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The Canadian Parvasi - Issue 37

The Canadian Parvasi - Issue 905-856-9999 Lamps LED Pendants Bathroom Lights Wall Sconces Semi-Flush Mounts Chandeliers & Accessories 4220 Steeles Ave. West, A8 Woodbridge L4L 3S8 Amitabh Bachchan falls ill during outdoor shoot; calls team of doctors to Jodhpur Issue No : 37 Email: Contact Number : 905-673-0600 March 16, 2018 | Pages 16 Page 12 Amid rally controversy, NDP's Singh rejects terrorism, preaches 'love, courage' The Canadian Parvasi OTTAWA: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh issued a blanket condemnation of terrorist acts Wednesday following media reports about his attendance at a California rally three years ago that sang the praises of Sikh separatism and a violent religious leader killed during the 1984 invasion of India's Golden Temple. Singh issued a statement in which he condemned all acts of terrorism, regardless of who is responsible, after the Globe and Mail disclosed that he attended and spoke at the 2015 rally in San While he believes in allowing the Sikh community the opportunity to process the feelings inflicted by the trauma of the 1984 invasion, which he calls a genocide, he does not condone violence as a response. ~NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh Francisco, an event billed as a commemoration of Sikhs who died during the bloody 1984 invasion in Amritsar. Billing himself an advocate for human rights, Singh said while he believes in allowing the Sikh community the opportunity to process the feelings inflicted by the trauma of the 1984 invasion, which he calls a genocide, he does not condone violence as a response. Many Indian-Canadian families immigrated to Canada in the years following the temple attack, fleeing the tension and anti-Sikh rioting that followed it. Singh said he has dedicated much of his work to helping the community answer how it can "move through pain and trauma in order to reach acceptance so that it can arrive peacefully" at reconciliation. "I encourage all those facing these tough questions not to fall prey to rage and violence, but rather to embrace your truth and move forward with love and courage," he wrote. The statement comes at a time of strained Canada-India relations, in part because of lingering Indian concerns that Canadian governments tolerate Sikh separatism and extremism by not speaking out against it. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's recent visit to India became more of a diplomatic embarrassment than a peace-building exercise, although Trudeau did manage to make some headway, publicly condemning extremism and signing a joint security framework with India to counter terrorism and violent extremism. Continued on page 02 Sikh Canadian dismayed by extremism allegations Agencies VANCOUVER: Jaspreet Bal was eating lunch with friends in rural Ontario when she says a "kind, well-intentioned" white man approached them to chat. He asked about her background, and she replied she was Sikh. "Oh yeah, Air India," he said, recognition flashing in his eyes. Bal was born in 1985, the same year that Sikh militants bombed Air India Flight 182, killing all 329 on board. It was, apparently, the man's only point of reference for her religion. "It's really frustrating," she said. "It's something that wasn't OK that it happened, but it will haunt us forever. Nobody stops to make the distinction that it wasn't representative of the entire community." The 32-year-old Humber College instructor is among those Sikh Canadians who are dismayed by the narrative that emerged during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's recent trip to India as Canada was accused of harbouring Sikh extremists. The problem, said several outspoken and politically active Sikh Canadians, is that there is no hard evidence of rising radicalism in the community. Continued on page 02 Kejriwal apologises to ex-Minister Majithia Indo-Asian News Service Chandigarh: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday apologised to former Punjab Minister Bikram Singh Majithia for alleging the latter's involvement in drug trade in the state, following which the SAD leader said he will withdraw his defamation suit. The Chief Minister withdrew his allegations and an application regarding the same was filed in a trial court in Amritsar, where a defamation case filed by Majithia against Aam Aadmi Party leader Kejriwal on May 20, 2016, is being heard. "This proves that they were raking up the issue to tarnish my image and harm me and gain politically," the former Punjab Minister, who is the brother-in-law of Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukhbir Badal, told reporters here. Continued on page 10 Rajnath unveils statue of Udham Singh at Jallianwala Bagh Agency Amritsar: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday unveiled a 10-feet tall statue of freedom fighter Sardar Udham Singh at the Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar. Continued on page 10 Doug Ford named new Ontario Progressive Conservative party leader The Canadian Press MARKHAM: A heated battle for the reins of Ontario's Progressive Conservatives that exposed deep rifts within the party continued to smolder even after Doug Ford was crowned the new leader on Saturday. Party president Jag Badwal announced the results seven hours later than scheduled, saying the former Toronto city councillor had narrowly eked out a win over former provincial legislator Christine Elliott on the third ballot. Continued on page 02 Tune in to Parvasi Radio on Friday morning for l Parvasi's Editor-in-Chief Rajinder Saini's exclusive interview with Ontario PC party leader Doug Ford and read exclusive interview in next issue ASAP ASAP Staffing Solutions STAFFING LOOKING FOR A-Z DRIVERS Pay upto $ 24/hour Call: 647-390-8002 2 Melanie Dr. Unit # 7A, Brampton ON L6T 4K9