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It is June 23rd today; exactly 31 years to the day Air India flight 182 was downed by self radicalised home grown Canadian terrorists. I was reminded of it as I boarded a flight to Toronto this AM. It was the date on the newspaper in my hand that triggered the...
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Some friends in Toronto have kindly organised a launch of my bestselling autobiography: Journey after midnight. It is happening on June 26th from 12:00-15:00 in Mississauga at Pearl Banquet Hall. Admission is free. Lunch will be served. The book will be available for purchase through a bookstore representative on site. Everyone...
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The decorated war veteran Petter Blindheim is not being admitted to the hospitals/facilities where other veterans are being cared for. He has been turned down by two different facilities despite there being space to care for him. The Liberal premier of Nova Scotia and Bill Casey one of the Liberal members...
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Veterans! we send them to wars and they happily go and risk their lives for us; some never come back. As I write these lines some of our soldiers, veterans of tomorrow, are in the battlefield in Iraq, in harms' way. There they are doing what we have asked them to...
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As a citizen of the world, I am frightened for it. The violence continues to dog it bringing out not the best but the worst in some of us. Fanaticism continues its seemingly endless pursuit of freedom to forever stifle it.   Orlando is the latest in the long line of...
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The Trump phenomenon requires us to transition from reality TV to reality. I am afraid Donald Trump has trumped all norms of civility and decency. He doesn't want to answer any normal questions that have been asked as part of the presidential primaries for a long time. He doesn't want to...
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I write a blog somewhat regularly and do some other writing on politics in India, Canada and occasionally the world. Out of an intense interest in matters political I follow the Canadian, Indian and world news quite religiously. That is why I was shocked to have missed till yesterday the Khalistan...
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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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