Author: Harwinder Singh Mander

Regaining control of the Guru Panth’s stage

A week ago over the New Year weekend, a meeting was held at the Jot Parkash Gurdwara in Brampton, Toronto, where a resolution was passed barring officials representing India from interfering with Sikh affairs through Gurdwareh. It has been widely reported that committee members from fourteen Gurdwareh in the Greater Toronto Area attended the meeting, unanimously passing the resolution that was then shared through the Ontario Gurdwara Committees group. In the days since, the Resolution garnered much interest and column inches from Indian media, as well as commentators from both ends of the spectrum. Over this last weekend, the...

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‘the sun and her flowers’ – rupi kaur

‘the sun and her flowers’ is a collection of poetry by Canadian poet Rupi Kaur. It is the follow-up to her debut work ‘milk and honey’ which is an international best-seller that continues to garner sales two years after its release. ‘the sun and her flowers’ has been marketed widely and its release was greatly anticipated by avid fans and critics alike. Published by Simon and Schuster on 3 October of this year, I have been reading my copy since – once all the way through, followed by a dip in and out of various poems. I have managed...

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#FreeJaggiNow

WHAT'S GOING ON? WHAT CAN I DO? DEEPER BACKGROUND Have we been here before? FAQ WHO IS JAGGI? TIMELINE Media Review KEY LINKS PAGE LAST UPDATED AT 1130 ON 2 JANUARY 2018 WHAT’S GOING ON? A Sikh from Scotland named Jagtar Singh Johal was arrested by plain-clothed police officers in Jalandhar, Punjab, on 4 November 2017, whilst he travelled in a car through the shopping district with his newly-wed wife and a female relative. ‘Jaggi’ as he is commonly known, was accosted in broad daylight, had a sack placed over his head and was then taken away to a...

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Without Shape Without Form – Art of Punjab exhibition at Guru Maneyo Granth Gurdwara

A new permanent gallery of Sikh art has opened in the United Kingdom. ‘Without Shape Without Form’ is based at Slough’s Guru Maneyo Granth Gurdwara and is a collaboration between volunteers at the institution and Canada-based Art of Punjab, home of artist Kanwar Singh. Kanwar Singh was born in Amritsar, Punjab, but has been residing in Canada for many years where he trained and honed his talent. His artwork has grown in prominence over the last decade, thanks in no small part to social media, although it should be noted that both he and his brand ‘Art of Punjab‘...

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‘Sacrificing Sikhs’ should herald an awakening

A long-awaited report exposing the British Government’s role in the 1984 invasion of Darbar Sahib Amritsar was released this week titled ‘Sacrificing Sikhs’. Commissioned by the Sikh Federation (UK), the research and compilation was undertaken by freelance journalist Phil Miller and stakes the claim for an independent public inquiry. The document was released at an event at the House of Commons on Wednesday 1 November that was attended by prominent members of the Sikh community as well as Parliamentarians, and is now available to download and read in its entirety at the Sikh Federation (UK) website. Having spent an...

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