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The Pride and Shame of Pakistan

  Jive Pakistan - The Pride Pakistan is close to my heart - its the native place of my ancestors and the birthplace of so many  legends in Sikh History- Guru Nanak, Guru Arjan, Bhai Mardana, Mian Meer, Sheikh Farid, Bulley Shah, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Hari Singh Nalwa, Diwan Mulraj, Sardar Bhagat Singh, Milkha Singh, and so many more. Some of the most sacred Sikh shrines are located here - Nankana Sahib, Kartarpur Sahi, and Punja Sahib, etc. Genetically I am closer to my brothers in Pakistan than I am to the South Indians. My Ancestory.com genetic test revealed 70% West Punjab/Afghanistan and 30% East Punjab in my genes. This makes Pakistanis my cousins by blood. But then why do they consider themselves closer to the Arabs, and not to me? Pride of Pakistan The sacred land of Pakistan boasts of the advanced civilization of Indus Valley , initial homeland of Indo-Aryans who composed Vedas on this land, Panini wrote the first grammar in the world - Sanskrit here, Buddhism flourished her
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Hoons, Huns, Pashtoon, and Abdalis - From Hinduism to Islam

Huns or Hoon Invasion of NW India The Huns or Huna (Middle Brahmi script: Hūṇā) was the name given by the ancient Indians to a group of Central Asian tribes who entered the Indian subcontinent during the 5th to early 6th century. In fact the Huns were not a homogeneous group and consisted to various distinct nomadic tribes that invaded Afghanstan and then India over a long period of times: Kidarite Huns Alchon Huns Nezak Huns Hephthalite Huns All of these groups arrived as pagan nomad raiders and then adopted the religion of the land. It was a tolerant society with poly-religious mixture of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Zaorastrian beliefs. They built Buddhist stupas, renovated Hindu temples, and released coins in the honor of Buddha, Shiva, his bull Nandi, mother goddess, Mithra - the Persian God, and Zaorastian fire altars. Pashtoon People of Afghanistan - Descendents of Huns They were conquered by the Arabs and Turks and forcibly or by choice converted to Islam. Overtime they became mor

Indian Roots of Afghan People

Pakhtun Painting by Maryam Mughal - fineartamerica.com Afghanistan (meaning "Land of the Afghans") owes its name to the native people's association with Indian roots. It comes from the Sanskrit term " Asva-Gana " which literally means the people of horses. Let's look at the Indic roots of Afghan people with undeniable historic evidences from various parts of the country. I am only going to use the coins of rulers from Afghanistan as evidence and not go into details of the ruins of Hindu and Buddhist temples and Stupas from the region. Khalji The Khalaj are classified as a Turkic tribe from Afghanistan. The Khalaj were described as sheep-grazing nomads who had a habit of wandering through seasonal pastures. They are considered as the remnants of the Hephthalite confederation that invaded the region during the 5th century AD. Before their conversion to Islam, the Khalji practiced Hinduism , Zoroastrian ,  and Buddhism .  Conversion to Islam 11th-century boo

The Crime of Shambooka

Srimad Valmiki Ramayana is an epic poem of India which narrates the story of its hero, Rama and his journey in life - aayana . This epic poem Ramayana is a smriti which is translated as "from memory", Devout Hindus worship Sri Rama as a God incarnate, He is our revered ancestor who is mentioned in Sri Guru Granth Sahib , the Sikh scriptures, and Indian philosophers make him Maryada Purushottam , the "Perfect Man of Social Virtue", While at the same time, rationalists condemn the legacy of Rama on how women and people of lower caste were treated during his reign.  I came across this interesting story of Shambooka in Valmiki's Ramayana and I would like to share it with you with my dismay on how our ancestors treated fellow Indians belonging to the so called lower caste of the society. This story is described in Uttara-kanda , the last book of Valmiki Ramayana which depicts the period of his reign and demise by suicide. Death of a Brahmin Boy The story

Time to Rebrand Punjab Police?

Punjab Police Constable The uniform of a security force should be in sync with its role and its environment. As the Punjab Police grapples with its anti-people image crisis due to the hangover of the militancy days in the state, being labelled as an instrument of the ruling parties, and an aged blue and red uniform that is remnants of the colonial era. This blog is not going to cover all the ills with the Punjab Police but discuss the public perception of it being being anti-Sikh, instrument of the ruling parties, corruption at all levels, alcoholism, and not forgetting the fitness of the force that used to be the fittest and most athletic of all Indian police.  Icon of Oppression To control all colonies of the empire, The British colonial rulers  created modern institutions of governance for their subjects. The institution of the police was one such tool to control the natives. The British colonizers used Indian Police as weapon for surveillance, domination, and oppression of the