Khalsa News [http://www.khalsanews.org/] and Tiger Jatha UK [http://tigerjatha.org/] are two personality driven entities who propagate the impression that they speak on behalf of Prof Darshan Singh. I have my doubts about their association with Prof Darshan Singh and how far these two entities’ activities are influenced by the good Professor. My own activities in many ways are influenced by Prof Darshan Singh, which will be apparent when one reads the Open Letter I have addressed to Bakshish Singh (Khalsa News) and Prabhdeep Singh (Tiger Jatha), hence my doubts about the extent of influence Prof Darshan Singh exerts on these two entities.

I had brief communication with Khalsa News in February 2012 when this entity was trying to bulldoze every counter view in order to pressure Prof Sarabjeet Singh Dhunda to NOT go to Akal Takhat. From this brief communication, my conclusion was that people running Khalsa News were not honest and they had something to hide.

I reproduce my communication with them – four emails – below for you, the reader, to judge for yourself as to why I thought they were not being honest and that they had something to hide.

First email was written on February 21, 2012:
From: Verpal Singh
To: khalsa news; Sikh Marg; Guru Panth
Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 8:23 PM
Subject: Article for publication

Waheguru ji ka Khalsa; Waheguru ji ki Fateh.

Vir jio/Bhain jio, I will be grateful if you kindly publish the article below on your website.

Verpal Singh

ਸਿੱਖ ਨਿਆਂ ਪ੍ਰਣਾਲੀ ਅਤੇ ਆਤਮਘਾਤੀ ਲੜਾਈਆਂ – ਭਾਗ ਪਹਿਲਾ

ਵਰਪਾਲ ਸਿੰਘ

ਪ੍ਰੋ: ਸਰਬਜੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਧੂੰਦਾ ਨੂੰ ਕੁੱਝ ਨਲਾਇਕ ਜਥੇਦਾਰਾਂ ਵਲੋਂ ਅਕਾਲ ਤਖਤ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਦੇ ਨਾਮ ਤੇ ਭੇਜੀ ਚਿੱਠੀ ਨਾਲ ਕੌਮ ਦੇ ਜਾਗਰੂਕਾਂ ਵਿਚ ਬਹਿਸ ਬੜੇ ਜੋਰਾਂ-ਸ਼ੋਰਾਂ ਨਾਲ ਚੱਲ ਰਹੀ ਹੈ। ਆਮ ਕਹਾਵਤ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਹਰ ਕੰਮ ਵਿਚ ਕੁੱਝ ਨਾ ਕੁੱਝ ਚੰਗਾ ਹੁੰਦਾ ਹੈ। ਭਾਵੇਂ ਪ੍ਰੋ: ਧੂੰਦਾ ਹੋਰਾਂ ਤੇ ਲੱਗੀਆਂ ਤੋਹਮਤਾਂ ਨਾਲ (ਅਤੇ ਕੌਮ ਵਿਚ ਆ ਗਈਆਂ ਕਮਜੋਰੀਆਂ ਨਾਲ ਜਿਹਨਾਂ ਦੇ ਨਤੀਜੇ ਵਜੋਂ ਇਹ ਨਲਾਇਕ ਜਥੇਦਾਰ ਕੌਮ ਦੇ ਸਿਰ ਤੇ ਬੈਠੇ ਹਨ) ਦਿਲ ਦੁੱਖੀ ਹੁੰਦਾ ਹੈ ਪਰ ਇਹ ਆਸ ਵੀ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਇਸ ਨਾਲ ਕੌਮ ਵਿਚ ਕਈ ਮਹੱਤਪੂਰਣ ਮੁੱਦਿਆਂ ਤੇ ਉਸਾਰੂ ਵਿਚਾਰਾਂ ਕਰਣ ਦਾ ਸਬੱਬ ਬਣ ਗਿਆ ਹੈ।

ਇਹਨਾਂ ਮੁੱਦਿਆਂ ਵਿਚੋਂ ਇਕ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਅਕਾਲ ਤਖਤ ਦਾ ਸਿਧਾਂਤ ਹੈ ਕੀ? ਸਵਾਲ ਬੜਾ ਜਾਇਜ਼ ਹੈ ਤੇ ਇਸ ਨੂੰ ਸਮਝਣਾ ਸਾਡੇ ਲਈ ਜਰੂਰੀ ਵੀ ਬਹੁਤ ਹੈ ਖਾਸ ਤੌਰ ਤੇ ਅਜੋਕੇ ਸਮੇਂ ਵਿਚ ਜਿਥੇ ਹਰ ਕੋਈ ਆਪਣੇ ਵਲੋਂ ਝੱਲੇ ਕਿਸੇ ਵੀ ਦੁੱਖ ਦਾ ਮੁੱਲ ਲੈਣਾ ਚਾਹੁੰਦਾ ਹੈ – ਇਹ ਮੁੱਲ ਉਹ ਭਾਵੇਂ ਮਾਇਆ ਦੇ ਰੂਪ ਵਿਚ ਚਾਹਵੇ ਤੇ ਭਾਵੇਂ ਆਪਣੀ ਗੱਲ ਮਨਵਾ ਕੇ। ਮਿਸਾਲ ਵਜੋਂ ਇਕ ਵੀਰ ਨੇ ਇਕ ਖੁੱਲ੍ਹੀ ਚਿੱਠੀ ਦੇ ਰੂਪ ਵਿਚ ਕਈ ਤਰਾਂ੍ਹ ਦੇ ਤਾਨ੍ਹੇ-ਮੇਣ੍ਹੇ ਮਾਰ ਦਿੱਤੇ ਕਿ ਉਹਨਾਂ ਵਲੋਂ ਕੌਮ ਨੂੰ ਦਿਤੀਆਂ ਸੇਵਾਵਾਂ ਦਾ ਕਈ ਹਲਕਿਆਂ ਵਲੋਂ ਨੀਤੀ ਦੇ ਨਾਮ ਤੇ ਨਿਰਾਦਰ ਹੋ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ। ਤੇ ਅਜਿਹਾ ਕਰਨ ਵਿਚ ਇਸ ਮੇਰੇ ਵੀਰ ਨੇ ਗੁਰੂ ਸਾਹਿਬਾਨ ਤੋਂ ਲੈ ਕੇ ਪ੍ਰੋ: ਦਰਸ਼ਨ ਸਿੰਘ ਹੋਰਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਆਪਣੇ ਹੱਕ ਵਿਚ ਭੁਗਤਾ ਲਿਆ।
[Complete article may be read on this blog at this link: https://sikhcentre.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/how-sikh-justice-system-has-evolved-over-time-and-the-factors-responsible/%5D

Others responded the same day and published the article in question. I waited till the next day and when I did not get even an acknowledgement, I wrote the second email to Khalsa News.
From: Verpal Singh
To: khalsa news
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 9:57:32 PM
Subject: Fw: Article for publication

Waheguru ji ka Khalsa; Waheguru ji ki Fateh.

Vir jio/Bhain jio,

I had sent the following email to you on Tuesday. Kindly confirm receipt and whether you are going to publish the article (resending with this email in PDF format) on your website http://www.khalsanews.com

Kind regards,

Verpal Singh

In response to my second email, I got the following response that raised many questions in my mind.
From: KhalsaNews
To: Verpal Singh
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 10:55 PM
Subject: Re: Article for publication

Fateh ji,

We have received your article. Let us read the whole article, then we will decide to put it on the website.

ika Bani, ik Gur, iko Shabad Vichaar
Visit http://www.khalsanews.org for Sikhi related News
Khalsa News Team

I found it quite strange that the respondent had not signed the email, and the reason for not acknowledging my email till I wrote a second one, was that they wished to read the whole article before acknowledging receipt! So I wrote a third email the next day:
From: Verpal Singh
To: KhalsaNews
Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2012 11.06 am
Subject: Re: Article for publication

Waheguru ji ka Khalsa; Waheguru ji ki Fateh.

Vir jio/Bhain jio,

Thank you very much for responding to my second email. I will be grateful if you can tell me who all are in the Khalsa News team and who I am currently communicating with.

Kind regards,

Verpal Singh

I never heard back from “Khalsa News Team”! And that was over two and half years ago!
Since then many incidents have occurred that turned me off Khalsa News. Sometimes one friend or the other would send me link to some strange statement making rounds on Khalsa News website. If the names were familiar, like Inderjit Singh Kanpuri or Amrik Singh, I simply ignored it.

So this is what my experience with Khalsa News has been. The situation was not helped when I was told that Bakshish Singh, de facto owner operator of Khalsa News, used to be a colleague of Harjinder Singh Basiala when they were both working for Punjabi newspaper “Ajit” in Jalandhar. To understand why it did not help, please see this link: https://sikhcentre.wordpress.com/2011/10/15/sikhs-in-media-award-2011/

Since the time the article on Basiala and the Sikhs in Media Award was given in 2011, HS Basiala has further fallen down the abyss of selfishness. And Khalsa News has started publishing “news items” under “Harjinder Singh Basiala” byline.


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