Documentary Examines Gobind Sadan Arson Against Sikhs

February 9, 2004

Source: The Oswego Daily News

On February 9, 2004 The Oswego Daily News reported that "North of 49" will be shown on WCNY, Central New York's PBS television affiliate, on Thursday at 10 p.m.

"Created by two Syracuse University professors, with assistance from Ralph Singh, a co-founder and spokesperson of Gobind Sadan USA, the film depicts, through the eyes of the Sikhs as well as several members of the community, the rebuilding of two communities in the aftermath of what's been described as 'an act of hatred and ignorance.'

Four teen-agers from the Parish-Mexico area set fire to the sacred place of neighbors who have beards, wear turbans, and practice an unfamiliar religion rooted in an unfamiliar culture, he explained. They believed the temple's name was 'Go Bin Laden,' and people who worshipped there supported the terrorist who masterminded the attack on the World Trade Center.

Gobind Sadan means 'House of God,' and members of the Sikh religion travel from as far away as Ontario, Canada, to worship at the center in Palermo."