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India Celebrates Guru Gobind Singh’s 350 Parkaash Year

May 17, 2017  /  News & Views  /  Comments Off

Gurmukh Singh OBE

 * Sikhs remain cautious  * Guru Nanak’s independent miri-piri ideology now enshrined in Guru Granth Sahib and the Khalsa Panth is not divisible  * Guru Gobind Singh epitomised the Jote-Jugat continuity from Guru Nanak through a succession of Guru-persons       In his letter published in the Panjab Times edition of May 3, 2017, Jathedar Mohinder [...]

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Sikh Council of UK Gurdwaras

May 10, 2017  /  News & Views  /  Comments Off

Gurmukh Singh OBE

* Why All Gurdwaras should join * Sikh Diversity should be accepted around one table      The Sikh Council UK is going through its 7th year. Essentially, it is a meeting point for the UK Gurdwaras representing local Sangats. All Gurdwaras need to be linked to this national level consultation and advisory system. The main [...]

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Election 2017: British Sikhs in Politics

May 3, 2017  /  News & Views  /  Comments Off

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“The Sikh Manifesto” key to election success   https://www.sikhnet.com/news/sikh-manifesto    “Sikhs are a role model community and provide an exceptionally interesting example of successful integration whilst maintaining a very visible and distinctive identity.” The Sikh Manifesto UK starts not only with successful Sikh integration but also success in other spheres of British life with stress [...]

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Sikhi Rejects ALL Types of Discrimination

April 26, 2017  /  News & Views  /  Comments Off

Gurmukh Singh OBE

Caste groups want SEPARATE legal protection against Caste-based discrimination. Hindutva groups and Sikh admirers of Indic civilisations want Sikhs to oppose Caste discrimination law. Sikhi seeks elimination of the Caste System and any form of discrimination due to one’s background. Case law and better education should be the Sikh response to Government consultation.  Once again, [...]

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Guru Tegh Bahadur & “Bhora Sahib” Issue

April 20, 2017  /  News & Views  /  Comments Off

Gurmukh Singh OBE

  In view of the current debate about Guru Ji’s life and the years allegedly spent in solitude at Bakala, this week’s column gives edited quotes from author’s study, “Life & the Unique Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur (1621-1675)”. (see footnote) Guru Hargobind ji passed the Guruship to Guru Har Rai, his grandson, the younger [...]

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Khalsa Life Gives Stability in an Uncertain World

April 12, 2017  /  News & Views  /  Comments Off

Gurmukh Singh OBE

      Almost daily, we seem to be waking up to a less certain shrinking global village with fast communications and many fingers on the nuclear trigger. It has become almost impossible to keep up with state of the art technology, with social changes, fashions and fads. We run to remote places for some fresh [...]

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Should the Caste System be Enshrined in English Law?

April 5, 2017  /  News & Views  /  Comments Off

Gurmukh Singh OBE 

Main points: – Law should protect against ALL forms of discrimination tested in law courts. – Separate legal protection against “Caste” in English Law can be counter-productive. – Sikhi rejects the Caste System and educates against all forms of discrimination.  The Government is consulting “on how best to ensure that there is appropriate legal protection [...]

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Bipran Ki Reets & Ideological Conflict Resolution

March 29, 2017  /  News & Views  /  Comments Off

Gurmukh Singh OBE

There are times when we wonder if we have really understood Guru Nanak Sahib’s revolutionary mission. The same Guru Jote and Jugat of Guru Nanak Sahib in Ten human forms condemned ritualism, superstition, renunciation, austerities, miracles, baths at teeraths (sacred places) and sacred rivers to wash away sins, “holy water” brought home from such places [...]

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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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