Sikhism

At Vaisakhi Festival, Sikh Leader Calls for Rights to Wear Turban and Kirpan

May 5, 2004

Source: The Mississauga News

http://www.mississauga.com/mi/news/story/1881378p-2195672c.html

On May 5, 2004 The Mississauga News reported, "The High Priest for 20 million Sikhs around the world says Canada should always recognize the legal rights of Sikhs to wear turbans and kirpans (ceremonial swords). Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti advocated religious freedom, peace and service to the community Sunday afternoon when he joined 100,000 local Sikhs to...

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Muslim Boy Wounded By Sikh's Ceremonial Sword at Religious Festival

May 5, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/west_midlands/3688201.stm

On May 5, 2004 the BBC News reported, "A 16-year-old Muslim boy was wounded at a religious festival by a Sikh wielding a ceremonial sword. West Midlands Police are treating Sunday's incident at the Vaisakhi Mela in Walsall as racially aggravated. Faisal Mehmood says he was hit with a sword before it was unsheathed and his arm was slashed. Two Sikh pupils have since...

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Police Dept. Found Guilty of Discrimination in Sikh Turban Case

May 4, 2004

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2004/LAW/04/30/turban.cop/

On May 4, 2004 CNN reported, "An administrative law judge has found the New York Police Department guilty of religious discrimination by banning a Sikh police officer from wearing a turban while on the job. Jasjit Singh Jaggi, a former traffic enforcement agent with the department, filed the complaint with the city's Commission on Human Rights in June 2002. He said the department discriminated against him because it...

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Profile of a Sikh Cyber-Activist

May 4, 2004

Source: The Oakland Tribune

http://www.oaklandtribune.com/Stories/0,1413,82~1726~2126289,00.html

On May 4, 2004 The Oakland Tribune reported, " Vicky Singh was a high school student in Georgia when he met a man who changed his life. 'He was a very old person, a World War II veteran,' said Singh, now 21. 'He was happy to see me with a turban -- even though I didn't know him -- and he said he served with a group of Sikhs in World War II. He said, 'Your...

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It's Time For NYPD to Give Up Ban on Turbans

May 3, 2004

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/opinion/ny-vpsik033783716may03,0,4427659.story?coll=ny-editorials-headlines

On May 3, 2004 Newsday reported, "Amric Singh Rathour and Jasjit Singh Jaggi share more than name and religion. The devout Sikh men wanted to be New York City traffic agents so much that they sought legal redress to wear banned turbans with their uniforms. An administrative law judge ruled in Jaggi's...

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Arabs and Sikhs Guard Against the Threat Within

May 1, 2004

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/9134319p-10059952c.html

On May 1, 2004 The Sacramento Bee reported, "Since the terrorist attacks against Washington and New York in 2001, thousands of American citizens have found themselves victimized by fellow Americans who thought they looked 'too Arab.' Who thought they seemed 'suspicious.' Who thought they didn't belong. Dalvir Sangha is one of these Americans, a quiet 46-year-old...

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Sikh Leader Hopes to Transform a Nation Through Education

May 1, 2004

Source: The Contra Costa Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/8566500.htm?1c

On May 1, 2004 The Contra Costa Times published an inteview with Balvinder Singh, "one of four priests at the Sri Guru Ravidass Temple in Pittsburg, CA. The temple attracts Sikhs throughout the Bay Area and holds a large service on Sundays where one family within the congregation is celebrated and prepares a meal shared with all." In the interview, Singh insists...

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Thousands Celebrate Sikh Day Parade in New York

April 30, 2004

Source: News India-Times

http://desitalk.newsindia-times.com/2004/04/30/sikhday12-top.html

On April 30, 2004 News India-Times reported, "Colorful floats, Bhangra and religious fanfare marked the 17 Annual Sikh Day Parade at Manhattan in New York on April 24. The parade was organized by the Sikh Cultural Society of Richmond Hill Gurdwara with the help of the gurdwaras in the Tri-state area to mark the anniversary of the founding of the Khalsa Panth and the...

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Time to Abandon the "No Turbans" Policy

April 29, 2004

Source: The Sikh Coalition

On April 29, 2004 The Sikh Coalition issued a press release stating: "The New York City Police Department should adopt the recommendation of an administrative law judge that a Sikh traffic enforcement agent be allowed to wear his turban on the job, the Sikh Coalition said today. Administrative Law Judge Donna Merris recommended yesterday that Jagjit Singh Jaggi, who resigned rather than be forced to wear a hat, be reinstated and allowed to wear a turban while working as a traffic enforcement agent. The judge's recommendation...

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Sikh Gurdwara Breaks Ground in CA

April 29, 2004

Source: Sikh News

http://www.sikhnn.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=93&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

On April 29, 2004 Sikh News reported, "Selma, California, USA -- The ground breaking ceremony for Gurdwara Kalghidar Sahib took place April 25, 2004. The Sangat of Selma, California gathered to celebrate Baisakhi and to lay the foundation stone of the new building. The Gurdwara’s regular program...

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Former Attacker of Sikh Man is Changed Through Community Service at Gurdwara

April 28, 2004

Source: The Sikh Coalition

http://www.sikhcoalition.org/event_brand.asp

On April 28, 2004 The Sikh Coalition reported, "A judge in Nassau County, New York has ordered a man who harassed a Sikh last year in Long Island to perform twenty hours of community service with the Sikh Coalition. As a part of this service Mr. Brand has worked at the Sikh Coalition's office over the past few weeks. During this time he has learned more about the Sikh people and their faith. In addition...

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Police Investigating Attacks on Sikh Gurdwara

April 27, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bristol/3664099.stm

On April 27, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Undercover police from the Race Hate Crime Unit are investigating a series of attacks at a Sikh temple in Bristol. Cars have been set alight and shots have been fired through windows of the gurdwara in Church Road. There have been arson attacks on three cars in eight days - the last of which, on Sunday, was on a vehicle belonging to a priest, or granthi....

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Curriculum Watchdog Recommends Teaching About UK's Six Major Religions in Public Schools

April 27, 2004

Source: The Independent

http://education.independent.co.uk/news/story.jsp?story=515677

On April 27, 2004 The Independent reported, "Children should begin to learn about another religion alongside Christianity from the age of five, according to new government guidelines on teaching religious education published yesterday. By the time they have finished compulsory education, they should have learnt about the six principal religions represented in the UK -...

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Wright State University Holds Exhibition on Sikhism

April 25, 2004

Source: Sikhnet

http://www.sikhnet.com/s/WrightStateVaisakhi

On April 25, 2004 Sikhnet reported, "To promote and improve awareness of students, faculty and invited guests about the Sikh faith and culture and as part of ongoing efforts to understand diversity of cultures that brings richness to the community, an exhibition on Sikhism was organized at the Wright State University, Dayton Ohio. The event was presented by the Sikh Student Association (SSA), and Asian/Hispanic/...

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