Friday, December 29, 2006

Paramjit Singh - The Original Judgment

In a nation that so proudly claims to be the "worlds largest democracy"; the true colours of corruption, oppression and abuse have again been revealed in the state of Punjab.

In a recent case, the Punjab Police have demonstrated their fear of an awakening. Admidst numerous reports it appears as though the Police have resorted to practices of torture, abuse and the ever so common practice of framing ordinary citizens for personal gains.

The police allegations state that 3 Sikh men have been detained on the grounds of carrying and hiding weapons in a conspiracy to carry out attacks during the upcoming elections. It has also been hinted that the Police believe that the attacks were part of a greater plan to revive the 1980's revolution.

Among those arrested, it has been revealed that one of the three men, Paramjit Singh, is a British citizen. In efforts to shed light on the current developments of the case and in an attempt to help truth prevail (in accordance to the spirit of the Khalsa Panth). WesternSSA has obtained documents of the original judgment against Paramjit Singh.

We encourage that these be distributed and published freely without permission, and that Sikh Youth spread awareness about the issue to the greater community through both a united stance and voice.

Below we have attached the original judgment.





Friday, December 15, 2006

Exam Stress Relief!

We all know exams can be stressful, so we thought that a little keertan might help calm those nerves.

Luckily there is currently a live broadcast occuring from Ludhiana, Punjab.

The broadcast is a live video feed of the...Annual Jawaddi Taksal Gurmat Sangeet Samagam with String Instruments. To listen you will need Windows Media Player. If you click on the picture below it should automatically open.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Weekly Discussion - Storming Of The Temple

This week the WSSA was able to finally hold its long-awaited discussion. The first of three parts, it was concerned with the events that took place in a year Sikhs will never forget-1984. Here are some points- feel free to contribute- we all have much to learn from one another. Feel free to watch the documentary before you proceed to read the discussion.

The following are points that disagree with the actions taken by Sant ji and his fellow Sikhs in reference to attack on the Darbar Sahib in Amritsar:

• It is wrong to have weapons within a holy shrine- this group had no right to bring weapons in a place of worship
• What are the chances that this militant group had the same intentions as Guruji in his time?
• It is wrong to answer violence with violence
• These individuals had different intentions when they held “weapons” in their hands- it gave them a sense of power and that was all.
• The militants were very forceful in their actions They would go to randomhouses in the middle of the night and demand food and shelter leaving families who provided this to have to deal with questions from the localpolice in the morning.

General statements made to bring about further discussion:

• Individuals who joined the Khalistan movement had personal motives

The following are points that support the actions taken by Sant ji and his fellow Sikhs:

In reference to having firearms/weapons in the Akaal Takht:

• As Sikhs, we should have no problem carrying fire arms anyways- it is the right of every Sikh to do so.
• At Hazoor Sahib- Guru Gobind Singh Sahib’s Bandookhs are present

In reference to the Khalistan Movement and the emergence of Militants:

• These militants probably became militants out of anger Their families were destroyed, they were thrown into jail, their genitals were burnt
• It did not have anything to do with personal motives because as a Sikh youare a universal fighter. Raising a weapon in defence, for a greater cause is not considered wrongful in Sikhi.

General statements made to bring about further discussion:

• Punjab was further divided by Indira Gandhi…Invites conflict
• The Government admitted that they trained people to discredit the Sikhs
• All Sikhs do not deny that they were responsible for killing theNirankaris-however they were justified in their actions.
o (This is revolving around the issue in 1978 where an individual claimed to be the living Guru of the Sikhs- he disrespected the Holy Guru Granth Sahib ji and claimed that their were “Sat Sitaaray” ( 7 stars) instead of the Panj Pyarey (5 beloved ones). As a result of showing such disrespect, this individual was shot.
• However, there was also violence against the Sikhs when they were carrying out a peaceful protest- not having any weapons and were still attacked- how is this fair?

In response to the well known question who is to blame?

• The majority of innocents who were killed in this massacre were killed by the government, not these alleged militants.
• Blame cannot just be put upon the few bad apples (from the group involved in the movement against the Indian government). A lot of the blame should also be placed upon the breakdown of Sikh Organizations. For example Babbar Khalsa changed its requirements - initially they were very strict in who could become a member during the early stages of the violence, however
shortly thereafter, they broke down by loosening requirements, thus making way for “bad apples” to come into the picture.

Questions raised:

• How did this become a Sikh-Hindu conflict? Who instigated this idea?
• Why did these individuals become militants/freedom fighters in the first place? What drove them to make this decision?
• Why not fight for the cause?
• Why is it that there is such a divide in reference to the occurrences of 1984 among the Sikhs? How come it is so difficult to reach a general consensus especially since they were the victimized group?
• It is difficult to understand why ‘Sant’ Bhindranwale was looked down upon and is continuously put in such a negative light- what makes him this so called terrorist?
• Although there has been an apology issued to the Sikhs from the government, this was done by a fellow sikh who previously lied to the UN and stated no Human Rights Abuses occurred in Punjab. Consequently, can this even be regarded as a valid apology?
• What can be done now? How can we correct this situation or at least do something to achieve some level of peace?

To be discussed/considered next week:

• Should the individuals directly involved with Sant Bhinderawale’s group during 1984 be considered militants or freedom fighters?
• The difference between a terrorist and a Saint Soldier
• How this has become a Sikh- Hindu conflict and who has instigated this idea.
• Anything else members choose to discuss

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Waterloo + Laurier Youth Keertan Darbaar

If you attended The WesternSSA Rainsbhayee Keertan earlier this year and enjoyed yourself, you definitely don't want to miss out this weekend. This weekend Waterloo and Laurier Sikh Student Associations will be holding their Bi-Annual Youth Keertan Darbar. If you are interested in attending and need a ride please contact westernssa via email and we will make arrangements. Depending on the number of responses we get, we may rent a car or a 15 seater. We ask for your response by Thursday evening at 6pm so that there is sufficient time for transportation to be arranged. We look forward to hearing from you and joining you on a roadtrip!

For More Details Please View The Flyer

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Paintball Madness Update

WesternSSA Presents...






If You Are Interested In Attending Please Email or your respective club and payments will be arranged. Seating and spaces are limited, and will go run on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Western Students From Various Clubs on Campus Will Be Taking Part In This Years Tourney Representing UWO... Against A Challange By Waterloo and Laurier Universities...Soo Lets Show Them How We Ride...

Clubs That Are Officially Holding It Down...

Waterloo Sikh Students Association
Laurier Sikh Students Assocation

Western Sikh Students Association (WesternSSA)

Hindu Students' Association (HSA)
Tamil Students' Association (TSA)
Black Students Association (BSA)
Bhangra Giddha Club

Are you interested in adding a club? Email us at


This Sunday, November 12th

11am - 3pm

Bus will be leaving from Alumni Hall at 9:30am


$25 for WesternSSA Members, $26 Non-Members

If you are interested email us and we will make arrangments to pick-up for the payment


Bus Transportation
Camouflage Jacket
Paintball Gun
100 Paintballs
Unlimited CO2
Face Mask

4 Hours of Paintball Madness


Flagswipe, for more details visit


Tuesday, November 07, 2006


WesternSSA goes paintballing... AGAINNNN!!!
..."best event of the year..."
why ?
"best turn out ever..."
and what does that mean ?

Sunday, November 05, 2006


Throughout history, whenever there has been a calling, the Sikhs have been quick to the defend the honour of those oppressed and with the grace of Waheguroo justice has prevailed. These teachings have been instilled in the Sikh Faith by the Guru's themselves, and we are again reminded of our history with the anniversary of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Maharaj Ji's Shaheedi Purab slowly approaching.

WesternSSA Members, we ask you to join in a silent protest being held this Monday and take part in the traditions and teachings of Sikhi, by defending the rights, honour and dignity of our brothers and sisters. Please read the following message from our friends for more details regarding the protest to be held this Monday.


On Monday, November 6, from 12-2 p.m., the UWO chapter of Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) will join with other groups such as the NDP club, Oxfam, and Pride Western in holding a silent protest at the concrete beach (area in front of the UCC). Participants are asked to wear black, and place duct tape or something similar across their mouths to visually show the USC's policy of gagging and censoring groups on campus.

The aim of this protest is to draw attention to the actions taken by the University Student Council against freedom of speech on campus. Unfortunately, the USC has a history of silencing student groups over issues seen as controversial, and this trend continues into the present day. The amount of bureaucracy and control exerted by the USC has also risen frighteningly in the past few years, severely limiting the ability of full-time students to achieve anything beyond the superficial. A few examples:

SPHR was banned from USC properties after a 2004 event in which a mock
apartheid wall was erected in the UCC. The event had the approval of both the USC and the London Police's hate crime division, and was meant to draw attention to the illegal apartheid wall currently snaking its way across the West Bank. Each year, the USC has found new, increasingly ridiculous reasons to silence SPHR, and the full story can be found here:

Oxfam Western recently ran into trouble, when they were refused permission to print posters detailing the epidemic of world hunger. They were silenced because the images of starving children were deemed unrefined for the tastes of Western students.

Pride Western has also been affected by the actions of the USC. During Pride Week, chalk slogans on the walls of several buildings on campus with pro-equality messages were erased on the order of the USC because they made some students feel "uncomfortable". Many other clubs, sports, and even Student Council candidates have used chalked slogans to spread their messages, yet it is only Pride Western who has seen theirs officially erased. Strange indeed.

So please, come support freedom of speech at one of Canada’s largest universities. Show your disapproval of the USC’s policies, which have limited the views on campus to those deemed safe, and kept student organizations from achieving their full potential.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Snatam Kaur In Concert

Snatam Kaur's world-tour concert blends the musical traditions of East and
West. Her heart-opening music and enchanting voice will bring you an
experience of peace to cherish.

Join in an evening of uplifting music that truly inspires Peace:

Friday, November 3, 2006 at 7:30 pm
Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library
251 Dundas Street, London

Snatam resonates with the words “celebrate peace” because she believes that
peace already exists within each of us, and it is a matter of recognizing it
and celebrating it. Celebration comes from a place of courage and inner
strength. The Celebrate Peace Tour is dedicated to inspiring people of all
walks of life to celebrate the peace that is within themselves, their
families, and communities and, from that place of strength, to reach out to
others as neighbors and nations in the spirit of peace.

Snatam Kaur was introduced to music and spiritual practice at an early age,
as well as studies in Gurmukhi and Kundalini Yoga. She studied with the
accomplished master of Sikh-style devotional music, Bhai Hari Singh, in
Amritsar, India.

In September, she released her 5th solo album titled 'Anand' (Bliss) that is
a celebration of the joy and happiness that resides within each individual.
Like her previous best-selling albums, 'Prem' (Love), 'Shanti' (Peace) and
'Grace', 'Anand' is a collection of devotional chants grounded in the Sikh
tradition, reflecting a universal sensibility that embraces many faiths.

  • More than 50,000 CD's sold world-wide in 2005.
  • Her music is sold across North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific.
  • Snatam Kaur was on the list to be nominated for a Grammy Award in 2002.
  • She is the only artist to have 3 albums on the New Age Retailers Top 20 List in 2005.
  • Her Celebrate Peace Tour visits over 100 venues each year.
Below is a short video clip of Snatam Kaur courtesy of

Download: Video

To hear samples of her music, visit and click on her
albums to hear clips.

To learn more about Snatam Kaur, visit

First France...then Denmark

Danish court confirms ban on Sikh carrying ceremonial knife

"Amritdhaarees please beware, do not enter Denmark or a painful "death" follows..."
Understanding the above statement might be a little difficult but it makes perfect sense to an Amritdhaaree Sikh. Kirpaan being one of the vital 5s of an Amritdhaaree Singh/Kaur it is like saying that if you were to step into Denmark your heart or kidneys or liver or any other vital organ would not be allowed in Denmark. The title carries history along with it referring back to the recent ban of Turbans and any other articles of faith, first in France and then Belgium followed the lead. There lies an irony in the France situation thought... look at the pic below and be the judge...

Read Why Carry a Dagger? for an interesting answer to the question posed...

Monday, October 23, 2006

No War Rally

This October 28th an anti war rally is being held downtown Toronto. It will also focus around Canadian troops in Afghanistan. Here are some quick facts that some may or may not know:

“Our demand is a simple one: “Support our troops and bring them home now!” Right now, the Stephen Harper government continues to support a NATO-led mission in Afghanistan that has made the situation in the country worse than it was in 2001. Fewer people have access to clean water and electricity than five years ago, reconstruction is at a standstill, opium production generates twice the amount of income than international aid, and Canadian troops are keeping in power a government that is dominated by war lords and drug lords - people who continue to commit war crimes and human rights abuses on a massive scale.

And as Stephen Harper pours billions of dollars more into George Bush’s war in Afghanistan, he continues to cut billions from social programs here in Canada. Money that is badly needed for health care, childcare, education, the environment, social programs and other services is being diverted to war and militarism. For every dollar the Canadian government spends on the Afghan mission, fully 90 cents goes towards the military operation. Only ten cents goes to aid.”

Once again we are trying to organize Sikh involvement with this protest. Please view the attached flyer for details

Thursday, October 19, 2006

In Celebration of Bandi Chor Divas...

We Bring to You...

U of T / Ryerson Kirtan Darbar!

on Saturday, October 21, 2006
10am to 12pm

at Weston Road Gurdwara
Sri Guru Singh Sabha
331 Old Weston Road

Volunteers are needed Friday night to help with food preparations and Saturday morning for langar seva. Contact ssautsg@gmail for more info and see flyer for details!! Anyone interested in doing kirtan let us know!
Let us celebrate together!!!

BANDI CHOR DIVAS (literally means the day of release of the prisoner)

This day commemorates the return of the sixth Guru, Sri Hargobind Ji, to the holy city of Amristar after his release from detention. Guru Hargobind Singh ji was imprisoned by Emperor Jahangir because he seem to be afraid of the Guru's growing power. Guru ji had agreed to his own release on the condition that the other fifty-two detainees would also be released. He was therefore known as the " Bandi Chorrh". He arrived at Amritsar on the day of Diwali and the Golden Temple was also was lit with hundreds of lamps. Thereafter day came to be known as the "Bandi Chhor Divas" (the day of freedom).


Peaceful protest by Saadh Sangat

It is with folded hands that we request your presence on Sunday,
October 22nd at Premier Banquet Hall (11am-3pm) for a collective
boycott of the scheduled seminar being held by Inder Singh Ghugga and
participation in a peaceful protest. Inder Singh Ghugga is an avid
supporter of the notorious panthic enemy known as Kala Afgana who has
been excommunicated by the Akhaal Takhat for his anti-Sikhi
activities. His presence in Toronto, Ontario of the last few weeks has
left a bad taste in the mouths of many Sikhs in the Greater Toronto
Area and worldwide as well. He is known to ferociously attack and
manipulate basic Sikhi principles. Below are just a few of his many
extensive attacks on the Panth.

Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji was pressured by Muslims when travelling to
Mecca and voluntarily consumed Halal meat. When asked about evidence
supporting this, Ghugga replied that this was a part of his
During the martyrdom of Guru Arjun Dev Ji, he was unable to retain
consciousness during the torture and therefore became unconscious.
These words indicate his desire to portray Guru Sahib as an ordinary
human being. When challenged in regards to this, he was once again
quick to admit it was a figment of his imagination
The usage of words such as "Badmaash" and derogratory slurs in
reference to Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
In his own literature he has deemed the very pillar of Sikhi, Naam
Simran as unnecessary along with Mool Mantar and Gurmantar.
The importance and power of Naam Simran which is stressed within each
word of Gurbani is completely dismissed by Ghugga in his literature
Even the importance of Ardaas is undermined within writings by Ghugga
Publicly challenges the authenticity of Banis contained in the morning
Nitnem such as Jaap Sahib and Chaupayee Sahib, whereby undermining the
entire Amrit Sanchar ceremony.
The core fundamentals of Sikhi and those who lived by the word of the
Guru have been attacked shamelessly by Ghugga
Being oblivious to the correct pronunciation and lacking grammatical
knowledge of Gurbani, Ghugga fails to recognize the importance of
vowels when translating Gurbani.

In addition to the concerns raised above, there are many other
discrepancies and anti-Gurmat statements contained within literature
published by Ghugga, some of which we hope to highlight in the coming
days. It should be noted that it is his anti-panthic actions that have
resulted in him not being allotted time to speak at any Gurdwara.


All Sikh Sangat & Panthic Jathebandees

Bhai Hardeep Singh 416-858-1596
Bhai Jaspreet Singh 416-689-9409
Bhai Tarlochan Singh 416-891-9957
Bhai Jasdev Singh 416-835-1909
Bhai Gurjeet Singh 416-560-6326

Supporting Jathebandees:
Ontario Gurdwara Committee and all Gurdwara Sahibs
Ontario Gurdwara Sikh Council and Gurdwara Sahibs below:
1) Gurdwara Shaheed Ghar (Hamilton)
2) Gurdwara Baba Budha Ji
3) Gurdwara Sikh Association of Brantford
Sikh Spiritual Centre, Rexdale
Shromani Sikh Sangat, Missisauga
Gurdwara Jot Parkash
Gurdwara Tapoban Sahib
Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Malton
Shromani Sikh Sangat Mississauga
Shromani Akali Dal Amritsar, Ontario
Canadian Organization of Sikh Students
Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Ji Gatka Akhara
Damdami Taksal International
Akhand Kirtanee Jatha, Toronto

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Brothers in France still holding up the fight...

"We didn't have a single young girl showing up veiled this year for the rentree [start of the school year] which was very satisfying," government education spokesman Samira Bonvoisin told The First Post. "The only ongoing problem is with four Sikh schoolboys who still refuse to remove their turbans."

Read the whole article here

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Meeri-Peeri Exhibit & Rainsabayee

A free bus service has been arranged and will be leaving from Ontario Khalsa Darbar (Derry and Dixie Rd.) Mississauga to London Gurdwara at 5 pm... Call 519 694 6147 to book your seats as they are limited...

Saturday, September 30, 2006

WesternSSA IceBreaker 2006

The Western Sikh Students' Association will be running its first meeting this Monday October 2nd, 2006. The meeting will be held in Kresgie 208 and will start at 7:00pm. The meeting will be a short introduction of The Executive Committee, along with some announcements and mixers to get everyone acquainted with one another. If you are aware of anybody that is still interested in signing up, membership WILL still be available. Lastly, we look forward to seeing you all out on Monday night! Oh, and YES there will be free food for Members.

Monday, September 25, 2006


We have had some complaint from some individual who are unable to click on any of the links in the flash intro!

There are TWO reasons!
  • either you have been using IE 7.0 which is still a RC1 and not the Final Release.
  • or, you have had IE 7.0 and have uninstalled it. Now you are unable to access the flash links from both Firefox and IE 7.0
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you! You are welcome to comment on any other obscure phenomenon you encounter regarding the flash intro. We are students in the learning process. Any mistakes we make, please let us know and we will try to fix them ASAP!


Sunday, September 24, 2006

Spinning Wheel Film Festival

As you all know, the Spinning Wheel Films Festival is coming up fast next week. The Canadian Organization of Sikh Students has been able to work alongside SWFF to bring to you, students, a great package in order to attend the event.

SWFF comittee has offered a discount on Student (Weekend) Passes only, for $55, with a valid Student ID. Please take this opportunity and attend the festival as its always a great event, and a worthwhile cause. The original price for Student Passes are $75 - saving $20 for students is definitely worth while.

Please contact WesternSSA and we will be able to provide further details for Pass Pick-up and Payment. The deadline is Wednesday Sept 27, so you need to contact us... NOW!

The 4th Annual
2006 Spinning Wheel Film Festival
A Celebration of Sikh Films

September 29th - October 1st 2006

Isabel Bader Theatre
93 Charles St. West
Toronto, Canada

For tickets, schedules or more information:



Call: 416-879-SPIN (7746)

Friday, September 22, 2006

ClubsWeek Summary

As Clubsweek comes to an end, WesternSSA can yet again make claim to another successful year. Each day of the week we were able to sign up atleast 20 members, leading to a 100 member sign-up in just one week.

Looking over the membership list, the Executive Committee is excited to see increased membership amongst first years. We again welcome all first years and encourage you to stay involved while helping to carry on the tradition of a strong SSA at The University of Western Ontario.

For those that are still interesting in signing up, membership is still available at weekly meetings which are scheduled to start on October 1st, 2006.

Friday, September 15, 2006


WesternSSA will kick off the year with clubsweek begginning next week! This will be a chance for any new or returning students to become members. The following are details about ClubsWeek so make sure you come check us out!

What Is It?

Clubsweek is an oppertunity for students to join clubs and get involved in clubs that interest them. WesternSSA will be taking part in clubsweek and will be giving out SSA Memberships. Shirts and Shaheedi 400 cd's will also be

When Is It?

September 18th - September 22nd
Monday - Friday

Where Is It?


Sunday, September 10, 2006

WesternSSA... Still Flying High!

A Fateh to all and a Welcome Back! Its been a long 4 months since the last school year ended and although WesternSSA has appeared to be inactive that is definitely far from the truth! WesternSSA spent their summer working underground to bring their members and the online community some more of that goodstuff! WesternSSA over the next few weeks will be introducing...

WesternSSA Overseas
-We will be releasing details and material from a recent trip to Kashmir and the State of Sikhi in that region.

Upcoming Events

- ClubsWeek Dates will be announced
- Annual Rainsbhayee has been confirmed for October 14th - more details are still to come

New Alliances

- The announcement and official launch of new partnerships.

Brand new online resources -

- new pictures
- new videos
- new audio

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Stop Genocide Save Darfur
"We Should Feel Sad If Someone Dies of Injustice" - Guru Arjan Dev Ji

Sunday June 25
2:30pm – 5:30pm

Sikh Spiritual Center9 Carrier Dr., Rexdale, Ontario

Program Includes:
Raag Keertan, Eye Witness Accounts,
Recently filmed video from Darfur,
Presentation by Amnesty International and C.A.S.T.S.
and Human Rights Booths
Genocide has been defined as the "Deliberate and systematic destruction of a Racial, Political, or cultural group". The Sikhs have experienced three major genocidal massacres from 1764 to 1984. In India, there is a history of major human rights violations against Dalits ("untouchables"), Tribals, Women, Sikhs, Muslims, and Christians. With this in mind, let us stand up to injustice and 'Rekindle The Spirit' of our Guru's. On June 25, 2006, @ Sikh Spiritual Center, Rexdale from 2:30 – 5:30pm the Sikh community along with Amnesty International and C.A.S.T.S. (Canadians Against Slavery and Torture in Sudan) will come together to show our support to the people of Darfur.
In Darfur over 2 million people are homeless and some estimate 10,000 people are dying each month. Women are being raped, people abducted, families savagely killed, and villages burnt to the ground. Those who escape these atrocities are forced to congregate in overcrowded disease ridden camps. It is up to us to help those in need.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Stop Genocide, Save Darfur!

Genocide has been defined as the "Deliberate and systematic destruction of a Racial, Political, or cultural group". The Sikhs have experienced three major genocidal killings from 1764 to 1984. In India, there is a history of major human rights violations against Dalits ("untouchables"), Tribals, Women, Sikhs, Muslims, and Christians.

With this in mind, let us stand up to injustice and 'Rekindle The Spirit' of our Guru's. On June 25, 2006, @ Sikh Spiritual Center, Rexdale from 2:30 – 5:30pm the Sikh community along with Amnesty International and C.A.S.T.S (Canadians Against Slavery and Torture in Sudan) will come together to show our support to the people of Darfur. In Darfur over 2 million people are homeless and some estimate 10,000 people are dying each month. Women are being raped, people abducted, families savagely killed, and villages burnt to the ground. Those who escape these atrocities are forced to congregate in overcrowded disease ridden camps. It is up to us to help those in need.

Program Includes: Eye Witness Accounts, Recently filmed video from Darfur, Presentation by Amnesty International and C.A.S.T.S., Human Rights Booths, and Raag Keertan.

For More information contact :
or visit:

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Hoodies and Shirts

Please click on the link in the top menu bar, or below

Immortal Shaheedi - still available - $10.00. Please Contact Parm Singh, or Parminder Singh

Saturday, May 13, 2006

A Message To WesternSSA Alumni

Schools done and the summer is finally here!! We hope everyones exams and classes went well and we wish you a fun and safe summer. For those of you returning in the fall we look forward to having you join WesternSSA again. However, every year there are numerous valued members that finish their time at Western and move on, essentially becoming Western and WesternSSA Alumni. This year we would like to maintain contact with those that have over the years done a great amount of seva. Therefore, we ask that if you are not returning to Western next year and would like to stay in touch with WesternSSA as a member and an individual who future generations can look too for guidance, to please submit your contact information for next year. It is asked that you provide your name, number, email and address.

WesternSSA is also looking to keep track of its history starting from the very first exec, nearly a decade ago. Therefore, if you are in contact with any previous execs or members that may be interested in keeping in touch, please forward this message to them.

All information can be sent to us via

Yours Truly, Your Sevadaars
WesternSSA Exec

Friday, May 12, 2006

The Rise of Khalsa

While Sikh Media appears to be growing and increasing in popularity a new frontier has been ventured into by "Vismaad Animated Movies" who have utilized a key tool in the preservation of Sikh History. We encourage everyone to take a helping hand in the sales of the second movie released by Vismaad Productions as it important to preserve the history of the Sikhs, and what better way then to present it to children of all ages through an animated series. For more information please view the press release attached below.



Animated movie “The Rise of Khalsa” has the distinction of being the first ever movie made on legendary Baba Banda Singh Bahadur. The movie is produced by Vismaad; who brought “Sahibzadey: A Saga of Valor & Sacrifice”; the first ever animated movie on Sikh history. When reminded about these firsts Director, Sukhwinder Singh said: “Sewa first. It is Waheguru ji’s grace and Sikh Sangat’s blessings that we are bestowed this great sewa to bring forth our remarkable history”.

Vismaad is an IT SOLUTIONS & CONSULTING COMPANY promoted by three Gursikh IT professionals. Singapore based Bakhtawar Singh says “we realized that contemporary Sikh generations know very little about Sikh history and what better way than animation to meet this objective“. “Sahibzadey” was highly appreciated by Sikh Sangat and gave us courage to embark on our second project “The Rise of Khalsa”.

“The Rise of Khalsa” takes you along Baba Banda Singh ji’s journey from his first meeting with Guru Gobind singh ji at Nanded to conquering of Sirhind. Guruji ordained Babaji to reach Punjab and reorganize the Khalsa forces to put an end to tyranny and injustice.

Recently a Movie preview was shown at Mohali to a select audience comprising Military Generals, Industrialists, Educationists and representatives of various Sikh organizations.

After watching the movie Major General M.S. Kandal (retd) said “An enthralling tribute to a great Sikh General. It’s amazing to watch Baba Banda Singh ji’s military acumen portrayed so well through animation. Well done boys! Keep the good works going!!”

According to Navnit Singh animation is the most effective medium when it comes to teaching History to today’s kids. Why kids? We had even adults calling us to tell how “Sahibzadey” made them ponder over their ignorance about a vibrant Sikh History.

“The Rise of Khalsa” is due for worldwide release on 21-May-06. Premier shows are planned at major cities including Toronto, Vancouver, Fremont, Los Angeles, New York, London and Singapore.

For More Details Please Visit

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Sant Ji's Message To Monas (cut hair)

Baba Jarnail Singh Bhindraanvale's Message to Monas (cut hair)

From Baba jee's lecture in Singh Garj compiled by Bh. NaraiN Singh
Translated by Admin

So, I have a request for all of you who have cut their kesh and beards and have the name "Singh". I put my hands together and ask, 'Please, become my brothers'. And only become my brothers if you think I'm good. If you think I'm a low-life then don't at all become my brothers. If you call me good, then you'll have to keep your kesh and beards, give up liquor and if you call me a low-life, I'll be quiet and sit down and leave you alone.

Ok, those of you who have cut your kesh and beards, am I good or am I a low-life??

No, it won't do to remain quiet like that. Say it out loud.

No, No, just those who have cut beards….

If I'm good, then why don't you listen to me? If you keep your kesh and then I tell you to call me a Sant, or bow to me, then you can get rid of all your hair. Also, you can cut your hair too if I
tell you to oppose the Panth.

It was an old Sikh cry, "Sir Jaavay taa(n) jaavey mayraa Sikhee sidak naa javai" meaning, "If my head goes, then so be it, may my Sikhi faith never leave me."

But now there are two cries: Dharam jaavay taa(n) jaavay, saaDee kursee kitay naa jaavay meaning "Our Faith can go if it must, but our political seat should go nowhere. "

Or those youth who cut their hair and beards also have a cry:

Dharam jaavay taa(n) jaavay, daaRee saaDay moo(n)h tay naa aavay. Meaning, "Our faith can go if it must, but please let no beard come on our faces".

Tell me, if a son does not look like his father, what do you call him? Those of you sitting here with cut beards, do we believe in Dasam Paatshaah? Tell me, do we?

Sangat: Yes, we believe in him.

Well if we believe in him, then are we joining with him? Our Dasam Paatshaah had a kacherra, kirpan in a gatra, a beautiful dastaar, a beautiful Sree Saahib and Sarbloh kaRaa. We have a string type of thing around our necks, what do they call it? RakhRee? I don’t' know what it is. We have a baandar kachee (monkey panties i.e. briefs) and we have no dastaar on our head or beard on our face. How will we call ourselves Guru's Sikhs? How will people call us the sons of our father??

If you want to be sons of your father and my brothers, those of you with cut hair have to keep it after today. And those of you who don't want to be their father's sons, then it's up to you if you want to stay a man or become like women. If you want to be men, then keep it uncut, and if you don’t' want to be men, go to Darbaar Saahib and do ardaas, "Sachay Paatshah! Kill us and make us women. And make the women men." Trade off like this. Then, you'll have no beard on your face, nor will the barber have to sharpen his knife on a worn out leather shoe and rub it on your faces. And then neither would I have to have the headache of saying all this and neither would you feel angry after hearing it.

Oi! Now tell me, are you going to become your father's sons or not?? Why aren't you answering?? Those of you with cut beards, why are you sitting there with your heads down? And it's not going to work out if you don't speak…

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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Essay Marathon

Send your essays in to

All essays will be appearing Sikh Sangat Youth Forum

Please indicate whether you would like to remain 'anonymous' or we may use your name.

The prize for this Essay Marathon?

Having the honour of being an inspiration to millions of individuals around the world and spreading the awareness for Sikhi as Seva.
There is no greater prize for a Sikh.

Spread the Love Jio ... It's in us to Give

Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Tuesday, May 02, 2006


Summer is here!...And so are the Brand New WesternSSA and COSS T-Shirts, as well as the new Shaheedi 400 Album...Hurry and place your order, before they are sold out!

Below are some samples, if you are interested in making a purchase please email us at


WesternSSA Shirts are still available...

Mens Singh Shirts are Available in Baby Blue and Womens Kaur Baby-T's are available in Pink. The cost is $20


The first in a series of gear offered by COSS is now available...

The cost of the shirt is currently $10, if you are interested in making a purchase please email your name, address and size to


The new Shaheedi 400 is now available for $15 Canadian. Again, if you are interested please email us via

Mukhon Satnaam Bolda
Reet Khalsay Di
Chamakde Taare
The Legend of Jinda Sukha
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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Nagar Keertan Update

Malton - Rexdale Nagar kirtan will take place April 23rd departing Malton at 12pm. So those interested in volunteering or helping out. Please arrive at Malton by the main Khalsa School entrance no later then 10:30 am on Sunday April 23rd.

COSS will have a float at the downtown nagar kirtan. We are requesting all volunteers to contact us. We will also require kirtanees so please book your time ASAP. Toronto Volunteers are requested to meet at CNE location for 8:30 sharp on Sunday April 30th (day of the nagar kirtan)

WesternSSA Exec:
COSS Exec: or

GTA Nagar Keertan!

MALTON - REXDALE: Sunday April 23rd
Malton - Rexdale Nagar kirtan will take place April 23rd departing Malton at 12pm. So those interested in volunteering or helping out. Please arrive at Malton by the main Khalsa School entrance no later then 10:30 pm on Sunday April 23rd


DOWNTOWN TORONTO: Sunday April 30th

We will also have a float for the downtown Nagar Kirten @ CNE, which will be arriving in the morning. For anyone that may be interested in helping set up and decorate the float, please make plans to come early or feel free to contact Parm Singh for additional information. An exact time will be soon emailed out again as the date nears. If anybody is interested in doing kirten on the float, again contact Parm Singh. We will be having COSS t shirts ready @ both Nagar Kirtens, so please be prepared to wear a Tshirts to show our unity.
We may also be able to get a Table at City Hall grounds to help serve food as they do each and every year, however this can only be done if we have sevadaars willing to get to City Hall ahead of time, and be dedicated to that seva for the majority of the afternoon. If you ARE seriously interested please contact (PARMINDER OR PARM), and if we have enough devoted sevadars we will let you know the status as the day nears.


Listen to the upcoming tracks at book your copy today. COSS is the official distributor of the CD in Canada and assisting with its Launch. CD's will be on sale at the Nagar Kirtan on a first come first serve basis. However, volunteers will be given first choice.

check for updates on

WesternSSA Exec:
Parm Singh -
Parminder Singh -

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The Panthic Otrpeka

The recent popularity of blogging has hit home with the sikh community and without a doubt blogging and Sikhi have proven to provide a rather large spectrum of focus, ranging from sikh student associations to being purely news based and informational. However, one of the most informative and revolutionary Sikh blogs finds home at The Panthic Otpreka consistently catches ones attention and stimulates the mind from a perspective that would normally be ignored given current societal pressures on Sikh Youth. The Panthic Otpreka is hands down one of the best "nothing-but-sikhi" blogs on the net... check it out for yourself.. here is a copy of the most recent post

Monday, April 17, 2006

The Whole World is Born of Sikhs

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh,

Below is an extract from a speech by Sant Jarnail Singh Ji Bhindrawale.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

This issue come up every day; regarding the Sikhs being a separate Nation. I like to make another humble statement. They say Sikhs are extremists. I asked those leaders: "If the Sikhs are extremists, you should accept the Sikhs are a separate Nation (inasmuch as extremism is their exclusive characteristic). If Sikhs are a part of Hindus, then you should write Hindus as extremists (the characteristics of Sikhs and Hindus being the same on that hypothesis)." When they want to abuse us or use foul language towards us it is exclusively towards people with turbans, but when we ask for our rights, we are told: "You are part of us." they say: "You are born out of us." I humbly submit that the whole world is born of Sikhs. In a Pundit's home, in a Muslim's home, or in a Sikh's home, no one is born without hair. If all people stayed as they were born of their parents and kept the appearance given them by God, they would not be called Chhalli Ram or Gulli Ram. Everyone would address them as Sardar Ji. Tell me who is born? Who is created by Nature? Don't get into misunderstandings over this.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Happy Baisakhi!

The Western Sikh Students Association would like to wish everyone a Happy Baisakhi! For those that are not familiar with the historical significance of Baisakhi in Sikhi, we have attached a brief historical recount taken from!

History of Baisakhi

Baisakhi Day: March 30th, 1699

Click to watch a video telling the story of Baisakhi

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The Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb, installed himself as the Emperor of India in 1657. To achieve his aim he had annihilated almost all his family opposition. Immediately after consolidating his power he embarked on a policy of religious persecution and set upon the process of Islamization of India. The Brahmins were his primary target. He levied unethical religious taxes against Hindus, and shut their temples and places of learning. He had been convinced by his clerics that once the Brahmins accepted Islam the others would follow. The Brahmins, particularly the inhabitants of Kashmir, looked for some dynamic leadership to fight this subversion. Going to Battle!
Painting of Guru Teg Bahadhur jiThe Brahmins of Kashmir approached Guru Tegh Bahadur (1621-1675), the ninth in the line of Sikh Gurus, who was on the throne of the Sikh religion. They asked him for guidance on combatting the atrocities committed by the Mughal Emperor.

At the time of their meeting, Guru Tegh Bahadur's nine year old son, Gobind Rai, was sitting beside him. As Guru Tegh Bahadur went into a deep state of contemplation, his young son asked the reason of his repose. Guru Tegh Bahadur said that the matter was of vital importance; the world is aggrieved by oppression; and no brave man had yet come forward who was willing to sacrifice his life to free the earth from the burden of' Aurangzeb's persecution of Hindus. Young Gobind Rai replied: "For that purpose who is more worthy than thou who art at once generous and brave." So after entrusting the Guruship to Gobind Rai, Guru Tegh Bahadur proceeded towards Delhi, the seat of the Mughal Empire.
Upon reaching Delhi, the Guru and his loyal attendants were immediately imprisoned by Aurangzeb. While in prison, Guru Tegh Bahadur foresaw the beginning of his ecclesiastic journey. To test his son's courage and capability to carry on the Guru's mission, he wrote him saying, "My strength is exhausted, I am in chains and I can make not any efforts. Says Nanak, God alone is now my refuge. He will help me as He did his Saints." In reply young Guru Gobind Rai wrote: "I have regained my Power, my bonds are broken and all options are open unto me. Nanak, everything is in Thine hands. It is only Thou who can assist Thyself."

Guru Teg Bahadur offered his life for the freedom of conscience and conviction of anyone belonging to a faith other than his own. His spirit of sacrifice and courage was kindled into the heart of Gobind Rai.

Hundreds of people gathered around the place where Guru Tegh Bahadur was martyred in Delhi. The executioner abandoned the Guru's body in the open. No one came forward openly to claim the body to perform religious rites. Even ardent disciples withdrew unrecognized. Taking advantage of the stormy weather that followed the execution, two persons covertly took the body of Guru Tegh Bahadur for cremation. This cowardice fomented in Gobind Rai an urge to endow his Sikhs with a distinct identity.
Guru Teg Bahadhur ji

With the criteria of courage and strength to sacrifice, Gobind Rai became the tenth Sikh Guru. He wanted to instill these principles in his downtrodden followers. He wanted to uplift their morale to combat the evil forces of injustice, tyranny, and oppression.

He was 33 years old when he had Divine inspiration to actuate his designs. Every year at the time of Baisakhi (springtime), thousands of devotees would come to Anandpur to pay their obeisance and seek the Guru's blessings. In early 1699, months before Baisakhi Day, Guru Gobind Rai sent special edicts to congregants far and wide that that year the Baisakhi was going to be a unique affair. He asked them not to cut any of their hair -- to come with unshorn hair under their turbans and chunis, and for the men to come with full beards.

On Baisakhi Day, March 30, 1699, hundreds of thousands of people gathered around his divine temporal seat at Anandpur Sahib. The Guru addressed the congregants with a most stirring oration on his divine mission of restoring their faith and preserving the Sikh religion. After his inspirational discourse, he flashed his unsheathed sword and said that every great deed was preceded by equally great sacrifice: He demanded one head for oblation. Guru Gobind Singh asking for a head.... After some trepidation one person offered himself. The Guru took him inside a tent. A little later he reappeared with his sword dripping with blood, and asked for another head. One by one four more earnest devotees offered their heads. Every time the Guru took a person inside the tent, he came out with a bloodied sword in his hand.

Thinking their Guru to have gone berserk, the congregants started to disperse. Then the Guru emerged with all five men dressed piously in white. He baptized the five in a new and unique ceremony called pahul, what Sikhs today know as the baptism ceremony called Amrit. Then the Guru asked those five baptized Sikhs to baptize him as well. He then proclaimed that the Panj Pyare -- the Five Beloved Ones -- would be the embodiment of the Guru himself: "Where there are Panj Pyare, there am I. When the Five meet, they are the holiest of the holy."

He said whenever and wherever five baptized (Amritdhari) Sikhs come together, the Guru would be present. All those who receive Amrit from five baptized Sikhs will be infused with the spirit of courage and strength to sacrifice. Thus with these principles he established Panth Khalsa, the Order of the Pure Ones.

At the same time the Guru gave his new Khalsa a unique, indisputable, and distinct identity. The Guru gave the gift of bana, the distinctive Sikh clothing and headwear. He also offered five emblems of purity and courage. These symbols, worn by all baptized Sikhs of both sexes, are popularly known today as Five Ks: Kesh, unshorn hair; Kangha, the wooden comb; Karra, the iron (or steel) bracelet; Kirpan, the sword; and Kachera, the underwear. By being identifiable, no Sikh could never hide behind cowardice again.

Baisakhi Day - Painting from a mural by Ed O'Brien

Political tyranny was not the only circumstance that was lowering peoples' morale. Discriminatory class distinctions (--the Indian "caste" system--) promoted by Brahmins and Mullahs were also responsible for the peoples' sense of degradation. The Guru wanted to eliminate the anomalies caused by the caste system. The constitution of the Panj Pyare was the living example of his dream: both the high and low castes were amalgamated into one. Among the original Panj Pyare, there was one Khatri, shopkeeper; one Jat, farmer; one Chhimba, washer-man; one Ghumar, water-carrier; and one Nai, a barber. The Guru gave the surname of Singh (Lion) to every Sikh and also took the name for himself. From Guru Gobind Rai he became Guru Gobind Singh. He also pronounced that all Sikh women embody royalty, and gave them the surname Kaur (Princess). With the distinct Khalsa identity and consciousness of purity Guru Gobind Singh gave all Sikhs the opporunity to live lives of courage, sacrifice, and equality.

The birth of the Khalsa is celebrated by Sikhs every Baisakhi Day on April 13. Baisakhi 1999 marks the 300th anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh's gift of Panth Khalsa to all Sikhs everywhere.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Blog Updates coming soon!

Apoligies go out to all those who have been visiting the blog recently and to their dismay, frequent updates have not been made. Although the year has come to an end, that does not mean that the blog will. You can be assured that regular updates will begin once again at the end of April! Also, if anyone has ideas or topics for discussion, feel free to leave comments. Good luck to all of those individuals with exams.


WSSA blogger

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

What a Finale it was!!

With our Satguru’s Kirpa the annual langar held by the WSSA- the final event, was a perfect way to end the year.

The langar preparations went very smoothly and one could say, rather successfully as many of the university students volunteered and strengthened their domestic skills experiencing a mere day in the life of our mothers. Even WSSA exec member Gurpreet Singh was witnessed participating in the preparations-a rare yet reassuring occurrence.

The day of the langar itself was beautiful. The sun welcomed everyone to the Gurudwara putting them in good spirits from the start. The Sangat was able to hear various types of kirtan ranging from the sweet voices of young children to more refined and regal kirtan done by the older individuals. The Gurudwara was packed as if it were a religious day. To make things even better, Western Alumni joined us.

Many thanks go out to everyone who attended to make this kirtan what it was. It went as smoothly as it did simply because of the seva and effort put in by Western students and of course all of the parents who’s continued support lays the foundation for all of this success.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Immortal Productions...

Every Vaisakhi
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Yet Again Immortal Productions has delivered, creating possibly the greatest shaheedi immortality compilation ever to be released. Although, we have yet to get our hands on all official and full length tracks, the samples are mind blowing and rather than satisfying the thirst for Dharmik Albums have fuelled a fire and burning desire for more!

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Friday, March 24, 2006

The Finale....End Of Year Langar

This weekend will be The WesternSSA End of Year Langar, which will end off the years major events. If you are in need of a ride please email us back, along with you name and phone number and we will make arrangements. The following is a schedule for the weekends events. If you have any further questions, please email us!

Saturday Night ... 6-9pm

On Saturday Night, we the students from UWO will be gathering at the local Gurdwara to begin preparing Langar for Sunday Morning Diwan. If you are interested in attending on Saturday and offering your help, please email us asap! For those of you that need some incentive....local aunties have offered to prepare some mattar paneer for students to eat at the end of the night!!!!

Sunday Morning ... 10am-1pm

On Sunday morning students will be running the show at London Gurdwara! The WesternSSA has taken the seva of running regular Sunday Diwan for the local Sikh community. If you are interested in doing keertan on this day, please notify us ahead of time as we have been given from of 10:30-12pm to be specifically designated to students for keertan. On this day, langar will also be served and again as incentive all langar is often packaged and given to students to take back to campus!

CD Recordings and T-shirts will be available for purchase!

Monday, March 20, 2006

Sikh Awareness Day: Radiating The Light of Sikhi

March 14 2006 was a great day for the University of Western Ontario. On this date, the WSSA held their annual Sikh Awareness Day (SAD). Although the initials for this day are an emotion that we prefer not to associate ourselves with, Sikh Awareness Day was anything but that.

The day began around 11:00 am. Vast arrays of posters which WSSA members had worked very hard on and put a noble effort into were on display throughout the atrium of the University Community Center. They consisted of a range of topics from something as simple as the history of the 10 Gurus to the haunting events that took place in 1984. Like the cherry on top of a sundae, kesri and royal blue coloured balloons further adorned each of the exhibits which would make an individual not help but come and visit.

Along with the WSSA exec, there were a number of individuals who had volunteered to answer any inquiries of the passers by. Raviraj was the first to answer the questions of inquiring minds. There was no doubt that he had made the individuals belonging to the Christian faith feel quite comfortable as they had been discussing faiths for quite some time and came out with exchanging e-mails. The ball got rolling after this point and as the day progressed, so did the number of individuals who wanted insight into our beautiful faith.

Then came the second highlight of this day. The arrival of the Sahibzadas belonging to the Baba Deep Singh Gatka Akhaara. They would be displaying the Warrior aspect in Sikhi with a display of Gatka- a distinguished and valiant Sikh martial art used from the time of our Gurus. These innocent souls’ abilities would be further tested by the blistering cold- an unexpected opponent since the day before it had seemed as if spring had knocked on our doorstep and decided to settle. Nonetheless, this was all our Waheguru’s hukum and something as petty as cold weather would not be an issue for the little Singhs. As the demonstration began, they showed the courage of lions battling it out in only their cholay and kacheras. The upbeat music and jaikaras were able to attract a humble crowd in awe of this display of courage by mere children. Near the end of the demonstration, another obstacle was faced by one of these warriors since the apparatus that he was using seemed to get caught in the wind. However, that was not an obstacle for long-our very own Amarjot Singh was able to save the day by modestly taking the apparatus and making its usage seem effortless while disappointing the wind’s alleged victory and leaving those of us who thought we knew him in awe.

Following this demonstration, the day continued with visitors belonging to all faiths come by giving WSSA members the opportunity to discuss faith. Not to mention, they were able to have individuals belonging to SSAs of other universities come by and share this experience.

Another notable visitor who showed a great amount of interest in the Sikh faith was an individual who went by the name of Matthew. He compared notes with several members and mentioned that the Rastafarian and Sikh religion share many similar viewpoints. The level of admiration that he showed for Sikhism gave members yet another reason to be proud to belong to this faith and was a reminder to us that we have a lot more in common with one another than we think…

It was then time to put the displays away as the second part of this experience would begin following a short break. Parents joined the WSSA on this evening- (a sincere thanks goes out to all of those who came by the way :D). The movie did not deal with the spiritual aspects of Sikhi, but without a doubt touched on the sensitive cultural issues Sikhs and other minorities deal with on a daily basis in western society. The moving established basic platform for discussion on which Sikhs and Non-Sikhs could engage in as it transcended any racial, gender or religious boundaries.

The WSSA had the pleasure of being joined by a guest speaker- former boxer and active member of the community, Pardeep Nagra. He was among the few Sikh speakers who were able to maintain the attention of the youth since he himself was a youth not too long ago and more importantly since he discussed issues that have a significant affect upon young adults belonging to all minority groups. One interesting point that he brought up was how Sikhs are still not completely accepted into society. We are constantly asked where we are from- not meaning what city in Canada- but meaning what country in the world we are from since we do not appear to fit the typical Canadian prototype. He gave us pointers on how to present ourselves in the society of today.

For those of you who were not able to be part of Sikh Awareness Day, hopefully this will give you somewhat of a picture as to what went on.

Lastly, the WSSA would like to express gratitude to all those Sikhs non-sikhs and MSA for coming out and expressing interest. A warm, whole-hearted thank you is the least that can go out to the WSSA exec and all of those who were part of the preparations to make this day a success. Needless to say, your hard work and long nights sacrificed towards this cause have clearly paid off.

Evidently, with Guru’s Kirpa, the exec continues to do a remarkable job to spread the word about Sikhi and give the Sikh Community a reason to be filled with pride. It is hoped that events like this can continue to flourish in the years to come.

Here are comments on what some individuals thought of Sikh Awareness Day:

Ameena Saeed
Visual Arts/French I
As a Hijabi Muslim student, I thought it would be really beneficial to show my support at the Sikh Awareness Day. I was pleasantly surprised to see how many similarities there are with Sikhism and Islam. As well, the movie & lecture opened my eyes to see how universal racism is, whether Sikh or Muslim. In the future, I hope to see some Sikh-Muslim events.

Umair Malik
Political Science I
The Sikh Awareness Day was to me a tremendous success, as a Muslim guest, I could easily follow the discussion on racism as it happens to everyone. The movie taught a very good lesson, that if the pleasures of life are taken away from humans, they too begin to act like animals. The survival of the fittest. Pardeep Singh Nagra was a great host, he did an excellent job of making the audience of different religions and backgrounds understand racism in more depth and how to tackle it efficiently.

Ruth Beyene
Sociology Major II
The Sikh awareness day was a great event, although I was unable to attend the movie, I had the chance to see the martial arts demo. The group is extremely talented putting on a great performance and did not let the weather slow them down! I would love to see them perform at Western again.

Chardi Kalaa will be showing clips from this day in early April. Keep checking the blog for more details!!