SAN » Blog & Politricks Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:52:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 15 Reasons Not to Celebrate Indian Independence Day Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:26:58 +0000 Some observe Indian Independence Day as “Black Day”. Why? Because the notion of independence and freedom is a dream that has yet to be realized. From adherence to international law, democratic principles, human rights and social justice, some feel India cannot ignore her failures and that using Independence Day as an excuse to sweep all of India’s shortcomings under the rug of unquestioned patriotism, is simply unacceptable.

Every nation has shortcomings and while some celebrate Independence Days others take it as an opportunity for introspect and reflection.  Here are 15 reasons some may choose not to observe Indian Independence Day.

1. 2 Farmers commit suicide every day


“The India Tribune estimated that an Indian farmer kills himself every 12 hours. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), between 1995 and 2009 a quarter of a million farmers have killed themselves”, yet no one seems to care. [source]


2. One third of Indian Politicians face Criminal Charges


“India’s most respected election watchdog Association for Democratic Reforms informed us that nearly a third of MPs – 158 of 543 – in the parliament faced criminal charges.” [source]


3. India’s National Hero was a racist

“Gandhi was an unabashedly diehard supporter of India’s Hindu caste system, and would never mix with a lowly group or caste, and Lelyveld in Great Soul lays out Gandhi’s unedited views:

“We were then marched off to a prison intended for Kaffirs [offensive term equivalent to the n-word],” Gandhi complained during one of his campaigns for the rights of Indians settled there. “We could understand not being classed with whites, but to be placed on the same level as the Natives seemed too much to put up with. Kaffirs are as a rule uncivilized — the convicts even more so. They are troublesome, very dirty and live like animals.”

On white Afrikaners and Indians, he wrote: “We believe as much in the purity of races as we think they do.”” [source]

4. Nearly 70% of Indians live on less than $2 a day


Poverty in India is widespread, with the nation estimated to have a third of the world’s poor. In 2010, the World Bank reported that 32.7% of the total Indian people fall below the international poverty line of US$ 1.25 per day (PPP) while 68.7% live on less than US$ 2 per day. [source]


5. The 1984 Sikh Genocide


No one has ever been prosecuted for the 1984 Sikh Genocide and the killers of innocent Sikhs are protected with state impunity. [source]


6. 48 Thousand cases of Child Rape


Marital rape is not a criminal offence in India and is still India’s most common crime against women. Since, 2001 there has been a 336% increase in the number of rapes against children. A report by Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) stated that 48,338 child rape cases were recorded during 2001-11. [source]


7. The Caste System


Statistics compiled by India’s National Crime Records Bureau indicate that in the year 2000, the last year for which figures are available, 25,455 crimes were committed against Dalits. Every hour two Dalits are assaulted; every day three Dalit women are raped, two Dalits are murdered, and two Dalit homes are torched. No one believes these numbers are anywhere close to the reality of crimes committed against Dalits. [source]

8. Irom Sharmila’s 13 year Fast


Irom Sharmila is a civil rights activist, political activist, and poet from the Indian state of Manipur. She has been on hunger strike to demand that the Indian government repeal the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA). The Indian government is currently force feeding her and has her on trial for attempted suicide. The irony is not lost here.


9. The Death Penalty


” The architect of the Constitution, Babasaheb Ambedkar, admitted in the Constituent Assembly that people may not follow non-violence in practice but “they certainly adhere to the principle of non-violence as a moral mandate which they ought to observe as far as they possibly can.” With this in mind, he said, “the proper thing for this country to do is to abolish the death sentence altogether…Last year 14 eminent retired judges wrote to the President, pointing out that the Supreme Court had erroneously given the death penalty to 15 people since 1996, of whom two were hanged. The judges called this “the gravest known miscarriage of justice in the history of crime and punishment in independent India.” [source]


10. Hindutva


The poster says it all.


11. Homophobia is legal

It’s true, google it.


12. Mass Graves

“In September, the state government rejected calls for DNA testing of 2,730 corpses that a police investigative team found in unmarked graves at 38 sites in north Kashmir in July 2011. Some of the gravesites are believed to hold victims of enforced disappearance and extrajudicial execution by government security forces dating back to the 1990s.” [source]


13. No Freedom of Expression

“In 2012, the central government used the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules to tighten internet censorship, raising concerns about restrictions on the right to free speech. Under the rules, intermediaries such as internet service providers and search engines are required to remove content within 36 hours that is deemed offensive. However, criteria for prohibited content are ambiguous and frequently used to stifle criticism of the government.” [source]


14. Sexism and Lack of Women’s Rights

As a result of infanticide and the killing female babies “In an alarming trend, girl child numbers in India have shown a sharper decline than the male children in the decade beginning 2001, leading to a skewed child sex ratio.”  [source]  Further, “Violence against women and girls continues… with increased reports of sexual assault, including against those with disabilities…” [source]


15. Narendra Modi


Because alleged perpetrator of Genocide Narendra Modi, the leader of the BJP which is linked to violent Hindutva organizations is the Prime Minister of India. Modi has previously been denied a visa to the USA for his alleged role in the mass murder of Muslims in Gujarat. [source]



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PETITION: We Condemn “Immigration Watch Canada’s” Racist Flyers Fri, 25 Apr 2014 04:40:47 +0000  

We Condemn "Immigration Watch Canada's" Racist Flyers

These flyers that have particularly targeted Sikhs and suggest that Sikhs are less Canadian or not "mainstream" simply because of their cultural, religious and ethnic background.

Diversity is our strength and ignorance is our weakness. We condemn the racist propaganda of Immigration Watch Canada.


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SAN Leads The Charge As Punjabi Singers Retract Support For Badal Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:53:36 +0000 The power of the people is strong.

In an article posted online a few weeks back the Sikh Activist Network questioned why Punjabi Singers were endorsing Parkash Badal and Modi (read here).  With a considerable amount of greivances against these two politicians, including an array of allegations ranging from corruption, torture and genocide, what good come of it?

Since we posted that article, the reaction began to spread like wild fire, the Diaspora (especially the Diaspora) was offended and responded with threats of boycotts and protest at concerts – for these artists the consequences of their actions became very real, very quickly.

Activists across the globe, responded peacefully looking for accountability –  the result was powerful.

Just yesterday the mainstream Indian media covered our article in The Tribune newspaper (which can be found here) along with reaction from the artists in question.

Here’s what they had to say, is it genuine? Share your thoughts:








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German Government Charges Indian Agent For Spying On The Sikh Community Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:31:53 +0000 The German government has laid charges against a 45 year old Indian for foreign interference.  Federal prosecutors have changed the man for spying on those belonging to Sikh organizations and passing on information to Indian intelligence services.

For many years, Sikh Canadians have expressed similar concerns of foreign interference and spying.  The recent news raises suspicion that the practice of spying by Indian nationals on Sikh Organizations and the Diaspora is patterned and that the recent developments in Germany are not an isolated case.

Stay tuned for more details.

Source: The Montreal Gazette

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It’s Official! FIFA rules in favour of Religious Headgear Sat, 01 Mar 2014 18:14:54 +0000 It’s official soccers international governing body FIFA has ruled in favour of authorisinghead covers for religious purposes during all matches.

Yes, that means Quebec must now adopt the international bodies regulations, meaning both Muslim women and Sikhs will be provided protection when stepping onto the soccer field. FIFA did add that male players will also be authorized to play following a request from the Sikh community in Canada.

The only the string attached is that the head cover must match the team jersey.

So, congratulations folks, racism 0 – common decency 1.

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Dear Prime Minister Cameron,

Recent declassified documents have indicated that the UK Government played a role in the massacre and genocide of Sikhs by the Indian Government. Specifically, the invasion of the Golden Temple Complex carried out with impunity after the slaughter of thousands upon thousand of innocent Sikh Pilgrims.

With these revelations, we ask that the Government strike a public inquiry into the role of the United Kingdom in perpetrating and/or facilitating the 1984 Sikh Genocide.


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BREAKING: Top Secret Documents Reveal UK Governments Involvement in Massacre Bluestar Tue, 14 Jan 2014 02:46:48 +0000 Documentary evidence has emerged, 30 years on, of direct British Government assistance to the Indian Government in the June 1984 genocide of Sikhs in Panjab.

Top Secret UK government documents, released under the UK 30-year disclosure rule, reveal direct British Government military support to the Indian government in its preparation and carrying out of the notorious genocidal military onslaught on Panjaab in June 1984

“June 1984 resulted in tens of thousands of civilian deaths, disappearances and wider devastation. It was 9-11 many, many times over. It was India’s war on the Sikh nation.” Says Jagdeesh Singh of the 1984 Genocide Coalition. “The above documents amount to explosive evidence of British government participation in this mammoth crime against humanity, and confirmation of what we suspected all along.”

The UK Government documents, dated 6 and 23th February 1984, state that the Indian government has sought advice from the British Government on the removal of “Sikh extremists from the Golden Temple in Amritsar” and the British Foreign Secretary has decided to “respond favourably to the Indian request”. A UK SAS military office was sent to assist the Indian government. Copies of the ‘top secret’ documents are attached.

The documents were uncovered by Phil Miller, an independent journalist, who has researched and written on the very similar Tamil genocide in Sri Lanka and wider human rights issues.

Jagdeesh Singh says, “2014 is the 30 anniversary of the horrific 1984 genocide, during which 100,000 Sikhs were killed by the Indian state, as part of a two-pronged and two-phased genocidal onslaught in Panjaab and Dheli on the Sikh population.”

1984 represents a horrific crime against humanity. The Indian government launched a direct, vicious war on Panjaab in June 1984. 250,000 troops invaded and occupied Panjaab. Over 1-6 June 1984, they bombarded the Sikh national shrine of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, with tanks and helicopter gunships. 8,000 Sikh men, women and children were viciously killed, their bodies stripped of clothing and belongings and then they were cremated en-mass. The entirety of Panjaab was closed off from the world and turned into a mammoth concentration camp, as Indian soldiers went through its entire 50,000 plus villages – arresting, torturing, killing and raping. “The British Government has a direct hand in this mass murder!”

“The British Government has persistently sided with the Indian Government on all matters, wholly rejecting calls by Sikhs, Dalits, Kashmiris, Muslims and other communities within the Indian state for human rights and justice. These documents now confirm the depth of this murderous collusion. “

“The British government, as against ordinary British people, is guilty as hell. It has participated in the genocide of the Sikhs and many other peoples across the world in collusion with vicious governments like India. It has orchestrated wars and military conflicts in participation with the USA government from London, causing mass murder and devastation to hundreds of thousands of human civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, Pakistan. It supports dictators, then suddenly decides to topple them. Both during the colonial period and still now, the British government persists in unethical global meddling, disruption, expansion and scheming.“

“The Sikh people are another victim, like the Palestinians, Kurds, Tamils, Kashmiris, Baluchis, Pashtuns, Tibetans, Azerberjaini, Riff, of this global inter-play between the big governments of the world.” Says Jagdeesh Singh.














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Canada’s NDP Issues Statement on Gurbaksh Singh Fri, 20 Dec 2013 23:01:09 +0000 Canada’s NDP has issued a statement on Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa.  Conservative Minister Tim Uppal also updated his facebook regarding a meeting with the Indian High Commission, but has yet to provide details of what was discussed.  Please see both below.

Facebook Update – Tim Uppal (Conservative Party of Canada)

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NDP Statement – Wayne Marston (New Democratic Party of Canada)

NDP Statement on Gurbaksh Singh

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6 Punjabi Artists Supporting Gurbaksh Singh and Putting our ‘Jathedars’ to Shame Sun, 15 Dec 2013 22:48:38 +0000 Punjabi singers are infamous for their lyrics, lifestyle and more.  But, in the last few years, we’ve seen a shift in their support for Panthic causes, from Prof. Bhullar to Rajoana, and now Bhai Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa.

While the Jathedar of the Akal Takht  haspretty much outrightly condemned Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa and his hunger strike and SGPC President Makkar has been busy at the Kabbadi World Cup with his best buddy Badal – Punjabi Artists have been standing up, doing their job for them and illustrating how utterly useless some of our Jathedars look.

Seriously though, who would have thought?  Punjabi Artists are doing a better job supporting  Panthic causes than our own  “Jathedars”.

Don’t believe us? Have a look at their solidarity below.












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‘If you can’t prevent rape, you enjoy it’: India’s Top Cop Wed, 13 Nov 2013 19:10:04 +0000 India’s top police officer Ranjit Sinha, Chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation recently made comments condoning rape.  To be specific, when  speaking about the issue he claimed “If you can’t prevent rape, you enjoy it”.

Crazy, isn’t it?

Not only is it crazy, but scary.  To put it into perspective, Ranjit Sinha and the CBI is responsible for ongoing investigations including:

  • Involvement of Congress Members in the November 1984 Sikh Genocide
  • Investigating the unlawfully killed and forcefully disappeared in Punjab
  • Police Impunity and more!

In incidents where Sikhs were the victims of rape as a weapon, how can someone with such horrifying judgment be expected to secure justice?  Simpy put – they cannot. No wonder impunity runs rampant and perpetrators of Genocide enjoy high positions in government.

But even more concerning is that this “slip” by Ranjit Sinha will likely be forgotten and he will continue to serve in his role as Cheif of India’s equivalent of the FBI.

So what does that say  about a country where rape has become epidemic and rapists enjoy impunity? How can these issues be addressed when the nations top cop makes such outrageous comments?

A lot.


Here’s an article published by Canada’s National Post earlier today, covering the topic:

Outrage after India’s top policeman Ranjit Sinha says ‘if you can’t prevent rape, you enjoy it’

NEW DELHI — India’s top police official apologized Wednesday for saying, “If you can’t prevent rape, you enjoy it,” a remark that has outraged women across the country.

Central Bureau of Investigation chief Ranjit Sinha made the remark Tuesday during a conference about illegal sports betting and the need to legalize gambling. The CBI, the country’s premier investigative agency, is India’s equivalent of the FBI.

Sinha said at the conference that if the state could not stop gambling, it could at least make some revenue by legalizing it.
“If you cannot enforce the ban on betting, it is like saying, ’If you can’t prevent rape, you enjoy it,”’ he said.
The remarks have caused outrage across India, which in the past year has been roiled by widespread protests following the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on a bus in New Delhi.

On Wednesday, Sinha said that his comments had been taken out of context and misinterpreted, and that he was sorry if he had caused hurt.

Angry activists, however, called for his resignation.

It is sickening that a man who is in charge of several rape investigations should use such an analogy. He should be prosecuted for degrading and insulting women.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Brinda Karat said Sinha’s comments were offensive to women everywhere.

“It is sickening that a man who is in charge of several rape investigations should use such an analogy,” Karat told reporters. “He should be prosecuted for degrading and insulting women.”

The New Delhi attack on the young woman last December caused nationwide outrage and forced the government to change rape laws and create fast-track courts for rape cases. New laws introduced after the attack make stalking, voyeurism and sexual harassment a crime. They also provide for the death penalty for repeat offenders or for rape attacks that lead to the victim’s death.

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