Rohtak, Haryana: Despite non-participation in Haryana Assembly elections, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) India level executive member Naveen Jaihind on Tuesday said the party, which polled nearly 5 lakh votes in the recent Lok Sabha polls in Haryana, would encourage electorate to show door to corrupt and turncoat politicians who are eyeing Vidhan Sabha through electoral politics.

After the poor performance in Haryana, the AAP had decided not to contest assembly polls in states, including Haryana, and concentrate only in Delhi, where it remained in power for 49 days under the leadership of Arvind Kejriwal.

Addressing a press conference, Jaihind, who hails from Rohtak, said during his public interaction in villages while participating in social meetings, he was surprised to know that the local population calls the saffron party a suitcase party.

Quoting Jaihind, an HT report said the way cash-rich colonisers and property dealers were chasing BJP leaders for tickets, the local population has started calling the saffron party as suitcase party.

Urging the electorate to be cautious of candidates of different political parties approaching them in the election season, he said people should confront sitting MLAs or ministers on development they ensured in the last five years in respective constituencies.

He added that the AAP can help people raise voice against “corrupt and turncoat” politicians, if people supply some documents against them.

It may be mentioned that AAP’s nominee for Lok Sabha polls from Sonepat, Jai Singh Thekedar and Anirudh Chautala, grandson of former deputy prime minister Devi Lal, who were staunch supporters of the-then fledgling party, had later switched loyalties to the BJP.

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Ranchi, Jharkhand, India: Work on a structure akin to Darbar Sahib (Amritsar) in Ranchi (Jharkhand) was stopped after strong protests from local Sikh sangat and Sikh organizations. The structure/ pandal was meant for placing idols of Hindu goddess Durga Mata during Navratra days.

The work on pandal was being carried for last few days but it was stopped after some local Sikhs opposed the move. Darbar Sahib (Amritsar) symbolises the Sikh religion which strictly prohibits idol worshiping.

Local Sangat posted the images of pandal on social media sites and informed Akal Takht Sahib and Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC), after which the work on pandal was stopped.

As per information the organizers of the Pandal apologized in a letter issued by Sri Sai Mandir Nav-Durga Utsav Samiti under the signatures of Ramesh Divedi.

A photo of the incomplete controversial structure

A photo of the incomplete controversial structure

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New Delhi, India: The BJP suffered a major blow in the assembly byelections in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat, which it had swept in the Lok Sabha polls four months ago. The saffron party lost 13 of the 23 seats held by it.

Indian National Congress that had faced major defeat in last Lok Sabha elections was able to snatch 6 assembly seats from BJP – 3 each in BJP stronghold Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Considered yet another test of popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today’s reverses come on top of the party’s disappointing performance in the assembly byelections in Bihar, Uttarakhand, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh in the last two months.

Out of the 32 assembly seats across nine states for which counting of votes was taken up today, BJP won 12, Congress 7 and Samajwadi Party 8 while TDP, Trinamool Congress, AIUDF and CPI(M) bagged one each. One seat in Sikkim was won by an Independent. Counting in Antagarh in Chhattisgarh, held by BJP, will be taken up on September 20.

All the seats in Uttar Pradesh (11), Gujarat (9) and Rajasthan (4) were held by BJP and the bypolls were necessitated after the MLAs were elected to the Lok Sabha.

It was Uttar Pradesh, where the BJP was on a high after a near-total sweep of the 80 Lok Sabha seats, that delivered a humiliating blow to the saffron party as it lost 7 of the 10 seats held by it as well as one belonging to its ally Apna Dal to the ruling Samajwadi Party.

BSP’s absence in the byelections had made it a virtual straight fight between BJP and SP, which has bounced back after the drubbing in Lok Sabha polls.

According to Times of India (TOI), [t]he saffron party’s campaign on issues like ‘Love Jihad’ also apparently did not bring them any electoral gains.

“Equally crushing was the defeat in Rajasthan where BJP conceded three of the four seats to Congress, which also managed to wrest three of the nine seats in Gujarat, where the elections were held for the first time in 12 years sans Narendra Modi” TOI report notes.

Vidhan Sabha vise telly: 

Vidhan Sabha

Total

BJP

Cong

SP

TMC

TDP

CPM

Others

Assam

3

1

1

-

-

-

-

1

Gujarat

9

3 (-3)

3 (+3)

-

-

-

-

-

Rajashtan

4

1 (-3)

3 (+3)

-

-

-

-

-

Sikkim

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

1

Seemandhra

1

-

-

-

1

-

Tripura

1

-

-

-

-

-

1

-

Uttar Pradesh

11

3 (-7)

-

8 (+7)

-

-

-

-

West Bengal

2

1

1

-

1 (+1)

-

-

-

Total

32

9 (-13)

8 (+6)

8 (+7)

1 (+1)

1

1

1

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Constituency vise Winning Candidate and Party:

 

Constituency Winning Candidate Party
Nandigama (SEE) Tangirala Sowmya TDP
Silchar (ASM) Dilip Kumar Paul BJP
Maninagar (GUJ) Patel Sureshbhai Dhanjibhai (Suresh Patel) BJP
Tankara (GUJ) Metaliya Bavanjibhai Hansrajbhai BJP
Talaja (GUJ) Gohil Shivabhai Jerambhai BJP
Anand (GUJ) Patel Rohitbhai Jashubhai BJP
Matar (GUJ) Kesrisinh Jesangbhai Solanki BJP
Limkheda (GUJ) Bhuriya Vichhiyabhai Jokhnabhai BJP
Kota South (RAJ) Sandeep Sharma BJP
Saharanpur Nagar (UP) Rajeev Gumber BJP
Noida (UP) Vimla Batham BJP
Lucknow East (UP) Ashutosh Tondon (Gopalji) BJP
Basirhat Dakshin (WB) Samik Bhattacharya BJP
Lakhipur (ASM) Rajdeep Goala Cong
Deesa (GUJ) Rabari Govabhai Cong
Khambhalia (GUJ) Ahir Meraman Cong
Mangrol (GUJ) Vaja Babubhai Cong
Surajgarh (RAJ) Sharwan Kumar Cong
Weir (RAJ) Bhajanlal Cong
Nasirabad (RAJ) Ramnarayan Cong
Manu (TRI) Pravat Chowdhury CPM
Rangang-Yangang (SIK) Rup Narayan Chamling IND
Bijnor (UP) Ruchiveera SP
Thakurdwara (UP) Navab Jan SP
Nighasan (UP) Krishana Gopal Patel SP
Hamirpur (UP) ShivcharanPrajapati SP
Charkhari (UP) Kaptan Singh SP
Sirathu (UP) Vachaspati SP
Balha (UP) BanshidharBauddh SP
Rohaniya (UP) MahendraSingh Patel SP
Chowrangee (WB) Nayna Bandyopadhyay TMC
Jamunamukh (ASM) Abdur Rahim Ajmal AIUDF

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New Delhi, India: India has expressed it’s problems with “what’s the problem” statement by Abdul Basit, High Commissioner of Pakistan for India. Pak High Commissioner yesterday said that “Hafiz Saeed is a Pakistani national, he is free to roam around. What’s the problem?”. He was responding to a media query on reports that Hafiz Saeed was roaming around freely in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Abdul Basit [File Photo]

Abdul Basit [File Photo]

India today hit out at Pakistan for failing to act against Hafiz Saeed for his alleged role in 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Notably, India regards JuD chief Haifz Saeed as the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

During a press conference, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said, “Our views on Hafiz Saeed are pretty clear. To us he is the [...] mastermind of the attacks on Mumbai. To us he is one of the accused in an Indian court of killing on the streets of Mumbai.”

Akbaruddin stated that India was clearly upset over Pak High Commissioner Abdul Basit’s statement.

Pakistan has arrested seven men for the Mumbai attacks when a total of 166 people were killed during the assault on India’s financial hub by around 10 armed gunmen in November 2008.

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RSS targets Punjab and the Sikh Predominance
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The Sangh Parivar seems to be attempting to consolidate Punjabi Hindus behind BJP by weaning them away from Congress and also to make inroads in the Akalis citadel, intending to draw at least 5-10 per cent of rural Sikhs to the fold of Punjab unit of BJP.

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RSS targets Punjab and the Sikh Predominance

by Sanjeev Singh on September 16, 2014

author: S. Jaspal Singh Sidhu

author: S. Jaspal Singh Sidhu

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), described by eminent sociologist Ashis Nandy as fountainhead of ‘demonic and seductive Indian religious nationalism’ seems to have put Punjab on its radar. Its chief Mohan Bhagwat finished a five-day ‘training camp’ of RSS at Doraha, near Ludhiana in second week of September (2014) in quick succession to a similar camp at Mansa (south Punjab) organized a few months ago. The Sangh Parivar activists from Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh attended these camps. Just before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls Mohan Bhagwat had toured Punjab and camped at Malerkotla, a small pocket of Muslim population in the state.

Media reports say: senior RSS functionaries from across the country took up schooling for the activists and focused on ‘how to strengthen Sangh Parivar and, thereby, its political front –BJP- in the north bordering Pakistan. An insider spoke about starting of an aggressive membership drive especially in urban areas- with an ultimate goal of mobilizing support for BJP. It is pertinent to note that the presence of the RSS was there in pre-Partitioned Punjab, but it was primarily to counter the Muslim League. During 1947 RSS had a membership exceeding 50,000.

Now, the Sangh is using upgraded communication tools, it has established its website. It claims to have roped in 10,000 IT professions in its fold. It has also been using Internet to boost its membership drive, enlisting 2,000 members online every month. The Sangh Parivar seems to be attempting to consolidate Punjabi Hindus behind BJP by weaning them away from Congress and also to make inroads in the Akalis citadel, intending to draw at least 5-10 per cent of rural Sikhs to the fold of Punjab unit of BJP.

Mohan Bhagwat [File Photo]

Mohan Bhagwat [File Photo]

Thus, its unit could become a Hindu-dominated counterpart of the Badals’ Punjabi party having overwhelming Sikh presence. As a strategy, the Badals’ have appointed small-time Hindu leaders as chiefs of its urban units besides a fair inclusion of the Hindu leaders in their party. The BJP resents the Badals’ move as a ‘poaching on its natural allies’. The Akali Dal have become a Punjabi party after the Moga conference in 1996 as the Badals publicly renounced the party’s 70-year-old ideology and practice of its being a party exclusively ‘of and for’ the Sikhs. The BJP is also going in for a ‘tit-for-tat’ and has secured the entry into the party of an Akali leader PS Gill, a former police chief of Punjab. The Vishwa Hindu Prashad (VHP), another Sangh outfit with its active role in the demolition of the Babri Mosque in 1992, is also eyeing Punjab for drawing some symbolic personalities for its golden jubilee celebrations next year. KPS Gill, symbolizing ‘repressive hand of the India Establishment’, has reportedly agreed to join the celebrations.

The Indian Punjab has problematic demography, which, has been one of main causes of what is euphemistically called ‘the Punjab problem’. The Hindus here are still carrying a baggage of ‘memories of loss and exile through violence’ from the days of their migration from west Punjab in 1947. The Sikhs, too were forcibly evicted and suffered heavy loss of life and property while leaving west Punjab. Unlike their Hindus counterparts, the Sikhs anger against the Muslim has subsided to a greater extent. This is not the case with Punjabi Hindus, for whom the Sangh has been keeping the pot boiling against the Muslims. The Sikhs have undergone more tragic period of suppression and pogrom in post-1947 days as free India rulers moved on to build a “majoritarian nation state”. The Sikhs suffered communal and political isolation and experienced Operation Blue Star, November pogrom and a decade long state terrorism in 1980s. This superseded the Partition bloodshed they were subjected to, rendering them to visualize that period as a passing tragic phase of the history. On the other hand, the propensity of ‘self-pityingly portraying themselves as victims’ is still persisting with non-Sikh Punjabi migrants. In post-1947 years they, aligned with Congress rulers, began to perceive the Sikhs as ‘dominating and aggressors’ at par with the Muslims of pre-Partition days. Such of their perception, invariably, make them turn vigorously to ‘Vedic golden age’ taking consolation from an ‘unspecified Vedic time’ and from fascinating stories for bewitching the middle class mind that ‘‘Indians had invented airplanes, dynamite, nuclear weapons, the wheel, zero, and other wonderful things during the Vedic golden time”.

The Punjabi society does not need a polarization exercise as initiated by the RSS in other parts of the country as the state is already having a visible Hindu-Sikh divide on social and mental level since the 1980s developments. Now the RSS could arouse and sustain a level of the Punjab Hindus’ antipathy to the Sikh politics to a pitch which was whipped up by Indira Gandhi in 1980s. The non-Sikh Punjabis have already hitched their religious, cultural and economic expressions and aspirations to the ‘Akhand Bharat’ beyond Punjab. This rendered the Sikhs for them as ‘the Other’; so does Punjabi language , Punjabi culture as well as natural resources of Punjab. Virtually, Punjab is not a “home” for them.

The religious nationalism becomes more attractive to the Hindu population of Punjab when Mohan Bhagwat asserts ‘India is Hindu nation’ and the Badals choose to keep mum only to register their mild protest through the SGPC when the Sangh reiterates its earlier contention that “the Sikhs are a sect of pan-Hinduism”. The non-Sikh Punjabis are good subjects for lapping up the RSS ideology – “India’s once and future greatness”. The Indian mind is attuned to a ‘feed of myths’ as their religious beliefs emanating from Mahabharata and Ramayana epics depict. The Modi’s myth-laced electioneering should be viewed in this context that promised ‘acche din ayne wale hain’ (goods days are ahead) which brought the BJP into the driving seat of Indian governance. Fixing the Indian mind on the dream of ‘Great Bharat’ also circumvents the ugly ground realities including sustaining of obnoxious caste-system, thereby depriving a vast chunk of socially and economically unprivileged people. As Sushank Kela, an eminent writer on the Indian caste-system says “The RSS and BJP believe, for example, that India is destined to become a great industrial power. So did Nehru, and assorted Indian Marxists. Indeed, it is an article of faith for the burgeoning middle-class (mostly, but not entirely Hindu) that India can, should and will equal China to become a great power, economic and military (thus leaving Japan and South Korea in the dust)”.

Back to Punjab political scene: some sort of ‘tug of war’ is going on between the Badals and the BJP. The BJP leaders asserting their equal standing in Punjab and refusing to play second fiddle to the Badals after the Modi rule in New Delhi. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has refused to oblige the Badals demanding ‘special financial package’ for Punjab. Central BJP leaders reportedly snubbed the Badals regarding the decimation of the separate Haryana SGPC committee. The BJP highly resent, the Badals defying BJP, ruling ally and joining the Chautalas in the Haryana ongoing assembly elections.

The Badals are undergoing a crucial and sensitive political phase. The Sikh minority’s political space is getting unrepresented with the Akali Dal (Badal) becoming a Punjabi party. The Sikhs are awakening to an unbecoming situation where their religious institutions, grown in strong antipathy to the brahminism, are being controlled by a party which practically subscribes to and endorses the brahminical-RSS brand nationalism.

* Jaspal Singh Sidhu retired as a Special Correspondent with United News of India (UNI) at its New Delhi Headquarters in 2008. Since then, have been working as free-lance journalist and writing on Agriculture, Human rights and political affairs. He can be reached at jaspal.sdh@gmail.com

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New Delhi, India: Hashtag “#ModiFailsTest” is currently trending on micro-blogging website Twitter. Byelections for more than 30 assembly seats in 10 Indian states were regarded as an acid test for Narendra Modi’s (so-called) magic that had helped BJP to secure clear majority during Lok Sabha elections held earlier this year.

Narindra Modi [File Photo]

Narindra Modi [File Photo]

A brief analysis of user profiles using #ModiFailsTest hash-tag reveals that majority of them are Aam Aadmi Party supporters. However, many users, presumably Modi supporters, are criticizing the trend maintaining that Narendra Modi should not be blamed for defeat of BJP in byelections.

Out of 11 seats in Uttar Pradesh, 9 went to Samajvadi Party, while BJP managed to get only 2 seats. Whereas in last Lok Sabha elections BJP had secured a land-sliding victory in UP.

In Rajasthan too, the ruling BJP lost 3 out 4 by-polls seats. The saffron party had swept through the state in the last assembly election.

In Gujrat BJP managed to secure 6 assembly seats, with 3 going to Congress.

Hashtag #ModiFailsTest is also accompanied by #CommunalPoliticsFailed giving and impression that BJP has failed because of it’s alleged “communal politics”, especially in UP.

#modifailstest Tweets

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Sikhs in America – Harvard Crimson

by Sanjeev Singh on September 16, 2014

Sikhs in America
Harvard Crimson
On September 15, 2001, the Sikh-American community was terrorized after learning about the murder of Balbir Singh Sodhi. Sodhi was shot and killed outside of his Mesa, Arizona, gas station. The assailant wanted to “kill a towel-head” in retaliation for

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Sikhs in America – Harvard Crimson

by Sanjeev Singh on September 16, 2014

Sikhs in America
Harvard Crimson
On September 15, 2001, the Sikh-American community was terrorized after learning about the murder of Balbir Singh Sodhi. Sodhi was shot and killed outside of his Mesa, Arizona, gas station. The assailant wanted to “kill a towel-head” in retaliation for

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Uttar Pradesh, India: Recent trends from Uttar Pradesh shows that Samajwadi Party could regain shine in the state, where byelections were held for 11 state assembly seats. As per latest trends the Samajwadi Party (SP) is leading at 9 seats, where as BJP was able to secure lead on just 2 seats.

This being is considered as a major set-back for the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) that had secured a land sliding victory in UP during Lok Sabha election.

Response to BJP’s Communal Politics, says SP

A visibly relieved Naresh Agarwal of the Samajwadi Party today said the credit for the SP’s performance goes to Mulayam Singh and the party leadership further saying that the results were a clear indication that the people of UP will not sway towards communal politics.

“The people have answered to these allegations that there is anarchy and lawlessness in UP. The credit for these results goes to Mulayam Singh, the party leadership and the party workers” SP leader Naresh Agarwal said.

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Singh is New Face of Samsung Ad Campaign

by Sanjeev Singh on September 16, 2014

[VIDEO] Samsung are releasing a new premium phone called the ‘Galaxy Alpha’, Pardeep Singh is one of the main faces to represent this campaign.

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New Delhi: Early leads in 24 of the 32 assembly seats in eight state where votes of by election are being counted show that ruling Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) is loosing ground.

Tends were available from all 11 Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh. Samajvadi Party (SP) is leading in 7 seats while BJP was able to secure lead in 4 seats only. It is notable that all these seats were previously with the BJP.

In Rajasthan both BJP and Congress were leading on 2 seats each. Polling was held for 4 seats in Rajasthan.

Trends from Gujrat state show that BJP is on lead at 6 seats, while it’s candidates are trailing to Congress candidates on 3 seats.

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IBNLive
Sikh attacked with acid in Delhi; Hairs cut forcibly, auto-rickshaw burnt
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New Delhi: A Sikh was yesterday admitted to trauma section of Safdarjang Hospital in Delhi after an acid by three persons. Ranjit Singh, 60, an auto-rickshaw driver was beaten up by three persons, reportedly of Hindu community, over some issue.
Delhi: Sikh man's hair forcibly cutIBNLive
Delhi: Unidentified Men Cut Sikh's Hair, Throw Acid on HimOutlook
Sikh man's hair forcibly cutPress Trust of India

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New Delhi: A Sikh was yesterday admitted to trauma section of Safdarjang Hospital in Delhi after an acid by three persons. Ranjit Singh, 60, an auto-rickshaw driver was beaten up by three persons, reportedly of Hindu community, over some issue. The attackers also cut his hairs and attacked him with acid.

Protest by Sikhs outside Nizamudin Police station

Protest by Sikhs outside Nizamudin Police station

Sources told SSN that condition of Ranjit Singh, a resident of Bhogal area, was stable.

Various Sikh organization including Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), Paramjit Singh Sarna led Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi), Delhi Unit of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), United Sikh Movement and Seva84 held a protest outside Nizamudin police station against police inaction in this case.

The protester alleged that police was not registering F.I.R. in order to protect attackers.

As per information the auto-rickshaw of Ranjit Singh was also burnt.

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Saragarhi Commemoration and Book Launch

by Sanjeev Singh on September 16, 2014

IFA from the very beginning has been instrumental in honouring the brave who without caring for their lives sacrificed them at the altar of their country.

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