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Thalassemic’s Dream to Join Civil Services Comes True

August 21st, 2011

Thalassemia patient Sukhsohit Singh, who was denied final clearance even after securing 833 rd rank in Civil Services examinations, is all set to join the services after Prime Minister intervened into the matter.

“After I came to know through the media reports that the Prime Minister had stepped in and approved my selection, I got in touch with the Department of Personnel and Training, where the officials told me that my case was considered very seriously after which the go ahead was given. They told me that they will be communicating me the formal order very shortly,” Panchkula-based Sukhsohit told PTI today.

Rejected by the medical board at Delhi’s Safdarjung hospital to join any branch of the civil services as he was suffering from the rare genetic disorder, 25-year-old Sukhsohit Singh said his appointment had been cleared following a fresh DoPT recommendation to the Prime Minister favouring his selection.

“After my case was rejected by the medical board, I had approached many Union Ministers including Dinesh Trivedi and Ambika Soni, who had extended all help to me,” he said.

“Ambika ji had earlier said the whole case needs to be dealt with a humanistic touch. She had also written a letter to the PMO in connection with my case,” said Sukhsohit, whose father M S Bawa is a wing commander in the Indian Air Force and brother Mukhmohit Singh is a doctor.

Sukhsohit Singh was diagnosed with the disorder at the age of two, after which he has been regularly undergoing transfusion.

Suffering from ‘thalassemia major’, Sukhsohit claims to be the first person with the disorder to have cleared the civil services examination in 2008, with a rank of 833 in the general category. The results of the examination were declared late last year.

Sukhsohit said that after his case, he was happy to learn that DoPT was reviewing nine other similar cases.

“Well, today I am extremely happy and delighted, but real victory will come when the new disability law will be passed in the Parliament. Under the law, Thalassaemia has been included as a disability and reservation in jobs proposed,” he said.

Sukhsohit Singh said while his case may set a new precedence for others suffering from genetic or physical disorders like him, but he would like the new law to come into existence soon.

“While I have been able to fight for my rights, there are others like me who get dejected as all may not get the same support from the system as I have got. We need to have this new law for them,” he said.

According to Sukhsohit, denying him entry into civil services, “will have been violation of my human rights and right to life and dignity and right to equal opportunities to public services.”

He said that he had made three preferences — Indian defence accounts service, Indian railway accounts services and Railways personnel services and had duly attached the relevant medical certificates when he applied for the UPSC examination.

“I was not declared as ineligible then,” he said.

He said that it was for the first time that DoPT had to deal with a candidate suffering from the disorder.

SOURCE: Outlook India

Why Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar should not hang ? Watch debate with Prof. Jagmohan Singh on Zee Punjabi (Wed 7:30 PM, Thu 10:30 PM, Sun 6:30 PM)

June 1st, 2011

Dear Friend:

I invite you to watch a debate on ZEE Punjabi Channel as per the following schedule, on the hotly debated question -Why Davinder Pal Singh should not hang?

Please note:

1 June – Wednesday – 7.30 pm

2 June – Thursday – 10.30 pm (Repeat)

5 June – Sunday – 6.30 pm (Repeat)

You can watch ZEE PUNJABI channel on

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The debate will focus on the issues of inadequacy of the justice system in awarding capital punishment to Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar and the worldwide campaign against death penalty as a punishment.

Do let me know your comments and feedback at and at 9316655835.

With best wishes and prayers.

Jagmohan Singh
Coordinator, Forum Against the Death Penalty

Sikhs challenged in Amritsar: Baptized Sikh employees asked not to wear ‘kirpan’ near aircrafts

May 13th, 2011

AMRITSAR: Central Industrial Security Force has banned Sikh employees to wear ‘kirpan’, Sikh’s religious symbol, while performing their duties on airside at Sri Guru Ram Dass International Airport. The force is entrusted with the task of airport security.
“Amritsar is one of the ultra sensitive international airports in the country and we can’t take chances with the security of passengers” said commandant of the Force, Sharad Kumar, while talking to TOI on Thrusday. He said Sikh employees were allowed to wear ‘kirpan’ in Airport terminal building and other places but not near the aircraft.
The issue came to fore after Central Industrial Security Force prevented an airport employee Nirmal Singh to work near the aircraft while wearing his ‘kirpan’. Nirmal Singh, a baptized Sikh, also lodged a complaint with Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee , Sikh’s single largest representative body, to take notice of this interference into the religious affairs of the Sikhs. he also said that he had been working at airport since 2001. “On April 28th, a security force constable prevented me to work near the aircraft on the plea that I was wearing a kirpan” he said.
Sharad Kumar made it clear that security was of paramount issue for them. “It is not a religious but security issue” he insisted.
Meanwhile, showing its concern on the issue, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president Avtar Singh Makkar demanded from government to immediately withdraw any such orders. “Kirpan is an essential part of Sikh’s dresscode and can’t be seprated from Sikhs” he said. He questioned if Sikh passangers could travel in the aircraft wearing six inch ‘kirpan’ then why an employee wearing it couldn’t work near the a aircraft. He said that all the 19 Amritdhari Sikh employees of airport were under trememdous mental tension due to Force’s orders.

SOURCE: Times of India

SP and SHO suspended for removing a Sikh’s turban in Mohali

March 31st, 2011

Mohali Superintendent of Police (SP) – Detective Pritam Singh and Phase VIII Station House Officer (SHO) Sub-Inspector Kul Bhushan were placed under suspension on Wednesday evening with immediate effect. Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who also holds the Home Affairs portfolio, suspended the police officials for allegedly “hurting the sentiments of Sikhs by removing the turban of a Sikh protester during a protest staged by retrenched rural veterinary pharmacists and class IV employees near the PCA Stadium, Mohali, on Monday”.

Taking a serious view of the incident, Sukhbir also ordered a magisterial inquiry into the “disrespect shown to the Sikh religion”.

“We will take stern action against anyone found guilty of showing disrespect to turban or any religious symbol of the Sikhs or other communities. There is absolutely zero tolerance to any such act of this nature committed by anyone, regardless of the position held by the guilty. No one will be spared in this regard,” asserted Sukhbir.

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