Saturday, October 30, 2010

Diwali with a difference !

This Diwali and till justice is done to Victims of 1984 Genocide,let's light a Candle/Diva in the Gurdwaras to pay homage to the departed souls.

Candle Light Vigil at India Gate on Ist November 2010 !

The Sikh Forum along with Volunteers from Human Rights, Civil Liberties, Democratic Rights and other organizations will assemble at India Gate with Candle Lights on Ist November 2010 between 5.30 PM to 8.00 PM in memory of those killed during 1984 anti-Sikh carnage and to demand justice for the victims. It will be a totally peaceful vigil with Candle Lights.

No upkeep for over 30 years, war memorial fights neglect

Paintings gather dust, weapons left to rust at Anglo-Sikh War Memorial in Ferozepur

Layers of dust on old paintings, rusting weapons of historical importance, dirty floors of the rooms housing rare artifacts and an almost crumbling heritage building — this is what greet you at the Anglo-Sikh War Memorial located on the banks of Ferozeshah canal here. It goes without saying that the memorial had ceased to draw visitors.

This was the place where Sikhs fought the British army in 1845. The memorial set up to salute the martyrs was dedicated to the nation by the then chief minister, Giani Zail Singh, and Sanjay Gandhi in April 1976. There has been no repair work at the memorial ever since. On the other hand, while not even a penny has been spent on the maintenance, the tourism department has sanctioned Rs 1.23 crore to make kiosks, shops, an interpretation centre and a food court in the complex and these have been under construction at the site for the last one year.

with thanks : IndianExpress : link in headline above for detailed news.


A taste of India

Daniel Scott journeys to a Sikh temple in Woolgoolga and unravels some of life's mysteries.

I've always been intrigued, as we've driven past Woolgoolga on journeys north, by the ornate white edifice with domes and minarets crowning a hill above the Pacific Highway. The Guru Nanak Temple, opened in 1970, is the most visible sign of Australia's largest regional Sikh population, a thriving pocket of India in the land of the Big Banana, 20 kilometres north of Coffs Harbour.

As a callow teenager, I learnt to travel in India on an epic 25,000-kilometre journey across the subcontinent. But I never visited the Punjab region, where Sikhism originates, so the religion of turbanned, big-bearded men has remained a mystery to me.

This morning, the second of a two-day family visit to Woolgoolga, I've finally made it to the temple and the mystery is unravelling.

"Sikhism is very close to Buddhism and the Baha'i faith," says a prominent Sikh on Coffs City Council, John Arkan, who is showing a small group around the temple.

"We have no caste system, no priest," he continues, as we remove our shoes and cover our heads with bandannas before entering the temple, "and the guru instilled the idea of equality between men and women."

Founded by Guru Nanak in the 15th century and based on his teachings and those of 10 subsequent gurus, Sikhism is the world's fifth-largest organised religion. In Woolgoolga, 300 families worship at the gurdwara (temple) and there are plans to build another nearby.

We make our way upstairs and into a large open room, at the centre of which is a palki, an altar upon which the scriptures are placed each day. It's a welcoming, colourful space but not overelaborate.

We sit cross-legged and Arkan explains more about his faith. "We don't cut our hair because nature created it that way," he says, "so we normally wrap it in a turban together with a wooden comb to keep it clean." The uncut hair (kesh) and comb (kanga) are two of the five "Ks" worn by baptised Sikhs; the others are circular bangles (kara), symbolising God's eternity; a small double-edged sword (kirpan), representing day and night; and undershorts (kachera).

with thanks : smh : link in headline above for detailed story.


Friday, October 29, 2010

White House denies rumors about Obama and Sikh temple

(RNS) The White House has denied reports that President Obama will avoid a Sikh shrine while visiting India next week because the required head covering might have fanned false rumors about his faith.

"The decision we made was driven by ... the interests of time, how to best advance our common interests with India in these three days," said Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser on Wednesday (Oct. 27).

Sikh leaders had hoped the president would visit the temple, which they consider their holiest site. Obama has been dogged by persistent -- and false -- rumors that he is not Christian, but Muslim.

with thanks : christiancentury : link in headline above for detailed news.


Britain's longest serving Asian police officer retires

It's a career that took a fresh faced 17-year-old cadet with Thames Valley Police in 1975 to the country's elite anti-terrorism branch.

Along the way he has protected the royals and senior MPs, and worked on the drugs squad.

Now 52-year-old Detective Constable Harinder Singh Sangha is hanging up his truncheon after 35 years service.

"I have had a fantastic career. There's been a few lows. But lots of highs," he said.

It's rare for anti-terrorist officers to give interviews. But Asian colleagues and the Metropolitan Police Sikh Association (MPSA) encouraged Det Cons Sangha to go public because of his ground-breaking career.

"He has been the first in many things and is a good role model," said Det Sgt Gurpal Virdi of the MPSA.

with thanks : BBC News : link in headline above for detailed news.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

The empty-headed twenty per cent

One aspect of the planning for President Obama’s trip to India is downright depressing — and there’s no weighty issue to blame, just the ignorance of a surprisingly large group of Americans. White House organisers are reportedly considering taking the city of Amritsar off the itinerary. The reason? Amritsar is home to the Sikh Golden Temple, which is more or less a mandatory stop for a head of state visiting the city, but those who enter it are required to cover their heads.

Something like 20 per cent of Americans still falsely believe Obama to be Muslim. Sikhs aren’t Muslims, but Obama’s staffers are worried that any picture of him wearing religious headgear (Golden Temple officials have said baseball caps and the like aren’t acceptable substitutes) would spread like wildfire among the paranoid minority who remain unconvinced of Obama’s faith. It’s a reasonable fear, given the crazed intensity of some of Obama’s critics, but the White House shouldn’t give in to it. If it fits his itinerary, he should go to Amritsar and visit the temple, wearing headgear.

with thanks : IndianExpress : link in headline above for detailed news.


16 years of Sikhnet !

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Court paves way for fresh criminal proceedings for Sajjan

In fresh trouble for senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, a Delhi Court on Saturday paved the way for initiation of criminal proceedings against him in another case relating to the 1984 anti-Sikh riot.

The court rejected the plea of the Delhi police to club the case involving Kumar with the ongoing trial in another case relating to the carnage.

"There is no order on judicial records with regard to clubbing to FIR no 67/87 (allegedly involving Kumar) with FIR no 418/1991," District Judge S K Sarvaria said.

With thanks : IndianExpress : link in headline above for detailed news.


Sikhs in Malaysia eagerly await Singh's visit

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's three-day visit from Tuesday is being eagerly awaited not only by Malaysian government but also its minority ethnic Indian community, especially the Sikhs who have applauded his contribution to India's fast-paced growth. The Sikh community is "very, very proud" that a Sikh has risen and become the Prime Minister of India, one of the biggest democracies of the world, a prominent Malaysian Sikh leader said referring to Singh's upcoming visit here.

"We, the Sikhs in Malaysia, are so proud that Manmohan Singh has turned India around at such a fast pace and put the country on the path of accelerated development," President of the Malaysia National Sikhs Movement, Darshan Singh Gill, a fifth generation Sikh in Malaysia whose great-great grandfather arrived in the then Malaya in 1880s,said.

Gill, who has been awarded the title 'Tan Sri' by the King of Malaysia, said he had met Manmohan Singh during his visit to Delhi earlier this year when he had presented him with a book on Sikh Community in Malaysia, compiled by him.

with thanks : hindustantimes : link in headline above for detailed news.


Friday, October 22, 2010

Why Obama won't visit Amritsar

with thanks : NDTV


Order deferred in 1984 riots case

NEW DELHI: A trial court on Thursday deferred till Saturday the pronouncement of order on the fate of a chargesheet, which was prepared by the Delhi police in 1992 but was never filed before the court.

District judge S K Sarvaria, who was to pronounce the order on an application filed by the prosecutor seeking a direction with regard to the chargesheet against the former outer Delhi MP, put it off for October 23.

During a brief arguments, the court was told that if it decided to club a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case allegedly involving senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar with another case then it will have to summon him to face trial. Riots victims' counsel senior advocate H S Phoolka told the court that if the court decides against such a move then police would be asked to file the chargesheet prepared against Kumar which was not filed since 1992. Phoolka told the court that the application filed by the Special Public Prosecutor with regard to direction to the police on the chargesheet had to be decided first before proceeding in on-going trial.

With thanks : Times of India : link in headline above for detailed news.


84-yr-old scripts history, translates Guru Granth Sahib into Urdu

Bhathinda :

Wants to publish his work running into over 14,000 pages, complete with in-depth interpretation of the teachings; SGPC shows interest but says it will take time.

At 84, Davinderpal Singh of Rampura village in this district has accomplished something that research scholars of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), Amritsar, failed to do about three decades ago. Singh has translated the highly revered Sikh scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib, in Urdu with an in-depth word-to-word interpretation.

Originally written in Gurmukhi script, the translated version of Guru Granth Sahib, running into more than 14,000 pages, is the first of its kind venture. “Translated versions of the Guru Granth Sahib are available in English, Hindi and even Malayalam. I strongly felt that the holy scripture should be also available in Urdu. I had been working on it for about a decade,” says a proud Devinderpal, a retired patwari who is also a Munshi Fazil, an advanced degree in Urdu.

with thanks : IndianExpress : link in headline above for detailed news.


Thursday, October 21, 2010

UK's longest serving NRI Sikh officer to retire this month

LONDON: Britain's longest serving NRI Sikh officer and Detective Constable Harinder Singh Sangha will retire this month after thirty five years of police service.

Harinder, popularly known as 'Hari' was born in Punjab's Jullundur district and was educated in Slough, Berkshire.

Harinder whose family moved to England in 1961, joined the Thames Valley Police as a police cadet on October 13, 1975 and subsequently joined the regular service.

He was the first Asian to join the Thames Valley Police. In 1982 he joined the CID department.

With thanks : EconomicTimes : link in headline above for detailed news.


A Question of Appearances: Obama Will Bypass Sikh Temple on Visit to India

NEW DELHI — The Golden Temple, a sprawling and serene complex of gleaming gold and polished marble that is the spiritual center of the Sikh religion, is one of India's most popular tourist attractions. Revered by Indians of all faiths, it is a cherished emblem of India’s religious diversity. So it was no surprise when the gold-plated marvel was promoted as the likely third stop on President Obama's visit to India, scheduled for early November.

But the United States has ruled out a Golden Temple visit, according to an American official involved in planning. Temple officials said that American advance teams had gone to Amritsar, the holy city that is the site of the temple, to discuss a possible visit. But the plan appears to have foundered on the thorny question of how Mr. Obama would cover his head, as Sikh tradition requires, while visiting the temple.

“To come to golden temple he needs to cover his head,” said Dalmegh Singh, secretary of the committee that runs the temple. “That is our tradition.”

Mr. Obama, a Christian, has struggled to fend off persistent rumors that he is a Muslim, and Sikhs in the United States have often been mistaken for Muslims. Sikhism, which arose in the Punjab region in the 15th century, includes elements of Hinduism and Islam but forms a wholly distinct faith. Since Sept. 11, 2001, Sikhs in the United States have been occasional targets of anti-Muslim discrimination and violence — a Sikh was killed in Arizona a few days after the attack on the World Trade Center by a man who mistook him for a Muslim.

With thanks : nytimes : link in headline above for the detailed news. Pic with thanks to :Raminder Pal Singh/European Pressphoto Agency.


'Campaign through Facebook for Obama's visit to Golden Temple'

WASHINGTON: Upset over reports that US President Barack Obama may skip Golden Temple during his India visit, a Sikh group here today asked the community members to campaign through Twitter and Facebook accounts of the White House for his visit to Sikhism's holiest.

United Sikhs also urged Obama not to cancel his visit to Golden Temple. "The President's visit to India in November has been marked with heightened jubilation, especially from the Sikh community," it said in a statement.

"Visit the White House's Twitter and Facebook account to let the President know the importance of his potential visit to Harmandar Sahib (Golden Temple)," the statement said.

with thanks : economictimes : link in headline for detailed news.


Will Head Covering Issue Keep Obama From Golden Temple?

A New York Times story out yesterday suggested that President Obama will avoid the Golden Temple while visiting India early next month for a unique reason: Concern that images of Mr. Obama wearing the head covering required by Sikh tradition while visiting would further the erroneous belief that he is Muslim.

Asked about the story today, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs would not directly address its central claim. He said the schedule for the trip was not yet finalized and that decisions about where to go are made in consultation with the host country.

with thanks : CBSnews : link in headline for detailed story.


Sikhs appeal to Obama not to ‘cancel’ Golden Temple visit

Sikhs from various walks of life today made an emphatic appeal to US President Barack Obama, asking him not to cancel his planned visit to the Golden Temple on the issue of wearing a ‘headscarf or cap’ on the temple premises. They said though Obama would have to cover his head in accordance with Sikh traditions to visit the gurdwara, they had no objection if he wore a cap or even a hat.

The Indian Express carried a story in today’s edition (October 19, 2010), saying Obama might skip his proposed Golden Temple visit as US officials fear wearing a cap might create the impression among some Americans that he is a Muslim and alienate a section of US Christians. President Obama is a Christian whose late father was a Kenyan Muslim.

The Akal Takht Jathedar, Giani Gurbachan Singh, had stated that the US President may wear a scarf or a cap that is worn by Muslims but cannot wear a baseball cap or anything that resembles one. Teams from the White House and the US Embassy have visited Amritsar several times over the past three weeks to assess the arrangements for the visit.

with thanks : IndianExpress : link in headline above for detailed news.


56.3 lakh voters enrolled for SGPC elections

Justice HS Brar, Chief Commissioner, Gurdwara Elections, has said voters could be punished under the provisions of Indian Penal Code (IPC) if they submitted false declaration. He was addressing a press conference here after holding a meeting with deputy commissioners from seven districts of Jalandhar Division.

The returning officers and revising authorities of the constituencies were also present at the meeting held to review the preparation of electoral rolls and to get an update regarding the claims and objections received so far in respect of applications for making votes. The last date of filing objections is October 28.

with thanks : indianexpress : link in headline above for detailed news.


Witness identifies Sajjan Kumar in 1984 Sikh riots case

A witness in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case on Tuesday identified former Congress MP Sajjan Kumar as one of the leaders who provoked the killing of innocent Sikhs during the carnage after the assassination of the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi. Jagsher Singh told a city court he remembered Kumar asking the mob to kill Sikhs.

"Sajjan Kumar, MP, came in an Ambassador car and asked some people (around 30 to 40) if they had done the work that had been assigned to them. He then said they had not done their work properly. One person told him that they were helpless as the thekedars (contractors) were being saved by Hindus. Thereupon, Kumar said Hindus offering shelter to Sikhs should be killed and their houses burnt," Singh said.

Singh had lost three of his elder brothers in the riots. He is a witness in the case filed by his cousin Jagdish Kaur, whose husband and son were also killed by the mob. Singh said following Kumar's order, the mob looted his Raj Nagar home and set it on fire. "I knew him (Kumar) because our area was backward and there was some sewage problem. He had come to listen to our grievances," Singh added.

with thanks : indiatoday : link in headline above for detailed news.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A day after Sekhwan locked Gurdwara, Manpreet Badal gets due honour by Sikh priest

PATIALA: A day after Sewa Singh Sekhwan Punjab Public Relations minister locked the Gurdwara at Kahnuwan to prevent entru of former Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal, the granthi (priest) at Gurdwara Dukhnivaran Sahib here who Monday presented Siropao(robe of honour) to Manpreet Singh Badal has reportedly gone underground soon after the ceremony.

The Gurdwara Dukhnivaran Sahib is controlled by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee (SGPC). Manpreet Badal had came to pay obeisance at Gurdwara where he was presented Siropao by a Granthi.

In Kahnuwan, Manpreet Badal was shocked to see the Gurdwara locked by supporters of Sewa Singh Sekhwan when he went there to attend path of Sukhmani Sahib organised by one of his supporter. The woman who had organised was allegedly kidnapped by Sekhwan's supporters. Sekhwan later produced the woman in press conference. She said that she had gone to her parents house.

Any official of SGPC, who did not want to disclose the identity of Granthi said that there were no directions from SGPC to give or not to give siropa to Manpreet Badal. He however confirmed that they were told not to allow Manpreet to address any meeting in Gurdwara premises.
The Gurdwara manager also offered a cup of tea to Manpreet even though he was not allowed to address workers meeting in conference room situated in Gurdwara Premises by the manager.
He arrived here around 9.40 AM in the morning and after meeting with his supporters who turned in large number immediately went to Gurdwara Sahib.

with thanks : punjabnewsline : link in headline for detailed news.


Woman, 74, in Canada illegally gets to stay

OTTAWA - A 74-year-old woman from India living in Canada illegally for the last six years has been granted another stay from deportation.

Gyan Kaur came to Canada in 2001 after her husband died. The move allowed Kaur to be closer to her four children, who all live in this country. Two of children are citizens and two are in Canada illegally after their own claims for refugee status were denied.

According to court documents, Kaur claimed refugee status in February 2002 “on the ground that she feared persecution because of her Sikh nationality.”

That application was denied in January 2004, and since then she has remained in the country through several appeals to stay on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. Those applications were all denied.

with thanks : torontosun : link in headline above.


Habhajan Mann renowned Sikh singer in hospital

Renowned Punjabi singer and actor Harbhjan Mann has been suffering from dengue and has been hospitalised at S P S Apollo Hospital, Ludhiana.

According to Dr Anupreet Kaur of Apollo Hospital, “Harbhajan Mann was admitted in the hospital on Tuesday as his platelet count was only 14,000.

After treatment in the hospital, he is on way to recovery. I think he will be discharged from hospital in a day or so.

with thanks : emgonline : link in headline above.


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sher-e-Punjab rises again

It was the right setting for the event. A painting of Maharaja Ranjit Singh by the Singh Twins was sold for 16,000 pounds sterling at an auction organized by Christies at Elveden Hall, Norfolk - former residence of Maharaja Duleep Singh - in September. It was one of the two artworks especially rendered by The Singh Twins for the bidding that formed part of the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail activities, and was attended by eminent Sikhs from all over the world.

With thanks : times of India : link in headline above for detailed news.


Thursday, October 14, 2010

How Obama's Date with Amritsar was set up

Sikh Americans are ecstatic that Obama will visit the Golden Temple. Avatar Singh, chief of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee that is responsible for Sikh places of worship in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh ,will welcome Obama. Other senior leaders, led by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, are also expected to receive the American President and the First Lady.

Sources said that in the few hours the Obamas will be in Amritsar, they will also visit an organic farm. The first lady is very interested in the subject, and has a miniature organic farm on the White House's South Lawn.

"It's really a dream come true moment," said Potomac, Maryland-based dentist Dr Rajwant Singh, chairman, Sikh Council on Religion and Education and executive director, Guru Gobind Singh Foundation. "This is absolutely a joyous moment for Sikhs not just in America, but all over the world," added Singh, was in the forefront of urging Obama to visit the Golden Temple. "I have been receiving scores of e-mails and calls from not only all across America but from also people in Punjab and Delhi and everywhere — even from Australia and the Middle East!"

He said it all had begun when "The President mentioned to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the state dinner in November about the Guru Nanak birthday celebrations the White House had hosted. This was such a complete surprise and such a wonderful and great gesture."

It was then, Singh said, "That's when I thought that this could work (urging Obama to visit the Golden Temple). That if I just plug this idea and somehow keep pushing this, it might work. And by god's grace it did."

Singh had started to work on it with Paul Monteiro, White House associate director for public engagement. Monteiro's portfolio includes reaching out to ethnic minorities and he is a regular feature at Sikh American events. He helped organise the Guru Nanak birth anniversary celebration at the White House.

In early July, Singh continued, he had written to the White House that if the President could visit the Golden Temple, it would "be a wonderful gesture since it's a symbol of interfaith understanding." He had pointed out that "the foundation stone of the temple was laid by a Muslim saint and the temple itself was constructed by Hindus and Sikhs and visited by people of all faiths from all over the world. I also mentioned that Punjab shares 370 miles of border with Pakistan and it will be a powerful message by the President to South Asia if he visits the temple."

If Obama visits the temple, Singh had added, "Americans will come to know about Sikhs and what Sikhism is all about. This will hopefully help to remove some of the misunderstanding and misperceptions about Sikhs in America and many of the difficulties Sikhs have faced and continue to face due to everything from racial profiling to mistaken identity and harassment at airports and other security barriers."

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Submitted by : Dr. Rajwant Singh - Young sikh Leaders - with President Obama.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

UK Hosts World's First Sikh Awards

With thanks : emgonline : link in headline above for detailed news.

The winners were

Sikh Lifetime Achievement : Mr. Fauja Singh, Fauja Singh holds the 10,000m record (64 mins - Lahore Marathon January 2005), 1/2 Marathon (2 hrs 29 mins and 59 secs) and the Marathon record (5 hrs 40 mins and 1 sec) both at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in September 2004 and September 2003 respectively. 94 year old Fauja Singh was to run 100m, 200m, 400m, the mile and 1500m, and a 3000m continuing on to finish the 5000m. Six races covering eight distances in a time limit of 94 mins. Impossible? – nothing is impossible for the ex-farmer from the Punjab ! Fauja Singh clocked 19.97 for the 100. In the 200m he obliterated the UK M90 age group 200m clocking an amazing 45.13sec. The 400m he covered in 1.49.28sec, to become the first in Briton ever to contest this distance.

Sikhs in Education : Professor Tejinder Singh Virdee, Tejinder is a particle physicist at Imperial College London and at the CERN laboratory in Geneva. He is distinguished for his contributions to experimental particle physics. In particular, starting with a handful of colleagues in 1990, he was responsible for setting up the worldwide CMS experiment collaboration. This is one of the two largest and most complex experiments in science with over 3000 scientists and engineers from about 180 institutes in over 38 countries. Professor Virdee has been a leader of the CMS experiment since the early nineties.

Sikhs and Charities : United Sikhs UK : Volunteers, staff and supporters work behind the scenes for an organisation they feel is theirs. Our volunteers have led 15 humanitarian relief missions in disaster zones; we provide legal services to defend civil and human rights and we run educational and personal development programmes. Our mission is to provide selfless service to the underprivileged and dispossesseo regardless of their religion or belief, ethnicity, nationality or gender. We are now a UN affiliated NGO with offices in 10 countries across the world, including the UK

Sikhs and Seva : DR Manjit Kaur Birdi, Manjit Kaur is a health practitioner and has worked within the community for over 20 yrs. She has been deeply touched by the suffering of fellow human beings and has always set out to help them in which ever way she can. She has presented on various TV & radio stations to raise the profile of health and religious affairs within the Sikh community. Six years ago she travelled out to Kenya to help build clean water supplies with irrigation system for people living in Kenya. In Africa she also travelled to Uganda and set up safe farming areas for families so they could grow and develop their communities. She is now working with local families and hospitals in India treating illnesses, promoting Sikhi and setting up and educational programme for children.

Sikhs in Business : Dr Kartar Singh Lalvani OBE, Dr Kartar Singh Lalvani founded Britain’s fastest growing major nutraceutical company 39 years ago with a portfolio of UK’s No. 1 brand leading supplements, including Pregnacare, Perfectil, Osteocare, Wellman and Wellwoman. Kartar, a fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, with a doctorate in medicinal chemistry, has built his business on his patented scientific innovations. The company now sells its products in over 120 countries. In the UK, over £60m worth of products are sold through retail chains, at Boots and nationwide. Dr Lalvani’s group employs over 2000 worldwide with a global turnover of over £200m and further double-digit growth is forecast. Vitabiotics is a private family business and has twice won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Sikh Business Women : Dr Rabinder Kaur Buttar, Dr Rabinder Buttar is a highly successful British entrepreneur and the founder, President and CEO of ClinTec International. Included in Real Business’ List of Britain’s 100 Most Entrepreneurial Women, Dr Buttar is the recipient of several prestigious business awards, such as Ernst & Young Scottish Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 and The Institute of Directors (IOD) Director of the Year for Glasgow & the West of Scotland. ClinTec has a growing presence in the major markets of Europe, India and the Middle East. Dr Buttar has a PhD in Immunology, which she gained in 1988 from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland. Dr Buttar received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the West of Scotland for her 20 years contribution to Life Sciences.

Sikh Entrepreneur : Mr Jaswinder Singh Sehmbi, Arriving in London aged 11 and armed with an unstoppable passion and drive, Jaswinder Sehmbi has always been an entrepreneur. From a very young age he learnt he could turn his hand to almost anything and make something from it. Reassembling a bicycle to sell on while at school, using his talent to decorate homes while at college, supporting a family of five in all ways possible and then realising a dream to create a business that has taken him all over the world. And it doesn't stop there. His intuitive way with others and constant strive for learning new things and sharing knowledge has lead him to sponsoring and mentoring young hopefuls, inspiring them to become the creative forces of tomorrow.

Sikhs in Entertainment : MR Jazzy B, Jaswinder Singh Bains, aka Jazzy B was born in Punjab and was raised in Vancouver, Canada, a transatlantic superstar who has introduced a fresh new image to the world of Bhangra music. Since his debut album in 1993, has become one of the most important names in the Punjabi music world. Jazzy B is one the most prominent stars of Punjabi music in the 21st century, having proved his credentials with a string of worldwide smash hit songs.

Sikhs in Media : Dr Gurjeet Kaur Bains, Dr Gurjeet Kaur Bains is Editor in Chief of Britain’s first English/Punjabi publication, The Sikh Times. Amongst her other accomplishments is the role of Non Executive Director of Europe’s largest hospital, she is also Governor of a consortium of colleges in Birmingham. Gurjeet was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Aston University. Gurjeet was the first woman to Chair the Institute of Asian Businesses. She is CEO of Women of Cultures and founder of British Asian Hafta, an initiative that celebrates the success and contributions of the Asian community to Britain. Gurjeet strives to be a positive role model and mentor.

Sikhs in Sports : Satnam Singh Dhillon, Satnam Dhillon has played polo all his life from the first time he could walk to bicycles to horses. His father started playing in his early thrities and Satnam has had the fortune to follow in his fathers footsteps. Satnam is now rated as one of the top four rated english polo players, but Satnam unlike any other player on the same 7 goal handicap he plays as a professional / amature as he his employed full time in the family property firm. Currently he is also the highest rated indian player in the game. Satnam also plays for england and is part of the england squad.

With thanks : emgonline : link in headline above for detailed news.


Delegation of displaced Sikhs travels to Orakzai

Peshawar, Oct 13 (PTI) A delegation of the minority Sikh community has travelled to the restive Orakzai tribal region of northwest Pakistan to assess the security situation in the area and condition of their homes which they had abandoned after the military launched an operation against the local Taliban.

The delegation, which was escorted to Orakzai by officials of the local administration, comprised elders of 58 Sikh families.

with thanks : MSN News : link in headline above for detailed news.


Denied entry to Chandigarh, Punjab riot victims launch indefinite stir

5 protesters sit on fast-unto-death; hundreds on indefinite dharna.

Hundreds of 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims from across Punjab on Tuesday launched an indefinite agitation against the state government on the Mohali-Chandigarh border after they were denied entry to Chandigarh.

As the protesters, under the banner of the Punjab Danga Peerit Welfare Society, led by its president Surjit Singh, marched from Mohali towards Chandigarh, a heavy police force from Chandigarh stopped them from crossing the border around 2 pm. Following this, they squatted on the middle of the road leading from Sector 51-52, Mohali, to Sector 43-44, Chandigarh, closing it for the vehicular traffic.

To protest against the police action, five protesters — Gurpal Kaur (45), state president of society’s women wing, Harbans Kaur (80), chairperson, Pritpal Singh (75), Kultar Singh (75), all from Ludhiana, and Mohan Singh (75) from Gurdaspur — sat on fast-unto-death, hundreds of protesters began indefinite dharna.

with thanks : IndianExpress : link in headline above for detailed news.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Coins of the Sikh Empire

The Sikh Empire had its own currency for the first time under the iconic Sikh general, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur. The use of these coins was carried on by subsequent kings of Punjab and reached its epitome under Maharaja Ranjit Singh, who laid the foundations of Sikh Empire. Before Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, the use of coins was prevalent in Punjab, but these weren’t used as currency, albeit as obeisance to the Sikh Gurus.

Baba Banda Singh Bahadur launched first Sikh coin somewhere between 1708 and 1715 A.D. Names of the first guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji and tenth guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, were inscribed on these coins along with dates when these were minted. Hymns from The Guru Granth Sahib were inscribed on these coins later on. The dates indicated on these coins are as per the traditional Indian calendar, the Bikrami Samvat, which is 57 years ahead of the modern or Roman calendar.

When Maharaja Ranjit Singh organized the Sikh Empire, the first coins that were minted under him were dedicated to the first guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The coins minted under him always bore the inscription of leaf of Banyan, a symbol of his empire. During his rule, the coins were minted at eight locations, Amritsar, Anandgarh, Lahore, Peshawar, Multan, Jammu and Kashmir. It is said that during his tenure, the Sikh currency was valued even higher than the French one!

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Marathon runner, 99, honoured at awards ceremony

A 99-year-old marathon runner from east London, a leading scientist and a polo player were among those honoured for their achievements at a Sikh awards ceremony.

Fauja Singh, from Ilford has set various records for his sporting achievements in his age category and once appeared in an adidas advert with David Beckham.

He was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award by prominent Sikh Bhai Sahib Ji at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

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In pictures: Sikh temple opening in Norwich

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sikhism: Awareness Drive at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

Sikhi Sidak( support of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee organised two days camp ( 9th & 10th Oct.2010) in Gurudwara Bangla Sahib premises. Their Volunteers along with the students of NSS Unit of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College,University of Delhi,Dev Nagar carry message of Sikh Gurus /Sikh Religion by displaying posters & distributing pamphlets or brochure with general information about Sikh Religion and personally interact with foreigners to make them understand Sikh religion.

Dr.Gurdeep kaur
Associate Professor
National Service Scheme programme officer,
Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College,
University of Delhi,
Dev Nagar,New Delhi-110005

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Sikhs tell their story with multimedia museum in Mississauga

When Canada’s first Multimedia Sikh Museum opens at Ontario Khalsa Darbar in Mississauga Sunday, it will offer clickable passage into more than 500 years of Sikhism – the world’s fifth largest religion.

“Yes, it is your one-stop window into the past, present and future of the Sikhs,’’ says Surrey, B.C.-based Raghbir Bains, who has spent almost 25 years on the project.

Loaded with 60,000 pages of text and tons of audio, video, animation and graphics, the touch-screen museum is a journey of more than 400 hours.

Mr. Bains, who received the Order of British Columbia in 2005 for his work on cross-cultural understanding, says he believes it is the first digitized museum for any religion – outside of India. It’s similar to the museum at Khadoor Sahib built near the Sikhs’ holiest city of Amritsar a few years ago, says the Sikh scholar.

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Land belonging to Hindu, Sikh shrines targeted in Pakistan

Another incident of acquisition of land belonging to Hindu and Sikh shrines in Pakistan has come to light, and Pakistan authorities have been approached by minorities to take this issue seriously.

According to the News, a delegation headed by Pakistan Hindu Sikh Social Welfare Council President Jag Mohan Arora approached Pakistan Evacuee Trust Property Board Chairman Syed Asif Hashmi to apprise him about the illegal occupation of a cemetery ground and demolition of temple in front of Rawalpindi Medical College.

The delegation urged Hashmi to take personal interest and help resolve the problems of the minority community.

Though Hashmi has assured the delegates to resolve the issue, there have been allegations against the Pakistan Evacuee Trust Property Board that it had illegally sold off land belonging to Sikh shrines to the Pakistani army at absurdly low prices.

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Punjab Dy CM lays foundation stone of eastablishment of first Sikh Raj memorial

CHAPAR CHIRI: (SAS Nagar): The 300 years of inception of first Sikh Rule in India, that marked a beginning of struggle for freedom was celebrated here Saturday with Sukhbir Singh Badal, President Shiromani Akali Dal laying foundation stone of Rs 48 crore Memorial to be built at the historic battle ground that was witness to Sikh Warrior Baba Banda Singh Bahadur. Baba Banda Singh Bahadu had defeated the most cruel Mogul Governor Wazir Khan.

The establishment of Sikh War memorial to be constructed by L&T, was the initiative Punjab Chief Minister, to perpetuate the unparalleled bravery of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur and his five Generals including Fateh Singh.

Speaking on the occasion, the Deputy Chief Minister said that Sikh history was replete with the sacrifices of Sikhs, who were always on forefront to fight against injustice and cruelty. He said that our young generation was oblivious of sacrifices made by Sikhs in getting our nation freed from the clutches of foreign invaders. He said that the sole purpose of erecting this memorial was to perpetuate the historic role of the Banda Singh Bahadur, in establishment of Sikh Rule and make our younger generation aware about it. He said that this memorial, one of its own kinds in the world would have 300 feet tall ‘Burj Baba Banda Singh Bahadur’, marking the 300 years of this epic war. He said that it would also have five mini museums indicating the sacrifice of 5 Sikh Jarnails.

Giving the details of memorials, Badal said that this memorial would be set up on a piece of 21 acre land acquired at the cost of Rs 25 Crores and was being erected at the cost of Rs 27 crores by Larsen and Tubro, a world renowned infrastructure company. Badal said that on 18th October foundation stone of another memorial was being laid at Kup Rohira, the site of ‘Wadda Ghallughara’ where, 35000 Sikhs were butchered, within the span of two- three days. He said that it was biggest massacre of Sikhs as half the Sikh population was killed by Moguls. The Deputy Chief Minister said that the third memorial was being built at Kahnuwan, the site of ‘Chota Ghallughara’ where 15000 Sikhs with their wives and children were killed by Moguls. He said that foundation stone of this memorial was being laid on 23rd October and all the three memorials would be constructed by L&T within span of 1 year.

In a message read out in function, Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister Punjab, who is recuperating in PGI after an injury on eye, apologized for not being able to attend this historic event.

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Happy Gurupurab

Waheguru ji ka khalsa,
Waheguru ji ki fateh !

Dhan Dhan Satguru Shri Guru Ramdas Sahib ji de
Parkash Purab Di aap sab noo beant beant wadhai hove ji


Friday, October 8, 2010

Riot victims ignore boycott call, attend camp

Over 700 applicants ignored the boycott call given by the Danga Peerat Welfare Association and turned up at the Guru Nanak Bhawan on Thursday to get their documents verified. A camp was organised by Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari to check the documents pertaining to the allotment of flats to the victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

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Pak denies visas to Sikh pilgrims

Pakistan has denied visa to more than 150 Sikh pilgrims who were to take part in the celebrations of Guru Ram Das, the founder of Amritsar, in Lahore on October 9. The delegation was to leave for Lahore on Thursday under the banner of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC). “No specific reasons was given for rejecting the application. These men would go to Pakistan on the next gurpurb that is in November,” said SGPC secretary Dalmegh Singh. “There have been several occasion when names of pilgrims were deleted arbitrarily,” the SGPC functionary said.

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Local Sikhs fulfil their temple dream for Norwich

About 10 minutes' drive from the centre of Norwich a group of men and women are putting the finishing touches to what will be Norfolk's first Sikh gurdwara or temple.

Some of them are levelling out the gravel at the side entrance to the flat-roofed shoebox-shaped building. Others are up ladders hammering in nails. From Sunday it will be known as Gurdwara Sri Guru Ramdass Parkash.

It was a second-hand furniture shop and despite the hard work still has the look of an office block. But that is of little concern to the city's tiny Sikh community. This is their pride and joy.

"I will be very happy and all my family will be very happy," said 78-year-old Chanan Singh Suwali, President of the new temple.

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Kiwi-Indian candidate implicated in alleged Auckland city council voting scam

Wellington, Oct 8 (ANI): An Indian origin man, Daljit Singh, who is a Labour candidate running for the Papatoetoe local boards, has been named as one of two men charged over an alleged voting scam in New Zealand.

Singh, a real estate agent and chairman of the Supreme Sikh Council of New Zealand, has been charged with forgery to influence the Auckland super-city council election.

According to, Labour Party President Andrew Little said "swift disciplinary action" could be taken against Singh, if he was found guilty of the alleged fraud.

"There is no tolerance in our party for conduct that undermines the integrity of the electoral process. If it is established that Mr Singh has acted in this way then he can expect swift disciplinary action, including having his Party membership removed from him," Little added.

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"CWG 2010 Awareness Drive at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib"

As we all are aware that during CWG 2010 in New Delhi(India), around 25000 visitors from all over the world are expected to visit Sikh shrines in Delhi.Therefore, Sikhi Sidak in association with YSL & United Sikhs and support from Dharam Prachar Committee (Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee) plan to organize camp in Gurdwara Bangla Sahib premises to educate & create awareness among people from different parts of the world about"Who Sikhs are?" and how Sikhs stand as a Separate Religion & Identity?

They plan to distribute the pamphlets or brochure with general information about Sikh Religion and interact with foreigners personally to make them understand uniqueness of Sikh religion .

This is an opportunity; where-in little effort can make Sikh values to reach every corner of the world.Therefore,its a sincere request to come forward & spare some time on 9th & 10th October between 11am .to 5 pm to join "Games Awareness Drive" at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib & contribute in spreading awareness & message of Sikh Gurus among foreigners.

To volunteer for this camp & be part of this Community Service (from 3rd October - 13th October 2010) for at least one day in promoting Sikhism & Sikh Values;please log into

Associate Professor(Dr.) Gurdeep Kaur
Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College,
University of Delhi,
Dev Nagar.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Sikh Museum set to open this weekend

Khalsa Darbar are putting the finishing touches to Canada's first multimedia Sikh museum.

The museum, said to be the first of its kind outside India, opens its doors to the public this Sunday, Oct 10, at its Dixie/Derry Roads location.

The brainchild of British Columbia author Dr Raghbir Singh Bains, the museum will house more than 50,000 pages of text in various languages, thousands of pictures, audio, video and animation, as per Surrey-based newspaper The South Asian Link.

According to his online biography, Bains "produced and programmed the Multimedia Sikh Museum in India, the first of its kind in the world, using new technology to make it easily accessible and interactive for all."

The museum in Mississauga will will cover the history and culture of the Sikh religion, Bains earlier told Surrey-based The South Asian Link.

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Priyanka & Robert visit Golden Temple, listen to Gurbani for a while

Amritsar : B
efore President Pratibha Patil paid a visit to the Golden Temple on Wednesday, the Sikh shrine had another set of high-profile visitors. They were Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, daughter of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, her husband Robert Vadra and their children who paid obeisance in the morning.

The family had arrived in the city on Tuesday evening and checked into a hotel after watching the Retreat Ceremony at Wagah-Attari border check post. Their visit was kept a closely guarded secret and they did not speak to the media who surrounded them at the Golden temple

complex.Priyanka said it was a personal visit that they had been planning for a long time. The Vadras took a ‘parikarama of the shrine and paid obeisance at the Akal Takht. They also listened to Gurbani for some time inside the Darbar Sahib.

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Prince Charles leaves behind impressions of his love for Punjab and Sikhs

FATEHGARH SAHIB: Prince Charles who visited Punjab for the second time on Monday, during his previous visit in 2006 and on several other occasions went overboard to shower praises for Sikhs, Punjab farmers and contribution of the border state in the green revolution of India.

Having special love for farmer community, Prince Charles see a great future for organic farming in Punjab. During both visits his main emphasis remained wooing farmers for organic farming.

When this correspondent accessed the official website of Prince Charles, in his speech delivered during the function of Consumer Goods Forum, London on June 23, 2010 he is quoted saying, “ we need to look at the way we use water, for instance. The World Bank has reported that in the Punjab over sixty per cent of groundwater is now being overdrawn by farmers. I have been there; I have seen it. Punjabi farmers now have to dig expensive bore holes over 200 feet deep to get at what remains of the water and, as a result, their debts are becoming ever deeper too – so is the salt contamination of their soil… This is why I started an initiative some four years ago to try and help a number of Punjabi farmers to convert to a more genuinely durable, sustainable organic system and to develop added value markets for their produce.”

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Shorn hair among Sikh youth irresponsible: Ex-Jathedar

The local chapter of the Global Sikh Brotherhood (GSB) held a seminar on the issue of “Sikh identity in the present adversities” at a gurdwara in Phase X on Tuesday. Former jathedar of Akal Takht Prof Manjit Singh was the chief guest and founder chief of the GSB Hardeep Singh, who is also local SGPC member, presided over the function.

Discussing the importance of keeping unshorn hair in Sikhism, various speakers termed it in accordance with nature and ethics of the religion. Prof Manjit Singh, in his lecture, said, “The reasons of declining acceptability of keeping unshorn hair among youth is the result of our irresponsible attitude. We, the parents, Sikh religious institutions and academic centres must accept that we are lacking somewhere in performing our duty of creating the awareness and required atmosphere”.

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Sikh human chain protects the President

Sikhs formed a human chair to protect the President Pratibha Patil as she and her family made the serene experience in the tranquillity offered in Harmandar Sahib (Golden Temple) the Sikh Holiest Shrine.

This is the Presidents first visit to the Holy Sikh Shrine; she paid homage to the Holy Sikh Scriptures, Guru Granth Sahib.

The entourage that accompanied the VIP visit included Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, Bathinda MP and Sukhbir Badal's wife Harsimrat Badal and other dignitaries accompanied the president during her maiden visit to the Sikh shrine.

According to Sikh traditions the president was given a 'Siropa' (religious gift blessed by Guru Granth Sahib) by the Granthi (priests)

During the visit the President will plant trees and attend a function that will address the growing concern of female foeticide destruction by Punjabi women.

with thanks : emgonline : link in headline.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

CBI's case against Sajjan suffers setback as witness turns hostile

CBI's case against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh riot case today suffered a setback in a Delhi court as a prosecution witness in the trial against him turned hostile, claiming he had not given shelter to one of the victims during the riots. "It is incorrect to suggest that Jagsher Singh alias Golu had also taken shelter in my house during that period or that I stated so in my statement (before CBI)," Ram Avtar Sharma, prosecution witness, told Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta.

"Had he taken shelter in my house, then I must have mentioned this fact in my statement because he was known to me," the witness added "voluntarily".

In his cross-examination by CBI, Sharma, 49, testified that he was not making a false statement under pressure from Kumar. "It is incorrect to suggest that I have been pressurised by accused Kumar to resile from my statement.

with thanks : Hindustan Times : link in headline above for detailed news.


Monday, October 4, 2010

CWG : Deh shiva bar mohe ehe.....

Common wealth Games in Delhi were inaugurated yesterday amidst the Military band playing : Deh Shiva Bar Mohe Ehe, Shubh Karman te ........ and later Awal Allah Noor Upaiya, Kudrat de Sab bande. What a pleasant surprise ! What a spectacular show !

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Guru’s abode in the hills

Guru’s abode in the hills
Reviewed by Roopinder Singh

Haven of Bliss Anandpur Sahib: A Miracle of the Human Spirit
By Vijay N. Shankar and Harminder Kaur.
Corporate Vision.

Pages 156. Rs 2,500.

DEVELOPED on land bought from the Rani of Kahlur for Rs 500, by Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib, Anandpur Sahib holds a particular reverence in Sikh ethos because of its close association with the last two Sikh Gurus. The ninth Guru spent many years there, both before and after he became Guru, this is from where he set out on his final journey to martyrdom in Delhi, where his head was cremated, and his young son anointed Guru. In these hills, the young Gobind Rai grew up, created the Khalsa, held court that patronised many poets and writers of renown, and also where many historic battles were fought.

The authors have given a succinct overview of the history of the place, and devoted a chapter to the martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur. Various events have been recreated and connected with the relevant gurdwaras built at the sites where these happenings took place.

We have the magnificent Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib, where the Guru created Khalsa, and a personal space, Gurdwara Anand Karaj Sahib, where Guru Gobind Rai’s marriage with Mata Jito took place. It was at Anandpur Sahib that Bhai Kanahiya, a devout Sikh, was put up in front of Guru Gobind Singh by other Sikhs who accused him of providing medical help to enemy soldiers after a battle. When asked to explain his conduct, Bhai Kanahiya said he was merely following the Guru’s injunction to help those who needed it and that he saw divinity in every face when he was tending to the wounded. The Guru blessed him and told him to continue with his work.

The betrayal of trust by hill Rajas after Guru Gobind Singh had been promised a safe passage from Anandpur Sahib resulted in the death of his two sons in the battlefield, and the separation of the other two sons and their grandmother, Mata Gujri, from the Guru. They were betrayed by a family retainer and subsequently arrested by the Governor of Sirhind, who offered them a choice of renouncing their religion or converting. They remained steadfast in their belief and were bricked alive.

Hola Mohalla is where festivity, colour and marital spirit come together. It was first celebrated in 1701 by Guru Gobind Singh and we have lovely pictures by Sharad Saxena that show the event as it unfolds, including some of really cute children dressed up in traditional finery. The captions are informative, though one searches in vain for the names of the painters whose works feature in the book.

Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib is a repository of much of Sikh heritage, including weapons of the Gurus and the Hukamnamas, epistles, issued by them. This is where we have the original khanda with which amrit was prepared for the Khalsa and the Nagina which is shaped like a corkscrew, used to pierce the armour of an armoured attack elephant, a gun from Lahore that was presented to Guru Gobind Singh and of special significance is the saif, or the sword of Hazrat Ali, the son-in-law of Prophet Mohammad. The saif was presented by Emperor Bahadur Shah to Guru Gobind Singh. The authors have provided a glossary, though a bibliography would have added to the value of the volume.

with thanks : tribune : link in headline above for detailed news.


Saturday, October 2, 2010

Memorable Day with SHERA in Queen's Baton Relay at Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib!

With the inspiration,valuable guidance & accompany of Principal Dr.Man Mohan Kaur,active Participation of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College's Staff & students !

Dr.Gurdeep Kaur
Associate Professor,
SGND Khalsa College,
Dev Nagar,
University of Delhi.

Friday, October 1, 2010


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