Sikhism

Plan for Sikh Primary School Rejected

November 7, 2003

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/berkshire/3248831.stm

On November 7, 2003 the BBC News reported, "Education officers have thrown out plans to open a Sikh primary school for children in Berkshire. The £6m school in Slough would have been only the second primary in England dedicated to the faith. Slough Borough Council schools committee voted against the project to build the school next to St. Ethelbert's Catholic Primary School in...

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Education or Constitutional Violation? Sikh Students Asked to Teach Classmates on Their Religion

November 7, 2003

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/7205275.htm

On November 7, 2003 The Mercury News reported that "The Sikh Council on Religion and Education based in Washington, D.C., is asking Sikh schoolchildren to ask their teachers today if they can read a short explanation of their religion." The high school version of the text reads in part: "Nov. 8, 2003 is the 534th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak who founded the Sikh...

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Educational Campaign to Help Sikhs "Share Their Faith With Their Neighbors"

November 5, 2003

Source: The Sikh Council on Religion and Education

On November 5, 2003 The Sikh Council on Religion and Education reported that they have "initiated a nationwide educational campaign to counter ignorance which has resulted in hate crimes and prejudice through special programs to be held from Sunday, November 2nd to Sunday, November 16th of this year, in collaboration with many Sikh Gurdwaras (Sikh House of worship) all over the United States. This event, 'Sharing Your Faith with Your Neighbors' is to coincide with the birth-anniversary of the founder of...

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Ninety-Two Year-Old Sikh Hopes His Marathon Will Raise Awareness

November 3, 2003

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=265067

On November 3, 2003 The Times of India reported on the results of Fauja Singh, a 92-year old Sikh, who finished the 26 mile 385 yard New York City Marathon course "in just under 7 hours 35 minutes to the rousing cheers of sporting New Yorkers, including hundreds of Sikhs who had gathered for the occasion. Singh, a veteran marathoner now...

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Tens of Thousands Expected at Yuba City's Sikh Parade

November 2, 2003

Source: Appeal-Democrat

http://www.appeal-democrat.com/articles/2003/11/02/news/top_story/news1.txt

On November 2, 2003 the Appeal Democrat reported that an estimated 500 to 1,000 Sikhs gathered to observe and participate in a flag ceremony at the Sikh Temple in Tierra Buena in Yuba City on Saturday. "The flag is called Nishan Sahib in Punjabi. The word Nishan means symbol. Hence, Nishan Sahib is a symbol of spirituality and protection, said...

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Ninety-Two Year-Old Sikh Hopes His Marathon Will Raise Awareness

November 2, 2003

Source: Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/story/132995p-118639c.html

On November 2, 2003 Daily News reported on 92 year-old Sikh runner Fauja Singh, who this was was the oldest participant in the New York City Marathon. "Wearing a yellow turban and with a Union Jack flag as a cape, the bearded British Sikh said he is using the marathon to promote understanding of Sikh culture. Singh's marathon appearance is sponsored by Sher-E-Panjab, a Sikh New York...

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Sikh Passenger Receives Apology from Airline

October 31, 2003

Source: The Argus

http://www.theargusonline.com/Stories/0,1413,83~1971~1732763,00.html

On October 31, 2003 The Argus reported that "in what may be the first legal victory over a major airline accused of post-Sept. 11 discrimination, Satnam Dhillon got what he wanted after being barred from boarding a flight a month after the terrorist attacks: an apology... Dhillon, a Sikh who wears a long beard and turban in accordance with his religious beliefs,...

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Tens of Thousands Expected at Yuba City's Sikh Parade

October 31, 2003

Source: Sikh Temple Yuba City

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/031031/sff004_1.html

On October 31, 2003 Sikh Temple Yuba City reported that "Sikhs from across America have started arriving in Yuba City for the traditional weekend of religious devotion and celebration. By the time the weekend ends on Sunday with the 24th annual parade, an estimated 50,000 Sikhs will have spent an estimated $5 million with local businesses... More than 100,000 free meals will be prepared and...

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Sikh Passenger Receives Apology from Airline

October 30, 2003

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=258223

On October 30, 2003 the Times of India reported on Sikh passenger Satnam Dhillon's recent apology from National Airlines. "Rather than go to trial, National Airlines acceded to Dhillon's request and sent him a written apology, the first of its kind ever offered by a major airline, according to the ACLU lawyers who assisted Dhillon in his...

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Nobel Winner Criticizes UK's Support of Religious Schools

October 29, 2003

Source: The Scotsman

http://www.thescotsman.co.uk/scotland.cfm?id=1192452003

On October 29, 2003 The Scotsman reported that "a Nobel prize-winner, who is credited with helping to transform education in the developing world, has criticised the Scottish Executive’s stance on denominational schools, claiming single-faith establishments damage educational attainment. Amartya Sen, an economist from India, made his comments yesterday in a keynote speech to the...

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Sikh Gurdwara Opens in Charlotte, NC

October 27, 2003

Source: Associated Press

http://www.wral.com/news/2585034/detail.html

On October 27, 2003 Associated Press reported that "the largest city in North Carolina is the latest to get a worship hall for Sikhs. Many members of the Sikh families in the Charlotte region had been assembling in homes on weekends to sing hymns and read out of the Guru Granth Sahib, or holy book. Their closest gurdwara, or Sikh worship hall, was in Durham. The growing Sikh community considered having its...

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In a Dialogue of Faith, Hayward Sikhs and Christians Shared Worship Space

October 26, 2003

Source: The Daily Review

http://www.dailyreviewonline.com/Stories/0,1413,88~10975~1724744,00.html

On October 26, 2003 The Daily Review told the story of how Sikhs and Christians in Hayward have transformed dialogue into an opportunity to live, literally, side by side. Ranjit Singh Sabharwal, a founder of the Sikh Temple of Hayward, said that "the property on which the Sikh Temple stands could very easily have been bulldozed and sold to the highest...

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British Indian Communities Celebrate Diwali

October 26, 2003

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/south_east/3214137.stm

On October 26, 2003 the BBC News reported on celebrations of Diwali in the UK: "On Friday more than 150 people attended a ceremony at Caerphilly, south Wales, to worship the goddess Kali. The event marked the first day of the religious festival, one of the most important of the year for Hindus, Jains and Sikhs. And the festivities will culminate when more than 300 members of...

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