vrijdag 27 december 2013


KUSH : film about 1984 Sikh riots nominated for Oscar

Posted: 26 Dec 2013 07:24 AM PST

Director Subhashish Bhutiani's short film 'Kush' based on the 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom has been short listed for nominations in the best live action film category at the 86th Academy Awards.

The movie, 'Kush' is a story revolving around a 10-year-old kid who went on a school picnic when anti Sikh riot broke after which a teacher tries to save that Sikh child.

22-year-old young director Subhashish Bhutiani  made this short film as a submission at New York School of Visual Arts.The film won him recognition at the 70th Venice Film Festival, South Asian Film Festival and Hamton's International Film Festival. It was the only Indian film to be screened at the festival.

Subhashish Bhutiani said, ""It is made on a budget of Rs 8 to 10 lakh and many people have funded this film. Initially it did require a lot of convincing since it's my first and it's not easy to make your first short in this budget." 8-year-old Shayan Samir plays the title role of Kush in the movie.

He also said he decided to shot the film after hearing the story from his Class-11 economics teacher.

"I am taking a stand against violence, I guess. But otherwise, my film is about the characters and their story. I am not making any political statement," he said

Whether 'Kush' bring Oscar home will be known once the nominees are announced on Janurary 10, 2014.

See trailer of the short film:

donderdag 19 december 2013

Fwd: Show Solidarity With Bhai Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa

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Sikh Groups Seek U.N. Intervention To Secure Release Of Sikh Detainees



Honorable Sirs & Madams: 

I am writing to file a complaint and urgent appeal to secure the release of Sikh Prisoners of Conscience who are being deprived of their liberty by being imprisoned in India for years beyond the sentenced term of prison in egregious violation of Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international law.

Bhai Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa, a Sikh rights Activist is on continuous hunger strike since November 14 demanding the release of Sikh prisoners of conscience who are being illegally detained and deprived of their liberty by the Government of India.

On November 14, Bhai Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa went on the hunger strike to secure the release of Gurmeet Singh; Lakhwinder Singh; Shamsher Singh; Lal Singh; Wariam Singh; and Gurdeep Singh Khaira. 

These prisoners of conscience are being detained beyond their sentenced 


Khadoor Sahib children doing Japji Sahib
We are sending you the photographs of our morning assembly in which we recited Shri Japji Sahib , Mool Mantra and did Ardaas for the release of Detainee Sikhs.

maandag 9 december 2013

Sikh-tempels worden voedselbanken

Sikh-tempels worden voedselbanken

The Independent  |  9 december 2013 - 09:55

Britse Sikh-gemeenschap bestrijdt armoede en honger met gratis maaltijden.

Door de crisis nemen in Groot-Brittannië de armoede en werkloosheid nog steeds toe. Sikh-tempels veranderen in voedselbanken en gaarkeukens om mensen te helpen die geen geld meer voor eten hebben. Dat schrijft het Britse dagblad The Independent.

In 250 Britse gurdwara's, zoals de officiële naam van Sikh-tempels luidt, worden wekelijks 5.000 vegetarische maaltijden bereid en uitgedeeld aan arme Britten (Sikhs en niet-Sikhs) en buitenlandse studenten die zich in de schulden hebben gestoken om in Groot-Brittannië te kunnen studeren.


(Sikh voedselbank in Canada. Foto van SikhNet)