They say a picture speaks a thousand words. The iconic picture of a Sikh being stoned and beaten on the streets of Delhi in November 1984 is in many ways representative of the terror and carnage that took place twenty eight years ago. How could the thousands of Sikhs who were attacked and killed have ever known that members of their own government were organizing mobs, providing them with municipal lists and kerosene and leading them on a murderous spree that lasted almost an entire week?Read more
After being contacted by a Sikh whose turban was aggressively patted down during security screening at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, the World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) has been in contact with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) for a clarification on screening procedures for the turban in Canadian airports.Read more
After sending an urgent appeal to the Canadian, German and Indian governments last week to save Prof. Davinderpal Singh Bhullar's life, WSO has received a reply from German Ambassador Werner Wnendt in which he has stated, "[o]n April 12, 2013, the same day the Supreme Court of India has refused to relief Prof. Bhullar from the death penalty, the Federal President, Joachim Gauck, has talked to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in order to plead his case. Germany will continue to talk to India on the highest level about this case."Read more
Once again this year on March 14th, the Gurpurb of Sri Guru Har Rai, Sikhs across the world will be marking Sikh Environment Day. This initiative was started by EcoSikh, a US & India based organization. The Sikhs highest temporal authority, Sri Akal Takht Sahib, now officially recognizes March 14th as Sikh Environment Day and encourages Sikhs all over the world to participate in this initiative which promotes environmental awareness about issues facing our world.
On behalf of WSO Canada, we wish you a happy Sikh new year (Nanakshahi). It has been our pleasure to serve you for the last 28 years. We are excited about the coming year as our desire for service has resulted in the development of our "SEVA for ALL" initiative.Read more
On International Women’s Day 2013, we reflect on the various themes adopted around the world for March 8. Canada’s theme, “Working Together: Engaging Men to End Violence against Women” echoes the United Nations’ theme of “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.” In addition to joining these efforts, WSO would like to take this opportunity to celebrate and take inspiration from Sikhi’s strong egalitarian foundation.Read more
The tragice ordeal and ultimate death of Jyoti Pandey in Delhi has turned the eyes of the world to the 'rape problem' in India. It is no secret that shocking deficiencies exist with respect to the prosecution of rapists and the treatment of victims in India. A recentblog in the Washington Post correctly stated that India's rape problem is also a police problem. Not only are police unwilling to investigate and prosecute sexual crimes, they also often punish the victims with insensitive questioning and invasive examinations.Read more