Sunday, September 24, 2006

'Breaking the silence' campaign

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh,

Sadh Sangat ji,

We will continue our 'Breaking the silence' campaign for a new season, starting with Hitchin on 17th Sept. Please continue to support us in our humble efforts to highlight those who target Sikh youth.

Again we urge those who are able to commit to sewa to donate their services.

Regards,

Sikh Awareness Society

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Gurdwara Presentations:


Sunday 17TH September 2006 @ 11.30am
Guru Nanak Gurdwara Sahib
37 Wilbury Way, HITCHIN
Hertfordshire, SG4 0TW

Sunday 24th September 2006 @ 11.30am
Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara
152-156 Bedford Road,
Kempston,
Bedford,
Bedfordshire
MK42 8EL

Sunday 8th October @10.30am
Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Sahib
Newark Road
Boongate
Peterborough
PE1 5UA

Sunday 15th October @ 2.30pm
Ramgarhia Sikh Association, Gurdwara Sahib
Masons Hill,
Woolwich, London


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Sewadars Required- Make a Difference!

Do you feel you can relate to today’s British Sikh youth, who maybe confused of their Sikh values, confused of their Punjabi culture/traditions and all this clashing with Western values that they are growing up in?

Do you have good communication skills, and willing to listen to our troubled youth, under the influence of youth culture, peer pressure and family pressure?

Do you have previous counseling skills, or have you worked with youth previously?

If you can answer yes to some or most of these, and are willing to donate your time, we would like to hear from you.


Sikh Awareness Society
In association with SikhHelpLine.com

07780 601351


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Sunday, August 27, 2006

Shinda Singh Explains Sikh Student Camp

Shinda Singh Explains Sikh Student Camp

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As many of you may or may not have heard, there was some rawkus in the UK over the weekend that saw a group of individuals hospitalize members from another. Undoubtedly many are shocked at such brazen - “Sikh on Sikh” violence, but from the sounds of it, wasn’t this all a long time coming?

Firstly I’m not condoning the violence, although I’m not against the use of violence to accomplish a means, I do hold that violence should remain a last resort, and a certain level of thought / care needs to be taken before one chooses to cross that line, because rarely is it possible to undo such damage. In other words, once you cross that line, there’s no crossing back, so it better be worth it.

Now to the real flesh of the topic, as to why was this all a long time coming. I need to make it clear now that I’m not involved in any way with the Sikh Student camp in the UK, never been there, don’t personally know anyone who has, so everything I do know about it, for or against comes from third party sources.

Having talked to various people, my understanding of the Sikh Student camp emerged out of the old BOSS Student Camps when the UK Nihang faction (Niddar Singh and crew), were removed from taking part in any shape or form. This led to the creation of the Sikh Student camps which offered what it and those who support the camps claimed to be, a diverse outlook on Sikhi. Now I don’t know how much of an influence Niddar Singh or his minions have on the actual camp but if it’s anything like the views expressed on their website, then we all know how diverse they can be. Also, Niddar Singh and company are no strangers to violence, with news of fights that occur between members of his own group or that of opposing factions emerging yearly whether it be in the UK or stretching as far as India. However, to this degree it has been refuted that Niddar Singh and company have nothing to do with the camps, so I guess we’ll just have to take their (those saying such things) word for it, [to the contrary] that these two “beefs” are not connected.

Many individuals in recent times have expressed a disgust with the camps, over videos and images that have emerged on the net depicting individuals in a negative light. Whether it was of organizers’ [can’t say if they are or not] doing there best to imitate Pac, or dropping verses like Chamkila, it’s fair to say that not everyone was happy, and felt that these few reasons alone were a just means to call for a boycott.

I would have to give this one to the defendants [Sikh Students], simply because you can’t hold the organizers responsible for the actions of a few. The singing and dancing video apparently was done for jokes, and it seems that people are blowing it out of proportion to justify their own means, as for the pictures, not exactly capturing individuals at there finest moments, but again I’ll give some of these images the benefit of the doubt that they were being done for jokes, whether or not you share in their sense of humor I’ll leave to you.

What raises an alarm with me however are the allegations of harassment and lude behavior towards the Bibian at the camp. These are always serious allegations that require serious attention, but just posting ones claims on message boards does seem rather redundant, as it rarely serves a purpose in solving the problem.

Now apart from the rest the Sikh Student camp has faced many of these allegations and offered assurances that mistakes of the past will be corrected, yet it seems that they have gone against their word, based on various articles. If this is the case then one needs to wonder where their [those behind the camp’s] motives lie.

Especially with all the press against the camp one can’t be so naive to the fact that there isn’t more then what meets the eye. After all for the major jathebandi’s to ask for a boycott of the camp, something serious must be wrong.

Taking all the above into consideration, its hard not to imagine why individuals would want to see the camp closed, but apart from that there’s also the Gurmat aspect of it.

Now I’m not against a camp which promotes a Jatha’s own view or slant on Gurmat, after all every camps views on Gurmat will be slanted in some manor one way or another. At the same time though, I’ve never heard of a single Jatha which condones alcohol, cutting of hair, and discouraging people from keeping rehit. Whether they stress the importance of keeping rehit at there camps or not, [has been said that Rehit isn’t over emphasized to prevent from scaring away the new comers], discouraging people from rehit is absurd, which has been the case reported by those against the camp.

Looking at the above its easy to find why those against the Sikh Student camp would feel frustrated by the actions [or lack thereof] on the part of organizers to fix these problems. Would this constitute their right to bomb someone’s car or jumping them in there driveway, probably not, but it does help serve a better picture of what’s really going on.

Lastly, are the victims really the victims? No doubt they are the ones who are suffering from the attacks, but how innocent are they to the whole ordeal? After all, imagine if they simply challenged those against the camp by saying something like, “we’re doing this camp one way or another, we dare you try and stop us” or something to that effect, can you really hold it against someone for calling their bluff?

Again, I’m not here trying to condone the violence, because like I said earlier violence has a time and place, which I really don’t feel it did in this situation, but to also paint things black and white, having a good guy and bad guy just doesn’t seem fair, since clearly there is a lot of grey area in between.

Finally, in-fighting amongst sikh groups is nothing new, nor the violence between them. There has been in-fighting since the times of the Guru’s, and the ways of the elder generations is no deep dark secret. End of the day, we do need to stand up against those who go against the very rudimentary principles of Sikhi, however we do need to leave some flexibility and room for rationality and the ability to agree to disagree. With all the problems facing us, we need to pick and choose our fights, and the amount of energy we exert into each carefully, otherwise we will quickly find ourselves drained with nothing left. Conflicts at the grassroots levels such as Sikhi camps are especially dis-heartening as it sets all parties back when trying to convince parents and youth that they are genuinely interested in helping the kids. One needs look no further then the Bugga camps that used to happen in Ontario in the early 90’s. Ever since the corruption and exposure of those camps parents have had to take that extra vigilance before sending there kids to any camp [which they should be doing anyway’s], but when it comes to those who just don’t have the time, saying no and keeping the kids at home becomes just that much easier.

Shinda Singh

Friday, August 11, 2006

Chigwell Camp

On 8/8/06, Sikh Parents Awareness Society < sikhparents_as@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
Dear Sikh Student Camp 2006 Team
It is disheartening to read you request of detailed of the incidents that we have highlighted in the leaflet. If you remember a meeting with yourselves was organised by Seva Singh Lallee, Manjit Singh and other Gravesend Gurdwara Committee members in early July 2006. not only did this meeting have representatives of the camp & the victims of the camp, but also had many members of Gravesend Sangat, because it was held in the Gurdwara Diwan hall.
Within this meeting all facts were presented to the Camp Organisers such as Gurmukh Singh, Randip Singh & Jasjot Singh. Furthermore to jog your memory this meeting has been captured on video by yourselves and we have an audio recording.
The culprits responsible for these and other incidents have been identified face to face and it is important to realise that you where dismissing these issues by saying those individuals have been banned for some time and so been dealt with. When the pictures of 2005 camp are reviewed those individuals are in the front during seminars and workshops. These same individuals were promoting the camp at "Keertan in the Park" in Hounslow, one week ago.
We have done nothing more but to given you suggestions and offer our help to stop these things from happen this year. Please remember our resolve to allow 10 or so of us to help out at your camp, this was flatly refused by Camp Organiser Gurmukh Singh of Gravesend.
Please acknowledge that within this meeting you agreed that these issues happened. Refering to the camp organiser who is head of security, she stated that if the Camp Organisers cannot impliment controls then the camp should not happen. When we questioned about how these culprits were dealt with, Camp organisers like Gurmukh Singh refused to elborate, again this doesnt give us any confidence in your intentions.
Within some of the emails I have received people are asking to clarify the camp organisers. If you remember you agreed to submit to us a list of camp organisers so that we could differenciate the organisers from the culprits. As to this day we have not received this list. It looks as if you do not wish to differenciate the organisers from the culprits.
The details have been with the organisers for many weeks now and we are still awaiting any response or action.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Ramdev VIP at Gurdwara Soho Road

"Symbol of Hindutva" Swami Ramdev given VIP status in UK Gurughar
By SSNews, BBC, deccanherald
Aug 2, 2006, 20:40


Swami Ramdev is known for his Yoga exercises, he heads Divya Yog Mandir Trust which also uses Ayurveda to their patients, under the guidance of Acharya Bal Krishan.

Swami Ramdev earned popularity in India and the West by claiming to cure diseases through ‘pranayam’ but was criticised for the alleged use of powder made of human skulls and animal parts in his ayurvedic medicines.

Over 100 ex-volunteers from Divya Yoga Pharmacy went on strike alleging Swami Ramdev was putting powder of human skulls and animal organs in "medicines" and giving them to the less fortunate who are desperate for medical help.



Swami Ramdev is alleged to be a major supporter of the RSS, which Panthic groups describe as Anti-Sikh. They state their aim is to distort Sikh principles, history and rehat with the aim of bringing Sikhi under the umbrella of Hinduism. He is often seen with influential members of the RSS and makes speeches in support. He attends RSS rallies as a dignitary and is shown above with K.S. Sudarshan, the leader of the RSS, at a recent RSS convention. The BJP, the political wing of the RSS describe Swami Ramdev on their website as the "living symbol of Hindutva" (which Panthic groups describe as an Anti-Sikh socio-political-religious philosophy). The BJP state "Swamiji has dedicated his life to promoting good health and spreading the essence of Hindutva"

On his trip to the UK, he visited cultural centers, and religious places and was invited by Gurudwaras. Gurudwaras are by nature welcomming and open to all and ignore Caste, Colour, Creed or any other denomination. However, many UK Gurughar invited him and bestowed VIP status to him over and above that of sangat thus causing disrespect to this principle Sikh tenet.



On Wednesday 26th July Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha welcomed Swami Ramdev at their Birmingham Gurdwara and Nishkam Educational and Cultural Centre (NECC). GNNSJ were advised by members of local sangat that it would not be a good idea inviting a major supporter of the RSS to address congregation at the centre as it is the duty of each and every Sikh to endeavour to spread Gurmat. However, SSNews has often written highly positively about the excellent sewa of GNNSJ in both the UK and abroad and hope such endeavours will continue as a primary focus.



Gurdwara Karamsar (Ilford, UK) also received Swami Ramdev giving him a VIP reception. Outside the Diwan Hall sangat pictured people bowing their heads to the local Baba Partap Singh who received Swami Ramdev. Ramdev was then ushered into the Darbar of Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Granth Sahib Maharaj and seated on the stage. The committee actively encouraged the disrespect to Guru Maharaj of having the RSS supporter speak over the Gurbani of the Akhand Path that was being conducted. Sri Guru Granth Sahib was being recited without the microphone on and the voice of the "living symbol of Hindutva" was being played on the loudspeakers to the congregation.



The Gurughar invited the major RSS supporter at a time when the Hukamnama of the Akal Takht to boycott the RSS community was in effect. Sangat allege at certain Gurughar clearly the status of parbandhak committees, Babae and even RSS-supporters is taking precedence over Guru Maharaj and Gurmat. In truth, Sikh Principles, Rehat and Respect for Guru Maharaj should be ensured at all costs.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Yogi Visit

Interesting post on www.tapoban.org with regards to the Yogi visit.

Author: JK
Date: 07-19-06 12:28


This Swami is follower of Arya Samaj and often has Dayanands picture in his TV programmes. Why is he being invited to a Gurdwara when his organisation makes anti Sikh statements.

Arya Samaj believe Sikhs are Hindus
Only Hindi should be spoken.
Against the Sikh identity

Because of Arya Samaj Punjabi Hindus put Hindi as their main Language and caused the trouble in the Punjab. It was the Arya Samaj paper in the 70's and 80's that insulted the Sikhs and caused trouble.

'Dayanand, a Baniya Swami from Gujrat launched a movement called ARYA SAMAJ, which shunned Idol Worship but mocked Guru Nanak and Guru Gobind singh.

Dayanand made a grave mistake when he criticized Guru Nanak by calling him "a Fool". Arya Samaj was only successful in Punjab where many Punjabi Hindus converted to Arya Samaj. Thus sowing the seeds of future confrontation.'

Why invite somebody who is anti Sikh to a Gurdwara?

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

GNNSJ Invite Yogi Swami Ramdev

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

It has come to our attention that Guru Nanak Nishkam Sevak Jatha has invited Swami Ramdev to gurdwara sahib. Swami Ramdev is currently on tour in UK who promotes yoga as a way of curing disease. As we know Sikhi gives no importance to yoga and yoga to a Sikh is nothing more then a physical means of exercise.

Swami Ramdev who has a yoga show on Aastha TV channel which is also associated with RSS, Hindu extremists, and further more has been exposed in the media for use of powder made of human skulls and animal parts in the ayurvedic medicines.

We are very disappointed at GNNSJ decision to allow and then publicise Swami Ramdev’s visit to the Gurdwara sahib.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Below is a link to an article on Swami Ramdev

Swami Ramdev comes under scanner
http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/may142005/national1234222005513.asp

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Sikh Summer!

An email we recived to share with everyone.


BOSS CAMP MONDAY 24TH JULY TO SATURDAY 29TH JULY

Sikhi Camp features excellent talks, small group discussions, kirtan darbars with english katha (explanations) of Gurbani, action packed outdoor activities all set out in the beautiful countryside...it really cannot be missed!! (If nothing else it’s a week away from your parents!) Why don’t you check out the pictures and videos from our last few camps at www.sikhicamp.org and see what an amazing experience you could be having!

If that isn’t enough then we welcome you to our 10 th Birthday!!! Yup, this is the 10th Sikhi Camp which, through the years has helped thousands of young Sikhs discover that little something special about themselves and their faith! So yes there will be cake, cake and more cake! So if you like cake how can you stay away?!

For more info and application form: www.sikhicamp.org

KHALSA CAMP Sunday 20th August 2006 TO Friday 25th August 2006.

Khalsa Camp is a non-profit event that takes place every summer, allowing Sikhs from around the UK (and the world) to come together in a remote location to learn about various aspects of Sikhi. Khalsa Camp provides accommodation and food for attendees for the 6-day duration of the camp. The content of the camp is a mixture of talks, discussions, seminars, Kirtan, Simran and activities. We always work hard to bring the most enlightening, inspiring and educational experience you can imagine within a 6-day period.
For more info and application form:
http://www.khalsacamp.com/uk/

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Public Meeting Held about Camp

SikhStudent Camp Issues - Meeting 1 Jul 2006, Gravesend, Kent

In response to the serious issue of the rumours that are going around regarding the SikhStudent Camp held annually in Chigwell, Essex. On the 1 July 06 a meeting was held in Gravesend Gurdwara, Khalsa Avenue attended by concerned members of the Sikh sangat from around the UK and the Camp organisers. Below is a summary by one of the attendees (taken from www.MrSikhNet.com)

On Saturday 1st July, I attended a public meeting held at Gravesend Gurdwara, Khalsa Avenue, organised by our local elders of Gravesend with elders from Slough, Southall, East London and Midlands attending the meeting. This included ex-campers and ex-sewadars of the Camp sharing what they witnessed at the camp, which I am sure if anyone heard would be horrified by. These organisers acknowledged and accepted these statements. The meeting was filmed on video by someone from the Sikh Student Camp and was also recorded on MP3 by the Sangat. Previous to this meeting I had heard various rumours and Internet bashing, however this was the first time both sides sat down and the Sangat were made to know the true reality of the situation.

I don’t want to write an essay about all the things discussed in the meeting however I would like to share that some “very serious” issues were raised. The main issues, which I heard at the meeting, were:

a) Promotion of Sanatan Dharma, a fundamentalist Hindu interpretation of Sikhism, e.g. we were told that by campers that they were told that the kachera comes from Hanuman (monkey god), men dressed as nihung singhs cut themselves and put blood on the khanda of the nishaan sahib for 2 or 3 years running, and campers have been told that the “true guru” is not solely guru granth sahib but “three Granths”, i.e. dasam granth, sarbloh granth and guru granth sahib make up the “Guru”.

b) Lack of observance of Sikh code of conduct in darbar and generally the camp - the camp organisers admitted that a Big Brother style video was shown in the darbar which included campers singing Bhangra songs about women and liquor, also we were made aware that amritdharis which had publicly renounced Sikhism by cutting their hair were asked to do kirtan, clapping was encouraged in the Darbar. The camp organisers admitted that they had no control to control the situation.

c) Campers, but worryingly sevadars in the camp not observing correct behaviour with campers in particular females. It was admitted there were issues with “over friendliness” and a female ex-camper shared that sexually disgusting things were said to her for two years running and to her friends by sevadars running “discussions”.

The conclusion of the meeting was that the Elders said if the Camp organisers, 50 in number, cannot control a group of 10 people who attended the camp and afterwards admitted to the Camp organisers that they wished to sabotage the camp, then how could they control a possible 20, 30 or 40 wrong campers?

A lady who was in charge of last year’s security of the camp nicely summarised that “Security is the most important thing in a Camp. For any good camp you need excellent security. If we don’t have the man-power or capability to control campers then we shouldn’t do a camp.” An Elder said that the Sangat could send 30 or 40 men to help the security and “save the camp” however at the same time that would cause tension and aggression with those who attend the camp with the intention of causing trouble and fighting at the camp is not a solution but would be a further problem.

Deep and serious issue, so let’s not jump the gun. It’s good that we are all concerned and wish to help out. So let’s do that. I was happy that Internet Rumours and “Hear-say” were cleared at the meeting and the Sangat were made aware of the “THE” truth so that they could move forward to actually help the Organisers to address issues of immoral conduct, promotion of Hinduism in Sikh appearance to campers, loose behaviour and how basic Gurdwara etiquette has been observed.

So let’s pray and let’s try to do something positive. May God help us in keeping Sikhism’s purity and sincerity.

Gurdeep Sandhu

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Worries & Concerns About Chigwell Camp

A message left in regards to a letter sent to the Editors of Panthic Weekly in October 2005, complaining about the Chigwell SikhStudent Camp:

Disappointing Sikh Student Camp and more...
Posted:
2006-04-05 10:54:12
Author : Dayal Singh, London

Is this camp still taking place this year? Is anyone doing anything to stop it?

My cousin (who is a mona) went to this camp and was told by one of these Naang Singhs that it is allowable for Singhs to visit prostitutes as long as they are not muslim.

Please can we do something about this Camp. Also elders must be aware of the parchaar that's happening at this camp.

http://www.panthic.org/discussion.php?id=1841


Re: 'Sikhs' disrespecting Gurbani


Author: Concerned Manmukh
Date:
06-08-06 13:34

Gurfatheh All.

Lets make this productive and not this fade away on the internet.

Instead of spreading rumours please can the people who HAVE BEEN please come forward and show your concerns by emailing and phoning the Sikh Student organizers.

Rumours don’t do anyone any good. So can the people who post messages on this and other forums please be ready to walk the walk rather than just talk the talk.

If you are REALLY concerned then do something about it. It’s easy to be a "Internet Warrior" in the comfort of your homes but reality is different not many are prepared to actually do anything.

So for those of us who want to do something here are a few Ideas.
Contact the Camp organisers, info is below

The only way to stop this is if the people who are witnesses to beadbi please step forward if you have pyare for Sikhi.

Its a simple request, no heads are being asked for :)

for those who cant be bothered to click here are the contact details:

Here is a link -> http://www.bmagdns.co.uk/sikhstudent/contact.htm

email: info@sikhstudent.org Tel:07742 468895 - 07706 566507
Address:Sikh Student Camp, PO Box 2684, Romford RM6 5YZ.


PS Can you also cc in to our email address concernedmanmukh@yahoo.co.uk so that we can approach them as well with evidence that people have been trying to contact them.

Let’s see if the people on these forums are willing to take steps to actually doing something, or just chat on these forums for their own ego.

Hopefully our next post will be positive and a step forward.

Gurfatheh.

http://www.tapoban.org/phorum/read.php?f=1&i=90532&t=90532#reply_90532


Also parents of children who have been to the camp and ex-campers are asked to convey any complaints they have about the previous camps and worries they have to Mr Toor, the Headmaster of Chigwell School, via email, letters or phonecalls:

Write To:
Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College
Roding Lane
Chigwell
IG7 6BQ

Phone:
020 8559 9160

Email:
principal@ggskcollege.co.uk
toor@ggskcollege.co.uk
registerar@ggskcollege.co.uk

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Don't Torture Sikh Activist Extradited by U.S.

Security Forces Routinely Abuse Sikhs in Custody

(New York, June 20, 2006) – The Indian government must ensure that its security officials do not torture or mistreat Sikh separatist Kulvir Singh Barapind, who was extradited to India from the United States on June 17, Human Rights Watch said today. The Indian security forces have a long history of mistreating Sikh activists in custody.
Barapind’s account of being tortured in the past makes it even more likely that Indian security forces will abuse him again. If Barapind has committed crimes he should be prosecuted in a fair trial, but the Indian government must not allow its own forces to break the law to punish him.



Barapind has made credible allegations to a U.S. federal court that, before coming to the United States, Indian security forces in 1988 and 1989 tortured him to stop his political activism and to make him reveal the identities of other Sikh activists.

“Barapind’s account of being tortured in the past makes it even more likely that Indian security forces will abuse him again,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “If Barapind has committed crimes he should be prosecuted in a fair trial, but the Indian government must not allow its own forces to break the law to punish him.”

Barapind described to the U.S. court how the police suspended him in the air from his wrists with his arms tied behind his back, rolled a wooden log over his thighs to crush his muscles, tore his legs apart at his waist to a 180-degree angle, applied electric shocks, and beat him on the soles of his feet, among other methods. He also submitted evidence that Indian officials tortured his family and friends.

Human Rights Watch said that the greatest risk to Barapind, as with many criminal suspects in India, is during police remand, when suspects are detained at police stations for investigations with minimal oversight. The U.S. State Department’s annual country reports on human rights in India have demonstrated a pattern of custodial torture and death of alleged Sikh activists.

“Indian security forces have a long history of abusing criminal suspects and detainees by torturing them,” said Adams. “They’ve used those methods against politically active Sikhs without facing any punishment.”

Background

In the early 1980s, armed separatist groups in India’s Punjab state demanded an independent nation of Khalistan. These groups were responsible for numerous attacks, including indiscriminate bombings, politically targeted killings and killing of Hindus. The government gave the security forces a free hand to destroy the separatist movement, resulting in widespread killings, “disappearances” and torture.

The Punjab violence peaked in June 1984, when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi sent the Indian army into the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the most sacred of Sikh sites, which was being occupied by armed Sikh militants. The brutal battle left nearly 100 Indian security personnel and militants dead, and ended only after most of the militants inside, including militant leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, had been killed. Some militants were reportedly found with their hands bound and bullets in their heads.

Independent sources estimate that thousands of civilians also perished. The attack soon cost Indira Gandhi her life – two of her Sikh bodyguards assassinated her in October 1984. Blaming Sikhs in general rather than the individuals responsible, members of Gandhi's Congress party organized pogroms against Sikhs in the capital, New Delhi. Victims’ groups, lawyers and activists have long alleged state complicity in the violence.

For the next 10 years, the Indian security forces in Punjab targeted for murder, “disappearance” and arbitrary arrest politically active Sikhs and those who stood up for victims and their families. Violence and intimidation have continued at a lower level since then, but many Sikhs continue to talk of fear of the police and security forces and of receiving threats.

The Indian government asked the United States to extradite Barapind, a former student separatist leader in Punjab, on 11 charges of robbery, murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to murder. Judge Oliver Wanger of the federal district court in California dropped eight of the cases brought against Barapind in the extradition petition, five of them because they fell under the “political offense” exception in the extradition treaty between India and the United States.

In October 2005, the court certified Barapind’s extradition in the three remaining cases, involving six murders and one attempted murder. Barapind’s lawyers submitted evidence that the witness statements failed to identify Barapind or were procured through duress. They argued that if the United States extradited him knowing that he faced a risk of torture, it would be violating U.S. and international law, namely the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which prohibits the return of individuals to countries where they are at risk of being tortured. The court found that the evidence used to support the three cases against Barapind satisfied the probable cause standard, and the political offense exception did not apply.

Before fleeing to the United States in 1993, Barapind was the national joint secretary of the Sikh Students Federation, a political group advocating for an independent Sikh state. Barapind was detained and allegedly tortured in 1988 and 1989 for his political activities. He went into hiding in 1990. The Indian government accused Barapind of being a member of the Khalistan Commando Force, a militant group at the time; Barapind denies being a member of the group.

http://hrw.org/english/docs/2006/06/20/india13584.htm

Monday, May 22, 2006

Breaking the Silence

Sikh Awareness Society in Association with www.SikhHelpline.com:

Sikh Awareness Society Presentation
- Derby
, Breaking the Silence


Request your presence at Guru Arjan Dev Ji Gurdwara, Stanhope Street, Derby @ 11.30am Sunday 28 May 2006

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Interesting New blog!

Check out this new blog some one emailed me about.....

Blog Has been taken down

They have some interesting photos... These people go and run Sikh Student Camp?? See anything wrong in this pic?






ਸਿਖ ਹੋਇ ਸਿਰ ਟੋਪੀ ਧਰੈ। ਸਾਤ ਜਨਮ ਕੁਸ਼ਟੀ ਹੋਇ ਮਰੈ।
- ਸੀ੍ ਗੁਰੂ ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਸਿੰਘ ਜੀ ਦੇ ਪਾਵਨ ਬਚਨ

Friday, May 12, 2006

Chrisitian Missionary targetting Sikhs in Panjab & UK

Author: Panthic News
Date: 04-26-06 14:15



The C.A.L.E.B. Project - Converting Sikhs of Panjab to Christianity


Christian Missionaries are doing their fundamentalist Parchaar in Panjab. Sikhs are ignorant of Gurmat, have little connection with the Shabd Guru, economic crisis for Sikh farmers, growing drug problems, alcoholism, domestic violence and rife female infanticide.... these problems have led Sikhs VULNERABLE to anyone and everyone who offers them (false) HOPE and (supposed) LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL, whether it be the fake Sant dressed in white, the Christian missionary with a deceptive smile or Peer/ Babas who offer quick solutions in black-magic, praying to idols and wearing threads etc.


Related articles on this issue:
* Sikh and Destroy
* News: Conversion of Sikhs into Christianity in Punjab
* Lions, Princesses and Gurus: Reaching Your Sikh Neighbour


Notice to UK Singhs:

There is Panjabi Sikh man who is a Christian convert. He is Sikh guise (i.e. he wears a Dastaar and is in Sikhi Saroop), however is a Christian missionary who targets Panjabi Sikhs livin in UK to convert through twisting Gurmat to justify Jesus as Satguru and saying that Guru Nanak was the "Avtar" of the "True Guru" who apparently to this Pakhandi was Jesus.

This man operates in hospitals and other public institutions to spread his poison coated in sugar, and also spreads his RIDICULOUS Parchaar on the Internet. In the 80s him and his other Panjabi convert friends offered Sikh parents FREE baby-sitting services. People didn't realise that these Christian missionaries in Sikh dress were attempting to brainwash Sikh kids with ideas such as "Jesus is the True Guru". Eventually people found out and removed their children from these people's child care.

You can read more about him and his "CHRISTIAN-SIKH" views on the link below:
"Satguru Jesus"?

http://www.tapoban.org/phorum/read.php?f=1&i=82447&t=80501#reply_82447

Friday, May 05, 2006

Threat To Blow Up Darbar Sahib!

Golden Temple security beefed up after terror threat

Chandigarh - Security around the Golden Temple - the holiest of Sikh shrines in the world - in Amritsar was beefed up Thursday evening following a threat to blow it up, police said.

The threat note, received by the stationmaster of the Jalandhar railway station Thursday, said terrorists would blow up several Sikh and Hindu places of worship across Punjab.

It specifically mentioned that Golden Temple and Durgiana Temple - both in Amritsar - would be blown up May 12.

‘We know that this could be a prank but we have to take any threat seriously,’ said a senior Punjab police officer. He added that security arrangements at important shrines and railway stations had been fortified.

The note warned that the railway stations at Amritsar, Jalandhar and Phagwara would also be blown up.

Police in Amritsar and Jalandhar districts and in Phagwara town were put on high alert.

Police barricades and check posts came up around the Golden Temple complex following the threat.

Officials of the Government Railway Police (GRP) and Punjab police were investigating the origin of the threat letter.

Police officials said that the letter seemed to have been written and posted from Punjab’s industrial town of Phagwara, 25 km from Jalandhar on national highway no. 1.

The threat letter said that the Hindu shrine of Vaishno Devi in Jammu and Kashmir and the Jammu railway station would also be blown up.

http://forums.waheguroo.com/index.php?showtopic=14393&st=0&#entry115383

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

More from Sikh Student Camp

Author: gupt singhni
Date: 05-02-06 15:13

sikh student camp's priority or strategy of promoting sikhi seems wrong.

i went to sikh student camp with my friend.

the person who did all stage announcements was a mona. which i was kinda surprised with.

there were talks in the darbar hall which said its okay to do bhangra and sing "dhan guru nanak" if you are showing pyar for guru in this way coz someone mentioned "sindhi community" in pakistan do that. which didn't make sense to me.

a lot of "friendliness". my friend and i felt uncomfortable that our fellow campers were hugging singhs and singhs were hugging back and "honky dory" but there's a line to draw! right? i think london galz were more sensible. it was more of the midlandz lot which were in your face and jumping around.

there were some nice gursikh parjis and penjis at the camp doin seva. i was genuinely inspired by them and looked up to them. but some of the campers and nihangs (like balkar singh parji) were scary and sorry to say "nutters". i was genuinely scared to approach some people... i suppose they were approachable to others. depends on your personality i suppose. also most prob coz i am girl and feel easier talking to a penji.

the camp fire was bit spooky. everyone standing around a fire and "screaming" akaal. i felt as if i was going to have nightmares with people shouting "akaal" in my dreams. i mean people were taking the mick coz they were laughing and shouting and people were holding hands and moving side to side like they do in pop concerts while singing simran. nice idea. but me and few penjis felt uncomfortable so didnt join in with putting your arm around and going side to side and saying "vaheguru".

i did enjoy the kirtan. one of the parjis did nice shabads. and loved hearin what the paath meant. mornin and evenin the hukam was translated for stupid people like me to understand. really made sense. but i didnt like doing yoga in darbar coz i know some girls who's chunni kept falling down.

sorry if i have written to much. jus want to let everyone know that i experienced good things as well as bad things at the camp. jus hopes things get better and more sisters participate as sevadars coz i think they were a few short.

tapoban.org

Sikh Student Camp

Sikh Student Camp Manmat will be comming out slowly as it has already started. Checking forms reveals alot.

www.sikhproblems.blogspot.com/

http://panthic.org/news/115/ARTICLE/1841/2005-10-02.html the manmat of Sikh Student camp. you have touched upon a tiny bit. more...

http://panthic.org/news/125/ARTICLE/1822/2005-09-25.html http://panthic.org/news/130/ARTICLE/1771/2005-09-11.html

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Suffering In Silence: Hindu Girl & Islam

Author: story
Date: 03-26-06 09:21

:: SUFFERING IN SILENCE ::

Hindu Voice UK, February 2006


In the first of a two part series, Natasha Jalota shares her true-life experiences of victimisation on a university campus, at the hands of a guy she met during freshers.

About to start University, I was really excited. This would be a fresh start with new friends and a new beginning. During the first term I was nervous to talk to people, but this would be the only way I could make friends, so I made an effort to be friendly. I joined some societies such as the NHSF (National Hindu Students Forum).

All the people I met seemed so helpful and friendly. I assumed that this was because they were in the same situation as me, as new students on campus.

After lectures one Friday an Asian guy approached me. I didn't think anything of it apart from "He's just being friendly". His name was Wasif. We got chatting; he seemed like a nice guy. Even though he was a year older, he was in the first year, because he was re-sitting the year. Wasif gave me his number soon after meeting him and not thinking much of it I also gave him mine. We met up for Lunch on a few occasions; always chatting about usual things like how University was going and whether we've been out anywhere good. So yes we got on really well. But there was nothing more to it. Just like with my other friends, we used to text each other and spoke on the phone once in a while.

On the whole I had a good first semester. Before I knew it, it was the Christmas holidays. Doesn't time fly! It only felt like I moved to University not long ago and was already on my first vacation. With exams on their way in January, the stress started to pile! University actually started to feel real now. Everyone went home for the Christmas holidays, with loads of revision to do and deadlines to meet.

Wasif carried on texting me in the holidays. It was just general stuff; "How you doing?" "What you been up to?" "How's revision going?" And so on. So I just replied generally. Soon after that we started speaking more on the phone. Before I knew it he began to call all the time. After a while I started feeling really uncomfortable, because some questions he was asking started becoming a bit personal. I started ignoring some of his calls. It felt as if he wanted to know everything I did. It was really strange. Holidays were nearly over and I was getting a little worried. "Oh my god how do I avoid him during lectures," I thought to myself. It wasn't that I didn't want him as a friend, but just didn't want him calling me every minute.

University started. The first couple of days were spent settling back in. I didn't see Wasif around much, but then a week or two later suddenly he started texting me to meet up for lunch with him. I sometimes made excuses like "I've got loads of work on", but I couldn't do this forever. When I bumped into him, he would always pester me to come for a drink with him, even though I didn't drink alcohol. Sometimes I said I couldn't make it, but once in a while I got roped into going along. I'm sure he must have known there was something different with me.

Soon it was March, with my birthday approaching! A few weeks earlier, he asked me what I wanted. I was shocked, because I didn't know him that well that he should get me a present. I just told him "I don't want anything…don't be silly." This ended up in a big discussion, and he said he wanted to talk to me over a drink I just said "Yeh", thinking to myself that a quick chat wouldn't hurt.

We met up in the evening at about 6ish and started chatting. He was complimenting me on what I was wearing but it was only jeans and a normal top, which is what I usually wear at Uni. The evening flew by and it was nearly 10pm; I couldn't believe how a 'quick' chat turned into something that took a few hours! I told him its time I went back to my flat. Just as I was leaving he said "Hey Nats can I ask you a question", I just replied with "Yep sure," thinking in my mind, "What's wrong, what is this leading to". I was nervous. It felt like he took ages to ask, but that was probably because of me being so worried. He finally said "Nat's I really like you as a friend, we get on really well," and stopped there. I knew there was something strange going on with all the calls and text messages. I said "Yeh I know were good mates", he then stopped me and said "But can we not be more." I was so shocked. Even though I knew it was coming, I still wasn't prepared. I didn't know what to say, so just said, "Hey I better get going it's getting late." He told me to call him later in the night.

All my way home I was thinking, "Oh my god, what do I say, what do I do, what am I meant to call him about". Just as I reached home, my phone started ringing. I was thinking, "It's not even been half an hour since I left and he's already calling me". I didn't answer the phone. After an hour or so passed. I kept getting calls and messages from him saying "Nats why are you ignoring me?" I did feel bad not giving him a straight answer. I knew it was going to be a definite "NO", but wasn't sure how to let him off lightly. I text him and said "Wasif I'm really sorry but I can't, you're a good mate, but just a mate, sorry". A few days went by, and he kept calling and texting me. Then he asked me what were my reasons for not wanting to be with him. Even though I was frightened I told him the truth. The fact was he was of a different religion. I didn't want to have a relationship with someone from a different religion. That's the way I am. On top of that, my parents and family would be very hurt and disappointed; I couldn't do that for a guy I barely know. Wasif wasn't happy with this, but I was not one to be swayed.

A few months went by, he was still contacting me loads and sometimes the way he spoke to me was as if he thought we were more then friends. I felt really uncomfortable around him, and didn't want to be round him alone ever. I didn't think my first year of Uni would stress me out so much! But things were soon to get worse, much worse.

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:: SUFFERING IN SILENCE :: PART 2

In the concluding portion of this two-part series, Natasha Jalota shares her true-life experiences of victimisation on a university campus, at the hands of a guy she met during freshers. The first part can be accessed by clicking here.

It wasn't too long before the Summer Vacation, and I was relieved to be able to get away from Wasif. He had begun texting me saying "I'm going to have you no matter what, just watch". I was initially worried, but then thought to myself, "How can he have me when I am saying no, obviously he's talking rubbish". But he carried on pestering me. Wasif told me I had to meet him during the holidays, but there was no way I was going to meet him alone". He started threatening me, saying that if I didn't meet him he would find out where I live and come to my house. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. How can all this happen just because I didn't want to be with him? I was getting scared of going back to Uni because although I could avoid him over the summer, what happens when I'm back at Uni with him there? Messages kept coming from him, with threats too. One particular message has stuck in my mind. It said "Hey, if you don't have a relationship with me I'm going to tell your parents you're going out with me and I stay over at your flat". I was worried sick and couldn't believe this was happening. Most people look back at Uni as the best days of their life? But for me it was turning the total opposite. He stressed me out so much that it began to show. My family started asking me "What's wrong, why are you so quiet." They noticed that I wasn't eating properly. It was all down to this situation. But I kept quiet about it. I was too afraid to tell them about the nightmare I was going through.

Back at Uni, I thought that he may have forgotten about it over summer, and I could start afresh. How wrong I was! It was the total opposite. He became more and more aggressive. I was suffering in silence. I didn't tell anyone about this - not even my best mate. People were always asking me what was wrong. I tried to act as normal as I could, but obviously there was a change in me. I became withdrawn and lost focus. I began to loose weight because of the stress I was in.

This carried on. A few months passed on, and one day, Wasif hit me with a new and even more shocking bombshell. He told me I had to convert to his religion. I was about to die of shock. Convert??? Why??? I would never do this. He brought me some religious books, with titles like "How to be a true Muslim" and so on, and said "You best start reading them." I refused to take them and told him to leave me alone and that being friends with him was the biggest mistake I had ever made. He became really aggressive and forceful. I was very scared and wondered how long this would go on and what I had done to deserve this. I thought to myself "How can this guy who seemed so down to earth and normal have turned out to be a religious fanatic and a psycho?"

Soon after, he threatened that he would go to my family and show them pictures of him and me together - sexually. I thought to myself "How can he do this, we haven't been together in any other way apart from at Uni". But something came to mind. He was very talented with graphics, including manipulating photographs. I had seen some really good pictures of him with celebrities, that all looked so real, even though they weren't. I couldn't put it past him that he could use the same techniques to make pictures of him and me. Now I was totally scared. What if he carried out his threat? What would my family think of me? What would everybody thing of me? Surely they would think it was somehow my fault.

Wasif then started asking me to pay him off. "Oh my God - pay him off?" All I did was tell him I didn't want a relationship, are you meant to pay guys off who you don't want to be with? How was I supposed to pay him off? I had a student loan myself and was frequently in overdraft. Surely if I was rich I wouldn't have had to have a student loan or be in overdraft.

Finally I ended up telling my sister, after nearly two years of going through hell. She told my parents. I was in tears while she was telling them. "I've really let them down", I thought to myself.

However, my parents were supportive. My fear that they would blame me was unfounded. They told me I had to tell the police because this guy shouldn't be allowed to get away with this. I was very afraid of what he might do and going to the police was the last thing I wanted. But my dad wouldn't take no for an answer. As parents they were obviously doing what they thought was best for me.

I finally went to the police to resolve this matter. I knew that Wasif would tell them a different story to mine. And yes, that's what happened. He said that it was me who asked him out and that he never asked me to pay him to leave me alone, but rather that he just wanted to borrow some money. After so many interviews we both had different stories, which meant the matter would have to go to court, which I couldn't handle. I just wanted my normal life back. So the police involvement ended there. But since the police became involved, it meant Wasif no longer contacts me in any way. And since then my life has finally changed for the better.

I know that there are other girls who are going though similar situations. If anyone is suffering or has suffered what I did - speak out. Please don't suffer in silence. If only I spoke sooner I wouldn't have lost my health, peace of mind and the first few years of my Uni, which could have been the best years of my life.

Natasha can be contacted for questions or advice at Natasha@hinduvoice.co.uk

Monday, May 01, 2006

Manmat Camp

Manmat camp this is a fraction of the manmat that takes place at eh camp every year. For discussion please see the following link:
http://forums.waheguroo.com/index.php?showtopic=14331

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Hotel Wedding Diverted

Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji's Saroop will be taken to the Tower Thistle Hotel on 30 April 06 to perform a Wedding ceremony.

Tower Thistle Hotel
St Katharine's Way,
London, E1W 1LD

Phone: 0870 333 9106
Fax: 0870 333 9206
Email: Tower@guoman.com
Direct Line of Conferences and Banqueting - 020 7423 8853

and

Kanchans
53-55 Perth Rd,
Ilford. Essex.
IG2 6BX.

Tel: 020 8518 9282
Fax: 020 8518 2220
email: peter@kanchansgroup.com

Kanchans is owned by Mr Baxi (bakshi)

Caleb project aimed at converting sikhs

from: http://forums.waheguroo.com/index.php?showtopic=14291&st=0&#entry114887

http://www.calebproject.org/userfiles/SikhPG.pdf
******WHAT!!*****

[http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/discussion.nsf/by+topic/581E8292DD9BFCB487257151006B66D4!OpenDocument]

Related links:
http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/discussion....33;OpenDocument
http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/discussion....33;OpenDocument


What are we the Sikhs (especially those in Punjab) doing about this.!! What can our generation do regarding this issue?

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Shahbaaz Khalsa delivers notice to Akal Takht Sahib re RSS

Sunday 16th of April 2006
Panthic Weekly News Bureau

Amritsar Sahib (KP) - As reported by Panthic Weekly, Shahbaaz Khalsa and GURSIKH charged that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), under the guise of an newly created organization called the “Sangat Sansar Society”, was attempting to spread its anti-Sikh philosophy via a “Vaisakhi” function in Delhi in which it had openly invited the key Sikh leaders.

In a joint press conference, Bhai Amardeep Singh ‘Amar’, Bhai Sukhmander Singh Karmuwal, of Shahbaz Khalsa detailed the nefarious activities that the RSS has set forth for the Vaisakhi day. These follow a well-established pattern of intermingling and blurring of Sikh and Hindu beleifs, changing of history and attempts at Hinduization of the Sikh faith. They had submitted a memorandum to Akal Takhat Sahib requesting to restrain the Sikhs from attending the RSS function. The invited leader included Paramjit Sarna, head of SAD (Delhi), Tarlochan Sinh, ex-chair of NCM, and Joginder Sinh, a former director of the CBI, among others.

Several media outlets stated that, Paramjit Sarna has disscociated himself from the function and has declined to attend because of the controversy created by the Shahbaz Khalsa and GURSIKH.

Below are copies of the memorandum submitted to Akal Takhat Sahib by the Naujwan Sikh Phulwari, another orgainzation that has complained of the function.

Press Release Page 1, Page 2, and Page 3.

Related News:
http://www.panthic.org/news/126/ARTICLE/2391/2006-04-13.html

Monday, March 27, 2006

IGNORANCE IS THE WORST EXCUSE

THE TRUTH ABOUT CONVERSIONS:

10 SECRETS RADICAL MUSLIMS DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW

1. Islam is a MISSIONARY religion committed to CONVERSION, according to the Koran the world is divided up into 2 parts, Dar-as-Islam (House of Faith) a title which applies to all Islamic countries and Dar-al-Harb (Household of War), land not yet surrendered to Allah, which is the rest of the world. It is the duty of every Muslim to wage Jihad (Holy War) against Kafirs, infidels and non-believers what the Koran calls non-Muslims and make them submit to Islam. Violence against Kafirs is encouraged in the Koran, if gentle persuasion doesn't work.

2. Conversions of Sikh men and women is becoming an increasing problem, hundreds of reported and verified conversions in the last few years. Dozens of cases were reported in October 1995 alone, when the new academic year started also converted. Universities in London, Bradford and Luton are particular problem areas.

3. At the Hizb-ut-Tahrir ( HUT ) conference at the Wembley arena in August 1994, a Sikh was converted on stage in front of 8000 cheering and clapping Muslims. The Sikh girl then proceeded to attack Sikhism making particularly offensive statements against the Sikh Gurus. The audience laughed and continued to cheer. Some of this speech was televised on satellite T.V and on the HUTs pirate radio station. Muslim leaders at the conference called for an intensification of the campaign to bring Sikh and Hindu women to Islam. The same thing happened at HUTs Rally for Islam conference in Trafalgar Square, August 1995. This time 2 Hindu women were converted on stage in front of 2000 cheering Muslims. Again Muslim leaders demanded that Muslims boys try harder to convert Sikh and Hindu girls.

4. The self appointed Muslim parliament of Britain passed a resolution demanding that the British government make it illegal for Muslim women to marry non-Muslim. It also called for the banning of conversions of Muslims to other faiths. Any Muslim who did convert was to be stoned to death according Islamic tradition. Thankfully, the British government did not take their demand seriously, but the event showed the Muslims double standards and hypocrisy.

5. HUT leaders issued a directive in January 1995 to specially selected male members telling them to place Ads in personal columns of national newspapers inviting relationships from Asian women, they were told to write the religion and nationality of the girl were unimportant and be ambiguous about their own backgrounds by for example only describing themselves as Asian.

They were further told to form intimate relationships specifically with Sikh girls with the aim of conversion. The expense of any dates were to be paid by the HUT.

6. Certain Muslims have taken to wearing Karas (Sikh steel bracelet) at Bhangra gigs with the aim of specifically seeking to meet Sikh girls. When meeting the Girls, these people identify themselves in such a way that the girl does not realise that they are Muslim, for example by shortening the name Mohammed to Mohan. They form relationships with the girl and begin the slow path to conversion.

7. A Muslim bent on converting somebody, will spin a web of lies. For example girl converts are tricked into believing that men and women are equal in Islam.

They are not told that rape victims according to the Koran have produce 4 Male witnesses of good character to say that they were raped or they will be charged with adultery and stoned according to Islamic tradition (hundreds of cases where this has occurred are on file with Amnesty International, contact them for further information). Also according to the Koran, all a man has to do to divorce his wife is say Talaq 3 times. For women of course getting a divorce is much harder. Besides which what woman wants to share her husband with three other women.

The new method that they are employing is to change their names by deed poll to Mohan Singh and Balraj Singh , they add surnames on to Gill and Hayer are two of there favorites. Please check the person you are going to marry and there credentials through your parents or close relatives NAMES MEAN NOTHING THERE ARE BEING CHANGED BY DEED POLL IT ONLY COSTS THEM A COUPLE OF HUNDRED POUNDS , SUPPLIED BY RADICAL MEMBERS OF HUT.

8. HUT leadership has instructed its members to specifically target problem groups of conversion. These include young teenage girls, people with social problems, the recently bereaved and victims of abuse as children. These people are considered to be weak willed and easily manipulated once identified the Muslim will try to convince their target that Islam will somehow solve all their problems. Incidentally in 1992 the hut produced an article telling Muslim men to particularly target non-Muslim girls with plain or unattractive physical, facial or body features. These girls the article said would not be accustomed to this attention and thus be easier to lure. It went on to say that the discomfort you may feel in such relationships, especially if intimate is only temporary however the rewards you will receive in Heaven will last for eternity.

9. The HUT has instructed Muslims to work in groups when converting, with one person forming a very close friendship with their target. The group then works to find out the strengths and weaknesses of the person involved and then will work accordingly. If for example, the person loves sport and is very athletic, they boast how Islam actively encourages sport and how some of the world's best sportsmen such as Muhammad Ali, Tyson and Imran Khan are Muslims.

If the person has a strongly anti-white attitude, then they will stir up racial hatred against whites even more by talking about past white injustices against them. This policy has been used effectively with Afro-Caribbeans, with whom they talk about the slave trade and give Malcolm X as role model (Muslim groups leafleted black cinema audiences watching Malcolm X when it was released ). Similarly, the hard up have been offered well-paid jobs with Muslim businesses providing they convert.

10. Forced conversions do occur. There have been many documented cases when Sikh and Hindu girls have been taken to Pakistan by their Muslim boyfriends and forcibly converted. Those resisting are passed on to other Muslim men who keep the girl under lock and key, in some remote village without telephones. All the girls money and her passport are taken away. Other cases have occurred when Sikh and Hindu girls are photographed naked by their Muslim boyfriends, and are told to convert or else the photos will be published in magazines and sent to the girls family and friends.

Conversions into Islam are are encouraged on those people who have Ignorance or Misunderstanding of Sikhi. Take time to understand your religion and educate others. Be aware of the subtlety of the process of conversion.

Depending on the person's ignorance/ knowledge of Sikhi- the progressive undermining of Sikh Religion occurs through misquoting religious texts and falsifying historical events. The HUT and other Muslim groups have said that they aim to make FRANCE, an ISLAMIC REPUBLIC by the year 2015 and Britain by 2025 through CONVERSIONS, IMMIGRATION and high MUSLIM BIRTH RATES.

Fanatics are on record as having vandalised books on Sikhism and religious texts such as the Guru Granth Sahib in Council, School, and college libraries. False propaganda and messages are written on covers and pages for the readers of the book. These messages usually attempts to UNDERMINE your faith by MISQUOTING religious texts and distorting reality. Check your local library especially if you live in an area with a history of trouble.

Recent events have shown that radical Islamic groups have become increasingly envious of our Sikh prosperity in the West. Certain Islamic leaders have told worshippers to hurt kafir Sikhs economically.

The Economist Magazine (June 17th 1995 edition ) reported that no Sikh youths took part in the Bradford riots, only Muslim males. Sikh businesses were attacked. In fact other reports state that older, masked Muslims ( thought to be HUT ) went down the streets ahead of everyone else, and specifically marked out Sikh shops with spray paint, for destruction by rioters following them.

The HUT produced and circulated articles in universities, stating that Jewish and Sikh students were dogs and must be removed from higher education. (As reported in the Guardian, 31st October 1995 edition). The Muslims have realised that the power, respect, money and knowledge and influence brings makes us more powerful enemies. The harassment and bullying of Sikh students at schools and colleges (by such acts as the storming of West Thames college in Jan 1995) is part of a wider strategy.

Sikh youths must strive to get highly educated as they possibly can. University students should act as role models and encourage younger members of the community to get an education. This will greatly benefit not only you and your family, but help your community.

Muslim Youths have been instructed to infiltrate all organisations and positions of authority they can. They have also been told to keep their Islamic fundamentalist secret and subtly remove our community from a position within these organisations. For example, they have been directed to join Student Union bodies, the Media, anti-racist groups community groups, councils and political parties.

The following is a poster that was distributed widely to Muslims throughout the UK and was the source of Media controversy over conversions of Sikhs, many of which were forceful and others through brainwashing by members of Hizb-ut-tahir (HUT)- a major radical Islamic extremist organisation.

786-khilafa

dear______

it is with great expectations that we have made the decision to approach a person who has actively taken the step towards heaven by converting a heathen to chosen faith.

we join together to applaud you and the great mother who has given birth to one has brought a sikh girl in to our faith.through her we can see a strike being made against a religion which has been a thorn in the inside of islam for 300 years.we would have converted the whole of india and not only punjabis to islam if these kafir sikhs had not been born.the khilafa would have spread all over asia by now.

but you have been chosen!you will have access to all the maidens when you go to heaven including your present one if you wish.for you have done the ultimate action of converting a heathen!

before that you have a duty not to stop as one.
islam allows you four!why have you you stopped at one!where are the other THREE!you should use your style and gift to get more kafir sikh girls for yourself!the sikh girls are usually slags and usually stupid enough to believe anything you say.you should try to convince your present girlfriend to give you leads.because that is how kafir is used!dont ever let her think she can rule you and your heart!that is not her place!she is in your clutches.use her.tell her that she will also join you in heaven if she only agrees to share you.

if you dont do this you will show your attatchment to her and not to the true den!the messenger (SWA) and allah (SWT) and islam expect you you to serve!do it!if she objects you dont have to stick with her,for she is expendable!it is your duty to hunt for more!go and do it!this is the way forward to ultimate destruction of the sikhs and the establishment of the khilafa,where islam will give us all that we pray for!

we are with you.are you with us!we shall be watching you to help you.

may allah (SWT) and his messenger (SWA) be with you

well done khan keep the good work up

http://www.sikhlionz.com/hut.htm

Monday, March 20, 2006

Afghan on trial for Christianity

An Afghan man is being tried in a court in the capital, Kabul, for converting from Islam to Christianity.

Abdul Rahman is charged with rejecting Islam and could face the death sentence under Sharia law unless he recants.

He converted 16 years ago as an aid worker helping refugees in Pakistan. His estranged family denounced him in a custody dispute over his two children.

It is thought to be Afghanistan's first such trial, reflecting tensions between conservative clerics and reformists.

QUICK GUIDE

Conservatives still dominate the Afghan judiciary four years after the Taleban were overthrown.

The BBC's Mike Donkin in Kabul says reformists, like the government under President Hamid Karzai, want a more liberal, secular legal system but under the present constitution it is hard for them to intervene.

'Tolerance'

Afghanistan's post-Taleban constitution is based on Sharia law, and prosecutors in the case says this means Abdul Rahman, whose trial began last Thursday, should be put to death.

We will ask him if he has changed his mind. If so we will forgive him
Trial judge Ansarullah Mawlazezadah

When he was arrested last month he was found to be carrying a bible and charged with rejecting Islam which is punishable by death in Afghanistan.

Trial judge Ansarullah Mawlazezadah told the BBC that Mr Rahman, 41, would be asked to reconsider his conversion, which he made while working for a Christian aid group in Pakistan.

"We will invite him again because the religion of Islam is one of tolerance. We will ask him if he has changed his mind. If so we will forgive him," the judge told the BBC on Monday.

But if he refused to reconvert, then his mental state would be considered first before he was dealt with under Sharia law, the judge added.

He said he expected the case to take about two months to be heard.

Precedent

The Afghan Human Rights Commission has called for a better balance in the judiciary, with fewer judges advocating Sharia law and more judges with a wider legal background.

Several journalists have been prosecuted under blasphemy laws in post-Taleban Afghanistan.

The editor of a women's rights magazine was convicted of insulting Islam and sentenced to death last year - but was later released after an apology and heavy international pressure.

Mr Karzai's office says the president will not intervene in the case.

Observers say executing a converted Christian would be a significant precedent as a conservative interpretation of Sharia law in Afghanistan.

But it would also outrage Western nations which put Mr Karzai in power and are pouring billions of dollars into supporting the country.

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Friday, March 10, 2006

Changes to Rehat Maryada

Change in Maryada draws criticism
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service
Amritsar, March 5

The amendment in the Sikh 60-year-old Rehat Maryada by the SGPC has evoked a strong reaction from Sikh intellectuals.
Mr Gurcharnjit Singh Lamba, a Sikh intellectual and Editor of monthly ‘Sant Sipahi’, has said the Sikh Maryada was formulated after marathon discussions and hence any amendment without taking the Sikh Panth into confidence was unacceptable to the sangat. He was here today to pay his obeisance at Harmandar Sahib.


A comparative study of two versions of the ‘Sikh Rehat Maryada’ - one of 1945 and the recent one published by the SGPC - shows glaring discrepancies.
Questioning the wisdom of changing the Article on re-marriage, Mr Lamba alleged the amendment was aimed to benefit certain influential persons who had indulged in bigamy. The original Rehat Maryada clearly mentions that no Sikh could remarry when his wife was alive. However, the amended Maryada has added the word ‘generally’ that reads, “Generally, no Sikh should marry a second wife if the first wife is alive.”


Another glaring amendment in the new version is on the definition of a Sikh. The Punjabi version of the original Maryada gives the definition of a Sikh as “Any human being who believes in all Sikh Gurus in One Immortal Being, (ii.) Ten Gurus, from Guru Nanak Sahib to Guru Gobind Singh Sahib, (iii.) Guru Granth Sahib, and the utterances and teachings of the 10 Gurus and baptism bequeathed by the tenth Guru, and who does not owe allegiance to any other religion, is a Sikh.

However, the amended Punjabi version has deleted ‘Dassan’ (meaning all 10 from Guru Nanak to Guru Gobind Singh).

Mr Lamba further alleges that the deletion of ‘plucking of gray hair’ from the new version of Maryada was a blunder on the part of the SGPC.
He also criticised a section of the Sant Samaj for pursuing its own Maryada which was in sharp contrast to the original version, passed with the consent of the Sikh sangat.