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Sex Attacker On Royal Barge During Jubilee Pageant

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http://www.dailymail...side-Queen.html

How pleased we all were to see a Sikh on the Royal barge during the jubilee celebrations...but now we read this in today's papers.

The Sikh community need to take responsibility of vetting the background of individuals who put themselves forward as "Sikh representatives" to avoid any future embarrassment upon us all.

Headline from Daily Mail example below:

Sex attacker was invited on to royal barge alongside Queen during Jubilee pageant

Harbinder Singh Rana said he did not even know if he had been vetted

The sex offender, 52, served four years for a series of attacks on women

He has since reinvented himself as a pillar of the Sikh community

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Sajjan Thag was a serial killer but then became an important Gursikh leader after being reformed by Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

Very interesting point as this also applies for Bhumia Chor, Valee Kandaree & Kauda Raksh, who also transformed into Gursikhs. People can change and from what it looks like, Harbinder Rana appears to have changed...who are we to judge him on a crime he has already been sentenced for?

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I think the phrase "every saint has a past every sinner has a future" is best in this case. That is the philosophy of our religion even man eating demons, cruel barbaric power crazed emperors and rulers were reformed and forgiven by Guru Nanak Dev Ji after repentance. Mr rana has put the past behind him we should move on from peoples past if they have reformed themselves.

Mr rana is a pillar of the community because he is an example of reformation and his work towards anglo-sikh heritage and relations is more than most. He is also well spoken and dressed gentleman as opposed to many so called spokesmen for the community who look a disaster and cant string two sentences together painting sikhs in a poor light.

anglo white racist gutter right-wing sensationalist dailymail editors and journalists probably have a few skeletons in their closests that they dont want exposed.

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Funny how you start giving benfit of doubt when its your own lol. SEX offender regardless of race or religeon should be in jail for life

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i agree this is an old story - but one which has done maximum damage in the press to the sikh community.

i think he should have been more responsible, and realised the damage this would do. doesn't mean he shouldnt do his voluntary work, but had savy about giving bad name.

dont think people will want to know him anymore now this has blown up. a pity. he did lots of good work promoting posh sikhs.

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dont think people will want to know him anymore now this has blown up. a pity. he did lots of good work promoting posh sikhs.

Give him a siropa and a kirpan! He's helped posh Sikhs. How wonderful(!)

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Funny how you start giving benfit of doubt when its your own lol. SEX offender regardless of race or religeon should be in jail for life

Forgiveness is at the core of Sikhi, which I am sure you are not too familiar with. Its almost an alien concept, isn't it? You need to spend a whole lifetime worth of reading Sikh history and philosophy before you can learn to spell "forgiveness". I am not saying if this guy is good or bad, nor am I saying if we should ignore his past or highlight it as I don't intend to defend or defame him. I am just responding to your post. No one is giving him any benefit of doubt. Do you even know what that means? Benefit of doubt would be if we were uncertain of him having been a sex offender. We know well that he was one, and he served time in prison for it. Sorry if this sounds offensive but yes in Sikhi there is forgiveness, more than you could ever comprehend in seven hundred and eighty six lifetimes.

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Bottom line is he has served his time some 20+ years ago? This is a non story...if he had allegations pending or recent conviction maybe we would take a different stance but we all know the agenda of some shameless dogs within our own community who chose to bring up the past of others while claiming they are saints to bring the other person down so they phone up the media and give them stories to run with. The man Mr Rana has served his time has reformed and is brave enough to come out in society and make alot of contribution towards anglo-sikh heritage and events.

I believe in religion and the power of reforming ones character for the better....therefore these atheist man made laws and thoughts of western society should not concern us as their principles change every other year. Just look at what they promote in their society then wonder why ppl go astray brainwashed with junk and superficial celeb worshiping money chasing lifestyles. Some of these wreak-less animals in the media like to pigeon hole ppl for life when real life and real people are multi-dimensional, they try to criminalise ppl without giving them a second chance or chance for reform this is why so many people re-offend when society is shaped by powerful media gossip mongers.....

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we all know the agenda of some shameless dogs within our own community who chose to bring up the past of others while claiming they are saints to bring the other person down
And thats what pains the max!
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Question is, should have Rana shown responsibility and been transparent about his previous convictions for sex offenses? This may have meant taking a tactful back seat as a public figure head.

What he's done by not being entirely transparent of his past is give the opportunity to enhace the media stereotype of the "Asian Male Pervert", not to mention another media assassination on the Sikh image.

Best not to put yourself in the public front line if you have some serious baggage!

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Question is, should have Rana shown responsibility and been transparent about his previous convictions for sex offenses? This may have meant taking a tactful back seat as a public figure head.

What he's done by not being entirely transparent of his past is give the opportunity to enhace the media stereotype of the "Asian Male Pervert", not to mention another media assassination on the Sikh image.

Exactly. That's the central issue here. Instead of seeking a seat at the top table, he should've been far-sighted enough to anticipate the reaction to being mere feet away from the Queen and her family on such an important occasion.

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Khalsa Ji

The media is merciless when it comes to VIP people in the limelight. Pop stars can get away with a lot since they are icons of a decadent and debauched society. A turbaned Sardar is an icon of the pious principles of Gurmat. I feel that in this particular case the invitation should have been declined and offered to another Sikh , who had no criminal conviction to become media fodder.

Waheguru.

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