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  1. Punjabi Music and Movie Industry is one of the biggest in India. Is it driven by motivation to distract and de-moralise Punjabi Sikhs similar to what is happening in Europe and North America?
  2. Punjabi Cinema

    Why do a good majority of Punjabi movies promote caste when we as Sikhs ideologically are not supposed to be following the caste system? If the word "Jatt" isn't mentioned in a typical movie (which most likely it will) then at least the last names of all major characters are mentioned to indirectly denote their caste. I don't get why this agenda is pushed out by Punjabi Cinema and no one really speaks against it? Because it appeases the majority population and thus usage of this single word can make the film a cash cow? I don't mean to take jabs at anyone, as the only example I can use in context of Punjabi Cinema is Jatt promotion. But I guess the point of my question is; why is any type of caste promotion of any caste not looked down upon by mainstream Sikh Punjabis? Is there a solution to it?
  3. Punjabi Language

    I signed up to Sikh Sangat to simply find out where I can learn Punjabi. I would be grateful if someone could help point me in the right direction. I am a Sikh 24 years of age from the UK (Slough), and have been brought up in a household where English is the main language. My issue is I can just about speak and understand it, having this problem makes me feel very disconnected from the Sangat. I like to help people from my own community, but find it impossible at times due to a major language barrier. I know this is a common problem with many Sikh people I know, why is this issue not being addressed within our community? Thank you.
  4. bindhi and haaha tips

    hey guys so i have learnted how to read in punjabi but sometimes haaha confuses me. sometimes it is said has **oh nd sometimes **uh. or **hu, **ho. why is this and i also find bindhi hard, it changes everytime and out of all of the things in punjabi i find bindhi hard, anytips? i cant find words in which i will be able to practise? can post here?
  5. After waiting ages to take a DNA test, I finally got around to it recently. The results were, for the most part, what I expected. Here's my estimate: Asia - 85.4% South Asian - 79.9% West Asian (Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Caucasus, Turkey) - 4.3% Central Asian (Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazahkstan) - 1.4% Europe - 14.6% North and West Europe Irish, Scottish, and Welsh - 11.6% Scandinavian - 3.0% Even though these are only estimates, they give an idea of my ethnicity in a broad sense. Nonetheless 14.6% is still considered a fairly large proportion in an estimate, and in all honesty was completely unexpected. My knowledge on DNA and genealogy are probably basic at best but from what I've read such a large percentage of the European could be traced back as early as the 5th or 6th generation before me! This estimate didn't really tell me much as I would have liked to know so I decided to use GEDmatch to get a more in-depth picture. The results were certainly interesting (Jagsaw Singh if you're still around I'm sure you'll be the most pleased). For the sake of the topic I'll mention that I'm Punjabi Jatt. This is what I found out: Baloch - 37.94% (The term Baloch is used here to loosely describe Persian origin) South Indian - 29.43% (South Indian here refers to indigenous or native Indian) NE-Euro - 11.70% (oddly the Baltic region) Caucasian - 11.30% (Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan - again part of the Greater Persian Empire) SW-Asian - 2.28% (ambiguously referring to Persian, Caucasian, and Arabian) Mediterranean - 2.25% (most likely Greek, Cypriot, Turkish) The rest is negligible. You are also given an approximation how closely you are linked and compare to the individual populations of the sampling done by the genealogists, here are the top ten from highest to lowest: 1) Punjabi-Jatt-Sikh 2) Punjabi-Jatt-Muslim 3) Punjabi-Khatri 4) Pushtikar-Brahmin 5) Kashmiri-Pandit 6) Punjabi 7) Kashmiri 8) Punjabi-Brahmin 9) Rajasthani-Brahmin 10) Singapore-Indian What do you think? I was surprised at some of the detail it went into and some of it was actually expected - I have always explained to people how we very likely had Persian and possibly some European ancestors. Although I probably won't, personally I would love to lay claim to my Persian heritage! Has anybody here taken a test? What labels, if any, do I use now...Persian Jatt I think the moral here is we shouldn't be so narrow-minded.
  6. Punjabi

    I really want to teach myself to read write and speak punjabi, but I really dont know where to start. I know they teach it at the gurdwara but im 25 already and i feel a little embaresed to go and sit with children and try and learn my own language which i should already know.
  7. Conversion to Sikhi ?!

    Is conversion to Sikhi welcome ? I wasn't born in India (we only go there once every three years to meet relatives) so I can't really read the Gurmukhi script or any proper punjabi script....... My parents took me to a gurudwara regularly as the closest temple was too far, and my hindi was weak so I didn't want to go there anyway. I'm aged 16 - 20 if that matters.
  8. The Punjabi Wedding Breakdown

    this is very true lol
  9. http://singhstation.net/2017/06/census-2016-punjabi-fastest-growing-language-in-australia/ Its official – Punjabi is the fastest growing language in Australia. The 2016 Census has revealed that Punjabi is the fastest growing language in Australia, showing an increase from 71229 people in 2011 to 132 496 people in 2016. Earlier, Punjabi was also the fastest growing language, showing a 207.5 per cent increase from 23,164 people in 2006 to 71,229 people in 2011.
  10. What might come as shock to sikh / punjabi wedding , a woman is seen with her turbaned groom husband , in only sweat shorts. On top she's wearing the usual choli , dupatta, but the lehenga is missing !! lol http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/everything-social/this-brides-wedding-ensemble-manages-to-set-twitter-on-fire/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=TOI KI JALOOS KADYA !
  11. Is there an app that allow me to translation Punjabi speech to English? I want to know because I want to translate Punjabi language videos into English; a person says a word in Punjabi and the app says the translation in English
  12. ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕਾ ਖ਼ਾਲਸਾ ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕੀ ਫ਼ਤਹਿ Punjabi Spelling for Android has been released on the Google Play store. Its free and has no ads. It helps build associations and encourages word and sound formations. It uses simple images, sounds and text to provide an easy and learning experience, intended to keep young kids immersed in the learning experience. With 2,300 variations of words presented around a core set of words presented in the quizzes, the concepts will get reinforced, and all the presented options are also randomized ... so much for memorization, its time to use word formation skills! Help make our tools better! Spread the word! Learn Punjabi! Participate! And did we mention, the tools are FREE! Links ... Amrit Punjabi Website : http://www.amritpunjabi.com Punjabi Spelling : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amritpunjabi.punjabispelling Punjabi Worksheets : http://www.amritpunjabi.com/punjabi-worksheets/punjabi-worksheets-words.aspx ਧੰਨਵਾਦ
  13. Hello everyone, So earlier this year my parents found a girl for me who I might marry. I am from the United States and she is from India. Her family is Gursikh and I talk to them frequently on the phone. She told me that they wished my Punjabi was better because I have trouble speaking it (pronunciation and such). So then I taught myself to read and write in Gurmukhi. However, I am still having difficulty speaking it. How can I improve my speaking skills? Since I taught myself to read and write in Punjabi, I decided to read Gurbani. I read very slow and have difficulty pronouncing some of the words, which is not a problem. However, I want to understand what our Gurus want to tell us. I do not want to read English translations because I feel as if it might take away from what the Gurus originally want us to know. Thank you
  14. Where can I translate Punjabi words written in Roman Script?
  15. I know basic punjabi but it is broken but i want to learn pure punjabi , i dont have an accent while speaking punjabi but i dont know how to put it all together and dont have enough vocab, is there any books that i can learn to understand and speak pure punjabi
  16. It's quite sad to see the condition of these guys, they should go back to Punjab and live life with dignity. The British Punjabi community does not want them there nor cares for them as they usually have have mental health and drunken anti social behavioural problems.
  17. Help Needed.

    Sat Sri Akal This may not be to do with the Sikh religion but... I'm in desperate need of learning Punjabi and Bhangra dance. I live in New Zealand have a Punjabi boyfriend and soon will be visiting India. Please any help what so ever would be highly appreciated. Thank you.
  18. I always thought my Punjabi speaking skills weren't that good because I was born and raised in the United States. However, over the years I have made friends with a lot of people who are Punjabi and they speak Punjabi very well even though they were also born in the United States just like me. Since then I have always wondered: Why is my Punjabi not so good? My parents were both born in Punjab, India and raised there until they migrated here. As a child, I always spoke to them in Punjabi, but I was raised around a lot of Hispanics and White people. Fast-forward to now, I am 23 years old and I speak in Punjabi at home so I can practice. However, my pronunciation is still very bad as well as my vocabulary and sentence structure. I know I can speak with my friends but they all make fun of me when I try to speak with them in Punjabi. They can understand me, but they stay I speak it very funny and "white-washed". It gets really sad when I'm at the Gurdwara doing sewa or at a wedding with elders and people try to make conversation with me in Punjabi and I try my best but then they realize that my Punjabi isn't very good, so they are forced to speak in English to me because of that. What should I do to change this? So far I only speak to my parents and grandfather in Punjabi. Are there any books or videos or anything that can help me learn and make my Punjabi-speaking skills better? Thank you Mr_C
  19. Migrant Problem in Punjab Dr Gurmit Singh Internal migration to Punjab from rest of India, particularly of weaker sections of society is rising at an alarming rate. The reason for the same is not difficult to trace. Punjab is considered to be economically prosperous state. Punjab is mainly an agricultural state. Its economy is mainly dependent on agriculture. It requires a large number of migrant labour during the sowing and harvesting seasons. This is an old phenomenon, which has been prevalent in Punjab since the time of the first census conducted by the British Rule after annexation of Punjab. After independence in 1947, this internal migration is being encouraged by the majority community i.e. Hindus to balance the Sikh population in Punjab, which is the only Sikh majority State in India which claimed a sovereign status when the British rulers were leaving India. An effort in that direction had started in 1947 itself when the Constitution of India was being framed after the British had left India. Inspite of opposition from the Sikh members of the Constituent Assembly Article 25 was passed by the Constituent Assembly and incorporated in the Constitution of India. The Sikh members had objected to Explanation II of Art 25, which treated them as Hindus. This explanation reads as under:- Article 25 Explanation II In Sub-clause (b) of clause (2) The reference to Hindus shall be construed as including a reference to persons professing the Sikh, Jain or Budhist religion and the reference to Hindu religious institutions shall be construed accordingly. Sikhs have been continuously protesting against above provision in the Constitution, even the Home Minister of India in a statement in Parliament had promised to amend the above provision after consulting experts and even the Constitutional Review Commission had recommended so. In all the censuses conducted after independence from the British rule in violation of Article 25, Explanation II of the Constitution, there are separate columns for recording the population of Sikhs, Budhists, Jains and others. The figures in census are manipulated to suit the interests of the majority community. The fact is that population of Sikhs is gradually declining. As against the national average of 15.9 percent of the Child Population of Sikhs in the age group 0-6 years is 12.8 per cent. Explanation added in the census report states:- Low fertility among the. Sikh population can be gauged by the fact that in twenty one states and union territories have child population proportion below 12 per cent among Sikhs of these nine states have less than ten percent child population. The actual reason of the low fertility among the Sikh population is the policy of the government, Recently Muslims of Uttar Pardesh constituted a committee of scientists to find reasons for the decline of fertility amongst the Muslims. The report of the committee was startling. It revealed that the reason for declining fertility rate amongst the Muslims was the policy of the government to populrise the Polio Drops. In Punjab too Polio Drops Camps are frequently organized and it is reducing the fertility of the Sikh population. The next question that needs serious consideration is how to make up this decline. One important method is conversion of migrations to Sikhism but the Sikh institutions like S.G.P.C. and Sikh missionaries have failed to rise to the occasion. The other way as suggested by the Registrar General cum census Commissioner India during the British rule in the first census Report is, that migrant population should be culturally converted as a first preliminary step, so that as a next step, religious conversion becomes possible. For this the village population can playa major role, because the migrants who settle in villages are first culturally converted and then absorbed as locals. Further, Punjab Assembly should pass a legislation to regulate the internal migration which should provide that no one will he enrolled as a voter who does not own property in the State of Punjab and has not permanently resided in the State continuously for period of ten years before the cut of date fixed in the Act. Article 19(d) of the constitution of India which guarantees the right to move freely through out the territory of India, in Article 19 (5) clearly provides that Nothing in Sub-clause (d) (e) of the said clause shall prevent the State from making any law imposing reasonable restrictions on the exercise of any of the rights conferred by the said sub- clauses either in the interests of the general public or for the protection of the interests of Schedule Tribe. It is worth mentioning here that Article 19 (d) only guarantees the freedom of movement and not the freedom of residence although it is being misquoted as freedom of residence on the basis of ruling of the Supreme Court in the case of State of U.P. Versus Kaushalya reported in A.I.R. 1964 S.C. 416 in some books. The freedom to reside and settle in any part of the territory of India is covered by Article 19 (e), which guarantees right to reside and settle in any part of the territory of India. But as mentioned earlier clause (5) of Article 19 allows the States to make law imposing reasonable restrictions in the interest of the general public. It may further be pointed out that many of migrants are involved in criminal activity in Punjab. Therefore imposing of such restrictions will be in the interest of general public. Moreover, there is reservation for schedule caste upto 50 per cent, and as most of the migrants are, schedule caste it denies opportunity to local residents to avail the privilege. I remember an incident. There was a school in my neighbourhood next to my residence some years back. One day, a few peons of that school came to me together. They said that they had been challenged for stealing tubewell material from the field in Uttar Pardesh, but they were released on bail by court, but they had jumped bail and migrated to Mohali, but now the court had issued non-bailable warrants against them. What should they do? I advised them to surrender and apply for fresh bail. There are many such cases. The proposed act can provide that no one would be allowed to stay in an area without the permission of the Deputy Commissioner who should check the antecedents of every migrant. Such a restriction exists in some areas and has been held to be a reasonable restriction by the Assam High Court in A.I.R. 1953 Assam 61 in the case of border areas adjoining Nepal. The problem of internal migration in Punjab is becoming acute day by day and must be regulated forthwith; otherwise it may become too late to handle. Punjab is the land of the Sikh Gurus and the change of its complexion must be stopped. In this context I am reminded of an incident. Usually in the evening I have a round of Sector 17 Chandigarh. One day I saw a girl being beaten by another girl elder to her. The younger girl was crying and seeking help. I intervened and asked the younger one why the elder girl was beating her. She told me that she was brought from Uttar Pardesh by someone whom she does not recognize. She has to beg and earn at least Rs 50 everyday. In case she is unable to do so, she does not get food at night and is beaten up by elderly girls. Such cases are common in Punjab. Outside migrants are brought to Punjab and employed to act as vendors on pavements with the connivance of the government. The employer collects the sale proceeds from the vendor everyday in the evening. Some others are employed as rickshaw pullers and are accommodated in Rain Baseras (dwelling houses) run by the government as social welfare schemes and others are accommodated in Jhugis (huts) on government land by making encroachments. Later on, when the land on which they have encroached is acquired, they get alternative, built-up, residential accommodation on nominal installments. When government encourages such violations, God save Punjab! Already in Ludhiana there are three elected migrant Municipal Commissioners. The days is not far off when these migrants will rule Punjab. Originally Published on Sikh Institute from dailysikhupdate
  20. What is Hola Mohalla? What's history behind it? How it started? Sikh Stage's infographic about Hola Mohalla explains. Check out the infographic here - http://bit.ly/HolaMohallaInfographic
  21. We are in process of physically leasing a place where we will have a possible proper punjabi classroom setup - part of community center. Any recommendations on books? We looked at mostly all gurdwara sunday school books but they all are too generic and only limited to certain age. Any help will be great - participants will be ages 10+ We will also live stream the whole class and/or possibly make it both physical class for local residents and e-class for sikhsangat members.
  22. 1 Pehra (7.5 Gharia) - 3 hrs 1 Ghari (60 Pal) - 24 mins 1 Pal (30 Chasia) - 24 secs 1 Chasi (15 Visue) - .8 secs 1 Visu - 0.0533 secs You can also try the stop watch @ discoversikhism website below link- Source - http://www.discoversikhism.com/sikhism/sikh_stopwatch.html
  23. Punjabi Language

    Coming from certain Punjabi background which I am sure most people are aware of I have found that the Punjabi dialect we speak is slightly different from other Sikh communities in the UK. It is not worse or better but just a bit different. ie I find that our Punjabi is more similar to Punjabi spoken by Muslim Punjabis. However, I also find that Canadian/American Punjabi sounds more similar to what I speak then the UK Punjabis. What could be the reasons behind this? Could this just be the geographic locations in the Punjab. As most of the people from the community I come from, originate from Amritsar Lahore. Ambala areas. Could this also be the reason that Sikhs that come from the above areas tend to be more strict and conservative then Sikh from other areas. As these areas are more closer to where Sikhism originated.
  24. I watched this today , and I thought the guys was right and given his efforts to study our Maa Boli (going to Patiala University from Canada to study our bholi) we should give this message some thought and comeup with ways we can revive our literary culture in Punjabi