Posts Tagged ‘sacrilege’

31
Aug

The Hindu: Dera through the Punjab lens

   Posted by: aman    in Punjab

Friends, my short piece in The Hindu in which I argue that in the last two years I have noticed a small, tremulous, change in Punjab given the stereotype in the nations and worlds’ mind – the region has a propensity towards violence. Whether it was the sacrilege incidents of 2015 or the recent Dera Premi fracas, Punjab held its pain in restraint.

That does not mean Punjab has no disquiet. Disquiet is ripe and the region is marked by distrust. Punjab thirsts for justice. Yet, I feel by not giving in to easy violence the region is sending out a different message if we were to listen to it and act on it to resolve many past grievances in this post-conflict land.

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12
Jan

Comments on Punjab Sacrilege in Hindustan Times

   Posted by: aman    in Punjab

India does find it hard to understand Punjab. That is why I like it when journalists travel and come back and seek to understand issues by talking to who they think are experts. At least, there is an attempt. Recently the Hindustan Times team travelled and asked me for my comments on their experiences. Now I am no expert but as a learner I am able to figure out a few things which I suppose can help them.

For example, the word agency. It is used everywhere in Punjab when the matter of politics comes up. Politics comes up everywhere, anyway. ‘The word agencies originates in the 80s and reveals deep-rooted mistrust in shadowy government officials and outsiders. It signifies death, disappearances and unclaimed bodies.’

This was an article on sacrilege that rocked Punjab in October/November 2015.

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2
Apr

Blink: Sacrilege is in the law

   Posted by: aman    in Punjab

Friends my piece in The Hindu Business Line special edition BLink on the recent move by the Punjab Assembly to call for an amendment to the Indian Penal Code section section 295A by seeking an increase in the quantum of punishment to those found guilty of religious sacrilege to the Sikh holy book Guru Granth Sahib, popularly known as the Blasphemy Law. I find the move populist and retrograde.

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Friends, time is truly cyclical in Punjab. Old issues re-surface to become new issues, but nothing gets solved on the ground.

My story on the proposed blasphemy law and river waters in Scroll.in – with timeline so at least we know what happened when.

At this stage, all political parties are fishing in troubled waters.

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I missed the fact that this piece was actually published. I notice how it is a fluid piece because the realities of protest were unraveling very quickly in those days. Yet, I notice, this is the only piece which will have the names of the two who died or suffered grievously the violent aspects of the protests against the sacrilege of the Sikh holy book.

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Here is Daljit Ami’s recent column on the Sikh protest in Punjab and how it is shaped, where it is headed. Translated by me.

We need more and more voices to articulate the two independent protests in Punjab: farmer-worker Unions and the intra-community Sikh struggle against the hegemony of the SGPC.  Both are against the same Akali government.

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