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Tuesday just gone by we had a very successful launch of my memoir: Journey After Midnight at the UBC Alumni Center. Over 250 people attended the event. The UBC bookstore sold 110 books that evening. And a lot of fun was had by all. It was wonderful to see everyone there....
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As some of you may already know I had been writing a memoir. With a laptop in hand and as a two finger typist it took me a year and a half to produce a first draft of close to 300,000 words. I knew it was way too long. Chris Lobante...
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Female foeticide, rampant in India and creating a cruel and dangerous gender imbalance in its population, is unfortunately also well and alive amongst Indians in Canada - two recent reports in Canada have confirmed (Globe and Mail April12, 2016). The first study examined 5.9 million births to Canadian born mothers and...
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On May 18 Prime Minister Trudeau is going to apologise in the House of Commons to the "Sikh community" for what the government of Canada did to the Indian passengers -- Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus of the Komagata Maru in 1914. He made this promise at the recent Vaisakhi religious celebration...
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Canada and EU are on a collision course regarding visa requirements for Romanians and Bulgarians travelling to Canada. Unless Canada removes the visa requirement by Tuesday April 12, 2016 EU is threatening to impose a visa for Canadians travelling to EU. But it is interesting that the news reports about the...
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Since retiring from electoral politics I have been commenting on Canadian, Indian and international politics. I have refrained from writing too much or too critical of the Trudeau government, I have criticised it on some issues. While I happily remain a Laurier Club member of the Liberal Party I have acted...
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Unfortunately it could if India and its governments aren't careful. And I don't mean Pakistani terrorists from across the border which unfortunately has been quite common or local Muslims who have only occasionally engaged in it. I actually mean elements of the Hindu population doing to Indians what Pakistani Taliban do...
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Once again ISIS has struck deep in the heart of Europe -- in Brussels, the headquarters for the European Union. The ISIS inspired and sponsored terrorism is a clear and present threat to Western Europe and North America -- a threat made more likely and heinous because of a population willing...
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The decision of the British Columbia Court of Appeal in the Jassi Sidhu murder case to not extradite to India her mother and maternal uncle to face murder charges has left me angry -- an angry Indian and an angry Canadian. The court of appeal rested its rejection of the Indian...
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Canada's training of Kurdish military may have the consequence that the government of Canada has told the Kurds it doesn't support: the ultimate breakup of Iraq and the establishment of an Independent Kurdistan that Iraq or Turkey won't support. But the Kurds have proven far more effective an ally in the...
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In announcing Canada's new policy Prime Minister Trudeau has argued for "reason" in the war against ISIL. He forgets that the world couldn't reason with Hitler and Mussolini. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his beheaders are beyond reason. Hitler took over an existing state and wreaked havoc on the world. Abu Bakr...
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The world's reaction to lifeless Alan Kurdi lying face down on the Turkish coast pricked the conscience of a world increasingly indifferent to the plight of the 'other'. The refugees fleeing Assad and ISIS who hadn't entered the consciousness of the world suddenly catapulted into the headlines. Overnight most in the...
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The welcome mat initially rolled out by Chancellor Angela Merkel for the Iraqi and Syrian refugees has suddenly shrunk. Like most observers I too had understood the Chancellor to provide a permanent refuge for those fleeing violence at the hands of the Syrian dictator Assad, ISIS and others. In the wake...
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For close to three years I have been writing blogs at ujjaldosanjh.org critical of many things including Mr Trudeau and the Liberal Party since before the last election that I am happy he won. I had written pieces critical of Mr Harper when he was the Prime Minister. I remember criticising...
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In the week that Canada lost seven Canadians to Jihadi terrorists' war on all civilization we watched the inevitable consequence of our dithering on the Iraq  bombing mission. Canada was ignored, not counted in, by those that are playing a significant role in the mission against ISIS. Canada was left out...
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The inking of the arms deal with Saudi Arabia by Harper government was a triumph of realpolitik over Canada's international human rights obligations. Saudi Arabia has one of the worst human rights records in the world. It has just beheaded 47 people including a peaceful activist Shiite Cleric. The deal appears...
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"I didn't understand this could happen in a developed country" said Marisa Ziyapapa who is originally from Zimbabwe. He lives in downtown Yellowknife. He was talking about the prevalence of poverty and homelessness in Canada and our deficient response to them. "They just think you are an alcoholic, just a street...
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Sadly, political correctness afflicts much of the world; in particular the Western world. At its inception in the counterculture of the sixties and beyond it was a force for good. It moved us to examine our hatreds, prejudices, values and words. It reminded the British and the French that their prosperity...
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Justin Trudeau the leader of the Liberal Party promised 2015 will be the last election fought on the current first past the post system. Prime Minister Trudeau says "you have to make choices at one point". And his choice is to have an all party parliamentary committee make recommendations in 18...
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Something disturbing is afoot in the land of my children and grandchildren- the country we proudly call our home and native land - Canada. I have previously warned that Canada is increasingly tending toward living in ghettos; they are ghettos of different values aided and abetted by different languages; often they...
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