Sint-Truiden NMBS – Gent: Animal Friendly meat – Ledebergstraat – Melle Leeuw – Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara

Sint Truiden NMBS
15 September


Sint Truiden platform along track 2 and 3

Animal Friendly meat
15 September 2019


Ledebergstraat
16 September 2019


Tram 4 to UZ via Muide

Melle Leeuw
18 September 2019


Melle Leeuw terminus of tram 2 to Zwijnaarde


Melle Leeuw terminus tram 2

Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara
19 September 2019


School group visiting gurdwara

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

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Organization for Minorities of India – Diverse groups in USA demonstrate against Gandhi’s racism, sexual abuse

USA: 04 October2019. Groups on both the West and East coasts of the U.S. demonstrated against Mohandas Gandhi on 02 October, his 150th birthday, describing the occasions as “150 years of racism.”

At the Martin Luther King Junior Center in Atlanta, Georgia, a group including several African-Americans demanded removal of the Gandhi statue placed at the center.

Jerry Jones, an activist associated with Organization for Minorities of India, displayed placards declaring: “No place for Gandhi in USA.” Another placard held by Jones quoted South African author Ashwin Desai, who stated, “Gandhi believed in the Aryan brotherhood.

This involved whites and Indians higher up than Africans on the civilized scale.” In a 2015 interview with BBC, Desai further said, “You cannot have Gandhi as an accomplice of colonial subjugation in South Africa and then also defend his liberation credentials in South Africa.”

Demonstrators later shifted to Georgia State University to protest a commemoration of Gandhi hosted by Atlanta’s Indian Consulate in collaboration with the Gandhi Foundation of USA.

Previously, on 24 September, Jerry Jones and Nanak Singh represented OFMI at the Gwinnet County Board of Commissioners’ public hearing, where they appeared to register dissent against a proposed bust of Gandhi which the county intends to unveil at Bryson Park, Lilburn, GA on 12 October 2019.

“There is no way there should be statues erected commemorating a man who could not stand Africans,” said Cheryle Renee Moses about the proposed Bryson Park bust.

Moses, who is the Democratic nominee for Georgia State Senate District 9 in Gwinnett County, continued, “I’m sure many other African-Americans and black folks would feel the same way once they are educated on Gandhi’s real beliefs about Africans, about black folks.”

Also on 02 October at the University of California, Berkeley, approximately 20 people blocked the university’s Sather Gate. Holding a large banner declaring, “150 Years of Racism: Happy Birthday, Gandhi,” they chanted slogans such as “down with Gandhi” and delivered short speeches about why they were protesting Gandhi.

“Gandhi is used as a diplomatic weapon by the Indian State,” stated Bhajan Singh, a former director of OFMI. He claimed that the Government of India has expanded its budget to finance Gandhi statues around the world, adding, “They have occupied Kashmir, they have attacked the Sikhs in Punjab, they have attacked Dalits, Christians, and they want to forcefully convert and submerge the traditional Dravidian culture of India into the pro-Aryan culture.”

In an interview with the university’s CalTV, Singh concluded, “He started his career by being the founder of apartheid in colonial South Africa.”

Demonstrators displayed placards calling Gandhi “father of apartheid.” Other placards claimed Gandhi had “hatred of women” and stated: “Gandhi was a sex offender.”

Although Gandhi is widely perceived as a “Mahatma” (Great Soul) and portrayed as an icon of peace, the past several years have brought increased calls for reevaluation of his legacy. In 2014, protests erupted over a proposed statue of Gandhi in London after historian Kusoom Vadgama began a petition alleging that the Indian activist “dishonored women.”

In 2018, a Gandhi statue was removed from the University of Ghana campus after students and faculty began a petition against Gandhi’s “racist identity.” An ongoing campaign against a proposed statue of Gandhi in Malawi has generated almost 4,300 signatures on a petition calling him an “ardent racist.”

“Modi’s years of building upon the false Gandhi propaganda to support the goals of India’s Hindu nationalist movement are being challenged around the world,” comments OFMI’s Arvin Valmuci.

Organization for Minorities of India was founded in 2006 to advance individual liberties of Christians, Buddhists, Dalits, Muslims, Sikhs, and all Mulnivasi people of South Asia by encouraging secularism, progressive human rights, liberation of oppressed peoples, and universal human dignity. Visit OFMI.org for more information.

Dawn – Mishal calls for UN peacekeepers in held Kashmir

Parvaiz Ishfaq Rana

Karachi – Sindh – Pakistan, 06 October 2019. Mishal Malik, social activist and wife of jailed Kashmiri leader Yasin Malik, on Saturday called upon the United Nations to work for demilitarising India-held Kashmir and send a peacekeeping force to stop atrocities in the occupied valley.

During her visit to the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), she said that over 2.2 million Kashmiris were ready to cross the Line of Control (LoC).

Ms Malik lauded the business community for putting the Kashmir issue above their interests and snapped trade relations with India. “It is overwhelming to see the support and sentiment of the business community towards the Kashmir cause,” she added.

She said that it was the Kashmir issue which had been hindering the development process of Pakistan and Kashmir, noting that the Indian occupied forces were killing unarmed Kashmiris.

She regretted that world capitals were silent over Indian atrocities against innocent Kashmiris. For almost two months the people of India-held Kashmir had been confined to their homes without food, water and medicines. Children in the occupied valley were not attending their schools and colleges whereas hospitals were also not functioning, she said.

She said that India through its intelligence agency RAW was carrying out terrorist activities in Pakistan. But, she added, no voice was being raised on world forums about heinous crimes being committed by India.

Talking about her role in the freedom movement, Ms Malik said she had never been so bold and active, but her inspiration had come from her mother and daughter.

A graduate from the London School of Economics, Ms Malik recalled that only 60 days after her marriage in 2002, her husband, Yasin Malik, was put in jail by Indian authorities.

She said the struggle for the freedom of Kashmir was a long and difficult journey and that she was ready for this fight. “I look at this as a mission,” she added.

Ms Malik, who visited the mausoleum of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah a day earlier, paid tribute to the father of the nation, saying that she had taken her courage for taking part in the freedom movement from the Quaid-i-Azam.

She lauded Prime Minister Imran Khan for effectively raising the Kashmir issue at the United Nations General Assembly.

Ms Malik said the business community could play a big role in stopping Indian atrocities against Kashmiris by raising their voice in all international trade forums.

Speaking on the occasion, FPCCI president Daroo Khan Achakzai said that the Pakistani business community fully supported the Kashmiris’ struggle for freedom.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1509256/mishal-calls-for-un-peacekeepers-in-held-kashmir

The Indian Express – Don’t cross LoC to extend help to Kashmiris, Imran Khan warns PoK residents

“I understand the anguish of the Kashmiris seeing their fellow Kashmiris in Jammu and Kashmir, Anyone crossing the LoC to provide humanitarian aid or support for Kashmiri struggle will play into the hands of the Indian narrative,” Imran Khan said.

Express Web Desk

New Delhi – India, 05 October 2019. In his latest remarks on Kashmir, ever since the conclusion of the United Nations General Assembly session, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Saturday warned the residents of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) not to cross the LoC to “provide humanitarian aid or support” to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

“I understand the anguish of the Kashmiris seeing their fellow Kashmiris in Jammu and Kashmir…. Anyone crossing the LoC to provide humanitarian aid or support for Kashmiri struggle will play into the hands of the Indian narrative,” Khan tweeted.

Khan’s tweet came a day after thousands of Kashmiris from different parts of PoK carried out rallies on vehicles to Muzaffarabad on the call of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, PTI quoted Dawn as reporting.

The Pakistan Prime Minister also warned the people of PoK that any assistance for the Kashmiris will give India an excuse to launch an attack across LoC.

The relations between the two countries, which were already tense following the Pulwama attack and the resulting Indian airstrike on terror camps in Balakot, escalated after the Union government diluted the Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. In response, Pakistan has downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi and expelled the Indian High Commissioner.

Khan has been making efforts to attract the world’s attention on the Kashmir issue at various international platforms while the Union government has continuously maintained that it was strictly an “internal matter”.

On Friday, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar stated that the comments made by Khan do not behove the post he holds. “I think he is not unaware of how international relations are conducted. On that basis, he gives such statements. He had given an open call for Jihad against India. This is not a normal behaviour,” Kumar had said.

In his maiden speech at the UNGA last month, Khan had raised the Kashmir issue and demanded that India must lift the “inhuman curfew” in Kashmir and release all “political prisoners”.

Don’t cross LoC to extend help to Kashmiris, Imran Khan warns PoK residents

Sikh24.com – Tent copy of Sri Harmandr Sahib erected in Kolkata for Durga Puja

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 05 October 2019. A tent copy of Sri Harmandr Sahib has been erected in the northern park of Bhawanipur in Kolkata for an upcoming religious Hindu event known as Durga Puja. Several visuals of this tent copy of Sri Harmandr Sahib have gone viral over social media due to which a sharp outrage is being witnessed among Sikh masses.

Taking strong notice of this anti-Sikhism move, the SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal has said that Sri Harmandr Sahib can’t be copied at all. He added that the copiers must have understood the ethos and traditions of Sikhism as well as the Sikh sentiments before committing such an anti-Sikhism act.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the SGPC has asked the management committee of Gurdwara Bara Sikh Sangat (Kolkata, West Bengal) to probe this incident and report back the factual information by visiting ground zero.

What is Durga Puja ?

Durga Puja, also called Durgotsava, is an annual Hindu festival originating in the Indian subcontinent which reveres and pays homage to the Hindu goddess, Durga. As per mythology, the festival marks the victory of goddess Durga in her battle against the shape-shifting asura, Mahishasura.

Tent copy of Sri Harmandir Sahib erected in Kolkata for Durga Puja

 

 

Alken Gurdwara – Sint-Truiden NMBS

Alken Gurdwara
15 September 2019


Stage for kirtan with tabla and waja


Picture of Harmandr Sahib


The gurdwara building


Gurdwara Singh Sabha
Steenweg 418B
3570 Alken – Limburg

Sint-Truiden NMBS
15 September 2019


Track 2 and 3 are only used in the rush hours on weekdays


Both north and southbound trains use track 1
I will take the 16:45 to Blankenberge via Gent

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To save heritage in Pakistan, Global Sikh Council to work with ETPB Board

Published 04 October 2019 by WSN News Bureau

Council leader Dr Kanwaljit Kaur from London visited Pakistan last month as part of a delegation for the first Interntional Sikh Convention in Lahore.

She availed the opportunity to meet the ETPB Board that manages Sikh shrines with PSGPC, to apprise them of Sikh concerns regarding the preservation of Sikh heritage in Pakistan.

Lady Singh Kanwaljit Kaur and the Heritage Committee Incharge of the Global Sikh Council, Yashpal Singh, met the officials of the Evacuee Trust Property Board officials Muhammad Tariq and Imran Khan and discussed ways and mechanisms for the preservation of our heritage for future generations.

The ETPB Board, also known as the Aukaf Board along with the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee manages various Gurdwaras and historical sites of the Sikhs in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

The GSC delegation sought the support of the ETPB officials in taking personal interest to resolve the land dispute of Gurdwara Biba Sahib in Peshawar, as some unscrupulous elements have claimed ownership of the Gurdwara land and the Sikhs of Peshawar are keen that their rightful due is given to them.

Kanwaljit Kaur told the officials that “an early resolution of the situation there will ensure more cordiality between the two communities, which have been strained for some time.”

GSC Heritage Committee in-charge Yashpal Singh requested the Aukaf Board, to share information with the Global Sikh Council and other Diaspora bodies regarding the opening, renovation and maintenance of Gurdwaras and Sikh institutions in Pakistan in order that such information is widely circulated and misinformation is curtailed.

Speaking to World Sikh News, Kanwaljit Kaur said, “The Global Sikh Council has been made an advisory member of the ETPB Board. We have offered support from the GSC to the ETPB Board and hope to work closely with them in the future.”

To save heritage in Pakistan, Global Sikh Council to work with ETPB Board

The Hindu – Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren urges India to respect rights of people of Kashmir

The Massachusetts Senator’s statement comes a month after fellow Democrat Bernie Sanders expressed similar concerns.

Washington DC – USA, 05 October 2019. Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren on 05 October voiced concerns over the restrictions and communication blockade in Kashmir, urging India to respect the rights of the people of Kashmir.

“The US-India partnership has always been rooted in our shared democratic values. I’m concerned about recent events in Kashmir, including a continued communications blackout and other restrictions. The rights of the people of Kashmir must be respected,” Ms. Warren tweeted.

The Massachusetts Senator is the second influential American politician to raise concerns over Kashmir. Her statement comes a month after fellow Democrat Bernie Sanders expressed similar concerns.

Addressing the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America in Houston on 01 September, Mr. Sanders said he was “deeply concerned” about the situation in Kashmir and asked the U.S. government to “speak out boldly” in support of a UN-backed peaceful resolution to resolve the issue.

“I am deeply concerned about the situation in Kashmir…India’s action is unacceptable,” he said while addressing one of the largest Muslim gatherings in the USA.

In an opinion piece in Houston Chronicle, Mr Sanders wrote on 22 September that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and USA President Donald Trump’s joint address at the “Howdy, Modi” event was happening at a time when Kashmir remained under lockdown.

“When President (Donald) Trump meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Houston, we will hear much about the friendship between the American and Indian peoples. However, there will be a deafening silence when it comes to a human rights crisis unfolding right before our eyes, and that is unacceptable,” he said.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/democratic-presidential-candidate-elizabeth-warren-urges-india-to-respect-rights-of-people-of-kashmir/article29606299.ece?homepage=true