Friday, 27 November, 2009

Sikhs Protest Outside White House During PM’s State Visit

Sikhs Protest Outside White House During PM’s State VisitNorth America

Amnesty International Also Raises 1984 IssueWASHINGTON - As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh talked of human rights and the rule of law inside the White House on Tuesday morning, some Sikh protesters blasted Singh on those same issues from across the street.

Sikhs protest Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's policies. Photo: Sikh News Network.

Sikh kids hand out flyer about Sikhs who disappeared during the Punjab counterinsurgency from 1984 to 1995. Photo: Sikh News Network. “India and America are separated by distance, but bound together by the values of democracy, pluralism, rule of law, and respect for fundamental human freedoms,” Singh said at the welcoming ceremony. “Over the years, we have built upon these values and created a partnership that is based upon both principle and pragmatism.”
India’s failure to prosecute the perpetrators of the 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms is testimony to the hypocrisy of the world’s largest democracy, said Amarjit Singh, executive director of the Washington-based Khalistan Affairs Center. And the decade long counterinsurgency that followed in Punjab, which resulted in the killings of tens of thousands of Sikhs, is further evidence that Sikhs should have the right to self determination, he said.
Amarjit Singh and 34 Sikh American organizations placed an advertisement Tuesday in the Washington Times, the area’s second largest newspaper, urging Obama not to accept the civilian nuclear power agreement and asking him to "forcefully" intercede with Manmohan Singh to bring the perpetrators of the 1984 pogroms to justice. He led a group of about 40 local Sikhs who protested with Khalistan placards and megaphones at Lafayette Park. The protest coincided with the end of a joint press conference later that morning.
Ahead of the first state visit of Obama’s presidency, Amnesty International sent a letter to the president on Nov. 18 urging him to press Manmohan Singh to “bring to justice those involved in the mass killings of Sikhs.”
The human rights group also asked him “to make public statements emphasizing that human rights are central to US-India relations” and “to address human rights concerns during your joint press conference.”
Obama did not address human rights in any of his speeches, but he did mention it in answering a reporter’s question.
“We are societies that believe in human rights and core freedoms that are enshrined in our founding documents,” Obama said when reporter, Smita Prakash, asked him why he though the two countries are “natural allies.”
As members of the press left the building, protesters could be heard shouting “Bole So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal.” But Manmohan Singh left with Obama in a motorcade from the opposite side of the White House for a 12:45 p. m. luncheon at the state department. He probably did not hear any of it, a press-office staffer said. The protest lasted until about 3 p. m.
“Just after one year, the Indian prime minister is protesting why Pakistan is not prosecuting the people who are responsible for the Bombay (terrorist attacks),” Amarjit Singh said. “Yes, they should be punished. But what about those, from 25 years ago, those killers of thousands, those who are ministers in Manmohan Singh’s cabinet?”
He was referring to Kamal Nath, union minister for road, transport and highways. Nath’s name appeared in the first FIR (First Information Report), a written document prepared by police when they receive information of a crime. He is accused of leading the mobs that attacked Gurdwara Rakabganj and killed many Sikhs during and afterwards.
He was also referring to Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar, who were members of parliament until April when journalist, Jarnail Singh, flung his shoe at Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram in protest of the Central Bureau of Investigation’s final report in March clearing Tytler of allegedly leading mobs of thousands during the pogroms. Several eyewitnesses were deposed, but he was ultimately exonerated because of lack of concrete evidence.
The Congress Party withdrew Tytler’s candidacy for parliament after intense media attention, and also sacked Kumar’s candidacy to avoid further scrutiny of his role in also leading mobs.
Amarjit Singh said he was not expecting anything more from Manmohan Singh because he is a Sikh. Anybody sitting on the seat of Parliament should do justice. But he was irked that the Sikh prime minister wants to sweep the 1984 issue under the rug.
“Thousands of Sikhs were killed in all those years, and our Sikh prime minister is telling us forget about it, we have enough compensation, it’s not in the interest of the Sikhs to continue with this,” he said, referring to the prime minister’s statement in May that the issue was of “no profit to either the country or the Sikh community.” It’s is the same statement Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi made in 1985 - that a judicial inquiry “would not be in the interest of Sikhs.”
“In front of the white House, the message is that we half-million Sikh Americans, we want the justice should (be dealt) to the people of November 1984 Sikh genocide… Sikhs have not got the justice and nobody has been punished.”
Note: Top photo: Amarjit Singh, executive director of the Khalistan Affairs Center, by Sikh News Network.By Anju KaurSikh News Network staff journalistanjukaur@sikhnn.com © Copyrigt 2001-2009 Sikh News Network, LLC.

Thursday, 26 November, 2009

Kashmiris Stage Protests as Manmohan Singh Visits WH


Kashmiris Stage Protests

as Manmohan Singh Visits WH
Kashmiris Stage Protests as Manmohan Singh Visits WH, While President Barack Obama held talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Kashmiris and Sikhs gathered in front of the White House to protest New Delhi’s repression in the Indian-occupied Kashmir and Punjab.Hundreds of Kashmiri men, women and children living in Washington metro area staged a peace rally to press their demands for a resolution of the decades-old Kashmir dispute. The participants carried anti-India placards reminding the world of the urgency to help resolve the Kashmir conflict.They urged President Obama to persuade New Delhi towards resolution of the lingering Jammu and Kashmir dispute and fulfil his 2008 election campaign pledge. Kashmiri leader Ishaq Sharif said that UN and US President should play their role to solve Kashmir dispute. Dr Amar Jeet Singh of Khalistan Affairs maintained that India was using military power to suppress Sikhs’ protests.

Wednesday, 25 November, 2009

Police break up melee at Sikh temple, arrest 2

Police break up melee at Sikh temple, arrest 2
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
BY EVONNE COUTROSThe RecordSTAFF WRITERGLEN ROCK —
Two people were arrested for assaulting police after a melee broke out in the parking lot of the Sri Guru Singh Sabha, a temple on Prospect Street, authorities said Monday.Police were called to the scene at about 10:30 p.m. Friday as the altercations began after a congregational meeting."Police were called that there was a meeting that was getting out of hand," said Police Chief Frederick P. Stahman. "Our officers responded to maintain the peace."Police arrived to find about 125 people in the parking lot, some of them arguing over internal differences at the meeting."When certain people came out onto the lot they were jumped by unknown outsiders who were not members of the temple &hellip" Stahman said. "Our officers were outnumbered and called for assistance from surrounding towns. The entire melee spilled out into the parking lot."Read More:: Sikh Philosophy Network - Celebrating Unity in Diversity! http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/showthread.php?t=28102 (Police Break Up Melee at Sikh Temple, Arrest 2)Read More:: Sikh Philosophy Network - Celebrating Unity in Diversity! http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/showthread.php?t=28102 (Police Break Up Melee at Sikh Temple, Arrest 2)About 25 to 30 county police and officers from four or five surrounding towns responded to aid the Glen Rock officers, Stahman said.By that time, the brawl was in full swing."There were a lot of people kicking and throwing punches in the parking lot," Stahman said. "People were down on the ground. It was like a wrestling match in the lot, breaking it up. Police pulled people off each other that were doing the assaulting. People were shouting. It was about an hour until everything was calm."Police arrested Iqbal Singh, 34, of Glen Rock, and a juvenile, 16, for police assault, Stahman said. The police officers were not seriously injured, he said.Temple officials hired off-duty police to ensure peace at the Sunday morning meeting, which was attended by Stahman and Glen Rock police Capt. Jonathan Miller."I spoke and assured the people that the police were there for maintaining the peace and that if there were any re-occurrence we would not hesitate to make arrests," Stahman said.

Saturday, 7 November, 2009

25 years on, few takers for Khalistan in Canada



25 years on, few takers for Khalistan in Canada

There are few supporters for Khalistan in Canada today - 25 years after the assassination of prime minister Indira Gandhi by her own Sikh bodyguards.

Outside India, Canada was the worst affected by the Khalistan movement, for a separate Sikh state, at its peak in the 1980s.

Sikh radicals openly indulged in violence to further their goal of Khalistan.

Though nobody was found guilty by a trial court here, Sikh radicals plotted the bombing of the Air India Kanishka flight that killed all 329 passengers aboard in June 1985.

The radicals also plotted to kill then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and ruthlessly suppressed moderate voices in the community.

Over the years, former hardliners have realised the futility of their efforts. The new generation has little interest in far away India.

The current Canadian government of the Conservative Party has also banned radical organisations like Babbar Khalsa.

To stay relevant, a handful of Khalistan supporters try to raise anti-India slogans at every possible opportunity - be it India's independence day or some function attended by Indian diplomats or some Sikh parade in the Punjabi-dominated city of Surrey on the outskirts of Vancouver.

Among those who opposed the hardliners was top Indo-Canadian leader Ujjal Dosanjh, who had to pay a heavy price for it. He went on to become the first coloured premier (equal to a chief minister inIndia) of British Columbia province and Canada's health minister.

Dosanjh, who was badly beaten by the separatists in the 1980s for his opposition to Khalistan, calls them "the Taliban of Sikhs".

These people would do every thing to attract attention to stay relevant, Dosanjh told IANS some time ago.

He also took a dig at Canadian politicians for harbouring these elements for the sake of votes.

"There is no doubt that leaders of a political party have always tried to curry favour with these elements for votes. These leaders are responsible for encouraging Khalistanis," Toronto-basedSikh leader Nachhttar Singh Chohan told IANS.

Chohan, related to Jagjit Singh Chohan who first floated the idea of Khalistan, said the Sikhs felt betrayed by Indian leaders and left with choice but to fight for their rights.

Without committing himself to a separate state for Sikhs, the Toronto-based transporter said: "Leaders in India and Punjab have been dishonest with Sikhs. They should have shown respect for what we did for India. They should have respected the rights of the minorities.

"How can India heal the wounds of the Sikhs when those responsible for the 1984 riots are still roaming free?"

His views are shared by most moderate Sikhs in Canada.

Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards to avenge the army action in the Golden Temple to flush out Sikh separatist leader Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale and his armed supporters 25 years ago.

Friday, 6 November, 2009

TEXT OF BHAI SUKHA AND BHAI JINDA'S LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT OF INDIA


TEXT OF BHAI SUKHA AND BHAI JINDA'S

LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT OF INDIA


COURTESY: KHALISTAN-AFFAIRS.ORG
General Vadiya was the Chief of the Indian Army who ordered the attack on the holiest of the holy shrines at Amritsar and elsewhere in Punjab during 1984 operations. On Aug. 10th, 1985, Harjinder Singh "Jinda" and Sukhdev Singh "Sukha", gunned down General Vadiaya after his retirement from the Indian army. On Oct. 9, 1992, Sukhdev Singh "Sukha" and Harjinder Singh "Jinda" were hanged until death in Puna Jail.

Here is the text of Sukha and Jinda's letter to the President. They were executed for the killing of General Vaidya who led the assault on the Golden Temple during Operation Bluestar.
"Ek Oangkaar"
"Rastrapati Ji",
Kindly accept Sat Sri Akal (Salute to the Revered Timeless) by the two Singhs (Sikhs) on their way to martyrdom.
Theoretically, it is appropriate to clarify that our Rastrya (nation) is the Khalsa Panth absorbed into the Guru Granth Sahib. We took the first vital steps towards the destination of Khalistan by touching our foreheads with the footdust of this nation. The elimination of Mr. Vaidya, the General of your forces engaged in destroying the Khalsa Panth and its power, was a holy act on our difficult path of martyrdom. It has once again brought the historical truth to light the urge of the Khalsa Panth to breathe in freedom, its self respect and honor cannot be finished.
We wish to clarify that we are not addressing these words to you as an individual but as the head of a State that is communal and Brahmanical. Whosoever occupies, occupied, or will occupy this throne of falsehood, will be to us a symbol of oppression and cruelty. We have not forgotten that when the "wedding party of sin" (the Indian Armed Forces) was invading our Temple of God, a heathen in the garb of a Sikh, was sitting in your place (Zail Singh). The Panth will "Settle its accounts" with him, when Sikh history imparts its justice.
By invading the Golden Temple, your army tried to rob a nation of saint-soldiers, living in its divine simplicity, of its joy. It gave us a feeling once as if you succeeded in driving us to a point of utter frustration. But by performing our historic task we have reminded you that our heroes like Sukha Singh, Mehtab Singh, Udham Singh are shadowing your tyrants like Wazida, Lakhpat, Rebeiro, Dawyer.
We accept with great joy the penalty of death pronounced by your court of law alienated from the divine blessings and fallen to the Brahmanical reflexes, for whatever we undertook in accordance with the vision of the Khalsa. By touching the sharp edge of death we are moving towards fullness. Without martyrdom the magnificent fair of life cannot come into full swing.
The fact is that the Brahmanical form of Hinduism thinks of the Akal Takhat and its thoughtcomplex related to the movement and play of eternal in vulgar pragmatic terms. This sort of limited thinking of Brahmanical Hinduism puts the great institution of the Khalsa Panth on a very low pedestal and elaborates it in a very harsh practical sense. From this narrow angle the Akal Takhat is reduced to an ordinary building or at the most to a place of worship. The Khalsa Panth does not accept this situation. The Khalsa does not worship power, rather it enters history by empowering itself. The truth from the Akal Takhat has taught us that by being armed, the Khalsa has to snatch the power of the powerful and by absorption into the Eternal Word, the Khalsa has to assimilate the saintliness of the saint. This theory has destroyed the centralized authority of power and saintliness (Miri-Piri) and was very threatening to the Brahmanical stream of thought. Because the new Sikh doctrine not only awakened the people, it also inspired them to organize themselves for an armed struggle under the leadership of the Akal Takhat by shattering falsehood of Brahmanical thought. The Masters of Centralism at once came into action. They began to repeat the well-designed danger to the "unity and integrity of the country" to retain power and encouraged the rise of "Personal Gurus" in the arena of religion.
The thought of Brahmanical reflexes had in fact started attacking the consciousness of the Sikh Gurus ever since its emergence, but on 15th August after assuming imperial authority, the Brahmanical thought took still nastier forms. In the last few decades, your parliament, courts, educational institutions and media have tried to humble the consciousness of the Khalsa through the subtler force of majoritarianism and material monopoly.
We are not hesitant to say that conspiracies have been hatched and very subtle arrangements have been made at the psychological level to destroy the great institutions, traditions, originality and unique sovereignty of the Khalsa Panth. The destruction of the Akal Takhat by sending in lakhs of soldiers was part of this larger conspiracy. In this situation, it hardly needs saying, how justified it was to eliminate the military general Vaidya who was not only a part of this conspiracy but also responsible for its planning and implementation. By completing this holy and historic task, we have unburdened our conscious and proved that the real force of the Khalsa Panth is and will remain free from the Brahmanical reflexes in all ages. By cautioning the Khalsa Panth of these strategies we have won the love of Guru Gobind Singh.
When nations wake up, even history begins to shiver. During such momentous movement a Banda Bahadur bids farewell to his peace-dwelling and destroys a state of oppression like Sirhind, a Che Guevera turns down a ministership of Cuba, loads a gun on his breast and entrenches against the enemies in the forest of Bolivia, a Nelson Mandela rejects the ideology of apartheid and prefers to spend his life in a dark prison cell.
...And we have the privilege of being in the loving care and companionship of that unique general of the Panth Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, blessed by the valiant and transcendental visionary Guru Gobind Singh. We are tiny particles of dust of the numberless heroic jewels of the Sikh nation who walked on the sharp edge of the Dagger, the Khanda, given to us by Guru Gobind Singh. Only the chosen few get the honor of laying down their lives for the nation. We are proud of this honor.
In no way is it just to accuse us of an unheroic act in attacking an unarmed man. We wish to remind you that by misusing your vast resources you have tried your utmost to humiliate us as a nation. In every field you have tried to make us helpless. You are empowered with your massive armed force and equipped with the most advanced military arsenal of our times. You have made us inadequate to fight you in the open battlefield. In the present situation there is no other alternative with us except to use the kind of method that we employed on General Vaidya to punish the tyrants for their evil deeds. When you are already waging an undeclared war on our nation, guerilla attacks are not our pleasure but an historical compulsion. Please do not forget this fact of history that during the 18th century when robbers like Abdalis and Nadarshah were driving your daughters to Kabul like enroped flocks of animals, our brave Sikh brethren from their jungle and desert hideouts fiercely attacked the robbers. Even the frightened enemies had to praise our courage. We are fired with a generous humanism. Our grip extends to the entire life with its beat and vibration.
In the last one decade there have been very few "actual" encounters between our soldiers and your forces. But wherever those have occurred, the evidence in them of our valor and radiant heroism, we are sure, is preserved in your confidential files. A fragment of that fact once in a while slips through your newspapers as well. Our Khalsa vigor is an aspect of our spiritual heritage. In such moments of fight, spirituality radiates through the flasher of our swords.
Oh. President representing Brahmanism Hear the words of Kazi Noor Mohammad, an eye witness during the seventh invasion (1764 AD) of Ahmad Shah Abdali: "It looks as if guns were invented by these Sikhs and not by Likman. Although many possess guns yet none understands them more than the Sikhs. My observation will be confirmed by the 30 thousand brave soldiers who fought against them."
When we attacked General Vaidya, apart from his own arms, he had with him a well equipped body guard. Our attack was part of the same battlefield strategy that was once used by our hero-martyrs Madan Lal Dhingra, Bhagat Singh, Kartar Singh Sarabha, and even today it is used by revolutionaries the world over, and considered right.
Through you we also wish to transmit this message that we harbor no enmity towards the great people and land of India. We are not touched even a bit by hatred for the people of India. Not only to embrace our people, we are restless to embrace the whole of the earth and the sky. We intoxicatedly remember the entire cosmos and worship the life that vibrates in it.
The Khalsa is inseparably and lovingly related to the people of India: the millions of Dalits, the workers who earn their living through honest labor, the Muslims and other minorities, and all those homeless and destitute who have remained oppressed and exploited by Brahmanism for centuries. They are all our kith and kin. Our Master Rider of the blue horse (Guru Gobind Singh) recognized them much earlier. All those termed by the proud Brahmin the lowly, scavengers, shoemakers, mean-professioned, became the beloved sons of our Tenth Father. They rose to Generalships in the army of the Khalsa. Thrones and honors kissed them. Without fantasizing, we are declaring in the midst of history that our gurus loved the meta-poetry (bani) of those divine souls drenched with a passion for the Dalit brotherhood. The gurus bestowed the highest honors on them and included their (bani) along with their own in the Guru Granth Sahib. The spirit of the Dalits and their pain are aspects of our own anguish. We are touched by the warmth of their door. There is hardly any Agro Industry in the Punjab. Heavy industry is totally non-existent. We want to keep our capital safe for our development, but you are exploiting us as if we are your colony.
You have not spared an effort to hurt our culture. By damaging our heritage you want to keep us in a miserable psychological state so that we may feel embarrassed over our language, culture and proud history. Your strategy is to destroy us from "within" and reduce us to your slaves so that you may keep on sucking our blood without any protests.
You want us to adopt your rootless culture of razzle dazzle as our way of life. You want to uproot our culture and take away our source of life. You think our history is not worthy of any significance.
But now we keep track of your ever step. Still a vital blood flows in our veins. We will structure our way of life according to our originality and history. Every one knows that without getting political power it is not possible for any nation to guard its culture. It is not possible for us to keep our cultural and national identity intact without establishing a Sovereign Khalistan. We are offering our heads for achieving our goal; Our True Guru has granted a sovereign State to us, we have won his blessing by offering our heads.
Now we beg to address our Khalsa Panth. The way of the Khalsa is very trying. It is sharper than the edge of a Dagger, the Khanda, and subtler than a strand of hair. The Khalsa panth at all cost has to preserve the original and pure form of its great struggle. The struggle is a diving journey inspired by a transcendental consciousness. During these moments of struggle, the Khalsa is to remain continuously absorbed into the Guru Granth Sahib, no matter how many cruelties are inflicted and provocation is given, the Khalsa has to keep its cool and discipline in the horrible and barbaric situations. The Khalsa has to preserve its traditions established by the valiant Sikhs through martyrdom.
In comparison with the violence of the enemy, the violence of the Khalsa abounds in divine qualities and spiritual blessings. The Khalsa has to give such a divine form and beauty to its struggle that it may even burden the conscience of the enemy with the realization of its own sin. Such a moral miracle will be possible only if the concentration on the guru of the Khalsa and rhythm of the Guru Granth Sahib remain fully connected and intact. The Guru Granth Sahib is the main source of our life-stream and spiritual power. It is also the chief spring of our inspiration to advance towards the destination of Khalistan.
If concentration on the guru and the internal rhythm of the Guru Granth Sahib are the main lifestream of the Khalsa, then it is also necessary to say a few words to the militants who are intensely in love with the stream. In this terrible crisis of history, the concentration on the guru and the rhythm of the Guru Granth Sahib are the only armed brigades. The are the army of the Timeless Man, and they are the guardians of the pure consciousness of the Khalsa. We too had the honor of having been the humble parts of these forces.
It is true that we are confronting a vast material State that has at its command all the worldly resources, horrifying scientific inventions, a capacity to attack and disable the intellect and praxis. The state can also weaken us through penetration and strategies of its intelligence. It can also develop shocking plans and more than everything else it can assemble huge armies. But so what? The Khalsa can send shivers into the spine of the enemy and shake its State with its spiritual might. It is not the bodies alone that fight. It was only a miracle of the Khalsa spiritual strength that even with its tiny number the Khalsa subdued the 10 lakh army of the Mughals at the Castle of Chamkaur.
During the last decade we have overwhelmed this State of Brahmanical prejudices with martyrdom. We have been hailed in all corners. Now the matter is not restricted to the possible creation of Khalistan alone. Several oppressed nations of India have come out in the open to fight for their freedom. The Dalit brothers, specially are liberating themselves from the destructive influence of Brahmanism. The so-called hue and cry made for "unity and integrity" does not touch them any more. They have well understood the cunning of Brahmanical rulers veiled behind this hue and cry. Although these are magnificent accomplishments of our movement still we are not free from big mistakes and inadequacies.
Sometimes, during our struggle we do commit something that is neither morally unique nor pious. Although we are marching towards our goal of achieving Khalistan with determination yet still we have not fully learnt how to go through this difficult terrain. The understanding and experience of our struggle are still diluted and surfacial. We have still to develop a large vision that crosses decades and centuries.
We still keep doing something that gives our enemy an opportunity to question our proud and glorious history. Several times our arms have wrecked the joys, blossom and aspirations of those who had never directly hurt our movement.
It appears sometimes as if we were trying to strike terror among the people although our commitment to the ninth Guru is nether to terrify nor to get terrified.
Oh valiant brethren! Why are not our actions and deeds firing many colors and proliferating unusual effects of life? Why to give the people an excuse that a wide gap has appeared between our mind, word and action. When we sin we become drunk with victory of fault and when we lose we do not investigate its reasons. As a result a chain of losses begins. In such a situation we do not urge to re-integrate ourselves with the transcendental consciousness of the Khalsa, nor do we seek the blessing of the guru's abode.
We are becoming martyrs, going to jails, bearing every attack of the enemy, but still in our basic thought, the gratitude to the Lord, patience and commitment have not fully penetrated. Sometimes, the glory of the material status, its power and shine captivate us, as a result we fall prey to material values and miracles. During such moments we do not passionately pray before the Guru Granth Sahib to keep our unique character by heroism and spirituality higher and untouched by narrow ends.
Several times we suffer from indecision. To free ourselves from this state instead of getting close to the guru we rather choose distance. We are forgetting that during disagreement among us, the resolution of the entire Khalsa adopted at the Akal Takhat can cement and guide us. Oh Brave brethren drenched with the divine love of the sixth guru, Hargobind Sahib! Why don't you flock towards the Akal Takhat for guidance? Our guru spreading his arms awaits us.
At times, our baseless suspicions divide us into groups. We then patronize our group, and to protect it we unnecessarily accuse the other groups of crossing all limits. Our sword proudly falls on their necks. The militants of the Khalsa Panth have to meet this serious challenge of the moment with determination and love, with a prayer for the enhancement of wisdom and humility of the mind. Will you follow this path our brethren after we are gone?
Oh militant comrades of the procession of those walking with their heads on the palms for sacrifice! You carry on your shoulders the historic responsibility of recognizing the mail lifestream and original form of the Khalsa and also the responsibility of identifying the deadly current of ignorance and temptation. This current, to obtain power, has fallen to act on Brahmanical practices. Please understand the narrow motives concealed behind this current that on surface appears to be proSikh. Wage a war against it. Its divisive tendencies are to be strongly resisted. The people associated with this current have lost their faith in the higher struggle. They have been tempted by the Brahmanical reflexes and its allied power hierarchies. They have begun to like evanescent colors. Their actions do not reflect the message of Guru Nanak's transcendental journey: Nor do they flash any divine experience. Their state mirrors a schism between the mind and word. Declare that these people are false and they have disowned our panth. If they want to be owned by the Khalsa and they feel that there is still in them a secret of truth enunciated by Guru Nanak let them advance straight towards Khalistan otherwise they will be thrown into the dustpan of history.
Respected President Ji! After these few words with our nation we again address you. When we bid farewell to the world it will be a strange meeting of numerous contradictions. If we look at the world insightfully, the while world is in turmoil, a powerful turmoil. With an alien eye it may look to be a destructive development. It feels as if human peace and action were going through acute disturbance, but the people with intuition can see all this from a difference angle altogether.
The humankind's aspiration for freedom cannot be controlled in any system. Any effort to destroy this aspiration gets selfdefeated in history. We are witnessing the same happening in our times also.
The same passion for freedom burning like a flame in the depths of humankind gave birth to the great French Revolution. And then in the beginning of this century, we are watching the tumbling of the Tsarist regime that had become a symbol of terror and tyranny.
But whatever systems have been built up on the ruins of Tsarism, have not succeeded in fully preserving and understanding the rush and aspiration of human freedom. All these massive artifices are showing cracks. What an irony of our times that the same people who had raised our ancestors' flag of freedom became the murderers of freedom.
We are saying this with deep sorrow that the same lands where lakhs of people laid down their lives fighting the Nazis, toda are providing shelter to the murderers of the Sikhs. Wee mean the country of the great Tolstoy and Lenin, the Soviet Union and its East European allies, where the killers of hundreds of Sikh youth like Buta and Rebiero are taking shelter under the pretext of holding diplomatic responsibilities. But at the same time fresh winds of freedom blowing in these countries give us a hope that these countries will not remain safe shelters for these murderers of mankind. To us that time is not distant when the people of these countries will hand over these criminals to us so that the can be given their due in the court of the Khalsa.
The dark storm of oppression that is blowing over the Khalsa and the fire of tyranny that is burning it, must have touched at least a little, the soul of Lincoln, Emerson, Rouseau, Voltaire and Shakespeare because the people fighting for their freedom and sovereignty have the same blood flowing in their veins. But permit us to say that among the people of these great men's lands the urge to push their tradition is dying. Their spiritual values are drying up, they are unable to see the new sun shining in the land of Khalistan whose rays will also radiate the universe. We are hoping that they will accept the reality of Khalistan. We appeal to the United Nations to recognize the face of Khalistan so that the Khalsa nation can make historic contribution to the international peace and security according to the UN Charter, and may also help in building up their relations of tolerance and goodwill among India and its neighbors.
Honorable President Ji! We are going to look into the eyes of death because we believe that the flag of life's glory flies even in the face of death. Not only us, but our entire nation has taken birth from the art of keeping its head on its palm. The guns of evil will never frighten us.
In this era of betrayals we are going to meet our beloved in full faith and wholesomely. Our martyrdom will radiate only integration. We are feeling that martyrdom is a transcendence of all fears, greeds and obscene physical desires. The consciousness of the Khalsa is the most pure and luminous during the moments of martyrdom.
We have chosen the path of martyrdom so that the ever fresh face of the Khalsa and its unique glory can come into its own once again, and enlighten the whole world. In their eternal joy and grace the Gurus blessed us with a spark of their love. With that spark we are on full blossom. Our love for freedom has taken us to the state of cosmic equilibrium sahaja.
We have met our True Guru. The fairies of the eternal symphony have arrived to congratulate us with all their families at this momentous hour of meeting.
Martyrdom has a unique relish of its own. How wonderful is it beyond the material and ineffable emotions!
Please tell our nation not to be sorrowful. The sweet remembrance of, Guru Gobind Singh flows like a river in us. Please tell them that the stream of love of the Tenth Guru has already gushed forth in us. We are going towards the altar in higher peace and divine poise. We are riding a unique boat that the currents are unable to sink.
The maker has put together all the wood perfectly, O Nanak my Lord will not let even lakhs of sea currents sink the boat.
The Khalsa has upheld the belief that whenever death comes, accept it with joy. For this reason please tell all those warriors of the world bringing with the fire of freedom not to let go-mellow the challenge thrown by us. Let their bursting bullets become a lament on our death.
The rope of gallows is dear to us like the embrace our Lover but if we are condemned to be the prisoners of war, we will wish bullets to kiss the truth lurking in our breasts so that the sacred ground of Khalistan becomes more fertile with our warm blood.
Long Live Khalistan!!!!
We are restless to drink the pint of martyrdom of Khalistan.
- Harjinder Singh- Sukhdev Singh

Enclosure:
Atrocities perpertrated on the Sikhs:
Dear Rastrapati ji,
We are giving below the methods of torture, humiliation and atrocities used by your state against the Sikhs. These have been mentioned by the humanitarian organizations and individuals who hold prestige in their respective fields. These organizations and individuals are not seen directly or emotionally connected with our movement. They have been forced to write about the extreme violations of human rights of our people. We wish you to know and witness the continuous repression and atrocities perpetrated against the Sikhs by your army, paramilitary forces and the police. We are not presenting all this to you to win your sympathy, nor do we wish you repent by taking pity on us. In fact by situating you in this picture we want to have the verdict of the people of the world over the extent you have violated the UNO's Declaration on Human Rights, the Geneva Convention, and many other international treaties. We are mentioning below the violations and atrocities:
- To interrogate the Sikhs, a round log of wood is placed on their legs, and after putting heavy weight on the log it is rotated on the legs.
- Chillie powder is sprinkled in the eyes and sex organs of the Sikhs.
- Sikhs are hung upside down from the ceilings till they became unconscious.
- The body joints are battered.
- Electric shocks are administered to the genitals making most of the youth impotent
- Sikh women, during interrogation, are hurt in their sex organs. Filthy abuse is showered on them.
- Violence is inflicted on the parents in presence of their sons and daughters and vice-versa.
- Brothers are forced to beat sisters and vice versa. violence is inflicted on adult girls after stripping them naked and their sex organs are damaged. They are sexually assaulted, pregnancies are terminated of the expectant females
- Crotchets are pulled apart.
- The victims of inhuman violence are made to sit naked in winter, and under the sun in summer, kept sleepless for days in solitary cells.
- Sikhs are subjected to severe beatings and filthy abuse in the presence of their village folks.
- Dead bodies of Sikhs killed in fake encounters are not handed over to their parents to conceal marks of excessive violence.
- The state manipulates tailored post mortem reports from the doctors, and burns the dead bodies of the Sikhs after falsely declaring them unclaimed.
- All sorts of excesses are made on the parents of underground Sikh youths.
- Indiscriminant atrocities are committed on the parents of the underground youth of the area where some militant action takes place.
- Atrocities are committed without caring for one's age, health life or death. If some one luckily survives such brutal excesses, it is well and good But if one dies while under "interrogation", then such a dead body is taken out, pierced with some bullets, and a news item is sent that a dreaded terrorist has been shot dead in an encounter.
- Houses of underground Sikh youths are demolished, their belongings are looted, crops destroyed, their tube well motors are taken away, and they are prevented from sowing crops.
- Even animals of the families of underground Sikh youth are subjected to police anger. After summoning the families to the police station, villagers are told not to take care of the animals of the families of the underground youth. Generally the animals starve to death.
- False cases are registered against innocent sikh youths, later they are let off taking fat bribes.
- Reporters giving true reports are arrested, an undeclared censorship is imposed on them to stop them from exposing police atrocities.
- Peaceful protests by the Human rights organizations are prohibited.
- Press is used to launch vicious and false propaganda against the Sikhs.
- Hardened criminals are inducted into Sikh movement to help in arresting the Sikh revolutionaries and sabotage the movement. Such criminals are inducted to tarnish the fair name of the Sikh revolutionaries are now called the "Black Cats" in the Punjab. Under SSP Izhar Alam, such criminal gangs were named the "Alam Sena." Besides, such police sponsored bands of criminals also operated under the name of Panthic Tiger Force and "Red Brigade." The director general of the police himself admitted about the "Black Cats" bands. In his interview to the India Today on Sept. 15, 188, KPS Gill had announced without an iota of shame that the security forces in Punjab cannot do anything without the help of secret bands (Black Cats).
- Thousands of innocent pilgrims, children, females, aged people, who got encircled in the Golden Temple during Operation Bluestar were made to die through starvation and thirst. The whole of Punjab was converted into a vast jail by clamping curfew on the entire area. The army bulletin branded all Amritdhari Sikhs as terrorists.
- Indian army desecrated the Gurdwaras and committed such atrocities on the Sikhs that even the soul of Ahmed Shah Abdali might have felt ashamed of.
- The targets of army guns were none else but religious persons, devotees, pilgrims, ladies, old people, children or some militants whom the indian government deemed as terrorists.
- No neutral observer was allowed to take stock of the situation.
- The injured during the attack on the Golden Temple were subjected to extreme partiality. Whereas every assistance and facility was made available to the injured army personnel, there was no such provision for the wounded belonging to the other side.
- The number of prisoners taken was rather small. There is ample scope for doubt that the Indian army had thought it better to eliminate the thousands of people seized in the Golden Temple instead of taking them prisoners or having to provide them with medical assistance.
- No need was felt to perform religious rites for the dead pilgrims and devotees.
- Before consigning the dead bodies to flames, no effort was made to identify them. No relatives were informed.
- No dead bodies were handed over to the next of kin. In such a situation only the dead or those wishing to be dead could be present at the last rites.
- All dead bodies were placed in heaps and then consigned to flames. IT was never insured that among the dead there could also be some Muslim devotees. To cremate is against the tenets of Islam.
- No need was felt to give a list of the dead to the Red Cross or any other International Agency.
- Despite such atrocities, no commission was appointed to go into this dark episode. Even the Britishers, the foreign rulers, had cared to appoint the Hunter commission to inquire into the Jallianwalla Massacre which was of a much less magnitude on the other hand. The Indian government, on the other hand, took all steps to hide the excesses of the army.

Sikh diaspora keeps memories alive

Sikh diaspora keeps memories alive
Against all odds, the Sikhs in India appear to have moved on with the scars of 1984, but the same is evidently not true for the Sikh diaspora; many of whom moved to Western countries in the 1980s.
“They carried their grief along with them, and have allowed it to sediment,” says sociologist Patricia Uberoi — an Australian married to a Sikh academic who allowed their children to take up Australian nationality after the 1984 carnage.
And, Prof. Uberoi is not alone in making this observation. Her film-maker daughter Safina — who stayed on in the Capital after the carnage while her siblings moved overseas — finds her brother and sister still harbouring that pain while she, herself, has been able to come to terms with that frightening chapter of her life.
“I watched my parents recommit to life here; saw them through that phase,” recalls Ms. Uberoi.
“My father, who had abandoned his Sikh identity as a teenager, began wearing a turban after Operation Blue Star…absolutely, bad timing. We had to flee our home and when we returned, nothing was the same again. My father was a bitter man, disillusioned with his own patriotism and my mother wondered what she was doing in a country which was prepared to kill her dear ones. My parents chose to stay on and I remained with them. I saw India’s extraordinary power of reconciliation.” And, her mother says she saw the worst and the best in human nature that weekend.
But the Indian capacity for reconciliation is something alien to the Sikh diaspora who continue to remember India as anti-Sikh; evident from the heckling that Congress politicians face from the community during overseas visits. Part of the problem lies in the failure of the Indian government to build bridges with the Sikh diaspora. And, there is continuing harassment with the government adding new names to an old blacklist of overseas Sikhs as recently as 2008.
This only firms up long-held biases which, in turn, manifest in the form of ‘Long Live Khalistan’ slogans still donning the walls of gurdwaras in Canada.
Besides, in terms of identity, these Sikh immigrants of the 1980s – most of whom went in as refugees — prefer to call themselves Canadian Sikhs and not Indo-Canadians.
Though they do not openly advocate Khalistan, they give vent to their unforgiving attitude towards the Indian state at the slightest provocation. Compared to the immigrants of the 1980s, the newcomers are not bitter. But since their entry into Canada has been sponsored by the earlier generation, the moderate voice gets stifled in the quicksand of bitterness.

Shahbaz vows to open Pakistan’s door for Sikh Yatris


Shahbaz vows
to open Pakistan’s
door for Sikh Yatris
Islamabad Nov 6: Federal Minister fro Minorities Affairs, Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti stated that doors of Pakistan would be opened for Sikh Yatrees. He was talking to the Sikh delegations in his office today who visited his office to pay thanks for his good care during their Pakistan Yatra in connection with birthday celebration of Baba Guru Nanak. It is worth mentioning that different Sikh delegations are continuously coming to his office for the purpose. This is first time that such a big number of Sikhs visited Minorities Minister’s office.Prominent Sikh delegates are Sardar Manmohan Singh, Khalsa, Chairman, World Muslim Sikh Federation, UK, Sardar Gurmeet Singh Aulakh, President, Council of Khalistan, USA, Dr. Paritpal Singh, Coordinator, American Sikh Gurdwara Perbanddhak Committee, USA, Sardar Joga Sigh, British Sikh Council, UK, Sardar Jagir Singh, Jathedar, Shiromani Gurdwara Perbandhak Committee, India, Sardar Shamsher Singh, Jathedar, Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Sham Singh, Member, Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Perbandhak Committee.Sardar Sahib Singh, Member, Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Perbandhak Committee, Sardar Bishan Singh, Ex-President, Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Perbandhak Committee.Federal Minister, Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti informed that Gurdwaras would be provided modern facilities and a comprehensive Religious Tourism would be introduced shortly. Sikh Marriage Act would also be presented in the Parliament for legislation after consultation.Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti added Sikhs students would be provided government jobs under 5% quota for minorities recently reserved and strictly being observed now a days.Delegates paid thanks to Federal Minister and his Ministry’s high ups for their cooperation. They were present during all this business including Secretary Amanullah Toro and Ch. Munir, Joint Secretary.Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti said “we all Pakistanis honour the national flag which indicates Majority and Minority through its green and white colors respectively, we live for it and can die for its honour."Federal Minister stressed on the necessity of equality and interfaith harmony and elimination of sectarianism and terrorism in the country.

Sunday, 1 November, 2009

Editor brutally beaten at gunpoint

Editor brutally beaten at gunpoint

Punjabi Post chief mystified after kidnap attempt in which masked men said nothing but 'kill him'

Raveena Aulakh Staff Reporter

Punjabi editor Jagdish Grewal was attacked by three men outside his office on Friday.

DAVID COOPER/TORONTO STAR

He was viciously punched, kicked and held at gunpoint, but three days after the violent incident, Jagdish Grewal still doesn't know why.

"They didn't say anything, just punched me hard ... and tried to drag me to their car," Grewal, editor of Punjabi Post, said Monday.

He says the attack and attempted abduction could be linked to his strong anti-extremist views or because his newspaper has led a crusade against the widespread consumption of dode, poppy powder, openly available at some meat shops in Peel Region.

But Grewal, a father of three, said it doesn't have anything to do with the money he owes. "I have some loans, yes, but I owe money to friends and family and I know the attack had nothing to do with it." He said he owed less than $100,000.

Grewal was leaving his office on Sun Pac Blvd. in Brampton at about 11:40 p.m. when three men, in black clothes and sporting face masks, ran towards him. The journalist, who says one of the men had a baton and another a gun, scrambled to get inside his van. He locked himself in and briefly honked to alert employees in the newsroom. But the men smashed a window and dragged him outside.

"They were punching, kicking and dragging me to a van parked about five spots away," said Grewal, who still had a swollen lip and a backache on Monday. The three men, one of whom had a long beard, tried to lift Grewal by his legs and arms.

"But when they saw an employee at the door, one of them screamed in Punjabi: `Kill him. Kill him,'" said Grewal. But seconds later, they fled. When an employee found him, Grewal was bleeding from the mouth, had bruises all over and his turban lay unravelled next to him.

On Monday, he was still shaken as members of Toronto's Punjabi community visited him at his north Etobicoke home.

Grewal, who does not support the Khalistan movement – a separatist movement to create a Sikh state within India's northern province of Punjab – said he received some "strange but not threatening phone calls" when he interviewed a visiting Sikh journalist on his radio show.

Jarnail Singh threw his shoe at India's home minister to protest that government's non-action against those responsible for anti-Sikh riots. On the radio show three weeks ago, Grewal said hurling a shoe wasn't the right thing to do. Singh also agreed.

Balraj Deol, of Khabarnama, another Punjabi newspaper in Peel Region, said Punjabi journalists are worried about their safety now. "To me, it's clearly an effort to muzzle the liberal (Punjabi) press."

Threats on Sikh editor shine spotlight on decades-long tensions

Threats on Sikh editor

shine spotlight on

decades-long tensions

by Kathryn Blaze Carlson
National Post

It has been 25 years since the Air India bombing and the anti-Sikh riots in India, and while the quest for an independent Sikh state called Khalistan has all but fizzled there, the separatist movement maintains a small but at times loud presence here in Canada.

To be sure, the divide between pro-Khalistanis and those who believe in a united India has diminished since the 1990s, a decade marked by violent flashes including the high-profile murder of British Columbia newspaper publisher Tara Singh Hayer, a moderate Sikh who condemned violence in the Khalistan movement.

Recent events across the country, however, have highlighted the underlying -- albeit far less heated -- tensions that continue to pit separatists against non-separatists, shining a spotlight on what many thought had become largely a dead issue.

Although the motive behind Friday night's attack on the Sikh editor of the Punjabi Post in Brampton, Ont., remains unknown, the 42-year-old victim believes he was held at gunpoint because of his anti-extremist political views. He said pockets of separatist factions continue to "speak the language of violence."