Friday, November 18, 2005

Justice Served — Khalra murders convicted

After a long time in Sikh history, justice has been served. The monsters in Khaki uniforms have been convicted of murdering a Sikh sewadar. Jaswant Singh Khalra, was a panthic sewadar working to shed light on attrocities being committed under the covers of laws like terrorist and disruptive activities act (TADA).

Its been a long time coming but it is definitely a day for history. Officers on the payroll of the Punjab Police have been convicted of murder. We would be foolish to think that DSP and SHO ranked officers did this act on their own without instructions from powers that be. Since the suicide of SSP Sandhu, it will be really hard to find any threads that tie this to any high-ranking officers.

What Sikh panth should mark down today is that Punjab Police did kill Sikhs who spoke up against them. Who within the ranks was doing so is not as important, as the fact that the institution has been convicted today.

For those looking to read up on the case of S. Jaswant Singh Khalra, here is a link to Amnesty Intl. brief.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Reflections on Yuba City Nagar Kirtan '05

It had been a couple year since I had attended the Nagar Kirtan at Yuba City. Mostly out of my sheer laziness to drive; and the hightened speeding enforcement by Highway Patrol.

None the less, I went this year. My first reaction was we are growing exponentially in numbers. My second observation was how many of us are here for the 'Mela' aspect of it and how many are true devotees?

In any case I am sharing a few images with you to show you this year's nagar kirtan from my viewpoint.