Listen to what Jagdish Kaur has to say about Amitabh Bachchan, the 1984 victim who punished Sajjan Kumar

Jagdish Kaur, the 1984 victim whose family was killed by mobs in the 1984 Sikh genocide. Jagdish Kaur was asked about her thoughts on Amitabh Bachchan’s alleged comments to Doordarshan.

Here is what she had to say:

ਸੁਣੋ ਅਮਿਤਾਭ ਬੱਚਨ ਬਾਰੇ ਕੀ ਕਹਿਣਾ ਹੈ ਸੱਜਣ ਕੁਮਾਰ ਨੂੰ ਸਜ਼ਾ ਦਵਾਉਣ ਵਾਲੀ 1984 ਪੀੜਤ ਜਗਦੀਸ਼ ਕੌਰ ਦਾ

ਸੁਣੋ ਅਮਿਤਾਭ ਬੱਚਨ ਬਾਰੇ ਕੀ ਕਹਿਣਾ ਹੈ ਸੱਜਣ ਕੁਮਾਰ ਨੂੰ ਸਜ਼ਾ ਦਵਾਉਣ ਵਾਲੀ 1984 ਪੀੜਤ ਜਗਦੀਸ਼ ਕੌਰ ਦਾ#JagdishKaur #1984Victim #ConvictedSajjanKumar #SayAbout Amitabh Bachchan

Posted by Rozana Spokesman on Friday, July 31, 2020

Sikh Council UK General Assembly Condemns and Rejects Attempt to Sabotage Executive Committee

*This press statement has been issued on behalf of General Assembly members attending the meeting.*
Over 60 General Assembly members of the Sikh Council UK from Gurdwaras and Sikh organisations from across the UK have dismissed an unconstitutional and desperate attempt to move against the Executive Committee announced at a press conference on 15 July.

The General Assembly made up of members from Gurdwaras and Sikh organisations is the supreme decision-making body of the Sikh Council UK.

The current Executive Committee of the Sikh Council UK was selected following Ardaas and parchis by the General Assembly on 27 April 2019 at Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Southall. The process for selection was agreed and overseen by the Board of Jathedars. 

However, hours before the General Assembly in April 2019 a group of delegates resigned in protest as they preferred elections and disagreed with the selection process to be used by the Board of Jathedars. 

To make matters worse those who co-ordinated the resignations went to an anti-Panthic journalist to publicly report the resignations while the General Assembly was taking place to damage the reputation of the Sikh Council UK.

The General Assembly members in April 2019 were highly critical of those resigning and their tactics but tasked the Board of Jathedars to try and bring back those who had resigned as some were very closely associated with some of those resigning.  

Gurdwara representatives from several Gurdwaras confirmed straight away they had not resigned and their names had been falsely used in the media report. 

However, others that resigned insisted on refunds of membership and then went on to set up the Sikh Assembly and Gurdwara Aid in the summer of 2019. In recent months the damage these two breakaway groups have been doing to Sikh representation with government by backing an unacceptable and patit Sikh faith leader has been revealed.

At the press conference called on 15 July it was publicly revealed for the first time that a sub-group of the Board of Jathedars and a small minority in the Executive Committee had begun undermining the Executive Committee within a couple of weeks of their selection by the General Assembly in April 2019. 

It is now clear that since April 2019 several of the previous office bearers and a sub-group of the Board of Jathedars have prevented access to the Sikh Council UK bank account so signatories could be changed as in previous administrations and access has been denied to the main email, website, twitter handle and Facebook pages. 

Having waited nearly a year for access and with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic the Executive Committee was therefore forced to set up a new website, email account and social media accounts to reach out to Gurdwaras with guidance and signage. This guidance and signage have been widely used and appreciated by the majority of Gurdwaras up and down the country.

The Executive Committee met on 11 July and unanimously made decisions on a much-needed review of the constitution requested by the General Assembly, opening up of membership for the next administration in preparation for the General Assembly to approve any constitutional changes and selecting the next Executive Committee. 
The Board of Jathedars is an advisory body and matters can only be referred to it by the Executive Committee or General Assembly. The Board of Jathedars are not members of the General Assembly and have no constitutional authority or powers unless mandated by the Executive Committee or General Assembly. 
It is understood the Executive Committee also decided on 11 July the Board of Jathedars needed to be refreshed at the same time as selecting a new Executive Committee. Board of Jathedars are appointed for 5 years, although their membership can be renewed. Most have served for well over 5 years and the Executive Committee has the power to remove any Board of Jathedar undermining the work of the Sikh Council UK or bringing it into disrepute.

A meeting of a sub-group of the Board of Jathedars no doubt fearing for their own positions and wanting to control the Executive Committee and the selection process for the next administration met the following day on 12 July followed by the subsequent controversial press conference on 15 July. 
The meeting on 12 July was unofficial as it was called by only one of the two convenors. For this reason, any decisions taken at the unofficial meeting are improper and non-binding. 

The subsequent press conference on 15 July appears to have been a final and desperate attempt to try and prevent the constitutionally selected Executive Committee from operating until the end of its term. Only around 8 General Assembly members were present from 5 Gurdwaras at the press conference. Others present were either Board of Jathedars or those that have resigned or never been members.

Over 60 General Assembly members from Gurdwaras and Sikh organisations have now approached Board of Jathedars that have supported the Executive Committee from the outset and rejected the unofficial meeting of a sub-group of the Board of Jathedars. 

The General Assembly members have strongly criticised the press conference and associated media coverage as an unconstitutional attempt to take control prior to appointment of a new administration. The views of these General Assembly members have been communicated to the two Board of Jathedar Convenors.

Ignoring the press conference and what was announced, the Executive Committee met on 19 July and requested Jatinder Singh, the Secretary General of the Sikh Council UK to convene a General Assembly. According to the constitution only the Secretary General has the power to convene a General Assembly.  

Before announcing the date of the General Assembly meeting it was agreed the Executive would liaise with both Convenors of the Board of Jathedars.

Since the meeting on 19 July it is understood Jatinder Singh has had a written request from over a quarter of the General Assembly delegates and more than half the Executive Committee to call an extraordinary meeting of the General Assembly. Jatinder Singh therefore must now call an extraordinary General Assembly meeting. 
The support shown by General Assembly members is seen as a massive vote of confidence in the Secretary General and Executive Committee.

This press statement has been issued on behalf of General Assembly members by: Tarsem Singh, Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Newcastle; Professor Harjit Singh, Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara, Sunderland; Harpal Singh, Leeds Chapeltown Gurdwara; Harbhajan Singh, Sri Harkrishan Sahib Ji Gurdwara, Oadby and Harjinder Singh, Dashmesh Darbar East London.

Tripura CM Biplab Deb: Punjabis and Haryanvi Jatts Strong Physically but Less Intelligent

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb makes controversial comments on Punjabis and Jats. The state CM had formerly compared Punjabis, Jats and Bengalis in a controversial statement. He said Punjabis and Jats are known more for their physical power than brains and Bengalis just the opposite.

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Indian Banks Headed for ₹20-Trillion Hole

A news report by the LiveMint has suggested that due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Indian banks are headed for a ₹20-trillion hole.

Here is an excerpt from the LiveMint:

Unlike many central bank governors who have tried hard to stay tight-lipped during the pandemic, Shaktikanta Das, the governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), did not beat around the bush in his latest speech. At a banking conclave last weekend, he said: “The economic impact of the pandemic… may result in higher non-performing assets (NPAs) and capital erosion of banks. A recapitalization plan for public sector banks (PSBs) and private banks has, therefore, become necessary.”

In simple English, what Das said was that the negative economic impact of covid-19 will lead to increased defaults by borrowers. How bad is it going to get? If one-twentieth of the loans which are likely to be under a moratorium as of 31 August are defaulted on, the overall quantum of bad loans in the Indian banking system would be close to ₹12 trillion. If one-fifth of them default once the moratorium is lifted, the quantum of bad loans would touch a dizzying ₹20 trillion, more than double the current level.

These are extremely conservative estimates, of course. Not surprisingly, former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan said recently: “The levels of NPA will be unprecedented six months from now.”

With increased defaults, banks will need to be recapitalized, that is, more money will have to be invested in them to keep them going. In fact, there is already enough evidence of increased pressure in the banking system in the days ahead and of the impending storm.

Read the rest: Live Mint

UK Sikh Girl Breaks Silence on Being Raped

A Sikh female University student has broken silence on being raped after a night out. The UK has had a big history of Sikh girls being groomed and raped by men of Pakistani origin.

Here is the interview:

A Sikh Female University Student Shares Her Horrifying Experience On A Night Out!

LIVE: An exclusive interview with Sikh female University Student, who Shares her horrifying ordeal after a typical night out!

Posted by KTV on Sunday, July 12, 2020

Major Road in the UK Could Be Renamed after Guru Nanak

A road in West London, named after the British Army general could be renamed after the founder of Sikhism as part of a wider push to recognize the UK’s diversity and address the more pernicious aspects of Britain’s colonial past.

Havelock Road in Southall is named after Sir Henry Havelock who is widely considered a military visionary for his systematic dismantling of the Revolt of 1857, also known as first Indian war of Independence from the rapacious rule of the East India Company.

On Tuesday it was revealed that a consultation is underway which could lead to road being renamed Guru Nanak Road.

Southall is home to a large Sikh community and Havelock Road is home to the Sri Guru Singh Sabha, which is considered the largest Gurdwara in the world outside India…

…“As the Member of Parliament for Ealing Southall and a Councillor for 25 years before that I have often been ashamed the names of empire still pervade our streets. I have long campaigned for schools to teach more about our Imperial past, not just the great strides made but also the shameful thuggery and violence, names like Havelock belong in books, classrooms and museums, not on the streets to be celebrated,” Sharma said.

“The community should come together to decide how we rename this road, but celebrating Guru Nanak Dev Ji in his 550th anniversary, and erasing a white man who killed Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus, would be a sign of our multiculturalism and our diversity,” he added. ‘a sign of our multiculturalism’: UK’s Havelock Road, named after general who dismantled India’s first war for Independence, to be renamed Guru Nanak Marg

A consultation to rename Havelock road will begin “very shortly”, according to Councillor Bell.

Read the rest of the article: Hindustan Times

When a Blind Sikh Saw Guru Ji

In the times of Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji, there was a very poor gursikh who lived in a hut alone. This gursikh was blind and had grown to love the guru from what he had heard. As he couldn’t travel anywhere he would find out who has gone from his village to see the guru.

He would ask them, “What does the Guru look like? What weapons does he keep? What stories does he tell?”

Each person would reply, “I cannot explain in words.”

One night he could not sleep, as his thoughts were focused on meeting the guru. He longed so much to see the beautiful Mukh of Guru Maharaaj. He could not take it any longer and felt angry at himself for being blind.

“Guru Ji, I am such a dirty sinner, I am unworthy of your darshan. I do not know what countless sins I have committed for me to suffer without you.”
At this moment Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji awoke from Samadhi, and told his Sikhs to get the horses ready to leave immediately.

The gursikh felt helpless and began to cry tearing his hut apart. He wanted to go to see his guru; he then made up his mind that he would go by foot and allow the guru to guide him. He packed some food and set off in the dark. On his way he tripped and fell hurting himself badly. His thoughts remained on meeting his guru as he lay on the ground.

He suddenly felt two strong arms lift him up to his feet, and he heard a voice. “I have come, my beloved. I could not sleep without doing your darshan, I felt my heart pulling me towards you and I had to come.”

When the blind sikh heard this he fell to the guru’s feet and could not contain himself. Guru ji again lifted him to him feet and said, “the home of Guru Nanak contains everything, ask of what you will.”

“Guru Ji all that I ask of is that my eyes may work and have your beautiful darshan.”

Guru ji smiled and kissed him on both eyes. When he opened them, he fell at Guru Ji’s feet upon seeing him and wept at Guru Ji’s feet. He stared at Guru Ji in amazement for some time.

“Beloved I must go now, it is amritvela and the sangat will be waiting.”

“ Guru Ji I cannot live without your Darshan now, what will I do?”

Guru Ji replied, “The house of Guru Nanak again offers what you ask of it, one more thing.”

The gursikh fell to the floor and said, “ Guru Ji if you are going to give me one more thing, then please take these eyes away as I wish not to see anything ever again after having your darshan.” A tear dropped down Guru Ji’s cheek as he granted the final wish..