The Shiromani Akali Dal-led Punjab government was on its toes as members of various Sikh organisations, including that of hardline groups, gathered on the outskirts of Amritsar on Tuesday to take part in what they called 'Sarbat Khalsa', seeking to free Sikh institutions from political influence. The last 'Sarbat Khalsa', a large congregation of Sikhs, was held in 1986. However, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and the Akal Takht, Sikhism's highest religious seat, have refused to ... Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
Several novelists and writers across the country are giving up their awards or resigning from the Sahitya Akademi. They speak for millions across India who are alarmed at where this country is headed, observes Nilanjana S Roy. The India of writers and the India of politicians are such different places: the politician might rule over a nation, but it is often the writer who is the true voice of the country. In this last week, writers have spoken eloquently, and loudly, from regions, ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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