Tuesday, 28 January 2014

PM David Cameron’s message in Des Pardes

Prime Minister David Cameron article for Des Pardes:

"What happened at Amritsar thirty years ago led to a tragic loss of life and must never be forgotten. A generation on, I know the scars still run deep in the Sikh community here in Britain and around the world. Last year I was privileged to be able to visit the Golden Temple and I saw for myself its beauty and calm – the idea of such an appalling event happening in such a place is almost beyond comprehension.  
I’d like to reassure the Sikh community, especially in this country, that we are taking very seriously the question of whether Britain advised on the Indian military operation of 1984. We understand your concerns and we are listening. As soon as these papers came to light, I ordered an urgent investigation to establish the full facts as soon as possible.  
It’s critical we get to the bottom of the extent of British involvement – not least because we owe it to British Sikhs in our country today. The Sikh faith is a real symbol of how religion can be a force for integration rather than division and you have made a truly enormous contribution to our country over the years. From your ancestors who served our country loyally in two world wars – to the values of honesty, charity and hard work that underpin your faith – Britain has an enormous amount to be grateful for.  
 Over the years, the Sikh community has always been there for this country. I never forget that and know that nothing less than the truth about allegations of British involvement in what took place at Amritsar will do. "

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Leeds rhensabhi Live Broadcast Jan 2014

Direct Link::::: http://youtu.be/YTvqjTXVmos

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Hugo Swire, Minister in Foreign and Commonwealth Office, statement regarding 1984

Hugo Swire, Minister in Foreign and Commonwealth Office, statement regarding 1984 - 23 Jan 2014


Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Paul Uppal MP speaks at Sikh Lobby

Today, 22nd of January, about 150-200 Sikhs traveled to Westminster to lobby their MP for to keep up the pressure on the UK Government for full disclosure on the truth behind the 1984 Amritsar Massacre. The APPG (All Party Parliamentray Group) for British Sikhs was attended by;
  • Phil Miller, independent researcher and journalist who broke the news
  • Jagdeesh Singh, 1984 Genocide Coalition who is working with Phil Miller
  • Dabinderjit Singh OBE, who wrote: The truth behind the Amritsar massacre
  • Tom Watson MP who has had his own researcher studying the papers available
  • Pat McFadden MP who met the Cabinet Secretary on Monday
  • Paul Singh Uppal MP, the only Sikh Member of Parliament
  • in total, approximately 20 MPs attending this meeting

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Paul Uppal MP question to William Hague on 1984

Paul Uppal MP question to William Hague on 1984 - 21 Jan 2014


Monday, 20 January 2014

1984 - How to get involved

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How to get involved.

My last e-mail (http://share-inspiration.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/1984-lets-get-involved.html) explained why we should get involved. In this e-mail I'd like to explain how we can get involved. These are just my views on what we should be doing.

First thing I'd like to say is, template emails are no use. A personal message from yourself to an MP or the Foreign Office holds more weight than a mass production of the same letter. Many learner-ed people have written books and articles on this issue and they all come to the conclusion that a mass production of the same letter hold very little weight. Personal messages hold more weight. We each need to pick up the pen and write down our thoughts and feelings. Particularly as this issue is very emotional, each of us has a different story of what we were doing in 1984 and we heard the news. This is what we should be sharing. 

Secondly, from my experience petitions don't work. It is very easy for someone to click and add their name to a petition but what action beyond the petition is that individual willing to do - usually nothing. Petitions only work if they are backed up with personal letters, meetings, awareness actions and other campaign ideas. 

The best advice I can give you: become a member of a party. Many of you will know that I am a member of the Conservative Party but more importantly I am an active member. By being an active member I am able to attend conferences, events, network and speak with the right people at the right time.
Personally, I feel that the Conservative Party and Sikhi have a lot in common - the ideals of working hard, aspiring to be better, achieving our goals, helping those in need, small government, low taxes, and freedom.
But regardless, we each should do our own research, find the party that best represents our views, join up and become an active member. And, as a few people have already said, yes politics is dirty but who said we had to drop down to that level and play. We have the truth on our side, and more importantly we have Maharaj who will emphasise and put our point across for us.
I know many individuals have said that due to our Sikhi way of life, people don't have time but on this occasion we need to make time. Lets not sit on the sideline and see this issue come and go as it has every year.

So what to do (in no particular order):

  1. Become an active member of a political party - attend local meetings, conferences and other party political events.
  2. Write a personalised letter to your MP
  3. Ask to meet your MP at their surgery (usually weekly appointments)
  4. Invite your MP to the Gurdwara and have a productive sangat meeting
  5. Find out who your House of Lord representative is and raise the same questions in that house
  6. Unite under Sikh Council UK (SCUK) and support their work
  7. Encourage SCUK to create a group of politically-savvy individuals who can take this issue forward to the Government
  8. Lets get away from putting the same people and faces on the TV channels and in front of politicians. Lets put people forward on merit and allow those who can make a difference take lead and contribute ideas
  9. Allow bibia (females) to voice their opinion. Get rid of the 'all men' talk shows. Women approach issues differently and have a lot to contribute - allow them to.
  10. Build a proactive relationship with politicians not a reactive one


Bhul Chuk Maf (forgive me for anything I've said something wrong).


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Sikh Channel's Sikh Cafe show - political discussion
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Here is part of the Sikh Channels Sikh cafe event where we discussed whether we should get involved in politics.
To add a little bit of context, this was recorded one day before the Conservative Party Conference in September 2013. 
As part of my Your Britain Your Say initiative, I am encouraging people who don't normally vote or always vote the way their families do to research which party actually represents their views and vote for the party.
Secondly, if we don't get involved in politics how do we have our voices heard?
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Why I am still a Conservative.....

Because I believe in the fundamental values of small government, lower taxes, and freedom. I believe that if someone works hard they should be able to reap the rewards. I believe that working should always pay more than being on benefits. But I also believe that whose who can't work should be helped. 

The Sikh Council will tell you, it was the Conservative Party who were very keen on getting the first political engagement event off the ground. The Conservative party do not take our vote for granted, they engage with the community, they listen and take action. 

The revelations of the documents from 1984 do not tell us what plan or advise the SAS officer gave. Nor does it tell us whether this plan was put into place. I am not justifying what the Government of 1984 may or may not have done. I just want to point out the fact that we should not add one and one and get five. We need to wait for the report of the inquiry and see that they tells us. There are many unconfirmed sources that say the SAS officer did go into Harmander Sahib and reported that the Indian Army should not enter as there would be mass civilian casualties. 

Prime Minister David Cameron has on many occasions come out and spoken positively about the Sikh community. David Cameron, is the first ever sitting Prime Minister, the first ever leader of a party that has mentioned Bandi Choor in the Divali message. He is the first sitting PM for visit Harmander Sahib and has spoken about this on many occasions. 

Some videos and statement here:

David Cameron praises Sangat TV in Parliament 

David Cameron vaisakhi message 2013 

Sikhs congratulated by PM David Cameron during PMQs - 20 March 2013 

David Cameron comments on Sikhs April 2013

Bandi Chhor message

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Sunday, 19 January 2014

1984 - Lets Get Involved

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Lets get involved and stop sitting on our hands. 

Many people over the last few weeks have been saying to me that I shouldn't be getting involved in politics. I've always said that if we don't get involved how are we going to get our voice heard? I believe the revelations over the last week has proved my point - we need to get involved. 
We, as Sikhs, have a chance now while this is in the medias eye to put ourselves forward for interviews with BBC, Sky, ITV, Channel 4 etc and give balanced views not just an emotional one. What happened in 1984, I will never understand the hurt or distress, because I wasn't alive then but it is clear from all your reactions over the last week that there is a lot of hurt and pain about the attacks. I know my heart sinks everytime I hear about what happened - but I cannot imagine what those who lived through it feel.
I asked a question on Tuesday on whether anyone knew if there was a movement in the UK to educate the Government  and Party leaders of the time what was happening in India. The response I got, from many elders, was that there wasn't -- is this not a failing on our part?

I'm not justifying the involvement the government may/may not have played. But what have we done so far - rallys and marches in central London, talked a lot about this amongst our own community, panth time -- hang on none of this links in to the people who actually make decisions on our behalf with other governments.
And then when someone does set up a forum, which I tried to do a week or so ago, the members of the sangat that have been most vocal on social networks and have some really valid points, didn't attend to voice those opinions. We can make a change and a difference to policy -- but only if we get involved. 
As Ravi Singh said on facebook (copied below) - we are now a nation of screamers. We don't get involved anymore we just sit around (or type) and complain. We were given Miri and Piri (spiritual and temporal/political) - yet we seem to only focus on the spiritual side. We need to start picking up the sword again (or in this day and age pick up the pen!).
Agreed no party or government is going to be totally in our favour - but we need to work with them. And, as a few people have already said, yes politics is dirty but who said we had to drop down to that level and play. We have the truth on our side, and more importantly we have Maharaj who will emphasise and put our point across for us.
We need to learn from the our mistakes of not getting involved, we need to make sure our voice is heard and we need to make sure that British Parliament always hears the Sikhs voice regardless who is in power.
Bhul Chuk Maf (forgive me for anything I've said wrong)
We need to get involved!
Some great posts from others ........
What have we seen so far......
  • 2 questions at PMQs (Prime Minister Question Time) - the most watches 30 minute of the House of Commons
  • 4 questions to the Leader of the House, Andrew Lansley on Thursday
  • PM David Cameron's video statement
PM David Cameron message to Sikh community on 1984 - 15 Jan 2014     http://youtu.be/O9mTDvrsNKI
Jon Ashworth MP question to Andrew Lansley on 1984 comments - 16 Jan 2014

Angela Eagle Andrew Lansley Leader of House 1984 question 16 Jan 2014

PM David Cameron answers Pat McFadden MP question on 1984 at PMQs

14 Jan 2014 Channel 4 News 1984 coverage documents

Paul Uppal MP comments to Andrew Lansley on 1984 - 16 Jan 2014
Valeria Vaz question to Andrew Lansley on 1984 - 16 Jan 2014

PM David Cameron answers Tom Watson MP question on 1984 at PMQs

BBC News 1984 coverage documents & comments by Paul Uppal MP - 14 Jan 2014

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