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Dhadi jathas on SAD trail: Religion meets politics in campaign’s music 18 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
Bathinda, Punjab: “Shikhar te chadh gayi mehngayi, janta teri payi satayi, Lokan da kadhya kachoomar, kismat jandi dhendi. Indira diye nuhein ladliye, eh kursi nahiyon rehndi,” sings a a dhadi jatha (traditional singing group) campaigning for Shiromani Akali Dal candidate and sitting MP Harsimart Badal in Bathinda.
Loosely translated, the verse says, “Prices have touched the sky, people are suffering; but know this you, the beloved daughter- in- law of Indira Gandhi [meaning, Sonia Gandhi], your regime will not stay.” Words aside, the folk flavour is untranslatable, the charm unmatched, though many question the use of such jathas, known to be religious...
Phoolka appears before Delhi HC in Tytler case 18 Apr 2014 | 1:24 pm
Ludhiana, Punjab: HS Phoolka, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) contestant for this parliamentary seat, on Thursday appeared before the Delhi high court in a 1984-genocide case, proving that his fight against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler was not over.
After the lawyer appeared before justice VP Vaish, he said it had dispelled the Akali rumours that he had withdrawn from this battle for justice. The pending matter was adjourned to May 29 after Phoolka requested for long argument.
Another matter relating to the massacre of Sikhs in 1984 was listed in the Delhi high court. This was an interim bail application by Balwan Kokhar, co-accused...
Manpreet Badal is an old ‘thug’: Sukhbir Badal 18 Apr 2014 | 1:17 pm
Jalandhar, Punjab: The mud-slinging match between Bathinda Lok Sabha constituency candidates Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Manpreet Badal hit a new low on Thursday with Punjab deputy chief minister and Harsimrat’s husband Sukhbir Badal calling their rival and kin a “thug”.
Talking to mediapersons, Sukhbir said Manpreet was indulged in several “thuggian” (cheating activities) during his finance minister days. Sukbir used the contemptuous adjective for his cousin a day after a Chandigarh-based trader alleged that Manpreet got one of his commercial property vacated by implicating him in a false case.
“It is not the only case where Manpreet had indulged in shady things, there...
Seechewal pays surprise visit to plant 18 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
Jalandhar, Punjab: To inspect the construction work of the treatment plant at the Kala Sanghian drain, environmental activist and member of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal, today made a surprise visit to the Kala Sanghian drain.
Seechewal said the PPCB had claimed many times before that the treatment plant would start functioning soon. But the board did not meet the deadline set by it. This time, it was claiming that the drain would be functional from April 30 this year. Therefore, the purpose of my visit was to check whether it was really possible to make it...
Litterateur pens books on Panj Pyare 18 Apr 2014 | 12:59 pm
Ludhiana, Punjab: Books on the lives of Panj Pyare—the five beloved ones, who offered to sacrifice their heads and were later baptised as the first members of the Khalsa, have been penned by Beant Singh.
The writer said although several books and “granths” have been written on the five beloved ones, his books were written after 10 years of extensive research.
He referred to more than 31 historical texts including Panth Prakash, Soobha Prakash and Bansali Nama besides other available records, he said.
On the reason why it took so long to bring the life of the Panj Pyare to the fore, he said...
Desecration of Guru Granth Sahib By Bihari : Bhai Mandeep Singh Kubbe sentenced to 5 years imprisonment 17 Apr 2014 | 1:49 pm
Ludhiana, Punjab: According to some media reports, Bhai Mandeep Singh Kubbe, who shooted Bihari migrant in police custody, has been sentenced to 5 years imprisonment.
It may be recalled that Bihari Hindu migrants had interrupted an Akand Paatth Sahib in August 2012 that was being held at Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji Gurdwara Sahib, Sahnewal. Dalip Kumar, a migrant Bihari Hindu had attacked the Granthi Singh, and committed the ultimate sacrilege when they forcibly tore off a sacred Ang from Guru Granth Sahib.
Bhai Mandeep Singh from the town of Kubay, near Samrala, had shot Dalip Kumar with his revolver. A case was...
Harmandir Sahib Hukumnama : Fri 18 April, 2014
Your Husband Lord is with you, O deluded soul-bride, but you do are not aware of Him. Your destiny is written on your forehead, according to your past actions. This inscription of past deeds cannot be erased; what do I know about what will happen? You have not adopted a virtuous lifestyle, and you are not attuned to the Lords Love; you sit there, crying over your past misdeeds.Wealth and youth are like the shade of the bitter swallow-wort plant; you are growing old, and your days are coming to their end. O Nanak, without the Naam, the Name of the Lord, you shall end up as a discarded, divorced bride; your own falsehood shall separate you from the Lord. || 1 || You have drowned, and your house is ruined; walk in the Way of the Gurus Will. Meditate on the True Name, and you shall find peace in the Mansion of the Lords Presence. Meditate on the Lords Name, and you shall find peace; your stay in this world shall last only four days. Sit in the home of your own being, and you shall find Truth; night and day, be with your Beloved. Without loving devotion, you cannot dwell in your own home listen, everyone! O Nanak, she is happy, and she obtains her Husband Lord, if she is attuned to the True Name. || 2 || If the soul-bride is pleasing to her Husband Lord, then the Husband Lord will love His bride. Imbued with the love of her Beloved, she contemplates the Word of the Gurus Shabad. She contemplates the Gurus Shabads, and her Husband Lord loves her; in deep humility, she worships Him in loving devotion. She burns away her emotional attachment to Maya, and in love, she loves her Beloved. She is imbued and drenched with the Love of the True Lord; she has become beautiful, by conquering her mind. O Nanak, the happy soul-bride abides in Truth; she loves to love her Husband Lord. || 3 || The soul-bride looks so beautiful in the home of her Husband Lord, if she is pleasing to Him. It is of no use at all to speak false words. If she speaks false, it is of no use to her, and she does not see her Husband Lord with her eyes. Worthless, forgotten and abandoned by her Husband Lord, she passes her life-night without her Lord and Master. Such a wife does not believe in the Word of the Gurus Shabad; she is caught in the net of the world, and does not obtain the Mansion of the Lords Presence. O Nanak, if she understands her own self, then, as Gurmukh, she merges in celestial peace. || 4 || Blessed is that soul-bride, who knows her Husband Lord. Without the Naam, she is false, and her actions are false as well. Devotional worship of the Lord is beautiful; the True Lord loves it. So immerse yourself in loving devotional worship of God. My Husband Lord is playful and innocent; imbued with His Love, I enjoy Him. She blossoms forth through the Word of the Gurus Shabad; she ravishes her Husband Lord, and obtains the most noble reward. O Nanak, in Truth, she obtains glory; in her Husbands home, the soul-bride looks beautiful. || 5 || 3 ||