The Asian Age – Protest to United Kingdom over anti-India violence

New Delhi has told foreign nations that this was an “internal matter” of India that fell within its “sovereign jurisdiction”.

New Delhi – India, 20 August 2019. India has “conveyed its concerns” to Britain on the compromising of the security of the Indian High Commission in London by violent Pakistani demonstrators outside India House on Independence Day, sources said Monday.

Sources said New Delhi has also noted that Britain seems to have been backing China in pushing for the issue of a statement after the closed-door UN Security Council meet to discuss the Kashmir issue on Friday. However, this issue has not been raised with the British.

On India’s Independence Day on August 15, Indians celebrating the event outside the high commission were attacked by violent Pakistanis who, according to global news reports, pelted eggs and water bottles at them. Stones were also allegedly hurled at the Indian high commission.

“India’s concerns have been conveyed to Britain,” a source said, adding that the Indian high commission’s security was compromised by the violence unleashed by the Pakistani demonstrators. But apparently no formal protest has been lodged yet.

Britain is a member of the P-5, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. It may be recalled that on Friday, the UNSC held closed-door deliberations in New York on the latest developments in Kashmir after China called for the meeting at the behest of Pakistan.

India had recently bifurcated J&K state and revoked Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, that gave a special status to J&K within India. New Delhi has told foreign nations that this was an “internal matter” of India that fell within its “sovereign jurisdiction”.

Britain apparently was in favour of adopting a formal resolution after the meeting, which China had mooted, sources said, but others did not think it was necessary. Eyebrows were raised since this indicates Britain did not fully support India on the matter.

The Tribune – Most rivers in spate, evacuation begins in 35 Ropar villages

Arun Sharma, Tribune News Service

Ropar – Panjab – India, 18 August 2019. Following heavy rains in the region, dozens of villages in the district are flooded. Keeping in view the deteriorating situation, the district administration has ordered evacuation from 35 villages and other locations on the banks of the Budhki and Sarsa rivers.

While all trains passing through the district were either cancelled or terminated partially, Ropar DC Sumeet Jarangal has ordered to close all private as well as government educational institutions tomorrow. Sources said Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh was likely to visit the affected areas on Monday.

At 11 am, over 2.4 lakh cusecs of water was recorded in the Sutlej at Ropar, while its tributaries Swan had 75,000 cusecs, Sarsa 29,000, Budhki 11,000 and Sadhron 13,000.

The rainwater started flooding the area as all the tributaries of the Sutlej swelled to brims during night, trapping people in many villages. As the level of water kept increasing, the district administration ordered to evacuate people from areas near the Budhki and Sarsa rivers.

Several boats driven by NDRF personnel were pressed into service to rescue people from Ranjit Pura, Dahirpur Batarala, Tibba Tapparian and Fandi villages and Gharat Basti of Kiratpur Sahib. Several people could be seen sitting on the roofs of their inundated houses at Khairabad and Bada Phool villages on the outskirts of Ropar.

The rainwater entered the building of the new campus of Indian Institute of Technolgy, Ropar, forcing the authorities to shift students from the ground floor to the upper floors of the hostel.

At Surtapur Mand and Kotla Nihang Tapparian, a bundh on the Sadhraon river was washed away, resulting in flooding of fields and houses.

The affected residents of villages near Anandpur Sahib and Bangala Basti in Nurpur Bedi blocked traffic on Ropar-Nangal and Nurpur Bedi-Ropar roads, respectively, to show their resentment against the state government for not making sufficient arrangements to check floods.

ITI flooded; staff, students stuck

Water from the overflowing Budhaki river on Sunday entered the Indian Institute of Technology (ITI), creating panic among faculty members and hostellers. Students were shifted to the upper floors. They however, lost access to mess due to knee-deep water on the campus. It was not possible for any vehicle to move till the submerged houses. The authorities were looking for the help from the NDRF.

Gentbrugge: Wijkpark De Porre – Gentbrugse Meersen

Wijkpark De Porre
11 August 2019

Neighbourhood park free of dog turds
Everybody happy

Dogs yes – Turds no

Gentbrugse Meersen
14 August 2019

Evi – Pyar Kaur at the Rietgracht



In the rough !

More Belgian pictures to be published
Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue

The Asian Age – Mystic Mantra: Nankana Sahib has a special place in Sikh history

Kulbir Kaur

New Delhi – India, 19 August 2019. Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith, was born in 1469 at Talwandi of Rai Bhoe, now known as Nankana Sahib, a town in Sheikhpura district of Pakistan. Guru Nanak had spent the first 15 years of his life at Talwandi Sahib.

Rai Buler, the chief of Talwandi, was a contemporary of Guru Nanak and in fact, one of the first people to recognise the light of the divine in Guru Nanak. Once while he was tending a herd of cattle, the Guru lay down to rest under a tree and fell asleep. Rai Buler was surprised to see that the shadows of other trees had moved with the movement of the sun but not of the tree under which Nanak slept.

Similarly, on another occasion, Rai Buler received a complaint that the cattle Guru Nanak was in charge of had entered and damaged the crop of a farmer. Guru Nanak’s father was asked to pay for the damage but when they went there to calculate the losses, they found everything intact and there was no damage.

Rai Buler became a devotee of Guru Nanak and declared that the Guru was a saint and the honour of the village. The village was renamed as Nankana Sahib and the gurdwara built at the site where Guru Nanak was born is known as Gurdwara Janam Asthan or Gurdwara Nankana Sahib.

The place is dotted with sacred shrines associated with Guru Nanak. In addition to the main shrine, Gurdwara Janam Asthan, there is Gurdwara Patti Sahib, marking the place of Guru Nanak’s school. Gurdwara Bal Lila is the place where the Guru as a child used to play. Gurdwara Kiara Sahib marks the field which was reported as damaged by a farmer and no damage was discovered.

The place where the tree with the shade was found by Rai Buler is called Gurdwara Mal Ji Sahib. There is another important site where Guru Nanak had spent all the money given by his father to feed hungry sadhus, terming it as a sachha sauda, and to escape his father’s wrath, he had hidden himself under the tent (tambu) like tree, hence the name of the site as Gurdwara Tambu Sahib.

Gurdwara Nankana Sahib has a special place in Sikh history and on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee has organised an international nagarkirtan called “Kaal Taran Guru Nanak Aiya”.

A jatha (group) of 550 sangats was especially sent to Pakistan for this purpose. The nagarkirtan started from Gurdwara Nankana Sahib on July 25 and not only Sikh and Hindu followers participated in the procession, but even Muslim devotees followed it till the Wagah border.

The flower-decked palanquin of the Guru Granth Sahib was led by panj-piarias and it passed through the areas used to be populated by the Sikhs in pre-Partition India. To mark this historic moment, the foundation stone of Baba Guru Nanak University (BGNU) at Nankana Sahib was laid by Sardar Usman Buzdar, Pakistani Punjab’s chief minister, who also planted saplings dedicated to Guru Nanak Dev.

The nagarkirtan, starting from Nankana Sahib, would pass through around 65 cities of India, covering almost 17 states and conclude after about 100 days at Gurdwara Ber Sahib, Sultanpur Lodhi. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee will also organise an international seminar at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

Kulbir Kaur teaches sociology at Shyama Prasad Mukherji College, Delhi University

The Hindu – Anti Dalit-backward face of RSS-BJP exposed: Congress on Bhagwat’s reservation remarks

Mr Bhagwat had said that there should be a conversation in a harmonious atmosphere between those in favour of reservation and those against it

New Delhi – India, 19 August 2019. The Congress on August 19 cited RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s remarks on reservation to allege that the “anti Dalit-backward face” of the RSS-BJP has been exposed.

The attack by the opposition party came a day after Mr Bhagwat said there should be a conversation in a harmonious atmosphere between those in favour of reservation and those against it.

“Attack on the rights of the poor, trampling on constitutional rights, snatching the rights of Dalits-backwards. This is the real BJP agenda,” Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.

“The anti Dalit-backward face of the RSS-BJP has been exposed. The conspiracy to end reservation for the poor and the policy of changing the Constitution have been uncovered,” he said in a series of tweets in Hindi.