Sikhs Welcomed by Politicians on Capitol Hill

May 17, 2006

Source: SikhNet News!OpenDocument

On May 17, 2006 SikhNet News reported, "'Dhanvaad' meaning 'thanks' and [the] Sikh spiritual calling of 'Bole So Nihaal' were the words spoken by members of Congress while welcoming the largest gathering of the Sikhs at the U.S. Capital. This was the 3rd annual Sikh American Heritage Dinner and The Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE), based in Washington, organized this event. Several prominent political leaders came to welcome 225 Sikhs from all over the U.S. who had gathered at the Capitol Hill to intermingle with their representatives and to bring their concerns to the lawmakers of the land. Leaders of America exhorted Sikhs to continue to create their presence at the highest political levels to deal with issues facing Sikhs which arose out of the 9/11 tragedy. Support for [an] Indo-U.S. Nuclear deal was mentioned several times by lawmakers and issue of Sikhs to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces and religious restrictions on Sikh children in French Schools came up as well... 'This event will send a very important signal to the lawmakers and political leaders of this country that Sikhs are politically conscious and will come back every year to participate in the political and social process of this country. We want to remind lawmakers that Sikhs are an important influence in the American political and cultural nerve center,' said Dr. Rajwant Singh, Chairman of SCORE."