Den Haag (NL) – Scheeperstraat – Holland Spoor

Den Haag NL
Scheepersstraat / Kempstraat
26 December 2019

Gurdwara Singh Sabha – Nishan Sahib – Sikh flag

The Gurdwara is on the corner of Scheepersstraat and

Gurdwara Car Park – Hertzogstraat

Kempstraat – Turkish Cultural Centre

Den Haag NL
Parallelstraat – Station Holland Spoor
27 December 2019

Shadow of the man in blue

Waiting for the train to Amsterdam

More Netherlands pictures to be published
Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue

The Tribune – SGPC, TV channel told to clarify stand

Sikh body draws flak for being silent on the matter

GS Paul – Tribune News Service

Amritsar – Panjab – India, 13 January 2020. The Akal Takht secretariat has sent a communication to the SGPC and a private TV news channel to clarify their stance within a fortnight over the “exclusive” rights over the telecast of Gurbani and Hukumnama pronounced daily from the Golden Temple.

The issue of granting rights to a particular TV channel by the SGPC was raised in the Vidhan Sabha, which had unanimously passed a resolution urging the SGPC to allow all TV and radio channels to air Gurbani from the Golden Temple.

But the matter again cropped up when the TV channel blocked the morning “Hukumnama” pronounced daily from the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple on Facebook pages of some Sikh web channels.

The TV channel, which claimed to have its exclusive rights, had sent notices to the web channels and reportedly got the content blocked through Facebook.

Sikh Siyasat editor Paramjeet Singh has approached the SGPC against the “discrimination” over telecast rights. He said the TV channel blocked the content, terming it to be its “intellectual right”.

“We pick the audio of ‘Hukumnama’ from the SGPC website on different portals which are already put in the public domain. Our designers add visual of the Golden Temple to it and broadcast it further. Now, it has been blocked. We have communicated to Facebook to unblock the content. Facebook said it would reply by January 16,” he said.

The SGPC, which is silent on the matter, has invited criticism for allegedly granting the telecast rights of “sarb sanjhi Gurbani” to a particular channel. Former Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib Giani Kewal Singh said the Gurbani and katha kirtan could never be the personal property of anyone.

“Anyone who has faith in Sikhism has the right to propagate it further. Every mode of media should be encouraged to do it by observing the rehat maryada,” he said.

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

Published 1 week ago

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

Sikh24 Editors

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

The Tribune – Nankana Sahib attack: Pakistan denies visa to SGPC team

Amritsar – Panjab – India, 11 January 2020. The Pakistan High Commission today denied visa to a four-member delegation of the SGPC to visit Nankana Sahib town in the aftermath of the Gurdwara Janam Asthan attack.

SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal regretted the decision and urged the commission to review it.

He said the Sikh delegation wanted to take stock of the situation after a group of people used anti-Sikh words against the shrine built at the birthplace of the founder of the Sikh religion.

Longowal said being a representative body of the Sikhs around the world, it was obligatory for the SGPC to visit the shrine after an incident of such a proportion.

The News – Pakistan summons Indian envoy to protest ‘baseless allegations against Sikh community’

Islamabad – Capital Territory – Pakistan, 07 January 2020. Pakistan summoned the Indian Charge d’Affaires Tuesday to protest against “motivated and mischievous allegations” by New Delhi on a dispute that occurred at Nankana Sahib.

On Friday, dozens of demonstrators had protested over alleged unjust treatment of police in a case involving the marriage of a young couple, which was portrayed as a communal issue by the Indian media.

According to a press release by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), Director General (South Asia & SAARC) Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri summoned the Indian envoy to convey Pakistan’s strong rejection of Indian allegations of “attack”, “vandalism” and “desecration” of the holy Gurdwara Nankana Sahib.

“The DG (SA&SAARC) underscored that the Constitution of Pakistan guarantees equal rights to all its citizens and the Government is committed to protecting the rights of minorities, with zero-tolerance against any discrimination,” read the statement.

Pakistan said the motivated reports by India including one about the ‘target killing’ of a Sikh youth in Peshawar were false. Mr Chaudhri urged India to stop pointing fingers at Pakistan and accused New Delhi of attempting to use the allegations to hide the atrocities it was committing in occupied Kashmir.

He urged India to ensure “repeated instances of desecration, hate crimes and mob lynchings” do not take place against minorities and their places of worship.

Prime Minister Imran Khan had condemned the incident and demanded a report on the matter.

The prime minister, in a series of tweets, said that the Nankana incident was “against his vision and will find zero tolerance and protection from the government including police and judiciary”.

“The ongoing attacks across India on Muslims and other minorities is this: the former is against my vision and will find zero tolerance and protection from the government including police and judiciary,” PM Imran tweeted.

The main culprit accused of orchestrating the demonstration near the Sikh holy site in the small town of Nankana Sahib in Punjab was arrested late on Sunday for his role in the affair, according to a representative of the provincial government. – India and Pakistan are both unsafe for Sikhs, says Akal Takht Jathedar

Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 06 January 2020. Condemning the recent incident of mob attack on Gurdwara Sri Janam Asthan Nankana Sahib, the SGPC appointed Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh has said that the Sikhs were not safe in India as well as in Pakistan.

He added that the some recent incidents have raised fear in the minds of Sikhs living in India and Pakistan.

Recalling hardships being faced by Sikhs in India, Giani Harpreet Singh said that the Sikhs are facing eviction in Shillong (Meghalaya) as well as in Madhya Pradesh.

“Similar circumstances are there for Sikhs in Pakistan, where they are receiving death threats. In such a situation, we have no hope of justice from any government. Sikhs should stay united to face these things,” he said.

India and Pakistan are both unsafe for Sikhs, says Akal Takht Jathedar

The Asian Age – India condemns ‘targeted killing’ of Pakistan Sikh

New Delhi – India, 06 January 2020. On the heels of the vandalism at the historic Nankana Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistani Punjab on Friday, India on Sunday strongly condemned the killing of a Sikh man at Peshawar and called upon Pakistan “to stop prevaricating and take immediate action to apprehend and give exemplary punishment to the perpetrators of these heinous acts”.

New Delhi also asked Islamabad to “act in defence of their own minorities instead of preaching sermons about it to other countries”.

According to media reports, a 25-year-old Sikh man, identified as Ravinder Singh, was shot dead in Peshawar by an unidentified man. Ravinder Singh was reportedly a resident of Shangla district at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

He had returned home recently from Malaysia and had gone to Peshawar to shop for his wedding, one of his friends told an Indian TV channel. The victim was reportedly the brother of Pakistani Sikh journalist Harmeet Singh.

In a statement, the MEA said, “India strongly condemns the targeted killing of minority Sikh community member in Peshawar that follows the recent despicable vandalism and desecration of the holy Gurdwara Sri Janamasthan at Nankana Sahib and the unresolved case of abduction, forced conversion and marriage of a Sikh girl Jagjit Kaur.”

The MEA added, “India calls upon the Government of Pakistan to stop prevaricating and take immediate action to apprehend and give exemplary punishment to the perpetrators of these heinous acts. The Government of Pakistan should act in defence of their minorities instead of preaching sermons about it to other countries.”

India had on Friday lashed out at the “vandalism” in Nankana Sahib and had “strongly condemned these wanton acts of destruction and desecration of the holy place”.

India had also asked Pakistan “to take immediate steps to ensure the safety, security, and welfare of the members of the Sikh community”.

Sikh Federation UK – Pakistan authorities must respond to clear threats of violence and ethnic cleansing towards Sikhs in Nankana Sahib

London – UK, 04 January 2020. Sikhs across the globe have been deeply upset with the mob scenes, pelting of stones, anti-Sikh slogans and incitement of violence towards Sikhs and their religious institutions in the vicinity of Sri Nankana Sahib that took place yesterday.

Whilst local law enforcement agencies disbanded the mob, arrested some of the protesters and took control of the situation and the main instigator has now apologised, the Pakistan authorities must take further action due to the inflammatory nature of the hate remarks and threats of violence and ethnic cleansing towards the Sikh minority.

The Pakistan authorities should investigate how a personal matter that started with a police raid on Thursday was manipulated so quickly to arouse ant-Sikh emotions and find and deal with all the instigators that may have planned this incident for some time.

In November, Sri Nankana Sahib the birth place of Guru Nanak Dev Ji was lit up to celebrate his 550th birth anniversary.

Imran Khan, the Pakistan Prime Minister was credited with negotiating an agreement to open the 2.9-mile Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, allowing Sikh pilgrims to travel between Gurdwara Der Baba Nanak and Kartarpur Sahib on other side of the border. Relations between Muslim-majority Pakistan and the international Sikh community were then at a historic high.

In the current climate the Pakistani authorities will want to take a tough stand against anti-Sikh activities as isolated ugly incidents like this will be fully exploited by Indian politicians to undo all the good work in recent months and deflect attention away from the anti-Sikh actions of the right-wing Indian authorities, including the recent demolition of Mangu Mutt Sahib in Orissa.

Sikhs across the globe who regularly visit Pakistan have in the last 48 hours been writing and approaching the Pakistan authorities to provide reassurances.

We want the Government of Pakistan to not only ensure the safety of the minority Sikh community and Sikh Yatris but also to ensure appropriate safeguards are in place to protect the sanctity of Gurdwaras in Pakistan.

Harnek Singh
National Press Secretary
Sikh Federation (UK)

The Tribune – Festive spirit

Guru Gobind Singh Janam Din

Harmandr Sahib Nagar Kirtan

Harmandr Sahib – Amritsar, 2 January 2020.

  • Ahead of the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, thousands of devotees were seen queuing up for their turn to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple [Harmandr Sahib] on Wednesday
  • Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla and former minister Bikram Singh Majithia, too, visited the shrine [Harmandr Sahib]
  • Golden Temple [Harmandr Sahib] manager Jaswinder Singh Deenpur said adequate arrangements were made to accommodate the visitors