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Sikh News In 2005, How Sikhdom Did Thrive: A Recap in Verse

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    In 2005, How Sikhdom Did Thrive: A Recap in Verse

    By PUNEET SINGH LAMBA

    The Sikh Times, Jan. 1, 2006

    Photo: Jaswant Singh Khalra

    Behzti, the play, was offensive to some
    Violent protests made others glum

    S.G.P.C. considered banning women in jeans
    What's next? Banning dreams?

    For same-sex marriage Vedanti refused to nod
    Malhi anointed, 'Vedanti is next to God!'

    Malik and Bagri were acquitted
    The question remained, 'Who did it?'

    Infiltrating Sikh organizations is easy as cake
    M.K. Dhar's book did obvious this make

    Na na vati's report finally did publish
    But to Khushwant it was pure rubbish

    Amarinder befriended Delhi, Pakistan, Toronto, home of the C.N. Tower
    All places where the S.G.P.C. has no power

    A golden palanquin was carried to Nankana
    Lending a hand were Sarna and Sarna

    Together they flirted with Khalistan
    Thereby foiling the Akali plan

    Jo Bole So Nihaal was harmless entertainment
    Vedanti issued a supportive statement

    But to the Babbar Khalsa opportunity had come knocking
    They responded with cinema hall bombing

    Pashaura moved to Riverside
    His detractors failed to sway the tide

    Damdami Taksal did grudgingly acknowledge
    Of Bhindranwale's whereabouts they have no knowledge

    Rabbi Shergill emerged as a Punjabi/Sufi/Indipop sensation
    Bachchan, Naipaul are his fans; Springsteen his inspiration

    Sikh women continued to hit temple bar
    Deemed unfit for kirtan at the Amritsar darbar

    Just as Fremont seemed to resolve its election woes
    Springfield and Medford entered similar throes

    Some of Khalra's killers were brought to book
    Over a decade is all it took

    The Supreme Court confirmed the charge
    K.P.S. Gill molested Rupan Bajaj

    Belgium followed France, banning religious symbols in schools
    Sikhs were in a trance, having exhausted all diplomatic tools

    When Katrina spared the Guru Granth
    A miracle was declared by the Panth

    Amrita Pritam, away she passed
    Leaving us a treasure of writings unsurpassed

    I.O.S.S. launched the International Sikh Confederation
    'Does it represent us?' asked many with consternation

    Avtar Singh Makkar took over the S.G.P.C.
    And dropped the surname lest Jats feel queasy

    Such was the year 2005
    Packed with action, buzzing like a beehive

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    Season's Greetings and a Happy New Year!

    A hyperlinked version of the above is available here:

    http://sikhtimes.com/news_010106a.html

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    Puneet Singh Lamba
    Boston, MA
    http://sikhtimes.com
    (339) 221-1561
     
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