Sikhism

Post-9/11 Issues Discussed at LA Vaisakhi Festival

April 15, 2006

Source: CBS2.com

http://cbs2.com/topstories/local_story_106022702.html

On April 15, 2006 CBS2.com reported, "Sikhs wear turbans that are conspicuous to other Americans, but they are not Muslims, Arabs or terrorists. 'Post-9/11 bias' and other issues that affect the global Sikh community will be among the topics discussed at Sunday's Sikh Dharma's Baisakhi 2006 meeting at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Sheriff Lee Baca and Rep. Brad...

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Army Commissions First Sikh Officer

April 15, 2006

Source: Rediff

http://in.rediff.com/news/2006/apr/15sikh.htm

On April 15, 2006 Rediff reported, "A man hailing from the birthplace of Guru Nanak Saturday became the first Sikh in Pakistan to be commissioned into the army. Wearing a blue turban and sporting a traditional beard, Hercharan Singh of Nankana Sahib marched to the military tunes at the Pakistan Military Academy in Kakul and was formally commissioned into the army at a ceremony presided over by Prime Minister...

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Rockland Sikhs Celebrate Vaisakhi

April 14, 2006

Source: The Journal News

http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060414/NEWS03/604140327/1019/NEWS03

On April 14, 2006 The Journal News reported, "Jaslin Chopra hosted a get-together last night to introduce her friends to an important celebration in her religion. Chopra, who came to America from India 30 years ago, is Sikh. She planned to mark the holy day known as Baisakhi with prayers at the gathering at...

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Sikh Group in Preston Celebrates 20th Anniversary

April 13, 2006

Source: The Citizen

http://www.prestoncitizen.co.uk/news/prestonnews/display.var.731949.0.celebrate_sikh_faith.php

On April 13, 2006 The Citizen reported, "An arts, dance and music festival will be held in Preston to celebrate the Sikh faith and the anniversaries of two major Sikh groups in the city. The finishing touches are being put to celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the Preston Sikh Cultural Association (PSCA...

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Gang Violence Emerging in Some Parts of the South Asian Diaspora

April 13, 2006

Source: INDOLink

http://www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=041306085913

On April 13, 2006 INDOLink reported, "A new gangster culture is emerging in certain enclaves of the South Asian diaspora. Increasingly, the violence of guns, drugs, and honor killings involving South Asians are being reported from the United States, Canada, Britain, Malaysia, and Thailand. And it’s a culture of violence that appears to be the Desi community’s worst kept...

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Phoenix Sikhs Celebrate Vaisakhi

April 12, 2006

Source: SikhNet News

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/news.nsf/RecentNewsHTML/79BF6F5E947D1BCD8725714D00657474!OpenDocument

On April 12, 2006 SikhNet News reported, "[For a Phoenix celebration of Vaisakhi, an Indian harvest festival], the interior of a one of kind, upcoming three-storied new building of Gurdwara Sahib, Guru Nanak Dwara, a combined project of the Sikh-Americans and American-Sikhs in central Phoenix, [was]...

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Sham Marriage Law Breaches Religious, Human Rights

April 10, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4894544.stm

On April 10, 2006 BBC News reported, "Tough government rules to prevent sham marriages discriminate against immigrants, the High Court has ruled. In a significant defeat for the government, Mr Justice Silber said the rules were unreasonable and breached human rights... The rules, introduced in February 2005, mean people born outside the EU and some bordering European nations who have only six months' permission to be in...

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First International Sikh Turban Day Celebrated in Orange County

April 10, 2006

Source: The Orange County Register

http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/homepage/abox/article_1095149.php

On April 10, 2006 The Orange County Register reported, "Many in the United States who practice Sikhism feared discrimination or physical confrontation and stopped wearing their turban after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks because they were assumed to be Muslim, said Chadha, co-director of interfaith activities of the California Sikh Council...

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Guru Gobind Singh Foundation Confers “Sewa Award” on Smithsonian

April 10, 2006

Source: SikhNet News/Rediff

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/196344FCED2672958725714C0064271E

On April 10, 2006 Rediff reported, "To mark the festival of Baisakhi, the Guru Gobind Singh Foundation has conferred the 'Sewa Award 2006' on the Smithsonian Institution and the Sikh Heritage Foundation for creating a permanent exhibit on 'Sikhs: Legacy of the Punjab' at the Museum of Natural History in Washington. The awards...

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Delegation of French Sikhs Asks Indian PM to Intervene in School Turban Issue

April 8, 2006

Source: The Indian Express

http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=177220

On April 8, 2006 The Indian Express reported, "The children of thousands of Sikh families living in France are being deprived of their right to education as the Sikh students are not allowed to wear turbans in schools and other educational institutes of France.

This was reveled by a delegation of Sikhs, who are currently presiding in France, came to attend conference...

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Sacramento Sikh Teenager Starts Website to Educate Others about His Faith

April 7, 2006

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/content/lifestyle/story/14239788p-15059751c.html

On April 7, 2006 The Sacramento Bee reported, "Outside Sunrise Mall two weeks after 9/11, a turbaned and bearded Sikh man and his 11-year-old son were taunted by passers-by: 'Terrorists, go back to Afghanistan!' 'People assumed we had something to do with terrorism, and they wanted to retaliate,' says Harkirat Hansra, now 15 and a sophomore at Mira Loma...

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Sikhs Without Hardhats at Quebec Port Allege Continued Discrimination

April 7, 2006

Source: Sikhnet

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/2603182C5570FDD0872571490064CDE8

On April 7, 2006 Sikhnet reported, "Sikh truckers at the Port of Montreal say they remain victims of discrimination. They say they declared victory too soon, and say they are still being treated as second class citizens at the port. And now they're threatening legal action.

Workers are supposed to wear hard hats at the port....

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Sikh Prisoner's Hair Will Not Be Cut

April 6, 2006

Source: Sikh Sangat News/Sikh Coalition

http://www.sikhsangat.org/publish/article_957.shtml

On April 6, 2006 the Sikh Coalition reported, "As a result of overwhelming activism by Sikhs and non-Sikhs worldwide, the Florida Department of Corrections will allow Satnam Singh to serve his sentence in Vermont, where he will be able to maintain uncut hair and wear his dastaar. The Coalition would like to thank Florida Department of Corrections Secretary James McDonough and...

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