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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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Sikh Network Survey: Sikhs in high positions can do more to promote Sikh identity

December 7, 2016  /  News & Views  /  Comments Off

 Gurmukh Singh OBE

(Part II of III)     Sikh “power elite” need to work closely with grassroots level organisations and pull together. Sikhs should not be too timid to announce in public the Sikh universal values inherent in Sikh ideology, and expressed through their proud visible Sikh identity. Sikhi promotes both, full acceptance of human diversity of cultures [...]

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Sikh Network Survey points to the need for Assertive Sikh Identity in the UK and the West

December 2, 2016  /  News & Views  /  Comments Off

 Gurmukh Singh OBE

(Part I of III) Sikh Network survey shows that Sikhs continue to be ignored by the British establishment and hate crimes against the Sikhs have increased since 9/11. Donald Trump appoints Nicky Haley, a Christian of Sikh background as US Ambassador to the United Nations. Do such senior “Sikh” (or ex-Sikh in this case) appointments [...]

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Trump Victory & Sikhs in the West (Final Part II)

November 23, 2016  /  News & Views  /  Comments Off

Gurmukh Singh OBE

      Donald Trump victory signifies a deeply divided nation along racial/ethnic and gender lines. It is worrying that he was able to exploit traditional white supremacist prejudices. Much damage to national unity has already been done and minorities like the Sikhs are apprehensive.     There are potential implications for American democracy which has lost credibility [...]

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Trump Victory & Sikhs in the West (Part I of II)

November 18, 2016  /  News & Views  /  Comments Off

Donald Trump new elected president of usa

We need to look at Donald Trump’s victory in the US Presidential election in two parts. Firstly, its impact on the global order. Secondly we look at the implications for the Sikhs in the US and other Western countries as a significant visible minority community. Sikhs are already the victims of mistaken identity since 11 [...]

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Guru Nanak’s Jyot and Jugat

November 9, 2016  /  News & Views  /  Comments Off

Gurmukh Singh  OBE

 ਜੋਤਿ ਰੂਪਿ ਹਰਿ ਆਪਿ ਗੁਰੂ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਕਹਾਯਉ ॥ The Embodiment of Light, the Lord Himself is called Guru Nanak. (SGGS Ang 1408) ਜੋਤਿ ਓਹਾ ਜੁਗਤਿ ਸਾਇ ਸਹਿ ਕਾਇਆ ਫੇਰਿ ਪਲਟੀਐ ॥ The Guru-persons shared the same Guru Light and the same way (method); only the King [Nanak] changed His body. (Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ang [...]

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Why not a Sikh Regiment ? – Final Part III

November 2, 2016  /  News & Views  /  Comments Off

Prime Minister Winston Churchil with sikh soldiers

From a position of [armed] strength, remain humble [i.e. without aggression or animosity]. (Sikh military tradition established by Gurus, Hargobind, Har Rai and Gobind Singh.)     This maxim is ultimately symbolized by the Kirpaan, the Sikh sword, which is the defender of a just regime in which all share and are equal. Strength to be [...]

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