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June 10th, 2012

To mark the martyrdom of Guru Arjan, Sikhs make makeshift tents along the road, keep water in ice buckets and serve lassi to all passing motorists. Chabeel is part of the grand langar organised on the hottest day of the year, in remembrance of the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji, the fifth Guru of Sikhs.

The sight of young boys serving tumblers of sweetened water to motorists, with loudspeakers honking religious hymns in the background is quite a sight. One can see vibrant tents with beautifully carved side flags adorning the pillars and people offering cool sweetened water on every road in Punjab. It is the social service of highest order.

Chabeel is served as milk with Roohafza.

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Jasdev Singh has covered India’s Republic Day & Independence Day parade broadcasts for 47 years!

November 2nd, 2011

  1. Jasdev Singh is a renowned sports commentator.
  2. He has been the official commentator on India’s Independence Day and Republic Day parade broaodcasts since 1963 for state run media, Doordarshan and All India Radio
  3. He was awarded Padma Shri in 1985 and Padma Bhushan in 2004.
  4. He joined All Indian Radio Jaipur in 1955, and joined Doordarshan 8 years later, where he worked for over 35 years.
  5. He has covered 9 Olympic Games, 8 Hockey World Cups and 6 Asian Games, and was awarded the Olympic Order, the highest award of the Olympic movement by the IOC.

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

Salman donates one lakh bricks to Gurudwara

August 16th, 2011


Mumbai: Salman Khan is known to have a big heart. And the most recent testimonial does like this – While shooting at Commando Training School in Patiala for his upcoming film Bodyguard and was approached by a granthi (prayer reader) from the near by Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib gurudwara to help in reconstructing a new wing of the gurudwara.

Salman agreed and immediately after returning to Mumbai the actor kept the promise he made and promptly sent across money for one lakh bricks for the gurudwara. After some convincing Salman’s brother in law, Atul Aghnihotri confirmed that Salman and the crew visited the gurudwara twice while they were is Patiala.

Atul Aghnihotri added, “Around the commando Training School where we shot, people have strong faith in the gururdwara. So all of us, including Salman, visited the holy spot on the first day, and went back to seek blessing on the last day.”

Atul explained that the granthi has asked if they wanted to do ‘kar seva’ (service) since the gurudwara authorities planed to construct community rooms for worshipers. He adds, “So all of us, including Salman decided to donate one lakh bricks to construct the rooms.”

The upcoming Eid release, in which Salman plays a bodyguard, opens in theaters on 31st August, 2011. It will be the third Eid release of Salman after blockbusters likeWanted (2009) and Dabangg (2010).

While shooting in Patiala, Salman and Katrina were mobbed in crowds, leading to a woman getting hurt in the commotion. Salman met her, and gave her an autograph after chatting with her.

Sikh cricket fan denied entry in Lord’s

July 25th, 2011

Baptized Sikh cricket fan Gurdev Singh was denied access to the Lord’s cricket ground on Sunday after he was found to be carrying a traditional Kirpan (dagger).
On being denied entry, Singh staged a protest outside the east gate of the Lord’s cricket ground, where a Test match between India and England is being played.
“I was refused entry because I did not agree to take off my Kirpan as Kirpan is a body part of a Sikh. It is always on our body, we wash with it, we clothe ourselves everyday, we go everywhere with our Kirpan. That much respect we give to our Kirpan,” said Singh.

“It is the same Kirpan that saved half of people and are able to live in freedom, when Sikhs went from all the villages from Punjab, from Jalandar, Phagwara, Ludhiana and came in for with these English people against the Nazis. A woe, which had nothing to do with us but yes my ancestors which I am proud of, they came from India fought here, honorably. And gave me the ability to live freely but now I am asked to take my Kirpan off and refused entry,” added Singh.

He said that Lord’s might be a legendary cricket venue, but it is also one of the dirtiest places in London.

Kirpan is a curved ceremonial dagger and is regarded as one of the key religious symbols of the Sikh community.

Five articles of faith are required to wear by baptized Sikhs, the Kirpan, the Kara – a steel bracelet, the Kachhehra – a type of shorts, kes – the unshorn hairs and the Kangha – a comb, which is further covered by a turban.

Give the Sikh builders of New Delhi their due

July 10th, 2011

SOURCE: Khushwant Singh, Hindustan Times

It would not be an exaggeration to say that most of New Delhi was built by a coterie of sardar contractors of whom five did the lion’s share of building. In Sikh circles they were known as Panj Pyare – the five beloved after the first five followers of the last Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. The top five builders were Sobha Singh, Basakha Singh, Ranjit Singh, Mohan Singh and Dharam Singh Sethi. The British gave them due credit by inscribing their names on stone slabs. You can see them in the alcoves of South and North Blocks. The South Block has five names starting with my father, Sobha Singh, the North Block has a list of architects and engineers including my father-in-law, Teja Singh Malik, who was the first Indian head of the Central Public Works Department. The British did more. Before quitting India, they conferred knighthoods on Teja Singh Malik and Sobha Singh. You can’t be blamed for not being aware of this because free India’s rulers did nothing to perpetuate their memory. Not a single road, bylane or round-about was named after any of them. Whether the new rulers were from the Congress party or the BJP, they were more concerned with giving credit to their party members than recording the truth. At times it appeared like anti-Sikh communal prejudice. Perish the thought.

Mani Shankar Aiyar had the Parliament sanction to change Connaught Circus into Indira and Rajiv Gandhi names. The metro stations are named according to his wishes, but the average Dilliwala prefers calling Connaught Circus as Connaught Circus. He also named a prominent road after the eminent Tamilian poet Subramaniam Bharati Marg. Why not ? We have Amrita Shergill Marg. Neither had anything to do with New Delhi. Why no road after Amrita Pritam who lived and died here? It’s time Sheila Dikshit, Delhi’s chief minister, resisted pressure by petty politicians and gave the real builders of New Delhi the credit due to them.

25 Sikhs elected as panch, sarpanch in Kashmir Valley

June 9th, 2011

Srinagar, Jun 9 (PTI) As many as 25 Sikhs have been elected as panches and sarpanches in the ongoing Panchayat elections in Kashmir reflecting communal harmony and secularism in the Valley despite two-decade long turmoil. Besides the Sikhs, a couple of Kashmiri pandits have been elected as panches and sarpanches in the Muslim-majority Valley, official sources said. The 16-phase polls commenced in Jammu and Kashmir on April 13 after a gap of over a decade and is expected to be completed next week. Thanking the majority community for showing faith in the Sikhs in the recent Panchayat elections, chairman All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) Jagmohan Singh Raina urged the elected members to work for the uplift of the people. “We urge sikh members to work as per the expectation of the masses so that next time they are elected unopposed,” he said. He hoped that the panchayats would ensure empowerment of people at grass-root level, besides accelerating the pace of development of rural areas. “Panchayat elections have after a long period opened a new window in the development process and public representation, as the grass root levels would be actively involved in the launch, implementation and monitoring of schemes at Panchayat level,” he said.

Many respond to Facebook invite for ‘chhabeel’ & help

June 3rd, 2011

SOURCE : Times of India
Shivani Mehra, TNN | Jun 3, 2011

LUDHIANA: In an attempt to motivate people to join him in serving commuters sweet flavoured milk to mark the martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev, the fifth Sikh guru, Harjinder Singh, a resident of Gurdev Nagar announced on Facebook that he would be organizing a ‘chhabeel,’ while urging others to join in the effort.

His message evoked a good response and 200 local residents including some affluent people also joined hands to serve commuters on Thursday. Harjinder Singh organized the camp to help commuters beat the heat.

People who had promised to join him came forward to help him in serving people.

While talking to TOI, Singh said that he had been organizing such ‘chhabeels’ for the past many years on the occasion of martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev on June 5 but this time he decided to hold it a few days before the event to make it more purposeful, as on the 5th commuters get cold sweet milk at many places. He added that most of the devotees organize such ‘chhabeels’ on the occasion to serve commuters so he wanted to be different. ‘I would be performing sewa at a gurdwara on the occasion on June 5,’ he added.

‘Earlier, I never announced it on the social networking site, but this time I decided to post it on my own wall, so that others read it and responded to it. The idea was to give an opportunity to those who don’t take such initiatives to come forward to serve the community’, he said.

‘I was surprised by the response and even my father-in-law and cousins promised to join me’, he said, while adding that he thought that using the social networking site was a good way of conveying the message to all the people he knew.

Ramandeep Pahwa, 20, a resident of Sargodha Colony, who is on the social networking site informed that he decided to join Harjinder as it was a good opportunity to perform ‘sewa’.

Another 20-year-old, Arshneet Kaur, a resident of Gurdev Nagar said that she opted to perform ‘sewa’ at the ‘chhabil’ after she saw many of her friends joining Harjinder. ‘I liked the way Harjinder conveyed the message. Otherwise earlier we never used to get to know about such events’, she said.

Satinder Singh, a restaurateur, who is a resident of Sarabha Nagar informed that he came to know about the ‘chhabil’ after he read it on Harjinder’s wall. ‘Normally people share pictures or matter related to their personal lives on social networking sites, but this time someone used it for a good purpose,’ he said .

Shivani Mehra, TNN can be contacted at

450 Saroops of Guru Granth Sahib Ji travelling to Italy by passenger ship

April 18th, 2011

AMRITSAR: It would be a unique journey of faith – 450 copies of the Guru Granth Sahib will reach Italy soon as “passengers”, each copy kept separately on seats to “maintain the sanctity of the granth.” While the copies reached Mumbai by bus on Saturday, they will begin their journey as “passengers” by ship on Monday to Italy. “The copies were sent in a special bus by the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC). They will now be “seated” in passenger section of the vessel, accompanied by granthis,” SGPC Secretary Dalmegh Singh told TOI on Saturday.

In 2004, Sachha Sauda Gurmat Parchar Society, Canada, had airlifted a planeload of copies of Guru Granth Sahib from Amritsar for placing them in gurdwaras across Canada and North America. One copy each was placed on aircraft seats, which had a special canopy and mattresses.

Supreme Court, in a judgment, had accorded the Guru Granth Sahib the status of a “juristic person,” (the holy book becomes a person in the eyes of law) when it is installed at a gurdwara through a proper ceremony, said Singh.

SGPC is spending around Rs 20 lakh for the holy journey in order to make copies of the Guru Granth Sahib available to Sikhs in Italy. “In Italy, Sikhs accompanied by “panj pyaras” would receive the copies in consonance with “rehat maryada” (Sikh code of conduct),” Singh said.

SGPC has also decided to allow publication of the Guru Granth Sahib in US and Canada, given the demand among Sikhs devotees and problems arising during transportation of the holy scripture with “maryada.”


Sikhs to feed 5000 Security personnel outside Wankhede Stadium

April 2nd, 2011

Mumbai: In the finals of the World Cup to be played at Wankhede Stadium, all participating VIPs, BCCI and ICC officials will be staying at 5 star hotels and will relish exotic delicacies. On the other hand, no arrangements has been made by the organisers for the 5000 police and security personnel stationed outside the match venue.

Gurudwara Guru Singh Sabha, Dadar has said that with the support of the Sikhs of Mumbai, arrangement of food shall be made for the 5000 police and security personnel outside the Wankhede stadium. By 11 am the Langar prepared by the Sikhs shall reach the personnel in packed boxes. Arrangements for their dinner shall also been made.

This thoughtful act of concern for our security personnel speaks highly of the Sikh people who have always taught us all to ‘share’.

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