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  • 5th April, 2011

    “They wanted independence, they got it. Why are they complaining?”

    by Sunny at 11:50 pm    

    Apparently David Cameron has gone to Pakistan and admitted the obvious: that a lot of the world is shaped by Britain’s past and therefore it has responsibility for some of its ills.

    This doesn’t mean the UK has to constantly apologise or pay reparations necessarily: it’s just a fact. The partition fiasco was precipitated by the British Raj’s hurried exit, which forced millions of people to uproot themselves and move in a matter of weeks or days. hat led to huge riots and deaths. Almost every Indian and Pakistani knows this.

    Anyway, what caught my eye was this quote by Sean Gabb of the Libertarian Alliance (who?):

    It’s a valid historical point that some problems stem from British foreign policy in the 19th and 20th centuries, but should we feel guilty about that? I fail to see why we should.

    Some of these problems came about because these countries decided they did not want to be part of the British Empire. They wanted independence. They got it. They should sort out their problems instead of looking to us.

    Sorry what? Does Gabb know how many people died in that fight for independence? The eedjit seems to think it was some sort of a bloodless transfer of power that took place when one side had enough.

    Where do they find these politically and historically illiterate pricks to comment on national newspapers?

    4th April, 2011

    Also convicted…

    by Sunny at 3:10 pm    

    OBV report:

    For over a decade Terry Fitzpatrick has waged a race hate campaign against a number of leading Black figures working in race equality, including Unite against Fascism boss, Weyman Bennett, Lee Jasper, Lester Holloway and myself. Last Friday a jury of his peers at Snaresbrook Crown court found… Fitzpatrick unanimously guilty of racially aggravated harassment charges.

    For many years Terry Fitzpatrick was able to plough his racist trade in the ‘wild west’ of largely unregulated websites and blogs. His favoured website was ‘Harry’s Place’, where he would spew his bile of race hatred, goading others to do likewise.

    It took OBV to bring this case to court before ‘Harry’s Place’ eventually barred Fitzpatrick.

    I’m not allowing comments on this post for legal reasons.

    Filed under: Race politics

    EDL’s “Sikh” spokesman Guramit Singh faces excommunication by global Sikh authorities

    by Jai at 9:00 am    

    Further to the recent joint statement by multiple British Sikh and Hindu groups condemning the English Defence League (EDL) and any Sikhs who support them, the EDL’s “Sikh” spokesman Guramit Singh has been given an ultimatum by the Sikh signatories involved: He must publicly renounce the EDL by the end of the major Sikh festival of Vaisakhi on 14 April 2011.

    Failure to do so will result in the matter being formally escalated directly to the most senior global Sikh authorities at the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar, India, who will be requested to issue an excommunication order to permanently expel Guramit Singh from the worldwide Sikh faith. As an ultimate sanction, this could result in him being formally declared a pariah to be ostracised by the world’s entire Sikh population, including being formally stripped of his right to be called a Sikh, along with being permanently banned from every Sikh temple in the world.

    As confirmed by the extensive list of signatories involved, this action is endorsed by the British Sikh population, including numerous influential Sikh temples & organisations across the United Kingdom, particularly in London and Birmingham. This includes the two largest Sikh temples outside India — one of which involves the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha, which was given an award last year by the Queen for its exceptional humanitarian activities and is run by “Bhai Sahib” Mohinder Singh, one of the most senior and respected Sikh figures outside India. Bhai Sahib was previously discussed on Pickled Politics here and here, and has been involved in interfaith bridge-building activities on an international scale, including efforts to counteract the increasing bigotry towards ordinary Muslims in Britain in recent years. Bhai Sahib was also responsible for escorting the Queen around the Golden Temple during her visit to Amritsar in the late 1990s.

    In complete violation of core Sikh tenets, Guramit Singh has been heavily involved in the EDL’s persecution of ordinary Muslims en masse whilst explicitly representing himself as a Sikh and claiming to be acting in the name of Sikhism, including deliberately modifying & grossly distorting sacred verses by the Sikh Gurus in order to “inspire” EDL members present during his foul-mouthed public speeches demonising Muslims, Islam and the Prophet Mohammad. Guramit Singh’s excommunication would therefore be entirely in line with historical precedents during the time of the Sikh Gurus along with the temporal authority permanently bequeathed to the Khalsa by the 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. As recently discussed on Pickled Politics, it has also been confirmed that one of the EDL’s founders is a convicted criminal for downloading child pornography, and that the EDL itself has multiple links to international terrorists.

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    2nd April, 2011

    India world cup victory open thread

    by Rumbold at 8:26 pm    

    Enjoy. And if you live in Hounslow or Southall, have fun listening to the fireworks and car horns.

    Filed under: India,Sports,Sri Lanka
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