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Global Punjabi Association to strengthen ‘Punjabiyat’ across the globe; promote language & culture

National Commission for Minorities (NCM) Chairperson Iqbal Singh Lalpura who has been actively associated with issues relating Punjab and Punjabi community on Friday (today), held a Press conference to announce the formation of The Global Punjabi Association (GPA), with head quarter at the holy city of Amritsar and sub office in Delhi.

The objective of this society is to promote Punjabi and Punjabiyat. It is above any division and is simply uniting Punjabis world over to promote our language and culture.

Punjab has seen bad days which need no explanation. However, the Global Punjabi Association is only interested in doing positive work to promote brotherhood, industry, agriculture, education and sports . Of course Punjab is under the bad shadow of drugs, their number in central services is decreasing. Lalpura, a retired top cop with Punjab police had witnessed the dark days when terrorism was at it’s peak in Punjab.

Helping humanity to survive and escape from cancer is the mission of our President Sardar Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal, who is the Chairman of World Cancer Care. The other organization, Humanity First, is already working in Punjab and has done unparalleled work during Corona in Punjab and is still promoting education and sports, under Sardar Ajayvir Singh Lalpura.

Dr Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal President of GPA, Global Ambassador of awareness against Cancer (Chairman World Cancer Care, UK), said “GPA would also take steps to devise a mechanism through traditional and collective wisdom for shaping behavior of Punjab youth in the best way so that they could contribute to developing Punjab, Punjabiyat, sports and education.”

“GPA would take quick steps to Protect and promote the interests of Punjab and Punjabis settled across the world. GPA would work simultaneously to redress the problems of Punjabis settled across the globe” he added.

We strongly feel that there are many issues pertaining to Punjabis, which include drug menace , unemployment and need attention and positive approach. The other main objective of formation of GPA is to take up issues pertaining to Punjab/Punjabis with concerned authorities/organizations/ governments in a peaceful, democratic and legitimate manner for their quick redressal.

Explaining further, Patron of GPA ,former IPS officer Iqbal Singh Lalpura, who is presently the Chairman of National Commission for Minorities, said “GPA would strive to protect and promote the rich spiritual, religious, ethical, educational, economic and cultural traditions of Punjabis world over. The Association would use all means to promote Punjabi language, literature and culture.”

“Apart from promotion, GPA would also encourage and support the development of agriculture, industry, entrepreneurship, service sector, health, education, economy & youth activities among other socio-economic aspects in Punjab and for all Punjabi communities across the word.” Lalpura added.

Lalpura rues that despite having brilliant brains, there are many Punjabi youngsters, who have not been able to clear competitive exams and are lagging behind due to lack of required proper and timely guidance. He said that GPA would take steps to provide requisite help and guidance to brilliant and deserving Punjabis for placement in competitive exams, services, entrepreneurship and other ventures.

Gautam Gambhir, Member, Former Indian Cricketer has also supported the vision of Global Punjabi Association and assured his full support. GPA has active support and participation of many top Punjabis.

The meeting was graced by the following people:

Dr Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal Global Ambassador (World Cancer Care UK), Sagar Mehta from Delhi, Exporter, Parvinder Singh, Social Worker from Delhi, Ravi Ranjan Singh, Jhatka Organization, Delhi, Osho Kalia, Environmentalist and Social Worker from Gurugram, Haryana, Gikinder Pal Singh, Social Worker from Delhi
Gurpreet Singh Rummy, Ranjeet Singh Juneja, Lawyer, Varun Gulati, Sports Promoter, Jaswinder Singh Dhillon, Former Vice Chancellor of Guru Kashi University, JP Singh Sahni, Educationist and Social Worker, Salil Mehta from Delhi, Exporter, Chetan Uppal, Industrialist, Arjun Marwah, Social Worker, Suraj Miglani, Builder, Gaurav Narang, Businessman, Ajayveer Singh, Social Worker, Rompy Bhatia, President, All India Furniture Association.

MEA & NCM initiate rescue of stranded Indians in Libya

National Commission for Minorities (NCM) Chairperson, Iqbal Singh Lalpura, held a press meeting at his residence on Sunday morning where he shared the pathetic stories of the hapless Indians from minority communities rescued by the NCM who were stranded in Libya.

The NCM Chairperson said he had received a representation from Sukhvinder Singh and others with a request to bring back these Indians stranded in Libya. Ropar District BJP President, Ajayvir Singh Lalpura also approached the Commission to resolve the matter.

The NCM Chairperson said he had received a representation from Sukhvinder Singh and others with a request to bring back these Indians stranded in Libya. Ropar District BJP President, Ajayvir Singh Lalpura also approached the Commission to resolve the matter.

The representation was forwarded to the Ministry of External Affairs on 6.2.2023, requesting to bring back the youngsters who were illegally taken to Libya by an agent through a fake job racket. Upon reaching, they realized that they would be working for a private contractor without salary. They were also not provided with proper food and beaten brutally, as alleged by them. Embassy of India in Tunisia was also contacted in this regard. As informed by the Embassy, a local resident of Benghazi, Tabassum Mansoor helped in providing humanitarian assistance and relief supplies to the stranded Indians. With the help of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Embassy of India in Tunisia, four out of twelve Indians were successfully brought back from Libya on 12.2.2023. The Commission was in touch with the Embassy for the rescue of other Indians as well.

The efforts led to successful returning of rest of the stranded Indians also. NCM was informed about this on 2.3.2023. Iqbal Singh Lalpura extended thanks to Ministry of External Affairs, Indian Embassy in Tunisia and Tabassum Mansoor for their initiative and efforts in bringing back the stranded Indians.

NCM asks why delay in compensation to 1984 Sikh riot victims? Pulls up state governments

Those of us who are a generation older and may have been in school in 1984, cannot forget the dark days that India witnessed after the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi being assassinated by her own guards. Immediately, after her death was announced, innocent Sikhs were targeted. Their houses, offices, shops were vandalised. Even mob that was allegedly churned by some political vested interests had put people from Sikh community on flame alive. Even women were not spared. History can never forget the darkest days of 1984. In Delhi, mayhem continued for three nights, as troops were called in after three days.

The alleged masterminds of the 1984 genocide, three accused – HKL Bhagat, Jagdish Tytler, and Sajjan Kumar had allegedly fanned the hatred among the mob. However, its a pity that Congress did nothing to punish them. HKL Bhagat is no more but the other two are freely roaming around. In fact, Sajjan Kumar enjoys security cover. The Sikh community has been demanding a reply over the years.

In order to sort the issue of Sikh community, a number of relief packages were announced by the Government of India and the State Governments respectively, there are several instances where the relief measures announced have not reached the families, despite 38 years having elapsed since 31st October 1984.

The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has taken cognizance of the matter after a delegation of Sikhs met the NCW Chairperson, Iqbal Singh Lalpura. The NCW had taken up the matter with 9 States/UT viz; J&K, Odisha, Jharkhand, Uttrakhand, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Bihar, West Bengal, and sought the following Information.

(a) List of cases registered.

(b) Number of persons convicted.

(c) Parents status/remarks.

(d) Numbers of person killed/Injured.

(e) Details of property damaged.

(f) Award of compensation to the victims: when was the compensation awarded? What kind of compensation was awarded and to how many affected persons?

(g) List of the affected families for whom job for one member of the family was announced, numbers of families to whom the job to any member of the family has not yet been given and the reasons thereof. Detail of Enquiry Committee/Commission constituted in each state may also be provided.

(h) There were allegations that police officials were also involved in the riots. The following details of officials against whom action was taken and officials against whom action is yet to be initiated may be provided.

(i) How many criminal/civil cases were registered against police persons in this regard?

(ii) How many police persons were convicted and acquitted?

(iii) How many cases are still pending?

The Chairman NCM has written letters to Chief Ministers of the above mentioned States vide letters dated 27.10.2021, 30.06.2022 & 07.10.2022.