Left: Sikh scholar, Kahan Singh, of Nabha, in an undated photo. Center: Mahan Kosh published by Punjabi University, Patiala. Right: An enhanced image of Kahan Singh printed in Manah Kosh.

Court complaint seeks audit of Mahan Kosh translations

Panthic, Historic | February 28, 2017

The High Court of Punjab and Haryana again reviewed a petition on Monday alleging problems with the Hindi and English translations of Guru Shabad Ratanakar Mahan Kosh by Kahan Singh, popularly known as Mahan Kosh.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes a formal state apology for the Komagata Maru incident of 1914.

Canada's sincere apology for the Komagata Maru

Politics, Historic | July 06, 2016

Canada’s apology for the Komagata Maru incident of 1914, which embodied its civil rights violations against Sikh immigrants, may be the most sincere apology made by a government.

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Nearly all of the Komagata Maru's 376 passengers were Sikhs from Punjab seeking work. Sikhs were the first immigrants from India and Pakistan to North America.

Canada to apologize to Sikhs for Komagata Maru

Panthic, Historic, Breaking News | May 17, 2016

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make a full apology to the Sikhs in the parliament tomorrow for the 1914 Komagata Maru incident...

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Can't vote in SGPC elections if you cut your Kaes

Panthic, Historic, Breaking News | May 11, 2016

On Monday, May 9, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee signed into law an amendment to the 1925 Sikh Gurdwaras Act that establishes apostasy as a voter disqualification...

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Sikh soldiers, then and now, wearing gas masks and full body masks.

U.S. Army may accept Sikh combat soldier

Politics, Historic | March 30, 2016

The U.S. Army may soon grant Capt. Simratpal Singh a religious accommodation to serve as a combat soldier, but it may not single him out and subject him to specialized testing involving his articles of faith - unshorn hair and beard, and turban – and use those results to make its final decision. Update: Accommodation was granted on March 31.

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34 U.S. Congress members tell Modi to stop violence against Sikhs

Politics, Historic, Breaking News | February 29, 2016

Eight senators and twenty-six members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a signed letter last week to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to respond to their grave concerns over the increasing intolerance and violence experienced by India’s Sikhs, including the killing of two Sikhs and the injuring of scrores of others who were protesting peacefully against the discretion of Guru Granth Sahib in Punjab, on Oct. 14...

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The Guru Granth Sahib at Sarbat Khalsa 2015

Sarbat Khalsa 2015

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Panthic, Historic | January 23, 2016

The Sarbat Khalsa was called in response to a series baeadbi (desecrations) of the Guru Granth Sahib last summer when ripped angs (pages) of the living Guru of the Sikhs were found in the streets of Punjab.

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"Hundreds of thousands of Sikh youth" were killed by Punjab Police in the Decade of Disappearances following the 1984 Indian army Operation Blue Star and anti-Sikh pogroms.  - Gurvinder Singh, advocate, at Sarbat Khalsa 2015

Sarbat Khalsa 2015

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Panthic, Historic | January 11, 2016

The following is an English transcription of the proceedings of Sarbat Khalsa 2015. It contains general ideas of repetitive content, summaries of relevant content and paraphrases of significant content. Notable comments: "Hundreds of thousands of Sikh youth" were killed by Punjab Police in the Decade of Disappearances following the 1984 Indian army Operation Blue Star and anti-Sikh pogroms. - Gurvinder Singh, advocate (1984 pogroms). In 10 years, between 2001 and 2011, the Sikh population in India has gone down by 2 million. - Avtar Singh Karimpuri, Bahujan Samaj Party member and former member of the Raja Sabha (Indian Parliament).

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Sarbat Khalsa 2015

Sarbat Khalsa 2015

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Panthic, Historic | January 05, 2016

The following is first of 11 unedited videos with English transcription of the proceedings of Sarbat Khalsa 2015. It contains general ideas of repetitive content, summaries of relevant content and paraphrases of significant content.

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Sikh activists make the case against Kaes in California schools and beyond

Congressman Dalip Saund self-identified as a Hindu

Investigative, Historic, Education | August 30, 2015

In the ongoing process to include new Sikh content in California schools curriculum, Sikh activists have created their own definition of a Sikh, sending mixed messages about the Sikh identity and articles of faith, and pushing to label Congressman Dalip Saund, who cut off his Kaes shortly after arriving in the U.S. in 1920, as the most notable Sikh from California. The activists, including the Sikh Coalition and SALDEF, assert Kaes is an optional tenet of Sikhism, and include Kaes-less persons in their organizations. Saund’s own writings show he cherished Hinduism and self-identified as a Hindu. “The word "Sikh" used for Dalip Singh Saund should be replaced with "Punjabi," said Onkar Singh Bindra, who is leading the curriculum effort, shortly before publication.

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Yogi Bhajan pictured as his true self, a yogi. He claimed the Akal Takhat jathedar gave him the title “Siri Singh Sahib.” The jathedar publicly denounced his claim, and later threatened to excommunicate him.

American yogis distort Sikh scripture

Part I: Bhajan’s yogic theories form framework of English translation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib

Panthic, Investigative, Historic | April 14, 2015

The Gurus considered any alteration of Gurbani, explicit or implicit, as a sacrilegious act, and so do their Sikhs. But for more than two decades, Sikhs have accepted and promoted an English version of their scripture, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, that contains not one, but countless, distortions – both single words and phrases – based on the Hindu yogic philosophy taught by the late Yogi Harbhajan Singh Puri Khalsa, a man who came close to being excommunicated for his sacreligious teachings by Akaal Takhat Jathedar Sadhu Singh Bhaura, in 1979. The distorted translation is authored by one of the yogi’s long-time disciples, Sant Singh Khalsa.

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The backdrop to the eyewitness's account is archival video footage from the first week of June 1984. One of the clips shows a rare interview with Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale just after the first strike by the Indian army. Other clips show conditions inside the complex.

An eyewitness to Blue Star

Politics, Historic | June 16, 2014

On the 30th anniversary of Operation Blue Star, an eyewitness has emerged to tell his vivid account of the first six days of June 1984 when the Indian army closed off the Darbar Sahib and massacred about 8,000 innocent pilgrims inside the complex.

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According to the secret “Ghadr Directory” published by the British Indian government in 1917, and in 1934, the Gadar Party had 616 members: 527 were Sikhs, 54 were Hindus and 35 were Muslims.

Smithsonian alters Gadar history

ਜਉ ਤਉ ਪੇ੍ਮ ਖੇਲਣ ਕਾ ਚਾਉ, ਸਿਰ ਧਰਿ ਤਲੀ ਗਲੀ ਮੇਰੀ ਅਾਉ

Politics, Historic | May 16, 2014

Reporting from Washington – One hundred years ago, when shiploads of immigrants were landing on the West Coast of the United States, thousands of Sikhs were suddenly leaving their livelihoods in America and sailing back to their homeland to launch an armed revolution against the British Raj.

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The American newspaper, Bellingham, Washington, Sept. 5, 1907: "This is the type of man driven from this city as the result of last night's demonstration by a mob of 500 men and boys."

Smithsonian distorts Sikh American history

in Indian American exhibition

Politics, Historic | April 08, 2014

Reporting from Washington – The Smithsonian Institution has distorted Sikh history in the United States in its new Indian American exhibition.

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The Smithsonian will not remove this offensive image of two men without Kesh tying a turban, representing Sikhism.

Smithsonian mischaracterizes Sikh identity

in Indian American exhibition

Politics, Historic | March 18, 2014

Reporting from Washington – The Smithsonian Institution has willfully mischaracterized the Sikh identity in its new exhibition on Indian Americans.

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The UK report shows UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher supported Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's plan to eradicate a small percentage of Sikh dissidents using a warlike operation from a historic shrine beloved by all Sikhs.

Report affirms Thatcher and Gandhi colluded on Operation Blue Star

Sikhs ask for full disclosure on 1984 and beyond

Politics, Historic | February 06, 2014

The results, released yesterday, of the UK government’s investigation into its involvement in the 1984 Operation Blue Star confirm that, at Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s request for advice, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher did send to Delhi a Special Air Services military officer, who recommended a paramilitary attack at Darbar Sahib using helicopters.

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Norman Kreisman, of California, was known as Baba Nam Singh Khalsa when he was living at the Guru Nanak Niwas with Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, from 1982 to 1984.

The American who lived with Bhindranwale

Politics, Historic | January 17, 2014

Baba Nam Singh Khalsa was living on the top floor of Guru Nanak Niwas at the Darbar Sahib complex when Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale moved in with nearly 30 of his men.

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The National Archives, Phil Miller

Thatcher colluded with Gandhi on Operation Blue Star

The February File

Politics, Historic | January 13, 2014

​A top-secret letter released by the British government, dated February 1984, shows that British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher sent a special-forces military officer to India to help Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi plan Operation Blue Star, the invasion and attack on Harmandar Sahib in June 1984.

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