Saturday, March 31, 2007

Ki Matlab?

one of the few punjabi things i've written...

tusan pughan sajayian soniyan mitro, par kade socheya hai sajaan da ki matlab?
je pugh di izat ni rakhni, je pugh di izat ni karni, fir pughan sajaan da ki matlab?
je sharabi ban ke jina si, je sharabi ban ke jina si, fir Shaheedan di Kurbani da ki matlab?
fir sikh akhan da ki matlab? fir pughan sajan da ki matlab?
je pugh di izat ni rakhni, je pugh di izat ni karni, fir pughan sajaan da ki matlab?

- Sevak -

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

GOOD NEWS along with some bad news.

Well, The bad news first, The boy SaintSoulja is dead sick. Is caught with something and doesnt know what it is yet.


The G.N.E. crew made ALOT of progress this past week, as we got together from different parts of the nation.

We have successfully Recorded FOUR new tracks for the Album "Truth Be Told"

the Tracks are as follows.

- Red, White and Blue - ft. AK-Sentali, The GodFather, SaintSoulja and a special appearance by P. Starr.

- P.O.W. - Ft. SaintSoulja, The GodFather and P. Starr.

- The Awakening - Ft. The GodFather, SaintSoulja and AK-Sentali

and Lastly but not leastly

- Missin You - Ft. AK-Sentali and SaintSoulja.

Look out for the previews to these tracks coming SOON!!


Sunday, March 11, 2007

Prof. Jagdish Singh – Words from the Motherland

For those of you that don't know Prof. Jagdish Singh is an amazing man who has undertaken the creation of a Sikh intelligencia within Punjab so that on an academic front at least we'll have Sikhs out of Punjab capable of answering the various attacks that take place on our theology, our history and our culture.

Prof. Jagdish Singh is outwardly a simple man who has used most of his personal resources to start this work with students from all over Punjab. Here's a sampling of just a couple of his lectures.

(More are coming)...

Speech of Prof. Jadish Singh in a Seminar on "Role of Dalits and Sikhs in South Asia held at Punjab University, Chandigarh.
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Lecture of Prof. Jagdish Singh on Importance of Dastar and Kesh.
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Tuesday, March 6, 2007

The Irony Of It All

Strange and ironic is funny how different animals can harmoniously and lovingly live together, yet we can't have a simple Divan at Gurduara without animosity, or for that matter even as a humanity as a whole, two people of different color, race, ethnicity, religion, whatever can't seem to handle looking at each other's faces...and here is nature slapping us in the face by creating a mockery of our ignorance.

- Sevak -

Monday, March 5, 2007

What makes a suit n tie professional, but my chaadra unacceptable?

We live in a world full of expectations. We live in a world where numerous migrations, have spread whites, blacks, Asians, south Asians and aboriginals around the globe. We speak numerous languages in our daily lives. We eat sushi for breakfast, pizza for lunch and daal for dinner all in one day. We cross time zones on hundreds of flights per hour.

Yet we’re still constrained by certain basic understandings or social norms. We’re faced with a necessity to meet expectations in our appearance, our dress, and our use of language.

Why is business around the world conducted in the clothing styles provided by the west? Why are remnants of our colonial slavehood still present in our lives?

Why don’t business men in other parts of the world (or hell here) wear clothes more indicative of the culture they come from? Why are brothers in Punjab sporting suits n ties when trying to look professional?

Why is it a Sistah feels the need to get a weave or straighten her hair? (


“It's common knowledge that Black women are sensitive to issues concerning our hair. We were in an uproar when Bo Derek was credited with originating cornrows. Yet we grapple with whether it is politically correct to straighten our hair, and we struggle in corporate America when we decide to have braids or dreads. But as my friend Martel says, if we allow people to control what is on our heads, we allow them to control what is in our heads.

No group's hair holds as much interest or fascination as Black women's. I once had a supervisor who asked me patronizing questions each time I changed a style. At first she just assumed my hair had to be artificial. When I changed it to curls, she actually had the nerve to put her hands into my hair for her own inspection. (I should have sued her for harassment!) Another ignorant supervisor pulled my ponytail off in front of a crowd. When I reported her, the incident was dismissed as an "accident." The truth is: To have your hair scrutinized, handled or critiqued by a White person is an indignity no sister should suffer.” (Sophia Sayers, Oct. 1995)