Sint-Truiden: Halmaal Gurdwara

Halmaal: Sangat Sahib Gurdwara
Guru Nanak Nagar Kirtan
27 October 2019

Divan Hall

If the Panjab Chief Minister sees this
he would see the hand of Pakistan behind it

The lorry transformed into a mobile Gurdwara

On the right the ‘throne’ for the Guru Granth Sahib

Why this picture is so dark I do not know
We had all day sunshine

Halmaal Dorp, just outside the Gurdwara
On our way to Sint-Truiden

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The Hindustan Times – Sikh pilgrims barred from visiting gurudwara in Haridwar

Haridwar – Uttarakhand – India, 10 November 2019. The Uttarakhand police stopped a group (jatha) of over 140 Sikh pilgrims from Delhi who were on their way to Haridwar to visit Gyan Godhri Gurudwara at Har Ki Pauri on Saturday. The pilgrims were intercepted at Purkazi town of Muzaffarnagar district which is situated on the border of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.

The ‘jatha’ was headed by Gurcharan Singh Babbar, president of All India Sikh Conference, who alleged that the priest community at Har ki Pauri had illegally occupied the land of Gurudwara Gyan Godhri since 1984 and Sikhs were prevented from visiting it for fear of clash with the priest community (pandits).

Babbar told HT on phone that the ‘jatha’ arrived Purkazi town at around 11 pm on Saturday night as the pilgrims wanted to visit Gyan Godhari on the occasion of Guru Nankav Devji’s 550th birth anniversary.

They were having langer (community meal) at Purkazi when superintendent of police, Haridwar, Navneet Kumar and circle officer Dheerendra Kumar arrived there with force and stopped them from entering Uttarakhand.

Babbar said that they feared a clash between members of the two communities and were compelled to stop the ‘jatha’.

The ruckus between police and Sikhs continued till early morning and eventually the police officials allowed a delegation to meet Uttarakhand minister Madan Kaushik on Sunday afternoon.

Babbar said that a delegation met Kaushik but the deadlock continued and finally the Sikh ‘jatha’ was forced to return to Delhi from Purkazi without visiting Gyan Godhari Gurudwara. Babbar said that they had tried many times to visit the gurudwara in the past 15 years but were never allowed to offer prayers there.

A visibly upset Babbar said that Pakistan had donated land to Kartarpur Sahib and was also allowing renovation in different gurdwaras there, “but we have been deprived of visiting an important place of our Guru in our own country.”

He said that Uttarakhand had a BJP government and it should help Sikhs in getting their right to visit their gurdwara instead of bowing down to pandits who were opposing a gurdwara at Har Ki Pauri and were illegally occupying it since 1984.

The Hindu – Maharashtra impasse: Kharge says Congress will sit in Opposition, Pawar meets NCP leaders

Mumbai – Maharashtra, 10 November 2019. Bhagat Singh Koshyari asked the BJP to “indicate the willingness and ability” to form government.

Congress general secretary Mallikarjun Kharge on Sunday met the party’s newly elected MLAs from Maharashtra, who are staying at a resort in Jaipur, to discuss the political situation in the state while NCP chief Sharad Pawar met some of his party leaders in Mumbai.

Later talking to reporters in Jaipur, Mr Kharge reiterated his party’s stand of sitting in the Opposition in Maharashtra, while Mr Pawar said he would react only to an official statement from the Sonia Gandhi-led party.

Former Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam in Mumbai said “it seems the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance has broken”, and that he would urge his party leadership not to encourage government formation with the Shiv Sena’s help as it will “not be a stable government” and both the Congress and NCP will suffer.

“We have not changed our stand from day one. We have always maintained that we will sit in the opposition and respect the mandate,” Mr Kharge said after meeting the Maharashtra Congress MLAs in Jaipur.

Earlier, senior Congress leader Manikrao Thakare told PTI that Mr Kharge met the MLAs informally to ascertain their views on what stand the party should take over government formation in Maharashtra.

“Kharge will then convey the sentiments of the legislators to the party leadership,” Mr Thakare said.

All 44 newly elected Maharashtra Congress MLAs, including senior leaders like Ashok Chavan, Prithviraj Chavan and Balasaheb Thorat, were staying at a resort in the Congress-ruled Rajasthan amid fear of ‘poaching’ in view of the stalemate over government formation.

A senior Congress leader, on condition of anonymity, said the All India Congress Committee (AICC) has deputed two observers to hold discussions with the MLAs in Jaipur on what stand the party should take in view of the impasse on government formation.

“The Congress has to decide if it wants to stop the BJP in Maharashtra or whether it doesn’t care if the BJP is able to form a government. An alternative government can be formed only with Congress’ support,” he said.

He also said that Mr Kharge held informal talks with the Maharashtra Congress MLAs in Jaipur in the morning.

He also brushed aside suggestions that the Governor could invite the Congress-NCP for government formation as the ’second largest’ alliance, claiming no such provision existed in the Sarkaraia Commission’s recommendations.

In another development, NCP chief Sharad Pawar also held a meeting with some of his party leaders in Mumbai.

Refusing to speak on a “non-BJP alliance”, Mr Pawar said he would react only to Congress’ official statement.

“I cannot go by news reports about the decision of the Congress. I will react only when the Congress officially informs me about its decision,” Mr. Pawar told reporters.

Meanwhile, former Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam reiterated his party’s stand of not being in favour of entering into an alliance with the Shiv Sena.

“The mandate is for the BJP-Sena (to form government) and for the Congress-NCP to sit in the opposition,” he told reporters.

With no new governmernt in sight, Maharashtra Assembly to be in ‘suspended animation’

“It looks like the BJP-Sena alliance has broken. There have been talks that the Shiv Sena and NCP may join hands to stake claim for the government. I feel respect to the mandate is not indulging in government formation exercise,” he said.

“I will pursue with our central leadership to not encourage formation of a government in Maharashtra with the help of the Shiv Sena. It will not be a stable government and ultimately both the Congress and NCP will suffer,” said Mr Nirupam, who was a Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha member before joining the Congress.

The BJP and its ally Shiv Sena are locked in a bitter tussle over the Chief Minister’s post.

Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Saturday asked the BJP, the single largest party in the new Assembly, to “indicate the willingness and ability” to form government in the State.

In the October 21 polls to the 288-member state Assembly, the BJP won 105 seats, Shiv Sena-56, NCP-54 and Congress-44.

The Hindustan Times – ‘Kartarpur can change face of South Asia, like the fall of Berlin Wall’: Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi

New Delhi – India, 09 November 2019. Calling Kartarpur Corridor ‘a goodwill gesture’, Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, however, told BBC that improvement in relations with India depended on “New Delhi changing its policy on Kashmir”.

The Kartarpur Corridor is a “goodwill gesture” and relations between India and Pakistan can improve only if New Delhi changes its policy on Kashmir, Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said.

Speaking hours ahead of the opening of the corridor that will link Dera Baba Nanak in India’s Gurdaspur to Darbar Sahib gurdwara in Pakistan’s Kartarpur, Qureshi told BBC that India had not responded to peace overtures from Prime Minister Imran Khan.

He said the objective behind the corridor was a “goodwill gesture” and Khan had always said that for every step taken by India towards peace, Pakistan would take two steps.

“Unfortunately, we did not get the same response. Despite that, we decided to continue with the Kartarpur Corridor and the Kartarpur Spirit,” he said.

“It’s not just the corridor, it’s the spirit behind the corridor that needs to be understood. And it has given us a lot of goodwill in the Sikh community.”

However, Qureshi said any improvement in bilateral relations will depend on India changing its policy on the Kashmir issue.

“Improvement of relations will depend upon their treatment and attitude in (Jammu and) Kashmir. The way they are going about maltreating people and abusing human rights” he said.

“If they continue to do what they are doing in Kashmir, I see no respite,” he added.

The Kartarpur Corridor marks a rare instance of cooperation between the two countries against the backdrop of heightened tensions over New Delhi’s decision to scrap Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and split the state into two union territories.

Qureshi even compared the opening of the corridor to the fall of the Berlin Wall, which led to the reunification of East and West Germany and coincided with the collapse of Soviet Union.

“You saw the Berlin Wall go down. It changed the face of Europe. Kartarpur can change the face of South Asia,” he said.

The Tribune – On Kartarpur stage, Panjab CM tells Pakistan to stay away from Kashmir, Punjab

Tribune News Service

Gurdaspur, Panjab – India, 09 November 2019. On Kartarpur stage, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday warmed Pakistan asking the neighbouring country to stop interfering in Kashmir and Punjab.

He said: “We will retaliate. We are not wearing bangles.”

Amarinder Singh had on Wednesday also stuck to his stand that India needed to be cautious of the hidden agenda of the Pakistan Army.

Referring to the official song released by the Pakistan government, welcoming Sikh pilgrims, which have posters of Sikh separatist leaders like Jarnail Singh Bhinderanwale and Amrik Singh Khalsa, besides Major General Shabeg Singh, in the background, the Chief Minister said: “On one hand Pakistan shows love and on the other they do this. This is very inappropriate.”

A video song, which was on Wednesday released by Pakistan government prior to the opening of the Kartarpur corridor, has run into a controversy as it showed Khalistani separatist Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale amongst other leaders.

Is the Maharaja in league with the RSS, the Indian secret services or is he just not very intelligent ?
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Gent-Sint-Pieters – Sint-Truiden: Halmaal Gurdwara

27 October 2019

Evi/Pyar Kaur and her yellow ‘doekske’ (patka)

IC train to Eupen via Liège and Brussel

Evi/Pyar Kaur and her yellow ‘doekske’ (patka)

IC train to coastal resort Blankenberge

Waiting for the IC train to Genk via Sint-Truiden

Halmaal: Sangat Sahib Gurdwara
27 October 2019

April next year the new Gurdwara will be opened

Gurdwara Sangat Sahib
Halmaal Dorp 20B
3800 Sint-Truiden – Limburg

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The Print – Supreme Court verdict refers to ASI report on ‘Hindu structure’ at Ayodhya site — this is what it says

In its order, Supreme Court refers to the Archaeological Survey of India’s 2003 findings that the Babri Masjid was ‘based on the walls of a large pre-existing structure’.

Kritika Sharma

New Delhi – India, 09 November 2019. In the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict announced Saturday, an Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) report released in 2003 played a key role. The report had stated that remains of a “Hindu structure” were found at the disputed Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi site.

As it ordered the construction of Ram temple, the apex court ruling, based on the ASI report, drew the inference that the “foundation of the (16th century) mosque was based on the walls of a large pre-existing structure that dates back to the twelfth century”. It also said the “recoveries were suggestive of a structure of Hindu religion origin”.

The judgment also noted that the ASI report indicated “that pre-existing underlying structure has large dimensions, evident from the fact that there were 85 pillar bases comprised in 17 rows each of five pillar bases”.

These observations came over 16 years after the ASI excavated the disputed Ayodhya site, between May and June in 2003, on the directions of a Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court. The result was a 574-page report which was submitted to the court in August of that year.

The report has since served as crucial evidence in studying the ownership of the disputed site.

To read more about the ASI’s findings :

SC verdict refers to ASI report on ‘Hindu structure’ at Ayodhya site — this is what it says