An Open Letter to Mr Baldev Singh, coordinator Kisan Ekta Morcha regarding the reality of the American Sikh Congressional Caucus

 “Engineered by the psuedo Sikh leadership, The American Sikh Congressional Caucus is subservient to the Pro-Modi Caucus of India”

– Bhajan Singh Bhinder,
Sikh Activist, California, USA

 

From (R): Dr. Pritpal Singh, Key Advisor to Dr. Sohan Singh Khalistan Panthic Committee, Coordinator American Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and founder of Sikh Caucus with Congressman John Garamandi, Congresswoman Judy Chu Celebrating the Sikh Caucus.

In 2013 Congresswoman Chu told Press Trust of India that the American Sikh Caucus
would focus solely on “domestic issues” and “will not use this platform for ‘foreign issues’ including the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.” The Times of India, 2013

Khalistani, Dr Pritpal Singh has declared Sikh rights as foreign issues and Sikh genocide as riots while jointly announcing the Pro India Sikh Caucus. .

 

An Open Letter to Mr Baldev Singh, coordinator Kisan Ekta Morcha regarding the reality of the

American Sikh Congressional Caucus

Dear Mr, Baldev Singh Jee,
(Representative for the Member Coordination committee Sanyugat Kissan Morcha)

 

The Sikh Information Centre writes to you, regarding your organization’s recent letter thanking US Congressmen John Garamendi, Jim Costa, Sheila Jackson and T J Cox for taking up the matter of the farmer’s morcha with the Indian government, on behalf of the American Sikh Diaspora and the American Sikh Congressional Caucus (ASCC).

It is pertinent to inform you that your letter is incorrect when it claims that Garamendi wrote on behalf of the entire American Sikh Caucus. On the contrary, a senior founder member of the American Sikh Congressional Caucus, Ami Bera has come out against your agitation by favoring the very Modi policies and ordinances that are the subject of your morcha.

As supporters of the morcha, we feel it is important for you to differentiate between those who are demanding actual support from US law makers and those who are feigning support for the morcha. One such example is Congressman Ami Bera, a member of the Caucus on India and Frank Pallone, the Co-Chair of the Caucus on India. Frank Pallone is a staunch supporter of the BJP and was awarded the Bharat Ratna. Bera and Pallone are also key sitting members in the Sikh Caucus and will never oppose Modi. The diaspora’s pseudo Sikh leadership has intentionally embedded many such congress members into the Sikh Caucus. It’s a great shame that this was done deliberately by creators of American Sikh Congressional Caucus to undermine the future of Sikhs.

 

1.Congressman John Garamendi’s December 4th, 2020 Letter to Ambassador T.S. Sandhu

Congressman Garamendi is the co-chair of the American Sikh Congressional Caucus. It is important to note that the letter he wrote to Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu was not on behalf of the American Sikh Congressional Caucus which boasts a membership of over 50 congressmen. It was distributed on Garamendi’s own personal United States Congress letterhead and signed only by himself and Jim Costa along with the unsigned name of Sheila Jackson Lee. Garamendi did not circulate this letter to the entire Sikh caucus body of over 50 members. Circulating the letter amongst the Sikh Caucus members would have forced both Bera and Frank to document their positions on the farmers issue which is very near and dear to Sikhs in America. To think that this letter represents the will of the caucus is misguided. This letter is an attempt to fool Garamendi’s Sikh constituents without doing anything of substance to help the cause of India’s farmers. The pseudo-Sikh diaspora leadership of Dr Pritpal Singh coordinator of The American Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, one of the initiators of the Sikh Caucus, has widely propagated the letter as a victory for Sikh Caucus. Furthermore, Congressman Garamendi in his letter has taken a soft and apologetic approach in dealing with this dangerous and volatile situation in India involving Punjab and Sikh farmers. In his letter Garamendi has further self-criticize the USA democratic values to appease the ambassador of India.

 

2. American Sikh Congressional Caucus history

The American Sikh Congressional Caucus was formed in 2013 under the guise of providing the Sikh community a direct voice to US Congress and beyond. Sikhs in America have been lobbying the US Congress since the attack on Akal Takht in 1984. The lobbying effort led by Sikh leader Dr Gurmit Singh Aulakh has brought to the world’s attention India’s crimes against Sikhs and other minorities. Dr Gurmit Singh Aulakh’s efforts served as a deterrent to India from 1984 to early 2000s. Sikhs expected and trusted that any lobbying through US Congress will be carried on without deviation from past precedents. Ironically, such was not the case. Dr Pritpal Singh, American Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Coordinator created the Sikh Caucus and deviated by agreeing to the following restrictions:

  • The Sikh Caucus will not criticize India nor bring matters pertaining to any human rights issues of India into the American Sikh Congressional Caucus body by restricting it to “domestic issues.” and labelling Sikh rights as “foreign issues”.
  • The American Sikh Congressional Caucus body will not be used to raise the November 1984 Delhi genocide pogrom issue and has termed it as “the 1984 anti-Sikh riots”.

These dangerous restrictions and curtailments announced by the Congress members of the Sikh caucus were not challenged by Dr Pritpal Singh or his cronies and were thus adopted by the Sikh Caucus body and are frequently invoked.

Additionally, close to 50% of the American Sikh Congressional Caucus members are also members of  the India Caucus. The India Caucus is a resolute supporter of Prime Minister Modi’s economic, social, and political policies.

Right from it’s inception, the Sikh Caucus in the style of the Dogras was designed to be ineffective in supporting Sikh issues involving India. Any belief that this caucus could or would provide support to the cause of the farmers in India is misguided. With so many members engineered by design to play both sides of the fence can the caucus be relied upon to represent the will of the Sikh community or support any movement that goes against the Prime Minister Modi and his government? Dr Pritpal Singh, a key initiator and architect of the Sikh caucus, simultaneously is a business interest donor to members of the India caucus. Co-mingling Sikh interest in such a manner is not prudent and this makes the Sikh Caucus subservient to the pro-Modi India caucus. The leadership of Dr Pritpal Singh has deceptively used the side rooms and hearing rooms of the US Congress to sparingly discuss human rights issues in India so that Sikh masses may remain fooled. Unless the restrictions placed on the Sikh Caucus to protect India, under the pretext of “Domestic issues only” clause, the “foreign issues” clause and “the 1984 anti-Sikh riots” clause are eliminated, these dog and pony shows are nothing but smoke and mirrors to fool Sikhs into submission. It is  baffling that a front promoter of Khalistani youth and a key insider of the panthak Khalistan committee of Dr Sohan Singh, Pritpal will create an institution that is heavily infiltrated by pro-Modi India caucus members.

 

 

੨੦੧੪ ਵਿਚ ਡੋਗਰਿਆਂ ਦਾ ਇਤਿਹਾਸ ਮੁੜ ਸੁਰਜੀਤ ਹੋਇਆ ਜਦੋਂ ਹਰਪ੍ਰੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਸੰਧੂ ਨੇ ਡਾ:  ਿਪ੍ਰਤਪਾਲ ਸਿੰਘ ਨਾਲ ਮਿਲ ਕੇ ਅਤੇ ਹਲਕੇ ਦੇ ਸਿਖਾਂ ਵਿਚ ਭੰਬਲਭੂਸਾ ਪਾ ਕੇ 728 ਵੋਟਾਂ ਰਾਹੀ ਮੋਦੀ ਦੇ ਪੁਤਰ ਅੇਮੀ ਬੈਰਾ ਨੂੰ ਜਿਤਾਇਆ

 

3. The Most Senior Member of the American Sikh Caucus, Ami Bera, does not support the Morcha

Congressman Ami Bera is a senior founding member of the Sikh Caucus, the co-chair of the India Caucus and the chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia. These leadership positions allow him to influence American foreign policy affecting Sikhs. Bera, a Gujrati is also a long-term supporter of Prime Minister Modi and favours Modi’s new farm legislation. Therefore, it would be unwise to trust the Sikh caucus and it’s senior founder member, Ami Bera to protect the interests of India’s farmer unions.

In a letter to Mr. Jaswinder Sangha, a prominent Sikh in Bera’s district, Bera sees the laws as beneficial to the farmers. Even though over 10,000 constituents in his district have rallied in solidarity with the farmers, Bera still has not taken the issue to the next level.

SIC plans to protest the senior founder member of the American Sikh caucus leader Ami Bera for his lack of support for the Morcha but we are concerned that your letter endorsing the entire Sikh caucus may cause confusion among the Sikh community in the US. Being vague about the Sikh caucus, which includes Bera and Bharat Ratna award winner Frank Pallone, both who will not do anything to upset Modi, will not further your cause. In 2014, Bera almost lost his re-election to a second term when Panthic Sikhs from the district opposed Bera because Bera refused to call the November 1984 Delhi pogrom, a genocide. To the misfortunes of the Sikhs, Dr Pritpal Singh and his cronies came to aid of Bera to rescue the sinking god-son of Modi. Due to Dr Pritpal’s interventions, Ami Bera won by a razor thin line of 728 votes. Dr Pritpal and his cronies campaigned for Bera, weeks leading up to the elections, confusing local Sikhs whose votes numbered over 6,000. Congressman Bera is now the chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia. Bera is using his position against the Sikh farmers now and will be a problem for Sikhs globally in the future.

 

Ami Bera praising Gandhi as part of his agenda to inititate the Gandhi-King Exchange bill
Ami Bera and Narindra Modi – An alliance in pursuit of promoting Gandhi in USA

 

 

Harpreet Singh Sandhu (wearing a saffron turban) a true Dogra, allegedly an employee of Dr Pritpal Singh campaigns for Ami Bera resulting in Bera’s 728 votes victory. 

 

SIC protested at Garamendi’s office with concerns and demand for Political Support for the Morcha
SIC was disappointed by Congressman Garamendi’s letter for the following reasons:

    1. The letter did not involve or make mention of the US Department of State, the Secretary of State or the President of the United States, nor did it ask for their support.
    2. Garamendi did not involve his party leadership nor did he write an open letter to his colleagues in the Sikh Caucus thus preventing members of congress who may be against the Modi bill to sign it and offer their support.
    3. The wide propagation of Garamendi’s letter targeted at global Sikhs and associating it with the American Sikh Congressional caucus which may be designed to provided cover for the closeted pro-Modi India caucus members that are embedded in the American Sikh Congressional Caucus.
    4. Garamendi’s letter came late and only after the many months of protests in India spilled over into the United States affecting its highways.”

SIC protesting against Congressman Garamendi on 16th of December, 2020

 

 

On 16th December, 2020 SIC Protested to pressure Garamendi to take matter to the President of the USA
To voice our opposition to this lack of support for the farmers, on 16 December, members of the SIC staged a protest in front of the office of Congressman Garamendi where we delivered a letter with the following demands for immediate action:

  1. Immediately bring the farmers protests matter to the attention of President Donald Trump, President- Elect Joe Biden, The US State Department, the U.S. Congress, and the U.S. Ambassador to India.
  2. Write a strong letter on behalf of the over 40 members of the Sikh Caucus that warns the Indian State of possible consequences such as a downgraded US/India relationship status, aid reduction and opposition to the Indian state’s desire for a seat at the security council.
  3. Summon the Indian Ambassador to the U.S. and address the following concerns and resolutions for the safety of the farmers’ protest:
  • Cease the violent treatment towards the protesting farmers. This will include an immediate end to the use of tear gas, water cannons, batons and other forms of intimidation.
  • Ensure the immediate safety of protesting farmers as well as their children and spouses from any attack by the armed forces.
  • Provide food, water, shelter, warmth, and toilet facilities.
  • Follow the current World Health Organization COVID-19 regulations and provide protesters with the necessities to COVID-19 conscious protest. This is the responsibility of the Modi government since they invoked the crisis during the COVID-19 global pandemic vulnerability.
  • Accede to the farmers’ demands.

AGPC Coordinator Dr Pritpal Singh leads protest against SIC and Kissan Morcha interest
Our protest was covered by the local news station causing embarrassment to Congressman Garamendi and pressuring him to take the matter to the President’s office. However, six days later on 22nd December, Dr Pritpal Singh appeared in front of Congressman Garamendi’s office to support Garamendi’s weak letter while failing to mention the demands made by SIC for a more concrete action. During this appearance your letter of thanks which had made mention of “on behalf of the American Sikh Caucus” was read out loud to Congressman Garamendi’s Chief of Staff. By failing to call for additional measures as suggested by SIC and by Dr. Pritpal Singh pushing your letter, has sent a message that the farmers are satisfied and thankful for the Congressman’s letter. When you wrote the letter, we are certain you did not intend it to be used to restrain Garamendi from taking more drastic action to aid the farmers.

We hope our letter gives you a realistic picture of the American Sikh Congressional Caucus and the psuedo Sikh leadership of Dr Pritpal Singh and company.

 

Furthermore, we would also like to inform you that for the past decade SIC has established working partnerships with Christians, Muslims, Dalits, and other minorities of India living in the USA.

Please share this information with the morcha leadership and all supporters.

Wishing you the very most success.

Sikh Information Centre, California USA
info@sikhinformationcentre.org

 

Additional Information
The following are attached for your convenience:

 

Congressman Ami Bera’s letter to Jaswinder Sangha advocating PM Modi’s ordinances.

ਸ. ਭਜਨ ਸਿੰਘ ਭਿੰਡਰ ਅਤੇ ਪੀਟਰ ਫ੍ਰੇਡਰਿਕ ਦੀ ਲਿਖੀ ਕਿਤਾਬ “CAPTIVATING THE SIMPLE HEARTED” 24 ਜਨਵਰੀ ਨੂੰ ਤਾਮਿਲ ਭਾਸ਼ਾ ਚ’ Constitution Club ਇੰਡੀਆ ਵਿਖੇ ਹੋਵੇਗੀ ਰਿਲੀਜ਼

ਸ. ਭਜਨ ਸਿੰਘ ਭਿੰਡਰ ਅਤੇ ਪੀਟਰ ਫ੍ਰੈਡਰਿਕ ਦੀ ਲਿਖੀ ਕਿਤਾਬ “CAPTIVATING THE SIMPLE HEARTED” 24 ਜਨਵਰੀ ਨੂੰ ਤਾਮਿਲ ਭਾਸ਼ਾ ਚ’ Constitution Club ਇੰਡੀਆ ਵਿਖੇ ਹੋਵੇਗੀ ਰਿਲੀਜ਼

ਮੈਂ ਕਿਤਾਬ ਪੜ੍ਹ ਕੇ ਸਿੱਖ ਬਣਨਾ ਚਾਹੁੰਦੀ ਹਾਂ: ਪ੍ਰੋ. ਸੁਧਿਰਤਾ
• ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਅਮਰੀਕਾ ਕੈਨੇਡਾ ਵਿਦੇਸ਼ਾਂ ਵੱਲ ਨਹੀਂ ਸਗੋਂ ਤਾਮਿਲਨਾਡੂ ਵੱਲ ਆਉਣਾ ਚਾਹੀਦਾ ਸੀ :
ਜੀਵਨ ਕੁਮਾਰ ਚੀਫ਼ ਐਡੀਟਰ ਕਾਂਸ਼ੀ ਰਾਮ ਟਾਈਮਜ਼

SIC Release:

ਅਮਰੀਕਾ ਦੇ Sikh activist ਸ. ਭਜਨ ਸਿੰਘ ਭਿੰਡਰ ਅਤੇ ਹਿਸਟੋਰੀਅਨ ਤੇ ਸਾਊਥ ਏਸ਼ੀਆ ਦੇ ਇਤਿਹਾਸ ਦੇ ਮਾਹਿਰ ਪੀਟਰ ਫ੍ਰੈਡਰਿਕ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਲਿਖੀ ਇਤਿਹਾਸਕ ਕਿਤਾਬ (CAPTIVATING THE SIMPLE HEARTED) ਦਾ ਤਾਮਿਲ ਵਿੱਚ ਤਰਜ਼ਮਾ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਜਿਸ ਨੂੰ ‘ਲਹੂ ਵਿਚੋਂ ਪੁੰਗਰੇ ਫੁੱਲ’ ਦਾ ਨਾਮ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਗਿਆ l

 

ਭਜਨ ਸਿੰਘ ਭਿੰਡਰ ਅਤੇ ਪੀਟਰ ਫ੍ਰੈਡਰਿਕ ਦੀ ਸਿੱਖੀ ਉੱਤੇ ਇੱਕ ਇਨਕਲਾਬੀ ਕਿਤਾਬ, ਹੁਣ ਤਾਮਿਲ ਵਿੱਚ  “ਫੁਲ ਜੋ ਖੂਨ ਵਿੱਚ ਖਿੜੇ” ਰਿਲੀਜ਼ ਹੋ ਰਹੀ ਹੈ

 

                           

 “Captivating the Simple Hearted” ਦੇ ਲੇਖਕ  ਭਜਨ ਸਿੰਘ ਭਿੰਡਰ ਅਤੇ ਪੀਟਰ ਫ੍ਰੈਡਰਿਕ 

 

ਇਹ ਕਿਤਾਬ 24 ਜਨਵਰੀ ਨੂੰ ‘Constitution Club’ ਇੰਡੀਆ ਦਿੱਲੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਰਿਲੀਜ਼ ਕੀਤੀ ਜਾਵੇਗੀ ਜਿਸ ਵਿੱਚ ਪੰਜਾਬ, ਹਰਿਆਣਾ, ਤਾਮਿਲਨਾਡੂ ਅਤੇ ਭਾਰਤ ਦੇ ਹੋਰ ਸੂਬਿਆਂ ਵਿਚੋਂ ਘੱਟ ਗਿਣਤੀਆਂ ਦੇ ਪਤਿਵੰਤੇ ਸਜਣ ਸ਼ਾਮਲ ਹੋਣਗੇ। ਜਾਣ ਪਛਾਣ ਦਾ ਭਾਸ਼ਣ ਸ਼੍ਰੀ ਜੀਵਨ ਕੁਮਾਰ ਮੱਲਾ, ਸਮਾਜਿਕ-ਰਾਜਨੀਤਕ ਕਾਰਜਕਰਤਾ ਅਤੇ ਐਡੀਟਰ ਇਨ ਚੀਫ਼ ਕਾਂਸ਼ੀ ਰਾਮ ਟਾਈਮਜ਼ ਕਰਣਗੇ, ਲੇਖਕ ਦਾ ਕੁੰਜੀਬਧ ਭਾਸ਼ਣ Zoom ਰਾਹੀਂ ਯੂ.ਐਸ.ਏ ਤੋਂ ਸ਼੍ਰੀ ਪੀਟਰ ਫ੍ਰੈਡਰਿਕ ਅਤੇ ਸ.ਭਜਨ ਸਿੰਘ ਭਿੰਡਰ ਵਲੋਂ ਹੋਵੇਗਾ ਅਤੇ ਅਨੁਵਾਦ ਕਰਤਾ ਦਾ ਭਾਸ਼ਣ ਕੁਮਾਰੀ ਅਨੀਥਾ ਐਨ ਜੇਯਾਰਾਮ ਕਰਣਗੇ|  ਡਾ. ਅਰੁਣ ਕੁਮਾਰ ਮਾਜੀ ਐਡਵੋਕੇਟ ਸੁਪਰੀਮ ਕੋਰਟ, ਨਵੀਂ ਦਿੱਲੀ ਕਿਤਾਬ ਰਿਲੀਜ਼ ਕਰਣਗੇ| ਭਾਰਤ ਦੀ ਅਜੋਕੀ ਲੋਕਤਾਂਤਰਿਕ ਲਹਿਰ ਸਬੰਧੀ ਕਿਤਾਬ ਦੇ ਮੂਲ ਸਿਧਾਂਤ ਬਾਰੇ ਬੁਲਾਰੇ ਸ਼੍ਰੀ ਅਨਿਲ ਚਮਾਡੀਆ, ਸੀਨੀਅਰ ਜਰਨਲਿਸਟ ਤੇ ਐਡੀਟਰ ਮਾਸ ਮੀਡੀਆ ਹੋਣਗੇ| ਭਾਰਤ ਅੰਦਰ ਮਨੁੱਖੀ ਸਵੈਮਾਣ ਦੀ ਪ੍ਰਾਪਤੀ ਦੇ ਸੰਘਰਸ਼ ਨੂੰ ਹੋਰ ਮਜਬੂਤ ਕਰਨ ਦੇ ਰਾਹ ਸਬੰਧੀ ਬੁਲਾਰੇ ਸ਼੍ਰੀ ਅਨਿਲ ਅਨਵਰ ਸਾਬਕਾ ਐਮ.ਪੀ  (ਰਾਜ ਸਭਾ) ਸ਼ਾਮਿਲ ਹੋਣਗੇ l

 

 ਈ.ਵੀ. ਰਾਮਾਸਵਾਮੀ, ਜਿਨਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਪੇਰੀਆਰ ਜੀ ਦੇ ਨਾਮ ਨਾਲ ਜਾਣਿਆਂ ਜਾਂਦਾ ਹੈ, ਇੱਕ ਭਾਰਤੀ ਸਮਾਜਿਕ ਕਾਰਕੁਨ ਸਨ ਜਿਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੇ ਸਵੈ-ਸਤਿਕਾਰ ਲਹਿਰ ਦੀ ਸ਼ੁਰੂਵਾਤ ਕੀਤੀ ਸੀ। ਤਸਵੀਰ ਵਿਚ ਭਜਨ ਸਿੰਘ ਭਿੰਡਰ ਅਤੇ ਪੀਟਰ ਫ੍ਰੈਡਰਿਕ ਸਿਲੀਕੌਨ ਵੈਲੀ, ਕੈਲੀਫੋਰਨੀਆ, ਅਮਰੀਕਾ ਵਿਖੇ ਪੇਰੀਆਰ ਜੀ ਦੇ ਸਮਾਗਮ ਵਿਚ ਸ਼ਾਮਲ ਹੁੰਦੇ ਹੋਏ।

 

 ਮਿਸ਼ੀਗਨ, ਅਮਰੀਕਾ ਵਿਖੇ ਤਾਮਿਲ ਅਤੇ ਅੰਬੇਦਕਰਵਾਦੀ ਨੇਤਾ, ਸ਼੍ਰੀ ਸਾਊਥਾਮਾਲੀ ਗੰਗਾ, “ਫੁੱਲ ਜੋ ਖੂਨ ਵਿੱਚ ਖਿੜੇ” ਪੁਸਤਕ, ਪੜ੍ਹਨ ਤੋਂ ਬਾਅਦ ਪੱਗ ਸਜਾਉਦੇ ਹੋਏ।

 

 ਇਸ ਕਿਤਾਬ ਦੇ ਤਰਜਮੇ ਤੋਂ ਬਾਅਦ ਪ੍ਰੋਫ਼ੇਸਰ ਸੁਧਿਰਤਾ ਨੇ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਸਿੱਖ ਧਰਮ, ਦੁਨੀਆਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਸਾਂਝੀਵਾਲਤਾ, ਬਿਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਭੇਦ ਭਾਵ ਦੇ, ਵੰਡ ਕੇ ਖਾਣ ਵਾਲੇ ਕਿਰਤੀਆਂ ਦਾ ਧਰਮ ਹੈ, ਜਿਸ ਨੂੰ ਪੜ੍ਹ ਕੇ ਮੈਂ ਹੁਣ ਸਿੱਖ ਬਣਨਾ ਚਾਹੁੰਦੀ ਹਾਂ|  ਇਸ ਬਾਰੇ ਗੱਲਬਾਤ ਕਰਦਿਆਂ ਸੀਨੀਅਰ ਪੁਲਿਟੀਕਲ ਐਕਟੀਵਿਸਟ ਅਤੇ ਕਾਂਸ਼ੀ ਰਾਮ ਟਾਈਮਜ਼ ਦੇ ਚੀਫ਼ ਐਡੀਟਰ ਸ਼੍ਰੀ ਜੀਵਨ ਕੁਮਾਰ ਨੇ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਅਮਰੀਕਾ, ਕੈਨੇਡਾ ਵਿਦੇਸ਼ਾਂ ਵਲ ਜਾਣ ਦੀ ਥਾਂ ਤਾਮਿਲਨਾਡੂ ਵਲ ਆਉਣਾ ਚਾਹੀਦਾ ਸੀ ,ਜਿਸ ਨਾਲ ਅੱਜ ਤਾਮਿਲਨਾਡੂ ਦੇ ਨਾਲ ਨਾਲ ਪੂਰੇ ਭਾਰਤ ਦਾ ਨਕਸ਼ਾ ਹੀ ਕੁਝ ਹੋਰ ਹੁੰਦਾ l 

 

ਸ. ਭਜਨ ਸਿੰਘ ਭਿੰਡਰ ਅਤੇ ਪੀਟਰ ਫ੍ਰੈਡਰਿਕ ਨੇ ਸਮੂਹ ਦੁਨੀਆਂ ਦਾ ਤਹਿ ਦਿਲੋਂ ਧੰਨਵਾਦ ਕੀਤਾ ਕਿਸਾਨਾਂ ਦੇ ਮੋਰਚੇ ਵਿੱਚ ਸ਼ਾਮਲ ਹੋਣ ਲਈ ਅਤੇ ਉਮੀਦ ਪ੍ਰਗਟਾਈ ਕਿ ਇਹ ਕਿਤਾਬ ਭਾਰਤ ਦੇ ਵੱਖ ਵੱਖ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਇਕਠੇ ਕਰਣ ਦਾ ਕੰਮ ਕਰੇਗੀ।

 

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A Revolutionary book on Sikhi by Bhajan Singh Bhinder and Pieter Friedrich, “Captivating the Simple Hearted” now in Tamil, titled “Flowers that Blossomed in Blood”.

A Revolutionary book on Sikhi by Bhajan Singh Bhinder and Pieter Friedrich, “Captivating the Simple Hearted” now in Tamil, titled “Flowers that Blossomed in Blood”. The book will be released at the Constitution Club of India, New Delhi on 24th January, 2021.

  • Professor Sudhirta in her remarks, said that Sikhs are a community of honest workers who believe in the concept of humanhood and share with everyone without any discretion. “After reading this book, I too want to become a Sikh”, she stated.
  • After reading the book, senior journalist, national president Bahujan Dravida Party and chief editor of Kanshi Ram Times, Mr Jeevan Kumar Malla reflected and asked  “Why the Sikhs had gone to Canada and USA? They should have come towards Tamil Nadu, instead. The destinies of the lands would have been different.”
  • Michigan, USA based Tamil and Ambedkarite leader, Mr Southamali Ganga mapped the book “Flowers that Blossomed in Blood” to be reflective of history and inheritance of  social, economical, political and spiritual journey of the sons and daughters of the Indian sub continent soil.

SIC Release: A revolutionary book “Captivating the Simple Hearted” by Mr Bhajan Singh Bhinder, a Sikh activist and Pieter Friedrich, a political analyst on South Asia, has been translated into the Tamil language. It is titled “Flowers that blossomed in blood” and will be released on January 24th at the Constitution Club India, New Delhi.

 

A Revolutionary book on Sikhi by Bhajan Singh Bhinder and Pieter Friedrich, “Captivating the Simple Hearted” now in Tamil, titled “Flowers that blossomed in Blood”.

 

                                   

The authors of “Captivating the Simple Hearted” and it’s Tamil version “Flowers that Blossomed in Blood”, Bhajan Singh Bhinder and Pieter Friedrich.

 

E.V. Ramasamy, affectionately known as Periyar ji, was an Indian social activist who started the Self-Respect movement and Dravidar Kazhagam. Seen in the picture are Bhajan Singh Bhinder and Pieter Friedrich celebrating Periyar ji in Silicon Valley, California, USA

 

Michigan, USA based Tamil and Ambedkarite leader, Mr Southamali Ganga adorns a turban after reading the book, “Flowers that blossomed in Blood”.

 

Community leaders and activists from Tamil Nadu, Punjab and other areas of India will be attending the event. Introductory speech will be done by Mr Jeevan Kumar Malla, a socio-political activist, national president Bahujan Dravida Party and editor-in-chief Kanshi Ram Times. The authors’ keynote will be done via Zoom from USA by Mr Pieter Friedrich and Mr Bhajan Singh Bhinder. The Tamil translator, Ms Anitha N Jeyaram of the book “Flowers that blossomed in Blood” will also address the audience. Dr Arun Kumar Maji, advocate, Supreme Court, New Delhi will release the book. The tenants of the book in the context of the present democratic movement of India will be presented by Mr Anil Chamadia, senior journalist and editor Mass Media. Mr Anil Anwar, Ex Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) will speak on “The Road and to strengthen the struggles to uphold the human dignity in India”.

Commenting about the book release, S. Bhajan Singh Bhinder and Mr. Pieter Friedrich thanked the whole world for fully supporting the Kissan Morcha and hoped that this book will unify the people of India.

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Senior Sikh Caucus founder member Ami Bera joins RSS supremo Mohan Bhagwat in promoting Mohan Das Gandhi

AMI BERA JOINS RSS CHIEF MOHAN BHAGWAT IN PRAISING GANDHI AS THE BIGGEST HINDU PATRIOT OF INDIA

       Ami Bera praising Gandhi as part of his agenda to initiate the Gandhi-King Exchange bill

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) which has quietly adored Mohandas Gandhi as its ideologue father and a model Hindu, is now going to declare him as the biggest Hindu patriot. A book titled “Making of the Hindu Patriot” by authors J.K. Bajaj and M.D. Srinivas, sanctioned by the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will be released on the first day of the new year to cement Gandhi as a staunch Hindu. Similarly, in the US, Congressmen such as Ami Bera, co-sponsored to have the Gandhi-King Exchange bill passed to implement the philosophies of Martin Luther King and Gandhi in conflict resolution between India and the US. It is apparent that while the legacy of Gandhi is being attacked from both ends of the world, the RSS and the Bharata Janata Party (BJP) are reinforcing Gandhi’s presence all over the world.

 

                             

          RSS Supremo Mohan Bhagwat releases book praising Gandhi as the biggest Hindu Patriot

 

2020 was a momentous year for Mohandas Gandhi’s legacy as worldwide protests against the murder of George Floyd ensued. As the protesters targeted celebrated historical figures for their racism, a surge in the attacks against the statues of Gandhi in the US, the UK, the Netherlands and Canada ensued. Petitions all over the world were created to lobby for the removal of the statue of Gandhi in various cities and institutions of the world. It is obvious that Gandhi’s legacy is currently in tatters and that the pro-Gandhian individuals and institutions all over the world, are reinforcing Gandhi’s cult status to ensure that he remains to be celebrated as a global humanitarian.

 

Arvin Valmuci, a director at the Organization for Minorities in India reflected on the recent events as Gandhi’s legacy continues to take a battering:

 

“It is evident that the war against Gandhi has reached a tipping point and that the Indian government is desperate to maintain Gandhi’s position in the world. In Africa, we have seen countries such as Malawi and Ghana remove the statues of Gandhi citing his racism against black Africans. This year, various statues of Gandhi in the West were desecrated citing his racism and sexual crimes against young girls in his ashrams. The Indian government which has used Gandhi as a foreign policy tool is now desperate to defend his honour and if you notice, they are trying to get Gandhi’s name intertwined with Martin Luther King’s name as a defense mechanism.”

 

The BJP and RSS uses politicians like Ami Bera to influence the reach of Gandhi in American politics and to legitimize his legacy as a global humanitarian. The bill which Ami Bera co-sponsored has now passed becoming the Gandhi-King Exchange Act which ties Gandhi’s legacy to Martin Luther’s legacy as the world continues to rally against Gandhi’s legacy of racism. The Act authorizes $1 million a year through fiscal 2025 for the Gandhi-King Scholarly Exchange Initiative. The law also authorizes $2 million for just FY 2021 for the Gandhi-King Global Academy and $30 million for 2021 for the US-India Gandhi-King Development Foundation.

 

Ami Bera and Narindra Modi – An alliance in       pursuit of promoting Gandhi in USA

This collaboration of Gandhi and King was perfectly synchronized to deflect from the real issues surrounding Gandhi’s legacy. The resolution of the Gandhi-King Exchange was introduced to the House of representatives at a time when statues of Gandhi were attacked in London and Washington in early June of 2020. The month of June saw a resurgence in petitions and calls to have the statue of Gandhi removed from various places around the world. Calls to have the statue of Gandhi removed from the Martin Luther Center increased and institutions like the University of Toledo removed the bust of Gandhi quietly amidst a global uproar.

 

In an event sponsored by the American Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Coordinator Dr Pritpal Singh, Harpreet Sandhu campaigning for Ami Bera’s re-election

Perhaps the most threatening dimension to Gandhi’s legitimacy as a global humanitarian is premised on Martin Luther’s endorsement of Gandhi as a civil rights activist. If the statue of Gandhi was to be removed from the MLK Center, Gandhi’s legacy as a bigot would be instantly legitimized. Indeed, barely a month after the attacks on Gandhi in June, on 29 July, the Gandhi-King bill written by the late John Lewis and co-sponsored by Ami Bera passed out of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. This bill was rushed just after the global outcry and attacks against Gandhi’s legacy and the only way to protect Gandhi’s history of racism, was to tie him with Martin Luther the activist who fought against prejudice. To have the US endorse Gandhi with legislation is cementing Gandhi’s legacy to be protected by the most powerful country of the world.

 

 

                                   

       Members of the SIC protest Ami Bera’s ties with Modi

Bera, a member of the American Sikh Caucus is pro- BJP and whatever policies that the Narendra Modi government institute, they depend on politicians like him to influence outcomes in US domestic politics. What is surprising is that as a member of the Sikh Caucus, he has never addressed broad issues pertaining to the Sikhs through the Congress nor has he ever been vigilant in sponsoring resolutions for the benefit of the American Sikhs. To analyse the beneficiaries of the Gandhi-King legislation, no matter which way one looks, it is specifically beneficial to the BJP and the RSS who revere Gandhi as a Hindu patriot to advance their goal of achieving a true Hindu state.

Protest against Congressman John Garamendi

PROTEST AGAINST CONGRESSMAN JOHN GARAMENDI

Wednesday, December 16th 1pm-2pm

 

Protesters are angry over Garamendi’s lack of concern for the safety of loved ones in India.

 

MINORITIES OF INDIA, SIKHS, AND THE PUNJABI COMMUNITY TO PROTEST

AGAINST JOHN GARAMENDI

Congressman Garamendi, Davis Office, 412 G Street, Davis, CA 95616

 

“As U.S. citizens, we are disappointed with the letter that Congressman John Garamendi wrote to the Indian ambassador to the United States of America, regarding the current ongoing protests by farmers in India. Congressman Garamendi has taken a soft and apologetic approach in dealing with a dangerous and volatile situation that involves millions of peacefully protesting farmers, who are being subjected to violence through the usage of tear gas, water cannons, and violent assault by the police.”

 

 

“The United States Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) recommended in June of 2020 that India should be designated as a ‘country of particular concern’ and to ban certain Indian officials from visiting the U.S., since they were engaging in and tolerating systematic, ongoing, and egregious religious freedom violations.”

 

“Garamendi is apologetic to the Ambassador, stating in his letter: ‘We must acknowledge that we have also struggled at times in the United States to live up to the ideals of a just, democratic society,’ he wrote. Amid an explosive crisis as this, such cunning and vague writings from a Congressman of the world’s most powerful nation will encourage the fanatical and powerful elites of an Indian State that wears the chains of its own ongoing sordid history.”

 

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Glorification & Demonization: Hindutva Regime’s Agenda

“Breaking Their Skulls”: Indian Army’s Atrocities Against Sikhs

“Grenades and poisonous gas shells were thrown at the men, women, and children who had locked themselves in the rooms, bathrooms, and toilets of Guru Nanak Niwas, Guru Ram Das Serai, and Teja Singh Samundri Hall. Those who tried come out were pierced with bayonets and shot dead. Some soldiers, out of vengeance, caught hold of small babies and children by their feet, lifted them up in the air, and then smashed them against the walls and thus breaking their skulls.”

That is the eyewitness account of the June 1984 attack on Harmandir Sahib as reported by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee’s White Paper — that is how Sikhs were treated by the Army. But how were Sikhs in the Army treated?

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During the 1982 Asian Games, India issued a ban on Sikh entry to Delhi. SGPC reported: “Every Sikh traveling to Delhi was stopped, searched, humiliated and insulted…. The Sikhs were made to feel as if they were passing through an enemy territory.” Military members like Air Chief Marshal Arjan Singh and Lt. General Jagjit Singh Aurora were among those humiliated.

Even upstanding non-Sikh Army officers who refused to attack the Sikhs were sidelined. In 1983, Lt. General SK Sinha was in line to be the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS). Over previous years, he refused orders of Indira Gandhi to attack Sikh gurdwaras. He was passed over and the COAS position was awarded to Lt. General AS Vaidya — a compliant officer willing to kill Sikhs.

Sikhs in the Army are also used to do Hindutva’s dirty work. One example is Major Avtar Singh, who was used to torture Kashmiris and break the resistance to the occupation in Kashmir. Six months after police murdered Jaswant Singh Khalra in Punjab, Major Avtar Singh murdered human rights activist Jalil Andrabi in Kashmir. Afterwards, he fled the country and hid away in Fresno, California.

When Major Avtar Singh was discovered in 2011, he faced extradition charges to India. “I am being made a scapegoat,” he said. “There is no question of my being taken to India alive, they will kill me… The agencies, RAW, military intelligence, it is all the same… If the extradition does go through, I will open my mouth, I will not keep quiet.”

After he threatened to open his mouth, Major Avtar Singh and his family all died in an alleged murder/suicide. Journalist Mihir Srivastava reported: “The Andrabi family believes that Avtar Singh was just small fry in a bigger conspiracy involving senior Army officers. Since Singh was merely an officer of the Territorial Army, the Indian Army could easily disown him, letting him be the fall guy for other bigwigs.”

Sikhs in Kashmir have also fallen at the hands of the Indian Army. Who can forget the Chittisinghpura massacre of 35 Sikhs by militants dressed in Indian Army uniforms? Punjab’s International Human Rights Organisation reported: “Sikh organizations world-wide have accused the Indian intelligence agencies and counter-insurgency force for the killings.”

Today, the Indian Army uses Sikhs as faces for its propaganda. It tries to control Sikhs by recruiting them for the armed forces and using them as cannon fodder for its ideological battles. The Hindutva regime calls Sikhs the “sword-arm of Hinduism,” but it wants to destroy the teachings of the Gurus, deny Sikhs their identity, and assimilate Sikhism. The path of New Delhi sharply contradicts with the teachings of Guru Nanak, who said: “The lowliest of the lowly, the lowest of the low born, Nanak seeks their company.”

The Hindutva regime in New Delhi despises the call of the Gurus to align with and uplift the oppressed peoples of this world. New Delhi wants to erase the memory of the atrocities which the Army committed against Sikhs with impunity. It wants to keep Sikhs as hired guns. No Sikh, Muslim, or Christian living in India should contribute to the creation of Akhand Bharat.

Today, the Indian Army declares Gurtej Singh as a hero for using his kirpan against the Chinese — but it does not want Sikhs to remember that the same Army once said that Sikhs who keep kirpans are dangerous terrorists. A June 1984 Army bulletin claimed: “Some of our innocent countrymen were administered oath in the name of religion to support extremists and actively participated in the act of terrorism. These people wear a miniature kirpan around their neck and are called ‘Amritdharis.’ …. Any knowledge of the ‘Amritdharis,’ who are dangerous people and pledged to commit murder, arson, and acts of terrorism should immediately be brought to the notice of the authorities. These people may appear harmless from outside but they are basically committed to terrorism. In the interest of us all, their identity and whereabouts must always be disclosed.”

When common Sikhs dared to demand protection of their human rights, the Indian Army declared that it would treat as a terrorist every Sikh who wore a turban and kept a kirpan.

Ram Narayan Kumar reported: “Operation Bluestar was not only envisioned and rehearsed in advance, meticulously and in total secrecy, it also aimed at obtaining maximum number of Sikh victims, largely devout pilgrims unconnected with the political agitation.” Amrit Wilson reported: “On 4th June, a day of pilgrims for Sikhs when thousands had gathered at the Golden Temple, army tanks moved into the Temple Complex, smashing into the sanctum and shooting everyone in sight. Those left alive were then prevented from leaving the building, many wounded were left to bleed to death and when they begged for water, Army Jawans told them to drink the mixture of blood and urine on the floor.”

When Sikhs from around Punjab attempted to march to Harmandir Sahib during the siege, SGPC reported that they were “subjected to bombing and machine gunning from the air, resulting in the killing of hundreds of unarmed protesters.” After the siege ended, Kumar reported: “The soldiers were in a foul mood…. After the destruction of the Akal Takht, they drank and smoked openly inside the Temple complex and indiscriminately killed those they found inside. For them, every Sikh inside was a militant.”

The Army took hundreds of Sikhs captive, tied their hands behind their backs with their turbans, lined them up, and shot them. Even one soldier who participated in the siege said, “On the morning of June 6, 1984, the Golden Temple complex was like a graveyard…. The civilians who died, about 1500 of them, were piled in trollies and carried away. A lot of them were thrown into rivers.”

Sangat Singh reported: “Between 100,000 to 120,000 Sikhs died in five days, June 3-7, in the Operation Bluestar. Army atrocities, however, continued beyond June 7, as was demonstrated in firing with tanks on the Sikhs congregating on Amritsar in the next few days.” He adds: “The desertion of 4,000 Sikhs soldiers from different parts of India constituted high water mark of the Sikh reaction to the government’s severest censorship at its atrocities in Punjab.”

After Operation Bluestar ended, the Army commenced Operation Woodrose to mop up Sikh dissent all over Punjab. Mary Ann Weaver reported: “The pattern in each village appears to be the same. The Army moves in during the early evening, cordons a village, and announces over loudspeakers that everyone must come out. All males between the ages of 15 and 35 are trussed and blindfolded, then taken away. Thousands have disappeared in the Punjab since the Army operation began. The government has provided no lists of names; families don’t know if sons and husbands are arrested, underground, or dead.”

No Chinese have ever attacked any Sikh gurdwaras, raped Sikh women, or killed Sikh youth.

The Chinese are not the enemies of the Sikhs of Punjab. The real enemy of Sikhs is Hindutva from New Delhi.