The Statesman – Do not increase stateless people: Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister on CAA, NRC

With six resolutions being moved in the European Parliament against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), Asselborn said Jaishankar could explain his point of view when he visits Europe in February and March.

New Delhi – India, 29 January 2020. Amidst concerns over India’s new Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens, Luxembourg on Tuesday said it does not want to “interfere in the domestic policy” of India but has asked New Delhi to “do everything” to not increase stateless people.

This was conveyed by visiting Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn during talks with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar.

“What I said to the minister (Jaishankar) this morning is “do everything you can do to not increase stateless people”. That is something that we have to fight against. Rest concerns India,” Asselborn said during an interactive session at the India International Centre after his meeting with Jaishankar.

With six resolutions being moved in the European Parliament against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), Asselborn said Jaishankar could explain his point of view when he visits Europe in February and March.

Replying to a question about the resolutions, Asselborn defended the move, saying the EP also criticises its members often and takes up “aggressive” positions against them.

Do not increase stateless people: Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister on CAA, NRC

Sikh24.com – Sedition charges against school management for anti-CAA play; Police questions Grade IV students

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New Delhi – India, 29 January 2020. The Karnataka police have booked the management of Shaheen School (Bidar) under sedition charges for staging a play against the Citizenship Amendment Act and proposed National Register of Citizens.

It is learnt that a case under section 124-A and 504 of IPC has been registered against the school management.

It is learnt that the students of grade IV studying Shaheen School had performed a play against the CAA and NRC on January 26 i.e. India’s Republic Day.

Media reports reveal that the participating children said in the play that if anyone asks for documents, then they should be hit with slippers.

Confirming the development, Bidar’s Superintendent Police said that the play included derogatory words against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “We are questioning the students who participated in the skit to know who tutored them,” he added.

Sedition charges against school management for anti-CAA play; Police questions Grade IV students

Almere Gurdwara – Khalsa Seva Society

Almere Gurdwara
Khalsa Seva Society
The Netherlands
29 December 2019


Explaining to the sangat about the support of the education for Sikligars in India


Khalsa Seva Society volunteers having langar


Khalsa Seva Society volunteers having langar


Jarnail Singh talking to local Sikh


Khalsa Seva Society Netherlands
Theodorus Singh Teekgur


Nishan Sahib – Sikh Flag

More Netherlands pictures to be published
Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue

Pieter Friedrich – The Bravehearts protesting in India

Yesterday, the 20th of December, marked the anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s release from prison after a failed attempt to seize power.

While he was behind bars, he wrote his manifesto.

After he was released, Hitler published Mein Kampf in 1925. In the same year, the RSS, a fascist paramilitary, was founded in India with the goal of establishing a theocratic Hindu state.

As the RSS grew, it developed with direct inspiration from the Nazis. Its leaders praised Nazi racial policies like the Nuremberg Laws. Its ideologues compared Indian Muslims to German Jews.

The Nazis lost. They faded away. But the RSS took root and flourished.

Today, the RSS rules India.

Today, the RSS is ramming through its own saffronized version of the Nazi Nuremberg Laws.

The Citizenship Amendment Act and the proposed National Register of Citizens, combined, set the stage for the Aryanization of India.

That’s why millions of Indians are on the streets right now protesting, putting their lives on the line, to reject the CAA and the NRC.

Ask me what democracy looks like, and I will point to the brave-hearts protesting on the streets of India.

But like any bonafide totalitarian, Modi has banned protests. He has shut down the internet. He has sent in the stormtroopers to bust heads. He is jailing anyone who dissents. He is killing anyone who protests.

His regime even ordered Indian TV channels to stop broadcasting footage of the protests.

So what are we here in America, on the other side of the world, going to do about it?

As they say, those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.

In the 1930s, while the Nazis were staging pogroms against the Jews, some Americans were hosting rallies in support of the Nazis.

In 1939, for instance, 20,000 people attended a Nazi rally at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

75 years later, that rally was replicated when 20,000 people attended a Madison Square Garden reception organized for Modi by the Nazi-inspired RSS.

And just three months ago, in Houston, Texas, the RSS once again organized a propaganda bonanza to whitewash the blood-drenched Modi.

For a time, we saw America going down in history as an ally of Nazism. Then consciences were pricked. Principle prevailed.

Unlike Indians, we don’t face an onslaught of oppression, what we face is as a crisis of conscience.

Will we, as Americans, once again give space for fascism to take root in our free soil?

Or will we stand up? Speak out. Pledge our loyalty to those brave-hearts protesting in India, and unite around the common cause of opposing fascism everywhere it is found in the world today.

Will you raise your voice with me today in support of liberty?

Pieter Friedrich is a South Asian Affairs Analyst who resides in California. He is the co-author of Captivating the Simple-Hearted: A Struggle for Human Dignity in the Indian Subcontinent. Discover more by him at pieterfriedrich.net.

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Dawn – Railways in the dock

Editorial, 29 January 2020. It may not be the best venue, but Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid was delivered the right message by the Supreme Court on Tuesday. He was asked why he did not resign after the horrific Tezgam fire in which 73 passengers perished on his watch.

Ideally the question should come from the prime minister, or the minister’s cabinet colleagues, or his constituents.

But as it turns out, the Supreme Court is now the place where federal ministers will have to answer for their performance track record, and especially if the track record should include such heinous lapses as that which resulted in the train accident in Rahim Yar Khan last year.

According to some reports, the year 2019 was one of the worst suffered by the railways, with more than 100 fatal/non fatal accidents.

Throughout the year, the railways minister was often seen on television talking about the politics of the day, making predictions about the direction in which the wind will blow in Islamabad, and even proffering theories on why the price of flour began skyrocketing in December.

One thing he seldom commented on was the condition of the railways. Even after the Tezgam fire, all he could do was promise an inquiry, following which a few junior officials were dismissed and there ended the tale.

Last June, when another accident involving a collision between a passenger train and a goods train left three people dead and several others injured, the minister asked for forgiveness from the country after accepting responsibility. But the time for empty words, false promises and crocodile tears must end at some point.

Since nobody in the government seems to be watching the performance of the railways minister, despite the accidents and the deaths, it appears the Supreme Court has taken up the job.

The court has asked for a business plan to show what the minister’s plans are for returning the railways to financial viability, and given him two weeks to furnish this.

Of course it is understood that there is no such plan, nor has there been any work towards developing one. And the best that can be done in two weeks is a bare sketch of how the enterprise can be returned to financial health.

This is all the court can expect from Sheikh Rashid, though it can continue to demand more detailed follow-up. In the end, the realisation is going to have to sink in that he is not the man for the job.

Looking after the railways is a big undertaking and carries enormous responsibility, given the millions of people who travel on it. Somebody serious about the task is needed for it, and the court may have no choice but to soon ask the government to mount a search.

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