Sikh Candidate Runs for Senate in IL

September 25, 2003

Source: Pioneer Press

On September 25, 2003 Pioneer Press reported that Dr. Chirinjeev Kathuria "hopes to become the first native of India elected to the U.S. Senate. Although he was born in India, Kathuria has lived in Illinois since he was 8 months old...He has attended the Sikh Religious Society Temple in Palatine since he was a boy... Although his appearance at first seemed to be a problem, he said, it is now getting him plenty of publicity and has turned into an advantage. His campaign Web site explains that Sikh men wear a turban as a sign of purity and devotion to their faith. 'It's only in America that someone wearing a beard and turban after 9/11 could run for U.S. Senate and have a serious shot at winning,' he said. 'That's an amazing statement that shows what this country is all about and why people come to America.'"