A Sikh Response on Ruby Dhalla?

ruby_dhalla.jpgFor those that follow The Langar Hall, Ruby Dhalla is no stranger to our coverage on Canadian politics.  Whether it be on our list of Sikh MPs throughout the world, a Sikh Barack Obama, a horrible beating that is symptomatic of the nightmare that is the Punjab Police, or even attendance at NRI Punjabi conference, she has found mention.

In this post, she becomes the focus.  Since last week after the Star published a story, Ruby Dhalla, the Liberal Member of Parliament, representing Brampton-Springdale, has been on the receiving end of a flood of media criticism for the following allegations

[Immigrant home care-givers] claimed that they earned $250 a week working 12- to 16-hour days at the Dhalla family home, that Dhalla herself had seized their passports and that other family members made them wash cars, shovel snow and clean chiropractic clinics owned by the family. [link]

The Canadian press has had a field day and has likened the case to the controversy that led to Eliot Spitzer’s resignation as the governor of New York due to his relationship with a prostitute after being seen as a ‘moralizer.’  Ruby Dhalla has been known to champion immigrant rights issues and women and thus it is for this reason that the allegations have been such damning.

In order to keep the controversy from entangling her party, Dhalla has quit her caucus position as Liberal critic for youth and multiculturalism.

Dhalla has requested the ethics commission to hold an inquiry that she believes will acquit her from all allegations.  Critics of the media’s treatment have opposed the “lynch first, investigate later” attitude in the media, but in today’s era of 24 hour news-channels requiring ‘instant’ news and often sensationalism to draw a crowd, even when there really isn’t anything to say, I do not foresee any change in this anytime soon.

So this is how the situation appears to a Sikh-American’s eyes, filtered by the Canadian press.  Perhaps much more interesting would be perspectives by Sikh-Canadians, especially those in Brampton that could comment on the case, but more particularly about Ruby Dhalla as their representative.


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34 Responses to “A Sikh Response on Ruby Dhalla?”

  1. Toronto Sikh says:

    hello,

    I came across your website, its great, I'll make a point to visit regularly :)

    I am a young, sikh woman who lives right next to Dhalla's riding in Brampton. I have followed her career and her latest controversy closely.

    What I see here in Ruby's case is an example of tokenism in politics. Ruby is often praised because of her tokenism, "here is a south asian women who is articulate" is what I read in some paper the other day. Its sad how the anglo-community often views ethnic minorities and is simply impressed when one of us can talk and converse with some degree of intelligence. Just because she is south asian doesn't mean she is benefitting sikhs by being an MP.

    I would be totally behind Ruby, if there was substance beind the woman, but sadly I don't think there is. I have looked into her past considerably because she is seen as representing me, so I have taken the time to see if she is worthy of that representation.

    I can still recall that she was parachuted into her riding by then Prime Minister Paul Martin in 2004. She didn't even have to run for nomination. Was she deserving of that special treament? I don't think so – her resume is far from amazing and there was a perfectly good liberal nominee who the riding members wanted to run. I think that is an example of how PM Martin was just looking for a minority woman to parade around as an example of the liberal party's multicultural appeal.

    That really bothers me because I think sikh politicians, if we want to be seen as equals, should not be given or accept special treatment.

    Furthermore, I have been following her career as an MP, and it seems to me its all about self promotion, trying to get ahead, not for her ideas or her vision for Canada but HER.

    She went to India last january on a trip that essentially became a self-promotion tour across India on taxpayers dollars. I read about it in the Indo-canadian papers, and I just found it appaling. Before politics she was pursuing a bollywood career, and I just can't take someone seriously whose ambition before politics was to dance around in indian films. How is that contributing to society or bettering the lives of others? I want sikh politicians to have a strong record of their past accomplishments when they are elected so that we aren't viewed as 'mere tokens' BUT actually on equal footing with those that lead our country.

    Also, I constantly see ways in which Ruby tries to capitalize on her looks as an MP. she allowed the liberals to auction a 'lunch date' with her for raising funds, she allowed chatelaine to do a feature on her sense of style, where she poses in dresses, and she regularly goes to awards shows/movie premiers posing for the cameras. This is not common practice for MPs in Canada. I mean, that too me is seen as someone straddling the world of politics and celebrity and I just can't respect someone who does that. Because politics is very different that wanting to be a celebrity. It seems to me that Ruby wants to be famous and that is what is driving her, not a real ability or intelligence to make a real difference in Canadian politics.

    I completely understand that she is trying to capitalize on her looks but I think it comes at the expense of the very sikhs she supposedly represents b/c she has become a joke – Canada's version of Sarah Palin if you will – all flash, no substance.

    Unfortunately, I think Dhalla's attitude will only set back the plight of women and sikhs in Cdn politics. I'm still waiting for Canada's version of Hilary Clinton, Madeline Albright, Benazir Bhutto – and i know Ruby isn't it.

  2. Toronto Sikh says:

    hello,

    I came across your website, its great, I’ll make a point to visit regularly :)

    I am a young, sikh woman who lives right next to Dhalla’s riding in Brampton. I have followed her career and her latest controversy closely.

    What I see here in Ruby’s case is an example of tokenism in politics. Ruby is often praised because of her tokenism, “here is a south asian women who is articulate” is what I read in some paper the other day. Its sad how the anglo-community often views ethnic minorities and is simply impressed when one of us can talk and converse with some degree of intelligence. Just because she is south asian doesn’t mean she is benefitting sikhs by being an MP.

    I would be totally behind Ruby, if there was substance beind the woman, but sadly I don’t think there is. I have looked into her past considerably because she is seen as representing me, so I have taken the time to see if she is worthy of that representation.

    I can still recall that she was parachuted into her riding by then Prime Minister Paul Martin in 2004. She didn’t even have to run for nomination. Was she deserving of that special treament? I don’t think so – her resume is far from amazing and there was a perfectly good liberal nominee who the riding members wanted to run. I think that is an example of how PM Martin was just looking for a minority woman to parade around as an example of the liberal party’s multicultural appeal.

    That really bothers me because I think sikh politicians, if we want to be seen as equals, should not be given or accept special treatment.

    Furthermore, I have been following her career as an MP, and it seems to me its all about self promotion, trying to get ahead, not for her ideas or her vision for Canada but HER.

    She went to India last january on a trip that essentially became a self-promotion tour across India on taxpayers dollars. I read about it in the Indo-canadian papers, and I just found it appaling. Before politics she was pursuing a bollywood career, and I just can’t take someone seriously whose ambition before politics was to dance around in indian films. How is that contributing to society or bettering the lives of others? I want sikh politicians to have a strong record of their past accomplishments when they are elected so that we aren’t viewed as ‘mere tokens’ BUT actually on equal footing with those that lead our country.

    Also, I constantly see ways in which Ruby tries to capitalize on her looks as an MP. she allowed the liberals to auction a ‘lunch date’ with her for raising funds, she allowed chatelaine to do a feature on her sense of style, where she poses in dresses, and she regularly goes to awards shows/movie premiers posing for the cameras. This is not common practice for MPs in Canada. I mean, that too me is seen as someone straddling the world of politics and celebrity and I just can’t respect someone who does that. Because politics is very different that wanting to be a celebrity. It seems to me that Ruby wants to be famous and that is what is driving her, not a real ability or intelligence to make a real difference in Canadian politics.

    I completely understand that she is trying to capitalize on her looks but I think it comes at the expense of the very sikhs she supposedly represents b/c she has become a joke – Canada’s version of Sarah Palin if you will – all flash, no substance.

    Unfortunately, I think Dhalla’s attitude will only set back the plight of women and sikhs in Cdn politics. I’m still waiting for Canada’s version of Hilary Clinton, Madeline Albright, Benazir Bhutto – and i know Ruby isn’t it.

  3. Field Sikh says:

    I agree withe the above sentiments, however I don't want to see another Hillary Clinton, Madeline Albright or Benazir Bhutto. These are classic examples of women who have a gender neutral role, and by that I mean, they have done very little forward women issues and rights in their respected sovereigns. Hillary Clinton is a horrible example of a women who has pressed forward some of the most atrocious pro-war policies we've seen in the last few decades.

    I have always wondered if some of our Sikh politicians respected their Sikh teachings and have used them as a recourse to their decision making processes. I wonder if Ruby understands what the Dharam Yudh is when she fumbles the lives of millions in Afghanistan, Iraq and those subject to the war on terror.

    I am completely flabbergasted that women such as Ruby Dhalla have come to represent Sikhism and supported these wars and as of a consequence supported the governmental policies and moreover, social and cultural values that permit misogyny in Afghanistan. Though an ardent supporter of myopic human rights issues, She has turned a blind eye to the massive failure of social and economic reconstruction of Afghanistan, the gender apartheid suffered by women, and invariably the basic rights of women to live freely, equally and equitably in afghan society. Ratifying The Convention for the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is absolutely imperative and little has been discussed of these matters in public forum. As a women who has launched her career as staunchly and energetically as she has, I find it bewildering that she was elevated in our Sikh community as an influential figure with little or not criticism. Puzzled, I'm left to wonder if she has heard of the Dharam Yudh or of those that ardently support her have as well. They have become to infatuated with her novelties to care.

  4. Field Sikh says:

    I agree withe the above sentiments, however I don’t want to see another Hillary Clinton, Madeline Albright or Benazir Bhutto. These are classic examples of women who have a gender neutral role, and by that I mean, they have done very little forward women issues and rights in their respected sovereigns. Hillary Clinton is a horrible example of a women who has pressed forward some of the most atrocious pro-war policies we’ve seen in the last few decades.

    I have always wondered if some of our Sikh politicians respected their Sikh teachings and have used them as a recourse to their decision making processes. I wonder if Ruby understands what the Dharam Yudh is when she fumbles the lives of millions in Afghanistan, Iraq and those subject to the war on terror.

    I am completely flabbergasted that women such as Ruby Dhalla have come to represent Sikhism and supported these wars and as of a consequence supported the governmental policies and moreover, social and cultural values that permit misogyny in Afghanistan. Though an ardent supporter of myopic human rights issues, She has turned a blind eye to the massive failure of social and economic reconstruction of Afghanistan, the gender apartheid suffered by women, and invariably the basic rights of women to live freely, equally and equitably in afghan society. Ratifying The Convention for the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is absolutely imperative and little has been discussed of these matters in public forum. As a women who has launched her career as staunchly and energetically as she has, I find it bewildering that she was elevated in our Sikh community as an influential figure with little or not criticism. Puzzled, I’m left to wonder if she has heard of the Dharam Yudh or of those that ardently support her have as well. They have become to infatuated with her novelties to care.

  5. mjs sodhi says:

    Couldn't agree more with the comments above re "I" Ruby Dhalla (or self-styled "Dr Dhalla") who's joined politics it seems just to promote herself and nothing else. I am actually flabbergasted at the Sikh leadership and the constituents she represents for letting her go by scott-free so far for all this utter nonsense she's been exhibiting. It does reflects pretty poorly on the intellect level of Sikhs in general and her mainly Southeast Asian constituents in particular.

    Thankfully, we also have representation in form of Navdeep Bains who keeps a much lower profile but offers way more substance. Hopefully he can repair the damage that has already been done by the likes of "I" Ruby!

  6. mjs sodhi says:

    Couldn’t agree more with the comments above re “I” Ruby Dhalla (or self-styled “Dr Dhalla”) who’s joined politics it seems just to promote herself and nothing else. I am actually flabbergasted at the Sikh leadership and the constituents she represents for letting her go by scott-free so far for all this utter nonsense she’s been exhibiting. It does reflects pretty poorly on the intellect level of Sikhs in general and her mainly Southeast Asian constituents in particular.
    Thankfully, we also have representation in form of Navdeep Bains who keeps a much lower profile but offers way more substance. Hopefully he can repair the damage that has already been done by the likes of “I” Ruby!

  7. r singh says:

    There is a huge tendency amongst Sikhs to bash up any of their own that come up. We need to put our pettiness aside and look at the accusations objectively. This tempest is a teapot smacks of manipulation. For example the contention that these nannies were "mentally tortured" even though they lived in a luxurious basement, fitted all ameneites including a tv and fridge…! If house work was anathema to theses ladies, why did they accept the job to begin with and not leave if their demands were not met? They were quite happy to get pictures taken with their suposedly cruel employer. No one can make you do anything that you do not wish to do.

    There is no need to condemn Dr Dhalla without proper evidence in favour of mere heresay by a bunch of temperory workers on the look out to get permanent residency status, and just happened to stumble upon a great opportunity to get their way. These do not seem to be nothing more than a oppertunistic attacks.

  8. r singh says:

    There is a huge tendency amongst Sikhs to bash up any of their own that come up. We need to put our pettiness aside and look at the accusations objectively. This tempest is a teapot smacks of manipulation. For example the contention that these nannies were “mentally tortured” even though they lived in a luxurious basement, fitted all ameneites including a tv and fridge…! If house work was anathema to theses ladies, why did they accept the job to begin with and not leave if their demands were not met? They were quite happy to get pictures taken with their suposedly cruel employer. No one can make you do anything that you do not wish to do.

    There is no need to condemn Dr Dhalla without proper evidence in favour of mere heresay by a bunch of temperory workers on the look out to get permanent residency status, and just happened to stumble upon a great opportunity to get their way. These do not seem to be nothing more than a oppertunistic attacks.

  9. Toronto Sikh says:

    R.J. Singh wrote: "There is a huge tendency amongst Sikhs to bash up any of their own that come up…If house work was anathema to theses ladies, why did they accept the job to begin with and not leave if their demands were not met?….These do not seem to be nothing more than a oppertunistic attacks."

    I beg to differ, Mr. Singh. I don't think sikhs deliberately 'bash up' their fellow sikhs entering public office. Your comment suggests that their is innate sense of jealousy amongst sikhs in the diaspora, and in this case of Ms. Dhalla in particular. I have not encountered such attempts to 'bash up' other sikh politicians such as Navdeep Bains, Nina Grewal, Tim Uppal, etc. Your statement displays a great deal of ignorance. Have you ever considered that sikhs in Canada may be willing to 'bash up' Ms. Dhalla because she merits such disrepute?

    The sikhs that I converse with about Canadian politics, do not have anything against sikhs in public office. I think its a great step for sikhs and I do not pass judgement on any sikh running for office or in office until I have taken the time to review their past achievements and their work as MP.

    Now with regards to Ms. Dhalla's case, you seem to suggest that the caregivers were lazy and should have just done the housework they were hired to do. However, Mr. Singh, the caregivers WERE NOT hired to serve as housekeepers. I suggest you read the laws on the live-in caregiver program in Canada – it explicitly states that caregivers are not meant to do housework unrelated to the care of the elderly person they are caring for. Excessive housework is not their domain, if the Dhalla's wanted a housekeeper all they had to do was hire one. But it seems that the Dhalla's wanted to take advantage of these caregivers who are paid a mere $250 a week instead of hiring actual housekeepers that cost more that double this amount in Canada. Furthermore, in this case, Tavinder, Ruby's mother, did not need a live-in caregiver in the first place, since she is in good health as is evident from her designation as Ruby's official traveller, accompanying Ruby on all of her trips in Canada and abroad. What you seem to be forgetting is that the real question is whether Dhalla broke the law? The allegations that she witheld the nannies' passports, promised them expeditious sponsorship if they stayed with the family (an abuse of her power as MP) and knowingly allowed the nannies to work illegally in her home (as the nannies didn't have the permits to work in her home) suggests that Dhalla broke the law and is not up to the high standards we set for MPs.

    I quite frankly do not believe that she deserves to represent us as an MP. Her lastest nannygate epidsode has dealt a blow to all sikhs as the allegations against her speak to the caste-like mentality that unfortunately is more indicative of treatment of servants in the Indian subcontinent. For instance, the nannies have said, Ruby demanded that her brother and her be referred to as "Dr. Ruby" and "Dr. Neil" at all times (even though the two are not MDs but chiropractors and more importantly such a demand indicates the desire to create a superior/inferior dichotomy between themselves and the nannies), that Ruby and her family demanded that the nannies sit on the floor while the rest of the family sat on the sofa, and would not let the nannies go to sleep until the last member of the Dhalla family retire for the night. Such allegations suggest that the Dhallas have perpetuated a master-servant relationship in their own home. As a Canadian-sikh completely against such a relationship, I am disgusted and angered that sikhs in Canada are acting in such a manner. I realize that such allegations have not been proven in a court of law, and I do welcome a full RCMP investigation so that Ruby's case is taken to court.

    Quite frankly, I highly doubt that 2 filipino nannies, 1 housekeeper, the head of the NGO Intercede which corroborates the nannies' accounts, the Toronto Star (the newspaper which broke the story and a staunch advocate of the liberal party) would conspire with the conseratives and ndp to bring up such a story. Ms. Dhalla caused her own downfall, no conspiracy needed.

    What I strongly believe is that such a woman is doing a great disservice to the sikh community and her constitutents who she hardly has time to serve given that she is constantly dealing with one controversy to the next.

  10. Toronto Sikh says:

    R.J. Singh wrote: “There is a huge tendency amongst Sikhs to bash up any of their own that come up…If house work was anathema to theses ladies, why did they accept the job to begin with and not leave if their demands were not met?….These do not seem to be nothing more than a oppertunistic attacks.”

    I beg to differ, Mr. Singh. I don’t think sikhs deliberately ‘bash up’ their fellow sikhs entering public office. Your comment suggests that their is innate sense of jealousy amongst sikhs in the diaspora, and in this case of Ms. Dhalla in particular. I have not encountered such attempts to ‘bash up’ other sikh politicians such as Navdeep Bains, Nina Grewal, Tim Uppal, etc. Your statement displays a great deal of ignorance. Have you ever considered that sikhs in Canada may be willing to ‘bash up’ Ms. Dhalla because she merits such disrepute?

    The sikhs that I converse with about Canadian politics, do not have anything against sikhs in public office. I think its a great step for sikhs and I do not pass judgement on any sikh running for office or in office until I have taken the time to review their past achievements and their work as MP.

    Now with regards to Ms. Dhalla’s case, you seem to suggest that the caregivers were lazy and should have just done the housework they were hired to do. However, Mr. Singh, the caregivers WERE NOT hired to serve as housekeepers. I suggest you read the laws on the live-in caregiver program in Canada – it explicitly states that caregivers are not meant to do housework unrelated to the care of the elderly person they are caring for. Excessive housework is not their domain, if the Dhalla’s wanted a housekeeper all they had to do was hire one. But it seems that the Dhalla’s wanted to take advantage of these caregivers who are paid a mere $250 a week instead of hiring actual housekeepers that cost more that double this amount in Canada. Furthermore, in this case, Tavinder, Ruby’s mother, did not need a live-in caregiver in the first place, since she is in good health as is evident from her designation as Ruby’s official traveller, accompanying Ruby on all of her trips in Canada and abroad. What you seem to be forgetting is that the real question is whether Dhalla broke the law? The allegations that she witheld the nannies’ passports, promised them expeditious sponsorship if they stayed with the family (an abuse of her power as MP) and knowingly allowed the nannies to work illegally in her home (as the nannies didn’t have the permits to work in her home) suggests that Dhalla broke the law and is not up to the high standards we set for MPs.

    I quite frankly do not believe that she deserves to represent us as an MP. Her lastest nannygate epidsode has dealt a blow to all sikhs as the allegations against her speak to the caste-like mentality that unfortunately is more indicative of treatment of servants in the Indian subcontinent. For instance, the nannies have said, Ruby demanded that her brother and her be referred to as “Dr. Ruby” and “Dr. Neil” at all times (even though the two are not MDs but chiropractors and more importantly such a demand indicates the desire to create a superior/inferior dichotomy between themselves and the nannies), that Ruby and her family demanded that the nannies sit on the floor while the rest of the family sat on the sofa, and would not let the nannies go to sleep until the last member of the Dhalla family retire for the night. Such allegations suggest that the Dhallas have perpetuated a master-servant relationship in their own home. As a Canadian-sikh completely against such a relationship, I am disgusted and angered that sikhs in Canada are acting in such a manner. I realize that such allegations have not been proven in a court of law, and I do welcome a full RCMP investigation so that Ruby’s case is taken to court.

    Quite frankly, I highly doubt that 2 filipino nannies, 1 housekeeper, the head of the NGO Intercede which corroborates the nannies’ accounts, the Toronto Star (the newspaper which broke the story and a staunch advocate of the liberal party) would conspire with the conseratives and ndp to bring up such a story. Ms. Dhalla caused her own downfall, no conspiracy needed.

    What I strongly believe is that such a woman is doing a great disservice to the sikh community and her constitutents who she hardly has time to serve given that she is constantly dealing with one controversy to the next.

  11. mjs sodhi says:

    Thanks 'Toronto Sikh' for your thoughts and comments.

    To 'R Singh':

    I harbor no malice or jealousy 'towards my own brethren but at the same time can't sit quitely when one of them is continually tarnishing the image of the community by being in news almost daily albeit all for the wrong reasons (child beating in India & her immediate comments thereafter followed by denials, the 'C' grade bollywood movie she acted in before joining politics & her denials she even did some 'scenes' depicted in the movie & now this nanny controversy still followed by her denials. C'mon, nuff said! Do you see any other politician from our community embroiled in such controversies at all!? I am on the other hand indeed so proud of people like Navdeep Bains who's a true 'role-model' for our youngsters to follow and look up to. Where do see the bias against our own!??

  12. mjs sodhi says:

    Thanks ‘Toronto Sikh’ for your thoughts and comments.
    To ‘R Singh’:
    I harbor no malice or jealousy ‘towards my own brethren but at the same time can’t sit quitely when one of them is continually tarnishing the image of the community by being in news almost daily albeit all for the wrong reasons (child beating in India & her immediate comments thereafter followed by denials, the ‘C’ grade bollywood movie she acted in before joining politics & her denials she even did some ‘scenes’ depicted in the movie & now this nanny controversy still followed by her denials. C’mon, nuff said! Do you see any other politician from our community embroiled in such controversies at all!? I am on the other hand indeed so proud of people like Navdeep Bains who’s a true ‘role-model’ for our youngsters to follow and look up to. Where do see the bias against our own!??

  13. Singh says:

    i dont care what she does, but she needs to stop calling herself a SIKH. when this news broke out the media was starting the news with 'First Sikh women MP elected'; i am not sure why in the world media is addressing her as 'first women SIKH MP', why dont they call the others as Christian MP's. this lady has done enough damage, needs to loose in next elections.

  14. Singh says:

    i dont care what she does, but she needs to stop calling herself a SIKH. when this news broke out the media was starting the news with ‘First Sikh women MP elected’; i am not sure why in the world media is addressing her as ‘first women SIKH MP’, why dont they call the others as Christian MP’s. this lady has done enough damage, needs to loose in next elections.

  15. Arvinder says:

    I came across the following explanation on the web for the intrigue against Ruby Dhalla. Note how the story quickly vashished after this story began to diffuse.

    ————————————————

    May 2009

    She is obviously being targeted by an entity that can influence parliament and the Canadian media. The campaign is extremely orchestrated and planned.

    The question is who benefits from derailing her? Possible beneficiaries:

    1) A competitor cabal in the upper echelons of the liberal party.

    2) Part of the PC’s playbook for upcoming election.

    3) Part of the Brahminist-dominated Indian regime’s policy of using its intelligence assets in Canadian polity & media to stop a Canadian Sikh from rising to higher political office.

    I believe reason 3) is the primary driver (with obvious co-operation from 1) & 2)). Over the past 3 decades, CBC has acquired a notorious reputation of piping anti-Sikh propaganda and imagery from the Indian Government & Media to the Canadian Pubic. For example, just last year on June 30, 2008, CBC aired its Air India Bombing documentary (a disorganized collection of Pravda-style anti-Sikh “terrorist” innuendos with little facts & evidence). Over a span of 25 years, the CBC has never reported an independent Sikh point of view on India or the Air India Bombing (AIB):

    1) Most Sikhs believe that the AIB was a staged false-flag operation to brand them as a “terrorist community” so they would not be able to organize international human rights outrage against the Indian Army and Paramilitary let loose to terrorize the Sikh population of Punjab over 1984-93 (apparently, over 150,000 Sikhs were killed while catching Indira Gandhi’s “300 Sikh militants”; Indian Parliamentary Hansard of 1984).

    2) CBC has never investigated why CSIS erased 32 filed tapes in 1987 which linked their “Sikh terrorist” subjects to Indian consulates in Toronto and Vancouver (see Soft Target by Globe & Mail journalists Brian McAndrew & Zuhair Kashmeri). The authors of Soft Target write from interviews with CSIS field agents that the Canadian agents had come to surmise from their wiretaps and investigations that the primary suspect of the Air India bombing (AIB) was the Government of India (GOI) and its RAW intelligence apparatus operating in Canada.

    3) There is direct evidence that Parmar and Reyat were agents of Indian intelligence (RAW is the world’ fourth most powerful spy agency – India’s KGB trained by the Soviet KGB in 1960s but allied with the CIA & MI6). For example, despite its narrow focus, the Air India Inquiry in May 2007 revealed that CSIS suspected the "Sikh terrorist" Parmar of being an agent provocateur of the Indian government (http://ottsun.canoe.ca/News/BreakingNews/2007/05/24/4204893.html; May 24, 2007).

    4) Curiously, Parmar was “eliminated” by the Indian police in 1992 while in their custody! This begs the obvious question: what was he doing visiting the very country that was accusing him of blowing-up its plane? (It is like Abu-Nidal wanting to visit Israel!) Was he lured-in by his RAW handlers to eliminate evidence of the Indian government’s complicity?

    It seems that the Canadian police and media have been long outsourcing their investigatory and journalism duties regarding Sikhs to RAW’s Brahminist Commissars and Indian Consulates here (garbage in, and CBC & RCMP garbage out). Was this where the new intrigue against Dhalla, a rising Sikh Member of Parliament, hatched? If truth matters, I think the media should follow up on this.

    To reach the truth, western journalists need to ask “what is the nature and agenda of India’s new Brahminist establishment?”. India is lauded as a democracy, but its bureaucracy and political institutions are totally corrupted and criminalized and are under Brahminist control.

  16. Arvinder says:

    I came across the following explanation on the web for the intrigue against Ruby Dhalla. Note how the story quickly vashished after this story began to diffuse.
    ————————————————
    May 2009

    She is obviously being targeted by an entity that can influence parliament and the Canadian media. The campaign is extremely orchestrated and planned.

    The question is who benefits from derailing her? Possible beneficiaries:
    1) A competitor cabal in the upper echelons of the liberal party.
    2) Part of the PC’s playbook for upcoming election.
    3) Part of the Brahminist-dominated Indian regime’s policy of using its intelligence assets in Canadian polity & media to stop a Canadian Sikh from rising to higher political office.

    I believe reason 3) is the primary driver (with obvious co-operation from 1) & 2)). Over the past 3 decades, CBC has acquired a notorious reputation of piping anti-Sikh propaganda and imagery from the Indian Government & Media to the Canadian Pubic. For example, just last year on June 30, 2008, CBC aired its Air India Bombing documentary (a disorganized collection of Pravda-style anti-Sikh “terrorist” innuendos with little facts & evidence). Over a span of 25 years, the CBC has never reported an independent Sikh point of view on India or the Air India Bombing (AIB):
    1) Most Sikhs believe that the AIB was a staged false-flag operation to brand them as a “terrorist community” so they would not be able to organize international human rights outrage against the Indian Army and Paramilitary let loose to terrorize the Sikh population of Punjab over 1984-93 (apparently, over 150,000 Sikhs were killed while catching Indira Gandhi’s “300 Sikh militants”; Indian Parliamentary Hansard of 1984).
    2) CBC has never investigated why CSIS erased 32 filed tapes in 1987 which linked their “Sikh terrorist” subjects to Indian consulates in Toronto and Vancouver (see Soft Target by Globe & Mail journalists Brian McAndrew & Zuhair Kashmeri). The authors of Soft Target write from interviews with CSIS field agents that the Canadian agents had come to surmise from their wiretaps and investigations that the primary suspect of the Air India bombing (AIB) was the Government of India (GOI) and its RAW intelligence apparatus operating in Canada.
    3) There is direct evidence that Parmar and Reyat were agents of Indian intelligence (RAW is the world’ fourth most powerful spy agency – India’s KGB trained by the Soviet KGB in 1960s but allied with the CIA & MI6). For example, despite its narrow focus, the Air India Inquiry in May 2007 revealed that CSIS suspected the “Sikh terrorist” Parmar of being an agent provocateur of the Indian government (http://ottsun.canoe.ca/News/BreakingNews/2007/05/24/4204893.html; May 24, 2007).
    4) Curiously, Parmar was “eliminated” by the Indian police in 1992 while in their custody! This begs the obvious question: what was he doing visiting the very country that was accusing him of blowing-up its plane? (It is like Abu-Nidal wanting to visit Israel!) Was he lured-in by his RAW handlers to eliminate evidence of the Indian government’s complicity?

    It seems that the Canadian police and media have been long outsourcing their investigatory and journalism duties regarding Sikhs to RAW’s Brahminist Commissars and Indian Consulates here (garbage in, and CBC & RCMP garbage out). Was this where the new intrigue against Dhalla, a rising Sikh Member of Parliament, hatched? If truth matters, I think the media should follow up on this.

    To reach the truth, western journalists need to ask “what is the nature and agenda of India’s new Brahminist establishment?”. India is lauded as a democracy, but its bureaucracy and political institutions are totally corrupted and criminalized and are under Brahminist control.

  17. Harinder says:

    SIkhs are getting into a Nazi like situation.

    They seem to be fighting with every one on this planet.

    Time to ponder definition of friend and Foes.

  18. Harinder says:

    SIkhs are getting into a Nazi like situation.
    They seem to be fighting with every one on this planet.
    Time to ponder definition of friend and Foes.

  19. Arvinder says:

    I think they [Sikhs, Muslims, majority "lower caste" Hindus, Chritians] have been on the receiving end of terror and oppression let loose on the people by BrahmaNazi fascists – Arya Samajis of Congress, RSS, Bajrang Dal, etc – for the past 6 decades. A more more telling name for the "world's largest democracy" is "Casteocracy"!

    Don't the 5-7% Brahminists ruling India ideologically fancy themselves as India's "rightful Aryan ruling class" of the majority Hindus & minorities? Have you ever checked out the dillusional propaganda in their history books, newspapers, media and bollywood movies?

    Minorities like Mulsims and Sikhs who previously have had power and rule over "their Bharat" irk the fascist and genocidal minded Brahmanists to not end and have to be cut down to size and, what is left of them, "absorbed" into "Hindus" (the lower segments).

    This is their basic game plan – just study the events and policies of the past 60 years and how Buddhism was destroyed in southasia in the 7-9th century. It is ironic that India remained majority Hindu under 8 centuries of Muslim rule, but the once majority Buddhist India was destroyed in less than 2 centuries after Sankara!

    All this works today because people like Harinder (and Brahminist collaboraters) want to deny reality and close their eyes – all the way to the next Brahminist state-sponsored Kristallnacht "riot", "dera-related" violence, Air India Bombing, continual Brahminist police torture or "police encounter".

  20. Harinder says:

    Arvinder :-

    who do you think is the right person to rule India.

    He should belong to which

    1) State

    2) Religion

    3) caste

    And how do u ensure that ?

  21. Arvinder says:

    I think they [Sikhs, Muslims, majority “lower caste” Hindus, Chritians] have been on the receiving end of terror and oppression let loose on the people by BrahmaNazi fascists – Arya Samajis of Congress, RSS, Bajrang Dal, etc – for the past 6 decades. A more more telling name for the “world’s largest democracy” is “Casteocracy”!

    Don’t the 5-7% Brahminists ruling India ideologically fancy themselves as India’s “rightful Aryan ruling class” of the majority Hindus & minorities? Have you ever checked out the dillusional propaganda in their history books, newspapers, media and bollywood movies?

    Minorities like Mulsims and Sikhs who previously have had power and rule over “their Bharat” irk the fascist and genocidal minded Brahmanists to not end and have to be cut down to size and, what is left of them, “absorbed” into “Hindus” (the lower segments).

    This is their basic game plan – just study the events and policies of the past 60 years and how Buddhism was destroyed in southasia in the 7-9th century. It is ironic that India remained majority Hindu under 8 centuries of Muslim rule, but the once majority Buddhist India was destroyed in less than 2 centuries after Sankara!

    All this works today because people like Harinder (and Brahminist collaboraters) want to deny reality and close their eyes – all the way to the next Brahminist state-sponsored Kristallnacht “riot”, “dera-related” violence, Air India Bombing, continual Brahminist police torture or “police encounter”.

  22. Harinder says:

    Arvinder :-

    who do you think is the right person to rule India.
    He should belong to which

    1) State
    2) Religion
    3) caste

    And how do u ensure that ?

  23. Arvinder says:

    You question is a distraction. Even if I tell you, it is not going to happen.

    Before "solving" a problem, a significant segment of the people has to first realize who really runs/controls things in India(i.e. Brahminists, as opposed to, "the foreign hand", Sikhs, Muslims, Christians, "lower caste" Hindus etc.). The rest is all smoke-and-mirror by the Brahminist regime and its activists.

    We are not even at this stage yet – where people really understand what is going on, who is in charge, what is their ideological agenda and mindset.

    The most fruitful course of action is to INFORM as many people as possible – westerners and Indians – on the ground reality of conditions in India, who benefits from them, who is now running and looting the former British Indian empire ("India"), and the propaganda war being waged by Brahminist fascists in the Indian and western media (where they are constantly passing the blame for their attrocities and failures on their victims).

  24. Arvinder says:

    You question is a distraction. Even if I tell you, it is not going to happen.

    Before “solving” a problem, a significant segment of the people has to first realize who really runs/controls things in India(i.e. Brahminists, as opposed to, “the foreign hand”, Sikhs, Muslims, Christians, “lower caste” Hindus etc.). The rest is all smoke-and-mirror by the Brahminist regime and its activists.

    We are not even at this stage yet – where people really understand what is going on, who is in charge, what is their ideological agenda and mindset.

    The most fruitful course of action is to INFORM as many people as possible – westerners and Indians – on the ground reality of conditions in India, who benefits from them, who is now running and looting the former British Indian empire (“India”), and the propaganda war being waged by Brahminist fascists in the Indian and western media (where they are constantly passing the blame for their attrocities and failures on their victims).

  25. revolt article says:

    Arvinder,

    It is smoke screen and mirrors, but these aren't magicians hiding in the background they are murderers.

    Just like in the past, they told their false tales to the masses. Ironically when the moghuls set up as the new power, these brahmins had no power that could help them directly offset the message of the Guru.

    Sikhism was the death blow to these monsters.

    But they slithered away, and cameback to serve new masters under the british.

    The West is paying attention to india and china like never before. The dalits and other large groups will have greater gains, especially as they become armed.

    Thats why these brahmins (bjp) have joined up with the Akali's, they need the physical support because the Dalits can easily supplant these people and the world could care less.

    This has to varying degrees already occurred in the south, where brahmins are being kicked out because they offer nothing but the past corruption.

    [you were warned about switching handles on TLH — Admin]

  26. revolt article says:

    Arvinder,

    It is smoke screen and mirrors, but these aren’t magicians hiding in the background they are murderers.

    Just like in the past, they told their false tales to the masses. Ironically when the moghuls set up as the new power, these brahmins had no power that could help them directly offset the message of the Guru.

    Sikhism was the death blow to these monsters.

    But they slithered away, and cameback to serve new masters under the british.

    The West is paying attention to india and china like never before. The dalits and other large groups will have greater gains, especially as they become armed.

    Thats why these brahmins (bjp) have joined up with the Akali’s, they need the physical support because the Dalits can easily supplant these people and the world could care less.

    This has to varying degrees already occurred in the south, where brahmins are being kicked out because they offer nothing but the past corruption.

    [you were warned about switching handles on TLH — Admin]

  27. Arvinder says:

    Good observations by Revolt Article.

    Remember that both Congress & BJP are Brahminist-controlled parties: the Congress with its hard-core Arya-Samajist fascism and the BJP with its hard-core Hindutva fascism. Despite some superficial differences, both have the same BrahmaNazi roots going back to Brahmo-Samaj and Hindu-Maha-Saba.

    The Congress-Brahminists acquired state power after 1947 by i) using the dalits as a vote-bank (in exchange for reservation in low-level bureaucratic jobs) and ii) pitting them politically against agrarian land-holding communities (e.g. Sikhs, Jats, Rajputs, Yadavs, Lingyats). Without any competing national political alliance, this was enough to give the Brahminists control over the former British empire with only a 35% vote majority till the 1990s. Then, the second Brahminist-controlled party – RSS-BJP – stepped in when people were itching for change after 4 decades.

    In addition to INFORMING others about the ground realities of Brahminist rule in India, Sikhs need to start building political and social bridges with other communities who also distrust the Brahminists (e.g. supremacist Brahmins, Khatris and Banias; less than 7% of "Hindus"). The core of the Brahminist regime is of the Vishunite-Hindu brand who actually considers the productive Shivite-Hindus to be "shudras". In return, the Shivite-Hindus greatly mistrust the Brahminists and consider them to be parasitic (e.g. Laloo Yadav made an alliance with Muslims in Bihar against BJP). The Akalis should be allying politically with Laloo Yadav and the Jat-Maha-Saba in Rajasthan/Western UP rather than the fascist BJP.

    As the end of Pakistan approaches, the Brahminist Indian regime will no-longer have the “ISI” and the "foreign hand" to mesmerize their suppressed Hindu masses.

  28. Arvinder says:

    Good observations by Revolt Article.

    Remember that both Congress & BJP are Brahminist-controlled parties: the Congress with its hard-core Arya-Samajist fascism and the BJP with its hard-core Hindutva fascism. Despite some superficial differences, both have the same BrahmaNazi roots going back to Brahmo-Samaj and Hindu-Maha-Saba.

    The Congress-Brahminists acquired state power after 1947 by i) using the dalits as a vote-bank (in exchange for reservation in low-level bureaucratic jobs) and ii) pitting them politically against agrarian land-holding communities (e.g. Sikhs, Jats, Rajputs, Yadavs, Lingyats). Without any competing national political alliance, this was enough to give the Brahminists control over the former British empire with only a 35% vote majority till the 1990s. Then, the second Brahminist-controlled party – RSS-BJP – stepped in when people were itching for change after 4 decades.

    In addition to INFORMING others about the ground realities of Brahminist rule in India, Sikhs need to start building political and social bridges with other communities who also distrust the Brahminists (e.g. supremacist Brahmins, Khatris and Banias; less than 7% of “Hindus”). The core of the Brahminist regime is of the Vishunite-Hindu brand who actually considers the productive Shivite-Hindus to be “shudras”. In return, the Shivite-Hindus greatly mistrust the Brahminists and consider them to be parasitic (e.g. Laloo Yadav made an alliance with Muslims in Bihar against BJP). The Akalis should be allying politically with Laloo Yadav and the Jat-Maha-Saba in Rajasthan/Western UP rather than the fascist BJP.

    As the end of Pakistan approaches, the Brahminist Indian regime will no-longer have the “ISI” and the “foreign hand” to mesmerize their suppressed Hindu masses.

  29. Haridner says:

    The only pesron if you ask me frankly who is fit to rule India is a "WHITE MAN" or a "AFRICAN " or an "ALIEN".

    The kind of animosity we harbour toward each other inspite of a common origin is mind boggling.

    We could spend at least 100 years in squabbling amongst ourselves before we decide who will be the Boss .

  30. Haridner says:

    The only pesron if you ask me frankly who is fit to rule India is a “WHITE MAN” or a “AFRICAN ” or an “ALIEN”.
    The kind of animosity we harbour toward each other inspite of a common origin is mind boggling.
    We could spend at least 100 years in squabbling amongst ourselves before we decide who will be the Boss .

  31. I Live in Brampton says:

    I am a lifelong resident of Brampton and can’t stand what I’m seeing in my community. Your newspaper recently published an article about MP Ruby Dhalla’s absences in Parliament which her opponent Parm Gill has also chirped about.
    Parm Gill and the Conservative propaganda machine are great at spinning half-truths and misrepresentations.
    Since her first election in 2004, I have seen Ruby work tirelessly on behalf of our community.
    Votes in the House of Commons don’t tell the whole story and Parm Gill should knows this.
    Ruby represents us, but also has responsibilities as a Member of Parliament.
    Her duties include representing Canada abroad where she has opened doors for local companies seeking opportunities.
    It has allowed her to learn lessons from other parts of the country that will help our community.
    Parm Gill and the Conservatives need to tell the whole truth about an MP’s job— and so should you.
    Sometimes it’s more important to help a constituent in the riding than attend a procedural vote that has little impact on our community.
    Ruby understands that, and puts people ahead of politics.
    It’s time to focus on the issues that concern people in our community: jobs, health care and the direction our country takes.
    Parm Gill and the Conservatives still think that playing gotcha politics is more important than talking about real issues.
    Kinda makes you wonder what their priorities are?

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  33. LSH says:

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