It was fiery June of 1984. There was a large crowd of people in the Holy Shrine gathered to observe the martyrdom day of their Guru Arjun Dev, an event of special significance in the development of Sikh faith. Sikhs from all over the world had travel long distances to become part of this Holy ritual. Many of whom wouldn’t have even thought in their wildest dreams that this could be their last journey.
Professor Bhullar has already served over a life sentence, and over eight years in solitary confinement and paid his dues to a society that (a) could not give him a proper trial (b) could not find evidence against him (c) could not even go according to the law that sufficient doubt had been cast on his case with Justice M. B. Shah finding him not guilty.
Sadda Haq, a much awaited Punjabi movie hit cinemas across the globe today. Sadda Haq is an attempt to tell the untold story of painful days of post-1984 to mid-1990s on the cinema screen. The movie’s plot is based on events of a period that was never so openly addressed in Indian cinema or by the Indian media.
GLOBALLY, there has been a wave of interest in the film Sadda Haq which will be released next week on April 5 all around the world. It will also be screened locally in Surrey.
This week in the UK, the BBC broadcasted two starkly different programmes concerning the Anand Karaj – Sikh wedding ceremony. The first was an Asian Network Report Special which aired live at a drive-time slot on radio and can be heard back online. [...]
She might look frail and weak, but she is determined to end the terror of draconian Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA). Meet Manipur’s Iron Lady, the 40-year-old peace-activist Irom Sharmila Chanu, who is on a hunger strike for last 12 years.
The Sikh religion is the youngest of the five major world religions. It originated in northern India in the late 1400s, with its founder, Guru Nanak who was a spiritual teacher and social reformer. He directed people to meditate daily (nam japna), work hard (kirat karna), and share their earnings with others without discrimination (vand shakna). These three enjoinders have become the pillars of Sikh society.
The tragic ordeal and ultimate death of Jyoti Pandey in Delhi has turned the eyes of the world to the ‘rape problem’ in India. It is no secret that shocking deficiencies exist with respect to the prosecution of rapists and the treatment of victims in India. A recent blog in the Washington Post correctly stated that India’s rape problem is also a police problem.
In the Jagraon District of Punjab is a very blessed village called Kaunke. The Master of Miri Piri, Sahib Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji blessed this village stating the diamonds would be born from this village. Guru Ji stated this when he rested at the village on his journey to the Sind region.
Last weekend, I had the unenviable task of teaching Sikh children about the massacre in Oak Creek. The kids sat at picnic tables overlooking a lake at sunset at a summer camp in New York state. They chattered excitedly in anticipation of the evening campfire that was to follow. I stood in front of them trying to compose my thoughts, wondering if children in elementary school could even comprehend what happened. I stroked my beard nervously, looked around the class and decided to find out what the kids already knew.
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