World Sikh News – Students from Punjab express solidarity with Jamia and AMU students

Published 3 weeks ago WSN Punjab Desk

Students from Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar and Panjab University Chandigarh joined the India-wide students’ agitation against the newly passed Citizen­ship Amendment Act and the barbaric beating of male and female students of Jamia Milia University by the Delhi Police.

Chanting slogans against Indian Home Minister Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the students vehemently protested against the divisive law and declared that they will not allow the functioning of the National Register of Citizenship NRC.

Activists of the Sikh Youth of Punjab, Research Scholars Association, Students for Society, Mool Niwasi Students Organisation, Phule Ambedkar Students Association and Punjab Students Union participated in a protest sit-in at the Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar whereas students from SFS and many other organisations held a massive protest at the Panjab University in Chandigarh.

Sikh Youth of Punjab president Paramjit Singh Mand, Research Scholar Association (GNDU) leader Jatinderbir Singh, Students For Society leader Shubhkaramdeep Singh, PSU leader Hardeep Kotla, Mool Newasi Students Organisation leader Advocate Ankush and Phule Ambedkar Students Association in a spirited joint protest slammed BJP led Union Government for its fascist policies and for allowing the Delhi police to create mayhem in the Jamia Milia University by taking law into their own hands.

“India is heading towards a civil war. Absolute power has gone to the heads of the Modi / Shah duo and the compliant BJP leadership. They are acting like dictators running a tyrannical regime,” said SYP president Paramjit Singh Mand.

“Is this the way, the so-called democratic state behaves with students, studying at educational institutions?” asked, Research Scholar Association (GNDU) leader Jatinderbir Singh.

“The visuals showing the extent of the barbarism of police chasing, beating, hurling abuses at girls and boys of Jamia and AMU Universities can put any civilised person to shame.

It is shocking that there is no conscientious person within the ruling party who has the courage to condemn such dastardly behaviour,” declared a girl student who was participating in the protest.

Participating in a spirited protest, members of SYP said they stand with Jamia and AMU students and will continue to support their struggle for justice. The new law is against minorities and must be rejected.

The union government led by RSS and BJP is spreading its agenda of Hindi-Hindu-Hindutva across the country and we will continue our protests to awaken the people against this.

Advocate Ankush said, “It is time for society to speak out against the state trampling the rights of the people and those who do not speak now would be deemed to be complicit in this crime because of their silence.”

Not only students from Punjab, but students from across many universities in India also have been protesting over the last two days against the draconian law and the shameful manner in which the students of Jamia were beaten up.

“Heads must roll and the guilty police constabulary and officials must be punished for illegal entry into the Jamia campus,” said Sikh Youth of Punjab President Paramjit Singh Mand.

Everyone who cares for freedom of expression, democracy and equality must resist and protest this naked aggression and oppression of the Narendra Modi government.

Students from Punjab express solidarity with Jamia and AMU students – Start langar of medicines to serve suffering humanity, Phoolka asks Akal Takht Jathedar

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 02 January 2020. He has advised Akal Takht Jathedar to launch this pro-humanity service as per the concept of langar in Sikhism and name these new dispensaries as “Medicine Langar”.

It is pertinent to note here that H S Phoolka had launched a free mobile dispensary service in Dakha constituency when he serving as a legislator there. Phoolka’s mobile dispensary is helping people of 21 villages of the Dakha constituency. Every day, it visits at least four villages and gives free medicines to about 200 patients.

Terming this kind of pro-humanity service as a need of hour, Phoolka has said that he has prepared a module for low-cost clinics that can be started across the state, especially in rural areas, to serve the suffering humanity.

“Scores of people can’t get facility of modernized hospitals in urban areas due to shortage of money, so mobile dispensaries should be started to help them in tackling physical illness,” Phoolka said.

Meanwhile, Giani Harpreet Singh has said that the SGPC is already providing medical facilities in some Sikh shrines like Takht Sri Damdama Sahib but still Phoolka’s suggestion is good and will be considered.

Not a bad idea, but I know that Indian doctors are often too keen to prescribe antibiotics and other heavy duty medicines where change of diet or rest would be more appropriate !
Is there a good doctor or pharmacist involved with the project ?
Pyar Kaur

Start Langar of medicines to serve suffering humanity, Phoolka asks Akal Takht Jathedar

Den Haag (NL) – Zuiderpark

Den Haag NL
24 December 2019

Stoomgroep West

Stoomgroep West

Stoomgroep West

Only 17 km to Hoek van Holland !

Zuiderpark loop

Zuiderpark loop

More Netherlands pictures to be published
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Man in Blue

Forbes – Against The Tide Of Humanity: India proceeding with discriminatory laws

Ewelina U. Ochab

New Delhi – India, 04 January 2019. Towards the end of 2019, India progressed a new law dubbed as fundamentally discriminatory, the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019. The new law aims to expedite citizenship decisions for religious minorities such as Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, who have fled persecution in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, and have been resident before 2014.

However, the new law does not offer the same levels of protection to other religious minorities, like for example, Muslims. Reportedly, the government has suggested that Muslims are excluded because they do not face persecution in these three countries. However, it is noteworthy that other persecuted numeric minorities, such as the Tamils from Sri Lanka, Rohingya from Myanmar and Tibetans from China are also excluded.

While the law may be seen as a positive step for some, as it is aimed at protecting those who have been or are being persecuted, the new law discriminates against Muslim communities on grounds of their religion.

Hence, the law violates India’s constitutional protections and India’s international law obligations, for example, in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Convention for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The UN warns, “although India’s broader naturalization laws remain in place, these amendments will have a discriminatory effect on people’s access to nationality.”

The new law comes as a surprise not only because of the clear international law obligations that India is bound to adhere to, but also as only a year ago, India endorsed the Global Compact for Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration (Global Compact on Migration).

The Global Compact on Migration, a model that is set to provide a robust and systematic response to address the challenges faced by refugees and the host communities, aims to ease pressures on host countries, build self-reliance of refugees, expand on the resettlement and other pathways of admission, aid conditions that would enable refugees to return to their home countries.

India’s endorsement of the Global Compact on Migration gave an erroneous impression that India wanted to play its part in addressing the issue of migration, and especially where this migration is caused by persecution in other countries.

India was right to introduce legislative protections for the benefit of those persecuted. However, when doing so, India must adhere to the principles of equality and non-discrimination and so, when providing protection for those persecuted, must make no distinction as to race, religion, national origin or other prohibited grounds.

Reportedly, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has defended the new law stating that “We passed this bill to help the persecuted” and called upon the protesters to “respect India’s MPs and its parliament.” However, if India’s MPs and its parliament do not adhere to India’s constitutional and international law obligations, it is understandable that the issue requires further scrutiny.

It is also crucial to emphasize that the law follows a government plan to publish a nationwide register of citizens. When such a register was published in Assam in 2019, close to two million people were left off of the list. As a result they were not considered to be citizens of India and were ultimately made stateless.

The new law is to be reviewed by the Supreme Court of India in 2020. However, awaiting the review, those who were unhappy with the law, took to the streets. Students at the predominately Muslim Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi described seeing police using teargas and rubber bullets and beating demonstrators with batons.

Across the protests around India, more than 20 people were killed and several injuries when the authorities responded to such protects with excessive violence. The protests continue into 2020 and it is unlikely that the protesters will be heard anytime soon. – Kashmir has been turned into a graveyard, says CPI(M) leader released from detention

Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami asked the public to ‘rise in protest against the oppression of people in Kashmir’.

Kolkata – West Bengal – India, 05 January 2020. Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami on Friday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party at the Centre of turning Kashmir into a “virtual prison” and a graveyard, PTI reported.

Tarigami, who addressed the foundation day programme of party newspaper Ganashakti in Kolkata, called on the public to “rise in protest against the oppression of people of Kashmir after abrogation of Article 370 and 35A of the Constitution”.

Tarigami was placed in detention following India’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special constitutional status. However, he was allowed to move out of Kashmir for medical treatment following a Supreme Court order in September.

The Narendra Modi government had detained many Kashmiri politicians, including three former chief ministers, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti, since 05 August.

Tarigami also dismissed the Centre’s claim that not a single bullet had been fired since the security lockdown. He said there was no longer any need to fire bullets as Kashmir had been turned into a “graveyard”.

“How much freedom we got after [Union Home Minister] Amit Shah repealed Article 370,” Tarigami remarked sarcastically. “He says everyday there has been no firing and the situation is peaceful. You have made Kashmir a graveyard. What is the point of firing then?”

Tarigami said former Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik had said there were no plans to revoke the Union Territory’s special status, but pointed out that it was suddenly announced in Parliament. The Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader accused the government of violating the spirit of Constitution.

“Some people feel surprised how CAA [Citizenship Amendment Act] and NRC [National Register of Citizens] can come all off a sudden,” he said. “It is not, it was all in their mind, part of their agenda. Today it is Kashmir, tomorrow it can be somewhere else.”

The Citizenship Amendment Act, approved by Parliament on 11 December, provides citizenship to refugees from six minority religious communities in Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan, provided they have lived in India for six years and entered the country by December 31, 2014.

The Act has been widely criticised for excluding Muslims. At least 26 people have died so far in protests against the Act. The National Register of Citizens is a proposed exercise to list undocumented immigrants. It was conducted out in Assam last year, leading to the exclusion of 19 lakh people, or 6% of the state’s population.