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Websites,blogs,social networking sites,YouTube — all bat for Balwant’s life

The controversy over hanging of Balwant Singh Rajoana is dominating the web world these days — particularly blogs and websites active on issue pertaining to Punjab terrorism.

Written by Varinder Bhatia | Chandigarh |
March 29, 2012 12:24:01 am

The controversy over hanging of Balwant Singh Rajoana is dominating the web world these days — particularly blogs and websites active on issue pertaining to Punjab terrorism.

Be it social networking sites like Facebook,Twitter or Flickr,blogs and websites — the web world is full of Balwant. These contain new related to Balwant and appeals for clemency — both in India and abroad. Khalistan logos,flags,appeals have also made a comeback on the web.

One such website,royalloops.com,has posted Balwant and Bhagat Singh’s pictures with a message saluting their sacrifices for Sikhism. Another website,americanturban.com,has posted a full story of Balwant,followed by numerous comments in his favour. A blogger writes — “Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana has shaken the Sikhs. From London to Ludhiana,from Surrey to San Francisco,Sikhs are showing that the spirit of community is not dead. We are not so focussed on elections,careers,wealth,and family to forget the soul of the nation.” Another website,thelangarhall.com,appeals to the entire Sikh community to hoist saffron flags atop their houses offices.

A number of short documentaries on Balwant,projecting him as a martyr and “son of Punjab” have been uploaded on the YouTube. Flickr also has hundreds of pictures of Balwant under the category of Khalistan Commando Force as well as stories carrying appeals against his hanging. A bloggers’ group,Supporters of Peace,have even demanded a noble prize for Balwant.

The Balwant episode has hit the Sikh community settled abroad,mainly the youth. They are taking part in a massive procession outside the Indian High Commission,expressing their solidarity with Balwant. The members of Sikh community have started a sangat from Wednesday at the Indian Consulate,Arguello Boulevard in San Francisco. Special buses have been hired to ferry people to the Sangat venue. A page “pagh salute (turban salute)” has also been started on Facebook,which is full of comments against Balwant’s hanging.

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