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Sikh channel can learn alot from Sangat TV how they are covering events that are relevant now and not endless broadcasts of gurbani and news from punjab. Majority of British Sikhs have little or no interest in day to day stories from punjab we want to know whats going on in the country the channel is being aired and funded from.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-14493399

Sangat TV's guerrilla journalism wins fans amid riots

By Caroline Gall BBC News, Birmingham

Armed with just a camera and microphone Sangat TV reporter Upinder Randhawa has become a well-known face during coverage of the riots and disorder in Birmingham this week.

Darting around the city, broadcasting as events unfold, he has created a following among viewers and social media users alike.

His direct, and at times, emotional reports on the state of the city seemingly in the grip of looters and rioters seem to have struck a chord with his audience.

Most notably, footage that appears to show his team giving police a lift to chase after a man suspected of being involved in the three deaths in Winson Green on Wednesday has been shown by the BBC, Sky and other outlets.

"I don't care if I lose my life because at the end of the day it's about humanity," he said to viewers, in another broadcast, appearing to be visibly upset.

"It's very emotional and ridiculous what I'm seeing."

It's about respecting others and we want that interfaith dialogue to carry on - that's not been on TV before and brought to the fore."

The tiny station based in Edgbaston in Birmingham is suddenly on everybody's radar for its distinctive and live style - guerrilla journalism in action.

So where now for the charity station that was founded by a group of Sikhs and is run by a team of about six people backed up by volunteers?

The tragic deaths of three young men knocked down and killed in the Winson Green area during the disorder in the city has seen tensions rise amongst the community.

But out of a negative situation, the community united - something the station feels it played a part in and now wants to continue to spread positive messages of support, long after the rioting ends.

One of the managers at the station, Nirmal Singh, said encouraging "interfaith dialogue" was vital.

"What's been clear that has come out of this is, from the negativity, communities have been brought together and stood arm-in-arm and we want that to continue," he said.

"We believe in values, morals and ethics and we think that has a solid impact.

"It's about respecting others and we want that interfaith dialogue to carry on - that's not been on TV before and brought to the fore.

"It's for all, non-believers and outside the Sikh, Hindu and Muslim faiths.

"We want to ensure the positive message gets out to the communities."

The station first broadcast on 1 September last year.

It is a religious channel showing news and community-based programmes which rely on donations for funding.

The plan was always to move into news within two to five years but Mr Singh said they have arrived at that point faster than they expected.

"It's looks like we can get there much faster than we thought and we've not even reached our first birthday ," he added.

'Diffuse issues'

Mr Randhawa is just one of the volunteers who is passionate about he does.

A Facebook page has now been started in his honour - "Upinder Randhawa from Sangat TV is a Legend".

Our idea is one family, brotherhood and humanity, we want to keep that going"

"What he is doing is unpaid and you can get very emotional and we have spoken to him about that," Mr Singh added.

"We're very grateful to him and have received very positive feedback from the community."

A candlit vigil was held on Dudley Road on Thursday, almost 24-hours after Haroon Jahan, Shahzad Ali, and Abdul Musavir died as they protected property in Winson Green.

At the gathering, Sikhs and Muslims came together to pay their respects and debate their response and reaction hours after Haroon's father had urged people to show restraint.

There were calls for peace and no reprisals before the crowds dispersed into the night.

"Today, we feel fairly relaxed," Mr Singh added.

"We feel we've helped diffuse a number of issues, we're talking to the community and scheduling meetings to keep that going.

"Our idea is one family, brotherhood and humanity, we want to keep that going."

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To be honest, i thought much higher of upinder...i'm quite surprise...Buti'm glad the truth regarding Upinder has come out! Upinder, i'm sure you'll be reading this...ever heard of black cats?!? Try researching about them!

Why is it that is it always the likes of Upinder or Sonia that are given a platform on Sikh TV stations...anyone that mocks our Shaheeds should NEVER be allowed such a priveldge!

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I've just been on facebook and seen more screen shots..including Upinder blaming Sant Jarnail Singh for the attack on Sri Harmandir Sahib in 1984. People like upinder have such slave like mentality that they blame the sikhs for the murder of innocent Sikhs by India...and people like these are allowed to be the face of our channels?!?

Get him off our screens...that is unless Sangat TV agree's with Upinders views????

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I've just been on facebook and seen more screen shots..including Upinder blaming Sant Jarnail Singh for the attack on Sri Harmandir Sahib in 1984. People like upinder have such slave like mentality that they blame the sikhs for the murder of innocent Sikhs by India...and people like these are allowed to be the face of our channels?!?

Get him off our screens...that is unless Sangat TV agree's with Upinders views????

i am really surprised by that twitter or facebook posting, could someone please put up any other information regarding his views?

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Got to give Tariq jahan, Upinder and Sangat TV credit for preventing a race riot in birmingham in the past few days. After the 3 muslim lads were murdered by the black driver, and the mugging of the pakistani woman by 12 black men in alum rock. It was going to kick off, there would have been lynchings of the street criminal rats left right and centre. But they calmed things down and got people to maintain the peace.

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Respect to your comment that they did make an effort to try and keep things cool after what happened, but at what price? On one hand we got Sangat TV in the world wide media being praised for what they have done and on the other hand we got this presenter who seems to have views of a Bahman! (anyone that disrespects Sant Jarnail Singh Ji is a Bahman!) Why are we giving up and selling out our principles just so 3we can say we are working together for Peace and Unity. This whole "unity" thing is gonna stab us so hard in the back at the ends that were jus gonna be left staring at each others faces thinking where did we go wrong...again! We have seen not only all over this forum but all over the net about this so called "unity" that is happening between the Sikhs and Muslims. Sangat TV pull your heads out of the Muslim's backside and start looking out for your people again! This is why employers do background checks on people they employ, maybe our TV channels need to do this before the let anyone on the TV presenting shows about our Sikh Faith when it is so evident that they have no true intentions about Sikhi. He is entitled to his view and opinion (even if it is a stupid one) but he needs to keep it to himself as in the media world he needs to be un-biased and not take sides because in this case he is taking the side of the corrupt indian government and turning his back on people that have done more for the Panth than this guy will ever do, people that he has referred to in his post as "pricks". If we can get a screenshot of his FB comment can we get it posted so if anyone from the Sangat see's him they can question him...and take action as that is the only way these fools understand!

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Ok if it is upinder who has said it then you guys can question him via twitter and when he is on live on TV. But I would caution you guys not to start behaving like animals because as I stressed before I seen some appalling comments by so called Sikhs who conducted themselves like thugs which would automatically make a person who they have issue with become defensive and give abuse back.

Get the kids off these kind of issues, because one thing we have learnt is when kids start getting involved in these issues they make the whole community look bad. These kids need to be disciplined name and shamed and made to learn how when they post things online can have a big impact on the wider community in a negative way. They need to be taught how to use social online media in a responsible way.

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