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SOURCE: http://singhstation.net/2017/05/vaisakhi-2017-thousands-flock-sikh-festival-federation-square-melbourne/ MELBOURNE – Federation Square became a spectacle of colour as over five thousand Sikhs flocked together to the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi on Sunday, 30th April. The event featured Turban tying stalls, Sikh exhibitions, Gatka (Sikh Martial Arts), Musical performances, kids area and over 25 local community organisations sharing their projects with the wider community of Australia. During the event, volunteers lined to hand out food and drink to crowds gathered to witness the Khalsayee event. The event started with the Sikh procession lead by Panj Singhs followed by Ardas ceremony. Various interfaith group leaders attended the event and shared their prayers to congratulate Sikh community for celebrating Vaisakhi. It was the first time that Sikh Flags (Nishan Sahibs) were rising high in the heart of Melbourne city centre. In addition to the day guests in attendance included Hon. MP Andrew Giles, Member of Scullin, Hon MP Dee Ryall, Member of Ringwood, Deputy Commissioner Andrew Crisp, Victoria Police. There was a one minute silence observed during the event to pay tribute to the victims of Bourke st. incident. The Vaisakhi festival bears a great significance for Sikhs due to the fact that on the Vaisakhi Day in the year 1699, the 10th Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh, laid down the foundation of the Khalsa Panth – the “Order of the Pure Ones”. Victorian Sikh Gurduaras Council President Harshminder Singh in a message thanked all Gurdwaras and local organisations in making the event successful and said, Event Coordinator Gurinder Kaur said that It is significant to organise Sikh Festivals with wider communities because there is an identity crisis, in terms of people thinking Sikhs are part of other communities, but they are completely separate. Vaisakhi at Federation Square is a unique event to celebrate the contributions and aspirations of Sikh community in Australia and develop a greater understanding and appreciation for a rich, unique and diverse heritage. There were Sikh members of defence and Victoria Police who were educating the wider community about Sikh contributions in Australia. This was Melbourne’s first celebration of Vaisakhi at Federation Square and it was amazing to see the love and passion of the community for their culture & heritage.
Source: http://singhstation.net/2015/04/aussie-sikhs-hold-protest-against-nanak-shah-fakir-movie-in-melbourne/ Melbourne (Australia) – Hundereds of Sikhs staged a peaceful protest demonstration demanding a ban on the proposed release of controversial movie titled ‘Nanak Shah Fakir‘ yesterday on 12th April for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.. The demonstrations took place outside Village Cinemas in Sunshine plaza complex. The protestors including men, women and kids were holding placards and posters that were well explaining their ideology behind their opposition. They also raised slogans against the movie demanding ban on its screening across the country. Sikh protestors also submitted a memorandum to the Cinema authorities stating reasons why the movie should not be screened in Australia. Village Cinema Management has advised that they will respond to the protesters advising whether they will continue with the movie screening or not. The protestors have also warned that if Cinema authorities will not take down the movie off screening that more intensive protests will take place. It is to be notified that Sikh community in Australia have also previously submitted a petition to Attorney General Hon’ George Brandis against the proposed release of this movie in Australian cinemas and it was supported by signed letters by various registered Sikh organisations as well. Click here to view more pictures of the protest
Local Australian Sikhs would protest in Sydney against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 17th November at Sydney Olympic Park. The main objectives behind the protest are to exercise Freedom of Speech against gross failure of minority human rights in India By holding the rein of power in its hand through Modi, RSS has started the speedy campaign to wipe out the distinct identity of minority nationalities, RSS has appointed Vai Sudarshan Rav as a head of Indian Historical Research Institute to distort the history of minority nationalities and rewrite the Indian history in mythological way. To destroy the ever existing universal ideology of Sikhs, RSS in leadership of Modi has infiltrated in Sikh religious, social and academic institutes, thereby Brahminical regime has grabbed the respiratory cord of Khalsa Mohan Bhagwat and Pravin Togdia, repeatedly suggest and threat minority nationalities to adopt Hinduism and they are uttering Nadirshahi edict to leave the country if not bow to Brahminism All Australians are requested to come on to participate in the peaceful protest against Modi to exercise the given responsibilities by our ancestors to show the true face of fake, deceptive ideology being led by Modi, so that coming history does not blame us as fugitive of our duties and coward. Details are as follows:- Venue: – Sydney Olympic park Date and time: – 17 November Monday 4:30PM – 8:00PM Please contact:- Balwinder Singh Gill: – 0403 500 855 Jaspal Singh: – 0412 959 766 Harminder Singh:- 0431 045 725 There will be buses from Glenwood and Revesby Gurdwaras at 4:30 pm. Source: http://singhstation.net/2014/11/sydney-sikhs-hold-peaceful-protest-against-narendra-modi/