Trishul holding Ragi - AN OFFICIAL STAMP? You decide.
“Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest.” - B Franklin (1706-1790)
This above proverb was uttered by the American statesman, scientist and philosopher Benjamin Franklin over two hundred years ago.
Two centuries later, this proverb is still true as ever, and was vividly illustrated last weekend by outcasts of Toronto’s Sikh community. The limits of absurdity and foolishness were passed when this group announced that an ex-communicated heretic had been officially recognized by the Canadian Government and a postage stamp was released in his honor. In reality, no such honor has been bestowed by the Canadian government.
This “news” was orchestrated by the group in hopes that it would embarrass the Panthic establishment and Sri Akal Takht Sahib for ousting of their controversial leader, Ragi Darshan.
Lying, misleading, and using such deceptive tactics seems to be the modus operandi and a way of life for the supporters of the heretic Ragi – he was ex-communicated from the Sikh Panth on January 29th of 2010.
Having lost all credibility and respect in the Sikh community, and barred from Panthic stages, humiliated cronies of the heretic Ragi have sent out various releases stating this their ex-communicated leader had been bestowed by “Government of Canada” by this prestigious honor.
Here is an extract of one of their press releases:
“ਅੱਜ ਕੈਨੇਡਾ ਡਾਕ ਵਿਭਾਗ ਨੇ ਮਹਾਨ ਸਿੱਖ ਵਿਦਵਾਨ ਪ੍ਰੋ. ਦਰਸ਼ਨ ਸਿੰਘ ਖ਼ਾਲਸਾ ਦੀ ਤਸਵੀਰ ਵਾਲੀ ਡਾਕ ਟਿਕਟ ਜਾਰੀ ਕਰਕੇ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਨਾਨਕਸ਼ਾਹੀ ਸੰਮਤ ੫੪੨ ਦਾ ਤੋਹਫ਼ਾ ਦਿੱਤਾ। …ਇਹ ਕੈਨੇਡਾ ਦੇ ਇਤਹਾਸ ਵਿੱਚ ਪਹਿਲੀ ਵਾਰ ਹੋਇਆ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਕਿਸੇ ਸਿੱਖ ਦੇ ਨਾਮ ਅਤੇ ਤਸਵੀਰ ਵਾਲੀ ਕੋਈ ਡਾਕ ਟਿਕਟ ਜਾਰੀ ਹੋਈ ਹੋਵੇ।“
After the first glance, one can easily see that the stamp is nothing more than a custom on-line postage that one can create by simply uploading an image file to a website. Such services for custom stamps exist in many western countries, while the stamps have a monetary postage value, and they are not officially released or commemorated by the Governmental postal agencies, in this case ‘Post Canada.’
In various countries, postal agencies have hired third party vendors to provide these custom printing services. They include:
Example of a custom stamp for Canada and US postage
Picture Postage website wizards allows you to print stamps from any image.
The pro-Ragi lobby tried to pass on this hoax in the western media and the Panjabi press, but their efforts stalled after Toronto’s Punjabi media was alerted about this group’s misleading actions. This controversy was also discussed on Toronto’s TV and talk-radio programs such as Rangla Pujab, and Bhakhday Massaly.
Those individuals connected to this hoax included Sulakhan Atwal, Rajivpal , Gurdev Mangat, all associated with the pro-Kala Afghana Sikh Lehar Center in Brampton, Toronto.
Intrestingly, this group chose the occasion of March 14th, the beginning of the traditional Sikh New Year, and ironically invited a local Hindu politician, Devinder Shory to their bogus ceremony.
Khalsa Press, contacted Devinder Shory’s office in Alberta, and Ottowa. While Shory was unavailable for comment, his office stated that they had no knowledge about the organizers trying to mislead the public into thinking this stamp was released by ‘Canada Post’ nor do they have any responsibility for any mis-information that might have been spread about this stamp.
Only in 1999 was an 'Sikh' postage stamp officialy released in Canada
Khalsa Press also confirmed with ‘Canada Post’ that no such postage stamp was issued or authorized by the Canadian postal agency recently; in fact the last one released in connection with the Sikhs was over a decade ago in 1999, in commemorations of 300 years of the Khalsa Tercentenary.
It is a shame that these unscrupulous characters are resorting to such deceptive tactics in order to promote their heretic leader. They have used the same tactics in the past to disparage Sri Dasam Bani and attack pro-Panthic institutions and personalities.
The deception continues...
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Shame on darshan singh & his chamche. who misguide the Panth.
Darshan ragi is no more accepted in Sikh community except his do chaar cheley chaatrey. Darshan ragi nu taan ous de apney yaaraan spokesman, ghagga, jagtaar jaachakee, bibi tony uk vargiaan ne vee apni dust chokri vichhon sheak ditta hai. ajey hor dekho enha Guru nindkaa da ki haal hona hai
The trishul holding ragi stamp is way better than the one released by them.
Good one. Even if Darshan Lal buys Hawaii and names it after himself, he will still be an excommunicated Sikh.
Once a fool, always a fool...
Darshan Lal has been a dramatist throughout his life...how can he leave being a dramatist now!
Canadian sangat should take strong action against those who are favoring this sharaabi and bhanday chor of Firozpur gurudwara in Punjab where he was thrown out of the Gurudwara for stealing langar's plate and glasses.
As par last line of Akaal Takht Sahib's hukamnama those who will speak in favor of Ragi will be "Sikh panth de dendaar tankhaiyaa howanga"
Sikh Sangat of CANADA AND US must come forward to take care of his followers too.
Ragi supporters shame [on you].
Wahiguru Ji Ka Khalsa Wahiguru Ji Ki Fateh
There is a saying of Tenth Master in Chandi Di War also, where we find stated that cleverness and lies do not go side by side.
laahnat hai iss gaddaar ate dusht insan te