Issue 27 - February 2007
Who is a Terrorist?This study will attempt to empirically determine through surveys which people are popularly suspected as terrorists and what influence the “Bin Laden” stereotype has on their suspicion. The paper will also investigate if the lack of knowledge of the Sikh culture plays any role in determining whether or not a Sikh male is racially profiled.
As an honor and thanksgiving to the Supreme Creator, we can begin our spiritual journey by recognizing the sanctity of all faiths and respect for all cultures, traditions, God’s diverse and colorful family, and splendor of His awesome Majesty reflected in Nature and Creation.
The Philippine government rescinded the appointment of a recently retired general to a position on the National Security Council. Various organizations accused Gen. Jovito Palparan of human-rights violations, prompting Malacanang to withdraw his nomination to the post of special deputy in charge of counter-insurgency.
Forming VDCs by arming villagers themselves to tackle militants was thought to be a more feasible option. It was also probably thought of as a major money-saver. Each member of the VDC was to be paid a humble sum of Rs. 500 per month for his services, saving the Government crores of rupees that it would otherwise have to spend on stationing troops in remote villages far from the main roads.
The road from Baramulla to Uri and beyond straddles the gently flowing Jhelum, lined by trees and terraced fields—a perfect, but deceptive, picture of serenity. Forgotten by the media and quickly abandoned by the state their own fate, one year after the deadly quake that struck this part of Kashmir in October 2005, the denizens of this region struggle to rebuild their lives.
Non-governmental organizations have backed several multinationals, such as the Gap and Wal-Mart, and the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in calling for an end to political killings in the Philippines. The NGOs, responding to statements from executives from major American retailers, called for the Philippine government to prevent extrajudicial killings of left-wing activists and bring murderers to justice.
Noli Me Tangere, the novel that served as a catalyst that sparked the Philippine revolution of 1896, has been published as a new English-language translation by Penguin Books. The publication places the 1887 novel by José P. Rizal amongst the upper echelons of world literature.
The result was ghettoization. As all immigrants do, people settled near each other. These were the raindrops that had been blown into the new river of England. But for this generation at least, a thin layer of oil separated them from the local people. Mistrust on both sides existed.
Unlike armchair intellectuals, he was fully conscious of the political scene of contemporary India. Puran Singh was deeply troubled by the machinations of political leaders who were maneuvering to grab power after the departure of the British. He openly expressed his deep concern for the fate of minorities and have-nots after the end of British rule over India, in a letter he wrote to Sir John Simon in 1928.
The Hindu political theorists are often inclined to portray the 20th century politics in terms of the pan-Indian nationalist movement implying a strong Hindu element in it. Even the secular nationalist writers depict the same historical period as the origination and development of modern politics in India. However, the real picture is more complicated.
Kumaran Asan used only the poetic genre. But Bhai Vir Singh handled all literary genres. Kumaran Asan and Bhai Vir Singh have so far no equal in their own literatures. Both of them were revolutionaries in the social and literary fronts. Their major poems are works of transfiguration and transportation. They move from the unreal to the less unreal, from the less unreal to the real and from the real to the more real.
I have not read all of Lal’s writings on Sikhism. However, I am familiar with his articles, notes and reports published in The Sikh Review and Understanding Sikhism: The Research Journal. I think it is appropriate, reasonable and necessary to critically examine his writings for the benefit of readers, since he has won laurels for his contributions to Sikh studies.
Why do people study scriptures? What is prayer, and arguing? Who was Guru Nanak addressing in this Shabad? The language and literary style of this hymn is elite and classical grammar. The Guru blends this Seheskriti language combined with Sanskrit, Parkriti, Punjabi, Hindi, Farsi, and other languages.
History is vitally important. Modern historical sciences and the related subjects have progressed to a position where we can utilize our investigative scientific tools to penetrate the past, analyze the literature, and thereby discern the truth.
Last year, upon my inquiry, Rev. James Singh of Singapore was kind enough to send me his latest book His Name is Satnam. SATNAM, the term given by Guru Nanak, is being reapplied here to mean the name of Jesus Christ. This is a comparative study of Christian and Sikh concept of salvation.
Lately a Christian gentleman from New Delhi, India sent me a letter willing to share his views against those that I put in the original article in August 2005. His name is Job Anbalagan and he runs a ministry under a name of “Glory of His Cross Prophetic Ministries.” I have posted his letter under seven labeled paragraphs at the end of my commentary.