KPS Gill’s Intolerance towards Media

Former Punjab police chief KPS Gill who was hailed as ‘Super Cop’ and eulogised with several other lofty appellations was highly intolerant towards the media once brought me to a confrontation with the then Punjab police chief KPS Gill. The local media in Punjab held Gill in awe, treated his utterances as sacrosanct. Gill was given a free hand and unquestioned authority by New Delhi to stamping out ‘terrorism’ from Punjab.

Punjab acted as 'military state' under KPS Gill

A ‘national icon’, Gill remained a highly despised person among the Sikhs in general. During and after he left his coveted office of DGP Punjab Police, Gill always remained a target of Sikh militants.


 Sri Guru Amar Das Ji was born on Baisakh Sudi 14, 1636 Bikrami i.e. May 5, 1479 at Basarke Gillan village, which is about 13 kms. south-west from Amritsar, in district Amritsar, Punjab. In his fond memory, in this village at his birth place Gurdwara Sri Janam Asthan Sri Guru Amar Das Ji has been established. His paternal great grandfather Vishan Das Ji belonged to Bhalla Khatri family and was a shopkeeper at village Basarke.

Paying Obeisance to Sri Guru Angad Dev Ji on his 513th Birth Anniversary

The second prophet-teacher of the Sikhs, first known as Lahina Ji and then named 'Angad' by Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born on Baisakh Vadi 1, Sammat 1561 Bikrami which corresponded with 31 March, 1504. His father Bhai Pheru Ji also known as Bhai Pheru Mal Ji, a Trehan Khatri by caste lived in the village 

Regionalism takes a beating in AAP’s rout in Punjab polls

The just held 2017 Punjab Assembly elections have not proved a different game from what the RSS brand of nationalism has played on the demographically polarized chessboard of other northern Indian states that went to polls simultaneously.The much expected political change could not take place even as the new entrant – Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) -- made its assertive debut in Punjab, breaking the binary of traditional parties --- the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP combine versus the Congress — which have been contesting against each other in past several elections and ruling alternatively.


Bhagat Ravidas Ji (1377-1527) was born to Raghu Ji and Ghurbinia Ji at Mandhuadhe in Varanasi, Uttar Pardesh . He is respected by the Sikhs because he is one of the fifteen bhagats (holy men) whose compositions have been included in Sri Guru Granth Sahib,  the Holy Book of the Sikhs.  The basic tenets of Sikh religion include that all the creatures have been born out of One Light i.e. God Almighty.


Sri Guru Har Rai Sahib (1630-1661) the seventh Guru of the Sikh faith was born on January 16, 1630 at Kiratpur Sahib in District Ropar of Punjab. He was the grandson of Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib (1595-1644) the sixth-prophet teacher of the Sikh faith and son of Baba Gurditta Ji (1613-1638).

Confusion about ‘Nation-State’ is dangerous for Sikhs

     Of late, some thinkers of the Sikhs, a minority constituting less than two per cent of India’s population, are praising and advocating for a separate ‘nation-state’ as the best political solution for the emancipation of the besieged community. Such thinkers go to the extent of harrying and hounding those Sikh intellectuals who oppose the concept of ‘nation-state’, a Western construct. 

An Unprescedented Martyrdom : Sahibzada Zorawar Singh Ji and Sahibzada Fateh Singh Ji

The martyrdom of Sahibzada Zorawar Singh Ji and Sahibzada Fateh Singh Ji, the two younger sons of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the Tenth Master of the Sikhs, born to Mata Jito Ji, which took place on December 12, 1705 is an unprecedented event and a major landmark in the history of Sikhs. 

SC Verdict on National Anthem Mandates Hindutva Nationalism

Usual interpretation of the Indian Apex Court verdict on ‘Jana Gana Mana’, the National Anthem on 30 November, 2016 as curbing of individual’s freedom could hardly fathom the real intention behind the judicial overreach which is meant to serve a larger purpose. The verdict is in tune with overall political-moral ethos of the time.

Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib: Protector of Oppressed Classes

 Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib, the Ninth Guru (Revealer of the Sikh faith) of the Sikhs was born on Baisakh vadi 5, 1678 Birkimi i.e. April 1, 1621 in Amritsar, Punjab. He was the youngest of the five sons of Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib, the Sixth Guru of the Sikhs and Bibi Nanaki. His childhood name was Tyag Mal, tyag means 'giving away' or parting with what one possesses. As a small child he gave away his clothes to a poor child in charity. 


The Sikh history of the 16th, 17th and 18th century is replete with atrocities impinged on the Sikhs by the Mughal and Afghan invaders and their descendents who ruled India.             In the blood-stained pages of Sikh history (i) Chhota Ghallughara (Minor Holocaust) which occurred during March-June 1746 and (ii) Vadda Ghallughara (Major Holocaust) which took place on February 5, 1762, in each of which 40,000 Sikhs were killed present examples unparalleled in world history.


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