The Tribune – Cops avert clash as Sikh activists stop ‘premis’ from attending event

Anirudh Gupta

Ferozepur-District Ferozepur-Panjab, 25 February 2017.  The police today averted a clash between activists of several radical Sikh outfits and followers of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda over the holding of “naam charcha” in Mallanwala block of the district.

The situation turned tense after certain unidentified youths pelted stones and damaged a vehicle belonging to a dera follower. The vehicle was reportedly carrying sticks, baseball bats and red chilli powder.

Earlier, the administration had deployed the police force in Ward No. 6 of Mallanwala where “naam charcha” was to take place at the residence of a dera follower.

In the meantime, hundreds of persons owing allegiance to Sikh outfits gathered in a nearby gurdwara.

When the ceremony began, the Sikh activists started raising slogans against the dera and the administration. The “premis” were prevented from attending the event which triggered panic.

The traders shut their shops anticipating violence. Two youths threw red chilli powder in the eyes of Sikh activists that affected two policemen also.

Dilbagh Singh of Ek Noor Khalsa Fauj said they would not allow any “naam charcha” in Makhu and Mallanwala. The police have registered a case against Dilbagh Singh and 35-40 unidentified persons.

Gent-Sint-Pieters – Hoepertingen Gurdwara

21 January 2017


IC train to Brussel Noord via Aalst


IC train to Genk via Brussel


Ongoing construction work
Platform 9 and 10 nearing completion


On my way to Limburg

Hoepertingen Gurdwara
21 January 2017


Divan Hall


Sevadars having as bite and a rest
We received the Bishop of Hasselt, the Dean of Borgloon
and the Hoepertingen Parish Priest in the Gurdwara

Guru Ram Dass Sikh Study & Cultural Centre
Smisstraat 8
B-3840 Borgloon

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The Indian Express – Pink Shirt Day observed: Sikhs in UK, Canada fight bullying, racism; Canadian PM, defence minister back campaign

Gurdwaras also support the campaign to spread message of kindness and tolerance

Divya Goyal

London-UK, 24 February 2017. Fighting against the racism, bullying, hate crimes and discrimination, Sikhs across the United Kingdom and Canada observed ‘Pink Shirt Day’ on Wednesday, coming out in pink shirts and turbans to give message of kindness and tolerance.

The pink shirts and T-shirts with the message ‘Kindness is One Size Fits All’ were distributed in huge numbers and Pink Shirt Day rallies held across Canada, the UK and in some other countries.

The campaign has also found support from Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and National Defence Minister of Canada Harjit Sajjan, a Sikh who too sporting a pink shirt gave out a message Wednesday.

“I’m wearing pink because we should celebrate our differences, stand up for each other, and work together to end bullying and discrimination.

I am wearing my pink shirt today because bullying is never okay,” said Sajjan in his message. “Our caucus is sporting its finest colours for #PinkShirtDay today, let’s stand up to bullying and lift each other up, today & every day,” (sic) said message from Canadian PM Trudeau.

Various Sikh organizations and gurdwaras across Canada and the UK requested people to “practise kindness, and wear a Pink Shirt, button, or pin to symbolise you do not tolerate bullying”. People were also requested to flash message ‘Bullying stops here’ on their T-shirts.

Jagmeet Singh, an engineer settled in Vancouver, told The Indian Express, “This Pink Shirt Day movement basically started from Nova Scotia where two school children were bullied for wearing pink shirts on day one of their school.

Since then, pink shirt has become a symbol against racism, bullying and discrimination. As Sikhs too have been facing these issues and have been victims of hate crimes due to turbans and beard, we decided to observe Pink Shirt Day for cause of Sikhs too.”

The Gurdwara Sahib Sukh Sagar at New Westminster of Canada also observed the day with anti-bullying programme for the youths and requested people to wear pink.

“Bullying is a major problem for students, employees and almost everyone faces it once in life. So Sikh community settled abroad is hugely supporting this campaign,” said Prithpal Sekhon from Toronto.

Pink Shirt Day observed: Sikhs in UK, Canada fight bullying, racism; Canadian PM, defence minister back campaign – Sikh Council Issues Statement on “Internal Panthik Issues in UK”

Sikh24 Editors

London, UK, 16 February 2017. In a press statement shared with Sikh24, Sikh Council UK media chair Jagjit Singh has stated that several issues were brought to its attention in the past few weeks, including beadbi at Woolwich, animal slaughter at Singh Sabha London and several other cases in the UK.

Sikh Council has stated that while it was willing to resolve such issues, it cannot mediate as such differences have existed within the community historically. The press release further mentions that mediation is only possible when both sides are willing to come together.

“Taken collectively these are matters of significant concern due to their adverse impact on community cohesion and reputation within the mainstream society,” said Jagjit Singh in the press release.

“There have been reports of violence within Gurdwaras, the police entering Gurdwara premises, contentious programmes, inflammatory speeches, threats of self-immolation, threats of violence, the raising of differences in doctrinal views in provocative terms, fake news social media postings, footage of ritual slaughter of animals and other such matters bringing the community into disrepute, exposing internal differences for others to exploit and endangering community cohesion.”

The Sikh Council stated that the reason behind these issues was differences over Maryada within the Sikh community. “The Sikh Council UK is constitutionally mandated to mediate in cases of disputes where all parties are agreeable to such intervention and we remain willing always to seek to bring parties together.

We are appealing to all Sikhs to resist undertaking those activities or raising those matters of doctrinal difference or dispute in a manner which heighten tensions and lead to divisions and instead to focus on those activities which will lead to unity, progress and the betterment of the community.” – DSGMC elections: HSGPC to support Sarna led Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) candidates

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Kurukshetra, Haryana, India, 11 February 2017. The Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhik Committee has announced to support candidates fielded by Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) led by Paramjit Singh Sarna. The HSGPC was carved out of SGPC in July 2014 and has been a strong opponent of the Akali Dal (Badal).

Speaking to Sikh24 on February 10, General Secretary of HSGPC S Joga Singh clarified that the HSGPC would openly work for the winning of candidates fielded by Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) led by Paramjit Singh Sarna.

Ruling out any possibility of supporting candidates led by former Akal Takht Jathedar Ranjit Singh or AAP backed Avtar Singh Kalka, S Joga Singh said that their sole mission was to oust Badal affiliated candidates from DSGMC and only Sarna led candidates were having ground base there.

The Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee was constituted by the Bhupinder Singh Huda led Congress government of Haryana on July 11, 2014.

The constitution of a separate Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhik Committee was challenged by a Kurukshetra based SGPC member in the Supreme Court. The case is under consideration of the constitution bench of the Supreme Court of India led by Justice J S Khehar. The Apex Court is expected to address its verdict in coming months.

Meanwhile, just few weeks ahead of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee elections, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) president Paramjit Sarna has raised serious allegations on Shiromani Akali Dal’s patriarch Parkash Badal.

He has said that Parkash Badal has sent armed police men with AK-47 riffles to provide security to Akali Dal (Badal)’s leaders in Delhi and to threaten the Sikh voters.

Sarna said that Chief Minister of Punjab Parkash Badal has provided security cover of Punjab police cops equipped with border-range AK-47 rifles to DSGMC president Manjit Singh GK, DSGMC’s general secretary Manjinder Sirsa and Avtar Hit.

He said that it was against the norms of Punjab police and territorial law to provide security cover by state government of Punjab to non-categorical Delhi based leaders.

Sarna alleged that the only motive of sending armed Punjab police cops to Delhi was to threaten the Sikh voters in DSGMC elections.

He further said that he will raise the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Lieutenant Governor of Delhi and will ask them that if these leaders really need security cover then the state government of Delhi should provide them security.

Sarna said that even the Delhi police was not aware of the amount of arms & ammunition carried by these Punjab police cops to Delhi. He appealed the voters not to get scared of these cheap tactics of Badal affiliated leaders and dare to vote them out of sacred Sikh shrines of Delhi. – Professor Badungar undergoes closed door meeting with Giani Gurbachan Singh

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Ludhiana, Panjab, 9 February 2017. On the eve of antim ardas (final prayer) of former SGPC President Avtar Makkar’s son, current SGPC President Professor Kirpal Singh Badungar and SGPC appointed Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh underwent a closed door meeting.

The meeting between two temporal Sikh leaders underwent in an isolated room in which Giani Gurbachan Singh was seen red faced. It is learnt that the duo were talking in loud manner to each other.

It is being speculated that Giani Gurbachan Singh is outraged over Shiromani Akali Dal’s act of demanding support from controversial anti-Sikh Sirsa cult chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim.

Earlier, Giani Gurbachan Singh had signified that he will take action against Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal for violating the edict passed against Sirsa cult chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim directing Sikh masses to boycott him and his disciples.

It is important to note that Giani Gurbachan Singh had asked Professor Kirpal Singh Badungar to formalise a panel to probe the visit of Akalis to Dera Sacha Sauda. However, the latter hand picked prominent Akali Dal supporters to carry out the probe.

Other senior Akali leaders Dr Daljit Singh Cheema (Cabinet Minister), Amarjit Singh Chawla (SGPC General Secretary), Maheshinder Singh Grewal and others were also present on this occasion.

After the conclusion of the meeting between Professor Badungar and Giani Gurbachan Singh, media reporters tried to talk to them but they refused to answer any media query. Meanwhile, the security persons successfully let them to the exit from venue.

Later, SGPC General Secretary Amarjit Singh Chawla said that the two leaders refrained from talking to media as it was a funeral.

Outlook India – Tytler Alleges ‘Misuse of Law’ in 1984 Anti-Sikh Riot Case, Says No Reason for Lie Detection Test

New Delhi, 10 February 2017. Congress leader Jagdish Tytler today told a Delhi court that CBI has not given any reason in its plea to conduct lie detection test on him in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

Tytler, who did not appear before the court personally, filed an application through his lawyer stating that the CBI plea was a “gross misuse of law” and it was filed with “malafide intention”.

Arms dealer Abhishek Verma, who was also issued notice by the court on the CBI plea, appeared before the court and said he stands by his statement given to the probe agency earlier and was ready to join the investigation.

Advocate Maninder Singh, who represented Verma, also said CBI has not given any reason to conduct lie detection test on him and he was ready to record his statement before a magistrate unser section 164 CrPC.

He also sought a week’s time to file his reply on the plea.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Shivali Sharma granted time to Verma to file his reply and listed the matter for February 23 for hearing arguments on CBI’s application.

Senior advocate Harinder Singh Phoolka, who represented the riot victims, said Tytler had earlier given a statement to the media that he was ready to undergo lie detection test.

The court had on February 8 issued notice to Tytler and Verma on CBI’s plea.

The case pertains to death of three Sikhs in the aftermath of the riots that broke out after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Tytler has been given a clean chit by CBI thrice in the case but the probe agency has been directed by the court to further investigate the matter.

Verma has made several statements to CBI against the senior Congress leader that he allegedly pressurised witnesses in the case.

During the hearing, Verma told the court he was facing threats and should be given protection. (More) CBI in its plea has said, “For the purpose of further investigation, polygraph test (lie detection test) needs to be conducted on Abhishek Verma and Jagdish Tytler”.

It has cited the court’s 4 December 2015 order in which it was mentioned that lie detection test may be conducted, if required.

“The presence of these two persons namely, Abhishek Verma and Jadgish Tytler is necessary before this court to accord their consent about the polygraph test (lie detection test),” the plea while seeking the court’s direction to Tytler and Verma to appear before it.

The court had earlier held that Verma in his statement to CBI disclosed an “active role” played by Tytler in extending a “helping hand” to a witness against him.

It had noted that the statement given by Verma to CBI in which he has claimed that Tytler had sent the son of Surinder Singh Granthi, a key witness against him, to Canada cannot be a “sheer coincidence” and the agency should probe if it is true.

The case pertains to riots at Gurudwara Pulbangash in north Delhi where three people were killed on November 1, 1984, a day after the assassination of Indira Gandhi.

The court had in December 2015 directed CBI to further investigate the matter and had said it would monitor the probe every two months so that no aspect of the matter is left uninvestigated.

CBI had re-investigated the case of killing of Badal Singh, Thakur Singh and Gurcharan Singh near the gurudwara after a court in December 2007 refused to accept its closure report. CBI has filed three closure reports in the case.

Koningin Elisabetlaan – Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara – Gent University

Gent Koningin Elisabetlaan
08 January 2016


Gent – Koningin Elisabetlaan/Van Monckhovenstraat
Tram 22 Gentbrugge Dc
Tram 1 Wondelgem
Tram 21 Melle Leeuw
Tram 1 Evergem

Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara
Akhand Path da Bhog
08 January 2016


Reading of the final pages of the Guru Granth Sahib
End of the 48 hour non-stop reading

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

Gent University (UGent) – De Vooruit –
Wintercircus – De Krook – Gent-Zuid
08 January 2016


Josef Plateaustraat
Many of the University buildings are on or off the

Josef Plateaustraat


Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat – 200 years UGent
A history full of future


Building of the socialist newspaper ‘De Vooruit’
Now ‘De Morgen’

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Gent – Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara – Walking to Gentbrugge

Gent Gurdwara
06 January 2017


Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara


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

Walking to Gentbrugge
Pol de Vischstraat – Vlinderstraat – De Naeyerdreef
06 January 2017


Pol de Vischstraat – Vlinderstraat


Pol de Vischstraat – Vlinderstraat


Pol de Vischstraat – Vlinderstraat


Pyar Kaur – De Naeyerdreef

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Gent – Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara

Akhand Path – Non-stop reading of the Guru Granth Sahib
06 January 2017


Granthi Ranjit (Master Ji) Singh


Granthi Singh – Jaswal Singh


Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji


The second Pathi (reader) on the left


Pyar Kaur


Granthi Singh doing path

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

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