Source: The Times of India

Watch the video from Afghan National TV on YouTube.

Source: Digital Journal, Access Wire

Author, poet, speaker, and content creator Ruby Dhal is pleased to announce that she is writing her very first self-help book. Ruby Dhal is a British-Afghan Sikh speaker, performer, and best-selling author of five books with over 500,000 online readers. Dhal writes about love, heartbreak, moving on, letting go, healing, mental health, and other topics. She has written five books of poetry, prose, and bite-sized self-help, and she is now working on her sixth, her first self-help book.

Dhal’s writing and books are a major component and product of her unique journey. Her work is heavily impacted by her life experiences and is a representation of her personal healing process. Dhal moved to the UK with her parents and older brother when she was three years old, and she lost her mother within a year. Her father did his best to care for Dhal and her brother as she grew up. Because of her experiences, Dhal turned to books as a means of refuge from her tough circumstances, and she soon discovered a passion for reading and writing. As a result, she has wanted to write stories for people to read since she was a little girl.

Dhal’s previous books include the international best-sellers Between Us and Dear Self, in which the author offers “bitesize self-help.” Dhal will be delving deeper into the self-help genre with the announcement of her much-anticipated sixth book, sharing not only her story but also simple strategies for personal growth.

Today, Dhal shares raw and honest thoughts online with readers all around the world, often reflecting on her personal experiences, in the hope that those words can aid individuals on their healing journey. She goes a step further by providing easy-to-digest YouTube videos on comparable issues, as well as a monthly blog and email where she can dive in deep with her readers to truly address the difficult decisions in their lives. Furthermore, over the last five years, Dhal has built a safe space, an online community where people feel like they’re a part of something. A community where, if her readers feel alone, they can turn to this secure environment for the help and comfort they require. Although Dhal’s influence began modestly with her Instagram page, which she created as a personal desire to recover and cope better with traumatic events, it quickly grew into a forum for others to heal and cope better with their own.

Dhal’s goal is to reach out to those who are going through difficult times but aren’t finding intense self-help or self-improvement books helpful in understanding their feelings. She feels that by creating content, publishing it, and sharing it online, she will be able to provide her audience with accessible, practical, self-help content on some difficult issues. Dhal provides readers with insightful thoughts and actionable measures to take through her books, poems, and new website. Her upcoming self-help book will be the author’s first of its kind, and it is eagerly anticipated.

About Ruby Dhal: Ruby Dhal is a British-Afghan Sikh speaker, performer, and best-selling author of five books with over 500,000 online readers. Dhal has written and developed video content on a variety of topics like love, heartbreak, healing, moving on, letting go, mental health, bereavement, self-love, and so on. Her moving writing is a mirror of her personal experiences, and it has struck a chord with her readers and followers. She has launched a website and is now working on her sixth book, a much-anticipated self-help book.

CONTACT: To discover more about Ruby Dhal, her books and videos, or to arrange an interview for a story, please contact us.

Email: info@rubydhal.com

Check out episode 22 of the Docuseries on Guru Nanak’s travels. This episode covers his visit to Kandahar, Ghazni, Kabul and Jalalabad. Amardeep Singh, the host and creator of the series interviews Dr. Raghunath of Kandahar in this episode. The full episode can be found on TheGuruNanak.com. Watch the trailer below.

Source: TOI.in

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met with members of the Sikh-Hindu delegation from Afghanistan at his residence. The delegation hailed the NDA government for enacting the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and thanked the PM for bringing Sikhs and Hindus safely to India from Afghanistan.

Source: Khmer Times

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (AFP) — The caretaker of the last Sikh temple in Kabul to regularly host open prayer surveys in the cavernous hall where throngs once gathered in worship.

Only a handful are left now.

“Afghanistan is our country, our homeland,” said Gurnam Singh. “But we are leaving out of sheer hopelessness.”

In the 1970s, Afghanistan’s Sikh population numbered 100,000, but decades of conflict, poverty, and intolerance have driven almost all of them into exile.

The Soviet occupation, subsequent Taliban regime, and bloody US-led military intervention winnowed their numbers to just 240 last year, according to figures kept by the community.

After the Taliban returned to power in August, opening the newest chapter in Afghanistan’s dark history, a fresh wave of Sikhs fled the country.

Today, Gurnam Singh estimates just 140 remain, mostly in the eastern city of Jalalabad and in Kabul.

These remaining devotees trickle into the Karte Parwan Gurdwara temple for a recent prayer session on a wintry Monday.

Men stand to one side, women to the other – about 15 in total.

Sitting barefoot on a floor covered with thick red rugs, they warm themselves around stoves and listen to a recitation from the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy book.

In November, the temple had three copies, but two have since been sent to New Delhi for “safekeeping”.

Sikhs have long faced discrimination in Muslim-majority Afghanistan. Poverty is rife and attacks from the Islamic State-Khorasan, the jihadist group’s Afghan chapter, are a real threat.

The overwhelming majority of Sikhs fleeing Afghanistan have landed in India, where 90 percent of the religion’s 25 million global adherents live, mainly in the northwest region of Punjab.

Since the Taliban takeover, India has offered exiled Sikhs priority visas and the opportunity to apply for long-term residency. There is no sign yet that citizenship is on the table.

Pharmacist Manjit Singh, 40, is among those who turned down the offer, despite his daughter having emigrated there with her new husband last year.

“What would I do in India?” he asked. “There is no job or house there.”

Among the remaining holdouts, the prospect of leaving is particularly wrenching: it would mean abandoning their spiritual home.

“When this gurdwara was built 60 years ago, the whole area was full of Sikhs,” said 60-year-old community elder Manmohan Singh.

“Whatever joy or sorrow we felt, we shared it here.”

From the outside, the temple is largely indistinguishable from other buildings on the street.

But security here is markedly high, with body searches, ID checks, and two fortified doors.

In early October, unidentified gunmen forced their way inside and vandalised the sacred space.

The incident had ugly echoes of the most scarring attack on the Afghan Sikh community.

In March 2020, members of IS-K assaulted the Gurdwara Har Rai Sahib in Shor Bazar, a former enclave of Kabul’s Sikh community, killing 25.

Since the attack, that temple — and the nearby Dharamshala Gurdwara, the capital’s oldest Sikh house of worship at an estimated 500 years — have been abandoned.

Parmajeet Kaur was struck by shrapnel in her left eye during the IS-K attack, and her sister was among those killed.

In the weeks that followed, Kaur packed her bags and headed for Delhi, but “we had no work and it was expensive, so we came back”, she said.

That was in July, a few weeks before the Taliban returned to power.

Now Kaur, her husband, and three children are fed and housed by Karte Parwan Gurdwara.

Her children do not go to school, and Kaur never ventures beyond the walls of the temple, the only place where she feels safe.

She thinks about leaving again, this time for Canada or the United States.

“My son and daughters are still small,” she said. “If we leave, we can make something of our lives.”

In the 1970s, Afghanistan’s Sikh population numbered 100,000, but decades of conflict, poverty and intolerance have driven almost all of them into exile. AFP
Sikhs have long faced discrimination in Muslim-majority Afghanistan. AFP
Parmajeet Kaur ‘s children do not go to school, and she never ventures beyond the walls of the temple, the only place where she feels safe. AFP