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A plea to India’s Lessons aplenty Tearing Apart

Health Minister OTHER for Punjab from Tytler: Another


MERCHANTS Louisiana and witness spills beans

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Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss, Minister
for Health and Family Welfare

Dear Dr. Ramadoss


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INDIA CIRCA 2007


Kalam Nishan Singh details from Tehelka sting opera-
tion of Modi’s men tearing apart a

E
very year ending is a pre- pregnant woman’s stomach and
cursor to hopes for a new plunging a sword through the foe-
dawn, occasion for new tus? What could you deduce from
resolutions and a realistic the fact that the Congress campaign
stock taking of the year gone by. As in Gujarat did not even refer to the
the world soaks in the Yuletide spir- Tehelka sting operation?

A memory frame
it and clock ticks towards the Thankfully, photoframes make
moment when we would be singing deductions simple. India’s ruling
Auld Lang Syne, the Punjabi party could not decide whether it
Diaspora, and indeed the entire wants to be totally secular or par-
South Asian community is crest- tially communal, and it sunk. It
fallen at the developments in India. could have done little else.
Everyone wants to preserve a Communalism is a beast that often

yours for keeps


photoframe for keeps, but where haunts if you hunt with it.
will one keep the framed memory of And Congress had hunted with it.
2007 from India? On your mantle- When mobs led by Congress leaders
piece, it will look very shameful. were hunting down Sikhs in Delhi —
Come, have a look. voter lists in hand, burning tyres in
We are ending 2007 with right abundant supply, police that looked
wing hoodlums of VHP killing the other way and a leader that pro-
Christians in Orissa because they claimed on national TV his distilled
wanted to celebrate Christmas. wisdom about earth shaking and
Good sense of timing for a com- trees falling — it had thought the
munal riot. haunting ghosts of politics were
In Gujarat, one termed as Maut merely a myth. Now these ghosts are
Ke Saudagar by leader of the coun- turning up on camera, on newspaper
try’s ruling party was elected Chief pages and in books. Even before a
Minister. Narendra Modi, the probe commission could clear him,
poster boy of Hindutva and the Jagdish Tytler was made India’s
author of Gujarat’s communal car- minister, and when he had to resign
nage, the man whose masks amidst shame, the CBI worked over-
became a symbol of loathing and time to hand him a clean chit. Till of
fear, defeated the Congress which course enterprising journalists
had blinkers on its eyes. tracked a key witness Jasbir Singh
This was the man whom the in California. One poor truck driver
United States of America did not living as a refugee refuses to be
allow to enter and refused visa cowed down by the entire might of
because of his track record of being the Indian sleuthing agency’s strata-
a gross human rights violator and gems. And then another witness is
mass killer, and who was described caught on a hidden camera narrat-
by a majority of secular opiniona- ing how Tytler led mobs who killed
tors and liberal civil society in India people and burnt them half-dead and
as a dictator, merchant of death, half-alive after carting them to a spot
and promoter of Hindu terrorism. in front of a gurdwara in hand-
Shame also died by the time 2007 pulled garbage carts (See Special
ended. Within hours of his win with Report P 14-15).
a 117-59, vast sections of Indian Kill 2,000 Muslims and become
mainstream media were attributing Chief Minister. Kill 3,000 Sikhs and
the victory not to the communal become Minister for Overseas
rhetoric but to the so-called develop- Indian Affairs. You may be haunt-
ment in Gujarat. Someone had ed, you may escape. Good luck.
changed the prism overnight and That’s Indian politics for you, circa
media was now getting a different 2007. How do you like it? Plain com-
image. The allusions to a Modi munal ‘burn the Sikhs’ medium
swinging down to Delhi and swallow- rare with tyres or spiced with
ing up even the national leadership Gujarati xenophobia sprinkled
of the Bhartiya Janta Party showed with saffron chutney?
what kind of a wolf was on prey. The Hindutva end game can
What could you deduce from a have only two results: Either the
photoframe of a year which brought ultra rightist agenda will rule or
to you the excruciatingly painful Continued on page 18

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2 Dec 26, 2007-Jan 1, 2008 NEWS world sikh news

Pastor, who once banned Sikh driver who


Langar, quits Mission was assaulted still
WSN Network 2007, it will have provided more than
190,000 hot meals and 17,000 sacks of
to return to job
SHASTA COUNTY, Sacramento: Jim groceries, according to mission offi- WSN Network
Dahl, who had once told the Sikhs that cials.
they cannot be allowed to serve langar at The often-outspoken Dahl courted SEATTLE: Till a few days back, 49-
the Good News Rescue Mission, but had controversy in 2003 when soon after his year-old Sukhvir Singh was just
to later reverse that decision, has appointment, he sent a letter to local one of the thousands of cab driv-
resigned from the post of Mission's exec- Sikh representatives telling them they ers till a construction worker foot-
utive director after five years. wouldn't be allowed to serve meals at ball fan with a skewed world per-
Dahl, 59, submitted his resignation on the mission as they had been since the spective assaulted him, called him
Dec 11 and said he wanted more time to Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He an "Iraqi terrorist" and threatened
spend with his family and to pursue claimed that their presence at the mis- to killed him. The incident spurred
other career paths. The Rev. Dave Honey, sion compromised the organization's a great deal of sympathy for
the mission's director of ministries, will Christian-based image. Sukhvir Singh and Sikhs rallied
take over executive director duties on an The letter soon became public, and around this cab driver who did not
interim basis but will also apply for after an emergency meeting of fellow take one wrong step, stayed on the
Dahl's position. directors, Dahl was instructed to meet right side of the law and displayed
The mission is Shasta County's largest with Sikh leaders to find an amicable how one man could rise to become where Sukhvir Singh's story was
homeless shelter, providing meals and a resolution. Dahl had to later reverse an ambassador for the entire com- narrated. He, of course, remains
place to sleep for as many as 200 people a night. In his decision, and termed it a misunderstanding. munity. humble and deeply appreciates the
While the Sikh Coalition found community support.
him an attorney within days, many Doctors have advised Sukhvir

Punjab’s honey traders Five British offered help in cash and kind. A
SeaTac-based Indian radio station
shared his story live on the air.
Singh rest for the month of
December but lack of work means
lack of money too. He wants to

Sikhs jailed Hundreds turned up for a candle- return to his job as soon as possi-

flock to Rajasthan’s for murder


light vigil a day after the attack.
About 2,000 people attended a
Sunday service at the gurudwara
ble. Being a husband and a father
of two, Sukhvir Singh needs all the
good wishes of the community.

sarson fields WSN Network

LONDON: Five British Sikhs have Sikhs donate blood at


WSN Network based Kejriwal Bee Care India been jailed for a total of 66 years

LUDHIANA/KOTA: Rajasthan
and Punjab are hearing a new
drone noise these days, joining
Private Limited, another big play-
er in the industry, says that
besides producing honey, mus-
tard flowers also help in breeding
for murdering a Muslim tenant.
A London court jury found land-
lord Balbir Singh Dhillon and his
four accomplices Amarjit Dhillon,
Lankershim gurdwara
Angad Singh ated in the temple compound along
them in a honey laced pact. With bees. Mohan Singh, Charan Singh and with Red Cross employees. "I donat-
the cold weather killing mustard Kota district has bee-keepers Surinder Singh guilty of murder- LOS ANGELES: Seventy-five peo- ed blood because it would be useful
flowers fast, bee-keepers from from states like Bihar, Uttar ing 21-year-old Rizwan Yousaf in ple donated blood at the annual to my community and I feel good
Punjab and many other places Pradesh and Haryana. his rented one-room flat in East American Red Cross holiday blood about myself.
are converging on Rajasthan to Even small bee-keepers are try- London in March this year. drive on December 9 at the Sikh This is the least I can do," said
lap up honey. ing to cash in on the yellow wave. All were given life sentences Temple of Los Angeles in donor Gunjiv Singh. Donors varied
As sharp winter kills the mus- Ranjit Singh of Thakkar Sandhu with minimum terms totalling 66 Lankershim. The blood will be in age from 17 to 69 years and all
tard flower, bee-keepers from village in Gurdaspur, Punjab, has years. The tenant had moved into donated to the area hospitals in were rewarded with a coupon for
Punjab whose mustard-based come to Phoosewala village with his rented accommodation two Southern California. "Even though I Cold Stone Creamery and also got
honey is a major export item, can his 45 hives. “Of the 100 hives I weeks before his murder. The jury was scared of giving blood for the the opportunity to win a $500
now be seen in Ganganagar, had in Muktsar, I lost 55 due to also heard that Yousaf was far first time, I felt that I couldn't miss American Express gift card in a raf-
Alwar, Bharatpur, Kota, Jaipur insecticide spray on flowers. I’m from ideal tenant as he played loud this perfect opportunity to help the fle. "It would be stupid not to donate
and Bikaner, areas where farm- here to make up for that loss,” he music and kept a noisy dog. people in need," said donor Jaspreet blood because it is the easiest way to
ers grow mustard. says. On the day of the attack, he had Sethi. The event was organized by save a life…I just have to sit for ten
Among these were Jagjit Singh Adds Muzaffar Ahmad from locked himself out of his home local high school students Sartaaj minutes and at the end of the
Kapoor, chairman of Kashmir Kashmir: “These days there is no and visited Dhillon for a key, upset- and Harnoor Walia along with Red process I helped someone out," said
Apiaries Private Limited, in scope of extracting honey in ting the landlord’s wife with his Cross representative Geri donor Jagmeet Singh.
Doraha, Ludhiana, whose compa- Kashmir due to the intense cold, aggressive demands. Hernandez ."I really wanted to help The event was promoted weeks in
ny claims an 80 percent market so I’m here to make honey.” Not to The court also heard that Yousaf my community because there are so advance and the drive had a total of
share of the 15,000 tonnes of mention money for the mustard made an emergency call and spoke many people who need blood right 44 appointments and 31 walk-ins.
honey exported annually to vari- farmers in Rajasthan. of his life in danger after being now…I'm really impressed with the "I'm really glad with our success and
ous destinations, including the Incidentally, a majority of bees threatened of eviction by the land- amount of support shown by every- I hope this will blood drive will con-
US and Europe. in India are the Italian honey lord. Police visited his home but one," said Harnoor Walia. The drive tinue in the future," said Harnoor
Amit Dhanuka, CEO of Delhi- bees (Apis mellifera ligustica). chose not to record the threat. consisted of two 'blood mobiles' situ- Walia.

Lessons from Louisiana and Gurgaon for Punjab


WSN Bureau Campus police in the US are rea- for nothing that the DC area is often liberal gun policy .
sonably well-organised, and univer- referred to as the 'murder capital' of But the fact remains that the infu-

T
he murder of sity authorities are generally will- the US. The Punjabi Diaspora must sion of politics into gun licensing
Chandrasekhar Reddy and ing to go an extra length to protect have a lot of lessons to write home and ownership leads to a worsening
Kiran Kumar, the two students and faculty members. about the fact that the spurt in crime crime scene. The crime scene in the
Indian Louisiana State Unlike in India, transparency in in many parts of America is widely US will continue to worry the
University students near Governor reporting incidents to students is attributed to the nexus between Punjabi Diaspora since their own
Bobby Jindal's city Baton Rouge has highly respected. Any wilful sup- drugs and guns. kids and many of those of their rel-
left both Americans and Indians pression of news could be extremely The dilemma with regard to atives in Punjab come to US for stud-
shocked. The FBI has joined the damaging to a university adminis- enforcement of the drug law ies. Besides, the Punjabi Diaspora
investigation, but there is no indica- tration. notwithstanding, there is a well- must make an effort to convince
tion yet regarding the motive for the But it will also be prudent to note known laxity in a majority of US authorities back homw in Punjab to
murders. This gory incident may that there have been certain disturb- states that do not favour excessive take the issue of arms control seri-
well rattle all those in India who ing trends in the US that cannot be restriction on guns. This is evident ously. Gun licensing in India is
have children in American campus- ignored. After a few years of a per- in the might of the gun lobby repre- strict, but of late there has been a
es as also the Diaspora. After ceptible drop in violent crime, the sented by the National Rifle laxity, and we don't even have to
Virginia Tech shopotings, apprehen- graph is now rising. Of course New Association (NRA), which has utter the word "Jessica Lal" to con-
sions about security arrangements York City and Los Angeles are strong Republican connections. vince you. The rich and famous can
in and around US exceptions, perhaps due to initia- Former New York Mayor and 2008 easily acquire guns at will. Recently,
universities are legitimate. tives of two dynamic Police Michael Moore's Bowling For Republican presidential candidate the WSN had published a story
One must take reasonable precau- Commissioners, Ray Kelly and Bill Columbine sent a strong message, nominee Rudi Giuliani was a well- about how prohibited guns seized
tions that a prudent person would Bratton, homicides and other forms but did it reach us? known votary of gun restrictions from unlawful elements were auc-
observe, especially in a country of violence are definitely going up while he held office. Now, he isn't tioned to many politicians and their
where you must presume that every- elsewhere. more than 170 homicides this year that warm to gun control, for the kin in Punjab. After the Gurgaon
one whom you confront on the street Philadelphia has a grave situa- alone, of which 77 per cent have fear of alienating a sizeable chunk school shootings, there is every case
is armed. tion. Washington DC has registered been from the use of guns. It is not of the party's leadership devoted to a for tighter control over the process.
world sikh news NEWS Dec 26, 2007-Jan 1, 2008 3

India’s Orissa reels under Four Babbar Khalsa


anti-Christian riots, activists convicted on
many churches burnt basis of police claims WSN Network
WSN Network premises set on fire since on Monday night
as tension built up in the area. CHANDIGARH: A Chandigarh court has
ORISSA: Nightmare replaced celebrations Curfew was imposed in district headquar- convicted four Babbar Khalsa
for Christians in India as right wing Hindu ters town of Phulbani, Baliguda, International (BKI) members claiming
hoodlums of Vishwa Hindu Parishad went Daringibadi and Brahmanigaon.Twelve they were trying to revive terrorism in
around attacking Christians in this coastal churches were targetted by vandals since Punjab after a huge cache of arms and
state, and particularly on target were poor Monday night and additional forces ammunition was recovered from them
and famished tribals. Churches were burnt deployed in sensitive pockets of the district near PGI here on March 21, 2006. It is
and at least one person was killed but there where of the total 6.50 lakh population, more almost routine for Punjab Police to slap
was little reaction in the Indian print or than one lakh belonged to Christian commu- such cases and for the courts to fully rely
electronic media which focussed on film per- nity. on police theories.
sonalities celebrating Christmas. Three churches were set on fire at The court has awarded a five-year jail
Till this edition was going to the press, Baliguda on Monday night, and three others term along with a fine of Rs 5,000 to
riots were continuing in Kandhamal district were burnt on Tueaday. Churches at Sukhwinder Singh alias Sukhi alias Bullet
Wednesday despite curfew orders and Chakapada, Giringia and Phiringia were for possessing a prohibited weapon (AK-
Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists were not also ransacked before being set afire. 47). Dilbag Singh was sentenced to five-
letting police from entering villages where Plans over celebrations of Christmas year jail under the Arms Act for possess-
they attacked Christians. There was no talk were opposed by the local Hindus and this ing RDX. Ranjit Singh and Balbir Singh
of calling the army. And CM Naveen Patnaik led to clashes between the Hindu and alias Nepali were awarded a threeyear jail working for Jagtar Singh Tara, a prime
declared situation was under control. Christian groups. Phulbani area is one of term each along with a fine of Rs 3,000 suspect in the assassination of former
Curfew was imposed in four towns after a the most communally sensitive regions and under the Arms Act. Punjab chief minister Beant Singh. The
youth was killed and six churches and a clashes between Hindus and Christians are The police had claimed to have recovered police had rested their case on the CD of
minister’s houses were targeted on Tuesday a known fact. an AK-47 rifle and 15 cartridges from the wedding ceremony of Sukhi, a journal-
in largescale communal violence and arson Policemen who went to Daringbadi, Sukhi, a .38 bore Colt revolver and five car- ist with a Hindi newspaper, at Kurali,
in Orissa’s Kandhamal district following an Phiringia and Chakapada blocks were not tridges from Balbir Singh, 1-kg RDX from which Tara had attended. Dilbag Singh
attack on a VHP leader who led an anti-con- allowed access by the mob which took to Dilbag Singh and a .12 bore gun and two was also present. The police had alleged
version movement. streets after 80-year-old VHP leader Swami cartridges from Ranjit Singh. that Dilbag Singh was the senior vice-pres-
Central Reserve Police Force was being Laxmanananda Saraswati was allegedly Sukhi, Dilbag Singh and Ranjit Singh ident of SAD (A) in Ropar district. A
rushed, said one report. attacked on Monday. were residents of Ropar, while Balbir motorcycle was also recovered from Sukhi
A youth was killed in mob violence at The VHP-sponsored bandh coincided with Singh was from Solan in Himachal that was allegedly provided to him by Tara.
Barakhamba, a senior police officer said, a two-day shut-down called by “Kui samaj Pradesh. All of them were, as per the The police had said the accused had told
adding he was yet to be identified. At least sammanwaya samiti”, a tribal outfit police story, associates of BKI activist them that they were part of a Babbar
six churches, mostly built in thatched hous- demanding Scheduled Tribe status to Dalit Paramjit Singh Bheora. Khalsa module and were in constant touch
es, were either ransacked or the vacant Christians. The police had alleged that the four were with other activists to revive terrorism.

Police arrest ‘terrorists’, but


media tears apart claims
WSN Network Now, question being raised in intelligence
and media circles is what made the police
PHAGWARA: Punjab Police claimed it has claim that Gurinder had failed to trigger the
arrested three youths with RDX last blast on Wednesday and that he was arrest-
Wednesday after a failed attempt to target ed on his way back from Nurmahal.
Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthaan in Nurmahal According to their claims, he made two-
but media has blown huge holes into the three attempts to trigger the blast.
police story. The vernacular media had Interestingly, police also claim to have
reported the fact that police has picked up recovered two maps from the possession of
Gurinder Singh even before police could the accused. While one is a road map of
claim that it arrested him two days later. Phagwara-Nurmahal stretch, the other is of
The reports also mentioned seizure of RDX the Ambala court complex where the Dera
haul and revelations made by him during Sacha Sauda chief is appearing for court
police interrogation. hearings. The police see no problem with
Incidentally, Gurinder, along with his the fact that a man determined to carry out
family, was booked around two months a terror act with so much planning will not
back for waging war against the country need a map for Phagwara to Murmahal
and for sedition. The police slapped the stretch, particularly if Gurinder had
charges after Gurinder’s name had already tried to trigger the blast two-three
cropped up in investigations of RDX times at Nurmahal then why was he still
seizure from Ghuman in Ludhiana. When moving around maps? Phagwara to
contacted for his comment, SSP Rakesh Nurmahal stretch will be known to every
Aggarwal said that nothing objectionable village bumpkin, but perhaps for the con-
had been recovered from the members of venience of Punjab Police cops, the terror-
Gurinder’s family. ists carry maps in their back pockets.

Punjab cops say they caught


another three near Nepal border
WSN Network
Gurpreet Singh and Sandeep and were
LUDHIANA: Notwithstanding the continu- arrested while they were attempting to flee
ous holes being punched into police stories to Nepal, official sources said. They are
about arrests of alleged accused in RDX case allegedly involved in the blast in a multiplex
or Ludhiana bomb blasts, police is regularly at Ludhiana on October 15 in which at least
making more such arrests and issuing six people were killed and 25 others injured.
equally skeletal incredible press releases. They are also allegedly involved in trans-
Now it has claimed that three more suspect- porting deadly RDX into the state, a consign-
ed Babbar Khalsa militants were arrested on ment which was caught by the local police
Tuesday morning on the Indo-Nepal border few days ahead of the explosion.
for their alleged role in the October blast in Ludhiana SSP RK Jaiswal insisted that no
Ludhiana that claimed six lives. arrests had been made but sources con-
Two of the three were identified as firmed it.
4 Dec 26, 2007-Jan 1, 2008 NEWS world sikh news

CBI to court: Police registering Sikh Federation top


brass meet warns
false cases against witnesses Mann acolytes
KHALRA CASE: Key witness acquitted of rape charges WSN Network Belgium on 11 November.
The meeting also decided that it
WSN Network cases. It had registered a case DIG M. Narayanan, who super- LONDON: Last Sunday, on will be sending up to five represen-
under Section 376 of the IPC vised the case, told the court that December 23, the quarterly meet- tatives to the next World Sikh
PATIALA: Shame came in a liber- against Randhawa in July 2003 fake cases were being registered ing of Sikh Federation (UK) Summit in New York from 2-4
al dose for the Punjab Police with when he was in the process of against key witnesses in the branches from across the country February and would be urging con-
an investigating CBI senior officer recording his statement in a local Khalra case. This, Sodhi said, took place under the leadership of tacts from different countries in
of the rank of DIG officially court in the case. Six police offi- proved to be important in the rape the organisation - Bhai Amrik mainland Europe, Australia, New
informing an Indian court that cials, including a DSP, were con- case trial. Copies of a letter from Singh, Bhai Kuldip Singh Chaheru Zealand and Malaysia to join Sikhs
false cases were being registered victed in 2005 for the abduction Narayanan to the then Punjab and Bhai Narinderjit Singh. The from the USA and Canada who are
against witnesses in the Khalra and murder of human rights DGP highlighting the fake cases gathering warned those associated expected to take part in large num-
kidnap and rape case. activist Jaswant Singh Khalra in were presented in the court. with Simranjit Singh Mann to bers. It also welcomed the recent
Kirpal Singh Randhawa, the Amritsar in September 1995. Randhawa is the vice-chairman of refrain from verbal attacks on the motion in the UK Parliament by
key witness in the Sardar Jaswant Randhawa was a neighbour of the Punjab Human Rights Khalsa Action Committee and the MPs urging the UK Government to
Singh Khalra kidnap and murder Khalra and was also a human Organisation headed by Justice new Panj Pardhani system of SAD call for the immediate release of
case, was acquitted of trumped up rights activist. He was a witness Ajit Singh Bains. (Amritsar) besides announcing British citizen, Paramjit Singh
charges of rape by a district and to the kidnapping. Khalra had found that nearly that it will be holding a program in Dhaddi who has been falsely
sessions judge. Punjab Police, Defence counsel Brijinder 2,500 youth were killed in fake Germany, Frankfurt in the new imprisoned and tortured in Punjab
which has a history of browbeat- Singh Sodhi provided evidence encounters in Punjab during ter- year to reveal the structure for for 1 year since 23 December 2006.
ing witnesses or torturing them, that the rape case was a frame-up rorism and filed a petition in the those with whom it will be working The Sikh Federation (UK) also
had used the strategem of to threaten Randhawa against Supreme Court, which asked the with across Europe in organizing released its 2008 Calendar. The
embroiling Kirpal Singh in false deposing in the murder case. CBI CBI to investigate the matter. the World Sikh Lobby & Summit at Calendar pays special tribute to
the United Nations in Geneva from those that have sacrificed their
14-16 March, the Sikh Freedom lives for freedom and justice in the
THUMBNAILS FROM PUNJAB Chamkaur Sahib to have Nagar Panchyat Lobby in the European Parliament last 30 years, beginning with the 13
in Brussels on 7 May and the annu- Shaheeds in Amritsar on 13 April
Punjab to have force on lines of NSG Chandigarh: The Punjab Government will set up the al remembrance event in Ypres, 1978.
Chandigarh: Punjab may be denied many funds and relief Nagar Panchayat in Chamkaur Sahib within three
packages but for this one measure the Centre will be months, CM Parkash Singh Badal told the Vidhan
magnanimous. New Delhi has agreed to the Punjab
government’s proposal to set up a contingent of the Special
Security Guards (SSGs) on the pattern of the National Security
Guards (NSGs). The Centre will provide full financial
Sabha in response to a question. In a first of sorts and
a step which will open a new way for the police to har-
rass Punjabis, Agriculture minister Sucha Singh
Langah told the Punjab Assembly that the govern-
Bhutto makes weird claim
assistance for the purpose, federal home minister Shivraj Patil
told CM Parkash Singh Badal in New Delhi on December 21.
ment will now ask police stations to register cases
against those encroaching on berms of rural roads. about Sikh insurgency
Dimpa walks out of jail WSN Network was that it was Rajiv Gandhi
Amritsar: Former Congress MLA from Beas Jasbir Singh Gill,
alias Dimpa, was released from the central jail here on
Dal Khalsa wants a Minar-e-Khalsa NEW DELHI: Former Pakistani
who failed to deliver on his
promise to pull out troops from
December 24 after he was granted bail by the Punjab and AMRITSAR: The Dal Khalsa has demanded that the SGPC premier Benazir Bhutto has Siachen in exchange for
Haryana High Court on December 19. A large number of construct a Minar-e-Khalsa" to pay tributes to Sikh claimed that it was because of Islamabad’s choking off the
Congress supporters celebrated his release. Dimpa had been "martyrs" like Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, late Maj her initiatives that militancy support to Khalistani secession-
granted bail in the culpable homicide amounting to murder Gen Shahbeg Singh and Bhai Amrik Singh on the premises could end in Punjab in an asser- ists. NSA Narayanan had
case against him. of Sri Harmandir Sahib. tion that Indian media translat- recently said that Bhutto could
ed as a "firstever confession by never be trusted as she had not
Sidhu names scheme after Badal Vedanti: Bring in Anand Karaj Act a Pakistani leader of kept her promises given to Rajiv
Amritsar: BJP's motormouth MP who doubles up as a TV AMRITSAR: Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Islamabad’s support to the Gandhi. Bhutto said Narayanan
anchor presenting comic programs full of politically incorrect Vedanti has urged the Punjab government to work for Khalistani secessionists." could not have known what
jokes, Navjot Singh Sidhu, has named a job generating suitable amendments in Section 25 of the Hindu Marriage Retaliating against India's transpired in 1988 because it
initiative for the unemployed youth as "Parkash Scheme" Act to pave the way for an Anand Karaj Act. He contended national security advisor M K was a one-to-one meeting. “If
after CM Parkash Singh Badal. that both the communities had separate cultural identities. Narayanan’s charge that anyone kept the word, it was I,
Pakistan has already readied the draft of such a legislation. Bhutto, as premier of Pakistan, not Rajiv. He (Rajiv) went back
Dolphins in Harike! had failed to make good the to India and then called me on
Gurdaspur: Experts from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have Raghunath Sahai Puri dead promises she made, the PPP his way to the Commonwealth
confirmed the presence of river-water dolphins in the CHANDIGARH: Former Punjab minister and Congress leader claimed that she had to say that he could not keep his
Wildlife Sanctuary at Harike in Ferozepur. There are possibly leader Raghunath Sahai Puri died at the PGI hospital last kept her word. Benazir said that promise to withdraw from
five or six dolphins in the Harike lake. Chief conservator of week after a prolonged illness. He was 68. He hailed from she had fulfilled her assurance Siachen,” Bhutto alleged. She
forest and wildlife Jatinder Sharma said the WWF team Sujanpur and had undergone kidney transplant in 1999 and to Rajiv Gandhi to cut off said: “There was not a fly on the
spotted the dolphins, five in number, in the sanctuary late was on immunosuppresants. He was affected with multiple Islamabad’s support to wall. How can anyone say I have
this evening. The development has generated a great deal of myleoma and was suffering from various infections, a PGI Khalistanis. not kept my promises when the
interest among wildlife enthusiasts, particularly the spokesperson said. The former Prime Minister, biggest result of that meeting
speculation as to from where the dolphins might have who was replying to questions was the end of the Sikh insur-
strayed. Initially, a pair of dolphins was spotted near the Eve-teasing: Villagers say no to schools by a news weekly, said the fact gency.”
confluence of the Beas and the Sutlej two weeks ago. CHANDIGARH: Following the police inaction in a case of
harassment of schoolgirls in Jind district of Haryana, 300
616 passports seized after raid on travel agent
Jalandhar: Police raided the office of a travel agency in
students have been forbidden in five villages of Safidon
from going to school as per a decision taken by
Contempt plea by Dera Sacha Sauda chief
Jalandhar on December 20 and seized 616 passports and panchayats of Ramnagar, Seek, Pathri, Kurad and Haat AMBALA: Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on Saturday appeared
nearly Rs 28 in lakh cash from its premises. Shivam Travel villages. Girls feel so insecure that they have stopped before the court of special CBI judge SK Saini and moved two applications, including
agency office in Dilkusha market was raided after a tip-off, stepping out of their homes. Poliec has been apprised but an application seeking permission to place some documents for consideration at the
SP (detective) Paramvir Singh Parmar, said. No case has Safidon SHO Balwant Singh downplayed the incidents and time of hearing of arguments in the court. Through another application he
been registered against agency owner Rajiv Soni after he denied any sexual harassment. Villagers said authorities requested the court to initiate contempt proceedings against the CBI as it has got
provided the police a photo copy of his licence. will have to make a commitment about the safety of photocopies of challans which are the property of court and CBI had no right to keep
women in the area. the documents within its possession. —WSN

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world sikh news NEWS Dec 26, 2007-Jan 1, 2008 5

Badal has his way,


Sikh Coalition filed
Pak Punjab Guv 32 complaints on
cuts X’mas cake TSA issue

Police Bill passed with Christians WSN Network

NEW YORK, NY: Over the past


four months, the Sikh Coalition

WSN Network state police commission, which has a provi-


sion for making leader of opposition one of
and Sikhs has filed 32 separate complaints
of discrimination with the TSA,
as per a release by the Coalition
CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister the five members, however, the state is going WSN Network itself. It said a pro bono team of 9
Parkash Singh Badal seemed to have taken the for a state police board which does not have attorneys coordinated by the
middle road on the issue of new police bill, any seat for the opposition leader. The board LAHORE: Pakistan Punjab Governor Lt. Gen. Sikh Coalition's lead staff attor-
avoided fulfilling all conditions set by the would have the CM as the chairman and the Khalid Maqbool hosted a reception for minori- ney are responsible for this major
Supreme Court and pushed for the new bill home minister as the vice chairman while the ties at Governor House here on Monday where initiative to protect Sikh rights.
which was passed by the Assembly. chief secretary, advocate general leaders from Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh As part of an overall media,
Many of course still fear that the and home secretary would be the community cut the Christmas cake at the recep- advocacy, and legal strategy to
new bill will give more powers to other three members. “We have tion, while 1,000 deserving Christian individuals bring attention to Sikh concerns,
the police in a state that has spared Bibiji (Rajinder Kaur were given away Christmas gifts worth Rs 5,000 in August 2007 the Coalition
already seen the cops virtually Bhattal) here so that she has time each from Pakistan Baitul Maal. decided to file individual discrim-
working as a parallel state. to stage dharnas,” Badal quipped, Addressing the gathering, the Governor said ination complaints with the
Justifying the changes made in hardly a remark that will add to his every religion advocates dignity and honour for TSA's Office of Civil Rights and
the Punjab Police Bill 2007 draft, image as a democratically working humanity and love with each other. The Civil Liberties. Members of the
Badal told the Assembly that it was CM. Governor stressed the great message of pardon- United States Congress also
the job of the lawmakers “to make Interestingly, BJP MLA Jagdish ing enemies to the human being, adding that asked the Coalition to file com-
the law while the courts were Sahni asked the government to “It’s a good omen that Muslims and the minority plaints. The complaints were
meant to interpret it. If one were take back the bill and have a groups in the country have identical social and filed compel the TSA investigate
to go exactly by what the courts detailed discussion on making the cultural values and they share their sorrows and individual allegations of discrim-
say then it would become difficult police accountable since going by joys with each other.” inatory searches; and document
to even run the government.” the force’s history it had a tenden- He said government has ensured equal for the historical record the dis-
Speaking in response to the objections cy to be used by the ruling parties. Congress chances of development to all the citizens irre- proportionate impact that the
raised against the Bill by opposition MLAs MLAs Randeep Nabha, Sunil Jakhar and Ajit spective of their cast, creed and colour. flawed headwear search policy
and one BJP MLA, Badal said the changes Inder Singh Mohfar also pointed out the Pakistan is the only country that provided had on Sikhs.
were made keeping in mind the fact that the absence of any opposition member or those dual rights of vote to the minority groups, he
police had to be made accountable. Those from the public in the bodies set up under the said and added that President Pervez Musharraf
objecting to the Bill had cited the absence of new Act. reserved minority seats at all levels, besides Matrimonial
implementing joint electorate system to include Jat Sikh parents seek suitable match
them in the mainstream of the country. for their US born handsome, athletic,
The Governor also announced a rehabilitation

United Sikhs becomes


engineer son, 24 years, 6 ft. 1 in.
package for the poor Christians under which working for a large corporation.
Pakistan Baitul Maal would provide Rs 20,000 Seeking a US born/raised 21-23
financial assistance each to 25,000 individuals. years Jat Sikh girl with a
Punjab Education Minister Dr. Mira Phailbus professional degree. Please contact

first Sikh NGO to be


and Bishop of Lahore Dr. Alexander John Malik at sikh5family@gmail.com.
also addressed the reception.

associated with UN
WSN Network Kaur, United Sikhs director.
United Sikhs filed an application to be
United Nations: United Sikhs has become the associated with the UN through the DPI ear-
first Sikh advocacy, humanitarian relief and lier this year. “Our application was support-
human development Non Governmental ed by UN agencies such as the United Nations
Organization (NGO) to be associated with the High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR),
United Nations, through its Department of with whom we worked during our Tsunami
Public Information (DPI). relief operations in Sri Lanka. We also had
In a letter addressed to United Sikhs, dated the support of other UN associated advocacy
12th December, the head of the NGO section and multifaith NGOs with whom we have
of DPI, Juan Carlos Brandt, said, “The com- done projects,” said Mejindarpal Kaur. About
mittee on NGOs met in December…and I am 1,500 NGOs are associated with DPI, which
pleased to inform you that the committee gives the UN links to people around the
approved United Sikhs for association with world. The NGO Section of DPI is part of
the department, effective immediately.” DPI’s Outreach Division, and acts as its liai-
“This is a significant achievement on son to the UN. It provides a range of informa-
behalf of 25 million Sikhs who will now be tion services to civil society and other part-
able to fully participate in global initiatives ners, including the academic community,
according to the Sikh principle of Sarbat Da educational institutions, and the public at
Bhela, selfless service,” said Mejindarpal large.

Interview me through
video conference,
Kiran Bedi’s retirement
says Jasbir Singh application accepted
CALIFORNIA: In an interview to a
leading Indian English daily, Jasbir NEW DELHI: After dithering for a month and a half, the
Singh, the US-based key witness in government has finally accepted the voluntary retire-
the 1984 anti-Sikh riot case to India, ment plea of India's first woman IPS officer Kiran Bedi,
has suggested that his statement be who at times got into controversies during her tenure.
recorded by the probe agency CBI The government decided to relieve Bedi, who was hold-
through video-conferencing or in the ing the post of the Director General of Bureau of Police
Indian consulate in the US. He said Research and Development, from her duties on Monday.
he has given a notarized affidavit stat- "I have received the letter relieving me" from the gov-
ing that Jagdish Tytler was rebuking ernment, Bedi said. She has since given up her charge at
his men for not killing enough Sikhs the Bureau.
in his constituency. He said he has Sulking after being ignored for Delhi Police
been "threatened by Tytler ‘goondas' Commissioner's post earlier this year, the Magsaysay
and they even approached me while awardee submitted her application on November 15, say-
in US a few months back, threaten- ing she wanted to quit to pursue "strong academic and
ing me to withdraw my affidavit social interests".
against Tytler or face consequences." The government had last week indicated that it would
Meanwhile, human rights activist continue to avail of the services of Bedi for its project
and lawyer Navkiran Singh has of National Police Mission, but she rejected the offer
reached USA to contest Jasbir saying she was not willing to work "for the government"
Singh's case. anymore.
6 Dec 26, 2007-Jan 1, 2008 NEWS world sikh news

Sikhs fund Canada


hospital, now
pushed to fight it Sikhs in Brampton
According to 2001 Statistics Canada information, the Sikh religion is the
third largest in Brampton behind Catholic and Protestant. Under the public
Peel Region’s Sikh community played a key role in establishing private partnership (P3) funding formula being used to build the new hospital,
the community had to raise 30 per cent of the building's total cost of $536
million.
Brampton's gleaming new hospital. It has played an equally William Osler Health Centre (WOHC) paid a tribute to the Canadian Sikh
community by naming the new hospital's emergency department as Guru
major role in the troubled institution's first major crisis Nanak Emergency Services Department.

BRAMPTON: The opening of front-page news in Parvasi Weekly, hospital would have fewer beds than
Brampton Civic Hospital was sup- which has a circulation of 20,000 in originally thought and that the old
posed to be an occasion for celebra- the GTA, Vancouver and India. Peel Memorial Hospital would be
tion, especially among the city's Local Punjabi radio shows picked closed once the new hospital
burgeoning Sikh community. it up, and Saini talked about it on opened.
They had been actively courted his own radio show, which runs on "Until then, I don't believe that
by the hospital foundation, and CJMR 1320 AM. The Times of India anybody in the community knew
responded with tremendous enthu- picked up the story, says Saini. He that if we are getting this new hos-
siasm, raising $2.8-million with a was invited to talk about it on televi- pital, they are snatching away Peel
Punjabi radiothon and an incredi- sion. Memorial hospital, too," says Saini.
ble $200,000 during a 48-hour Sikh "It was big news," says Saini. "That's how it started simmering
prayer ceremony in July. "Everybody talked about this story. around, you know. People started
The new $790-million facility, There was big outrage in our com- complaining that, `Why are they
built in a field in northeast munity." closing down Peel Memorial?'"
Brampton, was meant to take pres- "It's a very small kind of commu-
sure off the aging Peel Memorial nity newspaper, but still I am trying The community
Hospital downtown, with its water to run it very professionally," says Brampton is home to a large and
leaks and occasional blackouts, and Saini, who operates out of a small why the same people who told him did not come to the hospital, not politically important South Asian
offer the community an improved office opposite a strip mall in they understand his position took to even after Narwal began having population.
level of health care. Mississauga. the streets in protest. seizures, according to Nijjar. Finally South Asians make up 83,245 of
Instead, the new hospital, which "We have nothing against the hos- "A lot of community leaders had the nurses brought a doctor down the 206,185 immigrants in the city,
opened two months ago, has become pital staff or management. We are to decide whether to support the from the intensive care unit. He which now has a total population of
a public relations nightmare for trying to raise the voice. The voice hospital or the community," says read the file and told the family that 400,000.
staff and administrators, with of the people." Mohammad. "The community is nothing could be done. The overall population of the sub-
unproven allegations of misman- large, it's what's around you all the Narwal, 42, with a 2-year-old son urb northwest of Toronto has
agement and substandard health The doctor time. If you're someone who has to in India, died that night. grown by 60 per cent in 10 years, to
care sparking street protests among By the time stories of what was depend on the community for busi- Nijjar said he tried to get help for 400,000, resulting in gridlock,
the very community that worked to happening in the emergency depart- ness...it's difficult." his cousin – he called someone he crowded schools and, critics say,
help raise funds for the project. ment of Brampton Civic Hospital knew on the hospital board, he social and community services that
The deaths of two hospital reached the ears of the man who The patients called someone he knew involved in have failed to keep up. The accusa-
patients, both Sikhs – one of them a runs the place, the facts had been The first patient death to draw fundraising for the hospital com- tion that there aren't enough servic-
man whose family donated $25,000 distorted beyond recognition. media attention was Harnek Sidhu, mittee. es, including libraries and commu-
to the foundation – have been held "`I know somebody delivered a 52. His family told Parvasi Weekly "`Do me a favour, there's no point nity centres, to serve the growing
up as examples of how the hospital baby on the sidewalk outside the that he was not properly attended to in screaming. Write up a written population is a frequent topic of
is failing the community. emergency department...while this in the emergency department at complaint, give it to me Monday. I heated debate on local Punjabi
Hamstrung by privacy legislation man was dying on the floor of your Brampton Civic Hospital, despite will follow up,'" Nijjar was told. radio.
that prevents them from talking waiting room,'" Dr. Naveed the fact that Sidhu was vomiting Health care has long been an
about individual cases, hospital Mohammad was told at a dinner and in acute pain. The opposition issue in the city – until the new hos-
administrators have been forced to party. His son Sandeep later told the Some of the groundwork for com- pital was built, one-third of patients
limit their response to press releas- "There was a lot of misinforma- Star that it took 12 hours for his munity discontent was laid down by seeking emergency care travelled
es outlining hospital procedures. tion out there," says Mohammad. father to be assigned a bed. His the Ontario Health Coalition, which outside of Brampton to get it – to
Responding to community pres- "That was one of the most painful father died 10 days later of pancre- began calling members of the hospitals in Etobicoke and
sure, the province appointed a parts for me. It really painted our atitis. Punjabi press in September to Mississauga.
supervisor to oversee the hospital in hospital and the emergency depart- Sandeep blamed it on the fact that organize a series of town hall meet- The hospital foundation has
a bid to restore public confidence in ment in a negative manner and that the hospital was built and is operat- ings on the topic of health care in actively sought the support of the
the new facility. How it went wrong wasn't the truth." ed as a public-private partnership, Brampton. Sikh community, says Anne
is a puzzle. In five pieces. Neither of the two cases that with the private sector operating The Ontario Health Coalition is Randell, president and CEO of the
became lightning rods for contro- non-clinical services, such as house- opposed to hospitals built on the William Osler Health Centre
The press versy involved medical error in the keeping. Brampton Civic Hospital model – Foundation, which includes
Rajinder Saini was listening to a emergency room, says Mohammad. He said the hospital is under- so-called P3s – which involve part- Brampton Civic Hospital, Etobicoke
local Punjabi radio program about "Nobody waits 10 hours in emer- staffed and the focus is not health nerships between the private and General Hospital and Peel
Brampton Civic Hospital when local gency to see a doctor. Everyone is care, but on moving patients public sectors. Memorial Hospital. A radiothon in
MPP Vic Dhillon called into the assessed in a timely fashion" through the system as quickly as The coalition represents, among the community two years ago raised
show to say one of his close family The problem was one of expecta- possible. other community groups, the $2.8-million.
friends had recently died there. tions, says Mohammad. The com- The family had donated $25,000 to Council of Canadians and several This summer, 15,000 people
As the publisher of the Parvasi munity was expecting that the hos- the hospital. powerful unions, including health- attended a weekend Akhand Paath
Weekly newspaper, Saini had been pital would open at full capacity, Amarjit Narwal was home when care unions. Executive director ceremony at the hospital – a contin-
receiving complaints for years from with 608 beds. It has 479. The he suffered a stroke that paralyzed Natalie Mehra says that under P3 uous reading of the Sikh scripture
readers about the quality of health remainder will open over the next his right arm and leg. He was treat- models, hospital profits are from beginning to end. In all,
care in Brampton. Things were sup- four years. Physicians, nurses and ed at Trillium Health Centre in siphoned off to the private sector, at $200,000 was raised.
posed to be different at the new staff didn't anticipate the chal- Mississauga, the regional centre for the expense of health care. The new emergency department
Brampton Civic Hospital, a state-of- lenges that would come with mov- acute stroke care. The town-hall meetings, which was named for Guru Nanak,
the-art facility that had opened on ing to a spanking new hospital, from Early Saturday morning, Narwal took place a month before the hospi- founder of Sikhism. Two Sikhs sit
Oct. 28. mastering the computer system to was transferred to Brampton Civic tal opened, were designed to bring on the foundation board and three
Dhillon, Saini remembers, finding the stairs. Hospital. Friends and family visited attention to the issue in time for the on the hospital board.
described how his friend had waited They didn't anticipate that with him all day and were reassured provincial election in October, "This was a collective effort by a
eight or 10 hours in the emergency demand would soar as it did – the by the fact that he was talking and Mehra said. portion of our community to do a
room at the new hospital, and that new facility drew 20 per cent more asking for juice. Sunday morning, "We wanted to push the province lot for the hospital, so it's not that
during the man's subsequent 10-day emergency-room traffic than pre- his cousin, Inderjit Nijjar, returned to make some promises leading into person who donated $10-million that
stay at the hospital for pancreatitis, dicted, and the number of very sick to find him in a coma. the election and coming out of the expects you do to something for
his family complained that he was patients to emergency doubled. "I started acting up. I started call- election," she said. them, it's the whole community,"
not properly cared for. Mohammad is Punjabi. He says he ing the nurse, asking her to call the It was through the Ontario Health says Dr. Naveed Mohammad, corpo-
Saini called Dhillon, who put him understands the culture. He under- doctor and look at him," says Nijjar. Coalition that journalists like rate chief of emergency services.
in touch with the family. The next stands why members of the commu- The nurse paged a doctor at Parvasi Weekly publisher Rajinder
day, Nov. 20, the family's story was nity are upset. He even understands home. The doctor called back, but Saini learned that the newly opened (Courtesy thestar.com)
world sikh news NEWS Dec 26, 2007-Jan 1, 2008 7

The Naxals, the PM and Manmohan’s daughter asks


White House, FBI to produce
the Indian media videotape destruction records
WASHINGTON: The American
Civil Liberties Union ( AC LU ), of
such a torrid time to an administra-
tion with which New Delhi has had
WSN Media Watch on the other. Often, the lack of Chandigarh-based newspaper that which the Indian Prime Minister such warm ties. The Bush adminis-
development and the lack of any has seen the rise of militancy in Manmohan Singh’s daughter Amrit tration too has not made an issue of
NEW DELHI: Nation states often prospects for improving one's lot Punjab, knows very well the fac- Singh is a key staff attorney, filed it. But privately, both sides express a
find it hard to see a 300 pound provide a fertile ground for tors behind it, and clearly realizes papers on Tuesday, asking a federal degree of pride in the situation, say-
guerilla in the room if they decide extremist ideologies to flourish," the gross human rights abuses judge to order the White House, the ing such a thing could happen only
not to take note. For years, India's the PM was quoted as telling the that happened in Punjab and the FBI, and other government agencies in two liberal democracies with
approach to the valiant battles chief ministers of India called to wages of seeing the problem only to produce all records in their pos- strong institutions and solid system
being fought by its many ethnic discuss internal security. Good the as a law and order issue, thought it session relating to the destruction of of justice.
nationalities has been to ignore PM mentioned this to the CMs. prudent to write in an editorial two videotapes by CIA operatives in One official who did not want to be
the guerilla, and the Naxalism bat- Why not share new found knowl- titled "The naxal menace __ The 2005. named said it was ‘‘extraordinary
tle was not any different. It was edge? nation must fight it out " that The ACLU also asked for tran- courageous’’ of the Prime Minister’s
almost a surprise that Prime In a country of wide "develop- "Successive governments ... gave a scripts and summaries of the tapes. daughter to take up cudgels so pub-
Minister Manmohan Singh made mental divides" - the inter-region- long rope to the killers hoping Its filing comes in the wake of reve- licly against the administration
some reference to economic p taking the stage. This has grown
from a day of celebration to almost a
al divide, the rural-urban
mayor of London. The
event will also feature traditiona
against hope that they would hang lations that administration officials given her situation, and that both
disparity having some linkkhi divide and the inter-sec- themselves. They did not and it is took part in discussions with the sides were treating the matter with
week or 10 days of celebration and I Sikh music, dance and cuisine.
think that is great for all of us.” The festival has been organised
Politicians from all major parties by the mayor of London and sup
at all three levels of government ported by the Metropolitan Police
clamoured for a few minutes at the

with internal security Hail LA diversity: toral divide - how ready the governments which are now CIA about whether to the circumspection.
itpal Bobby Toor microphone as the crowds gathered.
The effort put in by families and
Tens of thousands of businesses was huge, with many
ked the streets of Surrey staying up all night to prepare the
ay for the eighth annual Sikhs celebrate
food they were handing out for free.

matters. "Thank you arade honouring the reli-


est day. The police esti-
celebration brought out
,000. The parade closed off
Newton for hours as a car-
This weekend’s gathering had a
more political tone than in recent
Vaisakhi in the
years, with several floats, signs and
flags demanding a state of Khalistan.
The float for a group called thecity of glamour
is the media to toe the tied in the knots." The Tribune destroy the tapes, which Amrit Singh, who has a
very much!" was the ats and marchers weaved
gs of people who lined the
nding out Indian delica-
eats to all who passed.
Dasmesh Darbar Sikh
Sikh Vision Foundation had pictures
of martyrs who died in the armed
struggle in Punjab, including leaders
of Khalistani organizations such as
Talwinder Singh Parmar, the Babbar
government policy of
WSN Network

LOS ANGELES: More than


10,000 people celebrated the Sikh
advocated an entire editorial to show the harsh interroga- law degree from Yale
reaction in the WSN edi- hosted the festivities,
e grown steadily over the
as the Indo-Canadian pop-
Surrey. Mayor Dianne
omed the crowd and said
Khalsa founder. Marching behind
the Sikh Vision float was Ajaib Singh
Bagri, a former Babbar Khalsa
leader. Another float proclaimed,
“Khalistan is the only solution.”
seeing all peoples' bat-
religious holiday of Vaisakh
Sunday and denounced a serie
of hate crimes against the sec
following the 9-11 terroris
attacks. With gold- and orange
stress how urgently must the law tions of two prisoners in University, has been front
torial room. "Oh really, ciated the multicultural
the event, which also
ny non-Sikhs who enjoy
urful parade. Premier
mpbell, dressed in a tradi-
Event organizers from the
Dasmesh Darbar gurdwara donned
newly made vests with the temple
name embroidered on the back and
“Khalistan” on the chest emblem.
tles as law and order
fringed parade floats and the
sound of harmoniums playing
traditional hymns, more than
10,000 members of the Sikh com
munity paraded through down
and order forces must fight US custody, Abu Zubaida and center of the torture
that's news!" must be the an tunic, praised the com-
its contributions.
de started at 10 a.m. at the
Dashmesh Darbar temple
nue near 128th Street and
Temple executive member
Satinderpal Singh Gill, who for years
was based in Pakistan as part of the
Khalistan panthic committee,
accepted a plaque from the B.C. gov-
problem?
town Los Angeles.
Sikhs shared food, music and
art in the Los Angele
Convention Center and late
paraded through the streets o
Maoists, made no reference to the and Abd al-Rahim al- case for several months
reaction in the editorial eded south along 128th,
t along 76th Avenue, trav-
along 124th Street, and
ned east via 82nd Avenue.
as closed to vehicle traffic
ernment presented by former MLA
Dr. Gulzar Singh Cheema.
Next weekend, Vancouver will
host a Vaisakhi parade. On Saturday
April 14, about 50,000 people are
Even as the Prime
downtown, singing prayers a
they marched behind a dozen
colorful floats. “We are trying
to draw all the religious com
munities together to communi
key point of economic disparities Nashiri. Today’s filing is even as it becomes more
rooms of some Indian m. to 5 p.m. More than 100 expected on and around Main Street

Minister said
cate better,” said Nirinjan

the and then, to save face, added the an addendum to a motion complicated.
newspapers which found
it big news that vast WSN MEDIA "divides and disparities
lead to disaffection,
below as the last para:
"At the same time, it is also nec-
to hold the CIA in con-
tempt of court filed by the
It was in response to
Freedom of Information
number of people
pushed to the edge, dis- WATCH large-scale migration
and discord," he did not
essary to tackle socio-economic
factors like poverty and wide-
ACLU last week. Amrit
Singh has kept a low-pro-
Act (FOIA) requests filed
by the ACLU and other
placed from their homes, forget to term it as the spread unemployment which help file in the case so far, although she organizations in October 2003 and
edged out of forest lands and "single biggest security challenge" in the spread of Left extremism. It handles ACLU's Immigrant Rights May 2004, that the US District
deprived of any welfare measures to India and asked states to estab- all boils down to good and respon- Project. But on Tuesday, she was Court for the Southern District of
of the state may fight back. So the lish specialized and dedicated sive governance. Pity that instead very much the ACLU's public voice. New York ordered the CIA to pro-
PM's words were front paged. forces to eliminate this virus. of giving that to the public, most “Serious questions remain about the duce or identify all records pertain-
"The Prime Minister today "Left-wing extremism continues governments are unable to tackle extent to which the White House and ing to the treatment of detainees in
linked economic inequality to to affect many districts of our naxalism even as a law and order other government agencies were its custody. Despite the courts rul-
internal security when he said country. Not a day passes without problem. The menace will spread complicit in the CIAs destruction of ing, the CIA never produced the
"uneven development" was giving an incident of Left-wing extrem- if it remains unchecked." the tapes,’’ she said in an ACLU state- tapes or even acknowledged their
rise to many of the security prob- ism taking place somewhere or the Inference: If you can't alleviate ment. “The public is entitled to know existence.
lems within," shouted leading other. It continues to be single poverty and provide employment, who authorized such a flagrant dis- Earlier this month, ahead of a
Indian daily The Indian Express biggest security challenge to the at least run some good governance regard for the rule of law and why rumors of a media scoop, CIA
in its December 21 edition. Indian state and we cannot rest in and kill the Naxals in larger num- nothing was done to stop it.’’ director Michael Hayden publicly
"Development and internal peace until we have eliminated bers. There will always be main- The Indian officialdom has kept a acknowledged that the agency had
security are two sides of the same this virus," the PM said. stream Indian media which will discreet silence on the matter in made the tapes in 2002 but
coin. Each is critically dependent Next day, The Tribune, the label them as a Menace. which the PM’s daughter is giving destroyed them in 2005.

Guru Granth Sahib Haneef seeks damages from Australia MELBOURNE: Indian they look into this visa of the Indian doctor. New

Satikar Bill passed doctor Mohammed


Haneef, who was exoner-
ated of terror charges in
connection with the failed
aspect, some of the dam-
ages that the authorities
have done to me previ-
ously. I’m very hopeful
labour immigration minister,
Chris Evans, has said Haneef was
entitled to return to work after the
court verdict.
WSN Network red beacons and security guards UK car bombings, has of this,” he said reply- On Monday, Haneef said he
to its members, why can't it fund expressed hope that the ing to a question on needed reassurance from authori-
CHANDIGARH: The Punjab the cost of the scriptures?" Brar Australian government whether he would seek ties that he and his family would
Vidhan Sabha on December 24 said. MLA Ajit Inder Singh would compensate him compensation from the be safe in Australia before he can
passed the bill prohibiting print- Mofar, once an associate of for the damages caused to Australian government. consider returning to the country.
ing, publication, storage, distri- Simranjit Singh Mann but now him as he was “wrongly” implicat- In a legal victory for Haneef, He said he wanted to return to
bution and sale of birs of Guru with the Congress, asked what ed in the case. the federal court on Friday upheld Australia to continue his medical
Granth Sahib by anyone other precautions will Punjab govern- “I would be very grateful if a decision to reinstate the work training.
than the Shiromani Gurdwara ment take if someone got the
Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) scriptures printed from outside
or persons authorised by it after
changing the word "vikri" with
"bheta", and saying the SGPC will
and then brought these to Punjab.
"And how will you store the
seized scriptures if indeed the
Malaysia to Court asks Indian govt
charge only a fraction of the cost. police caught someone doing
Some Congress MLAs includ-
ing Avtar Singh Brar said the
that?" he asked, with the govern-
ment having no answer.
protect Hindu why some ‘84 victims
SGPC should make arrangements The DSGMC chief Paramjit
for distributing the scriptures Singh Sarna has already vowed
temples
free of cost. "If the SGPC can give not to follow the new law.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has


were denied relief
40-hour Kashmir mosque launched a major plan to protect
the Hindu temples in the country,
in a move to assuage the feelings
of the ethnic Indians protesting
WSN Network

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High


tained. The petitioners sought
direction from the court to the gov-
ernment to treat them equally with

standoff ends alleged marginalisation and dem-


olition of their places of worship
in the Muslim-majority nation.
Court has asked the Indian
Government as well as the govern-
ment of the national capital Delhi
the old claimants and set aside
parts of the notification which
were discriminatory.
SRINAGAR: A 40-hour-long stand- stalemate had continued on Prime minister Abdullah to explain why compensation was The petitioners said the part of
off between Indian security forces Monday as the militants refused to Badawi has asked works minister not granted to some victims of the the notification by which the gov-
and three holed-up militants in a come out of the mosque, the police Samy Vellu, the president of 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms who filed ernment has discriminated
south Kashmir mosque ended late said. The slain militants were iden- Malaysian Indian Congress their claims late. amongst the victims of '84
on Monday. The security forces tified as Shiraz Ahmad Bhat, (MIC), to continuously monitor Justice S. Ravinder Bhatt issued pogroms was unconstitutional.
gunned down the three Hizbul Mudasir Ahmad Mir and Ishfaq all Hindu shrines and submit a notice after 10 riot-hit families The government has notified a
Mujahideen militants and also res- Ahmad Wagay. The police said no report on the status of the tem- filed a petition following the rejec- relief of Rs 3.5 lakh to the victim's
cued the hostages at Paloo in damage was caused to the mosque ples to the cabinet periodically. He tion of their claims. The family in case of death and Rs 1.25
Kulgam district. Three militants of during the operation. The three was specifically asked to forward claimants, from different parts of lakh in case of injuries. Next hear-
the Hizb-ul Mujahideen outfit had militants had taken five civilians to the premier and the cabinet the Delhi, have challenged the govern- ing will be on April 24. It is routine
taken shelter in the mosque after hostage on Monday when they list of temples that may have to be ment's notification of January in India for courts to grant months
the troops launched a search oper- came to offer prayers and demand- demolished for various reasons, 2006, which said no new claims of of time to government in cases as
ation in the area on Sunday. The ed a safe passage for themselves. Vellu said. compensation would be enter- grave as this one.
8 Dec 26, 2007-Jan 1, 2008 NEWS world sikh news

Italy plans memorial to Mann wants separate


courts for minorities,
mark Malta tragedy
JALANDHAR: The government blasts Badal men
of Italy has sanctioned funds for
the retrieval of the remains of 300 WSN Network the recent judgment of the Punjab
victims of the Malta Boat tragedy, and Haryana High Court, which
Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission CHANDIGARH: Akali Dal set aside a previous notification
chairman Balwant Singh Khera (Mann) president Simranjit Singh of the Punjab Government to
claimed on Tuesday. Mann has advocated setting up decree that Sikhs were not a
Observing the 11th anniversary separate courts for the minorities minority in Punjab.
of the tragedy at the Company in India. He also appealed to Mann said that certain ground
Bagh, he said the Italian govern- Sikhs raise thier voice against realities seemed to have been
ment had sanctioned the requisite injustice being meted to them, for ignored and the minority status
funds and had agreed to build a which he took the community’s was based on national population
memorial to commemorate the leadership to task, but did not and could not be computed state
death of 300 young men who had offer any explanations as to why wise. He held Punjab Chief
lost their lives in Malta-Sicily his own party fighting for exactly Minister Parkash Singh Badal,
Channel near international waters these causes could not produce SGPC president Avtar Singh
on December 25, 1996. Italian sena- any worthwhile results after Makkar and Punjab’s Advocate
tor Tana Dijuleta was instrumental years. General H.S. Mattewal guilty for
in getting the support of four Nobel Mann, addressing a press con- their failure to defend the inter-
prize winners and 100 members of ference in Chandigarh on ests of the community on such a
Parliament, who had recommend- Saturday, also vented his anger at vital legal matter.
ed to the prime minister of Italy to ment has taken any initiative to the Delhi HC for speeding up the
help the mission in this cause. provide justice to the victim’s fam- hearing of the criminal cases
Accusing the state political lead-
ership of sheltering the fake travel
agents, Khaira said “though 170
out of 300 youth belonged to
ily”. He demanded that monetary
relief of Rs 50,000 is inadequate
and it should be raised to Rs 5 lakh
each to the kin of victims. The mis-
against the 25 fake travel agents.
He demanded that the government
should publish the inquiry report
of the human trafficking scandal
Amarinder, 34 others
Punjab, till now no state govern- sion has also decided to approach in 2001.
summoned in City
Corrupt PDS
SGPC to start eight blamed for Centre scam case
new schools
WSN Network these schools, he added.
Bengal food riots
NEW DELHI: The shocking food
WSN Network

LUDHIANA: Summons have been


issued to 35 accused in the alleged
genuine a forged document (471),
and criminal conspiracy (120-B).
Soon after the Akali Dal-BJP
alliance had formed government
The SGPC chief said that SGPC riots in the Indian state of West multi-crore Ludhiana City Centre this February, a case was regis-
PATIALA: The Shiromani had set up a directorate of educa- Bengal recently were the result of (LCC) scam, including former tered against Amarinder and oth-
Gurdwara Prabhandhak tion at Kalgidhar Niwas, Sector 27 a corrupt and privatized public dis- chief minister Amarinder Singh, ers for receiving kickbacks worth
Committee (SGPC) will open quali- at Chandigarh and all educational tribution system running with for January 10 by district sessions millions of rupees in allotting the
ty education schools in all the dis- institutes would be hooked online political patronage, a survey con- judge GK Rai. One of the accused, project to the particular company.
tricts of the state. This was dis- with the directorate. ducted by Supreme Court-appoint- the then Improvement Trust chair- It was alleged the allotment was
closed by SGPC president Avtar Director, education, of the SGPC, ed special commissioners on food man Paramjit Singh Sibia, has made at much lower rates, causing
Singh Makkar at Fatehgarh Sahib Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, had security has stated. already been declared a pro- a loss to the state exchequer to the
on Sunday. Makkar was here to been asked to prepare a detailed The scathing report has claimed offender. tune of over Rs 300 crore.
personally supervise arrange- report on the educational institutes debunked the West Bengal govern- The Vigilance Bureau, which is
ments for the Shaheedi Jor Mela, to be run by SGPC before the com- ment’s stand that the riots were a probing the case, has formed 72 How it began
being held in the memory of the ing academic year so that short- reaction to decreased allocation of teams to serve summons on the The genesis of the LCC scam can
younger Sahibzadas of Guru comings could be removed, he said. wheat and rice for the above-pover- high and mighty, according to be traced to the day when Ashok
Gobind Singh, who attained mar- Cases of unqualified staff would be ty-line quota. The commissioners sources. Singh Garcha was removed as LIT
tyrdom here. reconsidered and only well quali- have concluded that this could not Prominent among those issued chairman in January 2005. The
These schools would be affiliated fied staff would be kept in the edu- have been the provocation for peo- summons were Amarinder Singh, alleged irregularities began after
to the Central Board of Secondary cational institutes, he added. ple running riot in rural West his son Raninder Singh and anoth- Paramjit Singh Sibia took over.
Education (CBSE) and at least NCERT books would be pre- Bengal against a lack of food- er relative Raminder Singh and The date of submission for bids
eight schools would be started in scribed as per CBSC syllabus in grains. The reduced allocation still former local bodies minister Jagjit was extended, and a fresh ad was
the first year, Makkar said. these schools, where stress would matched the highest level of PDS Singh. The VB had filed a 106-page issued after allegedly diluting the
Buildings of these English-medi- be given on computer education, he grain consumed by APL customers chargesheet on December 12 tak- criteria. VB has made out a case
um public schools, where Punjabi said, adding that special attention in the last three years. ing everyone by surprise as only a that after the bids were tampered
would be a compulsory subject, would be paid to sports. The commissioners have instead week before that the former chief with, Today Homes was awarded
have been completed at village Besides personality development laid the blame at the doors of the minister’s son and others were the project. In all this, written
Malooka (Bhatinda), Guru Ki Dhab programmes, short term courses West Bengal government. Calling questioned by the Ludhiana office orders from local bodies depart-
(Gangsar Jaitu), Their under the career and guidance it the “double burden of privatisa- of the VB and were called again. ment were ignored and the agree-
(Giddarbaha) and Wazidppur bureaus would be started keeping tion” of PDS in West Bengal, the Charges were made against ment was signed despite the then
(Ferozepur). in view the employment market report said that not only were fair them under the Prevention of department secretary’s order to
Buildings for the other four demands of the area, he said. price shops (FPS) run by private Corruption Act and various sec- the contrary. Even after the secre-
schools would be constructed soon The SGPC president said he was parties but the entire distribution tions of the IPC relating to crimi- tary annulled the agreement, local
and SGPC had spent Rs 2.6 crore on well aware of the demands of staff of foodgrain was controlled by nal breach of trust (409), cheating bodies minister Chaudhry Jagjit
each building, Makkar said. of SGPC-run schools and assured politically supported private con- (420), forgery (465), forgery of valu- Singh allegedly revoked the annul-
Panchayats of many villages had that the new directorate would tractors leading to high levels of able security (467), forgery for the ment order on Amarinder Singh’s
offered them chunks of land for solve them on priority basis. corruption. purpose of cheating (468), using as directions.

Another witness turns


hostile in Sukhbir case
Taslima welcome in Kolkata, says Basu
KOLKATA: Unlike some of his party Basu's comments came a day after said, referring to the Muslims who had
WSN Network colleagues, including West Bengal CPI's state secretary Manju Majumdar led the violence.
assembly Speaker Hashim Abdul Halim, criticized the way the writer was shoved Basu, however, agreed that Taslima
FARIDKOT: In a relief to Akali Dal (Badal) working CPM patriarch Jyoti Basu is not averse out of the state. Last month, violence had hurt Muslim sentiments in her
president Sukhbir Singh Badal in a criminal case filed to controversial Bangladeshi writer erupted in Kolkata over demands by novel. "No Muslim will stand the way
against him at Faridkot, one of the main complainants Taslima Nasreen's return to the city. Muslim activists for Taslima's expul- she criticizes the Quran and the
turned hostile on Wednesday. Taslima is welcome to live anywhere in sion. Strong words from CPM state sec- Prophet," he said before going on to
The complainant, Ajay Verma, a newspaper photogra- West Bengal, including Kolkata, Basu retary Biman Bose and a nudge from the praise external affairs minister Pranab
pher, said in court that he was assaulted by some said on Tuesday. Kolkata police forced her to flee to Mukherjee for saying in Parliament that
unknown persons and his camera was also snatched by "I learned from newspapers that Jaipur. She is now sheltered in a safe security will be given to the Bangladeshi
an unknown person. Badal only objected to his taking Taslima is upset for not being able to house near Delhi. On Tuesday, Basu writer. "I heard about Pranab's state-
photographs, claimed Verma. make it to Kolkata. She is welcome. But spoke against vandalism on Kolkata ment. What he did was good," Basu said.
However, earlier in a complaint to the police, Verma the Centre has to provide her security," streets against Taslima's stay in the city. Taslima told the media she felt reas-
had alleged that he was assaulted by Sukhbir Badal on Basu said, recalling the writer had come "A person ceases to be a human being sured by Basu's comments. "I am grate-
September 5, 1999 and his camera was snatched while he to his Salt Lake home to present a copy if he feels that he will come closer to ful to Basu, especially because he has
was taking pictures of a scuffle between some Akali and of her autobiographical novel Allah by killing Taslima. That is why the welcomed me to Kolkata. I hope it will
Congress workers during the Parliamentary elections. 'Dwikhandito' (split in two). Centre should provide her security," he help me return."
world sikh news THE SUBCONTINENT Dec 26, 2007-Jan 1, 2008 9

Madarasas grooming 54 killed in suicide


attack at prayer
terrorists, says Bhutto
LARKANA: Pakistani opposition nuclear-armed country after
ISLAMABAD: At least 54 people
were killed and over 100 injured on
Friday when a suicide bomber
blew himself up in a packed
cian to greet him, said a police offi-
cer who asked not to be named.
Witnesses said Sherpao and his
kin were in the first row of the
leader Benazir Bhutto has said months of turmoil. mosque in northwestern Pakistan, worshippers while the suicide
that some religious schools are Musharraf imposed a state of where former interior minister bomber was in the second row.
turning children into killers. Emergency in November before Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao was Police said the bomber managed
Speaking to about 25,000 support- stepping down as army chief. He also offering Eid prayers. Sherpao to enter the mosque with five to six
ers near her ances tral home in the lifted Emergency rule on however escaped unhurt. kilos of explosives even though a
southern town of Larkana, she December 15. About 1,200 people were present metal detector had been installed
also renewed accusations the gov- Bhutto was dogged by accusa- in the Jama Masjid at Sherpao vil- at the entrance.
ernment had done nothing to stop tions of corruption when she lage, 40 km northwest of Sherpao heads a small pro-
militant violence. served two terms as prime minis- Peshawar, in Charsadda district Musharraf party, PPP-S, and was
“They always try to stop demo- ter in the late 1980s and 1990s but when the attacker detonated the interior minister when the army
cratic forces but don’t make any the daughter of Pakistan’s first bomb, police said, adding that the raided the Lal Masjid here in July
effort to check extremists, terror- popularly elected prime minister, toll could rise. Three security per- to flush out militants holed up
ists and fanatics,” she told a rally Police said they suspected Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, commands a sonnel were among the dead. inside. Nearly 100 people were
at a cricket stadium, two days after Islamist militants based in semi- devoted following. Sherpao, who was interior min- killed in that operation.
a suicide bomber killed nearly 50 autonomous tribal lands on the “I was a young student when ister in President Pervez “I was attending the Eid-ul-Zuha
worshippers in a mosque. Afghan border were behind the Bhutto was alive. He was a great Musharraf ’s recently dissolved prayers with my sons and
Bhutto said President Pervez attack, the latest in a wave of sui- leader and I’ve been a follower government and who is running in nephews when the blast took
Musharraf had spoken of the need cide blasts in Pakistan. since,” said bank worker Farzand January 8 parliamentary elec- place,” said Sherpao, who in April
to reform religious schools, or At Bhutto’s rally, private securi- Ali. “Who says there was corrup- tions, was the likely target of the also survived a suicide attack in
madarasas, but had done nothing. ty guards used metal detectors to tion? Prove it. Whatever you say, attack at the mosque in his home the same area in NWFP. Sherpao
She said she respected genuine check people entering the stadium. we’re followers.” village, the government said. and his son Sikander escaped but
religious schools. “Then there are Bhutto survived a suicide attack in The vote for provincial parlia- Body parts and shoes were scat- Mustafa, another son of the for-
the political madarasas, the politi- October when a bomber killed ments and a national assembly tered around the mosque floor cov- mer minister, a nephew were
cal madarasas that teach their nearly 150 people at a procession in from which a prime minister and a ered in pools of blood. Police among those wounded.
pupils how to make bombs, how to Karachi to welcome her home from government will be drawn is a found parts of a jacket, believed to President Pervez Musharraf
use rifles and how to kill women, eight years of self-imposed exile. three-way race between Bhutto, for- belong to the attacker, and ball strongly condemned the attack
children and the elderly.” “Extremism is getting strong in mer prime minister Nawaz Sharif, bearings aimed at causing maxi- and said: “No Muslim could even
“Who they are who tell children our tribal areas and lawlessness is and the party that ruled under mum damage. think of committing such a
to carry out bombing on Eid al- spreading throughout the coun- Musharraf. Analysts expect a The suspected bomber, sitting heinous crime that takes the lives
Adha,” she said, referring to the try,” Bhutto said. hung parliament which would like- among the worshippers, detonated of a large number of innocent
attack on Friday in the northwest- Pakistan’s allies hope the elec- ly mean two of the three main par- his bomb as prayers ended and faithful who had gathered for Eid
ern town of Charsadda. tion will bring stability to the ties having to forge an alliance. people gathered around the politi- prayers.”

Deposed CJ Deny Mush role in case of hung house: Sharif


not allowed to KARACHI: Having called for an end to “If there is a hung parliament, there

leave home the military’s role in Pakistan’s politics,


former premier Nawaz Sharif on
is no harm provided it is not under the
shadow of a military dictator or a presi-
Sharif launches poll campaign in Sindh
Sunday said President Pervez dent who is illegal and unconstitutional. KARACHI: Kicking off his PML-N’s election campaign in Sindh
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Musharraf should not be allowed to “Why should a hung parliament by province, former Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif on Sunday said talks
deposed Supreme Court Chief intervene if the forthcoming general controlled by a President who has his for seat adjustments were continuing with his political rival Benazir
Justice Iftikhar Muhammad election resulted in a hung parliament. own vested interests?” he told reporters. Bhutto’s party but nothing had been finalised as yet.
Chaudhry was prevented by the Kicking off PML-N campaign in “We don’t recognise him (Musharraf) as The PML-N and Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) last week
police from going out of his resi- Sindh province after paying tribute at President of the country.” set up a committee to discuss seat adjustments for the January 8
dence here for offering Eid the mausoleum here of Pakistan’s Sharif vowed to work for supremacy general election though leaders from Sharif’s party said it would be
prayers. founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Sharif of the Constitution, independence of difficult to reach any understanding as very little time was left for the
Chaudhry, under house arrest said that there would be “no harm” if the judiciary and ensuring rule of law. polls. Shortly after flying into Karachi airport from Lahore on Sunday
since he was sacked by President the polls produced a hung parliament as The PML-N, he said, is struggling for morning, Sharif told reporters that the PML-N was continuing talks on
Pervez Musharraf on November 3, the political parties could hold discus- restoration of real democracy so that the seat adjustments with the PPP, but nothing was finalised so far.
had obtained permission to join sions and resolve the matter by them- the people would have the “full opportu- He also said he expected the government to indulge in “massive
the special Eid-ul-Azha prayers selves. nity to decide their future”. rigging” in the polls. The PML-N will take steps to thwart such moves,
but was barred from stepping out However, he said Musharraf should Sharif said: “We want to end military he added. Observers said the PPP and the PML-N might agree on
of his official residence in the not be allowed to intervene if there was intervention in politics for ever. The adjustments in a handful of seats that are considered strongholds of
Judges Colony after a large group a hung parliament as he is an “illegal January 2008 election will be the peo- leaders of the ruling PML-Q, which backs President Pervez Musharraf.
of his supporters and civil society and unconstitutional” President. ple’s referendum in this regard.”
activists tried to meet him on
Friday morning.

Maoists set to
1.2 m minority
The deposed judge’s family and
even his servants were also not
allowed to leave the house, eyewit-
Live reporting of
nesses said.
rejoin Nepal rallies banned
voters can’t vote
A large police contingent did
not allow Chaudhry’s supporters,
civil society activists and lawyers
to cross barb wire barricades at
government in Pakistan
the Judges Colony. The group had KATHMANDU: The Maoists in Nepal ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s broad-
planned to join Chaudhry for the
Eid prayers.
After offering prayers on a road
near the Judges Colony, the group
will rejoin the Girija Prasad Koirala
government under a new deal signed on
Sunday, ending a three-month deadlock
that had threatened to derail the peace
in Karachi cast regulator has barred “live and
extensive” reporting of election ral-
lies and meetings by TV news chan-
nels, saying such coverage could
shouted slogans against the gov- process. Under the 22-point agreement, ISLAMABAD: As many as 1.2 Zaman gave an assurance vitiate the atmosphere ahead of the
ernment and demanded the rein- the two sides agreed that the country million minority voters in the that the minority voters would January 8 parliamentary polls.
statement of judges who were will be declared a federal democratic southern Pakistani port city be registered for the next elec- “During such meeting, things may
sacked for not endorsing the republic through the interim parlia- of Karachi have not been reg- tion, Lal was quoted as saying be said by candidates against each
Emergency imposed by ment, subject to ratification by the istered for the upcoming gen- by state-run APP news agency. other. We have thus not given per-
Musharraf last month. Constituent Assembly after the elec- eral election and will not be Lal said there are 1.2 million mission for live and extensive cov-
Musharraf, who lifted the tions, likely to be held by mid April. able to exercise their fran- minority voters who have not erage of political rallies and meet-
Emergency on December 15, has Maoists, who quit the government in chise. been registered in Karachi ings,” said Iftikhar Rashid, chief of
said that Chaudhry was involved September to press their demand for The matter of registering city alone. the Pakistan Electronic Media
in a “conspiracy” to remove him declaring Nepal a republic before the these voters was taken up by He also alleged that certain Regulatory Authority (PEMRA).
and asserted that the judges will Constituent Assembly elections and a Amar Lal, the advisor to the political parties were award- He indicated that live coverage
not be reinstated. fully proportional electoral system, Prime Minister on minority ing tickets to members of of such rallies and meetings could
Meanwhile, Supreme Court Bar agreed to return all land and other prop- affairs, with Sindh province’s minority communities for con- affect the atmosphere ahead of the
Association President Aitzaz erties captured by their cadres. Election Commissioner testing polls from reserved elections to the national and
Ahsan, who was released from The government has also pledged to Qamar-uz-Zaman on Monday. seats after “taking money in provincial assemblies. Other live
detention on Thursday for three form a commission to trace the per- Lal asked Zaman to register the name of (collecting) party broadcasts by TV channels were
days for the Eid holidays, was re- sons, mostly Maoists, who went miss- the minority voters of funds”. He said such a prac- not banned but they would have to
arrested in Rawalpindi late last ing during the violence, Nepali Karachi and other areas. tice would discourage middle install time delay equipment to
night while driving from Lahore Congress General Secretary Zaman, however, said the time class candidates from partici- ensure proper editing control over
to Islamabad. Bimalendra Nidhi said. to register voters has passed. pating in the elections. their programming, said Rashid.
10 Dec 26, 2007-Jan 1, 2008 THE EDIT PAGE world sikh news

world sikh news


Every new opinion, at its starting, is
precisely in a minority of one.
Ethnic Cleansing of
Tamils in Sri Lanka
—Thomas Carlyle

Home Truths Mak Suppira Makenthiran

From Prime This factual account of the Tamils in Sri

T
amils are the origi-
nal inhabitants of Lanka was received by WSN in response to
Minister Ceylon, now called
Sri Lanka. This is
the story of the
Tamil people in the second
the Open Letter to M. Karunanidhi by
Jagmohan Singh carried in the WSN

A
s 2007 ends, candidness seems to have half of the last century.
jolted Indian Prime
Manmohan Singh into saying some
Minister In 1948, the very year that
the British handed over the
edition of Nov 7-13, 2007. We publish this
home truths. Even at this stage, truth
does not hurt. Unless one is on the wrong side
Ceylon Government to the
Sinhalese majority on a plat-
in the belief that accounts and reasoned
of it. Addressing the Chief Ministers of Indian
states, Manmohan Singh said the lack of devel-
ter without any safeguards for
minorities, the Sinhalese-
self descriptions of struggling nations in
opment and the lack of any prospects for
improving one’s lot provide a fertile ground for
dominated government
passed a law rendering half
India’s neighborhood will interest the
extremist ideologies to flourish. “A large pro-
portion of the recruits to extremist groups
the Ceylon Tamil population
stateless in the land of their
readers of WSN. The author explains why
come from deprived or marginalized back-
grounds or from regions which somehow seem
birth. Under the Ceylon
Citizenship Act, of the nearly
Mak Suppira Makenthiran Tamils are struggling for Tamil Eelam
disaffected by the vibrant growth in many two million Tamils in Ceylon,
other parts ... I notice that in many cases, inter- over one million Upcountry Sinhalese government, to Torture camps were set up Chemmani. It is disgusting to
nal security problems arise out of the uneven Tamils, who had lived in devolve power to regional coun- and Tamils disappeared invol- note that some of the gross
development.” Ceylon for generations, were cils, but it was soon unilateral- untarily in large numbers. violators of human rights
The Prime Minister could as well have added deprived of their citizenship. ly and dishonestly abrogated. The government unleashed have been rewarded with
the word deliberate discrimination by the To make matters worse, the Again in 1965, Tamil leaders the Sinhalese and Muslim ambassadorships.
Centre and the ruling classes. Sinhalese government disen- signed the Chelvanayagam- home-guards to oppress The Sinhala government
But the problem with even such candidness franchised these Tamils by Senanayake Pact to devolve Tamils. imposed economic embargo
is that it is often negated by reiteration of the depriving them of their vot- power to district councils was In 1981, the Sinhalese on Tamil provinces prevent-
status quo. “Development cannot take place in ing rights by passing the also abrogated. armed forces rampaged in ing supply of food, clothing,
the absence of a secure and stable environ- Ceylon Elections Amendment In 1958 Sinhalese mobs and Jaffna, killing and setting fire and medicines, building mate-
ment,” the PM added. This clearly and for long Act. criminals unleashed terror to buildings including the his- rials, fuel and other basic
has been the argument of those who have try- The Upcountry Tamil lead- against the Tamils all over the toric Jaffna Public Library necessities. People were
ing to suppress people’s movements using the ers launched a peaceful satya- Sinhalese provinces. Tamils containing 94,000 invaluable dying, but international bod-
gun and defining graha to protest against this were massacred, their houses books. This act of cultural ies were denied access.

OPEN every struggle as


a law and order
racist policy, but it was
ignored by the government.
burnt, people burnt live,
women raped and tortured.
genocide was carried out by
two Sinhala ministers,
According to an estimate,
some 800,000 Tamils have fled
WAR
India’s poor
problem.
All that the
The first Prime Minister of
Ceylon, D. S. Senanayake -a
Rendered defenselss, over a
100,000 Tamils fled to their
Athulathmudali and Cyril
Mathew, who were present in
from Sri Lanka to India, U.K.,
Europe, North America,
West Bengal gov- scheming racist, set the dan- traditional homelands in the Jaffna at the time of attack. Australia and Africa. One
Fight ernment wants is gerous precedent for others to Northeast. The Sinhalese government million Tamils have been dis-
left stability in follow. In 1970, by a scheme of stan- chased out Tamils from their placed internally and most of
right Nandigram so Subsequently, there was dardization, Tamil students villages in large numbers in them have become homeless.
The WSN report on that it can push massive land grabbing forcing were discriminated and the Northeast and replaced A large number of children
challenge to India's writ out the residents a planned colonization of the barred from higher education. them with the Sinhalese from have been orphaned and many
and get the indus- traditional homeland of the Tamil students were required the South. Plantation Tamils, more have been maimed.
trialists in. The government’s argument that it Tamils in the Northeast by to score higher marks than who had taken refuge in Even after years of cease-
needs peace to run transport, railways, electric- settling Sinhalese from the the Sinhalese for admission to Northeast due to Sinhala ter- fire, Sinhalese armed forces
ity lines, telecom lines, irrigation systems and South. Indigenous Tamils higher studies. ror, were forcibly put into are occupying Tamil homes,
drinking water facilities just misses one point were uprooted and Sinhalese In the early sixties of the buses and dumped in the hospitals, schools, places of
that these are meant for people. It is no use try- criminals made to reside in last century, Mrs. Srimavo Central Province. Tamil stu- worship and public places in
ing to run all of this by killing people. Tamil-dominated villages. All Bandaranayake indulged in dents in the University of many provinces. The
Vast regions of India are trapped in a vicious protests by Tamils and their mass deportation of the state- Peradeniya were also Sinhalese police and army are
cycle of a poor law and order situation coupled leaders were scrupulously less and disenfranchised attacked. Tamils were arrest- also guilty of sadistic torture
with slow economic development. The PM real- ignored. Upcountry Tamils to India. ed in large numbers and held of Tamil girls and women.
izes this, makes the right noises but still sends In 1956, the Sinhalese gov- The Indian government col- without trial for long periods. There has been forced sterili-
a wrong message when the only outcome is the ernment passed the Sinhala luded with the Ceylon govern- Many were tortured and many zation of Plantation Tamils.
setting up of a task force. This pure policing Only Act, making Sinhala the ment in this move by signing disappeared, obviously invol- Due to abject poverty, a large
approach will never allow India to face the only official language, divest- the Srimavo-Sashtri Pact in untarily. In the Welikade jail, number of Tamil children are
internal security challenges. Credible response ing official status of the Tamil 1964. Half a million Tamils many Tamil prisoners were employed in Sinhalese homes
would have to include a deep and hard and hon- language. The Tamil lan- were forced out of Ceylon to killed in July 1983. as domestic servants and are
est look at the root cause. guage spoken by Tamils and India. This reign of terror contin- subjected to abuse. The cul-
Only recently, the WSN had brought out in a Muslims was the mother In 1974 the Sinhala state ued during the tenure of J.R. prits escape punishment due
Special Report the state of the writ of the tongue of one-third of the peo- unleashed police violence Jayawardena, Premadasa, and to state patronage and biased
Indian State in Chattisgarh and many other ple of Ceylon, but it was sup- against the Tamils who had Chandrika Kumaratunga. judiciary.
regions. Naxalites have developed the capabili- pressed. This cultural attack gathered to hold the Tamil The Sinhala armed forces con- The devastation to the Sri
ty in some areas to launch frontal attacks on was carried out by Prime Research Conference in tinued a reign of state terror. Lankan Tamil people caused
police forces and establishments. But what sus- Minister Mrs. Jaffna, killing nine and Mass arrests, killings, disap- by the Sinhalese pogrom has
tains their fight? The deprivation and neglect Bandaranayake. wounding many. In 1976 the pearances, torture, rape, reduced the Tamil population
to which the Indian State left the poor. Furthermore in 1956, Sinhalese police opened fire at burning of houses, destruc- to 30 percent of what it was in
Any talk of coordinated response to this Sinhalese mobs attacked and a mosque killing many Tamil- tion of schools, hospitals, 1948. It is time that the
ends up with a law and order component. “We drove out Tamils from their speaking Muslims. businesses, shops, temples Sinhalese accused are tried
need to cripple the hold of Naxalite forces villages in the Gal Oya Valley In 1977 the UNP government and churches rendered Tamils for genocide and crimes
with all the means at our command. This in the Batticaloa district. of Prime Minister J.R. destitute. Tamil villages were against humanity.
requires improved intelligence gathering This was commencement of Jayawardena unleashed mob bulldozed and the army fol- (S. Makenthiran is a gradu-
capabilities, improved policing capabilities, Sinhala mob terrorism violence against the Tamils lowed a scorched-earth policy ate of the University of Ceylon,
better coordination between the Centre and against unarmed Tamils. The particularly in the planta- in the Tamil homeland. Colombo and a Fellow of the
the States and better coordination between police was ineffective and tions, killing hundreds of In the village of Manalaru, Chartered Association of
States and most important, better leadership remained mute spectators. innocent people. Nearly 40,000 where the Tamils were uproot- Certified Accountants of UK.
and firmer resolve,” the PM said. All of this The next step in the genoci- Tamils were made refugees ed, it was renamed Welioya, He has served in Sri Lanka
points only to a skewed attempt at resolving dal programme was to stop and destitute and many fled to and Sinhalese convicts were and different countries in
the issue. employment to Tamils. Those India. Nearly 100 Hindu tem- settled. Jaffna, Palali, Africa including Zambia,
Inadequate, ill equipped, ill trained, poorly- already in the government ples were destroyed with the Nedunthivu, Manalaru, Malawi and Botswana. He
motivated personnel cannot take on the service were deprived of their active involvement of Valvettiturai, Kilali, was a World Bank Project
Naxalites. Development and sympathetic increments unless they Sinhalese politicians. In 1978 Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Finance Officer, before immi-
understanding of the issue will. The problem passed the Sinhala proficien- the Sri Lankan Parliament Kokkadicholai, Mannar, grating to Canada. In Canada
with home truths is that it is not enough to just cy tests. enacted the notorious Bidunuwewa, Kanchirankuda he works as an accountancy,
say the words. Truth demands adherence to it In 1957 Tamil leaders signed Prevention of Terrorism Act have suffered the most. financial and tax consultant.
also. India must learn this. Or its task forces the Bandaranayake- and armed forces were given a Tamils were massacred and He may be contacted at maken-
will always have unfinished tasks at hand. ✍ Chelvanayagam Pact with the free hand to kill Tamil youth. buried in mass graves in thiran@yahoo.com)
world sikh news THE OP-ED PAGE Dec 26, 2007-Jan 1, 2008 11

L E T T E R S

Death penalty: Taking Note of New Entrants to


Noose Debate — The Economists
Going strong
as ever
Dear Editor, this is with refer-

I
ence to the news coverage of the t was interesting to read side their dry-cleaning store in 1990.
abolition of death penalty in
New Jersey in the World Sikh
Jagmohan Singh's letter to the
governor of New Jersey as
Following up on the debate in The two appealed against the
death sentence awarded to them on
News. While I am a staunch
opponent of the death penalty
also the other articles in the
World Sikh News' edition of
WSN pages, Dilwala Singh the grounds that the lethal injection
by which they were to be executed
myself, I still can not agree with
your editorial line that this has
December 19-25, 2007. Jagmohan
Singh as well as other writers failed
writes back to bring to was a "cruel and unusual punish-
ment" prohibited by the
led to hopes of a similar meas-
ure in Punjab as well. I don’t
to bring on record an important
aspect of the debate on whether cap-
attention a rather rare Constitution. The appeals were
turned down successively by a State
think such a move is even being
considered in India where hand-
ital sentence should remain on the
statute book or not. Homicide is a
aspect of the Death Judge in 2005 and the Kentucky
Supreme Court the following year
ing out capital punishment to
people is a routine excercise.
favourite subject among criminal
justice scholars across the globe,
Penalty debate. That after obtaining medical opinion.
The latter went to the extent of say-
The stark reality is that most of especially those in the United States, economists will have a view ing that the Constitution did not
the Indian people do not seem to and scholars remain divided over envisage a "complete absence of
be too bothered whenever some- the wisdom of persevering with on that is rather interesting pain" to the prisoner during execu-
one gets capital punishment at death as punishment but recently tion.
the hands of the state, even there have been new entrants -- econ- The Baze-Bowling ruling of
though the record of the Indian omists! Professors Cass R. Sunstein of the debate, Prof. Wolfers was positive September this year was followed by
judiciary and the overall justice Now, this was one class not nor- University of Chicago Law School that capital sentence is too expen- a similar one on October 30 when
dispensing system in ensuring mally associated with a problem and Adrian Vermeule of the sive to persist with. This stand is the U.S. Supreme Court stayed the
fairness is far from flawless. One that is generally looked upon as the Harvard Law School. Writing in supported by the fact that an execu- execution of a Mississippi prisoner,
of the recent examples in this concern solely of families of vic- Stanford Law Review (2005) they tion for murder is preceded by Earl W. Berry, who is on death row
regard that comes to mind tims, policemen, prosecutors, said: "... the recent evidence of a incredibly prolonged litigation that for killing a woman 20 years ago.
immediately and which would judges, criminologists, sociologists deterrent effect from capital punish- involves huge costs for both the This was a dramatic intervention
find instant recall among most and human rights activists. But the ment seems impressive", and added: prosecution and defence. The indeed, just 19 minutes before the
people who follow the news cov- economists have brought some new "Those who object to capital punish- Donohue-Wolfers analysis ends with execution that had been set for 6
erage of Indian politics is that of arguments to the fore. Also entering ment, and who do so in the name of a reference to how murder rates in p.m. on that day. It is significant that
the now very infamous election the debate are the legal scholars, so protecting life, must come to terms Canada and the U.S. run parallel, Berry got a fortuitous reprieve from
speech made by the chief minis- far a detached group limiting itself with the possibility that the failure although the last time Canada ever the same court that had earlier
ter of the west Indian state of to mere semantics of the law. to inflict capital punishment will fail executed a prisoner was in 1962. turned down two of his appeals.
Gujarat. Addressing thousands As per a New York Times report to protect life." The New York Times report In all probability, it was the
of his supporters along with the (November 18), some economists An exactly opposite point of view comes against the backdrop of two Supreme Court's ruling in the
common people, the chief min- believe that by persisting with the comes from John J. Donohue III, a recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions Kentucky cases that came to Berry's
ister referred to the extra judi- execution of murderers a substan- Law Professor at Yale with a doctor- which have imposed a near country- rescue. In the appeal filed on
cial killing of Sohrabuddin tial number of homicides are pre- ate in Economics, and Justin wide moratorium on executions. October 29, Berry's lawyers were for
Sheikh in the most insensitive vented. The ratio of 1:3-18 is quoted. Wolfers, an Economist at the The first of these was on September the first time disputing the constitu-
manner possible. Shouting to It is interesting that a formula could University of Pennsylvania. They 25 when the court allowed a consti- tional correctness of the procedure
the crowd at his rabid best, he be worked out at all. The group of write in the Stanford Law Review, tutional challenge to the protocol for adopted in administering the injec-
asked, “When you come to know economists that is convinced that again in 2005, that the present evi- administering lethal injections to a tion. The Kentucky prisoners and
that a man like Sohrabuddin the death penalty deters prospective dence of deterrence of capital pun- convict. This was a reference from Berry were taking advantage of a
has kept illegal weapons at murderers is led by Gary Becker, ishment is "fragile". They were Kentucky involving two convicts, finding that the injection was after
home, what do you do? Just tell who won the Nobel Prize for slightly derisive of the "econometric Ralph Baze (49) and Thomas all not painless.
me what do you do to a man like Economics in 1992. sophistication" of those in the oppo- Bowling (52), on the death row for It will not be until next spring
that?” The fired up crowd shout- Admitting the limitations of site camp. In their view, it is "intu- more than a decade, both for sepa- when the Supreme Court rules on
ed with greater force, “Kill him, empirical evidence, the group has itive plausibility" that should take rate double murders. While Ralph the constitutionality of the current
kill him... yes, kill him... What concluded that death penalty should precedence in research design and Baze killed a Sheriff and his deputy procedures relating to lethal injec-
else, just kill him.” The place be retained so that ones commiting analysis of a problem that is part of while they were serving warrants tion. In the meantime, no State may
rang with great applause and an the most heinous of offences will be public policy. Addressing the eco- on him in 1992, Thomas Bowling be expected to go ahead with an exe-
infectious, poisonous commu- deterred. Gary Becker is backed by nomic question behind the whole murdered a husband and wife out- cution.
nal zeal. After all, the question
was about “a man like

The U.N. vote on the death penalty


Sohrabuddin”. What did it mat-
ter to the blood thirsty mob that
Sohrabuddin and his wife had
been done to death already by
the police of their state in a most
brutal manner. Dear Editor, I Louise Arbour tised in too many places. Regrettably, some states workers, as well as racial, ethnic or other unpopu-
have observed over the years that had effectively applied a moratorium on exe- lar minorities, are also often at risk.

L
that while writing about rabid ast week, when it called for a world-wide cutions, such as Afghanistan in the past three It is therefore encouraging that higher courts,
communalism most editors moratorium on the application of the years, have recently resumed them. as well as legislatures, in some retentionist states
tend to blame the political lead- death penalty, the United Nations The death penalty must always be regarded as are reviewing the methods and scope of capital
ers who arouse such passions General Assembly took a significant an extreme exception to the fundamental right to punishment. For example, the U.S. Supreme Court
but hesitate in putting the blame step towards the definitive abolition of life — which is protected under international law has barred execution of minors and is re-examin-
on the common people. When I that sanction, thereby enhancing — and must as such be interpreted in the most ing the use of lethal injection.
hear about people like those in the protection of human rights restrictive manner. Accordingly, the International At the State level this month, New Jersey abol-
Gujarat and at so many other and the inviolability of the per- Covenant on Civil and Political Rights lists specific ished the death penalty thereby becoming the first
places in the rest of India, I hon- son. The General Assembly also restrictions to its imposition. In particular, it states American State to do so in more than 40 years. In
estly don’t see any hope of see- cast serious doubts over the that capital punishment may be meted out only in China, a review by the Supreme People’s Court has
ing capital punishment being death penalty’s supposed deter- the face of the most serious crimes and only after a reportedly led to some reduction in the high rate of
banned. Words like mercy, for- rent effect on criminality. trial and appeal proceedings that scrupulously executions. In Iran, the judiciary has ordered a
giveness, reform, reconciliation, Moreover, it highlighted the dan- respected all the principles of due process. In addi- moratorium on stoning, although this needs to be
etc don’t really strike a chord ger of errors in the application o tion, the death penalty should always be adminis- consistently enforced. For its part, the U.N. has
with members of a society ever f capital punishment and the tered in accordance with laws in force at the time long advocated abolition of the death penalty or, at
ready to feed its collective thirst Louise Arbour obviously irreparable conse- of the commission of the crime. Minors and preg- a minimum and in the interim, restrictions on its
for blood. quences of such mistakes which, nant women must be spared. Human rights mech- use, including moratoria. Such principled position
— Harnek Singh, as modern forensic methods have repeatedly anisms have also clarified that capital punishment is reflected in U.N. practice as well.
via email exposed, do occur even in countries with sophisti- can neither be mandatory, nor can it be carried out Thus, the statutes of the International Criminal
cated investigative and legal systems. in secret. Moreover, the methods of execution must Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for
Keep us posted about This sentiment finds echoes in every region of meet standards of least possible physical and men- Rwanda, both established by the Security Council,
news and events in the world. According to Amnesty International, tal suffering. All too often, however, the death do not provide for capital punishment. The
no fewer than 133 countries have abolished the penalty is applied in ways that violate internation- International Criminal Court and U.N.-supported
your area as also your death penalty in law or practice. And the trend al norms, such as the prohibition of torture and mixed tribunals have adopted a similar stance. If
feedback to stuff in continues to grow. Last July, Rwanda, a country other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or the General Assembly’s call for a global moratori-
the WSN, and these that has suffered the ultimate crime of genocide punishment, as well as anti-discrimination stan- um is an additional and crucial stepping stone in
shall surely find due and whose people’s thirst for justice is still far dards. the natural progression towards abolishing the
mention in our pages. from quenched, has decided to forego the ultimate This is the case, for example, in Iran with regard death penalty altogether, the heart of the matter
sanction of capital punishment. In so doing, to the reported executions of people who were now and in the future remains in the actual imple-
Letters may be edited Rwanda has given a powerful endorsement of the minors when the alleged crime was committed, or mentation of this literally vital pledge.
for reasons of space or importance of pursuing justice while repudiating the stoning of offenders. Japan has recently exe- Ultimately, it is through example that retention-
style. All letters violence to attain it. cuted an individual as old as 75 and, most worry- ist states may be persuaded to join the consensus
should be mailed to Despite these developments and despite the fact ingly, practises executions in secret and without and abandon the abhorrent practice of capital
worldsikhnews@gmail.com that a small group of countries reportedly forewarning to the persons to be executed and punishment.
accounted for 91 per cent of the executions in 2006 their families. Studies show that the death penalty — Courtesy: U.N. Information Centre, New Delhi
— namely China, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sudan, and is applied disproportionately to poor people in any (Louise Arbour is U.N. High
the United States — the death penalty is still prac- given society. Vulnerable groups, such as migrant Commissioner for Human Rights.)
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12-18,1,2007
2008 13

OTHER
MERCHANTS
OF DEATH
Lack of political will Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss, Minister
for Health and Family Welfare
awareness against passive smok-
ing have been flouted with impuni-
find it difficult to do so, something
like the Quitline in the US.
Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss

international conventions does not


come easily to India.
to put up pictorial Dear Dr. Ramadoss
ty. Like all Indian laws, implemen-
tation is wanting.
There is overwhelming evidence
that pictorial warning have
As per the country-level commit-
ment under the treaty, countries
warnings on the puff I have a high regard for your polit-
I find it hard to believe that you
continue to blame the powerful
reduced the incidence of smoking.
In European countries, these
are mandated to impose restric-
tions on tobacco advertising, spon-
pack and not ical party --Pattali Makkal Kacthi,
founded by your illustrious father
tobacco lobby for the health min-
istry's inability to put laws to effec-
warnings have reduced smoking
by as much as ten percent. NGOs
sorship and promotion, establish
new packaging and labeling of
penalizing public and I am glad that
coalition politics has
tive use even though there are
court directions to be followed.
like Healis Sekhsaria Institute for
Public Health, Mumbai and the
tobacco products with strong
health warnings, establish clean
smoking is putting given you the privi-
lege to influence the
You are the Minister. You are
accountable and responsible.
Burning Brain
Chandigarh doubt your motive.
Society, indoor air controls by imposing
restrictions on smoking in public
the health of non- health conditions in
India. I write to you
Catch the bull by its horns and do
not care about the rich tobacco
The only way to undo this is to ini-
tiate immediate action.
places and strengthening legisla-
tion to clamp down on illicit trade
smokers too at risk. to expedite efforts to
liberate the populace
industry. The tobacco companies
and their owners are also mer-
Your coalition government has
very little time. Elections are a few
in tobacco products.
I must complement you that
The Indian health from ill-effects of
tobacco.
chants of death. They may not
have a political face but their influ-
paces away. History is testimony to
the fact that men who make bold
despite protests from a section of
the film industry, your campaign
minister must act I am sure that you are aware that
Sikhs are fortunate that some
ence and machi-
nations are lethal.
decisions
leave a bench-
for Tobacco-free films have borne
fruit. The glorification of smoking
before it is too late. three hundred years ago, their
Tenth Master, Guru Gobind Singh
For whatever
reason, you want-
mark for oth-
ers to follow.
on the silver screen is on the
decline. Aamir Khan has quit
This is an Open made it mandatory for his follow-
ers to shun tobacco. Tobacco has
ed a change of
guard at All India
If you take
action, the
smoking as a New Year resolution.
The sensitization of the film indus-
Letter to the minister been termed Jagat-jhoot-the filth of
the world. Legend has it that dur-
Institute
Medical Sciences
of future incum-
bents of your
try has begun.
In May 2007, the chairperson of
ing one of his sojourns, even the and you had your ministry will the Motion Pictures Association of
horse of Guru Gobind Singh had way. You now go further in America, Dan Glickman said,
the good sense to avoid running have an adminis- this direction "Clearly, smoking is increasingly
into a tobacco field. Leave alone trator of your and address an unacceptable behaviour in our
using tobacco, even touching it is choice at the pre- other health society. There is broad awareness
sin. mier hospital of concerns too. of smoking as a unique public
I must share with you what hap- the country in It is after a health concern due to nicotine's
pened in the early seventies of the New Delhi. The long time that highly addictive nature, and no
last century in Panjab. When some stealthy coercion of 4 a doctor has become parent wants their child to take up
Sikh leaders and organisations
attempted to build a movement
chief ministers and
150 members of par-
OPEN LETTER incumbent of the
health ministry. If at
the habit." He said this while
announcing the decision those
against consumption of tobacco in liament notwithstanding, you the end of the day you still cannot do Hollywood movies with smoking
all its forms, even though tobacco should promulgate the law and it, you should expose all those who could go from PG rating to R
consumption was then quiet low in force all cigarette and bidi compa- are holding you back. The political Rating. Clearly, the Indian
Panjab, rabidly fundamentalist nies to follow the provisions of the pawns of the tobacco industry must Ministry of Health, the
organizations and their Arya Act. be put up in a dingy tobacco-smoke Information Broadcasting
Samaji leaders converted the Setting up of Tobacco Control infected room and interrogated Ministry and the Censor Board of
whole issue from a health concern Cells as suggested by the WHO and about their complicity. India need to follow suit.
to a communal issue. To taunt the Tobacco cessation clinics, success- I was pleasantly surprised to If the "Tobacco kills 2,500
Sikhs, they exhorted people to fully working in Tamil Nadu, will learn that India ratified the Indians everyday." warning is not
smoke! surely create awareness and elimi- International Framework put up on cigarette packs, then
Today things have somewhat nate this scourge. A complete and Convention on Tobacco Control state patronage for exchequer rea-
changed. Irrespective of what any- thorough ban on surrogate adver- (FCTC) on 5 February 2004, aimed sons should be blamed for these
body thinks in private, there is uni- tising is also an urgent need. You at curbing tobacco-related deaths daylight murders.
versal realization that tobacco should take the initiative to set up and disease, after its unanimous In 2006, India won the "Luther
kills. For the people of Panjab, pas- online and phone-based round-the- adoption by 192 countries a the Terry Award" at the World
sive smoking is a serious threat. clock counseling services for peo- World Health Assembly (WHA) on Conference on tobacco. If it were a
Second-hand smoke exposure is ple who want to quit smoking but 21st May 2003. Ratification of rotating trophy, you would loose it
causing increasing health prob- for failure to implement legal,
lems. A section of the poor people executive and international com-
is turning to chewing tobacco too. mitments.
The Indian figures, as you know, Health ministry figures say that
are staggering. Of the 1.1 billion some eight hundred thousand peo-
people who smoke worldwide, 182 ple die of tobacco intake every
million (16.6%) live in India. 20 year in India. You will certainly
percent of these smoke and the bal- earn the blessings of those who
ance chew tobacco. will survive. So let not the proposal
Four major provisions of the end up in smoke. I wish you good
Anti-Tobacco Act (Cigarettes and luck, more energy and courage to
Other Tobacco Products - take action.
Prohibition of Advertisement and With prayers for a tobacco-free
Regulation of Trade and New Year and good health for you
Commerce, Production, Supply and your family,
and Distribution Act, 2003), name-
ly prohibition of sale of tobacco Yours truly
products near educational institu- Jagmohan Singh
tions, mandatory depiction of The writer is a health, religious,
statutory warning including picto- social and political activist based
rial warning on tobacco products, in Ludhiana, Panjab.
mandatory depiction of tar and He may be contacted at
nicotine content and increasing jsbigideas@gmail.com
14 Dec 26, 2007-Jan 1, 2008 SPECIAL REPORT world sikh news

I
ndia’s CNN-IBN TV news chan- rounded him at Azad market, I’m
nel which claims credit for talking about November 1. He ran
tracking down Jasbir Singh, one into the house of one Amarjeet
of the key witnesses in the case Singh, and hid there. For an hour the
against former Indian minister mob could not find him. He came out
Jagdish Tytler, has now caught anoth- an hour later. They spotted him. He
er witness in a hidden camera opera- ran to the terrace of the house. He
tion who had seen Tytler leading brought out his kripan to defend him-
blood thirsty mobs, saw murders self. Someone grabbed it and stabbed
before his eyes, gave his testimony to him in the stomach with the kripan.
Nanawati Commission, but had later We saw it all from our roof. After the
retracted it. stabbing, Badal didn’t die immediate-
The CNN-IBN Special Investigation ly.
revealed on December 21 evening the Surinder Singh: They threw his
testimony of Surinder Singh, then body down from the second floor.
granthi of Pulbangash Gurdwara in Then they loaded it onto a garbage
north Delhi, was shown saying that he barrow. We were watching from the
saw Tytler leading the mob on top. There they started dancing as if
November 1, 1984, and inciting them it was a wedding. They then brought
by saying “they have killed our moth- him in front of the Gurudwara. There
er”. Unaware of the hidden camera, they put a tire around his neck, they
Surinder Singh said he saw the three had tires with them. Badal Singh was
men being burnt to death in the pres- screaming and crying in pain but
ence of Tytler. they put the tire around him, sprin-
Following assassination of Indira kled kerosene and lit the fire. The
Gandhi on October 31, 1984, nearly man was burnt alive.
3,000 Sikh men, women and children Surinder Singh: In the morning,
were killed across the country, and as before the attack, at 8 am, Inspector
per official statistics, 2,733 Sikhs were Thakur Singh was with me. He was in
killed on Delhi’s roads alone, mostly our Gurudwara committee since her
burnt by using used cycle tyres. had retired from the police. He had
Twenty-three years, 10 investigative come to the Gurudwara on the 31st.
commissions, 13 convictions and an That night the mobs were already
apology from Prime Minister burning cars. In the morning when
Manmohan Singh haven’t done much the attacks started, he (Thakur
to heal the wounds. Singh) said Gyaniji don’t go out. I’ve
Witnesses turning hostile was one been in the police, stay behind me. He

Tearing
of the biggest problems the prosecu- tried talking to the mob, told them
tion faced in the case and the inves- there was a school nearby with
tigative agencies had to shut cases
registered against various accused
like senior Congress leader and for- Nanavati naal meri gal
mer minister Jagdish Tytler. baat hoyi te Nanavati ne
Now the head granthi of Majnu-ka- mainu bulaya. Main
Tilla gurudwara, he had made all
these allegations in an affidavit filed saareyan saamne keha ki
before the Nanavati Commission ye ye bande si par main
probing the 1984 riots but had later onaanu keha main
retracted his statement.

Tytler
Surinder Singh has now brought twaanu vi keh raha hun ki
the truth to the fore, of course thanks aaj sarkar dooji hai te
to being caught on hidden camera, main bayaan de ditta, kal
and explained how he changed his
statement under pressure and said he nu sarkaar badal gayi
had told Justice Nanawati that he will main fer mukar jaana
retract his statement of the govern- kyunki main marna nahi
ment changed and the Congress came
to power. hai, seedhi jayi gal hai. Ye
Narrating what he saw on maine kaha Nanavati ko,
November 1, 1984, Surinder Singh sarakar ab fir badal gayi
explained how the frenzied mob
accompanying Tytler killed Badal fir unka raaj hai
Singh, a gurudwara sewadar, retired
inspector Thakur Singh, who tried to Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims in it. But
stop the mob, and another unidenti- nobody was ready to listen to him.
fied person. He said he was also Surinder Singh: The policemen said
caught by the mob but escaped after the SHO was not with them. They
he started swinging his kirpan said they had locked him up at the
around. thana. Because the local SHO was a
The mob dispersed when police on Sikh named Amarjeet Singh. He
the spot began firing from behind a (Tytler) was there with the police.
tree and asked him to run back into Surinder Singh also described the

A fortnight after media the gurdwara. Unaware of being on


camera, he admitted that he was pres-
killing of another man that morning,
a man who worked at a local television
surised by Tytler to retract his state- store, a revelation being made for the
tracked down the witness ment to the Nanavati Commission.
After Jasbir Singh coming on
first time.
Surinder Singh: After Badal Singh
record in a similar case, this is the hid in the TV shopowner Amarjeet’s
that India’s CBI said it could second eye witness to emerge against
Tytler. Jasbir Singh had also alleged
house. The mob found Amarjeet’s ser-
vant. They killed him as well. The
that he saw Tytler leading a mob burnt him in front of the Gurudwara
not, another witness was which had resulted in a Delhi court
questioning the clean chit given by
as well. So there were three killings,
Badal Singh, Police Inspector Thakur
the CBI to Tytler in the anti Sikh Singh and Amarjeet’s servant.
caught in a sting operation pogroms related case.
Given below is an English transla-
Just days after the riots, Surinder
Singh claimed Tytler came to meet him
tion of Surinder Singh’s testimony. at the Gurudwara.
by a respected TV channel. (Readers may visit WSN website
www.WorldSikhNews.com to access
Surinder Singh: On November 10,
Jagdish Tytler came to the
the complete testimony verbatim in Gurudwara and asked me to sign on
Jagdish Tytler was exposed Punjabi as well as its translation).
CNN-IBN: Te Tytler ne laayi aag onu?
two sheets of paper, which I refused to
sign.

thoroughly as Surinder Singh (Was Tytler the instigator?)


Surinder Singh: He was leading the
charge. I have said it, I have given
Surinder Singh claimed that in his
first deposition before the Nanavati
Commission he had openly declared

described how he witnessed written statements. He was standing


near the Masjid and egging on the
mob, “Kill them! They have killed our
that if he faced pressure and death
threats from Congress, he would turn
hostile.

men being burnt alive mother.


CNN-IBN: Tussi apni akkaan naal
Surinder Singh: Judge Nanavati
questioned me why didn’t you speak
vekhya si? (Did you see this with your up before, why have you spoken out
own eyes ?) after so many years. I told him that
Surinder Singh: With my own eyes I earlier it was the rule of the Congress
saw three murders. Badal Singh left Party how could’ve I said anything
after keertan at 8 am. The mob sur- against them?
world sikh news SPECIAL REPORT December 19-25, 2007 15

Tytler brings fig


leaf as defence
P
ushed into a cor- ny. Jasbir's is a different
ner, Jagdish Tytler repeatedly asked case.
Tytler displayed why Surinder Singh Rajdeep Sardesai: Are
his skills at could not bring any you suggesting, Mr Tytler,
telling lies, that it's all a conspiracy?

Damning
other witness. This
remarkably crammed into Jagdish Tytler: It's all a
a few minutes on camera, former minister does conspiracy.
and not a hidden one. The not know that under no Rajdeep Sardesai: By a
top most lie was that law can a witness be section of Congress lead-

Words
India's Doordarshan TV asked to get another ership?
has CDs that were shot one. Why was Tytler not Jagdish Tytler: I would
with fixed cameras which asked why he could not not say that.
show his presence contin- get another Rajdeep Sardesai: By
uously from 7 am till 3 pm your political rivals? Mian apni akkhaan naal vekhyea
on November 1, 1984 by Congressman to vouch Jagdish Tytler: Anyone.
that he was present by teeno katal mere saamne hi hoye
the side of Indira Rajdeep Sardesai: Is it
Gandhi's body at Teen Indira's dead body people who wouldn't want si. Badal Singh swere keertan
Murti bhawan in New throughout? After all, you to come back to karke 8 waje chala gaya. Te Azad
Delhi. So he could not be both Manmohan Singh power?
where Surinder Singh and Sonia Gandhi were Jagdish Tytler: That's market ch onu lokaan ne gher
says he was. In a chat with for police to find out. CBI
CNN-IBN's Editor-in-Chief
there. All he needs to
must find out.
leya. Eh 1 tareek di gall hai, pehli
Rajdeep Sardesai, Tytler
do is to get Sonia to say CBI clearly suits Tytler Nov di, Azad market ch public
had no answer why he did on national TV, "Dear very well. After all, this is
not produce the CDs Sikhs, Mr. Tytler was by the agency that was going odey magar pai gai. O bhajj ke
before Nanawati my mother-in-law's over board while giving amarsingh singh texla TV wale
Commission and made a body." End of matter. Tytler a clean chit. Till
mess for himself at some Wanna try, Mr. Tytler? Jasbir Singh spoke up. ne, road te hi onaa di dukaan si,
sharp questioning by Tytler even said that onaa de ghar chhup gaya. Te o
CNN-IBN anchor Surinder Singh "should
Suhasini Haidar. also prove his case by bringing in more onu lab lub ke chale gaye te o
At one stage he promised to give CNN- people." What he did not say was that he mileya na, Ghantek baad ona
IBN the seven CDs, then said he has only will ask senior Congress leaders to
one copy, then said he will give these to vouch for him. Clearly, Suhasini Haidar nun fer pata lag gaya te fer o
the CBI, then said he will give these to spoke for many when she said, "Surinder
the CBI if the court asked him to, and Singh and Jasbir Singh are not the only
gharch hi wadd gaye. Te chat si
then said the Doordarshan must have people what o accuse you. The CDs you odda ghar doosri manjil te. Oney
these in its records. Not one Congress speak of were not produced before CBI
leader has so far vouched for his pres- and they may not be there at all now." apni kirpan kaddi hoyegi kise nu
ence all through the time period, but Tytler did not counter this, but merely maaran layi par onu o kirpan
Tytler kept questioning if Surinder added: "After 21 years, this fellow comes
Singh can produce another witness. and says all this. I don't understand this. kaddan hi nahi ditti, te duje
It was then that Suhasini Haidar cut There's someone behind this."Activist bande ne pichheyon fadd leya te
him short with a terse comment: "It's lawyer H.S. Phoolka countered by asking
interesting you should say that. why Tytler did not ask Nanawati to sum- odi kirpan naal hi odaa dhidd (
Surinder's testimony comes in the same mon the CDs. Tytler had no answer to stomach) faad ditta. Utton assi
week as Jasbir Singh's." this. Just one more thing: The CD had
Jagdish Tytler: That's not his testimo- not been invented in 1984. dekh rahe haan sab kuchh. Assi
te chauthi chat te haan te o te
Suhasini Haidar: Does anything that dooji chat te hai, te jadon taan
Surinder Singh says surprise you? odaa dhidh faadta, dhidh faadan
naal banda marda nahi hai ik
Ved Marwah who headed the first to such power?
enquiry into the riots joined in the Ved Marwah: That's true. If people can dam, marr da jaadon saans katti
debate. be burnt alive on Delhi roads, it doesn't jaaye. Te onnu thhalle suteya fer
Ved Marwah: It's very unfortunate that speak too well of Delhi Police. That's
the proceedings have gone on for 23 years what I was going to do if I was allowed to onane. Te thhalle sutt ke o redi
and if the witnesses are now changing proceed with my inquiry. I had collected hundi hai na koode wali,ode te
their testimony, it's because the whole all records that did not put the police in
thing has dragged on for so many years. very good light. onnu ladd ke leyaye hai,
When I was called to Delhi Police – after Ved Marwah: I think it is very tragic
the riots were over – I was given three that no conclusion has been made about
Gurudware de saamne,assi utton
months. But before I could complete it, I who is guilty and who's not in 23 years. dekh rahe haan sab kuch, te naal
was asked to stop. Naturally, I couldn't But the sad fact is that I was the inquiry
proceed with it despite doing a lot of officer and I was given three months to hi nachde tapde log aa rahe hai,
work. Commenting on Surinder Singh's complete and that didn't happen. And for poore bhangre paunde,jiddaan
or Tytler's statement is something that the last 23 years some Delhi police offi-
the investigative agencies must do. cers have been filing one civil suit after vyaah shaadiyan da mahaul
Suhasini Haidar: But investigative another against me for doing that Honda hai na is tarah hi.
agencies have failed and witnesses have inquiry. So you see our criminal justice — VERBATIM EXCERPTS FROM SURINDER SINGH'S
retracted. Even Surinder Singh says he system is in a very bad shape and if
NARRATIVE, FROM CNN-IBN STING OPERATION.
saw six policemen with the mob. How is things go on as they are people will lose
the ordinary person expected to face up confidence.
16 Dec 26, 2007-Jan 1, 2008 WORLD world sikh news

Catholics emerging
as UK’s dominant
religious group
LONDON: Roman Catholics have boosting Catholic congregations.
overtaken Anglicans as the UK’s “When an ex-PM becomes a
dominant religious group. More Catholic, that must be a sign that
people now attend Mass every Catholicism really has come in
Sunday than worship with the from the cold in this country,”
Church of England, according to Catherine Pepinster, editor of
latest published figures. Catholic weekly The Tablet, said. “I
Despite England’s official break would hope that my fellow
with the pope in Rome during Catholics will welcome Tony Blair
Henry VIII’s reign more than 400 into the Church as they welcome
years ago, making Anglicanism and other converts.”Blair is not the first
the Church of England dominant, high-profile Briton to convert to
Catholicism is now the most prac- Catholicism. Others include the
ticed faith in the land. author Evelyn Waugh, the son of an
A survey by the group Christian Anglican churchman, converted in
Research showed that around the 1930s, and novelist Graham
862,000 worshippers attended Greene was a noted convert,
Catholic Mass each week in 2006, although his books often explored
exceeding the 852,000 who went to doubts over faith.
Church of England services. Blair’s conversion was long
Attendance at Anglican services expected — his wife and four chil-
has almost halved over the past 40 dren are practicing Catholics — but
years as the country has grown it has not come without a degree of
steadily more secular, the research criticism. While in office, he fre-
showed. While attendance figures quently championed stem-cell
for both Catholic and Anglican research, supported civil partner-
services are declining, Catholic ships for gay couples and has voted
numbers are slipping by a lesser in favor of abortion, all issues on Authorities investigate after strong winds flipped a small plane minutes after it had landed at the Kenosha
degree as new migrants arrive from which the Catholic faithful hold regional airport. According to authorities, the plane landed safely, but after the pilot and passenger disem-
east Europe and parts of Africa, strong positions. barked, wind gusts caught the plane and flipped it. No injuries were reported.

Poland to end Snowstorm


Iraq op by Oct
LTTE should stop terror leaves nine dead
WARSAW: The president of
Poland has given his approval to a
government plan that would end
the country’s military mission in
attacks, says Prachanda in US midwest
MILWAUKEE: Highways were
hazardous for Christmas holiday
Iraq by October 2008, his Web site COLOMBO: In an interesting ing a landmark peace deal last gency left at least 13,000 people travelers on Sunday and thousands
said, a final hurdle in settling on a turn of events, the once-feared year. dead in Nepal. of homes and businesses had no
date for withdrawal. Nepalese guerrilla leader The Maoist chairman’s com- During his Nepal trip, De Silva electricity in the US midwest as a
Poland still has 900 troops in Prachanda has report- ments came during a also held discussions with Prime storm blustered through the
Iraq, and deciding how much edly said Tamil Tiger meeting on Sunday with Minister Girija Prasad Koirala region with heavy snow and howl-
longer to keep them there had supremo Vellupillai Sri Lankan Healthcare and other senior leaders and offi- ing wind. At least nine deaths had
turned into a source of friction Prabhakaran should Minister Nimal Siripala cials. Talks were held on been blamed on the storm. Winter
between President Lech Kaczynski stop terrorist attacks de Silva in Nepal, the exchanging Buddhist pilgrims storm warnings were posted for
and new Prime Minister Donald on civilians and politi- Island newspaper between the two countries, shar- parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and
Tusk in past weeks. cians. reported on Tuesday. ing the experience of terrorist Michigan on Sunday as the core of
The mission’s current mandate “LTTE leader “All South Asian and problem and introducing the the storm headed north across the
expires on December 31, and Tusk Prabhakaran must stop Asian countries must health policy model of Sri Lanka Great Lakes. Parts of Wisconsin
had been calling for the mission to his suicide bomb attacks help out Sri Lanka to in Nepal. already had a foot of snow, and up
be extended, but until October at on politicians and civil wipe out the LTTE ter- The Sri Lankan Minister said to a foot was forecast on Sunday in
the latest. society,” said Prachanda, whose rorism,” it quoted Prachanda as every rebel leader had a time northeastern Minnesota, the
The president, who is the com- Maoist party returned to political saying. period and it applied to the LTTE National Weather Service said.
mander in chief of the military mainstream in Nepal after sign- The decade-long Maoist insur- chief as well. Radar showed snow falling
and a staunch US ally, had hoped to across much of Wisconsin and
keep the troops there longer. eastern Minnesota on Sunday and
At one point, he indicated that
he might refuse to go along with
the government plan to withdraw
Kissinger countered Turkish planes bomb moving into parts of Michigan and
Indiana. “Everything is just an ice
rink out there,” Rock County
the troops next year. That refusal,
however, would have backfired on
him because it would have forced
Soviet arms supply rebel positions in Iraq Sheriff ’s Sergeant Steve Selby said
on Sunday morning.
The weather system also spread
the country to bring the troops
home by the end of this month
given that the current mandate
to India in ‘70s ISTANBUL: Turkish fighter jets bombed Kurdish
rebel targets in northern Iraq, a spokesman for Iraqi
Kurdistan’s Peshmerga security forces has said.
locally heavy rain on Sunday from
the Southeast to the lower Great
Lakes. The storm rolled through
ends on December 31. WASHINGTON: Pakistan could not be left at a disad- Jabar Yawar said the jets on Sunday bombed an area Colorado and Wyoming on Friday,
Kaczynski’s Web site said that vantageous position vis-à-vis India militarily and it about 85 kilometres north of Irbil near the border with then spread snow and ice on
he has signed the government’s was in US interests to counter Soviet defence supplies Turkey for about an hour and a half. He said there were Saturday from the Texas
resolution calling for mission to be to New Delhi, a top Richard Nixon administration no civilian casualties because the area was deserted Panhandle to Minnesota. Multi-car
continued until October 31. official had argued. due to fear of Turkish attacks. pileups closed parts of several
“The main threat to Pakistan at this point seems to Yawar said he did not know whether any Kurdish major highways on Saturday in the
be in terms of its own internal cohesiveness,” Henry rebels had been killed. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Plains states.
Canada simplifies Kissinger, the Assistant to the President for National Erdogan referred questions to the General Staff, but
citizenship process Security, had told Nixon in a White House Memo
dated March 7, 1973.
military authorities were not immediately available to
discuss any military operations on Sunday. Interim Belgian govt in
OTTAWA: A law making it easier for “Nevertheless, Pakistan must have a military “We are using our nation’s natural right under inter-
children adopted abroad to become force that can preserve internal integrity and per- national law,” while keeping within limits of reason, place after record wait
Canadian citizens came into effect on mit (President Z A) Bhutto to negotiate with India Erdogan said when journalists asked about reports of BRUSSELS: Belgium’s parliament gave
Sunday, Canada’s Ministry of from a basis that is as advantageous as the basic bal- a fresh cross-border operation, state-run media report- its backing to a new interim government
Citizenship and Immigration ance between the two countries permits,” Kissinger ed. The US ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker said on Sunday, ending for now a six-month
announced. Parents formerly had to felt. before Sunday’s attack that the US acknowledges crisis that prompted speculation the
apply to sponsor the child to come to “We must deal with the fact that resumption of full- Turkey’s right to defend itself but asked the US ally country might split into Dutch and
Canada, then seek permanent resident scale military assistance to Pakistan would risk an and NATO member not to endanger Iraq’s stability. French-speaking regions. Parliament
status for him or her, before finally almost certain Congressionally imposed embargo. “At the same time we’ve also said that we all have a backed by 97 votes to 46 a team led by
applying for citizenship, a process that Thus it would seem to me that a return to our 1967-71 pretty substantial interest in the stability of Iraq and Guy Verhofstadt. A political deadlock
could take up to 18 months. Now, policy of limited supply is about as far as we can go. none of us want to see operations pursued in a manner after June’s general election meant
thanks to the new law, parents can skip This would be a disappointment to President Bhutto, that can threaten basic stability inside Iraq,” Crocker Belgium was without a government for a
the first two steps involved. but it would be helpful,” he wrote. said. record 196 days.
world sikh news WORLD Dec 26, 2007-Jan 1, 2008 17

Let’s stop provoking Al-Qaeda, Rauf case gets


says Republican lawmaker murkier with
WASHINGTON: A maverick been involved in the overthrow of Osama bin Laden to recruit sui-
Republican contender for the 2008
presidential polls has argued that
the US must stop provoking Al-
Qaida if the Americans are not to
their governments. We’re, right
now, in the process of overthrow-
ing that nation,” Paul said. “We
side more with Israel and
cide terrorists would disappear.
Once we left Lebanon in the early
1980s, the French and the
Americans and Israelis left
suspected ISI role
be attacked and killed and that Pakistan, and they get annoyed Lebanon, suicide terrorism virtu- LONDON: Terror suspect Rashid and they feared for his life. They
Washington’s close ties with Israel with this.” ally stopped. Rauf did not escape from custody believed the country’s powerful
and Pakistan are annoying the ter- Paul, who has surprised many in “So we have to understand that. last week but was kidnapped by Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) did
rorist outfit. the Republican Party and outside We have to understand how we Pakistans intelligence agency as not want him to be extradited to
“Read what Osama bin Laden for his ability to collect campaign would react if some country did to part of an “organised disappear- Britain and had abducted him to
said. We had a base in Saudi contributions, was asked on a us exactly what we do to them. And ance” plot, a report said, quoting pre-empt any court decision to
Arabia that was an affront to their press meet whether the Al-Qaida then we might have a better under- people close to the man arrested in deport him.
religion, that was blasphemy, as far would leave America alone if the standing of their motivation, why connection with the plan to bomb Hashmat Habib, Rauf ’s lawyer,
as they were concerned,” Texas US did not have troops in the somebody would join the Al- US-bound trans-Atlantic airliners said his client was being vic-
Congressman Ron Paul said. Middle East. Qaida,” he said. “...Why produce last year. timised because the Pakistani
He also said the US was bombing “Not immediately, because the incentive for these violent, The official description of authorities have been forced to
Iraq for 10 years. “We’ve interfered they’d have to believe us. But what vicious thugs (of Al-Qaida) to want Rauf ’s getaway has been met with drop all charges against Rauf over
in Iran since 1953. Our CIA has would happen is the incentive for to come here and kill us?” disbelief, many wondering how an the transatlantic terror plot.
alleged Al-Qaida operative held in “In my estimate it’s an organised
Pakistan’s highest-security deten- disappearance. They don’t want to

Olmert rejects Israeli, tion unit could manage to walk


away from custody.
The authorities in Pakistan have
hand him over. He was fixed up and
the government is now afraid that
he would become an embarrass-

Palestinian blamed junior policemen escorting


Rauf back to jail after a court hear-
ment if sent to the UK because
they hyped up his involvement,”

truce with Hamas talks to


ing in Islamabad where he was
fighting moves to extradite him to
Britain in connection with a mur-
der case.
said Habib.
Khalid Khawaja, a former
Pakistan intelligence agent who
counts Osama Bin Laden as a

resume
JERUSALEM: The Israeli prime reporters are allowed to attend. Rauf ’s lawyer and a close family friend, believed that Rauf might
minister Ehud Olmert has pledged “This is true regarding Hamas, friend have said that they believed have been “taken away by the ISI”
war against Gaza militants, reject- Islamic Jihad and all other ele- he had been taken into custody by and feared that his friend might be
ing feelers from the Islamic Hamas ments.” Despite their overt rejec- Pakistan’s secret security-service shot dead while “on the run”.
for a truce, while an Israeli Cabinet tions of a formal cease-fire, Israeli JERUSALEM: Israeli and
minister angered moderate officials have been saying a formal Palestinian negotiators plan to
Palestinians with another plan for
new Jewish housing in a disputed
part of Jerusalem, complicating
renewed peace talks.
truce is unnecessary. They say if
Gaza militants stop the rocket fire,
Israel would have no reason to
attack. Israeli airstrikes over a two-
meet for a second round of US-
backed peace talks hitherto ham-
pered by disputes over the
Jewish settlement building near
Uzbeks re-elect
“There is no other way to describe
what is happening in the Gaza Strip
except as a true war between the
Israeli army and terrorist ele-
day period last week killed 12,
including two top Islamic Jihad
commanders. The truce feelers
started surfacing a day later, first in
Jerusalem.
The Palestinians said substan-
tive negotiations over borders,
and the fate of Jerusalem and
hardline president
ments,” Prime Minister Ehud a call from Hamas political leader Palestinian refugees would not TASHKENT: Uzbekistan voted on Tashkent. A sprawling country of
Olmert told his Cabinet, ruling out Ismail Haniyeh to an Israeli TV begin until Israel committed to Sunday in an election in which deserts, mountains and oases,
truce talks. Reports of truce feelers reporter and later, according to offi- halting all settlement activity, as hardline President Islam Karimov Uzbekistan contains Samarkand,
from the embattled Islamic Hamas cials, by way of Egypt, which has called for under the long-stalled faced only token opposition to his one of the world’s oldest cities and
regime in Gaza have been surfacing mediated several other past truces. “road map” peace plan. bid for a new seven-year term at resting place of legendary
almost daily, and Israeli defense offi- Islamic Jihad, which is behind The road map also calls on the the head of the isolated Central medieval conqueror Tamerlane.
cials have said they are examining most of the rocket salvos, on Sunday Palestinians to rein in militants, Asian state. In the run-up to the But despite gas and cotton rich-
the proposals. again rejected a truce with Israel. an obligation that Israel says must election Karimov, 69, told foreign es, Uzbekistan has failed to pros-
The unconfirmed reports have By nightfall three rockets fired from be fulfilled in the occupied West diplomats that he wanted “a free per since independence from the
Hamas convincing fellow militants Gaza exploded in Israel, causing no Bank and Hamas-controlled Gaza society and prosperous life” for the Soviet Union in 1991 — something
in Gaza to stop their daily rocket fire damage or casualties, the military Strip before a Palestinian state can ex-Soviet republic of 28 million that critics blame on Karimov’s
at southern Israel, while Israel halts said. Israeli officials said Defense be established. people. However, victory for uncompromising presidency. He is
its air and ground operations in Minister Ehud Barak will travel this The first round of negotiations Karimov — who voted in the capi- famous for refusing to allow even
Gaza. Speaking to his Cabinet at week to Egypt for talks with that followed a US - sponsored tal Tashkent mid-morning, accord- flickers of opposition. In 2005 he
Sunday’s weekly meeting, Olmert President Hosni Mubarak. It was peace conference in Annapolis, ing to Russia’s RIA Novosti news launched a bloody crackdown on
rejected negotiations with Hamas unclear whether a cease-fire would Maryland, opened in discord agency — was seen as a foregone mainly unarmed protesters in the
because it has rejected international be on the agenda. on December 12 with the conclusion. He barely campaigned eastern city of Andijan in which
demands to recognize Israel, At last month’s peace conference Palestinians demanding Israel and his three nominal challengers hundreds were killed, according to
renounce violence and endorse past in Annapolis, Maryland, hosted by drop plans to build some 300 new are virtual unknowns. human rights activists.
peace accords. U.S. President George W. Bush, homes in an area near Jerusalem “I voted for Karimov. We are all Uzbek authorities blamed the
“We have declared (this war) and Israel and the Palestinians known to Israelis as Har Homa used to him,” said pensioner violence entirely on Islamic rebels
we will continue,” Olmert said at the resumed peace talks for the first and to Palestinians as Abu Hakim Abdurakhmanov at a and said 187 people had been
beginning of the meeting, which time in seven years. Ghneim. polling station in the centre of killed.

Seven Taliban hostages Pope calls for peace as Christians


killed, say police celebrate the spirit of Yuletide
GHAZNI: The Taliban have shot killed,” he said. The seven were
dead seven men, two of them kidnapped on December 17 and 18 BETHLEHEM: People around the land of life and for others a land of city of Annapolis, where he formal-
truck drivers for a Western secu- along the main road between world celebrated Christmas on death, exclusion, occupation, or ly relaunched the peace process
rity firm, who had been kid- Kabul and the southern city of Tuesday as the Catholic leader in political imprisonment. with Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud
napped in the past week, the Kandahar, he said. the Holy Land pleaded for peace in “All those whom God, the lord of Olmert. Palestinians hope the num-
police and a rebel spokesman In their biggest hostage-taking, the Middle East and Pope Benedict history, has gathered here must be ber of tourists and the income they
said on Sunday. the Taliban captured 23 South XVI spoke against selfishness. able to find in this land life, dignity bring will make it the best
The seven — three policemen, Korean nationals in July along Iraqi Christians meanwhile cele- and security,” he said. Christmas since the outbreak of
two soldiers and the drivers — the same road in the same brated a fearful Christmas in the Sabbah, who last week said peace the intifada in September 2000 and
were killed in the central province. They killed two of the shadow of suicide bombings and in the Middle East depended on the building of Israel’s massive
province of Ghazni on Saturday group of Christian aid workers sectarian violence, while Christians Israel, reiterated that message in a barrier through the West Bank.
night, they said. before releasing the rest, most of from the Gaza Strip crossed a heavi- less direct way on Tuesday. Pope Benedict spoke out against
A Taliban spokesman, them after secret talks with the ly-armed checkpoint into Israel. “It is not up to the weakest to selfishness as he celebrated mid-
Zabihullah Mujahed, said the South Korean government. Hundreds crossed the check- submit themselves and continue to night mass at Saint Peter’s
men were shot dead after The extremist Taliban were point clutching special permits live a life of deprivation; it is up to Basilica packed with thousands of
attempting to escape “from our removed from power in a US-led enabling them to spend Christmas the strongest, to those who have worshippers. “Man is so preoccu-
jail.” invasion in late 2001 and are now outside the Hamas-run territory. everything in hand, to detach pied with himself, he has such
Provincial police chief Khan waging an insurgency that In Bethlehem, where Jesus was themselves and to give to the weak- urgent need of all the space and
Mohammad Mujahed said that has gained pace this year born, Latin Patriarch Michel est what is due to them.” all the time for his own things,
bodies had been recovered and with a spike in suicide bombings, Sabbah said in a sermon for Palestinian President Mahmud that nothing remains for others —
police were looking for more. kidnappings and other rebel Christmas midnight mass, “This Abbas attended the mass fresh for his neighbour, for the poor, for
“We’ve learnt that they have been attacks. land of God cannot be for some a from last month’s meet in the US God,” he said in Italian.
18 Dec 26, 2007-Jan 1, 2008 NEWS / OPINION world sikh news

Calling Citizens A memory frame yours...


Foreigners. Is it fair?
Quick translation: Kill the Naxalites. Forget dis-
From the front page parity argument. That was a speech writer’s
fighting nations like Kashmir, Punjab, adulteration. (See report page 7)
Nagaland, Assam that are not Hindu and can But amidst all of this, people’s movements con-
mobilize on non-Hindu icons and culture will tinue in full swing. The representatives of the
WSN Bureau son to doubt. But is it not the job of the look for another alternative. The year 2007 Sikhs, Kashmiris, Nagas, Manipuris etc who met
media to always doubt, and be very brought a secular party called Akali Dal to power in Chandigarh recently under the aegis of a sem-

T
he Diaspora communities are sure? – secular because it no more wants to be panthic inar on human rights resolved to keep up the
often at the receiving end in the Anti-immigration groups seized on – but only as secular as one can be in a tie up with fight. Bhai Daljit Singh Bittu showed sagacity by
host country but the most vulner- the stories and claimed vindication for RSS-BJP. That Parkash Singh Badal often extricating his party from the one-man leader-
able are the immigrant labourers, but their allegation that outsiders were describes the Akali-BJP alliance as one between ship system and making an experiment with col-
imagine what would be the reaction “stealing” British jobs. London's figures brothers will help you calibrate the secular com- lective leadership. There is hope, after all. Photo
even among the better educated citizens so far had said the percentage was ponent. Did you say we were making the 2007 frames aren’t complete without hope. One H.S.
of the host country if one morning they around 50. Now many were alleging that photoframe more depressing? Well, we haven’t Phoolka refuses to give up the fight, one sole wit-
are suddenly told that 80 per cent of the the Government had concealed the real even started talking about Sukhbir Singh ness with a threat to his life refuses to back down,
jobs created in the last one decade have magnitude of jobs secured by the immi- Badal’s rise, not to mention his plans to rule for some are simply not giving up the fight in the
been cornered by the foreigners? p taking the stage. This has grown
grants.
mayor of London. The
25 years! Khalra kidnap and murder case, one Khalsa
Clearly, it will make life diffi- Now, a close look at the report This was the year when even the country’s Action Committee leads the charge against Dera
from a day of celebration to almost a event will also feature traditiona

khi week or 10 days of celebration and I


think that is great for all of us.”
Politicians from all major parties
at all three levels of government
Sikh music, dance and cuisine.
The festival has been organised
by the mayor of London and sup
ported by the Metropolitan Police

cult for the immigrants and itpal Bobby Toor

Tens of thousands of
ked the streets of Surrey
clamoured for a few minutes at the
microphone as the crowds gathered.
The effort put in by families and
businesses was huge, with many
staying up all night to prepare the
Hail LA diversity: of the Commission has Prime Minister, the I-won’t-show-emotions-on- Sacha Sauda’s Gurmeet Ram Rahim, there was
Sikhs celebrate
most locals will look at them ay for the eighth annual
arade honouring the reli-
est day. The police esti-
celebration brought out
,000. The parade closed off
food they were handing out for free.
This weekend’s gathering had a
more political tone than in recent
years, with several floats, signs and
flags demanding a state of Khalistan.
Vaisakhi in the revealed that the Commission my-face-come-what-may Manmohan Singh, also always one police officer near Sis Ganj who could
city of glamour
as usurpers of resources. Newton for hours as a car-
ats and marchers weaved
gs of people who lined the
nding out Indian delica-
eats to all who passed.
The float for a group called the
Sikh Vision Foundation had pictures
of martyrs who died in the armed
struggle in Punjab, including leaders
of Khalistani organizations such as
had ended up including a
WSN Network

LOS ANGELES: More than


conceded that economic disparity may have dare to shoot and kill the killer mob, there is one
Except that there is a Dasmesh Darbar Sikh
hosted the festivities,
e grown steadily over the
as the Indo-Canadian pop-
Surrey. Mayor Dianne
Talwinder Singh Parmar, the Babbar
Khalsa founder. Marching behind
the Sikh Vision float was Ajaib Singh
Bagri, a former Babbar Khalsa
leader. Another float proclaimed,
whopping 300,000 British
10,000 people celebrated the Sikh
religious holiday of Vaisakh
Sunday and denounced a serie
of hate crimes against the sec
following the 9-11 terroris
something to do with the fact that the writ of the New Jersey which dared to hang the noose. If you
catch: the agency that made omed the crowd and said
ciated the multicultural
the event, which also
ny non-Sikhs who enjoy
urful parade. Premier
“Khalistan is the only solution.”
Event organizers from the
Dasmesh Darbar gurdwara donned
newly made vests with the temple
name embroidered on the back and
nationals in the category of
attacks. With gold- and orange
fringed parade floats and the
sound of harmoniums playing
traditional hymns, more than
10,000 members of the Sikh com
Indian government was challenged in vast ever feel disheartened, remember – there will
the calculations in Britain mpbell, dressed in a tradi-
an tunic, praised the com-
its contributions.
de started at 10 a.m. at the
Dashmesh Darbar temple
“Khalistan” on the chest emblem.
Temple executive member
Satinderpal Singh Gill, who for years
was based in Pakistan as part of the
Khalistan panthic committee,
“foreigners” because they
munity paraded through down
town Los Angeles.
Sikhs shared food, music and
art in the Los Angele
Convention Center and late
swathes of the country, but his only prescription always be WSN. Steadfast, uncompromising, and
also counted among the "for- nue near 128th Street and
eded south along 128th,
t along 76th Avenue, trav-
along 124th Street, and
ned east via 82nd Avenue.
accepted a plaque from the B.C. gov-
ernment presented by former MLA
Dr. Gulzar Singh Cheema.
Next weekend, Vancouver will
host a Vaisakhi parade. On Saturday
were born abroad and came to
paraded through the streets o
downtown, singing prayers a
they marched behind a dozen
colorful floats. “We are trying
to draw all the religious com
was to set up joint force to end the menace. dedicated to Sarbat Da Bhala. Happy 2008.
eigners" the 300,000 Britons as closed to vehicle traffic
m. to 5 p.m. More than 100
April 14, about 50,000 people are
expected on and around Main Street
Britain as immigrants. Its
munities together to communi
cate better,” said Nirinjan

WSN MEDIA
who had been born abroad excuse? It said it relied on the
but are very much British definition of foreign workers Punjab govt to licence
and also British citizens.
Britain’s Statistics
Commission virtually trig-
WATCH as given by the Office for
National Statistics, a govern-
ment department.
saw mills: The Punjab
government has decided to
issue licences to saw mills and
Badal finally expresses
gered a strong negative reaction against
the immigrants when it recently said
that 80 per cent of British jobs over the
But the fact remains that the
Commission ended up creating a wholly
misleading impression and fuelling
other wood-based industries in
the state. Forest minister
Tikshan Sood said that all saw
mills without licenses and
love for Congress, closes
past decade have gone to “foreigners”.
News papers in Britain, the US as well
as in India, from where many immi-
grants come, splashed the headlines.
anti-immigrant prejudice. Can any
country classify foreign-born citizens as
“foreigners”? Citizenship is not grant-
ed lightly and the most important privi-
other wood-based industries
set up after December 30, 2002
were closed in compliance with
complaint chapter
The lazy media forgot to check out the lege it confers on a new citizen is not to the orders of the apex court.
correctness of the news report, some- be called a bloody foreigner ever again. Sukhbir can go abroad: A
thing it hardly does these days. The The Punjabi NRP Diaspora must add special court in Ropar on
headlines had appeared on December its voice to those protesting against Saturday allowed Sukhbir
11, and considering the sensational such classification of citizens even for Singh Badal to go abroad from
aspect of the story, found great place on statistical purposes. We must always be January 6 to 12, 2008 on a
front pages. Since the Statistics seen as supporters of exhortations to surety of Rs 5 lakh. Sukhbir is
Commission works closely with the immigrants to integrate with the host facing trial in a corruption and
British Government, one had little rea- society. disproportionate assets case.

Dr. Baba Saheb


Ambedkar’s writings
In one of his revolutionary book on Indian philosophy
Riddles In Hinduism, Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar presents
his surprisingly unconventional views about the
contradictions of India’s Brahminical culture. For the
readers of World Sikh News, this book is being serialized WSN Bureau because the Delhi government has
refused compensation to many.
FATEHGARH SAHIB: It was in This at a time when witness after
incorporates only 5 Mantras of nation of Chaturvarna in a com- so hard to justify the the land of the martyrs that witness was emerging from the
the Purusha Sukta from the Rig- manding spirit as though it was Chaturvarna ? Parkash Singh Badal chose to shadows to say that Congress lead-
Veda and what is important is incontrovertible. The Sankhya II finally speak the truth: “We are ers did lead the blood thirsty mobs
that in adopting these five Philosophy no doubt asserts as a The Ashram Dharma divides content over the cordial relations in 1984 and those leaders remain
Mantras omit those which speak fundamental proposition that the life of an individual into four between Punjab Government and respected senior brass of the
of the four Varnas springing from matter has got three Gunas-Raj, stages (1) Brahmcharya, (2) Central Government...Centre is Congress. This at a time when
the four parts of the body of the Tama and Satva. Matter is not Grahasthashram, (3) fully cooperating on issues of Congress is taking umbrage even
Purusha. It is of course a very inert. It is instable equilibrium Vanaprastha and (4) Sannyas. The development.” at putting up of a portrait of Sant
late composition and has been when all the three Gunas are state of Brahmacharya has both a This was by way of his speech Bhindranwale at a museum of the
interpolated after all the four coequal in their power. Matter de jure and de facto connotation. to the sangat at the historic Jor Sikhs.
Vedas had taken their present becomes dynamic when the equi- Its de facto connotation is that it Mela in memory of the sons of the But Badal has closed the chap-
shape. But apart from that it has librium is disturbed when one means an unmarried state of life. tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind ter of any differences. “No com-
all the marks showing its authors Guna becomes masterful over Its de iure connotation means the Singh. For the first time in con- plaints” was the theme at Jor
were not very sure of their expla- others. Krishna was of course stage of study under a teacher. temporary history of Punjab was Mela and it was followed up with
nation carrying conviction. It is very clever in seeking to give sci- Grahasthashram is the stage of a a president of the Akali Dal say- thanks for the union home minis-
probably an allegory, figurative householder- a stage of married ing the Congress led Government ter Shiv Raj Patil for extending
narration which the Brahmins
attempted to convert into a literal
statement of hard fact. It does not
solve the riddle. On the contrary
PART:95
entific explanation of the Varna
family life. The stage of Sannyas
is a stage of renunciation of civic
rights and responsibilities. It is a
stage of civic death. The stage of
at the Centre and the Akali Dal led
government in Punjab were in full
consonance.
He did not mince words.
the Guru Gobind Singh marg.
Speaking on the occasion, act-
ing president of the SAD Sukhbir
Singh Badal said no other commu-
it creates a riddle –which is, why system by applying the Sankhya Vanaprastha is in between Capitulation is nothing if not nity in the world had made sacri-
were the Brahmins interested in Theory of Guna dharma. But in Grahasthashram and Sannyas. It complete. “There was no point fices as great as the ones made by
supporting the theory of doing so Krishna has really made is a stage in which one belongs to raising any issues when both the the Sikhs and the Sikh Gurus. He
Chaturvarna. a fool of himself. He did not real- society but is bound to live away state and the union government reiterated the promises of surplus
The rational explanation has ize that there are four Varnas and from society. As the name implies were having convivial relations,” power, revamp of the irrigation
behind it the authority of the three Gunas and whatever inge- it prescribes dwelling in forest. Badal said. This at a time when system in the state and setting up
Bhagwat Geeta. Krishna, the God nuity he might claim to have he The Hindus believe that this farmers suicides continue and the of three Punjab institutes of
of the Hindu, explains that he cre- could not account for the tour institution of Ashram Dharma is much awaited relief from the sports. He took the opportunity to
ated the system of Chaturvarna Varnas with a theory which did as old as that of the Varna Dharma. Centre is no where in sight. This warn the bureaucrats to desist
and propounds the theory that it not require more than three They call the two by a joint name of at a time when Centre’s conces- from ignoring Akali workers.
is a system of difference of Guna: Gunas. Here again what appears Varnashram Dharma as though sion to hill states has ensured that Earlier, the Chief Minister and
innate virtue. This theory of dif- to be a rational explanation is an they were one and integral, and the Punjab’s industry migrate to his son paid obeisance at the gurd-
ference of Guna is derived from absurd explanation. It does not two together form the steelframe of Baddi-Barotawala region of wara along with president of the
the Sankhya Philosophy of solve the riddle. It creates one. the Hindu Society. Himachal Pradesh. This at a time SGPC Avtar Singh and other sen-
Kapila. Krishna offers this expla- Why were the Brahmins fighting To be continued when the 1984 pogrom victims are ior party leaders. Badal was pre-
still filing petitions in Delhi sented a siropa by the SGPC.
world sikh news HEALTH Dec 26, 2007-Jan 1, 2008 19
with a clean platter and take away the

BEFORE
dirty one. Also wash your hands with
soap and water and wash cooking
surfaces before and after handling
raw meat, poultry and fish.

Use pasteurised eggs when in


doubt
Who doesn’t have happy memories of

YOU BITE...
If you love to eat, you need to be extra
licking the beater when Mom baked
cakes? Unfortunately, cases of salmo-
nellosis are also rampant. So that
delicious frothy frosting made with
raw egg whites is a bad idea for the
birthday cake. When you can’t thor-
oughly cook a recipe before tasters
dig in, use liquid pasteurised eggs,
careful during the monsoon. found in the dairy case.
Here are some simple precautions Take risks with open eyes
There are times when you might

W
e’ve all had those awkward fully aware of the foodborne The advice you received as a child want to send caution to the wind.
moments when we aren’t pathogens present. — to wash your hands when you And although raw fish is on the list
sure whether to offend the come indoors and before eating — of foods we should avoid, you
cook or risk spending several days Beware of raw dairy, holds truer than ever during might feel like indulging yourself.
sick in bed. Say you’re at an outing fish and meat the rains But consider this: raw food is a
and someone asks you to try some- You might remember a time when breeding ground for all kinds of
thing from his or her lunchbox. But you were tempted to take a refreshing avoid anything that’s not cooked to antibacterial properties, but it's not bacteria. The humidity levels and
the sandwiches are looking awfully drink of raw cold milk. But no matter kill the germs. Likewise, you might enough to count on. temperature levels make eating
soggy and the other stuff ’s not some- how tempting the thought, avoid. love the taste of chilled raw oysters raw food a risk that’s easily avoid-
thing you’d usually like. E. coli bacte- Always go for pasteurised milk. dipped in spicy cocktail sauce, but Clean with hot soapy water able. And if you’re still having sec-
ria wreaks havoc on hundreds of When it comes to raw milk, learn to hold that thought — there’s a new Temper your food-safety zeal with a ond thoughts, you should keep in
lives and can cause death. Although say ‘no thank you.’ There is currently strain of the bacterium Vibrio para- little diplomacy when a dinner guest mind that the Japanese have the
you don’t need to carry a thermome- a proliferation of new virulent, haemolyticus that makes chowing offers to do the grilling. To prevent highest incidence of foodborne
ter with you to check the temperature antibiotic-resistant strains of bacte- down on this dish decidedly risky. cross-contamination, send the raw illness in the world. Now that’s cer-
of the food you eat, you need to be ria. And that’s another reason to Some studies show that hot sauce has meat out on one platter, then return tainly food for thought.

The truth behind that


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ou may seek to dazzle with burning more than a hole in your
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active ingredient. The chemical, levels of the bleach can aggravate
which can be used to dye hair gum disease and cause sensitive
blonde, could cause serious burn-
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The findings were revealed by
the Trading Standards Institute
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teeth. Those using whitening kits
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line of cream into a mould.
Then they are told to bite down
Is the end of food
recently in the UK. Manufacturers
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the hairdressing industry, but it is
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allergies near?
B
being advised to withdraw them for ucts to bleach teeth. Many people are recommended over days and ritish scientists believe they The immune system produces
sale and could face prosecution. these days aspire to having the per- weeks to get the desired smile. The have made a vital break- immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies,
However, the unsafe brands have fect Hollywood smile and some institute advised those who have through in the battle against which normally help the body fight
not been named. Chief executive stars have paid a lot of money to bought kits to go back to the retail- deadly food allergies. A team at the parasites. In previous research, Dr
Ron Gainsford said: “Hydrogen per- achieve this through cosmetic den- er and ask how much hydrogen per- Institute of Food Research (IFR) Nicoletti found that white blood
oxide is a chemical well known in tal treatment. But this could end up oxide they contain. has identified a molecule that could cells called dendritic cells help the
protect against allergies to foods immune system decide on how to
such as nuts, fish and milk which respond to foreign molecules.

How does one are becoming an increasing threat.


The findings offer a target for the
treatment of food allergies because
the molecule could be used to bring
In the latest research, Dr
Nicoletti compared dendritic cells
in the gut and in the spleen of aller-
gic and allergy-resistant mice. He

benefit from allergies under control. Dr Claudio


Nicoletti, who is leading the team
at the IFR in Norwich, said: “A food
protein can be harmless to one per-
found that in the gut of susceptible
mice, dendritic cells had stopped
producing IL-12.
Dr Nicoletti added: “We have

rowing? son and lethal to another. We have


identified the missing molecule
that normally keeps immune
responses under control.”
identified a molecule that is very
important for the regulation of
immune response and for the first
time clearly represents a potential
Even low intensity rowing workouts The experts have found that target for the therapy of allergy.”
can do a world of good to the body Interleukin-12 is absent in mice
which are bred to be allergic to
David Reading, director of the
Anaphylaxis Campaign, said: “Food
● High calorie burner (because it

W
hether you already row or Your legs compress and extend with peanuts, and the results, published allergy can place a heavy burden on
are considering rowing to uses so many muscle groups). every stroke – in addition to the more in the Journal of Allergy and the families affected. We welcome
keep in shape, to lose ● Great for joint health (joints move obvious work being done by the back Clinical Immunology, suggest the this research and look forward to
weight, to cross-train for another through a wide range of motion). and arms. molecule normally stops allergies to further developments.”
sport, to compete on the water or ● Upper body (completes the stroke). Legs: Rowing promotes both food developing. In severe cases, peo- Symptoms of allergies include
rehabilitate from injury or surgery, ● Lower body (the legs initiate the strength and flexibility through this ple can suffer life-threatening reac- swelling and itching, eczema, vom-
rowing is the complete exercise for drive). wide range of leg motion. tions, including anaphylactic shock. iting, diarrhoea, coughing, wheez-
you. Arms, legs, chest, back, abs — ● Works the back and abs too! Arms: As with the legs, this range of The only way now for sufferers to ing or a runny nose or sore, red
even your mind. Your whole body ● Superb aerobic fitness (great for motion promotes both strength and manage the problem is to avoid cer- and itchy eyes. Some people devel-
gets a complete workout from the effi- cardiovascular fitness). flexibility. tain foods and make sure they have op a whole-body allergic reaction
cient, rhythmic motion of rowing. ● Relieves Stress (for overall health Core: Chest, back, abs: At the start injectable adrenaline at hand in called anaphylaxis. This is a rare
Rowing is such a great exercise in so and well-being). of the stroke, the power of the legs case of emergency. If you have a but potentially fatal reaction caus-
many different ways. This is different from the rowing you is connected to the handle by means food allergy it means the immune ing swelling, loss of conscious-
● Low-impact (easy on the knees and may have done as a kid in a rowboat. of the arms and the core muscles of system responds to a food protein as ness, low blood pressure and
ankles). The difference lies in the sliding seat. the body. if it was harmful. breathing problems.
20 Dec 26, 2007-Jan 1, 2008 SPORTS world sikh news

Lions end losing streak NASCAR champ


DETROIT: It turned out to be an
ugly game, perhaps fittingly for two
teams that combined for a 13-game
losing streak. The Detroit Lions,
to host charity
though, are not in a position to get
picky. T.J. Duckett ran for a season-
high 102 yards and a touchdown,
helping Detroit hold on for a 25-20
win over the Kansas City Chiefs on
golf event
Sunday and snap a six-game losing CHARLOTTE: The last time
streak. Jimmie Johnson climbed on top
Detroit had a 19-point lead in the of a golf cart was disastrous — he
first half, but the victory wasn’t fell off, broke his wrist and was
sealed until Chiefs receiver Samie embarrassed by the controversy
Parker went down on his own at the the stunt caused. But for charity,
Lions 30 after getting a lateral with the NASCAR champion might be
no time left. persuaded to climb on top of one
“A win like this, you’ve got to again.
take it,” Lions center Dominic Johnson and good friend Nick
Raiola said. “But it wasn’t pretty.” Lachey said they had partnered
The Lions (7-8) surpassed the to form the Super Skins Celebrity
most victories they’ve had in A good performance from Brandon Jacobs helped the Giants secure Golf Classic, which will be held
seven seasons under team presi- a playoff berth. Jacobs ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns in Scottsdale, Ariz., in conjunc-
dent Matt Millen. Detroit also as New York beat the Bills, 38-21. tion with the Super Bowl.
guaranteed it won’t be the first Johnson, who was horsing
NFL team to finish 6-10 after win- Huard’s 34-yard pass — on a rope got back into the game and made it around on top of a cart when he
ning six of its first eight games. — to Dwayne Bowe in the end zone competitive.” The Chiefs had 25 fell last December during Mike
“We missed out on a lot of converted a fourth down and made first downs, more than doubling Hampton’s celebrity tournament, winning team will designate the
opportunities,” defensive tackle it 22-20 early in the fourth. It Detroit’s total, and outgained the didn’t rule it out. “I might be earnings to the charity of their
Cory Redding said. “But the one snapped a six-game scoreless streak Lions 407-236. talked into such a thing, if I can choice.
thing we said we were going to do in the fourth quarter. The 2-point But the difference proved to be a get some bindings to hold me on “If we can actually win a skin,
is fight. Seven wins is four more conversion failed. safety Detroit scored off Casey and make sure I won’t fall off,” he we can donate the money to our
than we had last year, but it’s not Then, the Lions struggled to put Fitzsimmons’ blocked punt and joked. “It is for charity, after all.” personal foundations, but I am
good enough.” Kansas City away. After Jason linebacker Paris Lenon’s 61-yard “We’re going to play chicken not counting on that happening,”
Kansas City (4-11) has dropped Hanson kicked his third field goal TD off Croyle’s interception on a on top of the golf carts,” Lachey Lachey said. “We really wanted to
eight straight, the franchise’s with 43 seconds left, the Chiefs got play that knocked him out of the quickly chimed in. Johnson, the give people a chance to raise
worst skid since losing nine in a the ball back one more time with a game with an injured right hand. two-time defending Sprint Cup some money for their charities
row in 1987. The Chiefs also loss chance to score a go-ahead TD. “MRI came back negative; it’s champion, had been trying for and mostly to have some fun.
for the 11th time this season, the Kansas City’s final drive started not broken,” Edwards said. “We’ll some time to organize an event We’ve been to a bunch of Super
first 11-loss year for the club since at its 17 with 39 seconds left, and see where he’s at going into next with pop singer Lachey. The two Bowls and go to so many events,
1988. The latest loss followed a 26- Parker ended any chance for a week. Brodie probably couldn’t have been friends for years, and we said ‘Why don’t we just do
17 setback at home to Tennessee remarkable game-ending play by have went back.” Duckett filled in Lachey is a frequent guest at something ourselves?’
after giving up the final 13 points. going to the turf with no time on well for Kevin Jones after he was NASCAR races. They usually “We’ve been very happy with
“We’ve had some opportuni- the clock. “It’s tough when you bat- sidelined with a right knee injury attend the Super Bowl together, the response, and we think people
ties,” Chiefs coach Herm Edwards tle back like we did and to get as late in the first half, adding to the and decided it was a perfect are going to have a good time and
said. “We’ve had them every close as we did, and then to come up injury woes that have plagued his venue for their first charitable want to come back again.”
week, but we just can’t get it short there in the fourth quarter,” career. event. The event will start with The two have a three-year com-
done.” The Chiefs made Sunday’s Huard said. “It’s very frustrating.” “It’s pretty serious,” Lions coach an exclusive party at Scottsdale mitment for the tournament from
game relatively interesting after The Chiefs’ misery started back Rod Marinelli said. Detroit’s Jon nightclub Axis Radius, and the Prime Cuts Production, and plan
it looked as though they were at home, where a winter storm Kitna threw just 16 passes for 115 tournament will follow on Feb. 2. to hold it in conjunction with the
going to be routed. delayed their flight by several yards and an interception. Huard Lachey and Johnson each have next three Super Bowls. They
Detroit led 19-0 early in the sec- hours. Once in Detroit, Kansas City was 24-of-36 for 305 yards and two pledged $125,000 to the purse, said they have participation com-
ond quarter before Kansas City shook up its halftime routine hop- TDs, including one to defensive end which has already reached mitments from celebrities from
suddenly showed a pulse when ing to reverse its poor play in sec- Jared Allen, who lined up as a tight $400,000 through outside spon- their respective arenas, but
quarterback Brodie Croyle was ond halves. “The players said, ‘Hey, end and scored for the second time sorship. declined to reveal the players.
injured and replaced by Damon Coach, we want to stay out,’” this season. The two hope to fatten the The event will cap a busy win-
Huard. Playing for the first time Edwards recalled. “I said, ‘Just like Tony Gonzalez had 10 receptions purse through an eBay auction ter for both stars. Lachey finishes
since Week 11, Huard efficiently high school, we’ll go and use the for 137 yards, giving him 23 100- that allows fans to bid on a up NBC’s “Clash of the Choirs”
led 80- and 77-yard drives toward bathroom and then as soon as we’re yard games in his career to trail chance to play the event with this week, and Johnson just
the end of the first half to pull the done, we’ll go back out.’ That’s what only Kellen Winslow’s total of 24 either Johnson or Lachey. Each returned from the Race of
Chiefs within five points. we did. We gave up three points and among tight ends in NFL history. hole will be worth $20,000, and the Champions in London.

Woods seals
Sherwood victory
CALIFORNIA: Tiger Woods
Ronaldo’s brace rescues United
MANCHESTER: A Cristiano about the flurry of yellow cards Portugese to go when he was con-
shrugged off three bogeys and an Ronaldo double ensured that dotted a scrappy first-half. fronted by two Everton defenders
early challenge Manchester United overcame a With both teams abrasively test- after collecting Anderson’s pass
by Jim Furyk to spirited Everton to move back to ing each other out for weakness - but a neat sidestep created a space
win the Target within one point of leaders and Everton quickly exposing the and the winger’s left-foot shot
World Challenge Arsenal at the head of Premier inexperienced United right-back found the top corner for his tenth
by seven shots League table. Sir Alex Ferguson’s Danny Simpson - the game was league goal of the season.
on Sunday. Six side appeared destined for a frus- notable more for a series of niggly Everton’s outstanding recent run
ahead of the trating afternoon at Old Trafford personal battles before Ronaldo meant they were never likely to
pack overnight, after Tim Cahill had cancelled out injected the first bit of quality. lose heart at falling behind to the
the world num- Ronaldo’s 22nd-minute opening The United winger darted champions.
ber one fired a goal. around England defender Joleon And their response was as quick
four-under-par But a clumsy challenge from Lescott before sending a low cross as it was impressive with Pienaar
68 at Sherwood Everton’s South African midfield- towards the near post that was delivering a dipping cross from
Country Club to er Steven Pienaar sent United cap- dabbed delicately goal wards by United’s problem right hand flank
claim his eighth victory of the tain Ryan Giggs crashing to the Wayne Rooney and parried by towards Cahill, who out-jumped
year in the elite 16-man tourna- ground inside the visitors area Everton keeper Tim Howard Patrice Evra to head the equaliser
ment he hosts. with just three minutes remaining before Carlos Tevez sent the just five minutes later.
Woods, who stretched his lead to and Ronaldo kept his nerve to rebound wide. Rooney was denied against his
seven strokes after two holes clinch the points from the penalty Tevez, who has been outstanding former club by Lescott’s goal-line
before it was trimmed to two by spot. in recent weeks, had earlier clearance but United did little else
playing partner Furyk over a cut- The goal brought relief to volleyed the first real opportunity during the first half to suggest
and-thrust outward nine, posted a Ferguson’s side who had failed to of the afternoon high over they would recover to reduce
22-under total of 266. make steady second-half pressure Howard’s bar and would spurn at Arsenal’s lead.
World number three Furyk, tell against an Everton side who least two more clear opportunities A half-time re-organisation
who piled the pressure on Woods had not been beaten in their 13 pre- Wenger’s Arsenal ahead of the to score. But with the Argentina breathed fresh life into United’s
with five birdies in the first eight vious outings. next round of holiday fixtures. star unable to take advantage of a attacking play but they were
holes, double-bogeyed the par- But Ronaldo’s goals — his 15th Ferguson had spoken out last week routine chance, it was Ronaldo unable to break down Everton’s
three 15th on his way to a 71 and and 16th of the season — once against the rash of bad challenges who broke the deadlock with a resilient defence until Pienaar
third place at 13 under, two again proved the difference and that have marred recent superb curling shot created out of wafted a lazy leg into the path of
behind Masters champion Zach ensured Ferguson’s side remain Premiership games and the man- nothing in the 22nd minute. the onrushing Giggs and United
Johnson (68). close on the heels of Arsene ager can have had no complaint There seemed nowhere for the were handed a welcome lifeline.
world sikh news SPORTS Dec 26, 2007-Jan 1, 2008 21

Schumacher leads Germany Parry wins his first


to Nations Cup victory Australian Open title
SYDNEY: Australia’s Craig Parry
won his first Australian Open title
LONDON: During the stop-and-go, at the age of 41 holding off a pack
10-mile trek from his hotel to of challengers in steady rain at
Wembley Stadium on Sunday The Australian course on Sunday.
morning, Jimmie Johnson voiced Parry called on all his experience
concern that he wasn’t acclimated in the miserable conditions to reel
to the four-wheel drive rally car he off a closing round of three-under
would pilot later that day in a high- par 69 to finish the tournament on
ly anticipated duel with seven-time 11-under 277 and a winner’s cheque
Formula One world champion of $315,000 (277,000 USD).
Michael Schumacher. He set up the tournament with a
Those reservations would prove course record-equalling 64 in
warranted, as Schumacher single- Friday’s second round, and effec-
handedly eliminated Team USA tively sealed victory when he made
from the Race of Champions a pressure four-metre putt for par
Nations Cup, then joined teammate at the 17th after his drive found a
Sebastian Vettel in defeating fairway bunker. Parry played no-
England then Finland to win the risk golf at the last to shut the door reaching a playoff with Parry.
overall team Nations Cup champi- on his challengers for his first Lee, 22, who emigrated to
onship. It is Germany’s first such tournament win in two years. Australia with his family when he
victory. Parry shot rounds of 74-64-70-69 was four, almost stole the tourna-
Schumacher opened the compe- to beat Australians Nick O’Hern ment with a stunning final round,
tition by outrunning Johnson to (70), Korean-born Lee Won-Joon which included five birdies on the
win by a landslide. Afterward, (66) and US PGA Tour rookie of the inward nine.
Johnson was visibly steamed. than the gear shift. Again, that who paid homage to Schumacher’s year Brandt Snedeker (69). Australian James Nitties, joint
“Hell yeah I’m (upset), I want to goes back to lack of experience in prowess at the starting line with a Snedeker called a penalty on overnight leader with Robert
win,” said Johnson, the two-time these types of cars. After the prayer pose and a peer toward the himself with five holes to play Allenby, had a chance of forcing a
defending NASCAR Nextel Cup race, Schumacher insisted he’d sky. “After the first wall, I just kind when he tried to remove a leaf and playoff but missed his chip for an
champion. “I went out and did all never run the cars before this of kept hitting them. his ball moved. The resultant eagle at the par-five last in torren-
that I could. I just do not under- week, nor before his last previous “I was really hoping Jimmie was bogey cost him the chance of tial rain.
stand the four-wheel drive, hand ROC appearance, in 2004. In fact, going to beat that there Michael
brake, rally car driving. in racing Johnson, Schumacher Schumacher. I was happy, though. I
“I don’t have a lot of experience
at it, and to show the level that he
showed in the car, I think he’s had
felt he had some trouble with the
Fiat.
“I didn’t get so well along with
just drove too hard. I think he
would have won anyway, but I real-
ly wanted to put in a good drive and
India promoted to 2nd round
some days in it. He certainly nav-
igated.”
the rally car,” Schumacher said.
“I need some open wheels. They
I kept overshooting the corners and
overshooting my braking marks.” in Asian Cup qualifiers
Other than ROC, Johnson has spin more easily for me.” Asked Schumacher, widely considered
never driven a four-wheel drive about the outcome, Schumacher the greatest race driver in the NEW DELHI: Originally slated to play the first round of qualifiers for
car in competition. Then again, was matter of fact. world, didn’t disappoint. “He’s def- the 2011 Asian Cup football championship, India got a pleasant surprise
the same goes for Schumacher, “I won it, so it was straightfor- initely not overrated,” Pastrana when they were automatically promoted to the second round of the com-
who would later stall the same ward,” he said. Despite Johnson’s said. “The more pressure, the bet- petition. India were seeded 22nd for the qualifiers to be held next year and
car — the Fiat Abarth rally car — loss, it wasn’t over for Team USA ter I usually do. But I definitely were scheduled to play one of the teams seeded between 20th and 27th.
in which he beat Johnson at the just yet. Johnson’s teammate, overdrove the car. If it was some- But the Asian Football Confederation has now put India into the second
starting line in a loss to Finnish Travis Pastrana, kept the U.S. team one I thought I could definitely round qualifier, which puts them just one tie away from making it to the
F1 star Heikki Kovalainen. alive by beating Vettel in a race of beat by just driving consistently, I main event in Qatar.
“Even guys in the drivers’ Aston Martins. That set up a would have had a much better run. “AFC has slotted India directly in the second round of qualifiers and we
room were like, ‘That’s pretty Schumacher/Pastrana matchup in “But honestly, I didn’t think my won’t have to play the preliminary round fixtures,” All India Football
good for an asphalt guy driving rear-wheel drive buggies to decide driving consistently would have Federation chief Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi said after the Annual General
like a Pro Rally guy,’” Johnson which team advanced to the quar- won that match, so I had to try to meeting on Sunday. India will also have more than one shot at qualifying
said. “But he did an awesome job. terfinals of the team competition. drive a little harder. He might get a for the 2011 Asian Cup. “Hyderabad and Delhi have been provisionally
I wasn’t even close.” Different cars. Same outcome. “I lot of byes by people trying to put forward as possible venues and an AFC inspection team will visit
Mistakes cost Johnson dearly. drove too fast for my abilities, start- overdrive the car. He’s earned that both centres next month to decide on one of them,” Federation Secretary
More than once, he mistakenly ed hitting walls and then started reputation. He definitely lives up General Alberto Colaco said. The 2008 edition of the tournament has
grabbed the hand brake rather going very slow,” said Pastrana, to the hype.” been pushed back from March to August.

Indian football body


Inter get the better
of champions Cech’s injury mars seeks LN Mittal’s aid
AC Milan
MILAN: In a battle between the
world’s best and Italy’s best it was
the domestic champions Inter who
Chelsea victory NEW DELHI: If the All India Football
Federation (AIFF) has its way, it would approach
global steel magnate L N Mittal to put some of his
wealth and influence for the benefit of Indian
beat AC Milan 2-1 at the San Siro in BLACKBURN: Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech previous two games and ended up on the los- football. Mittal recently made a splash in world
Sunday’s first Milan derby of the added to the club’s growing injury crisis by ing side on both occasions, saw a powerful football by becoming the co-owner of English
season. It was a match that had limping out of the 1-0 win at Blackburn on shot blocked by Ricardo Carvalho on four min- club Queen’s Park Rangers along with Formula
been eagerly anticipated since a Sunday with a suspected hip injury. A first- utes before England midfielder Bentley aimed One bigwigs Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio
week ago when Milan added the half strike from England midfielder Joe Cole a 20-yard strike narrowly over the crossbar Briatore.
Club World Cup title to the completed a fortuitous victory for Avram three minutes later. “Several corporates are coming forward to
Champions League crown they Grant’s team, who were outplayed for long Former Arsenal youngster Bentley had assist us in the development of Indian football. I
claimed back in May when beating periods by the home side. been deployed in an advanced role just behind hope Mittal does something similar,” AIFF presi-
Liverpool 2-1 in the final. But the loss of Cech early in the second- Santa Cruz and Chelsea afforded him far too dent Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi said after the
Ironically, though, while the half following a collision with Blackburn’s much space. And after hitting the crossbar Federation’s General Body Meeting on Sunday.
world champions began with seven Paraguayuan striker Roque Santa Cruz took with a curling free-kick, Bentley sent Santa He noted that English giants Arsenal and Chelsea
Italian internationals, Inter — liv- the shine off Chelsea’s victory, who now look Cruz and a breakaway with a precise pass had come with an intention to improve the stan-
ing up to their full name certain to be without the Czech Republic after dummying John-Obi Mikel. dard of football in India.
Internazionale — fielded a starting keeper, as well as the already-injured John Santa Cruz escaped defender Alex, in for the “Chelsea wants to be part of the ‘Vision Asia’
11 including nine South Americans Terry and Didier Drogba, for the busy injured Terry, but his half-volley flew wide of programme and assist through the partnership
and not a single Italian. Christmas fixture programme. Having won Cech’s right-hand post as Chelsea survived between the Asian Football Confederation and its
Whatever the make-up of their just once in seven league games ahead of another scare. European counterpart UEFA,” Dasmunsi said.
side, Inter have been unbeatable this game, Blackburn were in desperate need Cole was found brilliantly by Salomon Chelsea CEO Peter Kenyon was in India recently
this season and go into the three- of a morale-boosting victory ahead of the Kalou’s through-ball and, without breaking and held discussions with AIFF officials.
week festive break with a seven- Festive period. stride, the former West Ham midfielder beat The Federation chief said corporate sponsor-
point lead over the chasing pack - Chelsea were in the same predicament, how- keeper Brad Friedel with an unstoppable ship had a big role to play in the Indian U-16 team
Milan, who have three games in ever, after losing at Arsenal seven days earlier right-foot strike into the top corner from just qualifying for the Asian championship recently.
hand, are 25 points off the pace and anything but a win at Ewood Park would inside the penalty area. Blackburn fought “Reliance had funded an overseas exposure
down in 12th. Hosts Inter had the have left them with a sizeable gap to bridge back well, though, and Steven Reid was only trip before the qualifiers which helped our boys
first chance of the match after between themselves and the top two. denied an equaliser on 33 minutes when Cech immensely,” Dasmunsi said.
barely five minutes when Brazilian Mark Hughes’s men started the brighter, tipped his close range strike onto the post. But He said there was a dire need for clubs to own
right-back Maicon crossed to the though, and the impressive David Bentley was Frank Lampard, chasing his 100th goal for grounds as the big three Kolkata clubs - East
back post where Sweden forward at the heart of everything as Blackburn Chelsea, hit the woodwork himself moments Bengal, Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic volleyed over poured forward inside the opening 20 minutes. later when Friedel also pushed his 20-yard Sporting - practice on ground owned by the Army
the bar. Santa Cruz, who had scored five goals in his effort against the woodwork. was a major problem.
22 Dec 26, 2007-Jan 1, 2008 KIDS world sikh news

$1mn painting in
trash
A painting stolen 20 years ago
was found lying in trash along
a street, and now it could fetch
up to $1 million at auction.
Elizabeth Gibson didn’t know
anything about the brightly
colored abstract work she
spotted on her morning walk

EAGLE PEREGRINE OWL HAWK


Throughout history, humans have Peregrines are the fastest The masters of the nighttime hunt They have sharply hooked beaks
admired eagles for their fierce animals. They mostly hunt other have large eyes that let them make and powerful feet with curved
beauty and strength that birds and kill their prey by the best of dim light and soft talons. Their vision is legendary and
symbolises power. Eagles have plummeting from above and feathers muffle nearly all noise they hunt using sudden dashes from
powerful talons for tearing flesh striking them with a single, often during flight, allowing them to fly hidden perches. Raking is another
and their beaks are nearly as long deadly, blow. The falcons then silent and unseen. Radiating common hunting technique used by
as their heads. Eagles typically circle back to retrieve their prey feathers around each eye helps to hawks and involves swiftly chasing
hunt by dropping from the sky in as they fall dead or unconscious funnel sound toward their ears, an animal and riding it to the ground four years ago on Manhat-
surprise attacks. through the air. allowing them to pinpoint sounds. if it is a bird. tan’s Upper West Side. Sothe-
by’s auction house will be sell-
ing the work next month for

BIRDS OF PREY
the now-widowed original
owner. It turned out that it
was a 1970 painting titled
‘Tres Personajes’ (Three Peo-
ple) by Mexican artist Rufino
Tamayo, whose work has
soared in value in recent
years.

Lottrey from own


Ranking today’s store
dinosaurs They are the Many store owners dream of
Rating
killers who making a lot of money with
their business. Blair Knut-
son did it the unconvention-

1. Eagle 4.1 leave no al way – he bought a Lotto 6-


49 ticket from the grocery

escape for the


2. Peregrine 4.0
preys. Here is a
3. Owl 4.0 list of today’s
top hunters...
4. Hawk 3.9

5. Gyrfalcon 3.8

store he owns in Gimli, Man.

6. Falcon 3.8 The purchase made the own-


er of G & C Grocery $16 mil-
lion richer. In case that

7. Goshawk 3.7 raised any eyebrows, offi-


cials with the Western Cana-
da Lottery Corp. quickly an-
nounced they have conduct-

8. Osprey 3.6 ed a mandatory investigation


and have determined Knut-
son is the rightful winner.

9. Harrier 3.6
Photos after 27 yrs!
Karen and Mark Cline were

10. Kestral 3.5 teenagers when they got mar-


ried and didn’t have $150 to pay
a for their wedding photos. But
now they've got the pictures,
just in time for their 27th an-

GYRFALCON FALCON GOSHAWK OSPREY


Gyrfalcons can reach 2 feet in In the sport of falconry females are Their short, broad wings and long Ospreys have closable nostrils that
length. Their color can vary from preferred. Falcons rarely soar or tail are especially adapted for fast keep the water out. Ospreys skim
pure white with black speckles to glide but their thin, pointed wings flights through the woodland trees the surface of the water as they hunt niversary on Thursday. Their
dark gray with barring. Gyrfalcons are made for plummeting in high- where they make their homes. and then plunge feet first into the photographer located Karen
like to fly close to the ground as speed dives. They eat mainly other Goshawks usually hunt small and water to grab a fish. As they come Cline last week at the diner
where she works and sur-
they hunt hares, rodents and other birds and small mammals, but will medium-sized birds and mammals, out of their dive with a fish firmly prised her with a photo album.
birds. They prefer to chase their sometimes eat carrion or steal prey but are also capable of hunting clutched, they turn the it's head “About a month ago, I was just
prey rather than dive-bombing from other birds. Falcons often kill animals as large as hares and forward to reduce drag. They then cleaning out some of my old
them out of the blue. their victims by snapping backs. foxes. carry their prey to a perch to feed. things and I found it,” said
photographer Jim Wagner,
who’s now 80.
world sikh news ENTERTAINMENT Dec 26, 2007-Jan 1, 2008 23
government's own touted figures in

Away from A still from


Chet'ta Rejo
order to bring out the true story.
Amazingly, on 10 Oct itself, the
day the Gujarat government gave
Sharma RTI data confirming 498
suicides, an official advertisement

Modi, real was released on ETV categorically


stating that there were no suicides
in Gujarat and people should not
believe false propaganda.
Chet'ta Rejo (Beware) shows

Gujarat stories
another face of inhumanity in
Gujarat. Over its 72 minutes of run-
ning time, the film explores and
exposes the saffronisation of the
Dalit-OBC population and its conse-
quent plight. Its focus is on the pat-

R
akesh Sharma needs no unsavoury truths about farmers sui- terns of arrests and litigations
introduction to those who cides as well as lower-caste rioters since the 2002 riots. It shows how
have been following the now in prison. most of those charged with rioting,
human rights movement He said the films are his response arson, murder and similar crimes
in the media. He is one of the most to Narendra Modi and his propagan- are either tribal or Dalits and
outspoken and independent film- da. OBCs. The analysis of those arrest-
makers on human rights Since 1985, Sharma has ed from 32 police stations in
and for this he fights the worked extensively in film consultant to broadcast channels for Ahmedabad suggests that of the
powers that be including and television. His docu- programming, on-air presentation 1577 detainees, only 30-odd
India's censor board. After mentaries have always been and live television. belonged to upper castes. "Are these
his revolutionary films based on painstaking inten- Khedu Mora Re (Oh My Farmer), foot soldiers victims too? Cynically
Final Solution and sive field research, wherein over 62 minutes, explores the myth recruited, then discarded, left to rot
Aftershocks - A Rough the filming often takes less- of a 'vibrant' Gujarat by graphically in jails, what do the perpetrators of
Guide to Democracy, now er time than the research. documenting the tragic series of the violence feel today about the
come two new explosive His numerous internation- farmer suicides in the state. Sharma VHP and the BJP?"
documentaries Khedu al awards have strength- examines the true story behind the The overall message that emerges
Mora Re and Chet'ta Rejo. ened his determination to hype of development. Knowing that through a range of voices - violence
Both films are in Gujarati, Rakesh Sharma go ahead and make this the film could invite attack and that and politics of hate destroys the
with no English subtitles. statement through the medi- its credibility would be challenged, Dalit-OBC-Muslim communities; it
He even used RTI to collect um he knows best - cinema. he chose the RTI (Right to is best to stay away from parties that
government data -- expose He currently earns his living as a Information) Act route to use the A still from Khedu Mora Re preach hate.

S T O R I E S I N B R I E F

Elvis Presley
Cruz to star in
Almodovar’s next In A Turban
I
t's going to be a rock-
ing good Christmas

A
ctress Penelope Cruz if Swansea's very
will appear in acclaimed own Singing Sikh
Spanish director Pedro has anything to do with
Almodovar’s next film Los it. Peter Singh is already
Abrazos Rotos. They had previ- well-known to fans as the
ously worked together in Volver world's only Sikh Elvis
and Cruz’s performance in the Presley impersonator. "I'm a Sikh. I don't cut my hair and keep it tied in a turban
film earned her an Oscar nomi- His talents also extend and I keep my beard.
nation for the best actress cate- to lyric-writing, with self- "That doesn't mean I can't pay my respects to a great
gory.The title of the Spanish penned Bhindi Bhaji hero of mine.
film means, ‘broken embraces’ Boogie and Turbans Over "I sing by nature and Singh by name and I want to show
and it will also star Blanca Memphis some of his that my community appreciates western music.
Portillo and Lluis Homar, a crowd-pleasing "Elvis was from the West, I'm from the East, so what?
website reports. Pedro said favourites. That's the whole point of it."
writing the screenplay of the But his latest produc- Songs he has come up with include Turbans over
film was quite easy. “Like my tion is a seasonal rocker Memphis. One lyric said: "I don't smoke dope, I don't
other film – Women on the which he hopes will pro- drink bourbon, all I want to do is shake my turban."
Verge of a Nervous Breakdown vide some good cheer to In the highly competitive world of Elvis impersonators, he
– this film came easily, in one the yuletide festivities. stands out.
go,” he said. It's called Come on it's Christmas. Peter Singh has Once his photograph ended up on the front page of USA
written it himself. Today under the headline "Elvis dons a turban".
So if you have had enough of turkey this Christmas,

Depp most easily now try something with a curry flavour. The spice boy
first became a fan of Elvis after moving to Britain
from India in the 1950s. For a while he ran a takeaway
in Waun Wen called Graceland, named after Elvis's
career as an Elvis impersonator was born.
Backed by his group The Poppadoms, he performed
widely, and appeared on television, belting out Elvis-

autographing celeb home and burial place where you'd have found on the
menu a Love Me Tender burger, a Burning Love
Special curry and the set meal for one, Are You
Lonesome Tonight? But it was slipping into a white
sequinned jumpsuit that really made his name.
inspired hits such as Who's Sari Now? and My
Poppadom Told Me.
Peter also answers to the name of Turbanator, calls
Elvis "The King" and explains himself pithily: "I am
East meets West." For Swansea, he is someone who is

H
ollywood actor Johnny After the death of the King, much to the surprise of taking Swansea all over the world with a song and a
Depp has been declared his extended family, he began donning the rhinestone- turban. He had earlier paid a tribute to Elvis Presley
the most gracious studded white jump suit, diamante-studded turban to mark the 25th anniversary of The King's death at
celebrity for the third year in a and a belt with a buckle the size of nan bread. His new the club in Swansea's High Street.
row on Autograph magazine’s
annual list of the 10 best and 10
worst Hollywood signers. The
Pirates of the Caribbean star
has won this title because he
Sholay’s GP Sippy dead Jazz great
Oscar
L
always agrees to scribble his egendary Bollywood producer-cum-director G P Sippy,
autograph if a fan asks him for best known for his 1975 blockbuster Sholay , died here on
it,hollywood.com reports. “ He
likes to talk to fans and get to
Tuesday night after prolonged illness, his family said.
Sippy, 93, who had been suffering from age-related ailments Peterson
know them while signing, and
he’ll sign more than one item
when he has time,” said New
for the past few months, breathed his last around 10 pm. Scion
of a rich Sindhi family, Sippy’s career got a flying start with
the film ‘Marine Drive’ (1955). The same year he produced Adl-
no more
York autograph dealer Anthony Risi in the December issue of e-Jahangir with the star-cast of Pradeep Kumar, Meena Oscar Peterson, who
the publication. Matt Damon is second on the new list, fol- Kumari and Durga Khote. sat atop the world of
lowed by George Clooney, Jack Nicholson, Rosario Dawson, The fifties and sixties was a time of hectic filmmaking for jazz piano for
John Travolta, Katherine Heigl, Jay Leno, Dakota Fanning Sippy, when his banner produced memorable flicks like decades with his
and Russell Crowe, who was among the worst signers on last Shrimati 420 , Chandrakant , Light House , Bhai Behan and driving two-handed
year’s countdown. Andaaz. It stands to his credit that G P Sippy, besides produc- swing, has died. He
ing, also directed all of these films. was 82.
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