German Sikh Community celebrates with local community

GMA Editorial

Essen, Germany  Only a week after their temple had been hit by an extremist bomb attack, the Sikh community of the German city of Essen invited the local community to celebrate the Sikh festival of Nagar Kirtan. ‘Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi terms which literally means “Neighbourhood Kirtan” and involves a religious procession through the city singing holy hymns. The event had been planned for long and the Sikh community not only saw it as a religious festivity but also as an opportunity to open up to the local community and present to them Sikh customs.

The festival involved ‘Shabad Kirtan’ (singing of hymns from Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the holy scripture of Sikhs), religious songs called ‘Dharmik Geet’, ‘Gatka’ (Sikh martial art) and ‘Langar’ (the provision of free food). Initially, the plan was for the procession to lead from the temple to Kennedy Square, one of the most central and most busy places in the heart of Essen, where the festivities would take place. Security concerns however led to a change of plans and the festivities were relocated to a local stadium after the Sikh community profoundly refused to cancel the event. Continue reading

GMA condemns Police violence against peaceful Sikh protesters

PRESS RELEASE  – #SikhLivesMatter –

Glasgow, Scotland: Global Minorities Alliance has condemned the Indian police violence against peaceful Sikh protesters last week who gathered in a peaceful protest when pages of Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of Sikhs was ripped off which led to protests across Indian state of Punjab.

Last week, Police used water canons and batons to disperse the crowd and opened up fire to the peaceful protesters which lead to the death of two Sikh protesters.

Commenting on these event, GMA’s Director for interfaith and harmony, Shahzad Khan said;

‘We utterly condemn the desecration of holy Sikh scriptures in India and the subsequent police violence against the peaceful protesters which is against the fundamental rights of any democratic country. India must protect the lives of millions of Sikhs than to attack, abuse and use force against its own citizens’.

Mr Khan further maintained: ‘The recent incident of state callousness against peaceful Sikh community is yet another episode of how Sikhs are being treated with utter disregard of their religious sensibilities against its international obligations.

Global Minorities Alliance joins the world community to condemn state-led violence against Sikh community in India and calls for respect and protection of its all citizens.

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