Toronto: An Indo-Canadian Sikh was elected as the new head of Police Services Board of Peel region in Ontario, media reported.
Amrik Singh Ahluwalia was unanimously voted as the Chair of Peel Police Services Board, reports said on Friday. He also received the backing of both Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey and Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie.
“My first thoughts are, what a wonderful country we live in,” he was quoted as saying in Toronto Star.
After briefly describing how he arrived in Canada 40 years ago, “with $7 in my pocket,” he said, at the time, he could not have fathomed one day being bestowed with the “honour” and responsibility of what was just bestowed upon him.
“I am honoured. This is a great responsibility, I take with humility and with a sense of purpose that I want to do my very best,” Ahluwalia was quoted as saying.
“I will do my best to serve the public and serve the police force… the men and women in the force who day in and day out do such an exemplary job,” he added.
After Navdeep Singh Bains and Harjit Singh Sajjan who became the first Sikh Cabinet Ministers in Canada, Ahluwalia is the third Indo-Canadian to rise in the country’s government affairs.
He was first appointed by the provincial government to the board in February 2011 and reappointed for a second term in April 2014.
Popular for his volunteer work and organisational skills in the Punjabi-Canadian community, Ahluwalia has organised several youth camps and has served as President of the Sikh Society Calgary.
The Peel Regional Police is Canada’s third largest municipal police force, responsible for the provision of adequate and effective police services, law enforcement and crime prevention within the region, a duty it discharges through the enactment of policies.(IANS)(image: huffingtonpost.ca)
Due to the lack of cremation grounds, some Hindus and Sikhs travel hundreds of kilometres just to perform the last rites as per their religious practices
As per reports, there were about 12 cremation grounds before Independence
Unfortunately, Hindu’s and Sikh’s have to face the same problem in the neighbouring state as well, that is Afghanistan
Death is said to be a great leveller. But the tragedy struck to some section of society in Muslim-dominated Pakistan is altogether different.
Due to the lack of cremation grounds, some Hindus and Sikhs travel hundreds of kilometres just to perform the last rites as per their religious practices. People who can’t even afford to travel, they have no option but to bury the mortal remains of their near and dear ones.
As per reports, there were about 12 cremation grounds before Independence. But with the passage of time, they vanished in the thin air of the terror-torn nation. Even in areas lying in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where about 35,000 Hindus and Sikhs live, the cremation grounds are also rare.
The law of the land is non-existent for the minorities communities like Hindu’s and Sikh’s. Without taking no-objection certificate, people from these communities can’t move an inch even. The grief-stricken families have to wait for the clearances, as they are left with no other option.
For Hindus in Pakistan, there is no cremation ground (Shamshan Ghat) in Peshawar. They have to travel 130 KM to cremate according to Hindu rituals. Hindus have been demanding for a crematorium, but to no avail:https://t.co/Ki2VW43I1l
People are forced to travel long distances to cremate their relatives from the areas like Swat Bannu, Kohat, Malakand etc. The cost to travel such long distances ranges from Rs 40,000 to Rs 70,000 and on the top of it, the fear of robbery during these travels cannot be ruled out. Not all the Hindu families can afford to perform the last rites in the manner they want.
Unfortunately, Hindu’s and Sikh’s have to face the same problem in the neighbouring state as well, that is Afghanistan. The minority communities are compelled to bury the dead because cremation grounds are vanishing fast in Pakistan.
Although, the administration of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has allowed the minorities communities to perform cremation near temples. But most of the temples are built on the agricultural lands and commercial areas, which have already been encroached upon by land mafia.
There are a lot of Hindu family residing in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and still, there are very few cremation grounds where their last rites can be performed in that area.
Although, Pakistan boats that the minority communities enjoy equal rights in their country, the ground reality seems to be completely different. Not having a crematorium in Peshawar is just one of the woes that the minority communities are facing since long.
After much of the protests, finally, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has started building the facility from the chief minister’s fund, as per some government sources.
There are almost 50,000 Sikhs and Hindus in Peshawar. And unfortunately, due to lack of proper facilities, people over there are also facing the same situation what others are facing in areas like Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
To expect some kind of generosity from the war-torn state like Pakistan is out of the way. Instead of spending extravagantly on the military expansion, Pakistan should come forward and full-fill the basic amenities for the citizen of its country. It’s the people who make the country and not the other way round.