. They have termed this verdict as an open attack on the fundamental right to freely speech and express in a peaceful way.

Sharing the development with media, CPI (M.L) leader Sukhdarshan Dutt informed that a decision was taken to constitute a committee of leftist organizations in the last meeting held at Ludhiana.

“Organizations like Punjab Human Rights Organization, Lok Sangram Manch, Shiromani Akali Dal (Mann), Inqlabi Centre, Khalra Mission Organization, Inqlabi Lok Morcha, Punjab Manch, Naujwan Bharat Sabha, Punjab Kisan Union, Alliance for Sikh Youth Organization, Naari Manch Punjab etc. are part of this committee,” he added.

He further said that the next program will be chalked out in this convention scheduled for 06 March.

It may be recalled here that three Sikh youths namely Arwinder Singh (Nawashahr), Surjit Singh (Gurdaspur) and Ranjit Singh (Kaithal, Haryana) were addressed life sentence by the Nawanshahr Court just for possessing printed biography of Shaheed Bhai Sukhdev Singh Babbar, photographs of 13 martyred Sikhs of 1978 and a mobile phone.

The Court had held them guilty under sections 121 (waging, or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging of war, against the Government of India) and 121-A (conspiring to commit offenses punishable by section 121) of the Indian Penal Code.

CBC News – New Westminster Sikh temple (Gurdwara) celebrates 100-year anniversary

The Gurdwara Sahib Sukh Sagar is one of the oldest temples (Gurdwaras) in Canada
A centennial is being marked in New Westminster this weekend.

New Westminster – British Columbia – Canada, 04 March 2019. The Gurdwara Sahib Sukh Sagar is one of the oldest Sikh temples (Gurdwaras) in the country and its members are celebrating the milestone anniversary by reflecting on its historic significance to the local Sikh community.

The temple (Gurdwara) was actually founded more than 100 years ago when a pioneering Sikh named Bhai Bishan Singh bought a house next door to where the building is now.

Singh paid $250 for the house, which served as a place of worship until the congregation grew too large. In 1919, Singh bought the neighbouring lot at 347 Wood Street and the Gurdwara Sahib Sukh Sagar was born.

One hundred years later, membership is at 5,000 people and for some of those members, the gurdwara has been an integral part of their life for decades.

A walk down memory lane

Sukhi Sandhu, nee Bhullar, spent her childhood going to the temple (Gurdwara) with her parents and siblings.

She remembers it as a place that always felt inclusive and where, Sandhu and her sisters, immigrants in the 1960s and 70s, felt like they belonged.

“It was a safe place to be where we felt a lot of joy and peace and compassion growing up,” said Sandhu.

For Sandhu, the temple (Gurdwaras) was a sanctuary filled with friends and family, where she remembers playing tag as communal meals were cooked in the temple kitchen.

Kirin Malli also has fond memories of going to temple (Gurdwara), until suddenly, in the mid-1980s, her family just stopped. with her parents and siblings.

Turbulent times

The 1980s was a turbulent time as the fight for an independent Sikh state in India spilled into British Columbia. Amid heated debates and bursts of violence at the temple, there was also tension among members over who should be in charge of the temple. Descendents of the pioneers who actually founded the gurdwara say they were alienated.

Malli’s father served at the temple until that division.

For Malli, the 100-year mark is bittersweet because she recalls the ‘warm fuzzy’ feeling she had when she would visit as a child, but then also remembers the community conflict during the tense times.

But three decades have passed and the anniversary is an opportunity for the community to come together again — both temple (Gurdwara) members and the general public.

Sukhninder Singh Sangha is the director at the Gurdwara Sahib Sukh Sagar. He said the gurdwara offers programs and camps for youth, seniors and the community at large. There are Punjabi classes and religious studies and a kitchen where members prepare meals for residents on Vancouver’s Downtown East Side every weekend.

Everyone welcome

During the centennial weekend, the temple opened its doors to the public to share their customs, and some communal meals, with the curious.

Sangha said he hopes this will give non-Sikhs a better understanding of what Sikhism is and for various communities to come together to better understand each other.

And there will be another opportunity in the fall for the public to learn more about the gurdwara’s remarkable and complicated history when an exhibit about the Gurdwara Sahib Sukh Sagar opens at the New Westminster Museum.

With files from Belle Puri

The Hindu – India rejects OIC resolution on “Indian terrorism” in Kashmir

Document refers to ‘mass blindings’

Special Correspondent

New Delhi – India, 03 March 2019. Rejecting a resolution by the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) on Jammu and Kashmir that referred to “Indian terrorism” and “mass blindings”, the External Affairs Ministry said its stand on the matter was “well known”.

The resolution on Jammu and Kashmir, another on the “India-Pakistan Peace Process” that praised Pakistan for its “efforts”, and a statement on “Muslim minorities” worldwide that called upon the Indian government to rebuild the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, came as an embarrassment for the government just a day after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had addressed the gathering.

“We reaffirm that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and is a matter strictly internal to India,” the Ministry said in a statement here on Saturday after the conclusion of the Council of Foreign Ministers in Abu Dhabi. The statement appreciated the invitation to Ms. Swaraj as a “historic gesture”.

Officials underplayed the statements and references to India, pointing out that there were no negative references to New Delhi in the “Abu Dhabi declaration” document, which is the main communiqué.

Sources told The Hindu that the other resolutions “don’t reflect or need a consensus” of the entire 57-nation group. “They are essentially national positions of individual countries, and often go unopposed,” an official said.

Foreign Minister of the UAE Sheikh Abdullah attempted to explain the statements from what he called a “positive angle”. “I think the OIC has sent a very clear and positive sign to India and looks forward to strengthening such a relationship to a point where we can embrace India one day at the OIC,” he said.

Unusual tone

Even so, the language of the statements that were issued with Indian references are harsh, and while the OIC has regularly issued statements on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir that accuses Indian forces of atrocities, the statement on the “peace process between India-Pakistan” is unusual, not least given the tensions of the past week and the fact that there is no dialogue between the two countries at present.

In one para, the resolution “condemns the trend of unprecedented escalation of ceasefire violations by Indian occupation (sic) forces”.

In the resolution on Jammu and Kashmir, the recommendations included an appeal to OIC members to “mobilise funds” for “humanitarian assistance to the Kashmiri people”.