GURU GOBIND SINGH JI – A SAVIOUR OF HUMANITY --- He, who mocked Sikh sentiments, objects against being mocked --- Pearl company MD NS Bhangoo arrested for Rs 45000 cr scam --- 2016: A year of moral reckoning --- Kejriwal may shift base for Punjab battle --- Punjab govt declares 1.14 lakh new jobs, life imprisonment for desecration of Guru Granth Sahib --- Thinking beyond the concept of SGPC to safeguard Sikh ethos --- ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ appoints Beant Singh assassin as Akal Takht Jathedar --- The Modi presidency is over --- Law & logic don’t work in Punjab; 2 brothers held in haste, let off under public pressure

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GURU GOBIND SINGH JI – A SAVIOUR OF HUMANITY

Er.Narinder Singh Pheruman:  Due to a long spell of about 800 years of ruthless Mughal rule and tyrannical rule by Aurangzeb, Hindus and even brave Rajputs and kashatris had totally lost their power, glory and manliness. The time had come that the name of Hindus would have been eroded from Hindostan as happened with residents of Iran, Afghanistan, Baluchistan, Turkistan and the Qureshies of The Arab. At... 

California Gurdwara fight tarnished Sikhs image: NAPA

JALANDHAR: Lashing out at those Gurudwara Parbandhak Committees in India and abroad who are indulging in  dirty power politics in Guruduwara, Satnam Singh Chahal, executive director North American Punjabi Association (NAPA), said that the fighting in or outside in any Guruduwara Sahib was defaming the Sikh Community around the globe which is a major concern for all common Sikhs. Chahal’s reaction... 

Thinking beyond the concept of SGPC to safeguard Sikh ethos

N.S.PHERUMAN:  American Sikh Council has endorsed the resolutions passed at the SARBAT KHALSA 2015 held at village Chabba near Amritsar in Punjab and will associate, make all efforts for implementing these resolutions. Further,  ASC is of the view that the selection and appointment of JATHEDAR AKAL TAKHT and Jathedars of other TAKHTS be made from the competent Sikhs throughout the world and a procedure... 
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SGPC Executive rejects ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ decisions

Amritsar: Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the highest temporal seat of Sikhs, on Friday rejected all the decisions announced at November 10 congregation called by Sikh hardliners, which included removal of three head priests. The Executive Committee of the SGPC today unanimously rejected all the decisions taken by ‘Sarbat Khalsa’. The meeting was chaired by senior vice-president... 

IHRO report suspects Dera Premis hand in sacrilegious cases of Gur Granth Sahib

Ludhiana: In the wake of Beadbi incidents of Sri Guru Granth Sahib starting from June 1, 2015, and related police lawlessness and excesses, including killing of protesters by the police firing, the International Human Rights Organization (IHRO) constituted a probe panel comprising of its Chairperson DS Gill, General Secretary Mohinder Singh Grewal and Secretary Public Relations Jatinder Singh Sandhu... 

Sikh hardliners taken into custody

Chandigarh: The leaders of some Sikh outfits and hardline groups were taken into preventive custody early on Wednesday in anticipation of breach of peace after a call that the newly-appointed jathedars would address the community from the Akal Takht. Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) President Simranjit Singh Mann and United Akali Dal leader Bhai Mokham Singh, the key organisers of yesterday’s ‘Sarbat... 

‘Sarbat Khalsa’ appoints Beant Singh assassin as Akal Takht Jathedar

Amritsar: The ‘Sarbat Khalsa’, convened at Amritsar today removed the three Jathedars of Akal Takht, Takht Kesgarh Sahib and Takht Damdama Sahib and appointed former Chief minister Beant Singh’s assassin Jagtar Singh Hawara, Damdami Taksal leader Amrik Singh Ajnala and radical Sikh preacher Baljit Singh Khalsa (Daduwal) as the new Jathedars of three Takhts. The new Jathedars will converge... 

Punishing ’84 guilty would have averted Gujarat: Kejriwal

Ananya Panda: New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today distributed cheques for Rs 5 lakh each towards enhanced compensation to 1,332 families that were affected in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. With this, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief upped the ante against the Modi government at the Centre and the previous Congress-led UPA government alleging that both did nothing to ensure justice for... 

Bhagwant Mann in trouble for showing ‘disrespect to Guru Granth Sahib’

Chandigarh: Slamming AAP Punjab MP Bhagwant Mann for showing disrespect to Sri Guru Granth Sahib by attending bhog of two Sikhs killed in police firing under the influence of liquor on Sunday, BJP today said that party chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal should take an exemplary action against Mann. Tarun Chugh, the national secretary of the BJP, said that it was highly unfortunate that Bhagwant Mann... 

Panj Payare summon Jathedars at Akal Takht over Sacha Sauda issue

AMRITSAR: In an unprecedented incident in modern-day Sikh religious history, the Panj Payaras (five beloved ones) have summoned the Jathedars of the five Takhts at the Akal Takht on October 23 for submitting clarification on the Gurmata of pardoning Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim and later revoking the same. Panj Payaras including Satnam Singh, Mangal Singh, Tarlok Singh, Satnam Singh and... 

Sikhs protests create curfew-like situation on Punjab roads

Sarbjit Dhaliwal: Chandigarh: Five days after torn Guru Granth Sahib “birs” were found at a Faridkot village, tension continued to prevail across Punjab as Sikh activists today defied the “one roadblock per district” diktat issued by religious leaders on Saturday. The Moga district in Malwa belt alone witnessed 21 blockades, it is learnt. The situation was no different in neighbouring Faridkot—the... 

NAPA wants Jathedars to resign for pushing Sikhs in crisis

JALANDHAR: USA Based North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) has condemned the Wednesday killing of unarmed peaceful Sikh protesters in Punjab and prayed for those critically injured. Executive director Satnam Singh Chahal in a statement released here today  said that this was very unfortunate that many had been beaten and abused and hundreds of Sikhs have been arrested for simply demanding action... 

Akal Takht Revokes Pardon Granted to Dera Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim

AMRITSAR:  Amid pressure from the Sikh community and hardliners, the Akal Takht, the supreme temporal seat of the Sikhs, today withdrew its edict pardoning Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh in a 2007 blasphemy case. At a special meeting held at the Akal Takht, the Sikh clergy headed by Jathedar Gyani Gurbachan Singh decided to revoke its earlier edict issued on September 24 in which... 

SAD urges Centre to release all TADA detainees, review black list

Chandigarh: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today while welcoming the release of TADA detainee Waryam Singh from the Bareilly jail, urged the Union government to release all remaining Sikh detainees as well as review the black list as recommended by the Punjab government. In a statement here, senior SAD leaders Maheshinder Singh Grewal and Dr Daljit Singh Cheema lauded home minister Rajnath Singh for... 

Akal Takht Jathedar condemns police for Kotkapura killings

Amritsar: Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh said the killing of protesters in Kotkapura was an administrative lapse which aggravated the already tense situation. He demanded a thorough inquiry into the incident. He also appealed to the masses to remain calm. The Jathedar demanded the arrest of culprits who were responsible for the sacrilege of ‘bir’. “The use of tear gas, water cannons,... 

‘Clergy’s decision of pardoning Ram Rahim is painful’

“Though I am under hospitalisation at Mumbai, the decision of the so called Jathedars of letting Gurmeet Ram Rahim from the cardinal sin, have given me extreme shock and pain. At one stroke they have violated all the principles and age old traditions of Sri Akal Takht Sahib for serving their political masters. They have struck at the very roots of Sikh principles which govern the working of Akal... 

Akal Takht pardons Sacha Sauda chief, angers Sikhs

Perneet Singh: Amritsar: The Sikh clergy today pardoned Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh for his alleged blasphemous act of presenting himself in an attire similar to that of Guru Gobind Singh in 2007. The decision, taken during a meeting by the Akal Takht following a clarification from the sect chief, has angered a section of Sikhs. The agenda of the meeting was kept confidential as... 

Sacred Sikh Scripture, Guru Granth Sahib’s message for humanity

NS PHERUMAN:  Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji gave the gift of the compilation of gurbani of four gurus , to which He added His own baani and that of 15 saints,11 bhats and 4 gursikhs of different religions and castes and accomplished the task and installed the complied book called “POTHI”(later called SGGS) in Sri Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar on 1st September 1604 AD and appointed Baba Budha ji as first... 

Sikh NGO claims to have brought several Vanjaras into Sikhism

Jasleen Kaur Khalsa writes: Since many years, I have been reading about millions of Vanjaras & Lubanas who should be brought into the fold of Sikhism. During my trip to Muzaffarnagar, I planned to visit the Village Bawana, District Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India which is mostly inhabited by Vanjaras. As per information gathered during my field visit, I came to know that a Sikh NGO named Sewak... 

Elderly NRI Sikh brutally assaulted in US, called ‘Bin Laden’

NEW YORK:  An elderly Sikh-American man was brutally injured and allegedly called a “terrorist” and “Bin Laden” in an apparent hate crime case in Chicago, just days before the US commemorates the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Inderjit Singh Mukker was assaulted on Tuesday when the accused allegedly pulled up to his car yelling racial slurs, including, “Terrorist,... 

Migration leads to decline in Sikh count in India

Sarbjit Dhaliwal: Chandigarh: Of all communities, Sikhs have reported maximum decline in population, according to the religion-based census data (2001-2011) released by the Centre yesterday. The decadal growth rate in Sikh population was pegged at 24.3 per cent in 1991, which fell to 18.2 per cent in 2001 and further to 8.4 per cent in 2011. The fall in 2001-2011 is 9.8 per cent when compared with... 

Modi on path of destroying India’s secular democracy

N.S.PHERUMAN: Religious sensitivity has touched the highest level since the advent of MODI Govt at the centre. Parochialism is showing its ugly face. PM Narendra Modi claims a false principle of ‘Sarva Dharma’ to show to the international community, after being strongly reprimanded by President OBAMA on this issue, but the ground reality is otherwise. The US commission on international... 
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THE GREAT GURU – GURU ARJAN DEV JI

By N.S.PHERUMAN: On 7th Vaisakh, 94 Nanakshahi (1563 AD), Bibi Bhani w/o Guru Ram Das JI gave birth to a great, pious and noble soul Arjan Dev in village Goindwal, Dist. Amritsar (now Dist. Tarn Taran). During childhood his maternal grandfather Guru Amar Das JI prophesied him as ‘ Dohta Paani Ka Bohita’ i.e. He will act as a boat to take the humanity across worldly ocean. One day Guru Ram... 

Petition to drop the name of Sri Harmandar Sahib from World Heritage nominations list

Here is the copy of the petition by Amarjit Kaur of Belgium  To        Honorable Chairperson,       Prof. Maria Bohmer,       UNESCO World Heritage Committee.  Subject: Request to delete the name of Sri Harmandar Sahib, Amritsar Sahib from the world heritage nomination list sent by India Govt. in 2014. Respected Prof. Bohmer,         Your committee will be considering nominations in... 

BIRTH OF THE KHALSA – A MIRACLE OF SRI GURU GOBIND SINGH JI

Er.Narinder Singh Pheruman: As Sri Guru Teg Bahadur ji became popular among the people and the climax reached after He assured a deputation of Kashmiri “Pandits”,who came to Him to seek help against forcible conversion to Islam, to tell Aurangzeb that if he converts Guru Teg Bahadur ji to Islam, who is their Guru, and that they will all follow the Guru and convert to Islam, as millions of Hindus... 

Pb Governor, CM greet people on Baisakhi

CHANDIGARH:  The Punjab and Haryana Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki today extended greetings to all Punjabis living in country and abroad on the eve of Baisakhi. In a message, Prof. Solanki said that Baisakhi has a multi-faceted importance. It marks the ripening of the Rabi harvest, a time of great joy for the farmers to gather the fruits of their... 

Dal Khalsa warns Sikh fury due to release of ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’

Amritsar: Throwing the ball in the court of President of India, the Dal Khalsa writes to Shri Parnab Mukherjee to tell him that the issue of the movie Nanak Shah Fakir has the potential of enraging the Sikh community as was the case a few decades back. The memo faxed to Rashtarpati Bhavan, stated that the pseudo saint – Baba Gurbachan Singh and his protégés, with the tacit and open support... 

Two Sikh pilgrimage centres linked with rail

Anandpur Sahib: Takht Keshgarh Sahib at Anandpur Sahib and Golden Temple and Akal Takht at Amritsar today got direct rail connectivity as the Railways introduced a new express train between Nangal and Amritsar.  Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal jointly flagged off the inaugural run of the train, which is expected to run regularly from Baisakhi on April... 

John Key bats for baptized Sikhs’ entry into cricket stadiums

Melbourne: New Zealand Prime Minister John Key today said he was sympathetic towards Sikhs who were barred from entering the ground to watch India play Zimbabwe because they were wearing a kirpan. The Prime Minister said, “The International Cricket Council has rightly set the rules for what could be brought into New Zealand cricket venues.” “It’s their tournament, not ours. So we can’t dictate... 

SGPC did fraud with Sikhs by killing Nanakshahi Calendar: Dal Khalsa

Amritsar: Stating that the cat is out of the bag, the Dal Khalsa today fired a salvo against the SGPC accusing the so-called premier institution of the Sikhs for playing a fraud on Sikhs. The organization has stated that committing sin, the SGPC has killed Nanakshahi calendar systematically and buried it secretly. Party spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said the SGPC has printed and released the new-year... 

Plan to raise Sikh Regiment in British Army

LONDON: Britain is planning to have its first ever all Sikh regiment. UK’s armed forces minster Mark Francois has told the House of Commons that the head of the British army lieutenant general Sir Nicholas Carter is looking at proposals to recreate a Sikh regiment which would inherit many of the “proud traditions of Sikh regiments”. Responding to a MP who suggested that UK should... 

Dal Khalsa echoes Barack Obama’s statement on acts of religious intolerance

Amritsar: Dal Khalsa has echoed the statement of US president Barack Obama that the “acts of intolerance” experienced by religious faiths of all types in India in the past few years would have shocked Mahatma Gandhi. Hoping that United States of America would respect and lives up to the ideals of liberty, equality and justice, the organization urged Mr Obama to engage the Indian leadership... 

Minorities have no room in “Hindu India Nation’: Dal Khalsa

Hoshiarpur: Twenty four hours after the US president Barack Obama counselled India for its growing religious intolerance, the Shiv Sena an alliance of the ruling BJP has advised the government to remove the word secular and socialist from preamble of the Indian constitution as the Hindutva family reiterated that India is a Hindu Nation. Party spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh in a strong worded reaction... 

Sikhism lesser known in America; what does the SGPC do?

Washington: Despite the tall claims of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee SGPC of propagating Sikhism worldwide, majority of Americans are unaware of what Sikhism is or what a Sikh looks like and this despite the country being home to more than half a million of them, a latest study has said. According to the report ‘Sikhism in the US: What Americans know and need to know’, many... 

Hardliner Sikh bodies observe ‘Black R-Day’

Amritsar: Observing India’s republic day as Black Republic day, the Dal Khalsa with the support of SAD (Panch Pardani) today organized public rallies to protest against Constitutional wrongs, injustices and discrimination’s at Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Kot Isse Khan (Moga). The Sikh hardliner group appealed to visiting US president Mr Barack Obama to discuss Human Rights violation... 

SGPC plans censor board for films, books on Sikhs

Chandigarh: Films and books on Sikh religion may soon have to pass the test of the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC), which is planning to set up a ‘censor board’ for “moral policing” of the scripts. The move comes against the backdrop of the controversy surrounding Dera Sacha Sauda chief’s movie ‘MSG’ and many Bollywood movies in which actors... 

Dal Khalsa demands code of conduct for five Sikh high priests

Amritsar: Stressing on the need of evolving a code of conduct for heads of all five Takht’s, the Dal Khalsa has stated that the Akali Dal through it extension counter the SGPC was going to commit another blunder by sacking Takhat Damdama Sahib Jathedar Gaini Balwant Singh Nanadgarh from the post unceremoniously. Perturbed over the proposed move engineered by Sukhbir Badal, party spokesperson... 

Dal Khalsa plans protest rallies on Republic Day

Jalandhar: While terming the India’s republic day as betrayal day for Sikhs, the Dal Khalsa has planned to organize public rallies at 4 different cities on Jan 26 to protest against “Constitutional injustices”. This announcement was made at a meeting of party senior leaders held here today. Informing the media about their proposed sit-in Party spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said their party... 

Sikh bodies give Punjab Bandh call on Jan 10

Amritsar: The Damdami Taksal and other Sikh organisations have given a call for a state-wide bandh on January 10 to press for the release of Sikh detainees languishing in jails even after having served their sentences. Taksal leader Bhai Amrik Singh Ajnala claimed that all their pleas on the issue had fallen on deaf ears. “Successive governments have been indifferent to this long-pending demand of... 

Badal silent about 96 Sikhs languishing in Punjab jails

Neeraj Bagga: Amritsar: The politics over freeing of Sikh prisoners who have completed their jail term is set to intensify following the SGPC today releasing a list that says most such inmates are lodged in Punjab jails. Accoring to the SGPC list, there are 119 Sikhs languishing in various jails of the country despite having completed their prison term. Of these, 96 Sikhs are lodged in jails of Punjab. The...