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We need to ask what is the worst that can happen?
KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM
30.11.18 - AMANDEEP SANDHU

KEEPING HIS PROMISE, Pakistan premier Imran Khan today performed the ground breaking ceremony for the proposed Kartarpur Sahib corridor. On Monday, Indian Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and east Panjab chief minister Amarinder Singh laid the foundation stone at the Indian side at Dera Baba Nanak, 4 kilometers from the Gurdwara where Guru Nanak spent the last 17 years of his life. The fruition of the project by next November, the 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak, could mark a sea change in relations between arch rivals India and Pakistan. It could set a precedent for the role religion can play to bring peace in south Asia. 

Perhaps the most common critique of all religions is Karl Marx's phrase: opiate of the masses. The fact is that this phrase follows a longer sentence in which Marx describes the value of religion in human society. 'Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the ...
  


Did Army Chief miss mentioning “internal linkages” on actual terror in Punjab?
DISSECTING POLITICS OF SELECTIVE SILENCE
17.11.18 - I P Singh*

RECENTLY AT A SEMINAR in Delhi Army chief General Bipin Rawat said that attempts were being made through "external linkages” to "revive insurgency” in Punjab. "Let us not think that Punjab (situation) is over. We cannot close our eyes to what is happening in Punjab. And, if we do not take early action now, it will be too late” he said. Former UP DGP Parkash Singh also echoed General’s observation. Within 10 days, the General underlined this "external” element for the third time, stating "While outsiders will attempt to revive militancy, the people, are very strong, will not allow it,” while speaking at an army function in Pathankot on November 12.

While there can be arguments about Chief of Army Staff expressing apprehensions about law and order situation in a state, we are confining here only to one point – internal linkages – which General Rawat apparently missed when he argued ...
  


CONGRESS IN SGPC - Tript Rajinder Bajwa marks 60 years of this Congress dream
FRONT VIEW MIRROR
17.11.18 - S Pal

ON NOVEMBER 16, 2018, a senior minister of the Amarinder Singh government openly declared that the Congress-affiliated Sikhs will fight the elections to the SGPC to oust the Akali Dal.

Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa was marking the 60 years of the first major attempt by the Congress to snatch away the SGPC from the Akalis and make it an instrument of the Congress party.

It was on November 16, 1958 when Giani Kartar Singh defeated Master Tara Singh by 77 votes to 74 votes after becoming a henchman of Pratap Singh Kairon.

But the situation had reached this stage after a lot of drama, much of it centred around charges of corruption against Kairon. Today, if the Badals find themselves in similar circumstances, they should not be surprised. Corruption has the undoing of many tall men.

In fact, history of yore is often the mirror image of our present. The talk of be-adbi is ...
  


“Elections were coming up…Everybody wanted to forget the killings”
1984 ANTI SIKH VIOLENCE – 34 YEARS OF KADDU FARMING
01.11.18 - S Pal

"Three thousand Sikhs were killed in Delhi in just a couple of days. And still through those days, as through Blue Star earlier, hardly a Hindu was attacked across Punjab. In 1984, I grew proud of Punjab, and ashamed of Delhi."
— Sanjay Suri; 1984: The Anti-Sikh Violence and After; Harper Collins, 2015. Page 185
 
 
ON NOVEMBER 1, 2018, a deafening silence prevailed in Punjab, in fact, across India, about the 34th anniversary of the anti-Sikh massacres in Delhi in 1984. 

Not one leader of the ruling Congress party, currently working overtime to ensure the sanctity of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, issued a single statement to assuage a community hurt very, very deeply because of denial of justice for over three decades now.

Not one leader of the opposition Shiromani Akali Dal, which stresses its monopoly over all affairs panthic and lords over the SGPC, has issued a single statement to at least push ...
  



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