Sikhism

Sikh Play Sparks Debate Over Freedom of Expression Vs. Inciting Prejudice

December 26, 2004

Source: The Observer

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/focus/story/0,,1379786,00.html

On December 26, 2004 The Observer reported, "Jagdeesh Singh is a Sikh who believes his religion is grossly misrepresented... 'It is hardly surprising that Sikhs are sensitive about this play,' he said. 'We live every day with racism based on misinformation. You have to balance the desire for freedom of expression with the fact that it could provoke even greater prejudice.'...

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Over 400 Artists Sign Letter Supporting Author of Controversial Sikh Play

December 23, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4120299.stm

On December 23, 2004 the BBC News reported, "More than 400 figures from the arts world have signed a letter supporting the playwright who prompted violent outbursts from the Sikh community.

Poet laureate Andrew Motion, director Richard Eyre and writer Willy Russell are among those to have written to the Guardian backing Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti.

'It is a legitimate function of art...

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Thousands Observe Anniversary of Death of Sons of 10th Sikh Guru in Banur

December 23, 2004

Source: Tribune India

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2004/20041223/punjab1.htm#2

On December 23, 2004 Tribune India reported, "A sea of humanity attired in saffron turned up to participate in a nagar kirtan organised to observe the 300th year of the martyrdom of the younger sons (Sahibzadas) of Guru Gobind Singh here today. Led by Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) general secretary and the MLA of the Banur Assembly constituency Kanwaljit Singh, thousands of women along with...

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Amritsar Threatens Direct Action Against French Over Turban Issue

December 22, 2004

Source: Tribune India

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2004/20041223/punjab1.htm#5

On December 22, 2004 Tribune India reported, "The Akali Dal (Amritsar) has threatened to launch direct action against the French Government to force it to resolve the turban issue to the satisfaction of Sikhs. As a first step, the Akali Dal has appealed to Sikhs the world over not to travel by French airline, Air France and boycott all products of French make. A formal resolution in this...

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Sikh Playwright Goes Into Hiding After Receiving Death Threats

December 21, 2004

Source: CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/story/arts/national/2004/12/21/Arts/sikhplaycancel041221.html

On December 21, 2004 CBC News reported, "The author of a play that features rape and murder in a fictional Sikh temple has gone into hiding in England after allegedly receiving death threats.

A friend of Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti told British newspaper the Evening Standard that after receiving a number of threats about her play Behzti, or...

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Sikhs Protest Play Depicting Sex Abuse and Murder in Temple

December 19, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/4107437.stm

On December 19, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Hundreds of Sikh demonstrators protested outside a Birmingham theatre against a play depicting sex abuse and murder in a temple.

Five police officers were hurt during struggles at Birmingham's Repertory Theatre on Saturday night.

Two men were arrested and the theatre said some demonstrators stormed the building before...

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Sikhs Number Near 600,000 in UK, 20 Million Worldwide

December 19, 2004

Source: The Scotsman

http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3906701

On December 19, 2004 The Scotsman reported, "Sikhism, which was founded in the 15th century, is thought to have around 600,000 followers in the UK and Gurdwaras welcome people of all faiths. Generally open 24 hours a day, many Sikh temples provide temporary accommodation for visitors or pilgrims and all Gurdwaras offer free food to those that want it. Gurdwaras, meaning the gateway through which the Guru...

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Sikhs Say They Will Take French Turban Case to UN

December 18, 2004

Source: Rediff

http://in.rediff.com/news/2004/dec/18sikh.htm

On December 18, 2004 Rediff reported, "Expressing concern over the expulsion of three Sikh boys by French authorities over the turban issue, Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee on Saturday said it would approach the United Nations on the matter.

'The expulsionscame as a shock to us. The ban onturbans by French authorities is not justified and has caused pain and agony to Sikhs all across the world. We...

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Update: Man Arrested for Shooting of Sikh Postal Worker

December 17, 2004

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/a/2004/12/17/BAGK4ACP371.DTL

On December 17, 2004 The San Francisco Chronicle reported, "a Richmond man has been arrested for his role in the robbery and shooting of a U.S. postal worker in North Oakland, court records show. Erique Dunte Dixon of Richmond was charged Monday in U.S. District Court in Oakland with assaulting postal worker Harjit Singh...

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Sikh Man Jailed Over Honor Killing Plot

December 16, 2004

Source: This is Local London

http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/news/topstories/display.var.554719.0.sikh_father_jailed_over_honour_killing_plot.php

On December 16, 2004 This is Local London reported, "A Sikh father who tried to hire a hitman to kill his own daughter because of her relationship with a Jewish man has been jailed for 14 years. The Central Criminal Court was told how Kalvinder Dosanjh, a...

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Sikh Coalition Works with Civil Rights Groups to Pass Hate Crimes Bill

December 14, 2004

Source: Sikhnet News

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/news.nsf/TodaysNewsHTML/C5C14AAD9CBAFCF287256F66007C7837!OpenDocument

On December 14, 2004 Sikhnet News reported, "the hate crimes bill which has been in the works since post-9/11 may still be passed by Congress as Sikh organizations continue to work with other civil rights groups to encourage its passage. Preetmohan Singh, SALDEF National Director, told SikhNN that...

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Initial Designs for Country's Second Sikh Primary School Given Go-Ahead

December 10, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/berkshire/4086273.stm

On December 10, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Initial designs for the second Sikh primary school in England have been given the go-ahead. Planners at Slough Borough Council backed the application for the £8m school in the Berkshire town. Members of the Sikh School Trust now hope the school will be able to start taking admissions by 2006. Last year, the council threw out the scheme but...

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Landmark Sikh Gurdwara to Open in IN

December 9, 2004

Source: Indianapolis Star News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.indystar.com/articles/8/200184-2058-127.html

On December 9, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "members of a Sikh congregation who have worshipped for a decade in an old farmhouse are preparing to move their services to a spacious, five-domed temple that took more than five years to build. In April, the Sikh Religious Society of Northwest Indiana intends to move from the...

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