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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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Celebrating Sikh Pioneers Worldwide – Sikhs as “Global Citizens”

January 16, 2017  /  News & Views  /  Comments Off

Photo: S. Kuwant Singh and Bibi Mahinder Kaur of Tasmania (both in white shirts) with S. Gurmukh Singh and his wife Harpal Kaur.

   In an ever shrinking world, when news travel fast, we are influenced by instant images on our TV screens and form views about the state of affairs accordingly. Often, the ground realities are very different. Our world-view is formed by news writers more intent on selling sensational news stories than giving a balanced picture. [...]

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New Year Question: Are We Truly Waheguru ji ka Khalsa?

January 4, 2017  /  News & Views  /  Comments Off

Photo caption: Giani Harinder Singh Alwar (left) with S. Gurmukh Singh

     The above is the question before us as we celebrate the Parkaash (Birthday) of Guru Gobind Singh ji. He introduced the collective decision making processes and brought the Sikh movement to “self -surviving” maturity. He became “Aapay-Gur-Chela” and removed the distinction between the Guru and the Khalsa. Guru’s Sangat became Waheguru ji ka Khalsa. [...]

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Year 2016: Global Sikh Identity & Internal Ideological Challenges to Panthic Unity

December 21, 2016  /  News & Views  /  Comments Off

Photo caption: S Harinder Singh, USA (left) following a presentation at The Sikh Missionary Society UK and Right Gurmukh Singh OBE

For British Sikhs, as for other communities, year 2016 will be remembered as the year when UK decided to leave the European Union – the “Brexit”. Donald Trump’s presidential election victory in the US is related and minority communities are apprehensive. Regarding Brexit, the public reaction against some trends was obvious for many years: the [...]

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Sikh Network Survey: Need for Effective Political Engagement

December 14, 2016  /  News & Views  /  Comments Off

 Gurmukh Singh OBE

(Final Part III)    The Sikh Network Survey has shown that British Sikhs do have issues and concerns which need to be addressed. Sikhs welcome but want more than just Sikh events organised at 10 Downing Street or at the Houses of Parliament. Otherwise the lavish praise of the Sikhs by visiting politicians at Gurdwaras [...]

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