Amritsar, Punjab (July 26, 2014): The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) has reportedly cancelled it’s mass gathering that was scheduled to be held at Amritsar on July 27, 2014. The announcement in this regard came soon after the news reports regarding appointment of RSS hard-core man Kaptan Singh Solanki as next governor of Haryana.

News reports were suggesting that soon after joining in the office governor Kaptan Singh Solanki would send Haryana legislation providing for separate Gurdwara panel for the state, for President of India’s reference.

Punjab’s ruling party Badal Dal has been opposing the formation of HSGPC, while terming it as an “anti-Sikh” move. Parkash Singh Badal was trying to convince Narendra Modi led BJP government in Centre to interfere in this matter.

Shanta Kumar (L) - Parkash Singh Badal (R) File Photos

Shanta Kumar (L) – Parkash Singh Badal (R) File Photos

When Badal did not get proper response from the Centre he had announced to launch an “anti-Congress” agitation.

The BJP led Centre was worried about Badal’s move to launch agitation. India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh had asked BJP’s Punjab affairs in-charge Shanta Kumar to convince upon Badal to cancel his proposed agitation and “have faith in Centre’s moves”.

As it was hard for Badal to call back agitation on his own, a directive came from Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh “commanding” Badal Dal and HSGPC (ad hoc) to cancel their respective gatherings. Notably, HSGPC had announced to hold a mass gathering at Karnal on July 28.

Akal Takht Jathedar Gurbachan Singh said that as per the order all Sikh conventions called on Sunday and Monday should be cancelled.

The conventions were being seen as a flashpoint between the two sides with the potential of dividing the Sikh community.

“All Sikhs are concerned today. Whatever happened in Saharanpur today has increased our concern. The Sikh quam (community) is facing a new challenge today. In this situation, I order all groups to call off their conventions in Amritsar (Punjab) and Karnal (Haryana),” Gurbachan Singh said.

“We have called off the Sikh convention to be held tomorrow (Sunday). We have taken this step in the interest of the Sikh community following the Akal Takht’s directive. We are informing the Sikh leaders about this,” Punjab education minister and Akali Dal spokesman Daljeej Singh Cheema said.

The other convention called by the HSGPC leaders Monday (July 28) in Karnal was also postponed. These leaders are supporting the creation of the HSGPC.

“We hold the Akal Takht in supreme respect. We have called off our Sikh convention to be held in Karnal Monday,” HSGPC leader Jagdish Singh Jhinda said in Kurukshetra.

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Saharanpur clash leaves two dead, both Sikhs, and 19 injured
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Saharanpur, UP, INDIA (July 26, 2014): According to information, two people have died and 19 others have been injured in violent attack by persons of Muslim community on members of Sikh community earlier today. Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) sources …

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Saharanpur, UP, INDIA (July 26, 2014): According to information, two people have died and 19 others have been injured in violent attack by persons of Muslim community on members of Sikh community earlier today. Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) sources revealed that both deceased were Sikhs.

As per information there was a land dispute between the Wakf Board and local Gurdwara management over a piece of land and the matter was pending in the court for last ten years. The court recently decided the case in favour of Sikhs.

Saharanpur Incident

Saharanpur Incident

After the court decision some construction work was undertaken by the Sikh community members over the concerned land. Last night members of the Muslim community attacked the Sikhs and tried to stop the construction work. The clashes today took serious turn after which curfew was clamped in Saharanpur.

According to reports, many shops and vehicles were vandalised. Several policemen were among those injured as the protesters clashed and pelted stones at each other.

There’s massive security deployment in the area now. Personnel of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and the Rapid Action Force (RAF) have reportedly also been called in.

There have recently been incidents of clashes between Muslim and Sikh minority communities in India. Concerned over the development some concerned personalities have formed “Sikh-Muslim Peace Mission” (SMPM).

Harwinder Singh, one of the activists of the Sikh-Muslim Peace Mission, expressed serious concerns over today’s incident. He said that SMPM representatives comprising both the communities may soon visit the affected area to find solution of the problem that had led to the clash.

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SGPC row: Akal Takht asks Sikh leaders to call off congregation
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AMRITSAR: In a bid to deescalate rising tension, the Akal Takht today directed that the planned Sikh congregations by ruling Akali Dal here and in Karnal tomorrow against Haryana government's move to create a separate gurudwara management committee …
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New Delhi, India (July 26, 2014): The issue of formation of a separate Gurdwara committee called HSGPC for Haryana may take a new turn with appointment of RSS hard-core man Kaptan Singh Solanki as governor of Haryana.

Kaptan Singh Solanki, a BJP Rajya Sabha MP since 2009, has been appointed the new governor of Haryana and he is likely to seek an explanation from the state government for forming a parallel Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).

Kaptan Singh Solanki [File Photo]

Kaptan Singh Solanki [File Photo]

The Centre’s decision to immediately appoint a replacement for governor Jagannath Pahadia, whose term ends on Saturday (26 July) was indicative of such a move.

Unlike in other cases, where the charge of the state was given to another governor until a replacement was made, the Narendra Modi led BJP government has gone for an immediate filling of the vacancy in Haryana.

Kaptan Singh Solanki is likely to ask for a presidential reference to the central government if he feels the Haryana law is not in keeping with the Constitution, giving a new twist to the raging controversy.

The President can then send a presidential reference to Supreme Court asking the apex court for its advice on the matter.”

If the matter goes to the Supreme Court of India, the Haryana state government would not be able to move ahead with in HSGPC matter.

This will politically suit the Modi Sarkar in the Centre as Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal has been camping in Delhi to impress upon the BJP government that Haryana cannot be allowed to set up a separate SGPC.

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Curfew clamped in Saharanpur after clashes, arson
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Saharanpur, India (July 26, 2014): According to recent reports curfew was imposed in Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh) following a clash that broke out between Sikhs and another community over a plot of land belonging to a Gurudwara Sahib. The clash …
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Curfew clamped in Saharanpur after clashes, arson

by Sanjeev Singh on July 26, 2014

Saharanpur Incident.

Saharanpur Incident.

Saharanpur, India (July 26, 2014): According to recent reports curfew was imposed in Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh) following a clash that broke out between Sikhs and another community over a plot of land belonging to a Gurudwara Sahib. The clash reportedly broke out today following which curfew was clamped in the area.

Exact details of what happened at Saharanpur were not available. Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) tried to reach out some local sources but they were not available. Whatever details are available in Indian media are confusing as these news reports did not identify the “communities” that “clashed” with each other. Moreover there were not sufficient details as to that triggered that clash.

Saharanpur Incident

Saharanpur Incident

According to the police the situation went out of control as members from both the communities started pelting stones at each other and set several shops and vehicles on fire.

Heavy contingent of police force, led by senior officials, reached the spot to bring the situation under control. The police used tear gas shells to quell the irate mob from both the sides. Later, Section 144 had been imposed in the city.

According to Indian media reports said a land, adjacent to Gurudwara, was seized by another community that hurt the sentiment of people from the other group. The differences further worsened after a local court delivered its verdict in favour of one particular community upsetting the other.

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Sikh cagers should have rebelled: Bishan Singh Bedi on turban row
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Haryana, India (July 26, 2014): With the formation of Narendra Modi led Hindutva government in India, Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leaders are being placed in executive and constitutional posts. Haryana governor Kaptan Singh Solanki is latests appointed on these lines.

The term of present incumbent Jagannath Pahadia ends today. Solanki’s term will start from the day he assumes charge.

Kaptan Singh Solanki [File Photo]

Kaptan Singh Solanki [File Photo]

Known for being a hard-core RSS man, Kaptan Singh Solanki, 75, has been drafted by the BJP-led government at the Centre for dealing with the post-poll scenario in Haryana. The state is due for Assembly elections in a couple of months.

Solanki is not only rooted in the RSS, but is also well-versed in real-politik, having been the Madhya Pradesh BJP general secretary (organisation) in 2003 when the party ousted Digvijaya Singh from power.

The BJP is bracing up to make a bid for grabbing power on its own in the state for the first time.

The Hindutva supremacist party is hoping to repeat its performance in the recent Lok Sabha polls. However, given its own inherent organisational deficiencies, the BJP may find it hard to repeat its Lok Sabha performance.

BJP had bagged 7 out of 8 Lok Sabha seats in the state. The BJP candidates had led in 52 of the 90 Assembly segments during recently Lok Sabha elections in Haryana.

The Congress led by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has the public mood set against itself. And, Chautalas lack a winning social combination. All this points at the prospect of a state of uncertainty after elections. It is then that the Governor would acquire an important role.

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Amritsar, Punjab (July 26, 2014): After the announcements by Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and newly formed Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (HSGPC – ad hoc) to hold mass gatherings at Amritsar (27 July) and Karnal (28 July) respectively, the Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar (Mann) has also announced to hold a mass gathering.

Simranjeet Singh Mann [File Photo]

Simranjeet Singh Mann [File Photo]

Whereas, Badal Dal’s gathering is called for the launch of agitation against formation of HSGPC. The Karnal gathering by HSGPC ad hoc is a power-show by those supporing seperate Gurdwara Committee for Haryana.

Meanwhile, SAD (Amritsar) secretary Harbir Singh Sandhu claims that the aim of Mann Dal’s gathering is to prevent Sikhs from fighting with each other. He further said that Mann Dal’s convention would be held at Dera Baba Darshan Singh Kulliwale.

He further said the party had extended invitation to jathedars (chiefs) of five Sikh Takhts, HSGMC leaders Didar Singh Nalvi and Jagdish Singh Jhinda, former DSGMC president Sarna and several other Sikh bodies.

According to media reports Didar Singh Nalvi said that he was preoccupied with their meetings and preparations for the July 28 gathering at Karnal so he might not be able to attend the Amritsar congregation.

Echoing Nalvi’s words, Paramjit Singh Sarna, former DSGMC president, said he would have definitely attended SAD (A) Panthic meet.

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Haryana Sikh gurdwaras act challenged in high court
Hindustan Times
Punjab's ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is involved in a raging dispute with the Congress ruled Haryana government after the formation of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC) to manage Sikh shrines in the neighbouring state.

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Nihang Singh – Fed Up With Facebook

by Sanjeev Singh on July 26, 2014

[VIDEO] “Good thing they didn’t try to poke me Beta”. Nihang Singh gets fed up with social media wasting time.

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UK Gatka Championship Successfully Held in Derby

by Sanjeev Singh on July 26, 2014

The National UK Gatka Championship was held this year in Derby. Sangat TV broadcast-ed the entire event live throughout the day, while Sikh Channel recorded the highlights for a later broadcast.

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Call to Meet: National Sikh Campaign

by Sanjeev Singh on July 26, 2014

National Sikh Campaign will host a national meeting of all gurdwaras here in Washington to engage the community to join in a major push towards changing perception of Sikhs and Sikhism in USA. This is perhaps the largest and most significant campaign Sikhs will ever launch here in America.

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Cali Sikh Farmers Face Drought

by Sanjeev Singh on July 26, 2014

Didar Singh Bains, the legendary “peach king of California,” remains optimistic even as a severe California drought threatens to wipe out the $58 million agricultural business that his family has built up over seven generations.

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