The Hindustan Times – Anyone who criticises government is branded ‘anti-national’: Shabana Azmi

“We have grown up in ‘Ganga-Jamuni’ (composite) culture. We should fight the situation and not kneel before it. India is a beautiful country. Any attempt to divide people cannot be good for this country,” she said.

Indore – Madhya Pradesh – India, 08 July 2019. Anyone who criticizes the government is branded as an anti-national, said veteran actor Shabana Azmi on Saturday at an event here after she was honoured with ‘Kunti Mathur Award’ instituted by the Anandmohan Mathur Charitable Trust to recognise her work for women.

“It is always necessary that we point out our flaws for the betterment of our country. If we do not, how can our conditions improve? But the atmosphere is such that if we criticise the government we are branded as anti-nationals.

We should not be afraid, nobody needs their certificate,” Azmi said without naming any political party.

“We have grown up in ‘Ganga-Jamuni’ (composite) culture. We should fight the situation and not kneel before it. India is a beautiful country. Any attempt to divide people cannot be good for this country,” she said.

Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh and his wife Amrita Singh were also present at the event.

Criticising Malegaon blast accused and BJP’s Bhopal MP Pragya Thakur, Congress leader Singh said, “Today the person who killed Mahatma Gandhi is being hailed as a patriot. There are reports that Nathuram Godse’s statue is being constructed, can we not raise our voice against this?” Singh was defeated by Thakur in the recent Lok Sabha polls.

He said fake news has become a bigger threat than terrorism and there is an environment of hostility and hatred.

The Congress leader also hit out at MLA Akash Vijayvargia for attacking a municipal corporation officer with a bat. “Akash’s father (Kailash Vijayvargiya) shows a shoe while his son shows a bat,” he said.

Responding to Amartya Sen’s statement on Lord Ram, Singh said Sangh’s ideology is “anti-women”.

“Sangh is anti-women. Why don’t they take Lord Ram’s wife Sita ji’s name…Why don’t they say Jai Siya Ram?”

On Friday, Nobel laureate Sen had said that “Jai Shri Ram” slogan is nowadays used “to beat up people” across the country and has no association with Bengali culture.

The Tribune – Doing their bit for the environment

Fatehgarh Sahib – Panjab – India, 08 July 2019. An NGO, “Rise to Help Welfare Society, Sirhind”, comprising students and professors, is making efforts to control pollution by initiating a tree plantation drive under its “Green Fatehgarh Sahib” mission.

It has taken the approval of the Forest Department to plant 1,000 saplings from Gurdwara Jyoti Swarup Sahib to Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib in colleges, university, religious institutions, cremation grounds and deserted places.

The society will also ensure their growth by putting up iron grills around the saplings. Each of its members will look after 20 plants and will be responsible for watering and ensuring their growth.

The NGO is also helping meritorious students by giving them coaching during weekends free of cost, besides paying their fees and providing books.

Sluis Nederland – Brugge België – Brugge NMBS – Gent Zuid

Sluis Nederland – Brugge België
25 June 2019

Timetable of bus 42 from Sluis to Brugge
Operated by Connexxion and De Lijn

Platform 9 – Brugge De Lijn Bus station

De Lijn bus 42 just arrived from Breskens via Sluis

Brugge NMBS
25 June 2019

Brugge NMBS – waiting for a train to take me to Gent

Brugge NMBS – EMU

Belgian Cycling Championship
30 June 2019

No buses or trams moving as the cyclists are due to arrive
Cycling is very popular in Flanders

More Belgian pictures to be published
Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue

World Sikh Organisation Canada – A Message From The Executive Director

ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕਾ ਖਾਲਸਾ, ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕੀ ਫ਼ਤਿਹ

Summer is for spending time with family and friends.

This is also the final summer before the fall federal election in October, which means you will start seeing a lot more of your local MP at the door, events and community gatherings.

So, while politics may be the last thing on your mind over the next couple of months, make sure you use the opportunity of increased interaction with your elected officials to let them know what you think about issues that are important to our community.

Right now the most pressing concern for Sikhs across Canada is Quebec’s discriminatory Bill 21, which bans religious symbols for those in certain public sector jobs. We have also seen a trickle-down effect on private-sector jobs as we are seeing a growing trend of discriminatory practices from employers emboldened by the government’s legislation.

We need our federal government to take a hard stand against Quebec’s violation of our most basic human rights. It is shocking that this is something that is happening in our own backyard.

You can learn more, and sign a petition, by clicking here. Make sure you email, call or tell your MP face to face that Bill 21 is a serious issue for the community and requires clear action from all political parties and our government.

If you believe the work we do is important and valuable, please consider donating. It is through the support of individuals like you that we are able to advocate fearlessly for Canadians coast to coast!

Warm Regards,

Jaskaran Singh Sandhu
Executive Director

Support the Canadians who will be discriminated under this law
Also support Sikhs in Belgium and France who are victims of secular fundamentalism
Man in Blue

The Hindu – India slams UN rights office report on J&K as continuation of ‘false narrative’

New Delhi – India, 08 July 2019. In an update of a report on Kashmir released last year by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, it claimed that ‘neither India nor Pakistan have taken any concrete steps to address the numerous concerns raised.’

India on 08 July lodged a strong protest with the United Nation rights office over its report on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and asserted that it is merely a continuation of the earlier “false and motivated” narrative and ignores the core issue of cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan.

Last year, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released its first-ever report on Kashmir. In an update of that report on July 8, it claimed that “neither India nor Pakistan have taken any concrete steps to address the numerous concerns raised”.

Hitting out at the report, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “The update of the report of the OHCHR is merely a continuation of the earlier false and motivated narrative on the situation in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir.”

The assertions in the report are in violation of India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and ignore the core issue of cross-border terrorism, he said.

“A situation created by years of cross-border terrorist attacks emanating from Pakistan has been ‘analysed’ without any reference to its causality. The update seems to be a contrived effort to create an artificial parity between the world’s largest and the most vibrant democracy and a country that openly practices state-sponsored terrorism,” Mr. Kumar said.

“We have registered our strong protest regarding the update with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights,” he said.