Dr Kalam met our children at his home, the President House
Written by admin   
Saturday, 15 August 2015

Dr Kalam met our children at his home, the President House. The kids came calling on him from far flung village. It was yet another occasion for me to take a lesson on humility from the legend. Kalam Sahab fine tuned their lunch menu AND sweet dishes, including choicest pastries that the kids carried along for their long return journey from their uncle (very thoughtful).


He told me,"Mr Sikka, not too long ago, I was like them, poor and hungry. I had dreams, I still have. And I am sure they have bigger ones. Who knows, there may be a President, a Prime Minister or a researcher amongst them".
He went on to PERSONALLY host luncheon for the kids, talked to them one by one as a friend and shook hands with everyone. There was no high chair, no caste, creed or religion between them. There was but the humanity and blessings of a noble soul pouring through in abundance. I could see true happiness in his eyes.

Friends, If you agree with me, let's join hands and request the Government that henceforth Dr Kalam's birthday should be celebrated as
'The Children's Day'.

Nanak Shah Fakir
Written by harindersikka   
Saturday, 20 June 2015


Nanak Shah Fakir isn’t a movie- it’s an experience. I am no reviewer who would review a movie upon quality of direction or the camera stills or dialogue delivery. I, for one, would look at it from the angle of what the movie has given me. Though I have been brought up in a family of highly religious background, me and my siblings, have been so engrossed in the rat race of building our careers, that reading religious scriptures and understand ‘religions’ did'nt even occur to me, I don’t know about others. With high rise technology-driven pieces of distraction within our reach, I have never bothered to ‘read’.
With films like Nanak Shah Fakir being made when I am still young, I am grateful that someone took the initiative. I feel drawn closer to Almighty and understand what ‘shaksiyat’ Guru Nanak Dev Ji had. One movie cannot imbibe in itself, ALL that happened in Guruji’s life-in any saint’s life, for that matter, but it is, for sure, a great attempt and has it itself a large part of learning that we all, as humans need to learn, in this journey of ours, called life.
I am not writing this because I am a Sikh, or because Guruji laid the foundation of the Religion that I belong to-I am pouring my heart out due to the ‘humanistic’ aspect that the film is based upon. It is not about being Sikhs or Hindus or Muslims or Christians, it’s about being good human beings first.
These days we see a lot of ‘humanity’ going around on social media, especially facebook, where people post pictures of men marrying victims of acid attacks, or people adopting stray dogs or doing other ‘human’ acts. This is actually what the film tries to depict-humanity. Becoming good humans is what Guruji taught us. Kirat Karo, Vand Chhako and Naam Jappo, is what Guruji has taught us, which means work hard, pray and distribute or daan.
This film is the one that every human being should watch. This film does not depict religionism, it depicts humanity, the need of the hour.

Written by Harinder Sikka   
Tuesday, 09 April 2013

"Seeing this cartoon and the picture below, which is an amazing story in the opposite for the poor man from Kerala (in 2nd picture below ) gives away whatever he has ever earned...and that includes some Rs 50 Crores that he was awarded by middle east countries, for his life long services to the poor and needy.
I was disturbed, felt inspired yet to write the poetry below."



Debate: Were 98 deaths avoidable?
Written by Kulvinder   
Sunday, 29 July 2012

The pressure is building on the Centre. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders reaching the North Block to meet the Union Home Minister, questioning the Centre on rising deaths of Amarnath pilgrims. Sushma Swaraj, senior leader, BJP, said, There are no medical facilities, no facilities for lodging and neither is there any place to take rest on the way. If that ropeway would have been made, then there wouldnt have been any requirement of a helicopter.

Piramal Group to the help of Amarnath pilgrims
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
On July 20, expressing shock over the growing number of pilgrim deaths, the Supreme Court took suo motu notice of the issue and set up a panel to examine the lack of proper infrastructure and medical support for the pilgrims.

The death toll on the Amarnath Yatra route continues to climb and with it the anger of Mr Harinder Sikka, Managing Director, Piramal Systems & Technologies. With 97 pilgrim dead in 45 days since the start of the Yatra, the Piramal Group is stepping in to help.
Immediately deploy adequate medical teams on Amarnath route: SC to J&K
Written by The Indian Express   
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
Two days after it passed a comprehensive order on setting up a panel to ensure safety and well-being of the pilgrims going to the Amarnath cave shrine, the Supreme Court took up the matter again on Monday after it noted that the death toll was increasing by the day.

Underlining that it was “shocked” over the loss of so many lives, the court ordered “immediate” deployment of adequate number of medical teams for pilgrims at all required spots on the route. Against the last year’s toll of 105, this year 97 people have already died during the pilgrimage that started on June 25 and will end on August 2.
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