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Holy well: ‘Water held sacred by Sikhs to be exported’

ETPB chairman says arrangements are being made to print Guru Garanth Sahib in the country. PHOTO: REUTERS

ETPB chairman says arrangements are being made to print Guru Granth Sahib in the country. PHOTO: REUTERS

LAHORE: Preparations were underway to start export of Amrit Jal – water from a well in Nankana Sahib held sacred by the Sikh community, Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman Siddiqul Farooq told the APP on Sunday.

He said the ETPB was also making arrangements for printing Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture of the community, in the country.

Farooq said the first initiative he had taken as the board chairman was to restore the Be Be Nanki well in Nankana Sahib. He said the board would soon start bottling and exporting water from the holy well.

 

Farooq said the decision to print the Guru Granth Sahib had been taken to facilitate Sikh yatrees visiting the country from abroad. He said they would no longer need to bring the book with them.

He said yatrees had to pass various checkpoints set up for security reasons at their arrival in the country and during travel inside the country. “There is a possibility that the holy book may get desecrated during the journey,” he said. He said that with the printing and availability of the book at gurdwaras and other holy sites the community would not need to carry it during the journey. Assistance would be sought from the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), India, and the Delhi Gurdwara Management Committee for printing, he said.

The ETPB chairman said the number of pilgrims from foreign countries on Sikh and Hindu religious occasions was increasing every year. The ETPB had decided to register travel agents to facilitate these visitors.

Farooq said the ETPB had undertaken several initiatives to promote infrastructure at religious sites of minority communities. He said construction of a residential complex and installation of a water treatment plant was underway at the Katas Raj temple. He said work on the two projects would be completed before the arrival of Hindu pilgrims in November.

Thousands of Sikhs converge at Panja Sahib

Farooq said renovation work had been started at all gurdwaras and mandirs in the country. He said the board was installing a turbine at Gurdwara Punja Sahib, Hassan Abdal, to generate electricity from water.

He said these guards would receive training from police officers.

The ETPB chairman said the board was considering a proposal to construct a multi-storey plaza on a property it owned in a prime commercial zone in Lahore.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 12th, 2016.

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ENCOURAGING FEEDBACK ON SIKH FEDERATION (UK) ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING by Sardar Gurjeet Singh, National Press Secretary, Sikh Federation (UK)

ENCOURAGING FEEDBACK ON SIKH FEDERATION (UK) ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

London – 20 March 2017

In the third week of September every year, the Sikh Federation (UK) holds its’ annual National Sikh Convention.  The origins of the Convention can be traced back to 1984 and for many years the convention has been continuously held at Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Sedgley Street in Wolverhampton.
The Convention has organised in the same month that mainstream political parties hold their annual party conferences.  As the Sikh Federation (UK) is popularly described as the first and only Sikh political party in the UK this Convention is deemed by many politicians from across the political spectrum as the annual party conference for British Sikhs.
The September Convention where the mainstream media has often reported over 10,000 Sikhs take part provides an opportunity to look back at achievements and progress during the year and set out the future strategy of the organization.  Politicians and representatives of other Sikh organizations in the UK and other parts of the globe often speak at the Convention.     
Yesterday the Sikh Federation (UK) held its first ever Annual General Meeting (AGM) with around 150 delegates and supporters from 8 of the 12 regions in the UK and around 20 towns and cities.  It was timed to coincide with the first anniversary of the Sikh Federation (UK) successful legal challenge to have the ban lifted on the International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF) as well as the Sikh New Year. 
Judging by the response and feedback to the four hour AGM it is set to become a permanent feature in the calendar on the third week of March each year for Sikh Federation (UK) branches, members, and supporters.   Those that sent apologies or were unable to be present will no doubt want to attend next year when they hear about the AGM from other delegates or watch highlights of the AGM on KTV (Sky 858).  
The AGM provided as an opportunity to share with delegates in confidence the direction of travel and plans for the organization in a number of areas, listen to messages from those in Punjab with political links with the Sikh Federation (UK) and have an interactive question and answer session.
Bhai Amrik Singh, Chair of the Sikh Federation (UK) said:
“We have had fantastic feedback about our first AGM.  This will be a permanent event in our calendar in the third week of March each year.  As word gets out we are convinced we will have more delegates next year and Sikhs from more regions, towns and cities across the UK will want to take part.  Sharing information not in the public domain with our members and interaction through the question and answer session will be developed to make the AGM even more rewarding.”
Delegates were told forcing the UK Government through legal action to lift the ban on the ISYF in the UK almost a year to the day and lift all restrictions on the ISYF in Europe in April 2016 given the pressure from the Indian authorities had been a huge achievement by the Sikh Federation (UK).  Since this all happen after the infamous Modi visit to the UK in November 2015 the Indian authorities regarded this as a major victory for the Sikh independence movement. 
Those present were told the leading role of the Sikh Federation (UK) in pushing for an independent inquiry regarding UK involvement in the events in 1984 and what followed with the help of a researcher and KRW Law has substantially raised the political stakes and worldwide profile of Sikh Federation (UK) activities.    Further legal action and publicity are inevitable and the current UK Government are increasingly realizing this issue will simply not go away.
Progress was provided on other issues in the Sikh Manifesto, such as a separate ethnic tick box in the Census 2021 and related matters, such as the Sikh Federation (UK) challenge of the hate crime action plan where we have established Sikhs were deliberately snubbed by specific references to Sikhs being taken out by Number 10.  We are now also aware the Prime Minister’s annual race audit she announced in August 2016 is expected to highlight a major data gap in central government as they are not collecting any information on Sikhs, although Sikhs are legally recognized as a race.
A number of Sikh Network representatives were present to talk about the impact of the findings of the UK Sikh Survey on different parts of government.   Other issues in the Sikh Manifesto such as a site in central London for a permanent monument to recognize Sikh sacrifices in the First World War and a Code of Practice on the 5Ks and dastar were touched upon. 
Delegates were told about the work of the Your Seva charity and the exciting opportunities offered by KTV (Sky 858) in providing an opportunity to regularly raise awareness on issues and the work of the Sikh Federation (UK), Sikh Network and Your Seva.
Video messages were recorded and provided specifically for the Sikh Federation (UK) AGM from contacts in Punjab.  These included Harpal Singh Cheema, President of the Dal Khalsa and its former President Harcharanjit Singh Dhami.  Sikh youth leader Bhai Mandhir Singh spoke specifically about the Khalistan situation and the leading role that can be played by Sikhs in the diaspora.  Advocate Jaspal Singh Manjhpur gave an overview of the situation of all Sikh political prisoners. He has been co-ordinating the legal campaign and made clear that virtually all temporary releases to date have been secured through unrelenting legal action.  Clarification was given that the various assurances made by Modi almost 18 months ago after the infamous meeting with Sikhs in the UK in November 2015 have proved to be empty promises. 
Bhai Harjinder Singh the son of former Akal Takht Jathedar and Sikh revolutionary leader Shaheed Baba Gurbachan Singh Manochahal, the founder of the Bhindranwale Tigers Force of Khalistan made a special appearance and was presented with a siropa and seva by the Sikh Federation (UK) leadership.
 
Gurjeet Singh
National Press Secretary
Sikh Federation (UK)
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International community must recognise and respond to increasing threat and challenge of extreme Hindu nationalism in India by Gurjeet Singh National Press Secretary Sikh Federation (UK)

 

 

 

 

 

 

International community must recognize and respond to increasing threat and challenge of extreme Hindu nationalism in India

 

Right wing Indian politicians, cricketers, and Bollywood stars join in abuse and fail to distance themselves from rape and death threats against dead army man’s daughter, 21-year old Gurmehar Kaur for her stance on peace and free speech
London – 1 March 2017
The Sikh Federation (UK) following the abuse and threats targeting 21-year old Gurmehar Kaur has written to the five permanent members of the United Nations and appealed to the international community to recognize the increasing threat and challenge of Hindutva.
Bhai Amrik Singh, the Chair of the Sikh Federation (UK) said:
“The international community and governments across the globe need to come together and recognize and stand up to the rising threat of extreme Hindu nationalism being openly promoted by the ruling establishment in India.”
“Indian politicians and officials appear to be able to intimidate and silence many individual governments with its threats, often linked to trade with India.  Only countries like the United States and China are strong enough and prepared to openly criticize those running India, but it requires a collective effort to tackle the rising threat.” 
“If the international community does not respond and extreme Hindu nationalists are allowed to literally get away with murdering minorities and those that stand up to them while they simply watch, this will become an international problem that could easily get out of control.”
“The BJP ruling party has now been allowed in the last three years to get away with supporting extreme actions by right-wing Hindu groups.  Today a 21-year old Sikh student is not only being intimidated and ridiculed but openly threatened with rape and murder.  Those hounding her are being protected and encouraged by those with power and influence.  She is standing up for peace and free speech while governments are choosing to coward away and be silent.”
Gurmehar Kaur, an English literature student, and an ambassador for Postcards for Peace, a charitable organization that helps eliminate any form of discrimination has reportedly left Delhi, after receiving threats of rape and murder.  She lost her father, Captain Mandeep Singh in an attack in 1999 when she was just two years old.
On Friday, she mounted a rather simple protest against the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad’s (ABVP) violence at Ramjas College last week. ABVP is the students’ wing of the Rashtriya Swamayamsevak Sangh (RSS).  She posted a picture of herself on a social media site holding up a placard that read: “I am a student of Delhi University. I am not afraid of the ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me.”  Her post incited extreme reactions from the ruling establishment.
Rape and death threats have been made against her, but shockingly she has been ridiculed and trolled by celebrities like cricketer Virender Sehwag and mocked by Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda. One of the RSS’s top intellectuals, Rakesh Sinha, ludicrously said that Gurmehar Kaur was “trolling” her dead father. The Union government rather than engaging with the serious issue being raised has resorted to bullying Gurmehar Kaur, with Minister Kiren Rijuju asking, “Who’s polluting this young girl’s mind?” BJP MP Pratap Simha outrageously compared Gurmehar Kaur to India’s most-wanted terrorist, Dawood Ibrahim.
The rise of Hindutva that started in the 1980s is not restricted to the ruling party and unleashed powerful forces.  Today, even cricketers, wrestlers, actors and social media users propagate its basic ideas.  Foreign governments will be forced to respond as the Modi government in a more significant and worrying move has reached out to persons of Indian origin in foreign lands, making them a part of his political rhetoric.  Every time Modi holds a gala in New York or London with foreign politicians sucking up to him and gets American or British Hindus to support him. This overseas support is seen as approval for his Hindutva policies.
Gurjeet Singh
National Press Secretary
Sikh Federation (UK)
 

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Theresa May’s excellent message on the 350th Parkash Ustav of the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji

Theresa May’s excellent message on the 350th Parkash Ustav of the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji welcomed by the Sikh Federation (UK)

Bhai Amrik Singh, the Chair of the Sikh Federation (UK) said:
 
“The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has sent the following excellent message on the 350th Parkash Ustav of the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji.  It is good to see she is receiving timely advice and follows on from her special adviser on religious matters attending the exceptionally well organized Guru Nanak Gurpurb event by the Sikh Federation (UK) and Sikh Network in Parliament in November.  We hope this marks a better and more productive relationship between the British Government and the British Sikh community that has lived under the shadow of constant pressure from the Indian authorities for over 30 years.”
 
The Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Theresa May said:
 
“Today marks a very special anniversary for Sikhs in the United Kingdom and around the world: 350 years since the birth of Guru Gobind Singh.”
 
“I know millions of people will be reflecting on his great achievement, the establishment of the Khalsa, and what it represents – people standing up for equality, respect, and fairness, and helping those less fortunate than themselves.”
 
“Time and again I have seen these values put into practice, from visiting Gurdwaras to attending the Sikh war memorial in Derby. Indeed, when we celebrate Vaisakhi soon, we will be reminded once again how the teachings of Guru Gobind Singh Ji enrich our wider society.”
 
“This anniversary is also a chance to remember that British Sikhs have made – and continue to make – an exceptional contribution to the business, professions, charity and our armed forces.”
 
“So may I take this opportunity to wish all those celebrating a very blessed and happy Gurpurab.”
 
“Dhan Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji.”

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Shiv Sena Blamed On False Flag Attack: Sikh Nation United For Freedom

 

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A Litany of Broken Hindu Bharat’s Promises to Sikh Nation

 

 

“Let God be the witness of the bond that binds me and the Congress to you. Our Sikhs friends have no reason to fear that it would betray them. For, the moment it does so, the Congress would not only thereby seal its own doom but that of the country too. Moreover, the Sikhs are brave people. They know how to safeguard their rights, by the exercise of arms, with perfect justification before God and man, if it should ever come to that” (Young India 19 March 1931)

“No Constitution would be acceptable to the Congress which did not satisfy the sikhs.” (Collected works of M K Gandhi Vol.58. p. 192)

“The brave Sikhs of Panjab are entitled to special consideration. I see nothing wrong in an area and a set up in the North wherein the Sikhs can also experience the glow of freedom. (Jawaharlal Nehru, Congress meeting: Calcutta – July, 1944)

Sikh Nation Beware of RSS

May 19, 2000

Dear Khalsa Ji,

The recent onslaught by the Hindu fundamentalist organization RSS on the Sikh Religion and its existence, is nothing new but only an overt expression of its real motives. RSS chief’s statement that Sikhs are Hindus is yet another insult and attack on the identity of the Sikh Nation and Sikh Religion, which is worst than the Indian Army’s attack on Akal Takhat in 1984. This statement by the radical Hindu leader, an enemy of the minorities in India (a conglomeration of Nations) cannot be ignored and must be heeded as a warning sign, by the Sikhs and other minorities (Muslims, Christians, Dalits and others) as an attack on their very existence. This attack is a dangerous pythonean tactic, against which, we must unite. If not fought against, it will strangulate subtly but surely. Look at the example of Budhism, which started in India but failed to exist in India, today. Why? The answer is simple. The Budh Religion ignored the warning signs and by inadvertently accepting Shankracharya (a Brahmin disguised as a Buddhist scholar, like a wolf in sheep’s clothing) as one of their own and allowed him to destroy its very roots, from within.

Remember, it is the same RSS who distributed sweets in the streets of Amritsar when Golden Temple was attacked in 1984, while the real Sikhs were mourning the destruction of Akal Takhat, all over the world. And it is the same RSS who have been campaigning against the rights of Sikhs (Punjabi Suba) for decades. It is the same RSS who call Sikhs to be their brothers on one end and terrorists, on the other. It is the same RSS and Sangh Parivar who disowned Punjabi, because it was not their mother tongue. Does a true son or brother disown his mother tongue? Are we going to make the same blunder and follow the same self destructive and treacherous path, as followed by others? The answer is NO.

So, what are we going to do? The answer is simple. Protect your religion and identity against this mortal attack and this sugar coated poison pill being administered by RSS. Wish every Hindu and others well, but firmly establish your own identity and become an Amritdhari Sikh. Make your children Gursikhs and educate them about their religion, their history and the recent massacre and genocide of the Sikhs by the tyrant Indian Government. Do not confuse the issue by showing solidarity and impose unjust dietary restrictions on self. As a part of your daily diet eat any kind of healthy food including beef (cow’s meat) without any hesitation. All Sikh in the western world eat beef, pork etc as a part of their balanced diet. Send letters, e-mail and other form of communication to RSS’s leaders and let them know that this defamation against the Sikh Nation and religion will not be tolerated and punished. Condemn all Hindu practices which you spot or notice in the Sikh religion, including the Jaat Paat (Vern Ashram practices) or naming of Sikh Gurudwaras after the personalities or baradris. At the ecumenical note, wish every Hindu to be firm in his beliefs and religious practices. Embrace downtrodden or the so called untouchables with love and as equals if any of them wants to embrace the path of the Guru and become Sikhs. Pursue every clean shaven Sikh, with love and affection, to restore his forsaken identity, by keeping unshorn hair, turban and by following the path of the Guru.

In the final analysis why every Sikh must protect his identity and fight this attack by the intolerant, hateful and communal Hindu organization called RSS. Here is a sampler of RSS’s underlying agenda and curriculum: In his book, ‘We or Our Nationhood Defined’, R.S.S. Chief, M.S. Golwalkar, defining Hindutva, quoted in the Indian Express of December 7, 1991, that the “Hindu nation is one where all those not belonging to the nation i.e. Hindu race, religion, culture and language, naturally fall out of the pale of real national life. The foreign races in Hindustan must either adopt Hindu culture and language, must 1earn to respect and hold in reverence the Hindu religion,must entertain no idea except the glorification of the Hindu religion and culture, i.e. the Hindu nation and must lose their separate existence to merge in the Hindu race or they may stay in the country wholly subordinate to the Hindu nation, claiming nothing, deserving no privileges, far less any preferential treatment of even citizens rights.” This is the definition of a nation based on ‘Hindutva’. The theoretical and intellectual exercises of their leaders and the practical slogans given to their followers brought out the diabolical nature of their campaign. The slogans given at the grass roots and the poisonous communal propaganda had already created a deep sense of insecurity among the minorities. – from the book- India Commits Suicide.

Now, you know enough to take the right action. Remember the words from the Jewish book of Torah ” Believe in God, love all but keep your powder dry”. Let the divine word of the Sikh Gurus guide you to fight this despicable and malicious propaganda by RSS. Let RSS know that Chanakyaniti is not going to work this time. Finally, it is a friendly reminder to RSS from the Khalsa Panth to back off. I appeal to every Sikh to work hard to liberate the Sikh homeland of Khalistan, so the Sikh religion and the identity of Sikh Nation is secure.

Above Article Excerpt Courtesy 

Bhai Dr.Paramjit Singh Ajrawat 

http://www.khalistan.net/?p=836

Khalistan  Zindabad,

In the Service of Khalsa Panth,

Dr. Paramjit Singh Ajrawat

Copyright © 1996-2014 P.S. Ajrawat. All rights reserved.

 

 

Reference Readings on Sikh Nation

Reference Readings on Sikh Nation http://www.sikhsforjustice.org/?q=content/know-the-facts http://www.amazon.com/SIKHISM-SPIRITUALITY-Rabinder-Singh-Bhamra-ebook/dp/B012DMLUEW/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1

Reference Readings on Sikh Struggle For Khalistan

 

Reference Readings on Sikh Nation

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