World Sikh News – Individual madness blown out of proportion at Nankana Sahib – Dal Khalsa

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In a fit of anger, one individual in a personal retaliatory mood cannot become a hindrance or reason for disturbing Sikh-Muslim brotherhood in Pakistan or elsewhere. Unquestionably, what has been done by the rabidly hateful mob at Nankana Sahib was unacceptable and intolerable, yet the Sikh community needs to be wise enough to make a distinction between the act of a government and a fanatic.

We understand that the root cause of the problem at Nankana Sahib is the enmity between two families, one Muslim and one Sikh, over the question of the marriage of a Muslim boy with a Sikh girl. Notwithstanding the current status of the case, each side must vent their anger and agony against each other rather than make it a Sikh-Muslim issue.

The per­son who threw stones should have restricted his reaction towards the family concerned and not against an entire community and faith,” read the Dal Khalsa statement issued in Amritsar.

Taking cognisance of the developments in Nankana Sahib, Dal Khalsa in a statement has called it unfortunate, cautioned the Sikh leadership and sought immediate intervention from the Pakistan government.

“While we condemn the hooliganism at Nankana Sahib, we urge Pakistan Prime Minister to beef up security at the Gurdwara Sahibs in Pakistan and ensure that such incidents do not mar the great work that your government has done and even unwittingly no hurt is caused to followers of Guru Nanak”, said Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh.

Kanwar Pal Singh “Im­ran Khan is a sensible and an upright politician who has shown exemplary courage to fulfill the long-pending prayer of the Sikhs by building the Kartarpur Sahib corridor,” added Kanwar Pal Singh urging the Nankana Sahib administration to clear the air and nip the evil in the bud.

Dal Khalsa cautioned the Sikh leadership on both sides of the border to exercise restraint and not blow up such cases out of proportion. It is necessary to differentiate acts of state from that of a fanatic.

Kanwar Pal Singh said that the anti-Sikh lobby in the Indian government and media wasted no time to flare up the incident to create a communal divide between Sikhs and Muslims. “This will not happen, howsoever much you try,” said Kanwar Pal Singh.

Individual madness blown out of proportion at Nankana Sahib -Dal Khalsa – 400th Parkash Purab: Punjab government announces year long celebration events

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 08 January 2020. On 07 January, the Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh announced to celebrate the 400th Parkash Purab of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji on 18 April next year.

He has directed the state’s Tourism and Cultural Affairs Department to organize a mega function on Guru Teg Bahadur Ji’s 399th Parkash Purb at the historic town of Baba Bakala and the concluding function on his 400th Parkash Purb at Anandpur Sahib on 18 April 2021.

Guru Teg Bahadur Ji, alongwith Bhai Mati Dass Ji, Bhai Sati Dass Ji and Bhai Dyala Ji, was martyred by Aurangzeb in 1675 for challenging the forceful conversion of Hindus/Kashmiri Pandits and non-Muslims to Islam.

“Guru Teg Bahadur Ji’s unparalleled and supreme sacrifice to uphold the value of righteousness, truth and freedom of faith would be always be remembered by one and all and His teachings must be disseminated in every nook and corner of the world,” said Captain Amarinder Singh.

400th Parkash Purab: Punjab government announces year long celebration events

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The Indian Express – Punjab: Maghi Mela with SAD set to hold political conference, Congress calls it ‘beadbi’, AAP says ‘sacrilege’

The Akali Dal will be organising its conference at SGPC’s site on Malaut road and aims to gather over 40,000 people from Muktsar, Ferozepur, Fazilka and Faridkot districts.

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Ludhiana – Panjab – India, 13 January 2020. With Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and SAD (Amritsar) deciding to hold political conferences at the historic Maghi Mela, other parties hit out at them with ruling Congress accusing them of “beadbi of Akal Takht” and the Aam Admi Party terming their action as “another example of sacrilege”.

Maghi Mela is held at Muktsar on 14 January. It is observed in the memory of the 40 ‘Muktas’ (the redeemed ones) who sacrificed their lives while fighting the Mughals in the last battle of the 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh in 1705. According to the legend,the Guru personally cremated the martyrs on the day following the festival of Lohri.

Congress and the AAP have not organised conferences at Shaheedi Jor Mela and Maghi Mela since 2017 citing the Akal Takht’s call against mixing religion with politics. State Congress chief Sunil Jakhar confirmed that his party has stopped organising political conferences at Shaheedi melas “to maintain their sanctity”.

“If Akalis are still organising political conferences, they are doing yet another beadbi (of Akal Takht). It also shows their desperation as they are already down and out in Punjab,” Jakhar said.

The PPCC chief further said that the Akalis are already having conflict of interest over telecast of hukamnamas of Darbar Sahib (Amritsar) as their television channel, PTC, says that it has exclusive rights to telecast hukamnamas.

“This shows the SAD’s control over the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC). Gurbani is meant to educate people and spread message to larger audience. Akal Takht needs to take note of it,” Jakhar added.

Leader of Opposition in Punjab Assembly and AAP MLA Harpal Singh Cheema said: “Melas need to be used for welfare works or to teach masses about our historic past, rather than indulging in a slugfest, which SAD does at their political conferences.

They claim to be a panthic party but are doing nothing to provide knowledge about the panth and the religion. The political conference (at Maghi) will be yet another sacrilege by the SAD”.

The Akali Dal, however, is firm on holding its political conference. Charanjeet Brar, political advisor to SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal, said, “We had been organising conferences even before SAD came into existence in 1920. It is a mode to connect with masses. I don’t think there is any need to create hue and cry about political conferences.

We remind people about the sacrifice made by the 40 Muktas and about the past of panthic party. Conferences are meant to send across the message to the masses about the state of affairs and how to get things rectified”.

The Akali Dal will be organising its conference at SGPC’s site on Malaut road and aims to gather over 40,000 people from Muktsar, Ferozepur, Fazilka and Faridkot districts. Akali Dal patron Parkash Singh Badal and party president Sukhbir Singh Badal are expected to address the conference.

SAD (Amritsar)’s conference will be addressed by their chief Simranjeet Singh Maan. Talking about security arrangements at the mela, Muktsar SSP Raj Bachan said, “Over 5,000 policemen have been deployed. We will also be keeping a close watch with the help of drones, and CCTV cameras.

Fifteen police help centres have been set up and 18 parking sites allotted on the outskirts to de-congest the city roads on the day of mela.”

NGO to press for poppy farming

Jagmeet Singh Jagga, president of NGO Insaaf Di Awaaj said, “We will be taking out a protest march in Muktsar on Maghi Mela day with the demand to start poppy farming in Punjab. We had organised a conference on the issue in the last Maghi Mela. Jagga said, “We will be giving memorandum to political parties organisng conferences on January 14”. – Chennai journalist who displayed anti-government book at fair held; press club calls it vendetta

The police have booked V Anbazhagan under non-bailable sections pertaining to wrongful restraint and criminal intimidation.

Chennai – Tamil Nadu – India, 13 January 2020. The Chennai Police arrested a journalist on Sunday morning for allegedly intimidating and attacking book fair organisers after he was asked to vacate his stall, reported The New Indian Express. V Anbazhagan has been remanded to judicial custody till 24 January.

Anbazhagan was asked to stop displaying his book on the government’s alleged corrupt activities at the ongoing Chennai book fair. In his book “Corruption Book of Chennai Corporation”, Anbazhagan had put together RTI replies to highlight the alleged misappropriation of funds by the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam government.

The police have booked Anbazhagan under non-bailable charges. He has been accused of wrongful restraint and criminal intimidation. “We have not arrested Anbazhagan for his books,” an unidentified police officer told Hindustan Times. “He was held for threatening [secretary of the Book Sellers and Publishers Association] SK Murugan.”

The Book Sellers and Publishers Association, which has organised the 13-day book fair at the YMCA ground in Nandanam, on Saturday went to Anbazhagan’s stall and said that he could not continue his display there because his publication was against the government, said the secretary of Chennai Press Club.

Anbazhagan agreed to remove his stall if the officials gave him a letter stating the reason. And after he received it in writing, he left the venue. However, later publishing association officials filed a complaint against Anbazhagan for allegedly attacking them when asked to leave.

The Chennai Press Council has condemned the arrest and demanded his release. “Bapasi is under pressure from the government to complain against him,” alleged Bharati Tamilan, the secretary of the Press Club. “It is a direct attack on our freedom of speech if we cannot display books about the government in a book fair. He has paid for the stall and Bapasi cannot censor what content is displayed.”

The Press Club secretary pointed out that Anabazhagan has been on the government’s radar for a long time. As many as 26 cases have been filed against him in the past, he said. “They had even slapped the Goondas Act on him and he had been in jail for over 100 days,” he added. “And every single one of these is a false case.”

The fair organisers, however, denied the allegations. They said the complaint was filed as an act of self-protection by its secretary SK Murugan after he was attacked.

“When we allow for a stall to be set up, we give the participants 21 rules to be followed,” RS Shanmugam, BAPASI president, told The News Minute. “It is made very clear that a book against the government or banned by the government cannot be displayed.

We have the right to censor what content is put up in the stalls. Anbazhagan when told to vacate his stall for violating the rules refused to go and assaulted our secretary.”

However, there is no mention of “anti-government” books in the list of rules for stall owners, according to The News Minute.