– British Army delegation pays obeisance at Sri Harmandr Sahib

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 12 December 2019. On December 11, a delegation of British Army comprising Brigadier Jen Harvey, Colonel John Candle, Captain Krez Bikertan, Captain Jagjit Singh and Warrant Officer Ashok Chauhan paid obeisance at sanctum sanctorum Sri Harmandr Sahib.

Notably, these delegation members had come to India for attending a seminar organized at Khalsa College in the memory of Saragarhi martyrs by the Saragarhi Foundation (New York).

These delegation members also met the officiating Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh at Akal Takht secretariat where they were honored with Siropas (robes of honor).

They also paid obeisance at Gurdwara Saragarhi Sahib situated on the way leading to Sri Harmandr Sahib.

SGPC’s executive member Jagsir Singh Mangeana, Chief Secretary Dr Roop Singh, Secretary Avtar Singh Sainpla, Sri Harmandir Sahib’s Manager Jaswinder Singh Deenpur, Chairman of Saragarhi Foundation Gurinderpal Singh Josan, President Kuldeep Singh Kahlon, Taranbir Singh Benipal, Bibi Kamaljit Kaur Pannu, Additional Managers Sukhraj Singh and Iqbal Singh Mukhi, Jaspal Singh, SGPC’s Information Officer Amritpal Singh etc. were also present on this occasion.

British Army delegation pays obeisance at Sri Harmandir Sahib – Akal Takht panel invites Dhadrianwala for discussion on his controversial utterances

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 12 December 2019. The five member committee constituted by Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh has sent an invitation to Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwala to get his viewpoints about some of his controversial utterances. This invitation has been sent by Dr Chamkaur Singh, who coordinates this five member committee.

It is learnt that this five member committee has invited Bhai Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwala at Gurdwara Sri Dukh Niwaran Sahib on December 22 at 12 pm.

However, it is being speculated that Bhai Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwala will not meet these committee members because he had been repeatedly giving such indications in his religious programs.

Notably, this five member committee comprising of Dr Paramvir Singh, Principal Prabhjot Kaur, Gurmeet Singh, Dr Amarjit Singh and Dr Inderjit Singh was constituted by Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh following several complaints against Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwala.

Does not everybody have the right to utter ‘utterances’, controversial or not ?
The most the committee can do is say: Ranjit Singh’s ‘utterances’ do not agree with Gurmat !
Man in Blue – December 2019 General Election: Sikh Assembly Report for UK Sikh Electorate

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London – UK, 12 December 2019. Today, UK goes to the polls in the most important election for a generation. Brexit, NHS, education, and immigration are major issues for the electorate. However, it’s also notable that this election has seen interference in UK Sikh affairs by BJP run groups. This has included targeting Sikh MPs and gurdwaras.

In relation to the elections, leading UK Sikh activists from the Sikh Assembly have released a report for the Sangat’s consideration.

“Election time presents British Sikhs with the opportunity to not only express the kind of society they want to live in but to participate in that society and affirm their status as responsible citizens,” the report states.

The report covers major topics related to the election, including BREXIT, Poverty, Climate Change, Education, Healthcare & Social Welfare and Crime. The report further states that hate crimes, religious discrimination, freedom of identity, political representation, faith schools, and Sikh heritage are the key issues that concern the UK Sikhs.

The report adds, “There is a need for better understanding and awareness of Sikh virtues of tolerance, equality, sharing and hard work, as well as their contribution to British society.”

The newly formed Sikh Assembly is a large organization of professional Sikhs from a wide range of backgrounds, working for the benefit of Sikhs in the UK and Europe.

The electoral brief issued by the Sikh Assembly further encourages the British Sikh Community to participate in the upcoming democratic elections and also lays out some of its projects and aspirations for the future.

December 2019 General Election: Sikh Assembly Report for UK Sikh Electorate – CBI reopens investigation into sacrilege cases of Burj Jawahar Singh Wala and Bargari

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 04 December 2019. Around five months after filing a closure report on sacrilege cases, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has reopened three sacrilege cases related to Burj Jawahar Singh and Bargari.

It is learnt that six CBI sleuths reached Burj Jawahar Wala on 03 December and recorded statement of six persons including Gora Singh, the granthi of the gurdwara at Burj Jawahar Singh Wala, cashier Pritam Kaur, one Ranjit Singh and three other villagers.

It is noteworthy here that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had filed a closure report in sacrilege cases on 04 July in three cases pertaining to the sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Later, the Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh has nullified the CBI’s closure report.

These three cases pertain to the theft of a holy saroop of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji from village Burj Jawahar Singh in June-2015, pasting of provocative posters in Bargari and committing sacrilege by scattering the sacred Angs of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji in Bargari.

On being approached by media, Gora Singh informed that the CBI team repeated all those questions which were asked by different investigating agencies and judicial commissions in the past four years.

While a SIT of the Punjab Police had nominated three followers of Dera Sacha Sauda: Mohinder Pal Bittu (who was killed in Nabha Jail on June 22 this year), Sukhjinder Singh and Shakti Singh, the filing of the closure report by the CBI in this case had led to a lot of political uproar.

In this political and religious upheaval over the sacrilege incidents and the filing of the closure report by the CBI, in August this year, the agency had taken a U-turn and approached the CBI Special Court in Mohali, saying it wanted to carry on the probe in these three cases.

CBI reopens investigation into sacrilege cases of Burj Jawahar Singh Wala and Bargari – Dal Khalsa, SAD (A) announces to mark World Human Rights Day in Kashmir

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 05 December 2019. Perturbed over the plight of Kashmiri people who’s rights are being suppressed and abused en masse by the India’s fascist regime led by PM Narendra Modi, the Dal Khalsa along with SAD (Amritsar) has decided to observe the World Human Rights Day on the soil of Kashmir, where the worst human rights violations have occurred during 2019.

Being geographical neighbors of Kashmir, it is the duty of Sikhs of Punjab to rise to the occasion and continue to protest the deteriorating human rights situation in Kashmir, said Dal Khalsa leaders at a press conference held at party office in Amritsar Sahib.

Dal Khalsa spokesman Kanwar Pal Singh said their groups would observe the rights day with the people of Kashmir who have suffered the gravest abuses of human rights. “The fundamental rights of the people of Kashmir are our primary concern and it will be our endeavor to highlight the plight of Kashmiris,” he added.

Giving a call to human rights defenders to join the peaceful sit-in at Lal Chowk on December 10, he said teams of both the organizations led by Simranjit Singh Mann and Harpal Singh Cheema will proceed towards Kashmir from Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur on 09 December and reach Srinagar the next morning (10th). He said UAD president Gurdeep Singh Bhatinda and Akal Federation head Narien Singh would also join the march.

Dal Khalsa appeals to all human rights bodies and civil rights groups worldwide to spare a thought for the people of Kashmir when they observe the 72 years of World Human Rights Day in their states and countries.

Deriding international bodies for paying only lip service to the cause of Kashmir, the Dal Khalsa statement stated that, “The suppressed people of Kashmir need succour, support and an international voice to uphold their rights.”

On the occasion of Human Rights Day, Dal Khalsa will also voice concern about systematic denial of justice in Punjab in the Maur Bomb blast case, the Behbal Kalan firing case and Bargarhi sacrilege cases.

The Dal Khalsa will also take the cause of custodial torture, illegal detention and harassment of under trials, prevalence of archaic laws, like 124-A, UAPA, denial of reprieve to political prisoners and special concessions to police personnel responsible for human rights abuses.

Replying to a question on BJP government’s U-turn on commuting death sentence of Balwant Singh Rajoana, he said the Modi dispensation has played fraud on Sikhs that too in the name of giving special remission to Sikh prisoners on the sacred occasion of 550th Parkash Purab of Guru Nanak Sahib.

“Indian leadership is habitual of ditching the Sikhs since 1947 and traditional Akali leadership is immune in facing such betrayals and embarrassments,” he added.

Dal Khalsa general secretary Paramjit Singh Tanda and SYP head Paramjeet Singh Mand were also present during the meet.

Dal Khalsa, SAD (A) announces to mark World Human Rights Day in Kashmir – India’s dubious face towards Sikhs has again come to fore, says Akal Takht Jathedar

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Chandigarh – Panjab, 03 December 2019. Commenting on the U-turn taken by the Indian government about commuting the death sentence of Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana, the SGPC appointed acting Akal Takht Jathedar has said that the dubious face of the Indian government towards Sikhs has once again come to fore.

Giani Harpreet Singh has once again directed the SGPC and Shiromani Akali Dal to boost efforts for the pardon of Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana.

Notably, the Indian Home Minister Amit Shah has today said that no one has been pardoned. Replying to a question posed by Congress parliamentarian Ravneet Bittu about pardoning death sentence of Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana, he asked Ravneet Bittu not to go by media reports as no one has been pardoned.

India’s dubious face towards Sikhs has again come to fore, says Akal Takht Jathedar – SIT submits investigation report on 186 Sikh genocide cases to Supreme Court

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New Delhi – India, 30 November 2019. On 29 November, the Special Investigation Team constituted to re-probe 186 cases pertaining to the 1984 Sikh genocide has completed its investigation. The Supreme Court of India took on record the confidential report filed by SIT.

Notably, the Supreme Court of India had constituted this Special Investigation Team in January last year to probe these 186 cases which were earlier closed by the respective probe teams.

The former Delhi High Court Judge S N Dhingra was chosen to spearhead this SIT. Initially, three members were appointed in this SIT but one of the SIT member named Rajdeep Singh had refused to be a part of this SIT. Later, the SC had given permission to the SIT to work with two members namely Judge S N Dhingra and IPS officer Abhishek Dular.

The Supreme Court’s move has come in response to a petition moved by a genocide victim Gurlad Singh Kahlon.

Pinky Anand, the additional solicitor general of India, submitted this report to the Supreme Court bench in a sealed cover and requested the Court to discharge the SIT members.

Appearing for victims, senior counsel HS Phoolka opposed the request to disband the SIT before the court examines the SIT report. He also asked for a copy of the report to be supplied to him.

SIT submits investigation report on 186 Sikh genocide cases to Supreme Court – Sukhbir Badal again hands over the reins of SGPC to Gobind Singh Longowal

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Amritsar – Panjab – India, 27 November 2019. In the annual general house meeting of SGPC held today, Bhai Gobind Singh Longowal has been unanimously reelected as a president for the third term. The 15 member executive body of the Shromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee also includes a woman member.

SGPC members Bhai Rajinder Singh Mehta and Bhai Gurbakhsh Singh Nawanshahr have been elected as senior and junior vice president while Bhai Harjinder Singh Dhami has been elected as general secretary of the apex Sikh body.

Names of the other 11 members are as follow:

  1. Bhai Bhupinder Singh Asand
  2. Bhai Jagsir Singh
  3. Bhai Harpal Singh Gora
  4. Bhai Sher Singh Mandwala
  5. Bhai Jasbir Singh
  6. Bhai Jasmer Singh
  7. Bhai Amarjit Singh Bhalaipur
  8. Bhai Surjit Singh Kang
  9. Bhai Indermohan Singh Lakhbirwala
  10. Bhai Magwinder Singh
  11. Bibi Kuldeep Kaur Tohra

The apex Sikh body’s general house has also passed a resolution condemning Supreme Court’s verdict on the disputed land of Babri Masjid.

Beside it, 10 opposition members walked out of the meeting to register their protest on the handling of the sacrilege incidents of 2015.

Sukhbir Badal again handovers reins of SGPC to Gobind Singh Longowal – Declare Sikhism a different religion by 2020, GK asks Indian President on 70th Constitution Day

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New Delhi – India, 26 November 2019. On the eve of the 70th constitution day of India, the former DSGMC president Manjit Singh GK has written a letter to the Indian President Ram Nath Kovind in which he has asked him to recognize the Sikh dignity by rectifying the Article 25 (B) of the Indian constitution. Notably, the Article 25 (B) of the Indian constitution portrays Sikhism as a part of Hinduism.

In this letter, Manjit Singh GK has also asked the Indian President to put control over the rising incidents of barring Sikh candidates from entering examination centers for wearing symbols of Sikh faith i.e. Kirpan and Kara.

“Sikh students are being stopped from entering examination centers despite having constitutional liberty to wear articles of Sikh faith Kirpan and Kara,” he said while demanding inclusion of study about Sikhism in the coursework of candidates selected for civil services.

Beside it, GK has also asked the Indian president Ram Nath Kovind to allow Sikhs to wear Kirpan even in the planes flying from India.

Declare Sikhism a different religion by 2020, GK asks Indian President on 70th Constitution Day – DSGMC asks Imran Khan to take action against hate-monger Khadim Hussain Rizvi

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New Delhi – India, 23 November 2019. Pained over the unbearable words spoken by Pakistan’s religious leader Khadim Hussain Rizvi against Guru Nanak Sahib and Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee has requested the Pakistani PM Imran Khan to take immediate action against Rizvi.

The DSGMC has said that people like Rizvi incites mob to demolish heritage sites and statues.

Interacting with media, DSGMC president Manjinder Singh Sirsa has said that Khadim Hussain Rizvi can’t be forgiven for the abusing words he spoke about Guru Nanak Sahib, Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib and Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

“We request Imran Khan to order action against Rizvi so that no one could dare in future to disrupt communal harmony and world peace,” he said.

It is noteworthy here that Khadim Hussain Rizvi has termed Guru Nanak Sahib as “Kafir” and the historic Sikh shrine Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib as “Marhi of Kafir” in a speech that has gone viral over social media. Beside it, Rizvi also abused Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh while making baseless accusations against him.

Khadim Hussain Rizvi also made a comparison between Madina and Kartarpur in a manner which is unbearable for Sikhs.

DSGMC asks Imran Khan to take action against hate-monger Khadim Hussain Rizvi