Sikhs in Political Life

March 21, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On March 21, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported on continuing discrimination against Sikhs in political life, along with a growing commitment on the part of the Sikh community to increase their participation in politics. This participation, termed a "political coming out" includes "contributing to political campaigns as never before,with an estimated $7.7 million in donations to federal candidates in the last three elections," the rising number of Indian American legislative aids, and a number of potential candidates for high office. "The ability of Indian Americans to rise in politics may well be tied to their success in making ethnicity a footnote," for success will require the votes of a diverse population.