Sunday, February 27, 2011

'84 ਦੀ ਸਿੱਖ ਨਸਲਕੁਸ਼ੀ ਬਾਰੇ ਹੋਣ ਲੱਗੇ ਅਹਿਮ ਖੁਲਾਸ

'84 ਦਿਲੀ ਦੰਗਿਆਂ ਬਾਰੇ ਕਈ ਅਹਿਮ ਖੁਲਾਸੇ ਹੁਣ ਖੁੱਲੇ ਆਮ ਹੋ ਰਹੇ ਹਨ, ਕਤਲੇਆਮ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਯੋਜਨਾਂ ਬਨਾਉਣ ਵਾਲੀ ਮੀਟਿੰਗ ਵਿਚ ਹਾਜਰ ਕੁਝ ਕਾਂਗਰਸੀ ਆਗੂਆਂ ਦੇ ਜ਼ਮੀਰ ਹੁਣ ਉਨਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਪ੍ਰੇਸ਼ਾਨ ਕਰ ਰਹੇ ਹਨ ਜਿਸ ਕਰਕੇ ਉਹ ਆਪਣੇ ਆਪ ਹੀ ਖੁਲਾਸੇ ਕਰਨ ਲੱਗੇ ਹਨ, ਇਸੇ ਤਹਿਤ ਜੋ ਸਿਖਸ ਫਾਰ ਜਸਟਿਸ ਨੂੰ ਇੱਕ ਹਲਫ਼ੀਆ ਬਿਆਨ ਮਿਲਿਆ ਹੈ ਉਹ ਕਈ ਪਰਦੇਫਾਸ ਕਰਨ ਵਾਲੇ ਕਾਨੂੰਨੀ ਦਸਤਾਵੇਜ ਹੈ, ਸਹੁੰ ਖਾ ਕੇ ਇਹ ਬਿਆਨ ਦੇਣ ਵਾਲਾ ਕਾਂਗਰਸ ਦਾ ਇੱਕ ਆਗੂ ਹੈ, ਜੋ 31 ਅਕਤੂਬਰ 1984 ਨੂੰ ਅਕਬਰ ਰੋਡ ਦਿੱਲੀ ਵਿਖੇ ਕਾਂਗਰਸ ਦੇ ਉਸ ਨਾਪਾਕ ਇਰਾਦੇ ਵਾਲੀ ਮੀਟਿੰਗ ਵਿਚ ਸ਼ਾਮਿਲ ਹੋਇਆ ਸੀ ਜਿਸ ਵਿਚ ਕਾਂਗਰਸੀ ਆਗੂਆਂ ਨੇ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਸਮੁੱਚੇ ਭਾਰਤ ਵਿਚ ਮਾਰ ਮੁਕਾਉਣ ਦੀ ਸਾਜਿਸ਼ ਰਚੀ ਸੀ ਖਾਲਸਾ ਨਿਊਜ ਵੈਬਸਾਇਟ ਤੇ ਪਏ ਅਲਫੀਆ ਬਿਆਨ ਤੇ ਇਸ ਖਬਰ ਨੇ ਇਕ ਵਾਰੀ ਫੇਰ ਕਾਂਗਰਸ ਨੂੰ 84 ਦੇ ਦੰਗਿਆਂ ਦੇ ਮਾਮਲੇ ਵਿਚ ਕਟਹਿਰੇ ਵਿਚ ਖੜਾ ਕੀਤਾ ਹੈ ਬੇਸਕ ਇਨਾਂ ਦੋ ਅਲਫੀਆ ਬਿਆਨਾਂ ਵਿਚਲੇ ਨਾਂ ਮਧਮ ਕੀਤੇ ਹੋਏ ਹਨ ਪਰ ਜੋ ਇਨਾਂ ਹਲਫੀਆ ਬਿਆਨਾਂ ਤੇ ਇਬਾਰਤ ਲਿਖੀ ਹੈ ਉਹ ਕੁਝ ਇਸ ਤਰਾਂ ਹੈ 'ਮੈਂ ਕਾਲਜ ਦਿਨਾਂ ਤੋਂ ਹੀ ਕਾਂਗਰਸ (ਆਈ) ਪਾਰਟੀ ਨਾਲ ਜੁੜਿਆ ਹੋਇਆ ਸੀ 1974 ਵਿਚ ਮੇਰੀ ਪਾਰਟੀ ਦੀ ਮਦਦ ਨਾਲ ਮੈਂ ਕਾਲਜ ਦੀ ਵਿਦਿਆਰਥੀ ਜਥੇਬੰਦੀ ਦੀ ਪ੍ਰਧਾਨਗੀ ਦੀ ਚੋਣ ਲੜੀ ਸੀ ਤੇ ਇਸ ਬਾਅਦ ਮੈਂ ਪਾਰਟੀ ਦੀਆਂ ਰੈਲੀਆਂ ਵਿਚ ਲਗਾਤਾਰ ਸ਼ਾਮਿਲ ਹੋਇਆ ਕਰਦਾ ਸੀ 31 ਅਕਤੂਬਰ 1984 ਨੂੰ ਸ੍ਰੀਮਤੀ ਇੰਦਰਾ ਗਾਂਧੀ ਦੀ ਮੌਤ ਤੋਂ ਬਾਅਦ ਕਾਂਗਰਸ (ਆਈ) ਦੇ ਆਗੂਆਂ ਨੇ 24 ਅਕਬਰ ਰੋਡ ਨਵੀਂ ਦਿੱਲੀ ਸਥਿਤ ਮੁੱਖ ਦਫਤਰ ਵਿਚ ਇੱਕ ਮੀਟਿੰਗ ਬੁਲਾਈ ਮੈਂ ਵੀ ਉਸ ਮੀਟਿੰਗ ਵਿਚ ਗਿਆ ਜਿਸ ਵਿਚ ਜਗਦੀਸ਼ ਟਾਈਟਲਰ, ਸੱਜਨ ਕੁਮਾਰ, ਲਲਿਤ ਮਾਕਨ, ਐਚ ਕੇ ਐਲ ਭਗਤ ਤੇ ਅਜਿਹੇ ਹੋਰ ਸਾਰੇ ਆਗੂ ਸ਼ਾਮਿਲ ਸਨ ਇਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਆਗੂਆਂ ਨੇ ਇਕ ਸਹਿਮਤੀ ਬਣਾਈ ਤੇ ਮੀਟਿੰਗ ਵਿਚ ਸ਼ਾਮਿਲ ਸਾਰੇ ਆਗੂਆਂ ਲਈ ਐਲਾਨ ਜਾਰੀ ਕੀਤਾ ਕਿ ਅਸੀਂ ਸ੍ਰੀਮਤੀ ਇੰਦਰਾ ਗਾਂਧੀ ਦੀ ਮੌਤ ਦਾ ਬਦਲਾ ਲਵਾਂਗੇ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੇ ਮੈਂਬਰਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਭੜਕਾਇਆ ਕਿ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਨੇ ਇੰਦਰਾ ਗਾਂਧੀ ਦਾ ਕਤਲ ਕੀਤਾ ਹੈ ਤੇ ਸਾਨੂੰ ਵੀ ਸਾਰੇ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਮਾਰ ਮੁਕਾਉਣਾ ਚਾਹੀਦਾ ਹੈ ਤੇ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੇ ਘਰ ਤੇ ਜਾਇਦਾਦਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਸਾੜ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਜਾਣਾ ਚਾਹੀਦਾ ਹੈ ਉਹ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਖਿਲਾਫ ਸਾਜਿਸ਼ ਰਚ ਰਹੇ ਸੀ ਜਿਸ ਨੂੰ ਮੈਂ ਬਰਦਾਸ਼ਤ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰ ਸਕਿਆ' ਆਦਿ ਹੋਰ ਵੀ ਕਾਫੀ ਕੁਝ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਹੈ
ਇਸੇ ਤਰਾਂ ਸਿਖਸ ਫਾਰ ਜਸਟਿਸ ਨੂੰ ਇਕ ਹੋਰ ਗਵਾਹ ਤੋਂ ਹਲਫੀਆ ਬਿਆਨ ਪ੍ਰਾਪਤ ਹੋਇਆ ਹੈ ਜਿਸ ਨੇ ਇਸ ਗੱਲ ਦੀ ਤਸਦੀਕ ਕੀਤੀ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਹਰਿਆਣਾ ਦੀ ਪੁਲਿਸ ਨੇ ਨਵੰਬਰ 1984 ਵਿਚ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਦਾ ਕਤਲ ਕੀਤਾ ਤੇ ਸਿਖਾਂ 'ਤੇ ਹੋਏ ਹਮਲਿਆਂ ਵਿਚ ਸ਼ਮੂਲੀਅਤ ਕੀਤੀ ਗਵਾਹ ਦਾ ਹਲਫੀਆ ਬਿਆਨ ਕਹਿੰਦਾ ਹੈ ਕਿ 2 ਨਵੰਬਰ 1984 ਨੂੰ ਇਕ ਵਾਰ ਫੇਰ ਸਵੇਰੇ 11 ਵਜੇ ਇੱਕ ਰੇਲ ਗੱਡੀ ਆਈ ਤੇ ਸਾਡੀ ਕਾਲੋਨੀ ਦੇ ਨਾਲ ਲਗਦੀ ਪਟੜੀ 'ਤੇ ਖਲੋ ਗਈ ਜਿਸ ਵਿਚੋਂ ਵੱਡੀ ਗਿਣਤੀ ਵਿਚ ਲੋਕ ਉੱਤਰੇ ਇਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੀ ਗਿਣਤੀ ਹਜ਼ਾਰਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਸੀ ਤੇ ਇਹ ਸਾਰੇ ਲਾਠੀਆਂ ਤੇ ਲੋਹੇ ਦੀਆਂ ਰਾਡਾਂ ਨਾਲ ਲੈਸ ਸਨ ਇਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੇ ਤੁਰੰਤ ਵੱਖ ਵੱਖ ਗਰੁੱਪ ਬਣਾਏ ਤੇ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਤੇ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੀ ਸੰਪਤੀ ਨੂੰ ਸਾੜਣਾ ਲੁੱਟਣਾ ਸ਼ੁਰੂ ਕਰ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਇਸ ਭੀੜ ਦੇ ਇੱਕ ਵਿਆਕਤੀ ਨੂੰ ਮੈਂ ਅਤੇ ਕੁਝ ਹੋਰ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਨੇ ਕਾਬੂ ਕਰ ਲਿਆ ਫੜੇ ਜਾਣ ਤੋਂ ਬਾਅਦ ਉਸ ਕੋਲੋਂ ਹਰਿਆਣਾ ਪੁਲਿਸ ਦਾ ਇੱਕ ਪਛਾਣ ਪੱਤਰ ਮਿਲਿਆ ਜਿਸ ਤੋਂ ਇਹ ਸਪਸ਼ਟ ਸਾਬਿਤ ਹੁੰਦਾ ਸੀ ਕਿ ਉਕਤ ਭੀੜ ਵਿਚ ਹਰਿਆਣਾ ਦੇ ਕਰਨਾਲ ਨੇੜਲੇ ਮਧੂਬਨ ਪੁਲਿਸ ਸਿਖਲਾਈ ਸੈਂਟਰ ਦੇ ਮੈਂਬਰ ਸ਼ਾਮਿਲ ਸੀ ਤੇ ਇਨਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਤਬਾਹੀ, ਗੜਬੜੀ ਫੈਲਾਉਣ ਲਈ ਦਿੱਲੀ ਭੇਜਿਆ ਸੀ'
ਸਿਖਸ ਫਾਰ ਜਸਟਿਸ ਦੇ ਕਾਨੂੰਨੀ ਸਲਾਹਕਾਰ ਅਟਾਰਨੀ ਗੁਰਪਤਵੰਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਪੰਨੂ ਅਨੁਸਾਰ ਅਕਬਰ ਰੋਡ ਵਿਖੇ 31 ਅਕਤੂਬਰ 1984 ਨੂੰ ਕਾਂਗਰਸ ਦੀ ਨਾਪਾਕ ਇਰਾਦਿਆਂ ਵਾਲੀ ਮੀਟਿੰਗ ਵਿਚ ਸ਼ਾਮਿਲ ਹੋਣ ਵਾਲੇ ਗਵਾਹ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਇਹ ਬਿਆਨ ਬਹੁਤ ਮਹੱਤਵਪੂਰਨ ਹੈ ਕਿਉਂਕਿ ਇਹ ਇਸ ਗੱਲ ਦਾ ਸਪਸ਼ਟ ਤੇ ਸਿੱਧਾ ਸਬੂਤ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਨਵੰਬਰ 1984 ਵਿਚ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਦੀ ਨਸਲਕੁਸ਼ੀ, ਹਮਲਿਆਂ ਦੀ ਸਾਜਿਸ਼ ਕਾਂਗਰਸ ਤੇ ਇਸਦੇ ਆਗੂਆਂ ਨੇ ਰਚੀ ਸੀ ਤੇ ਵੱਧ ਤੋਂ ਵੱਧ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਮਾਰਨ ਦਾ ਟੀਚਾ ਹਾਸਿਲ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਪਾਰਟੀ ਨੇ ਕਾਂਗਰਸੀ ਵਰਕਰਾਂ, ਪੁਲਿਸ, ਪ੍ਰਸ਼ਾਸਨਿਕ ਅਧਿਕਾਰੀ ਤੇ ਹੋਰ ਹਰ ਸੰਭਵ ਸਾਧਨ ਨੂੰ ਵਰਤਿਆ ਸੀ ਅਟਾਰਨੀ ਪੰਨੂੰ ਨੇ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਨਵੰਬਰ 1984 ਵਿਚ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ 'ਤੇ ਹਮਲੇ ਦੰਗੇ ਨਹੀਂ ਸੀ ਸਗੋਂ ਉਸ ਵੇਲੇ ਸੱਤਾ 'ਤੇ ਕਾਬਜ ਰਹੀ ਕਾਂਗਰਸ (ਆਈ) ਵਲੋਂ ਸੋਚੀ ਸਮਝੀ ਸਾਜਿਸ਼ ਤਹਿਤ ਯੋਜਨਾਬੱਧ ਤਰੀਕੇ ਨਾਲ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਦੀ ਕੀਤੀ ਗਈ ਨਸਲਕੁਸ਼ੀ ਸੀ ਮਿਲਣ ਵਾਲੇ ਹਲਫੀਆ ਬਿਆਨਾਂ ਬਾਰੇ ਹੋਰ ਵੀ ਗਹਿਰ ਗੰਭੀਰ ਜਾਣਕਾਰੀ ਮਿਲੀ ਹੈ ਜਿਸ ਵਿਚ ਕਿ ਕਈ ਕਾਂਗਰਸੀ ਹੀ ਨਹੀਂ ਸਗੋਂ ਹੋਰ ਕੀ ਕਹੀ ਚੇਹਰੇ ਨੰਗੇ ਹੁੰਦੇ ਹਨ

SGPC to give Rs 50 lakh for legal assistance announces jobs for qualified kids of survivors

Seeking a judicial probe into the Hond-Chhillar carnage by a sitting Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the SGPC today allocated Rs 50 lakh for facilitating any legal action needed in connection with the incident. The decision was taken at a meeting of the SGPC executive held at Sri Anandpur Sahib today. SGPC President Avtar Singh Makkar also announced that the children of the victims, who fulfiled educational qualifications, would be given jobs in the SGPC.
He said the survivors of the carnage could not even perform the last rites of their near and dear ones due to a fearful atmosphere prevailing in 1984 and therefore the SGPC was holding an akhand path at the Golden Temple complex from March 2 to 4. The SGPC executive strongly condemned the Hond-Chhillar massacre and also passed a resolution demanding a judicial probe into the incident.

For spreading education, the executive decided to open a public school in Dehla village (Sangrur); a college in Kalyan village ( Ludhiana); a polytechnic at Jagraon, and another college in Gaga village (Sangrur). It also sanctioned the installation of mobile jammers at the Golden Temple, 13 computers for ‘karah parshad’ counters at Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib, Patiala, and Gurdwara Beer Sahib, two buses for Baba Budha Jee Public School, and the setting up of a Sikh mission at Ujjain, MP

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sikh children bullied out of school
Source: Pajhwok News
by Sultana Rahim Ayubi on 27 January, 2011 – 08:45

KABUL (PAN): When he was 12, Velinder Singh, a Sikh, was bullied so viciously by his Muslim classmates, that he dropped out of school and went to work with his father as a shopkeeper.

“One day my son’s classmates cornered him and forced him at knife point to read out the Quran and become a Muslim,” Porty, the boy’s mother told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Porty said she gave up hope her son would be educated when he left Amir Sherali Khan school in Kabul to work with his father in the store.

Singh is not the only one who has been forced to abandon their studies because of bullying.

There are about 70 Hindu and Sikh school age children living in Kabul, and many have been forced to switch schools or drop out all together, according to Cheran Singh, deputy of Hindu and Sikh Association of Afghanistan.

Sadon Singh, 13, was also student at Amir Sherali Khan school but switched to Aryana private school because of the cruelty of his fellow classmates.

“When the teacher was not coming to class, a few of my classmates would remove the turban from my head andlaugh at my hair. They would not give me my turban back until I cried a lot.”

Sandep, Sadon’s younger brother, also switched schools due to the teasing. “My classmates threw balls at my head and called me potato. They also made fun of me while I was eating, saying all Sikh food is dirty.”

The two boys are now studying at a private school, where a stricter style of management means there is less teasing.

Otar Singh, an appointed member of the Meshrano Jirga, the upper house of Parliament, and head of Temple committee of Kart-i-Parwan, said Sikhs do face a lot of discrimination, but for the children it is worse.

“Our children are insulted and humiliated at schools and their religious faith is ridiculed,” he said.

Hindus and Sikhs in Kabul have only one private primary school, Baba Nanak, which is next to their temple. But because they are spread out across the city, some of their children cannot attend the school.

The school has been active since the time of King Zahir Shah (1950-1973). There are about 30 students studying up to 4th grade.

There are two teachers appointed by the Ministry of Education who teach for two hours a day, from 8am to 10am. After that the pupils receive religious education from Hindu and Sikh scholars.

Singh, the deputy of Hindu and Sikh Association of Afghanistan, said although they are citizens of Afghanistan, many are second or third generation, they still face discrimination.

“We are citizens of Afghanistan and proud to be Afghan. Like other Afghans we have faced a lot pain in the past,” he added.

For Hindus and Sikhs, things were especially difficult when the mujahideen came to power in 1991. It was during that time, between 1991 and 1994, that nearly all of the 200,000 Hindus and Sikhs living in Afghanistan fled.

Currently, there are about 3,000 Hindus and Sikh in all of Afghanistan with 130 families in the capital Kabul.

“We are poor people and cannot afford to build schools; we can not provide teacher’s salaries and other equipment needed for schools,” he added.

Ata Mohammad Qani, assistant spokesman and manager of public awareness at the Ministry of Education, acknowledged the problems of the minority groups.

Last year, Mohammad Sediq Patman, an official in the ministry’s teaching department met Hindu and Sikhs to discuss the problems their children were facing.

He says the ministry proposed opening a private school for Hindus and Sikhs in the Shor Bazaar area of Kabul.However, the Hindu and Sikh representatives rejected this saying it was too far away, he said.

Finally, he says he suggested they choose a place or building and the ministry would pay rent and other costs. However, he claimed he never heard back from the representatives.

“If they choose the place for the school, the Ministry of Education is ready to pay for the rent, furniture and other equipment.”

But Otar Singh, the Meshano Jirga representative, said last year the ministry also promised to find a solution for the problem.

Asked why children were allowed to bully others at school, Qani said that it was up to each individual school to discipline their students and ensure there was respect for individual religions.

He urged families to prevent their children harassing others.

Mohammad Tamim Sherzad, head master at Sher Ali Khan School, also confirmed there were problems withharassment of ethnic minority children.

Because of the bullying, there were no Hindu or Sikh children at his school.

At the Ghazi Ayub Khan School in Kabul, Naveed, a fourth grader, said he and his Muslim classmates harassed Sikh and Hindu students when the teachers were not in the room.

Asked why they teased the minorities, he replied: “They are not Muslims that is why.”

Abdul Fahim, principal of the private Noreen school, said there were some Hindu and Sikh students at his school. When the Muslim students receive Islamic education, the Hindus and Sikhs take other classes, such as computers or English.

“The condition of Hindu and Sikh families for their children to attend our school was that during Islamic studies classes, they would take other subjects.”

Before the civil war, Muslims and Hindus and Sikhs lived peacefully in Khost, Ghazni, Paktiya, Kandahar, Jalalabad, Laghman, Kabul, Helmand and some other provinces.

For example, Prem Nagar village in Khost province had 243 Hindus and Sikh families, but now there is on one Hindu who lives there.

Ataullah Loden, a member of the lower house and an Islamic scholar, said that according to Islam, no one can force someone else to adopt Islamic faith.

Islam also forbids the harassment and insult of others.

Freedom of religion is also guaranteed in the Constitution.

Sikh Student in Pakistan

Sikh students in Lahore have demanded reservation at the Government College University (GCU) after two of them were denied admission because of a lack of minority seats at the institution.

The students said that they must be granted reservation on the lines of reservation for sportsmen, children of teachers, etc

The two students whose admission applications were rejected are Vijendar Singh and Joginder Singh. Vijendar said his score (723) in matric was good and his chances for admission at the GCU would have been brighter if there had been minority seats at the institution.

But, GCU Registrar Prof. Faisal Khurshid said that the admission applications of the duo were rejected because they had not met the merit requirements of the institution.

He said the university followed government rules and enrolled students strictly on merit, and added that if there had been reserved seats for minorities, and the Sikh students had qualified, the university would have accommodated the Sikh students, reported the Daily Times.

Meanwhile, Guru Nanak Ji Mission president Dr Mimpal Singh said most Sikhs did not have the resources to compete with the majority. He added that he had been asking the government for reserve seats for minorities at educational institutions for many years.
Dr Mimpal added that major minorities in Pakistan had representation in the provincial and national assemblies, but the Sikhs had been ignored in that respect. He urged the government to pay attention to the problems of the Sikh community. (ANI)


Comment : Sikh students have no organisation which can reperesnt the global sikh student issues. Sikh students in third world countries like pakistan, afganistan, nepal, india are really lacking in resources. The main fundraising bodies alias Gurdwaras have no policy to help their students. so sikh students around the world have to come up and generates the resources with the help of sangat for themselves and for the coming posterity .

SGPC elections : Some party have concern to sikh students in their manefesto

RELEASING their election manifesto for the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) elections, the leaders of the Panthic Morcha today said that after their coming to power in SGPC, efforts will be made that the institution of Akal Takht does not come under the SGPC.
Addressing a press conference here today after releasing their election manifesto, the Panthic Morcha leaders Bhai Ranjit Singh, Baba Sarbjot Singh Bedi, Professor Jagmohan Singh, Charan Singh Lohara and Jaswinder Singh Khalsa reiterated this. They alleged that at present Joginder Singh Vedanti, jathedar of Akal Takht, was acting as a puppet of SAD president Parkash Singh Badal. But they refused to recognise Vedanti as the jathedar of Akal Takht.
They said after the Panthic Morcha candidates are elected to the SGPC in majority, efforts will also be initiated to review the Sikh Gurdwara Act, in order to remove the drawbacks of the Act.
The Panthic Morcha leaders said their members will work for forming a Sikh Education Fund, setting up a school of Sikh Art, a white paper will be issued on the interference of RSS, Congress and BJP in the functioning of the SGPC.
These leaders said that they welcome the forming of the Pakistan Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee and will urge the Sikhs living in other countries to form Gurdwara Prabandhak Committees in those countries also.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Rahmani-30: A school of hope

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By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net
The Muslims of North India for historical reasons have not had very friendly relations with the local police. I was in Patna visiting Rahmani-30 when Abhayanand, Additional Director General of Police makes a visit in his official car. Rahmani-30 is set up on the pattern of Bihar Super-30 which is a successful experiment to pick and train 30 students from poor economic background and prepare them for entrance exam of famous Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).
Abhyanand waits while group of twenty odd Muslim students finish their afternoon prayers (Asr). These students have recently appeared for the class tenth exams and selected to Rahmani-30 after an entrance test and an interview. Entrance test was held in Bihar, Jharkhand, and West Bengal – clearly a sign of increasing popularity of the institution that is barely a year old.
A year ago, Maulana Wali Rahmani, Sajjada Nasheen of Khanqah Rahmaniya, Munger and Secretary of All India Muslim Personal Law Board requested Abhayanand to help him set up Rahmani-30. Abhayanand was associated with Super-30 and readily agreed to the idea. The dearth of good quality students led them to start another batch of students who had just finished their tenth. So that they can be given quality education for two years and that way more students can be ready for the tough entrance exams of IITs (IIT-JEE).
I was visiting the institution just three days before the results of IIT-JEE were to be announced. No one could have imagined that all ten students would have qualified for India’s premier engineering institutions. At that time there were about twenty-five students who had arrived there from different districts of Bihar. A few students were from adjoining states of Jharkhand and West Bengal. These are the two years batch of Rahmani-30 that is preparing for IIT-JEE of 2011.
Abhayanand, who goes by only one name, arrived unannounced and a class was organized just after the Asr prayer. He went over some Physics problems for about 45 minutes. Students came out to see him off and he offered some words to inspire his young and eager students. Talks again turned to Physics and he continued the instructions on the back of his official car. This was a rare and a welcome sight to see police officers contributing towards the future of young Muslim students.
ADGP Abhayanand told me that he enjoys teaching and is now associated with five such experiments. Most of the students of these five institutions qualified for IIT. For economically and educationally backward state of Bihar this is very good news. And more than news, it is a hope that now even poor but meritorious students can achieve success with a bit of help. In Bihar, Rahmani-30 has given a new direction to Muslim students anxiously waiting for announcements of entrance exams and results.
Successful students of this year’s exam have already indicated that they will teach their juniors and once finished with their education will work for the benefit of the community. It costs Rs. 80,000 per year for each student’s expenses. Students are given free board, lodge and instructions. All expenses are met by Rahmani Foundation.
Rahmani-30 is a beacon of hope for Bihari Muslims not only because of the help it provides to meritorious students but also because a new generation of Muslims is taking up interest in the community affairs. Though Abhayanand and Wali Rahmani are the public face of Rahmani-30, volunteer team behind this institution consists of young Muslims in their 30s. These have jobs but volunteer their time to make sure that wheel of this coaching keeps turning. They make decisions for the day to day running to organizing exams.
With the successful result of this year’s IIT-JEE, Rahmani-30 and people associated with it have proved that they mean business and that with focused and sustained effort nothing is impossible.
Rahamani-30(Unit of Rahmani Foundation, Munger)
Address: Maulana Azad College of Business Management Campus,
Anisabad, Patna-2
Bihar
Contact: mdwalirahmani@gmail.com
Website: http://twocircles.net/rahmani30.html
Bihar's Super 30 catches Obama's attention
By   IANS

Saturday, 07 August 2010, 00:40 Hrs
 

Patna: Rashad Hussain, U.S. President Barack Obama's special envoy to the Organization of Islamic Conference, Rashad Hussain, will visit Super 30, Bihar's free coaching centre that helps economically backward students crack the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE).

Anand Kumar, the institute's director and founder, said the special envoy is coming to see the way Super 30 functions and produce IITians on such a regular basis.
t is a matter of great pleasure for us that President Barack Obama's special envoy is showing keen interest to visit Super 30. He will also be interacting with the successful students," Kumar told IANS Friday.

Rashad Hussain will be accompanied by officials of the US Consulate in Kolkata.

Earlier, several dignitaries have visited Super 30, which was recently featured by Time magazine as the "best school in Asia".

In the last eight years, the novel initiative has helped 212 students clear the IIT-JEE. For the last three years, all the 30 students in the annual intake of the institute have made it to the IITs, drawing worldwide attention.

The Discovery Channel made an hour-long documentary on the institute while a film made on it by Christopher Michel went on to win the Viewers' Choice Award in the US. Two Japanese channels also made films on Super 30.

Anand Kumar, who himself missed a chance to study at Cambridge because he didn't have enough money, gives full scholarships, including travel and stay, to every student of the batch of 30. The students have to clear a competitive test just to get into Super 30 and then they commit themselves to a year of 16-hour study each day.

Since 2003, of a total 210 students, 182 have made it to the IITs.

"The project has even won the notice of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who met Kumar in February to hear about his plans to launch a national programme for talented rural children. In a country that has struggled to offer those students even basic education, Super 30 is an example of what's possible when human potential is tapped," Time magazine said.

Example of SUPER 30 from Bihar


Patna: Anybody who has studied in Super 30 knows that it was started by Anand Kumar, as a special unit of the Ramanujan School of Mathematics that started in 1992. Super 30 was a result of Anand Kumar’s desire to do something for the poor students.
As they say, the rest is history. Today, Super 30 is a brand name known worldwide. Its list of accolades is already well-documented and laurels continue to pour in from every corner of the world despite the institute's doggedness to maintain its original simplicity.
Kumar, however, is now facing what most successful start-up ventures experience – a steady rise of copycats eager to cash-in in the name of Super 30.
Normally competition would be considered a good and healthy trend particularly if the copycats strived to provide the same level of advanced training to the students with the same degree of compassion and professionalism as offered by Kumar and his team.
However, this has not been case and no one is more frustrated than the founder of the Super 30 himself.
According to Kumar himself, he is increasingly spending his time protecting the name of Super 30 as a handful of upstart IIT/JEE coaching institutes are using the goodwill of Super 30 to promote their own venture. Claiming to be affiliated with the Patna-based Super 30, these entrepreneurs are luring unsuspecting IIT aspirants to their institutes while laughing all the way to the bank leaving Kumar scrambling to protect his brand name.

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Giving an example of the blatant abuse of the name he built and nurtured for 18 years so carefully, Anand said that when Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi visited Super 30 and asked him to help set up a similar model in his state, someone posing as a representative of the Super 30 approached the Assam government.
Later, Anand had to deny it in writing saying the person approaching the Assam government was, in no way or shape, associated with the Super 30.
The scam was then repeated in Chhattisgarh. Someone posing as Super 30 official approached the Chhattisgarh government and walked away with a contract of Rs. 1.6 crores to setup a 'branch' of Super 30 in the state.
Kumar says he has some idea as to the identity of the people behind such activities.
"How could a servant of the Bihar government involve himself in interstate commerce without the permission of the state?" Kumar wondered adding he again had to clarify to the Chhattisgarh government that he, or the Super 30, had absolutely nothing to do with this new project.
While replying to Abhishek Upadhyaya, a resident of Raipur in Chhattisgarh, who wanted to know if the 'Eureka Super 30' was affiliated to the world famous Super 30, Kumar was once again forced to clarify his position.
In a letter sent to Upadhyaya, Kumar's brother and Super 30 Coordinator Pranav Kumar wrote the following:
"One, the Super 30 was set up by Anand Kumar who is a known mathematician across the globe and he has been, since its inception, the guiding spirit of the institute.
Two, the Super 30 headed by Anand Kumar was neither informed about the "inauguration of Super 30 chapter” in Chhattisgarh of the famed Super 30 in Patna nor is he in any way associated with it".
Three, no such institution that you mentioned in your letter, is affiliated with our organisation in any way.
Four, we do not accept any donation from private as well as government agencies and generate money ourselves by teaching intermediate level students. Also we do not involve in any project started by the government.
Finally, we are not responsible for the future of the students of the program that you mentioned, as it has nothing to do with Anand Kumar's Super 30. You are welcome for the any further queries.
Pranav Kumar
Coordinator, Super 30"

Kumar said that he was surprised why anyone would do all this.
"A capable man lets his work speak for itself and not by launching vituperative campaigns. One can always start a Super 90 and help 90 underprivileged children cross the bar of JEE. Many more such initiatives are required, but they need to be honest. Sitting on other’s laurels won’t take one too far. Truth speaks louder!" said the man who started it all.
Meanwhile, Dr. Ajay, the Director of the Eureka Institute of Science located on 245 Pataliputra Colony, Road No 2, Patna 13, in a press statement, gave his own explanation of the term 'Super 30'.
"Super 30 is a concept that strives to provide free quality education to the poor and backwards. There are now five Super 30s and Eureka Institute of Science is one of them," Dr. Ajay said adding many coaching institutes had submitted tender for the Chhattisgarh project and the Eureka Institute happened to walk away with the contract.
In Chhattisgarh, however, leaders are seeking a high-level probe into the entire incident seeking tough actions against those who are found guilty of any misappropriation.
References: 
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Assam-CM-Gogoi-praises-Bihars-Super-30/articleshow/6047200.cms
http://www.indiaedunews.net/IIT/Bihar%27s_famed_coaching_institute_now_in_Assam_12037/
http://www.bhaskar.com/article/CHH-RAI-hoax-in-the-name-of-the-super-30-1448958.html
http://eurekasuper30.in/super_30.html


Sikh Student Self-help Group


Waheguru ji ka khalsa !!
Waheguru ji ki Fateh !!

Sikhs are one of the minorities in the world which gained a lot of recognition because of their hard work ship , honesty and dedication towards work and high level of positive attitude even in the worst moments of one's life. But all the qualities our forefathers have could not be passed to our posterity for one reason or another. Many anti-Sikh powers and even some so-called Sikh bodies have spoiled the Sikh youth in general and Sikh students in particular to such an extent that we have been hardly getting any talent out of our community taking hard-core competition. In some cases, we have some very meritorious students who are unable to do so because of lack of funds or motivation or guidance or inspiration. So, it is the need of moment that Sikh students have some sort of self-help group which can help each other in way whatever they can or as needed. For these sort of things, we have nothing to do with any big politicians, religious bodies or any recognised personalities.
We have to come forward to help our younger brotherhood by all means. Please send your comments on this or any suggestions whatever you feel about this. These is about all Sikh students either they are in Asia, Europe, India , Pakistan, Afganistan , North America or Australia. This network will help us all in future.


Regards,
Sewadar