Trudeau’s Advice To Muslim Canadians Can Be Tried In India Too

By Promod Puri It was quite a politically mature and bold statement from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of the Liberal Party urging Muslim Canadians that they should join the Opposition Conservative Party, volunteer themselves, donates to the party, and help its candidates in the upcoming federal election. In a statesman-like spirited message, Trudeau made his remarks at an event marking Eid celebration in Toronto recently. Why did he put advice like this to Muslim Canadians as such guidance only benefits the Conservative Party by increasing its membership and votes? The answer lies in Liberal PM’s interpretation of his liberal concept. … Continue reading Trudeau’s Advice To Muslim Canadians Can Be Tried In India Too

Canada Needs To Help Millions Of Displaced Inside Their Own Countries

Megan Bradley, McGill University Record-breaking years for refugee flows have become the norm. UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, just released its annual tally of displacement worldwide. Once again the numbers rose, with 70.8 million people displaced by conflict and violence — more than at any point since the Second World War. In media coverage on refugees, we hear the most about the small fraction of refugees who manage to reach Europe or North America, yet well over half of the displaced — some 41.3 million —never make it out of their own countries. This invisible majority is known by … Continue reading Canada Needs To Help Millions Of Displaced Inside Their Own Countries

TRUDEAU URGEs MUSLIMS TO JOIN CONSERVATIVE PARTY:

In a statesman-like speech at an Eid dinner in Toronto June 21, Liberal Party leader, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged Canadian Muslims to join the Conservative Party, help the Conservative Candidates, volunteer and donate to the party for the upcoming federal election. In his spirited speech, attended by the mostly Muslims audience, Trudeau said: “I want you to make Muslim volunteers important to the Conservatives, So that never again would any mainstream party in Canada think it’s a good idea to stoke fears and divisions against Muslims or any other group of Canadians.” Trudeau said The Canadian-Muslim Vote had reached … Continue reading TRUDEAU URGEs MUSLIMS TO JOIN CONSERVATIVE PARTY:

Paldi: South-Asian Canadian Heritage Village

By Promod Puri Paldi, named after a small town in Hoshiarpur District of Punjab, is located about seven miles south-west of Duncan, off the road to Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island in BC. The village of Paldi was established in 1917 by an enterprising Punjabi by the name of Mayo Singh, who came to Canada in 1906 when he was 17-year-old. The place is now quite and sleepy. But in its glorious past, it was bursting with over 1500 inhabitants, who were mostly from Punjab working in the sawmill and as loggers. Besides, the “Hindoo” population, as they were all … Continue reading Paldi: South-Asian Canadian Heritage Village

MY BOOK ON HINDUISM

From rituals to murti-puja, mantra and metaphysics, karma and moksha, to meditation and yoga, and all its recreational aspects like music, dance, and drama, Hinduism is a disciplinary as well as a comprehensive experience of spiritual development in the liberal and progressive regime. Moving beyond its rituals, customs, and traditions, this study on Hinduism explores the spiritual and metaphysical aspects of the religion and succinctly perceives its entirety. “Hinduism: beyond rituals, customs and traditions” covers history, rituals, idol worship, scriptures, dharma, karma and moksha, meditation and yoga, Manusmriti and Ambedkar, music, dance and drama in Hinduism. The 122-page book is … Continue reading MY BOOK ON HINDUISM

Rabba Hun Kee Kariye: A Powerful Documentary On ’47 Genocide

Why? That is a big question mark Rabba Hun Kee Kariye does not answer. Nor does it intend to answer. But it does shake our morality when we are drawn on religious fronts of hate. Rabba Hun Kee Kariye is a documentary on bloody mayhem following the partition of India in 1947. “It constitutes a vital link in the chain of Partition memories.” In doing so, the film creates a pictorial monument of genocidal killing, which cannot be blacked out either by time or by society. Vancouver-based UBC scholar and documentary filmmaker Ajay Bhardwaj presents a powerful and compelling presentation … Continue reading Rabba Hun Kee Kariye: A Powerful Documentary On ’47 Genocide

NANAK DUKHIYA SABB SANSAR SO SUKHIYA JIS NAAM ADHAAR

NANAK DUKHIYA SABB SANSAR SO SUKHIYA JIS NAAM ADHAAR (Loosely translated: Nanak says life for everybody is suffering, blissful is the one who has based his/her life on Him) That is the universal truth. Agony, misery, pain, suffering, both physical and emotional, and in all degrees of intensity are the realities of life experienced by all beings without exception. And in the midst of bliss, peace, and pleasure, life means jitters of distress, grief, and worries as well. There is hardly any escape from these taxing and unpleasant realities littered all the way toward life’s end. The sufferings could be … Continue reading NANAK DUKHIYA SABB SANSAR SO SUKHIYA JIS NAAM ADHAAR

A 9-point Agenda For PM Modi To save India’s Democracy

1. Restore confidence in the judiciary 2. Restore confidence in the Election Commission 3. Restore the independence of media 4. Restore the independence of the Reserve Bank of India 5. Restore the supremacy of the country’s constitution 6. Restore the credibility of the department of statistics 7. Control fanatic bhagats lynching and terrorizing minorities, killing and threatening dissidents, writers, and journalists. 8. Remove the atmosphere of fear and vengeance. 9. Keep Hinduism intact, being damaged by Hindutva zealots. –Promod Puri (author Hinduism beyond rituals, customs, and traditions, websites: progressivehindudialogue.com, promodpuri.com, and http://promodpuri.blogspot.com/) Continue reading A 9-point Agenda For PM Modi To save India’s Democracy

The Historical Building At Main And 6th In Vancouver

By Promod Puri The grey stucco building at the south-east corner of Main Street and 6th Avenue in Vancouver was once a hub of the Indo-Canadian community in the early ‘70s and part of ‘80s. It was the Indo-Canadian media center along with small businesses owned by the community members having their offices in the building. Prominent among its occupants were veteran broadcaster and the voice of the community Sushma, and her business partner Nizar Dhamji. They had their recording studios for TV and radio broadcasting. Much before Sushma and Nizar moved in, the building had the distinction of being … Continue reading The Historical Building At Main And 6th In Vancouver

Remembering Komagata Maru

Statement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, May 23, 2019 “One hundred and five years ago the Komagata Maru steamship arrived in Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet. On board were 376 Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus of South Asian origin hoping to settle in Canada and build a better life for themselves and their families. “Few of them ever set foot on Canadian soil. Immigration officials, enforcing discriminatory laws of the time, did not allow the ship to dock. For two months, passengers were confined to the ship and denied regular access to food and water. The Canadian government of the day eventually forced … Continue reading Remembering Komagata Maru