Sikhism

Sikh Descendants Denied Robe of Honor, Authenticity of Descent Questioned

March 3, 2005

Source: The Tribune

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20050304/main6.htm

On March 3, 2005 The Tribune reported, "The 19th descendants of Sai Mian Mir, the Muslim seer who laid the foundation stone of the Golden Temple and those of Nabi Khan Ghani Khan who had once saved the life of Guru Gobind Singh, were denied 'siropa' (the robe of honour) by the SGPC during their visit [to Amritsar] today. Bibi Jagir Kaur, SGPC chief, said the Shiromani Committee was yet to establish...

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Religious Demographics Shift, According to Report

March 1, 2005

Source: The Scotsman

http://news.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=225032005

On March 1, 2005 The Scotsman reported, "Scotland has a weaker sense of religious identity than the rest of the UK, according to a new report that shows the changing face of religion in modern Scotland. Despite a strong Christian past, just 67 per cent of Scots identified with a religion in 2001, compared to 86 per cent in Northern Ireland and 77 per cent in England and Wales. The breakdown of...

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Documentary Film "The Inseparable - A Sikh and His Turban" Explores Turban Ban in France

February 24, 2005

Source: SikhNet News

http://www.anandpursahib.org/Sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/D937C9161F73CFA507256FB20068EBAE!OpenDocument

On February 24, 2005 SikhNet News reported, "Noted theatre and film personality Mangal Dhillon feels that he is the 'blessed and the chosen one' for having been able to present to the world the Sikh religion in most rational and scientific way... Dhillon, who took a sabbath from the commercial...

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Sikhs Support Declaration on Religious Freedom

February 24, 2005

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islamonline.org/English/News/2005-02/24/article06.shtml

On February 24, 2005 IslamOnline.net reported, "A few hours after a multi-party group of European legislators submitted a written declaration on religious freedom to the European Parliament, a leading British Sikhs group reiterated support for the campaign. The United Sikh organisation in the UK contacted the London-based Assembly for the Protection of Hijab to...

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Canadian Sikh Group Organizing Peace Rally Between India and Pakistan

February 23, 2005

Source: The News International

http://jang.com.pk/thenews/feb2005-daily/23-02-2005/national/n15.htm

On February 23, 2005 The News International reported, "Canada-based Sikh group is organising a peace march between Pakistan and India aimed at creating atmosphere of friendship between the two countries. The preparations of the historical peace march are in the final stage, quoting the Chief of Canada-based Sikh International Peace Committee, Gurcharan...

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U.S. Sikh Organization Gives Scholarships to Students in Punjab

February 22, 2005

Source: The Times of India/Press Trust of India

http://www1.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1028856.cms

On February 22, 2005 the Press Trust of India reported, "A US-based Sikh association has awarded 106 scholarships to the needy college students in Punjab and other states worth over $63,000 for the academic year 2005... SHDF, founded by a group of Sikh professionals in the Washington metropolitan area in 1999, has so far awarded over 300...

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NYC Passes Bills to Allow Headscarves and Turbans

February 18, 2005

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1247123,0005.htm

On February 18, 2005 the Hindustan Times reported, "New York City became the first place in the US on Wednesday when it introduced two bills aimed to allow wearing of turbans or Muslim hijab in its services and put in place emergency measures to deal with racial crimes as happened after 9/11. Various ethnic, religious, immigrant and civil rights organisations had lobbied with city...

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Sikh Americans' Political Roles after September 11, 2001 (2004)

Abstract

The objective of this research was to understand the political roles of Sikh Americans and the various challenges to Sikh identity from post-9/11 hate crimes. Some of the difficulties faced by Sikhs are addressed along with some of the reactions to post-9/11 hate crimes. This study investigated the actions taken by Sikh leaders, from the United States and the Punjab, towards hate crimes as well as their efforts to create more awareness about Sikhism and the Sikh identity. The mutual system of Sikh Americans and Sikh leaders in the Punjab is also...

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CA Post Office to be Named After Sikh Congressman

February 17, 2005

Source: India Express Bureau

http://www.indiaexpress.com/news/world/20050211-0.html

On February 17, 2005 the India Express Bureau reported, "America's House of Representatives has voted to honor first Asian American member of the US Congress, Mr Dalip Singh Saund, by naming a California post office after the late Sikh leader. Mr Saund, originally from India, served as Congressman from 1956 to 1962. Congressmen Darrell Issa and Bobby Jindal sponsored the bill which...

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Sikhs Mounting Organized Protest to Turban Issue in France

February 16, 2005

Source: The Tribune

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20050217/punjab1.htm#2

On February 16, 2005 The Tribune reported, "The Sikh Nation Organisation (SNO) today said the decision of a French court which ruled that no violation of human rights had taken place by asking a French Sikh to remove his turban to be photographed for obtaining his driving licence, was a 'blot on the fair image of the French system of justice.' In a statement here, SNO president Dr Manjit...

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Sikhs in France Calling Upon India to Aid in Religious Symbol Ban

February 15, 2005

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/5983_1243404,00430005.htm

On February 15, 2005 the Hindustan Times reported, "Sikhs in France are still waiting for the Indian government to intervene urgently and effectively so that their children can attend schools with their turbans. A total of 256 students have been affected since the French government legislated to ban all religious headgears in government schools. Initially, the ban was directed...

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Version of Guru Granth Sahib Released in Hindi

February 14, 2005

Source: The Tribune

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20050215/nation.htm#8

On February 14, 2005 The Tribune reported, "The Chief Minister, Mr Babulal Gaur, released the Hindi version of Guru Granth Sahib here, on Sunday. It has been translated by Dr Jodh Singh of Punjabi University, Patiala, and published by the Sikh Heritage Publishers, Patiala, in four volumes. Mr Gaur announced that a separate chair would be set up in the honour of Guru Granth Sahib and Guru...

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