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World Sikh Organization Presents Fireside Chat With Rana Ayyub: Criminalizing Dissent in India

We will be joined by Rana Ayyub.She is a fear-less journalist reporting on Modis India. Her in-depth piece in theNew Yorkeris a must read! During COVID-19, Rana and her team have stepped up to help local slums. Read more about her heroicworkhere. The panel will be moderated by our own Director of Administration,Jaskaran Singh Sandhu. []

12 Aug 2020 10:08 pm
SALDEF To Hold Webinar Series on Social Justice in America

WASHINGTON DC, USAEarlier today, SALDEF, the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, announced a series of webinars titled Demystifying U.S. History and Activating Sikh Action for Black Justice Movements. Part I of the series starting on August 15 will include a presentation on Colonial Uprisings and The Creation of Race, From the Colonial Period []

12 Aug 2020 8:51 am
Complaint Lodged Against Radical Hindu Social Media User For Promoting Propaganda About Sri Harmandir Sahib

NEW DELHI, IndiaKeeping in view the rising misleading social media posts about the holiest Sikh shrine Sri Harmandir Sahib by some radicalized Hindu elements, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee has lodged a complaint against a person name Raghav Gautam. It is pertinent to note here that highly objectionable posts challenging the ownership of Sri []

11 Aug 2020 9:31 pm
Navjot Sidhu Questions SGPCs Integrity in Case of Missing Guru Granth Sahibs Saroops

Raising questions over the integrity of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) in case of missing 267 holy saroops of Guru Granth Sahib from its record, Navjot Sidhu apprehended that the saroops might have been sent to Nagpur and thorough probe must be conducted into this matter. Headquarters of the Hindu extremist organization RSS is []

10 Aug 2020 3:02 am
Modis remark on 10thGuru confirms design to incorporate Sikhs into Hindus: Actor Deep Sidhu

CHANDIGARH, PunjabPunjabi and Hindi film actor Deep Sidhu once again turned vocal on Sikh issues through social media and stated that the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modis recent remark on 10th Sikh master Guru Gobind Singh Jee had confirmed the deep-rooted conspiracy hatched to incorporate Sikhs into Hindus. Modi while addressing a gathering during the []

10 Aug 2020 2:55 am
After Giani Harpreet Singh, Navjot Kaur Sidhu demands demolished gurdwaras be restored

AMRITSAR SAHIB, PunjabA day after SGPC-appointed acting jathedar of Akal Takht Giani Harpreet Singh asked Indian government to restore gurdwaras demolished out of Punjab, former MLA of Amritsar (East) constituency Navjot Kaur Sidhu has urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to save these gurdwaras which are linked to Guru Nanak. She made this appeal through []

9 Aug 2020 1:42 am
Shiromani Ragi Sabha Lodges Complaint After Hazoori Raagi Bhai Onkar Singh Receives Threat by Giani Jagtar Singhs Son-In-Law

CHANDIGARH, PunjabZora Singh, the son-in-law of Sri Harmandir Sahibs head granthi Giani Jagtar Singh, today threatened Hazoori Raagi Bhai Onkar Singh inside sanctum sanctorum Sri Harmandir Sahib when he was about to start his duty of Gurbani Kirtan at 01:30 pm. Notably, Hazoori Raagi Bhai Onkar Singh heads the Shiromani Raagi Sabha which has lodged []

8 Aug 2020 9:43 pm
After Two Months of Lobbying, Jathedar Hawara Finally Allowed to Undergo Eye Surgery

NEW DELHI, IndiaOn August 7, the Sarbat Khalsa appointed Akal Takht Jathedar Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara underwent an operation at Guru Nanak Eye Center in Delhi for the removal of a cataract from his right eye. The operation remained successful after which Bhai Hawara was sent back to Tihar jail. It may be recalled here []

8 Aug 2020 9:37 pm
Demolished Gurdwaras as important for Sikhs as Ram Temple for Hindus: Giani Harpreet Singh

AMRITSAR SAHIB, PunjabFinally, Giani Harpreet Singh, the SGPC-appointed acting jathedar of Akal Takht, broke silence on the issue of Ram Temple being constructed in Ayodhya on Friday, stating, The place where Ram Temple is being built up is important for Hindus. Equally important are the Gurdwaras for Sikhs, which were demolished in India. In a []

8 Aug 2020 3:00 am
Thrashing of Sikhs in Madhya Pradesh by Cops: Pressure Builds on Indore Administration to take strict action

A video has been circulating over social media showing two Sikh brothers being beaten brutally on the road by the policemen. Granthi Singh Prem Singh and his brother were thrashed brutally in the public. Their dastars were removed and the brothers were dragged by their hair in the shopping area of Barwani. Sikh24 has learned []

7 Aug 2020 8:05 pm
Giani Iqbal Singhs Visit to Ayodhya: Sikh Activists Call for Exemplary Punishment for Former Jathedar

CHANDIGARH, PunjabReacting to the former Takht Sri Patna Sahib Jathedar Giani Iqbal Singhs presence at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, demand to excommunicate him have come forward. Many prominent Sikh activists have requested SGPC appointed Akal Takht Sahib Jathedar as well as the Sarbat Khalsa Jathedars to take a strong stand []

7 Aug 2020 9:26 am
SGPC Takes Major Decision To Support Afghani Sikhs

CHANDIGARH, PunjabThe Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has taken a major decision in support of the Afghani Sikhs. At a meeting of the Interim Committee earlier today, which was chaired by SGPC President Bhai Gobind Singh Longowal at Gurdwara Sri Kalgidhar Niwas, Chandigarh, it was agreed that the entire cost of bringing the Sikhs living []

6 Aug 2020 9:50 pm
2020 US Presidential Candidate Expresses Solidarity with the Sikhs on the Anniversary of Oak Creek Gurdwara Attack

WASHINGTON DC, USAIn a statement, Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden said, Eight years ago, a white supremacist targeted a Sikh temple [Gurdwara] in Oak Creek, WI ultimately taking seven lives in an unspeakable act of terror. Biden added, To truly honor those we lost, its up to all of us to stand up to []

6 Aug 2020 9:19 am
Giani Harpreet Singh Maintains Silence on Ram Mandir While Badals Congratulate Hindus

CHANDIGARH, PunjabAlthough the SGPC appointed Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh refrained from attending the inauguration ceremony of Ram Mandir keeping in view the Sikh sentiments, the Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal and his wife Harsimrat Badal has openly congratulated the Hindu community of India while terming it as a historic day. It is []

6 Aug 2020 5:34 am
Takht Patna Sahib ex-jathedar under fire for attending Ayodhya event, making objectionable remark

RSS Holds Akhand Path Sahib in Ayodhya and Giani Iqbal Singh Performs Ardas Giani Iqbal Singh states that Sikhs are descendants of Lord Raam AYODHYA, IndiaTakht Sri Patna Sahib former jathedar Iqbal Singh is under fire for attending bhoomi pujan (groundbreaking ceremony) for Ram Temple to be constructed on the site of Babri mosque in []

5 Aug 2020 11:03 pm
Sign Petition against Rishi Sunaks motion to have Gandhis portrait on the UK Currency

LONDON, UKBarin Singh from the UK has started a petition on, urging the UK Government to not include Gandhis portrait on the UK Currency. Rishi Sunak is a UK Chancellor of the Exchequer. He has written to the Royal Mint backing a campaign for ethnic minority figures to be featured on UK coins to []

5 Aug 2020 8:29 pm
Op/Ed: Founding of the Ram temple at Auodhya the Sikh view

The building of the Ram temple in Ayodhya was primarily a matter between the Muslims and the Hindus of India. The Muslims are resigned to their fate. There is no room for others to intervene or comment except that the Muslims must be speedily afforded generous compensation with grace as they have eventually made a []

4 Aug 2020 9:42 pm
SGPC appointed Akal Takht Jathedar Officially Invited to Ram Mandir Inauguration in Ayodhya

AMRITSAR SAHIB, PunjabOn August 4, the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust (SRJTKT) reached Akal Takht Secretariat to invite the SGPC appointed acting Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh for the inauguration ceremony of Ram Mandir scheduled for August 5. RSS leader Sanjeev Singh gave a formal invitation letter signed by SRJTKTs general secretary Champat []

4 Aug 2020 8:20 pm
Hooch Tragedy: SGPC Seeks Ban on Alcohol and Drugs in Punjab After More Than 100 Deaths Due to Spurious Liquor Consumption

CHANDIGARH, PunjabExpressing deep concern over the recent deaths numbering over one hundred in Majha due to spurious liquor, SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal has sought a ban on all types of alcoholic products and other drugs in Punjab irrespective of its legitimacy or illegitimacy. In a press note shared with Sikh24, Longowal said that the []

4 Aug 2020 10:38 am
Op/Ed: Construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya and Prosecution of Minorities in India

The Babri Mosque was founded in 1527 which got demolished by the Hindu ultranationalists in 1992. It is extremely strange that the Supreme Court of India has acknowledged that the Babri Mosque as a place of prayer and its continued existence for around 465 years, yet the very biased verdict on November 9, 2019 []

4 Aug 2020 8:38 am
Former Akali Minister Sucha Langah secures pardon from Punj Pyare of Gurdaspur

CHANDIGARH, PunjabMisusing the concept of Punj Pyare in the Khalsa Panth, former Akali leader Sucha Singh Langah has succeeded in securing a pardon for his immoral deeds. Notably, Punj Pyare deployed at Gurdwara Baba Banda Singh Bahadar in Gurdaspur allowed Langah to partake in Amrit Sanchar. Langah has secured this pardon by copying the trick []

3 Aug 2020 9:01 pm
Delhi based Sikh Blogger Ajmer Singh Randhawa alleges that the Delhi police may arrest him soon

NEW DELHIAs more and more Sikh activists are being booked under Indias UAPA law, another prominent Sikh activist in Delhi has stated that the Delhi police may arrest him at any time. Ajmer Singh Randhawa has said that the Delhi police raided his house earlier today, however, he was not home at the time. []

2 Aug 2020 1:43 am
USA: Man accused of running over Sikh man charged with hate crime

DENVER, CO, USAA man accused of running over the Sikh owner of a suburban Denver liquor store after reportedly telling him and his wife to go back to your country is now facing a hate crime charge in addition to 16 other charges, including attempted murder. Prosecutors said the hate crime charge was filed against []

2 Aug 2020 12:58 am
Sikh Organizations ask Takhat Jathedars not to attend inauguration ceremony of Ram Mandir

CHANDIGARH, PunjabAmid emerging reports about the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerath Kshetra Trust planning to invite Takht Jathedars for the inauguration ceremony of Ram Mandir, several Sikh organizations have appealed the SGPC appointed Takht Jathedars as well as common masses to not attend the inauguration ceremony of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. Speaking to Sikh24, Khalsa Leagues []

1 Aug 2020 9:23 am
SGPC Appointed Takhat Jathedars to be Invited to Ayodhya for Ram Mandir Inauguration Ceremonies

CHANDIGARH, PunjabThe SGPC appointed Jathedars of Punjab based three Takhts, and Jathedars of Takht Sri Patna Sahib and Takht Sri Hazur Sahib, are going to face an extremely tough situation in coming days as the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerath Kshetra Trust is set to invite them on the Bhoomi Pujan ceremony of upcoming Ram Mandir []

31 Jul 2020 9:38 pm
267 Missing Saroops: Changes to the Investigation Panel Announced by Akal Takht Sahib

AMRITSAR SAHIB, PunjabFollowing the case of 267 missing holy saroops of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Dr. Eshar Singh will now take up the role of the main investigator while additional members have joined the investigation panel initiated by SGPC appointed acting Jathedar of Akal Takht Sahib, Giani Harpreet Singh. Namely, Dr. Esher Singh (Advocate) []

30 Jul 2020 10:17 pm
Prominent Khalra Mission Organization Activist Bhai Manjit Singh Passes Away in Punjab

TARN TARAN SAHIB, PunjabBhai Manjit Singh (Naushehra Pannuan), a human rights activist of the Khalra Mission Organization, has passed away. Manjit Singh was residing in Canada, however, he was in Punjab since March and passed away here following a brief illness. He left behind his wife and two children. Manjit Singh played a prominent role []

30 Jul 2020 9:45 pm
Anti-Caste Alliance: Statement of Solidarity and Plea to Release Wrongfully Arrested Dalit Professor

In response to the arrest of Indian professor Hany Babu, the Anti-Caste Alliance (ACA) issued the following statement. Your signature is requested. On 28 July 2020, The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested Dr. Hany Babu, Associate Professor at the Department of English in the University of Delhi, in connection with the Elgaar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon Case. []

30 Jul 2020 9:27 pm
25 Canadian MPs Call for Special Refugee Program for Afghan Sikhs & Hindus

OTTAWA, Canada25 Canadian MPs, from the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC), New Democratic Party of Canada (NDP) and the Green Party, have writtento Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino calling for a special program for Afghan Sikh and Hindu refugees so that they can be brought to safety in Canada. The letter expresses concern about the existential []

29 Jul 2020 10:53 pm
SGPC turns deaf ear to Akal Takhts directives to pursue cases of Sikh youths implicated in UAPA

AMRITSAR SAHIB, PunjabThe Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) seems to be turning a deaf ear to the directives issued by Akal Takht acting Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh. Giani Harpreet Singh had asked the SGPC twice to pursue the cases of the Sikh youths who have been arrested by Punjab Police and Central agencies of India []

29 Jul 2020 9:50 pm
No Police Action Days Following Armed Attack on Gurdwara Sahib in Chunagra (Patiala)

CHANDIGARH, PunjabThree days ago, on July 26, over 300 Sirsa cult disciples launched an attack on Gurdwara Sahib situated in village Chunagra of Shutrana constituency (District: Patiala, Punjab). All of them launched this attack with the intention of taking over the land of Gurdwara Sahib after demolishing its building. Earlier today, Granthi Jeevan Singh []

29 Jul 2020 9:41 pm
2020 National Sikh American Survey Launched by SALDEF

:datelined:SALDEF has launched the first-ever National Sikh American Survey. This survey will be critical in helping the organization tailor its programming to fit the needs of all Sikh Americans. The survey captures details on demographics, political affiliation, opinions on social issues, personal experiences, and behaviors of the Sikh American community. SALDEF is conducting the survey []

29 Jul 2020 9:24 pm
Op/Ed: Relevance of Sikh religion and philosophy in todays Silicon age, Space age, and beyond

Religion is a lot more than a protocol on how to worship God or a Higher Power (Akal Purakh). Religion is a socio-economic-political model that influences every aspect of our life. This is especially true of Sikh religion and philosophy. In the Westernized world, there is a separation of religion and state. Most people in []

29 Jul 2020 9:15 pm
Statement by Granthi Singh After 300 Armed Goons from Jhotha Sauda Attack Gurdwara Sahib in Patiala

PATIALA, PunjabNews of the attack on Gurdwara Sahib in Satrana of village Chunagra of District Patran in Patiala came to the limelight on July 26 when over 300 armed followers of Dera Sirsa (Jhotha Sauda) attacked the Gurdwara. Bhai Jeevan Singh, the main sevadar of the Gurdwara Sahib gave the following statement following the attack []

29 Jul 2020 9:00 am
Official Statement by Evacuee Trust Property Board on the Illegal Takeover of Bhai Taru Singh Jis Gurdwara in Pakistan

LAHORE, PakistanThe Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) of the Government of Pakistan has released an official statement on the takeover of Shaheed Bhai Taru Singh Gurdwara. Sanaullah Khan, the Secretary of the ETPB has referred to the incident as an act of defamation for Pakistan on the international level. Khan has sought action against the []

29 Jul 2020 12:39 am
UK: Voting opens for the Peoples Choice MP of the Year 2020 award

LONDON, UKVoting for Peoples Choice MP of the Year award is now open. The public is being invited to cast their votes for the MP of the Year 2020 award, which includes Preet Kaur Gill and Tan Dhesi in the nominations. Each year MPs across the country work closely with disadvantaged and underrepresented communities, ensuring []

28 Jul 2020 10:55 pm
[Video] The history of Guru Tegh Bahadur Jis Salok Mehalla Nauva Salok M9 English Katha

Salok Mehalla 9 is a collection of stanzas written by Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji (Ninth Sikh Guru) and is well known to be hard-hitting, a wake-up call and sheds some reality on life. Many Gursikhs (Sikhs of the Guru) recite this Bani (prayer) as part of their Nitnem (Daily Sikh Prayers). Each episode in the []

28 Jul 2020 10:32 pm
Ooraa App Released To Teach Gurmukhi Script to Children

Project OORAA has launched an app for kids to learn Gurmukhi Lipi and Punjabi language through interactive visualizations and content. The app is released for the awareness and conversation of the Gurmukhi script. OORAA Gurmukhi app is specially designed for kids to play and learn Gurmukhi easily. The graphics and content are creative, colorful and []

28 Jul 2020 9:19 pm
Take over of Bhai Taru Singh Ji Gurdwara in Pakistan: SGPC and PSGPC Presidents Condemn Incident

LAHORE, PakistanFollowing the recent news of the take over of Shaheed Bhai Taru Singh Ji Gurdwara in Pakistan, both Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) presidents have given statements condemning the incidents. Satwant Singh, president of the PSGPC told Sikh24 I am personally in touch []

28 Jul 2020 9:05 pm
USA: Orlando Residents Car Vandalized with Hate Speech

OVIEDO, FL, USAOn Saturday, July 25, Oviedo, FL resident Dr. Amit Pal Sainis car was vandalized with the words Sikh F- U, outside his home at approximately 4:00 PM. Local police were called to the scene and after seeing the vandalism discussed pursuing the investigation as a hate crime. There are currently no suspects but []

28 Jul 2020 8:40 am
As Jathedar Bhai Hawaras Health Deteriorates, SGPC Appointed Akal Takht Jathedar Tells Jail Authorities to Provide Assistance

CHANDIGARH, PunjabThe SGPC appointed officiating Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh has asked the authorities of the Tihar Jail to avail medical treatment to Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara. Bhai Hawara is incarcerated at Delhi Tihar Jail and has been facing severe medical issues for the past several years. Sikh24 has learned that Bhai Jagtar Singh []

27 Jul 2020 9:30 pm
Sukhpal Khaira asks Akal Takht Jathedar to take up struggle against indictment of Sikh youths under UAPA [Memorandum Attached]

CHANDIGARH, PunjabA group of Punjab leaders headed by Bholath MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira today submitted a memorandum to the SGPC appointed Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh asking him to take up the struggle against the fake indictment of Sikh youths under draconian Indian law UAPA. Ex-Parliamentarian Dr. Dharamvir Gandhi, Ex-Minister Sucha Singh Chhotepur, MLA []

27 Jul 2020 9:21 pm
India and Punjab Governments Must Stop Terrorizing Sikhs: Akal Takht

CHANDIGARH, PunjabLashing out at governments over making arrests of Sikh youths under controversial Indian law, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), Akal Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh on Monday asked union government of India and state government of Punjab to stop terrorizing the Sikh youths under UAPA. He was addressing the media persons at the []

27 Jul 2020 8:48 pm