Camp Promotes One Sikh Nation

October 15, 2007

Author: Rebecca Rosen Lum

Source: Contra Costa Times

Saturday, about 1,200 Sikh children imagined a world without divisions.

"One Sikh Nation," a day camp that took place at Sikh temples in 11 cities across California, including Pittsburg, was the brainchild of a group of college students that began meeting in 2000 to raise awareness of the faith and Punjabi culture for those in and outside it.

The students say although the Sikh faith does not recognize caste distinctions, many of the older generation have not been able to shake off its influence.

"We are trying to teach the kids to treat everybody the way they would want to be treated," said Kamaljeet Surila, a member of the Pittsburg Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha temple, where the Bay Area event took place.

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