Saturday, November 22, 2014

Six Sikhs ride through 4 countries to bow at Golden Temple : Times of India

AMRITSAR: Eight-year-old common dream of six Sikhs from Malaysia came true on Thursday when they arrived in the Holy City on their motorbikes after traversing 6,100 km through rough weather and terrain. "All my fatigue disappeared when I entered the city of the Golden Temple. I can't describe the feeling in words," one of the Malaysian bikers Gurwinder Singh told TOI. 

An insurance agent by profession, Gurwinder said that they had to wait years to get required permissions, especially from the Myanmar government. The group usually covered 350-400km everyday. "It was our heartfelt desire to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple and an excitement that never let us get tired," he said. 

Another member of the expedition, Ravin Singh, a lawyer, said they spent nearly Rs 5 lakh each on their 17-day trip from Malaysia to India. "There were difficult times on our way to India, especially heavy rains in Malaysia and Myanmar and bad roads, but nothing deterred us. Our mission was to seek blessings of the Almighty at the Golden Temple," he said. 

The group began their tour from Petalingjays in Malaysia with another aim of spreading the message of world peace and passed through wide swathes of Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar and India before reaching their dream destination. 

"People here are very cooperative and friendly. However, roads and sanitation have much scope for improvement in India," said another biker Resham Singh, who works in an automobile company. He said they had to spend a night in a forest in Burma. "That was an unforgettable experience," he said. 

Gurwinder said that there were 115 gurdwaras in Malaysia that followed the Nanakshahi calendar adopted by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. However, he said their shouldn't be any confusion over the dates for observing Sikh religious festivals. He said they would leave for home by air and would send their bikes by ship.

with thanks : Times of India : MUST READ : LINK

Thursday, November 20, 2014

University Parish of Leuven's visit to Gurdwara Sint-Truiden (Belgium) under the guidance of Professor Bert Broeckaert

Louke Manpreet Kaur Bamps                                                                                                           

 With Thanks :

Professor Bert Broeckaert ,
Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies,
KU Leuven,Belgium

Photo's Courtesy: Prof. Bert Broeckaert

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

DSGMC demand from Govt.of India for withdrawing security cover of anti Sikh genocide perpetrators

DSGMC demand from GOI for withdrawing security cover of anti Sikh genocide perpetrators Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler
New Delhi / 18 – 11 - 2014
Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) President Manjit Singh GK today raised demand from the Government of India for withdrawing security cover given to the leaders of congress party Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar who were responsible for perpetrating anti-Sikh genocide of 1984 which led to death of thousands of innocent Sikhs.  

These leaders are enjoying security cover since days of previous regime led by Congress party ruling the Government of India to show the investigating agencies that these two leaders should be protected and their interest should not be harmed, said  Manjit Singh GK.
“All these years Sajjan and Tytler continue to enjoy all the facilities of the Congress party government including the security cover. They were given prominent positions but now with BJP taking over the Government of India, a time has come when these leaders be punished according to the laid procedure of law and their security be withdrawn so that a message be sent to the Sikhs community that the present government is conscious about their issues,” demanded Manjit Singh GK.
GK said that security cover to these two leaders is a hindrance in delivery of justice to Sikh families who are victims of anti Sikh genocide as both Sajjan and Tytler have been using their security men to intimidate the witnesses who are very important in deciding cases against them.
GK said a number of meetings have taken place with the ministers of the BJP led Government of India including minister of home affairs Rajnath Singh. “Sikhs have high hopes from Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he would resolve all issues related to the Sikhs which are pending for many years,” said GK.
GK, also president of Shiromani Akali Dal in Delhi, said in number of meetings with the ministers of government of India it was demanded to file charge against Sajjan Kumar in a case registered in Nangloi police station, setting up of a special investigation team (SIT) to investigate all cases of genocide and rehabilitation of victim families. “Response from the government on all these issues is awaited,” said GK.
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