World Sikh News – Davinder Singh, Agent-provacateur? State operative? Double-agent?

Published 3 weeks ago – WSN Punjab Desk

The arrest of Deputy Superintendent of Police of Jammu and Kashmir Davinder Singh while travelling with two Kashmiri militants in South Kashmir, on way to Delhi, is not going to be digested easily by those who have been following the deeds of the police officer and his deputies in the last decade.

Punjab political party Dal Khalsa, which keeps an eye on Kashmir has questioned the role of the police officer, once decorated by the President of India.

The whole episode is fishy and justice seeking people in In­dia and the world monitoring developments in Kashmir need to know the truth, commented Dal Khalsa chief Harpal Singh Cheema, in the party’s official reaction to the detention of Jammu and Kashmir police officer Davinder Singh.

Dal Khalsa president Harpal Singh Cheema, in a statement issued here today, said that his party believed that the arrest of DSP Davinder Singh, former counter-insurgency officer of J&K police alongside two “militants”, one of whom was involved in the killing of migrant labourers last October has opened a Pandora’s box which the Jammu&Kashmir police and administration will find it difficult to put the lid on.

“Was Davinder Singh a double agent minting money from both sides? Was he a mole in the police working for a third agency? Was he a hero of the state that used him for overt and covert operations?

Who were his senior handlers and why they haven’t protected him at the time of his arrest? What was the reality behind Afzal’s pointing fin­ger towards him?”

In the last 72 hours since his arrest, while the social media remained abuzz about the role of Davinder Singh, skeletons from the past started pouring out. He is the same police officer about whom Afzal Guru’s counsel had apprised the court through a letter before being sent to the gallows, but the court had not taken cognizance of the said letter.

The letter talked about how Afzal Guru was forced to take a person to Delhi and also how Davinder Singh and his deputy Shanty Singh had tortured him in police custody.

In an interview to Parvaiz Bhukari, quoted by Arundhati Roy in her 13 questions for December 13, Davinder Singh proudly says, “I did interrogate and torture him [Afzal] at my camp for several days. And we never recorded his arrest in the books anywhere. His description of torture at my camp is true.

That was the procedure those days and we did pour petrol in his ass and gave him electric shocks. But I could not break him. He did not reveal anything to me despite our hardest possible interrogation. We tortured him enough for Ghazi Baba but he did not break.

He looked like a “bhondu” those days, what you call a “chootya” type. And I had a reputation for torture, interrogation, and breaking suspects. If anybody came out of my inerrogation clean, nobody would ever touch him again. He would be considered clean for good by the whole department.”

Expressing strong apprehensions about the sinister motive of the controversial cop escorting miliants, the party leader asked, “Was it part of yet another covert operation?” The sudden arrest of Davinder Singh raises more questions than answers.

“Was he a double agent minting money from both sides? Was he a mole in the police working for a third agency? Was he a hero of the state that used him for overt and covert operations? Who were his senior handlers and why they haven’t protected him at the time of his arrest?

What was the reality behind Afzal’s pointing finger towards him?”

Justice loving people around the world who are monitoring developments in Kashmir and the people of India need to know answers to all such puzzling questions, said Harpal Singh Cheema and demanded an impartial and transparent probe into the entire role of Davinder Singh as an officer in charge of counter-insurgency operations.

Barely a few days back, he was part of a photo-op at the Srinagar airport receiving envoys of 18 foreign missions on a state-guided tour of the valley. Can there be a bigger compromise than this on the security of diplomats?

Davinder Singh – Agent-provacateur? State operative? Double-agent?

Sikh24.com – Op/Ed – A Sikh perspective: The UK’s divorce with the European Union

A Sikh perspective against Brexit

Bhai Manvir Singh

London – UK, 03 February 2020. With Brexit, it’s going to be more difficult for our Sikh brothers and sisters living in continental Europe to fight for their rights and liberties. Sikhs in mainland Europe are less established in the communities and political systems of their respective countries in comparison to Sikhs in the UK.

For this reason, Sikhs in mainland Europe had traditionally relied on the support of UK Sikhs to represent them via British politicians in the European Parliament. With the United Kingdom’s divorce with the European Union, Sikhs in Europe have lost a significant amount of political influence in European politics which governs them.

Many Sikhs from mainland Europe, in particular Italy, had taken advantage of the UK’s membership in the European Union and migrated to the UK. I feel that the UK offers the most religious freedom for Sikhs out of all the European countries. In the UK we don’t need to worry about wearing the Kirpan or the Dastaar.

It would be unbelievable to think that a child in the UK would be barred from a school or university for wearing a Dastaar or not be allowed to have a front-line job like working in a bank, school, civil service etc because of their visible Sikh identity. The reason for this is that Sikhs in the UK have already faced their challenges to safeguard their rights in the 1970s and 80s.

However, countries like France currently have outright bans on wearing any religious headgear in any government school or public service job. Countries like Denmark do not allow Sikhs to wear the Kirpan (wearing it underneath your clothes is even illegal!).

Countries like Belgium and Germany have certain schools which don’t allow children to wear a Dastaar or even keep their heads covered. Most mainland European countries would not allow Sikhs to wear a Dastaar openly or visibly in government jobs.

In short, intolerance towards religion in the name of secularism is increasing in mainland Europe. Some may say this is influenced by the growth in Islamic extremism. However, whatever the causes are, it effects Sikhs living in Europe. Therefore, after attaining citizenship, many European Sikhs have moved to the UK.

With this divorce, the chance for Sikhs to move to the UK from mainland Europe decrease. For Sikhs in mainland Europe who don’t want to migrate, there will be more inconvenience for those wishing to visit the UK to meet their relatives or attend Samaagams (religious events).

For Sikhs living in the UK, Brexit has been reported as being a factor for the increase of hate crimes against minorities and the growing voice of white nationalism and intolerance towards those perceived to be a threat to “british-ness”.

This has led to a hateful rhetoric towards immigrants and immigration in the UK. As a visibly identifiable minority community in the UK, Sikhs often suffer the brunt of racism and racist attacks.

A Sikh perspective for Brexit

European Sikhs are facing the brunt of a growing trend of intolerance towards religion in mainland Europe, from education to work. There is also a growing resistance against looking different in public life. Countries like France don’t accept any ID photo with someone wearing a Dastaar. Also children have been told to remove their Dastaar if they wish to continue studying in school.

Sikh legal experts have taken this case to the United Nations. Despite the United Nations direction to France for the right of Sikhs to wear the Dastaar to be safeguarded, the ruling has been ignored by the French government.

The European Parliament is made up of European politicians. Even though the UK was part of the European Parliament, they do not form a majority. Most mainland European countries having little historic ties with Punjab or Sikhs, and having no need for Sikh votes (as Sikhs are a small minority in all European countries and in a lot of places don’t have the right to vote as they have not gained citizenship).

Keeping this in mind, there is little or no hope for Sikh interests to be defended by European politicians in the midst of a growing trend against religion being seen in public life. If the UK remained in the European Union, there would have been a danger that the freedoms that UK Sikhs have achieved in this country would come under threat from intolerant European politicians. A growing threat of radical Islam to Europe has negatively impacted on Sikhs and law-abiding Muslims.

By getting out of the European Union, the UK Sikh voice is likely to become stronger and the UK’s good-will towards Sikhs and religion in general will likely to either increase without European constraints or at least be safeguarded as it is now.

Conclusion

A large proportion of the UK’s public have lost faith in the integrity of politicians and the political system. People have began questioning the validity and truthfulness of claims made by politicians of both sides of the political argument.

Discontent with politicians involved in expense scandals, growing fears of government cuts to essential services, and a desire for making society better than it is, led many to vote Brexit. However, the reality of situation will unfold only with time.

Gurbani teaches us to prepared for the future and have far-sightedness: “…ਦੇ ਲੰਮੀ ਨਦਰਿ ਨਿਹਾਲੀਐ ॥” (“…look ahead to the future with foresight.”). According to Gurbani, far-sightedness comes from spirituality and our connection with the Divine. Gurbani says, “ਸੋ ਪੜਿਆ ਸੋ ਪੰਡਿਤੁ ਬੀਨਾ ਜਿਨੑੀ ਕਮਾਣਾ ਨਾਉ ॥” (“They alone are learned, wise, and scholars, who accumulate the spiritual-wealth through connecting with the Divine.”).

There is no greater preparation for the future than grounding ourselves with the spirituality laid in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and remaining ready for the unknown through allowing the Guru’s virtues and glory to shine through our thoughts and actions.

The way forward for European Sikhs is instill Gurmat values and thinking in their children as well as focus on getting their children educated. When young spiritually-strong and educated Gursikhs in different European countries become lawyers, doctors, writers, and journalists, they will be able to express their own narrative to the wider society and respective government.

Building links with local communities and host community politicians will create stronger ties. A simple thing like regularly inviting politicians, teachers and police to the Gurdwara, explaining Sikhi to them, sharing Langar with them and having friendly dialogue will build bridges with decision-makers, who then become mindful and respectful of Sikhs.

Hopefully, one day, the young talented Gursikhs of European countries can reach influential positions where they can influence law-makers to safeguard Sikh rights like the pioneering Sikhs did in UK. There are already some young Gursikhs who are active in Europe and made a positive contribution for Sikhs living in their country.

Early pioneers for Sikh rights faced many challenges and had to engage in peaceful protests to gain the right to wear the Dastaar on the buses or the right not to wear the helmet. Sikhs got into politics at first as local councillors and then eventually we got to a point where we have a Sikh proudly wearing a Dastaar in parliament.

If Europe has young Gursikhs who are strong in their Sikhi, attached to Gurbani and dedicated to Simran, then their presence and aura will leave a positive effect on those they speak to. It is now time for the European Sikhs to venture out of their communities and engage in the wider community.

Similarly, Sikhs in the UK can continue to help European Sikhs by keeping ties with the embassies of different European countries and continue to provide support to communities in Europe who are struggling with issues.

With UK Sikhs history of fighting against racism, equal opportunities and safeguarding of religious articles of faith, we have a wealth of experience and expertise to guide our European brothers and sisters in helping to build a fairer and respectful society for all.

Op/Ed – A Sikh perspective: The UK’s divorce with the European Union

Den Haag – Gravenstraat – Buitenhof

Gravenstraat
31 December 2019


Tram 16 to Statenkwartier


Tram 16 to Statenkwartier


Tram 16 to Wateringen

Buitenhof
31 December 2019


Tram 16 to Statenkwartier


Tram 16 to Statenkwartier


Tram 1 to Delft Tanthof

More Netherlands pictures to be published
Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue

The Indian Express – Whether we win polls or not, won’t allow anyone to take control of our gurdwaras: Parkash Badal

Speaking at Dhindsa’s Sangrur, Parkash Badal says he once considered the senior leader’s advice supreme, but now the same leader had ‘cheated his own party’; Sukhbir calls the rebel a ‘dictator’.

Raakhi Jagga

Ludhiana – Panjab – India, 03 February 2020. SAD leader Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said that irrespective of whether they win the elections, they will not allow anyone take control of “their gurdwaras”.

He said this a day after his party issued a statement opposing the Punjab government expressing support to Haryana, saying that the state had the right to establish an independent gurdwara body. As of now, gurdwaras of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh are being controlled by SAD-led Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).

The former CM chose to make his public appearance after a long gap at a rally in Sangrur, the home town of suspended Akali Dal leaders Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and his son Parminder, where he accused them of “cheating their own party”.

At the rally, Parkash Singh Badal’s son and SAD president Sukhbir Badal said, “The CM must know that the SGPC is an inter-state corporate body and only Parliament can take a decision on any changes to its present set-up.”

He said that despite this, the chief minister had “tried to play politics on this sensitive issue” despite the fact that an elected SGPC member from Haryana was contesting the Haryana government’s authority to create a separate gurdwara management committee for the state.

The SAD on Sunday passed a resolution against this move, which will be the main subject of discussion at their core committee meeting on Monday. The Badals also said that they will never allow party deserters Dhindsas and other leaders to break the SGPC at the behest of Congress party.

Parkash Badal said, “Sukhbir has given (them) a very correct name…they are not Taksalis…but jaali…dhokebaaj…they have cheated their own party.”

Speaking on the Haryana gurdwaras, Sukhbir said, “They want to take control of our gurdwaras…traitor like Dhindsa had said that they want to get SGPC out of control of Badals, let SGPC polls happen even tomorrow and the results will show you who the people want.

SAD and SGPC are 100 years old, the so-called panthic bodies emerge during Congress rule always and even they contest polls, but till date have not been able to win a single SGPC poll. For past 100 years, people are giving majority to this body and they are winning as many as 170 of 180 seats.”

At the rally, the party passed another resolution demanding inclusion of Muslims in the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. This was done in the presence of BJP’s local leader and former BJP minister Madan Mohal Mittal.

The party leadership also passed a resolution against the Dhindsas so as to expel them from the party. Badal senior said, “I always used to consider each decision of Dhindsa senior and Ranjit Singh Brahmpura as supreme. I even used to consult them on personal matters as I took suggestions from them before marrying off my daughter in Kairon family.

Earlier, both of them used to even ask me as why I am not making Sukhbir chief minister, and now they are questioning his leadership and calling us dictators.”

Sukhbir said, “The one who did not listen to the workers of his area is the dictator. He is a dictator in his own house as he forced his son Parminder to choose either him or the party. He did not even think about the future prospects of his son.”

He added, “No one can do anything without the party. Even if I leave the party and contest independently, my security deposit will get forfeited. This party is not my personal property, it is the people’s property.”

Badal senior said, “When someone’s bad time comes, God makes them take wrong decisions. The same has been done by the Dhindsas and the other leaders, they want to wear the crown of some other party.”

Sukhbir then claimed, “During the 2002-2007 rule of Congress, most SAD leaders were put behind bars by Amarinder except for Dhindsas, even during 2014 polls, I have heard that Amarinder had asked his men to help Dhindsas instead of his own party leader Vijayinder Singla. Even now, everything is being done on the directions of Amarinder. “

He further said, “Dhindsa saab must be sitting before the TV and watching this mammoth gathering, this is a referendum of people on whom they want to support. SAD workers were not happy with Dhindsas for the past many years, this is the reason that Parminder Dhindsa came in third place in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Dhindsa saab is saying that he will not allow an Akali sarkar in 2022, jor laga lo jidde naal sangat hai, koi rok nahi sakda, (try your best, no one can stop the one who has the support of the public…”

Urging party workers to organise rallies against the Congress in every district of the state, Parkash Badal said, “Public support will let Akalis come back in 2022 in Punjab yet again. Not only this, we will win Sangrur seat as well after a long time.”

Sangrur party district president Iqbal Singh Jhundan read out a resolution on behalf of the district unit demanding expulsion of the Dhindsas, asked them to resign from the Rajya Sabha and Vidhan Sabha respectively.

A separate resolution demanded immediate dismissal of minister Gurpreet Kangar and advisor Kushaldeep Dhillon for “causing the death” of the key witness in the Behbal Kalan police firing case.

Raveen Thukral advisor to the CM, said, ”We are not supporting or opposing anyone but reiterating constitutional provisions. As per the Constitution, religious practices are a state subject, every state is competent to legislate on it, so is Haryana.

Refer to Article 372 which was used even in the Anandpur Sahib resolution that sought a separate Sikh (religion) state. How do we oppose Haryana if they now want to enact a law as per Constitution for institutions in their territorial jurisdiction?”

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/whether-we-win-polls-or-not-wont-allow-anyone-to-take-control-of-our-gurdwaras-parkash-badal-6249295/

The Hindu – Gujarat riots: SC to hear Zakia Jafri’s plea against clean chit to Modi on 14 April

Ms Jafri had filed a petition in the apex court in 2018 challenging the Gujarat High Court’s October 5, 2017 order.

Krishnadas Rajagopal

New Delhi – India, 04 February 2020. The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned to April 14 the hearing of a petition filed by Zakia Jafri, the widow of slain Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, against the Special Investigation Team (SIT)’s clean chit to the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 Godhra riots.

A Bench led by Justice A M Khanwilkar postponed the hearing on a request by the petitioner’s side.

Senior advocate Maninder Singh, for the State of Gujarat, requested the Bench to make it clear in its written order that the case was adjourned on the request of the petitioner’s side and not the State. “If not, it is possible something else will be read into the adjournment,” he submitted.

Justice Khanwilkar said the court could not keep adjourning the case. “We cannot keep adjourning this. We have to hear it some day…” Justice Khanwilkar addressed the petitioner side.

During a previous hearing, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, for the SIT, had objected to both the plea made by Ms Jafri and an intervention by activist Teesta Setalvad in the case.

Senior advocate C U Singh, for Ms Jafri, had countered that her age was around 80 and Ms Setalvad would be able to assist her in the case.

Mr C U Singh had submitted that the SIT had given a clean chit in its closure report before a trial judge. The Magistrate had dismissed Ms Jafri’s protests against the clean chit without going into the merits.

On 08 February 2012, the SIT had filed a closure report, giving a clean chit to Mr Modi and 63 others, including senior government officials, saying there was “no prosecutable evidence” against them.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/gujarat-riots-sc-fixes-april-14-for-hearing-zakia-jafris-plea-against-sits-clean-chit-to-modi/article30732871.ece?homepage=true