World Sikh News – Aam Aadmi Party electrocutes the biggest and richest BJP in Delhi polls

Published 3 days ago – Gurmeet Singh

India’s wait for Delhi Legislative Assembly results to see the victory of people’s issues against the divisive politics of hate and fascism is over. AAP has trounced BJP and it is down to single digits again.

WSN Desk team­mate Gurmeet Singh, who keeps a keen eye on political developments in the country, congratulates the Aam Aadmi Party for its stellar performance and predicts doom for the Bharatiya Janata Party, even before the 2024 general elections.

Delhi has defeated fascism which was spreading its tentacles. Pride hath its fall.

Delhi defeated the Union cabinet of India in India’s de jure capital New Delhi and the de facto capital at Nagpur.

BJP had their stalwarts, their social, economic, political and bureaucratic powers on roads, where the likes of Amit Shah, J P Nadda, Smriti Irani, were seen distributing pamphlets.

This is not normal for an arrogant party which is too egoistic of their rule and don’t care about others. They wanted to win back Delhi after 21 years, however, they will have to wait for God alone knows how many more years.

The dreams of the hate merchants have been crushed. This dynamic win both in terms of seats and vote share will be a bench­mark for other state governments to follow, just as Jharkhand’s Hemant Soren is already attempting to imitate AAP’s model of education and health reform in Delhi.

Jamia, JNU, Shaheen Bagh and Gargi have defeated the peddlers of bullets and the Saffron ideology. Even the blatant violation of the Model Code of Conduct while declaring the formation of the Ayodhya Temple Trust could not help the BJP.

The Delhi voter has slapped the goondas in uniform and the lumpens in plain­clothes without it also to beat young students within college libraries, on the streets and with­in campuses.

Delhi has pro­claimed loud and clear that those who are anti-CAA are not anti-nationals as show­cased by the BJP, but are true citizens and the people have comprehensively endorsed the right to disent.

The current of Shaheen Bagh was stronger than the hullaballoo of Amit Shah. The Indian Home Minister must eat humble pie, which he already is doing, as he is not on any TV screen and the new incumbent president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, J P Nadda is bearing the brunt of the defeat.

Manoj Tiwari is waiting to relish the Biryani of Shaheen Bagh to see if that can help to tide away from the hurt caused by this massive electoral loss. Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, the blue-eyed boy of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is perhaps planning to join the Air Force to learn how to conduct surgical strikes, this time not at Shaheen Bagh but on the con­duct of his party.

The idea of Shaheen Bagh has won over the idea of a relgious divide of the BJP. The count­down to India’s freedom from fascism has begun.

The BJP campaigned for the protection of Hindus, an anti-Muslim agenda, rhetoric against Pakistan, false propaganda against AAP and other parties. AAP focused its work in the fields of education, health and facilities for the common man of Delhi.

Jarnail Singh from Tilak Nagar and Prahlad Singh Sawhney from Chandni Chowk are the two AAP candidates who have won giving some hold to the Sikhs of Delhi to fall back upon in the face of the totally anti-Sikh stance of Manjinder Singh Sirsa and Manjit Singh GK, who did not contest any seat but gave support to the BJP on a platter, with no political give and take.

In this bitterly fought election, though the Election Commission of India did ban the likes of UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath and BJP Member of Parliament Parvesh Verma for a few days, its weak­ness became apparent for not initiating legal proceedings against their sickening, rabidly communal diatribes.

As for the BJP, all the King’s horses and all the King’s men could not put Humpty-Dumpty together again.

Aam Aadmi Party’s success deserves praise. Their work for the common man has won over the hate politics of the right-wing BJP. They have, however yet to evolve a serious political platform in the face of mega-crises, be it Kashmir or even Shaheen Bagh.

As for the BJP, all the King’s horses and all the King’s men could not put Humpty-Dumpty to­gether again.

Aam Aadmi Party electrocutes the biggest and richest BJP in Delhi polls – Finally, Parkash Singh Badal terms CAA anti-secularism

Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 14 February 2020. On February 13, the SAD patron Parkash Badal broke his silence over controversial CAA while expressing concern over BJP led Indian government’s deviation from principal of secularism. He broke his silence on CAA in a rally organized at Rajasansi.

Clarifying SAD’s stand on the controversial CAA, Parkash Badal said that it is the responsibility of those ruling in Centre to ensure the implementation of full-fledged secular democratic ethos across country.

He substantiated his point by saying that the foundation stone of Sri Darbar Sahib was laid by a Muslim (Sai Mir Mian Mohammed). Similarly, among the top five ministers appointed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, three were Hindus, one Muslim and one Sikh.

“Taking the minorities along was the legacy that we inherited from our Gurus and it must be honored,” he said.

Finally, Parkash Singh Badal terms CAA anti-secularism

Gent Gurdwara – Walking along the Leie

Gent Gurdwara
05 January 2020

Master Ranjit Singh

Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara
Kortrijksepoortstraat 49B
9000 Gent – Oost-Vlaanderen

Coupure / Leie

Coupure / Leie

Pleasure boats

A real ship !

Palace of Justice

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Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue

The Indian Express – Feeling of insecurity among minorities: Akal Takht Jathedar

The Jathedar assured the delegation that Sikhs were with Muslims in efforts to maintain communal harmony in the country.

Kamaldeep Singh Brar

Amritsar – Panjab – India, 14 February 2020. A delegation led by chairman of the Delhi Minority Commission, Zafarul Islam Khan, met Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh at his office in Amritsar on Thursday to seek the support of the Sikh community against the alleged attempts to divide the country on religious lines.

The Jathedar assured the delegation that Sikhs were with Muslims in efforts to maintain communal harmony in the country.

“Muslim leaders have come to Akal Takht Sahib today and they have discussed the state of affairs in country. They have described how there is sentiment of fear among the minorities in country.

I too told them that indeed there is a feeling of insecurity among minorities. If Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists have same duties towards the country, then they must have equal rights also.

It cannot be that everyone has to follow the duties and when it comes to rights then one community has it, but others don’t,” said Akal Takht Jathedar who had earlier welcomed Citizenship Amendment Act with a rider that Muslims must be included in it.

He added that while he appreciated the efforts of the Muslim delegation to meet Sikh leaders, but at the same time, they should also “meet Hindu leaders and discuss the issues in same way as they discussed with me”.

“There are many factions among Hindus who don’t like what is going in country just like Sikhs, Muslims, Jains and tribals. We can hope that all will come on one stage to discuss the problem to maintain the communal harmony and peace in India,” the Jathedar said.

On the support sought by the delegation, the Jathedar said, “Sikhs are bound by their principles to stand for the victim. Sikhs have always stood against the injustice. So, we as Sikhs are with them.

A Muslim group had come to Akal Takht earlier too with request that all communities should come on same stage to tackle the current situation and sentiment of fear and insecurity among minorities as it is not good for country.”

Khan, who heads the Delhi Minority Commission, said, “We have come here to gain their support against the attempt of making India a one-religion nation. We have been told by Akal Takht Jathedar that Sikhs have always stood with the victims. They have given us hope.”

Bhindranwale a Sikh martyr

Reacting to a statement by Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu that Sikh militant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was a terrorist, Akal Takht Jathedar said, “It does not matter what one person is saying about Bhindranwale. He is great Sikh martyr of the 20th century and will always remain so.”

Dawn – Hafiz Saeed’s conviction

Op/Ed, 14 February 2020. The verdict on the terror financing cases involving Jamaatud Dawa supremo Hafiz Saeed on Wednesday is a major development as this country tries to dismantle the active militant infrastructure.

Saeed was, of course, the driving force behind Lashkar-e-Taiba, before dissociating from it when it was banned to go on to establish JuD. Formed as the US-backed Afghan jihad was winding down in the late 1980s, the Kashmir-centric Lashkar became one of the most violent and well-organised militant groups in South Asia.

The lawyer of the veteran jihadi leader, who along with an aide was convicted by an antiterrorism court, says they will appeal the judgement in the Lahore High Court.

Saeed’s counsel argues that his client was convicted for no other reason than due to FATF “pressure” ahead of its upcoming meeting. Whether FATF was a consideration, it does appear that there is a growing realisation in the government and security establishment that nurturing or ignoring such violent actors was a dangerous policy, and that the time had come to put an end to their activities.

The fact is that using militant actors as tools of foreign policy is a failed strategy. This seems to be the understanding at the top in Islamabad.

While world powers, including those who are now asking Pakistan to ‘do more’, were at one time proponents of using religious militants against state or non-state opponents, today they have publicly ditched this strategy.

Moreover, using such proxies has brought nothing but problems for Pakistan, with the UN listing Hafiz Saeed as a terrorist.

Besides involvement in foreign theatres, and the ensuing opprobrium this has brought Pakistan, the fact is that LeT/JuD fighters have also contributed to instability within the country.

The organisation has maintained links with the Afghan Taliban and Al Qaeda, as well as with elements that evolved into the Punjabi Taliban. Considering these precedents, it can only be welcomed that Saeed has been sent to prison.

Another major point that the conviction of the JuD chief raises is that, in Pakistan, militant groups are proscribed while their leaders and cadres continue to operate as per routine.

Perhaps the sentencing of Hafiz Saeed will help change this situation.

For example, in the aftermath of 9/11, the Musharraf administration outlawed a host of jihadi and sectarian groups, but they continued to operate without hindrance and merely changed their names.

The fact is that this country’s jihadi infrastructure, built under General Zia-ul-Haq’s watch with American ‘guidance’ and Saudi money, should have been dismantled a long time ago.

While the mistakes of the past cannot be undone, a new course can surely be charted by ensuring that no armed groups espousing violence within or outside the country are allowed to operate in Pakistan. This will help improve the country’s standing externally, and help keep the peace domestically.