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Religious Identity Challenge for EU Sikhs

March 22, 2017  /  News & Views  /  Comments Off

Gurmukh Singh OBE

In a judgment of 14 October 2017, the European Court of Justice based at Luxembourg has sent the wrong signal to countries in the EU countries at a sensitive time when the conflict between religious practice and secular laws has intensified. The Court has ruled that employers with justifiable rules on ‘dress neutrality’ can ban [...]

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Punjab Assembly Election Results

March 17, 2017  /  News & Views  /  Comments Off

 Gurmukh Singh OBE

  By winning 77 seats in the 117-member Punjab Assembly, the Congress Party will form the next Punjab government. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has 20, Shromani Akali Dal (SAD) 15, BJP 3 and Lok Insaaf Party 2 seats. Those who were predicting a hung Assembly only a few days before the election and those who [...]

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Gurwaras, Gurmat, Politics & Court Cases

March 10, 2017  /  News & Views  /  Comments Off

Gurmukh Singh OBE

     Each time a gurdwara dispute goes to the court, we are saddened. Did Guru ji not show us the procedure for settling disputes in Sangat? Why are our own Sikhi procedures not working when even the courts are reluctant to interfere in Sikh religious matters? These are the sort of questions which are asked [...]

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About Sikh Historical Dates

March 2, 2017  /  News & Views  /  Comments Off

Gurmukh Singh OBE

   All days are auspicious for the Sikhs and important religious (miri-piri) events are celebrated for their spiritual significance and not due to any particular days. Yet, historiographers do try and establish as accurate a record of dates and events as possible from available original sources. This year, we commemorate 350th anniversary of Guru Gobind [...]

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Sikh Identity on UK Television

February 22, 2017  /  News & Views  /  Comments Off

 Gurmukh Singh OBE

   There are over 600,000 British Sikhs but we will never know for sure unless they are counted with certainty as “Sikhs”. They are a large UK minority community but only occasionally covered by the UK’s mainstream media. Yet, sometimes glowing tributes are paid to the Sikhs by politicians visiting gurdwaras and sometimes even in [...]

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Global Concern About President Trump’s Hasty Decisions

February 15, 2017  /  News & Views  /  Comments Off

Gurmukh Singh OBE

    President Trump continues to act like the proverbial ‘bull in a china shop”! Except that the ‘china shop’ is the world and the ‘bull’ is the powerful US President. Much damage can be done by his hasty decisions about important global issues. Already, the President’s ill-advised utterances and Executive Orders have shaken the world, [...]

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Punjab Polls & the Future of Punjab

February 8, 2017  /  News & Views  /  Comments Off

Gurmukh Singh OBE

   The results of the Punjab Assembly polls will be known on 11 March. In the meantime, we look at the facts so that readers can decide for themselves if Punjabis can hope for a more stable and better future. Punjab is a much divided state in many ways There are over 1.9 crore (19 [...]

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Journalists, State Intelligence & Citizens Rights

February 1, 2017  /  News & Views  /  Comments Off

Gurmukh Singh OBE

As British Citizens, we feel that state security agencies have done a good job over the years. Generally, terrorism threats have been countered without unduly suppressing citizens’ freedoms. Also, the Parliament has been vigilant in ensuring a balance between our freedoms and the need for laws which restrict them. On the whole, in the UK, [...]

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Global Concern Following President Trump’s Inauguration

January 25, 2017  /  News & Views, ਖਬਰਾਂ  /  Comments Off

Gurmukh Singh OBE

     Inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of America on 20 January, 2016 has sent shock-waves across the world. Some of the biggest protest marches seen in America have taken place in cities from New York to Los Angeles.     There have been international demonstrations expressing concerns over the president’s views on gender [...]

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Guru Gobind Singh ji’s 350th Parkaash Celebrations Opportunities & Challenges

January 18, 2017  /  News & Views  /  Comments Off

Gurmukh Singh OBE

    There is little doubt that Guru Gobind Singh ji’s 350thParkaash Celebrations at Patna in Bihar state have raised the profile of Sikhs in India and worldwide. Glowing tributes have been paid to Guru ji and there has been lavish praise for the egalitarian Sikh ideology and institutions. Nitish Kumar, the Chief Minister of Bihar, [...]

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